Episode 4 How to Be Epic @ Everything


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Stephen Graham and Rachel Riley are among an amazing line-up of experts who show you how to be a maths superstar, beatbox, do a trick with an orange and shear a sheep.


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

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so sit back, strap yourself in

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and get ready to become Epic At Everything!

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Welcome to your total random fix of epicness.

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

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and all-round dudes with the lowdown on how you can do what they can do.

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In just 15 minutes, you'll know how to...

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shear a sheep...

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become a mathematician...

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do a trick with an orange...

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dance the running man...

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play the sitar...

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and this kid will show you how to die like a king.

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But, before any of that, grab your towel,

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because you're about to dive into the sea of epicosity.

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And you'll need to take a deep breath to do what this girl does.

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Drumming is pretty epic.

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But unless you got a spare bedroom, where do you put your drum kit?

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SHE BEATBOXES

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How about in your mouth, like this girl?

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Hey, what's up? My name's Bellatrix, and I'm a world champion beatboxer.

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Show off!

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I'm going to show you some simple steps of how you can turn yourself

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into your very own human beatbox,

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so you can impress your friends at parties.

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A little something like this...

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-SHE BEATBOXES

-OK, that's pretty amazing.

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How do I do it?

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First off, I want you to think of your voice as a drum kit.

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OK.

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Each of the sounds we're going to be making is going to be

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a part of that drum kit, so we'll start with the bass drum.

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Which you can think of as the letter B.

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Buh-buh-buh.

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Buh-buh-buh... Got it. Next?

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Next we're going to introduce the high-hat,

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which is basically two cymbals that you hit.

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They can be represented by the letter T.

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Tuh-tuh-tss-tss.

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Tss-tss. This is easy.

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Finally, we're going to bring in the snare drum.

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You can think of the snare drum like the letter K.

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Kuh!

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O-K.

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So, now we've got the three basic sounds. The bass drum - buh-buh...

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the high-hat - tss-tss...

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and the snare drum - kuh-kuh.

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With just those three sounds, you can do a lot.

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For example...

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SHE BEATBOXES

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Whoa! That's great!

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Just remember not to try it at the dinner table.

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And that's how to be epic at beatboxing.

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Thank you, Bellatrix.

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That's your first wave of epicness over, but don't dry off just yet,

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there's plenty more coming your way -

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like maths. No, seriously, it's cool.

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Guess what? Maths is like magic. Don't believe me?

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This girl's going to prove it.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Riley,

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and I'm going to teach you how to become a math-magician,

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and predict a number that someone's thinking about.

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And while there's no actual magic involved,

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there is a little bit of maths trickery.

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Go on, show us this magic maths.

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Think of a number below ten.

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-Five.

-Now double it.

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Five plus five is ten.

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Add six to your new number.

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Ten plus six is 16.

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-Halve it.

-Eight.

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And lastly, subtract your original number.

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Er, three.

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Now, using my maths superpowers,

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I can tell you that the number you're thinking about...

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is three.

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No way! How does that work?

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The answer is always three - and this is why.

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OK, show us how it's done. Different number.

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-So, in our trick, we first think of a number.

-Seven.

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-And then we doubled it.

-14.

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-And then we added six.

-20.

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So when we halved this, we ended up with one of our number

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and half of six.

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And when we took away our original number,

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all that was left was half of six, which is three.

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-Aha!

-And the answer is three, and it's always three.

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Oh, cool trick. Thanks, Rachel!

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From a math-magician to a dance floor diva.

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Throw your calculators away - the only numbers you need

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are one, two, three, four,

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five, six, seven, eight.

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If you don't want to dance like your dad then get on your feet

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and get ready to learn a truly epic move.

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Hi, I'm Lizzie Gough,

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and I'm going to teach you a classic dance move that you HAVE to learn.

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This is how to do the running man.

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Amazing! Tell me more, running lady.

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First, you're going to start with one leg up in the air,

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-and you have your hands forward.

-Got it.

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You're going to bring your arms back, and you're going to

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hop on the supporting leg, and put both feet on the floor.

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Right, arms back and feet down. Next?

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Then you're going to repeat the move,

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so you're going to hop on the other foot.

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At the same time, you're going to bring your arms forward.

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Then you just keep repeating this move.

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One, two...

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I'll be hopping mad if I can't learn that.

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-Sorry.

-One, two...

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And then you can keep going faster, turning around,

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playing with it - just experiment.

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And that's how you can be epic doing the running man.

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Thank you Lizzie. Run along, now.

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If Lizzie's running man has worn you out, tough!

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Because there's still an epirrific mountain to climb.

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Our resident king of uselessness has a trick up his sleeve...

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you learn how to play this...

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and this bloke does this.

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But first - want to know how to die like a king?

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Well, this kid will show you how it's done.

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Picture the scene. You're the king of medieval England,

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and you're taking your steed for a morning ride.

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Ooh!

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Phew!

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-BIRD SQUAWKS

-Argh!

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That's bad luck, that is.

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HE GROANS

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Looks like your kinging days are over.

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You need to plan your state funeral, and quick.

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But how do you die like a king?

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Well, to turn your funeral from a boo-hoo into a woo-hoo,

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here's top actor and history fan Stephen Graham.

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Take it away, big man.

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So, you want the best funeral ever.

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Um...yeah.

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Here's a look at the most bizarre funerals from the past.

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Let's get morbid. First up, ancient Egypt.

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Ah...

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Eh?

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A funeral for a pharaoh was a very elaborate occasion.

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First, they had to be mummified.

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Mummies are epic.

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-Ah!

-What else?

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Rumour has it that the slaves of the king were buried alive with them,

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so they could wait on them in the next life.

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Bit mean.

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The pharaohs certainly knew how to make a funeral last.

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But, for the drama, the only way was the Viking way.

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Hi!

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The Vikings believed in more than one god.

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Ooh!

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They believed that after their death,

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they would meet all their gods in a place called Valhalla.

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Now, the only way to get to Valhalla was by boat.

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The Vikings would lay the body in the boat, then push it out to sea.

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Then the village's best archer would fire a burning arrow...

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HE IMITATES ARROW

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..hit the main sail and set the boat on fire.

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Of course. You had me, until the burning in a boat.

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What's next?

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Hello!

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In Roman times, the funeral rituals began before death.

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The eldest member of the family would be summoned to catch

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and inhale the last breath of whomever was dying.

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Eurgh.

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That is gross.

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There's got to be something better than that.

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Oh!

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Then, after eight days, the body would be ready for burial.

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It would be taken through town, followed by a procession

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of musicians, mourners and family members...

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Hey, this is more like it! Party!

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..who'd be wearing masks to look like their dead ancestors.

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Spooky.

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Hang on, that's pretty freaky.

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And that...is how to die like a king.

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Right, well, that was grim. Thanks, Stephen.

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Moving on. What rhymes with "guitar"

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and kind of looks a bit like one, too?

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A sitar, of course!

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Do you want to know how to play a sitar?

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Well, listen up, cos we've got the sorcerer of sound

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to show you how to make this centuries-old Indian instrument

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sound seriously epic.

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Hi, I'm Jonathan Mayer, and I'm going to show you how to play the sitar.

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Mm, spectacular. Show me the sitar skills, sir.

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Firstly, we have a mizrab, or plectrum,

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which goes on my index finger like this.

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Oof! OK, mizrab on. Next?

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You need to get yourself in the right seated position,

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because you don't want to be uncomfortable while you're playing.

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So, sit - ahh!

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-You have to get you right leg on top of your left leg...

-You what?

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..like this.

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-GRUNTS:

-Right... Comfy. Next?

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Rest the main body of the sitar on your left foot.

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-The neck should rest on your right knee.

-Got it.

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Rest the thumb of your right hand on the bottom of the neck,

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where the pattern stops.

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Just about there.

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Now we know where everything goes,

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-I'm going to teach you the jalla technique.

-Jally good!

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You need to pluck the first string...

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and then reach up to hit the rhythmical strings three times,

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like this.

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MUSIC

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-Yup.

-And then you just repeat it.

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MUSIC

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Sounding great, JM!

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Once you've got the basics down, eventually, you'll be able to play

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something like this.

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MUSIC

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Rocking it, sitar-style!

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INTRICATE MUSIC

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And that's how to become epic at playing the sitar.

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Really epic sitar skills. Thanks, Jonathan!

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Sitars are definitely epic, but they're not crazy epic.

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For that, there is only one man you need to call - this guy.

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He's the Prince of Pointlessness, the Emperor of the Absurd,

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the Saint of Silliness.

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He's Max Byrne and he's always got a trick that is totally useless,

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-but brilliant.

-Vah!

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And for this, you'll need an orange.

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Shamai! I'm Max Byrne.

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SIZZLING

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What's that, I hear? You want me to tell you something interesting and,

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yes, slightly mind-blowing? I can tell you how many individual segments

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-there are in this orange.

-No way.

-What's that?

-Are you talking to me?

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-Is he talking to me?

-There's ten segments in this orange.

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Don't believe me?

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No...but I'd like to.

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Ten segments, you say, Max? Prove it.

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One, two, three, four,

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five, six, seven, eight,

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nine...

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..ten.

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Amazing! Come on, how did you do it?

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Now, what I didn't show you was that, before the trick,

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-I removed the green plug at the top of the orange.

-Why?

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At the top of the orange, there are little small holes.

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Each one of these holes represents

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an individual segment inside this orange.

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You count them and that tells you how many individual segments are inside.

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Holes = segments. Sneaky.

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Now, orange-you glad you knew that?!

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Oh, dear, Max.

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-Get out of here.

-Ta-ra!

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Right, there's just enough time for one last throw of the dice

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of epicorama. Is it six?

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No! It's a sheep.

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I bet you can't name an animal more epic than a sheep.

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What's that?

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A lion? Hmm....OK.

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Another one.

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An elephant? Good suggestion.

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OK, one last go.

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A shark? Fair point.

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But can you shear a shark? No!

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And that's why sheep are epic!

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Wool is brilliant. It comes right off a sheep's back,

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literally. But how do you get it from sheep to shop?

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To show you how, we've got this top farmer.

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Hi, I'm Gareth and I'm going to show you how to shear a sheep.

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-He's going to what?

-Shearing is a bit like

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-a haircut, but for sheep.

-That sheep looks like it can't wait(!)

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Sheep need to be sheared once a year.

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They like to stay cool in the summer, just like we do.

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Ah, that'll explain the vest!

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-I'm going to use a sheep-shearing machine.

-Say what?

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-A sheep-shearing machine.

-Once more.

-A sheep-shearing machine.

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That's easy for you to say(!)

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Let's do this!

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-So, we start with the belly...

-Uh-huh.

-..then, the hind leg.

-Oh.

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-We do the back leg and the tail.

-Oh, I bet that tickles.

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I wonder what looks like from shears' point of view?

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-Oh, epic!

-We have one stroke down the neck and, then, the other stroke

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-up the neck.

-That makes sense.

-Down onto the leg.

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Coming round...

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I think he only wanted a trim, Gareth.

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..onto the back, on the big strokes, the long strokes.

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This really reminds me of something.

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It's a bit like peeling an orange.

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Nah, it wasn't that.

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Now we're coming on to the final piece of shearing.

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Keeping the comb full. Keeping the sheep happy.

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A happy sheep is a sheared sheep.

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-This is now a fleece. We need to wrap it up, tidily...

-Oh, cosy.

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..then it goes off to make jumpers, carpets, and even aeroplane seats.

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Let's stick to jumpers. I think you might need one for the winter.

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HE SPEAKS WELSH

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And that means..?

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That's how you shear a sheep.

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Oh, right. Cheers, Gareth!

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Right, that brings us to the end of 15 minutes

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of total random epicness. You should now be able to try this...

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..and this, that and that.

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This and this....

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and even that.

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Now go forth and be epic at everything!

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Stephen Graham and Rachel Riley are among an amazing line-up of experts who show you how to be a maths superstar, beatbox, do a trick with an orange, shear a sheep, play the sitar and dance the running man.