Episode 6 How to Be Epic @ Everything


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Episode 6

Stephen Graham and Rachel Riley are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to be a maths wizard, hula hoop and dance like a Bollywood star.


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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,

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hotshots and all-round dudes

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with the lowdown on how you can do what they can do.

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In just 15 minutes, you will know how to speed-knit,

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survive a jellyfish sting, dance Bollywood-style,

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ace your 11 times table, snap an apple in half,

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and this kid shows you how to be a court jester.

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But before all that, strap yourself in and get your hands in the air.

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You're on the rollercoaster ride of epicarama,

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and first up it's time to dust off your hoop

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and get your hips a-wiggling.

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Hula hoops are epic.

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They've been spun, twirled and thrown throughout history.

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And guess what, you can even become an Olympic champion in it.

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Seriously!

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And we've got two of Team GB's finest gymnasts,

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Jade Faulkner and Lynne Hutchinson,

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to teach you how to hoop your way to the top.

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Show us how it's done, Lynne.

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First of all, you need to get used to rotating the hoop round your hand,

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so put your hand in this position and put the hoop on your hand.

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And then rotate it, keeping your fingers together.

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This is actually a bit tricky!

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A good tip is to keep it on your hand and not let it go up onto your wrist.

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Once you're good with that, you can try swapping hands.

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Got it! I think... What's next?

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Another great move is the boomerang.

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As you let go of the hoop, pull your fingers backwards.

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BOOM!

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..erang.

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Now it's time to try a trick with your foot.

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Put the hoop on one foot and rotate it with the other.

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Once you can do that, try skipping.

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Foot hopping, got it!

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Olympics here I come!

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Once you get really good, you can try some more difficult moves, like this.

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Whoa!

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Super hooping!

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-BOTH:

-And that is how to be epic with a hoop.

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And gold-medal ready-ish!

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Thanks, twirly girls!

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Gold medals are ace,

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and if there was one on offer for being epic at all things fishy,

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then this guy would have millions of them.

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Jellyfish are epic, fact! But they sting, ouch!

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Luckily for you, we've got top marine biologist the Blowfish

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to tell you what to do if one of these slimy suckers get you.

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What do we do, big guy?

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As soon as you think you've been stung, don't panic.

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Aaah!

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I said, "Don't panic." Get out of the sea.

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Now, you could still have a jellyfish tentacle stuck onto you.

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-It might look something like this.

-Oh!

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But it won't be as tasty as this, cos this is a strawberry lace.

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Oh, I do love those.

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-That thing will continue to sting you, you must get rid of it.

-How?

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Don't touch it with your bare fingers.

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-Use something like a shell to peel off the stinger...

-Genius!

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..and throw it away.

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Litterbug! I've heard you're supposed to...

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-HE WHISTLES

-..on it.

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Some of you may have heard that you should pee on a jellyfish sting.

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-I just said that.

-Well, don't!

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-Hmm, really?

-It could actually make it hurt more.

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Anything else, Blowfish?

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If you start to suffer from an allergic reaction,

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feel dizzy, queasy,

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or you've been stung in your eyes or mouth,

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you need to get medical attention.

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Notify a lifeguard or, if in doubt, ring 999.

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Don't worry, the very vast majority of jellyfish stings

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are never a problem.

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Right, better not call on my pet man o' war, then.

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Cheers, Fish!

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So you're all up on jellyfish stings,

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but what would you do if you were thrown onto stage

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and told to perform Bollywood-style?

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You could do this! Looks epic, right?

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Well, here is the mistress of moves, the duchess of dance,

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the ruler of rhythm to show you how.

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Hi, I'm Honey Kalaria,

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and I'm here to teach you how to dance like a Bollywood superstar.

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Splendid!

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The first move we're going to learn is the Indian folk-dance move.

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Hit me, Bollywood style.

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We're going to be putting our left hand towards our chest

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and make sure the other arm is pulled right across on the other side.

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-Yep, I got it!

-Look away,

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and go - one, two, three, four.

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Then try it the other way, and - one, two...

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One, two, three, four.

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Right, show me the body roll.

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-The way you do the move is you step.

-Yep.

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-You bend your head.

-Oh, my neck!

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-You bend your waist.

-Oh, my back!

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And then you wiggle yourself all the way underneath...

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-Oh!

-..to the other side.

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Cool! Let's take this outside and epicarise it!

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Bollywood dancing is about looking spectacular,

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so get all your mates together and make sure you look truly amazing,

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like this.

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That is amazing! Awesome Bollywood moves, guys.

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Now, that's how you become epic at Bollywood dancing!

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That was great, I am whacked. Bye, Honey!

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You're still only halfway through your epic odyssey. Cool, eh?

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And there's still all this to come.

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Our resident king of uselessness shows you how to do this,

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this girl does this - fast,

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and this one does that in her head.

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But first, fancy being a court jester?

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Well, this kid will show you how.

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If you think you're the funny kid at school,

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then you could take a leaf out of a medieval jester's book.

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They had to make people like Henry VIII laugh.

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Now, that's epic!

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Think you don't need to know

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how to make people at the royal court piddle themselves laughing?

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Well, then, picture the scene.

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You're in your medieval village when there's a royal visit.

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You're trying to get a good view of the king and jump up to see better,

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but jump too high, bang your head

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and roll out in front of His Royal Highness.

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He thinks it's hilarious and wants you to be his new jester.

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You need some jester skills - and fast!

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Well, lucky for you,

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we've got top actor and history-lover Stephen Graham

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to tell you what you need to know to make a medieval king laugh.

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Good luck with that!

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Congratulations!

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You've been appointed as a court jester.

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-But you want to be epic.

-Of course.

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The good news is that court jesters were paid really well

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and would be dressed in the same finery

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as other members of the king's court.

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-Awesome! Very snappy.

-Whoo-hoo!

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But this wasn't always the case.

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Some jesters wore coats of different colours.

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Others had trousers which had one leg a different colour than the other.

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Basically, you look ridiculous. Anything else?

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Ah, a hat, of course!

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Now, once you were all jestered up, you had to perfect your act.

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Popular choices were singing, dancing and juggling.

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The real key to being a great jester

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was the art of the insult.

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You could call the king fat,

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ugly, bald.

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Anything you wanted.

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If you were too rude

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or, even worse, not rude enough,

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then you could be beaten or whipped.

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But the worst punishment of all

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was to be sacked

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and expelled from the kingdom forever!

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X Factor-style, I like it!

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But even then, it wasn't all that bad.

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The lucky ones were given money and land

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and lived happily ever after.

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Oh, I do like a happy ending.

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And that is how you become

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a court jester!

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Thank you, Stephen.

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From something epically old-school to something you can wow

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your teachers with at school.

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It's maths and it's epic.

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Don't believe me? Well...

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Maths...

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is... epic!

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Wow. Is it really? Go on, prove it.

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Hi, I'm Rachel Riley and I'm going to teach you how to be

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epic at your 11 times tables.

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Erm...yay?

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Everybody knows that 1 x 11 = 11.

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2 x 11 = 22, 3 x 11 = 33, and so on,

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but how about 54 x 11?

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Easy. 469.

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-594.

-Oh...

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I'm going to teach you how to work out your 11 times tables

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all the way up to 99 x 11 without even hurting your brain

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-and, with a little bit of practice, all in your head.

-Erm...yay?

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To multiply a two-digit number by 11, for example, 54,

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first split apart the five and the four with a gap in the middle.

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Next, add its digits together, so for this example,

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5 + 4, which equals nine.

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I knew that.

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Now put this number in the gap, so we have 5-9-4

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and that's your answer. 594.

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I was just about to say that.

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But does this work for all two-digit numbers? Let's try 75 x 11.

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Yes, let's.

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Just like the last time,

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first split the 7 and the 5 with a gap in the middle.

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Next, add its digits together, so in this case, 7 + 5...

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-14...

-..which makes 12.

-Oh.

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Now, put this number in the gap, so you have 7-12-5.

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My brain hurts.

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So, is 75 x 11 7,125?

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-Yes, it is.

-No, it isn't.

-Ohhh!

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If the digits add to ten or greater, you have to carry

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the one over into the next column, so you end up with 8-2-5.

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And there's your answer. 825.

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I'll take your word for it, Riley.

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And that's how to epic at your 11 times tables.

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Genius. Thanks, Rachel.

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From the Queen of All Things Maths to the King of Everything Uselessly

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Brilliant, especially fruit. He's really brilliant with fruit.

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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's totally useless,

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-but brilliant.

-Phaaa!

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For this one, you are going to need an apple.

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Hello-ahh! My name is Max Byrne. Sssss...

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And I am going to show you how to snap

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an apple in half with your bare hands. Now, I only have human ones,

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-so I guess I'm going to use them.

-Sounds really cool, but why?

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Just imagine someone shouts at you, "How strong are ya?"

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It's your mother with friends.

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I can snap an apple in half with my bare hands.

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Sold. Show me how.

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First, you need an apple.

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What you're going to do is remove the stalk. She loves me,

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she loves me not. Make that hole point outwards, away from you.

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Now press upwards with your bottom fingers

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and then press down and out with your thumbs.

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Wow! Epic!

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And that's how you snap an apple in half with your bare hands.

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I found that very A-PEEL-ING...

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-Get out of here.

-Thanks, Max. Cracking stuff from our Max.

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He's epic. But does he know how to knit? Nope.

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If he did, he would definitely want to do it like this.

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Think knitting is all old ladies making naff jumpers for you

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to wear at Christmas? Well, move over, Grandma.

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Welcome to the epic world of speed knitting. Yeah. It rocks.

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Want to know more? Here's an expert speed knitterer to show you how.

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Hi, I'm Susie and I'm going to show you how to be epic at speed knitting.

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Yeah! That's fast.

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The first step to speed knitting is to learn how to knit.

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Got my needles, got my yarn, let's knit!

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-Tie a slipknot...

-SLIPKNOT!

-..and place it over the needle

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that you're going to hold in your left hand. This is your first stitch.

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Pros call this casting on.

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Take the needle in our right hand

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and we push it through the stitch that is on the left needle.

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You then wrap the yarn around the needle in your right hand,

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take it under the first stitch, pull it through

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and then place that loop on the left needle.

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-You've now made stitch number two.

-Rewind!

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So, slot your right needle through your first stitch,

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loop your yarn around the right needle and poke it through the loop

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on the left needle. Then, put your left needle through the new loop

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you've got on your right needle. Confused? Don't worry.

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You'll get there. Keep casting on

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until you have got a row of stitches. Next stage!

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Now you've cast on, you are ready to knit. This is the knit stitch.

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You take your needle in your right hand.

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Push the point into the first stitch as you've done before with

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casting on, wrap the yarn around, making a loop on the right needle,

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pull the loop through underneath the needle on the left hand

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and this time, you want to pull off the stitch on the left needle.

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So, it's the same as casting on,

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but you're sliding your stitch off the needle.

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You want to repeat this then for the rest of your stitches, so you

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put your needle through, wrap it around,

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bring it under and pull it off.

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And that is how to knit.

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You'll be a little bit slow at first,

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but with practice you'll be able to speed knit like this.

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Let's take it EXTREME...

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KNITTING!

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And that's how to be epic at speed knitting!

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Thanks, Susie, you extreme knitterer, you.

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Right, that brings us to the end

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of 15 minutes of total random epicness.

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You should now be able to try this...

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and this...

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that..this...

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and that.

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This and even that.

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Now go forth and be epic

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at everything!

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Stephen Graham and Rachel Riley are amongst an amazing line-up of experts who demonstrate how to be a maths wizard, hula hoop like a gymnast, snap an apple in half with your hands, be a court jester, survive a jellyfish sting, speed knit and dance like a Bollywood star.