[UPDATED: There are now only 29 people remaining watching The Simpsons, and they have continuously watched more than 150 episodes.]
As we entered the second night of the Simpsons Ultimate Fan Marathon Challenge 45 contestants remained in the viewing room. I gave them my last advice for the night, bid them good luck, and then snuck off for a few winks.
I returned early the next day to find just 34 Simpsons Super Fans left.
Still laughing, smiling and applauding the end of each and every episode… but not looking quite as " bright eyed and bushy tailed" as they did when they started this epic endurance test.
I'm guessing one more night until it becomes an all out a "yawn-a-thon."
Some contestants are keeping their hands busy to stay alert. Others sitting absolutely still like a statue, but all of them with their eyes glued on the screen.
Noon on Thursday brought about the "half way mark" to beating the World Record, as the contestants laughed their way through Season 6 Episode 16.
Contestant # 78, Clark Davis of Clarksville, Tennessee says he "Feels better at 42 hours than he did at 30 hours into it."
"It's amazing what a little sunshine will do for morale."
The darkness and cold of night are two of the biggest threats to contestants, especially as we move into the last couple of nights. But mornings bring renewed strength and determination.
The amount of love and support for these hard core fans has been truly inspiring.
As the participants begin to realize that watching television for over 86 hours straight is much harder they ever imagined, now would be the time to show them that you've got their back!
If you have a friend or family member who is still in this competition, and you can make it down here to encourage, and support them on their breaks, I would highly recommend doing so.
The “reality checks" and "pep talks" I received from my brother in the final stretch of the 24 Marathon Challenge played a huge part in me making it to the very end. I couldn't have done it without him.
My tip of the day: "Say no to Swamp Foot! Change those socks!… Seriously, do it… Now!"