Episode 7 How to Be Epic @ Everything


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Episode 7

A group of experts demonstrates how to do a skateboard trick and survive being bitten by a venomous snake.


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Welcome to the world of epic.

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The place where you can become a master at everything on the planet.

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CARTOON CHARACTER LAUGHS

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No matter what it is, this programme shows you how to do it.

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So sit back,

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strap yourself in and get ready to become epic at everything.

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Welcome to your total random fix of epic-ness.

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We've got an amazing line-up of experts, hot shots

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and all-round dudes

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with the low-down on how you can do what they can do.

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In just 15 minutes, you will know how to shuffle cards like a pro,

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trick your mate's mind, make your parents look cool,

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survive in the wild, shoot a basketball three-pointer,

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and this kid shows you how to deal with a venomous snakebite.

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But, before all that, we need to get our skateboard wheels

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in motion with your first taste of epic-osity.

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Skating is one of the coolest things ever.

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There are loads of tricks to master.

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But if you want to learn the basics, you should kick off with this -

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the legendary ollie.

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Hi, I'm Georgie Winter.

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Today I'm going to teach you how to pop an ollie on a skateboard.

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Georgie Winter is currently ranked fifth

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in the UK female skateboarders.

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So she definitely knows how to pop the most perfect of ollies.

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Right, Georgie, let's do this.

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First, get yourself into a comfortable ollie position

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which is your back foot on the tail of the board

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and your front foot flat across the board,

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an inch or so behind the front bolts.

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OK, Georgie, we know where to plant our feet,

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but what do we do with them?

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Crouch down, making sure your weight

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is distributed evenly between both feet.

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After you've got that, jump off your back foot.

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Jump hard and fast so the tail hits the floor

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and bounces up into the air.

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This is called the pop.

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OK, we're popping to perfection,

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but we need to get really airborne to be cool. How's it done?

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Immediately after you've jumped, slide your front foot

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up the grip tape towards the nose of the board.

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This allows the board to level out and bring height to your jump.

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Get the front foot slide right

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and that's when you'll start hitting some off-the-ground height.

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But there's one last thing to know if you want to get higher.

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Then bring both knees up to your chest -

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this allows the board to rise and level out - and then land it.

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OK, major rewind required.

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First up, pop the board by stepping down hard on the tail.

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Next, slide your front foot to the end of the board

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to allow it to level out in the air.

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Finally, bring your knees up to your chest to let the board gain height.

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It's a tricky one,

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but before you know it, you'll be ollieing like a pro.

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And that is how you pop an ollie.

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So, think you're epic already? Then chill your boots,

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we've got a full-on epic-a-rama coming your way.

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If you play your cards right, you'll be able to shuffle like a pro.

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Hi, I'm Ben, I'm a magician

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and I'm going to show you how to shuffle a deck of cards.

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Ben Hanlin is a card-carrying legend. Watch and learn.

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Firstly, you have to separate the deck into two halves.

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And we call this "riffling".

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Now, hold the cards with your thumb on the top

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and two or three fingers on the bottom.

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With your index fingers, push the backs of the cards.

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Now, with your thumbs, release the pressure slowly

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so that you release one card at a time.

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When you get good, you can do it quicker.

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Simple.

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Now, place your four fingers on the bottom of the deck

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and grip them tightly, and place your thumbs on the top.

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Now bring the knuckles of your fingers together.

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Now slowly open your fingers and, as do, the cards will cascade.

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Is that as fast as it gets?

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When you've put all that together, it should look like this.

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OK. That's pretty fast.

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And that's how you shuffle a deck of cards like a pro.

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Thanks, Ben, that was magical.

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Well, not literally, but you know what I mean.

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So from card shuffling to tricking someone's mind.

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Want to know the secret? Obviously.

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Hi, I'm Chris Cox

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and I'm going to show you how to trick your mate's brain.

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Sounds exciting.

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Chris has sold out gigs at the Edinburgh Festival,

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has comedy eyebrows and cool card skills.

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To do this trick, you need a mate and mine is Bobby Lockwood,

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-who plays Rhydian in CBBC's Wolfblood. Say hello.

-Hello.

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Bobby Lockwood just said hi to me!

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I'm going to show you a pendulum trick.

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-This trick works because of the ideomotor response...

-What?

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..which is a psychological phenomenon

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which makes us do stuff without really knowing it.

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Easy for you to say.

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You need to make a pendulum -

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something heavy on the end of a piece of string will do. Like a ring.

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Ta-da!

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Get your friend to hold the pendulum

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between their index finger and their thumb. That would be you.

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Keep your arm nice and straight. You're going to not move your arm,

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but you're going to imagine a wind coming through this room,

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which blows this pendulum side to side, left to right.

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Start to imagine that wind and don't move your arm. There it goes!

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-Are you moving your arm?

-No.

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Imagine the wind getting faster as it spins around.

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It makes the ring spin and the pendulum spin

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and it gets faster and faster. It's pretty amazing, isn't it?

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-Do you want me to tell you how it's done?

-Go on, then.

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-The secret is the ideomotor response...

-The what?

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..which is basically our brains sending signals

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to various muscles in our body without us knowing it.

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In this instance, it's sending a message to the muscles in your hand

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to gently and slowly move, which allows the pendulum to swing.

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But you have no idea it's happening. It's all in your unconscious mind.

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Ah! So the ideomotor response

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is when the brain tells the body what to do without you realising it.

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Epic.

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And that is how to trick your mate's brain.

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Your epic flag is nearing half-mast.

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To pull it proudly to the top,

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we have this bundle of brilliance to come.

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This fashionable female helps your parents out with these.

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I introduced my dad

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and now I can finally walk down the street with him.

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This wild man shows us how to build one of those.

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Perfect timing, starting to rain, I'm getting in.

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This sizzling sportsman shows you how to do this.

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But, first, this kid shows you how to survive a venomous snakebite.

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Snakes are epic.

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Around a fifth of them have a venomous bite,

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including one type found in the UK, the adder.

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Snake bites are unlikely.

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There are roughly 100 reported cases a year in the UK.

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But what would happen if it happened to you? Picture the scene.

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Your mate is handing out some jelly snake sweets.

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Your friends each take one and then it's your turn.

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But your jelly snake turns out to be a real venomous cobra.

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And it's very angry.

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KID SHRIEKS

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So what do you do if you get bitten by a snake?

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We found a biologist, with very spiky hair,

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who knows exactly what to do.

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Hi, I'm Blowfish.

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I'm going to tell you how to deal with a venomous snakebite.

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Let's hope you don't get bitten yourself, Blowfish.

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So, what's first?

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If you're walking where there are known to be venomous snakes,

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wear long trousers and a decent pair of boots.

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It'll help minimise the impact from any snake bite.

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OK, got that, so skirts are out. Gutted really!

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If you hear a deep hissing noise, stay very, very still.

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HISSING NOISE

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It means you're close to a snake and he's not happy with you.

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But, if you wait, he will eventually go away.

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Venom is very, very valuable

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and he doesn't want to waste it on the likes of you.

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What do you mean, waste it on the likes of us?

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We'll try not to be too offended.

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If you do get bitten, keep very, very calm.

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If you panic, your blood pressure will increase

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and you'll get the venom moving quickly round your body

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and that's not good.

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Yes, I'm calm, I'm calm.

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I've just been bitten by a snake, but I'm very calm.

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A correct identification of the right type of snake

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means you can get the right type of anti-venom

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and that can make a big difference when it comes to saving your life.

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It's even better if you can get a picture of the snake,

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though it's probably not the best time to be posing.

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Try and clean the wound with anything you can. Even a tissue will do.

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Hold the wound below the level of the heart.

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It will help reduce the flow of venom around your body.

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SIREN

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Get to hospital as soon as you can and seek medical attention

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and everything should be OK.

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Yep, when you say it that way, it sounds, er, dead easy.

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And that's how you deal with a venomous snake bite.

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Thanks, Blowfish.

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I think your friend might be getting a bit peckish, though.

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We're out of there and on to something completely different.

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Ever had your parents pick you up from the school disco

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and really embarrass you, because they're dressed like retro aliens?

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Well worry ye not, as this fashionista can help.

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Hi, I'm Ayishat, fashion stylist

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to some of your favourite music artists.

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Today I'm going to show you how to make your parents look cool.

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This is Ayishat Akanbi, stylish stylist of stars

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such as Labrinth,

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Cher Lloyd

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and JLS.

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And now she's going to help you style your parents. Get to it.

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Lesson one.

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Have you noticed how your dad's trousers sometimes can remind

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-you of that of a clown?

-Yes.

-Not so cool.

-Wowsers trousers.

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These are cooler. I introduced my dad

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and now I can finally walk down the street with him.

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-Do it today.

-Consider it done.

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Next up is cool kicks. What's cooler than cool trainers?

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So why are our parents still wearing pairs like these?

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I think we need to get rid of it.

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How about introducing your folks to some cool pairs like these?

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Bad trainers gone, cool ones in. Got it.

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A lot of our parents wear glasses. This I have no qualms with.

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But why do they wear glasses they were wearing when they were our age?

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Why not introduce your folks to a geek-chic pair like these?

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-I think they look pretty cool.

-Geek and chic. Cool.

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And, finally, sometimes parents try a little bit too hard

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and start dressing like...like us.

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So if your mum's wearing a crop top, short shorts

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-and backwards baseball cap...

-Which she does.

-..this is an absolute no.

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Instead, your mum should be wearing something like dark denim jeans,

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ankle boots, and top it off with a cool trilby.

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And this, my friends, is how to make your parents look cool.

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Thanks, Ayishat.

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Now if they can have a personality transplant,

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I could hang out with parents happily!

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I'm not sure I could survive in the wild with them,

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unless I had this man's assistance.

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Hi, I'm Paul "Chalky" White

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and I'm here to show you how to build the perfect shelter.

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This is Paul White, a survival expert.

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He's had 24 years of military experience.

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You name it, he's survived it.

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The first thing we need to do is to gather wood.

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Wood is the most important tool for the shelter itself.

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The wood will make the frame

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and the other materials will make the insulation.

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Let's go, let's try to find wood for our shelter.

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Chalky's on the look-out for three logs -

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two Y-shaped and one really long one

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to make the frame of his shelter.

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There's a smashing log down there. This is what I'm going to be using.

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These will be at the front of the shelter

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and we're going to interlock them. Nicely interlocked.

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Main beam will go up and sit on top.

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And that's the frame up and ready to go.

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What we need to look for now is some smaller boughs

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and this will go on to the shelter to act like a rib cage.

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They're just going to get dug into the ground...

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..like so.

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-As we start to build the frame, we snap them off.

-What a man.

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And soon, it should look like this.

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Nice and solid, so they're not going to move.

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All we are going to do now is to make these gaps smaller

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and we'll do that by putting in smaller twigs.

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These are the twigs we've collected.

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-This is the coolest shelter I've ever seen!

-The frame is done.

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The holes are smaller now,

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which means I just fill the leaf litter on top

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and, very quickly, I can get a good thermal barrier above me.

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Ah, the piece de resistance - the leaves.

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And there we have it, the perfect shelter,

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perfect timing, starting to rain, I'm getting in.

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You get yourself nice and dry. Cheers, Chalky.

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Time for one last dose of epic-ness

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and this next one is worth three points.

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This is Terry. All right Terry?

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And he has represented Great Britain's wheelchair basketball team

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in a massive four Paralympic Games. Yes, four.

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I'm Terry Bywater. I play wheelchair basketball for Great Britain

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and I'm going to show you how to shoot a three-pointer.

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In case you don't know, a three-pointer is when

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you shoot from behind that line and get the ball in like that.

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-Beautiful.

-My first hit would be to feel comfortable with the ball.

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Get one hand behind, the other one to support it.

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You want to be lined up to the basket and you've got to remember

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that if you're in a wheelchair, your body can't cross the line.

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No crossing the line. Still with you, Terry.

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When you're about to shoot, you want to put your hand in the air.

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You want to snap your wrist

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and follow through and reach into the basket.

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You want to shoot the ball with an arc high in the air,

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so it goes up and down to the basket.

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So, shoot with an arc,

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aim high into the air,

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follow through and three points in the bag.

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-And that is how you shoot a three-pointer.

-Thanks, Terry.

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I'm off to shoot some hoops.

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Right, that brings us to the end

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of 15 minutes of total random epic-ness.

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You should now be able to try this

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and this

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and even that. Now go forth and be epic

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at everything!

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If you want to be really epic, head on over to the CBBC website,

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where you can watch all the videos again and again and again.

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So you can truly master your epic-ness.

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Epic.

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An amazing line-up of experts demonstrates how to do a skateboard trick, shuffle cards, trick someone's mind, style your parents, score a three-pointer, make the perfect shelter and survive being bitten by a venomous snake.