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-This is the world of records.
-tightest space, longest
# Longest ears on a dog
-# Most poisonous frog and A woman with a beard
# Officially, officially, officially, amazing. #
This is Officially Amazing.
I'm Ben Shires and we have been scouring the globe to bring
you the fastest, longest,
highest, strongest, youngest,
and weirdest world records we can get our sticky hands on.
Coming up in today's show, we see some extraordinary official
Guinness World Record attempts, including...
We see perhaps the most British record attempt possible
as this woman tries to become the fastest chip-wrapper in the world.
-And this juggling genius tries to bite his way to a new record.
USA reporter Al hotfoots it to Las Vegas to meet
a record breaking fire-breather.
And this'll make your hair stand on end.
Our Japanese reporter, Haruka,
is in Tokyo to find the world's tallest Mohawk.
But first, let's meet this man as he attempts to enter the
record books on the back of a pram.
This is Shakespeare Raceway in Stratford-upon-Avon,
where you'd usually see souped-up supercars.
But today, I'm here to see something entirely different.
A much stranger vehicle is going to try and set a new world record.
Isn't that right, little Ben?
Come on, buddy. We practised this. You now say...
Yes, big Ben. This is one of the silliest speed records ever.
But it's not for dummies like you.
All right then, smarty-pants, what is the record?
It's for the snappily-titled...
Without a baby in it, of course.
Serial record breaker and plumber Colin Furze
specialises in homemade speed machines with a difference,
and he's recently been working on this little baby...
Now, I'm no expert but I think I know that prams don't
generally come with engines attached. What is this under here?
This is basically a 125 cc motorbike engine.
I've put it in the pram where you would normally
put your shopping or your nappies.
I'm kind of guessing that you don't generally put babies in this,
-is that right?
-Not when it's going fast, no.
You can use it as a normal pram for pushing,
and you could stick a baby in it if you wanted, but it's not advisable.
Riding instead of a baby is a highly-trained stunt doll.
Oh, she's very realistic.
OK then, let's get the rules for this absolutely ridiculous
record attempt. To get a Guinness World Record,
Colin's creation must resemble a pram. Well, it does.
Be capable of accommodating a baby. Aw, cute.
Nappy change needed, I think.
And thirdly, it needs to go fast. Very fast.
It needs to go faster than 30 miles per hour to get to him
that new world record.
I'm not really sure what happens if it goes on the grass.
Let's hope it doesn't.
Today is actually Colin's birthday, but he doesn't want jelly
and ice cream. He wants a world record.
On previous birthdays, Colin has set world records for the largest ever
bonfire, the longest motorcycle and the fastest mobility scooter.
And look at that!
Colin has brought that very same mobility scooter along today.
-If you want to turn heads, then get one of these.
-How fast can it go?
-My world record is 71 miles an hour.
But it's also officially amazing, can I have a go, please?
You can't have a go on this one, but I've got another one you can try.
I like the way you're talking. So just for fun,
in lane one it's Colin Furze on his pimped-up 125 cc
mobility scooter, which has five gears and twin exhausts.
In lane two, it's me on a normal mobility scooter,
which has none of that, dressed as my granny.
I hope she doesn't mind I've borrowed her best shoes.
So, who do you think is going to go fastest?
Maybe I can psych him out by looking tough.
No, I can't psych him out by looking tough.
Three, two, one, go!
There goes Colin, really put the hours into that machine,
whereas I have not. And it's blatantly clear to see now.
He's whizzing off into the sunset,
there's no whizzing as far as I'm concerned.
Slow and steady wins the race.
So, we've seen that Colin's scooter is incredible,
but can his pram get him another world record?
He's making his final preparations.
Will the mechanical masterpiece make it up to the magic 30 miles an hour?
Will Colin get another world record?
Well, we're not going to tell you now. We're only five minutes into
the show. We'll come back later to find out.
Time now to go over to America and to this man,
our US reporter, Al Jackson.
He's about to meet a record holder who is...
Welcome to Las Vegas, USA, where I'm going to meet
one of the hottest record breakers there is. I'm excited.
So are they.
Now I understand why my friend Ben was too chicken to come meet
this world record holder.
I mean, it's officially weird. It's officially scary. Officially ugly.
Fire is really dangerous and not something to mess around with.
This man is a professional fire-breather, but even he needs to
be extremely careful, otherwise
that lovely long hair will get singed.
Antonio Restivo may look like he's in a rock band,
that's because he's in a rock band.
No, not really.
Antonio is actually the world's highest fire-breather.
In 2011, he recorded the highest flame ever blown by a fire-breather.
It was a massive 8.05 metres in length.
That's longer than a fire engine,
something Antonio probably needs from time to time.
Making a flame that high takes a lot of training,
so we won't be trying to beat his record today.
But he's still got plenty of hot stuff to show us.
First though, I've got one question I have asked this man of fire.
-So, Antonio, why do you do this?
-Because I love fire.
You should do that any time a guy comes up wanting to
-date your daughter. "What were you saying?"
-"What do you mean?
"I'm sorry, I didn't hear that clear."
Obviously, none of us should ever play with fire.
But because Antonio's a trained professional with over 20 years
experience, he's agreed to give me some training.
I have a special technique that we're going to go through.
-I'm going to teach you how to train to be a fire-breather.
-All right! Time to become Al Jackson, breather of fire.
-All right, Antonio. It's time for the big moment.
I want to see how you train. I want all the cool stuff, like,
-bring it on.
-You want to learn how to be the best fire-breather?
-I want to learn right now.
-Here it is.
Got to blow it up in one breath.
Balloons are not what I had in mind.
You only get one breath to do it, now. So when you start,
you only get one shot.
-I think this is broken.
-This one's broken.
-That one's broken?
-Take that one. Try that one.
-I got this.
Sadly, I can't even blow one up. I quit.
Let's make sure that there's nothing faulty.
Clearly, I'm not destined to become Al Jackson, fire-breather, after all.
In my defence, I started that one for you.
Although using balloons might seem like a long way from an
eight-metre-high fireball, they're Antonio's secret weapon.
Practising with them increases the size of Antonio's lungs.
I think this one likes you.
Which makes him able to breathe fire bigger
and longer than anyone else in the world.
So that's Antonio Restivo, the world's highest fire-breather.
Officially amazing and the guy I'm going to call the next time
I can't light the barbecue.
Thanks, Al. Now it's time for Haruka to give you a quiz in...
This is part of a Guinness World Record holder,
but what is their record? Is it - the world's hairiest chest?
The world's most expensive poodle?
Or the world's biggest Afro hairstyle?
Well, if you're shouting out poodle, then you can now feel justifiably...
Because it's the world's largest Afro, measuring 16 centimetres tall,
21 centimetres wide, and 1.39 metres all the way round.
It belongs to American Aevin Dugas. She might spend a fortune on shampoo,
but has probably never had to buy a pillow in her life.
And talking of super-sized records, what about this British beauty?
It's the world's heaviest onion,
weighing in at a massive 8.15 kilograms.
It was grown by the UK's very own Peter Glazebrook.
He's the one on the left.
It's huge and perfectly formed, unlike this monster.
Weighing 7.85 kilograms, that's the world's heaviest parsnip.
You'd need a lot of gravy to wash that down with your Sunday lunch.
Look, it's attacking its owner!
And finally, from something hideously ugly, that's the parsnip,
not the man, to something cute.
This is Bruschi, who has the largest eyes of a dog,
measuring 28 millimetres in diameter.
Bruschi can look fierce, but not when he's dressed as a bumblebee.
-Thanks, Haruka. I'm off to meet a man who's...
There are loads of people who love breaking Guinness World Records.
Today, we're going to meet one of them.
This is Chayne Hultgren, who's also known as the Space Cowboy.
So how's he going to try and become officially amazing today?
Wish I could juggle.
Well, the new world record is for the most bites taken from apples
whilst juggling them in a minute.
Yes, it's the biting apple juggle record attempt.
To get it, the Space Cowboy must take 100 bites or more
from his three apples in a minute.
He must use two hands to juggle with
and must take a bite out of a different apple each time.
Them's the rules, here we go.
This is the moment of truth.
Hopefully, we're about to set a new world record.
Craig here is the official adjudicator,
he's going to be counting how many bites you to take.
-So, if you're feeling ready, are you?
-I was born ready.
-Craig, are you ready?
-And are you at home ready? Good.
Three, two, one, go.
It's a great start. Look at those hands and those jaws go.
The Space Cowboy there, using a different apple for each bite.
He's read the rules, that's good.
Oh, he's nearly dropped one there, but it didn't touch the floor
so he's OK to carry on.
Remember, he needs to do at least 100 bites in the 60 seconds
to set a new record. That's a lot of bites and a lot of mess,
but there's no rule you that says you can't be messy, so he's OK.
He has to keep up that rhythm to make sure he's biting
a different apple each turn.
I really hope he's still hungry. Time's almost up. Can he do it?
Five, four, three,
two, one. Stop.
OK, that's it, it's a minute. He had to beat 100 to get the record.
Craig, has he done it?
He did 108. That's a brand new Guinness World Record.
Well, congratulations. It's a new world record
and it's officially amazing.
We'll see the Space Cowboy again soon for another record attempt.
But somehow, I don't think even he would fancy this next one.
And that's because it's...
This is a forest in Finland.
These are people slapping themselves in a forest in Finland. But why?
Well, I can tell you it involves these,
and plenty of them, mosquitoes.
Those buzzy, whiny little flies that bite your ankles
when you're on holiday.
Believe it or not, these people are actually taking part
in the world mosquito killing championships.
# Another one bites the dust. #
It seems incredible, but it's absolutely true.
It started 20 years ago and it's an annual contest held in
Pelkosenniemi, Finland. The aim is simple,
to kill lots of mosquitoes using just your hands with
no weapons or chemicals allowed.
Competitors simply use themselves as bait. So in terms of skill,
all you need for this one is to look tasty to a mossie.
Some people clearly think the more flesh available,
the better your chances.
Contestants then sit in the forest and wait to be bitten.
And when one does come to bite them, they splat it.
# Another one bites the dust. #
They then run to the judges' table
and show them their squashed mossie as evidence.
And as for the judges, well, the very latest insect storing
equipment and digital counting technology...
has all been abandoned in favour of a long bit of polystyrene,
some sticky tape and a pair of tweezers.
OK. So it's quite basic and a little bit strange,
but I've tried it myself, you know, and I was soon bitten by the bug.
But it's no laughing matter for these guys.
The judging table is even guarded by police. As we're in a forest,
they must be from... Special Branch.
And here he is.
The world-record mossie killer, Henri Pellonpaa,
who killed an impressive 21 mosquitoes in the five minutes
allowed, setting a brand-new world record, earning him
a trophy, and hopefully, some soothing cream for his bites.
And what's more, this spectator clapped so much,
he killed enough mossies to come fourth. So well done him.
Humans using animals there to break a world record,
but sometimes it's the animals who set records of their own.
It's time for the animalympics.
# It's the animalympics These animals are going for the gold
# The brawn of the faun of nature Heroes who have stories
# To be told
# Luciali was a tortoise You'd expect him to be slow
# But back in 1977 He gave racing a go
# He was quickest over the course Of five and a half metres
# He finished in 43.7 seconds What an incredible creature
# But to win more than once You got to dig down deep
# That's what Lamborghini did He was a super speedy sheep
# He won 165 races on a farm In Buckinghamshire
# I bet he's hard to catch When a sheepshearer comes near
# It's the animalympics Where the best of the beasts
# Are brave enough to fight Zoological legends
# The greatest animal athletes All right!
# Now some record-holding creatures Are tiny rather than big
# And small ones don't come cooler Than a jumping guinea pig
# Patch, he hails from Reading And has beautiful long hair
# And in 2011 he jumped 22 centimetres in the air
# What goes up must come down And you won't believe your eyes
# At the story of Miss Piggy And her record longest dive.
# 3.13 metres through the air Flying porkus into snout
# Whoever said that pigs can't fly Had better just watch out
# It's the animalympics Only the amazing pass the test
# And they're ready for glory Nature's titans are here
# To be the best. #
That poor chicken. Well, he should have been quicker.
We're back in Stratford, where preparations have been
going on for a high-speed challenge with a difference.
Normally, powerful supercars go up and down this track,
but today something rather different is about to race down it
because plumber and inventor Colin Furze
has been warming up what he hopes will be the world's fastest pram.
He's been preparing for this for a year
and is now just minutes away from his world record attempt.
So let's hope he's built his pram properly.
Man and machine must reach a speed of 30 miles per hour.
If they don't, or if that pram breaks down,
Colin will not be going home with a Guinness World Record today.
Just waiting for the green light now. Come on, Colin.
Oh, that's it, he's off.
Well, he's already going faster than any pram I've ever seen. Oh, dear.
I imagine our stunt doll has just filled her nappy there.
The front wheel there lifting off the ground,
he doesn't want to be doing wheelies at this stage.
Well, it looks fast but is it fast enough?
There's a speed camera on that track that will tell us
just how fast he goes.
And look at him go! He's as cool as a cucumber with a pram.
Nothing seems to rattle this man. Come on, Colin.
He's crossed the finish line but was he going fast enough when he did?
It's the moment of truth. What do you reckon?
Has Colin's pram won him another world record?
OK, Colin, let's get the helmet off.
Colin built that the pram from scratch and he pushed it to
the limit, but did he and his magnificent machine go fast enough?
-Over to official adjudicator Gaz how to find out.
I'm happy to say that with 53.46 miles per hour,
you are a Guinness World Record holder here today. Congratulations.
Colin's done it.
That's the second record we've set on the show today.
If you thought hanging off the back of a speeding pram was
hair-raising, wait till you see what our Japanese reporter, Haruka,
has got in store for us.
Konichiwa. I'm Haruka Kuroda, and welcome to Tokyo, Japan.
Let's talk hair.
Gaga, Beckham, Chezza Cole, and even our own Ben Shires.
They're all famous fashion icons who are trying to reinvent
new hairstyles. Some are better than others.
But when it comes to hairstyles that really do stand out
from the crowd, there's one man who towers above the rest.
Meet Kazuhiro Watanabe.
A world record holder with seriously tall hair.
So, Kazuhiro, your hair looks quite interesting now,
but it's not exactly what I was expecting.
HE SPEAKS JAPANESE
-'It's not ready yet, love.
'I'm going to get it washed and then lie down over there.'
So whilst Kazuhiro gets his hair done on the floor, I'm going to have a
slightly more conventional freestyle in a comfy chair.
SHE SPEAKS JAPANESE
I'll have what he's having.
What does your wife think of your hair?
'My wife's always asking me to get it cut.'
So what would you do if you wake up and you were suddenly a bald man?
'Well, I'd go back to bed and sleep it off.'
If you want to recreate the world's tallest Mohawk,
here's what you'll need -
One head with hair, lots of it.
Six and a half years to grow it long enough,
a truckload of styling products,
three pairs of hands and four hairdryers.
And two hours to spare,
because that's how long it's taken to
create Kazuhiro's record-breaking barnet.
But finally, we are ready to hit the streets.
Here he comes. That's the top of Kazuhiro's hair,
and that's top of his head.
A whole 113.5 centimetres below it,
making Kazuhiro the proud owner of the world's tallest Mohawk.
To be honest, I'm pretty pleased with my own Mohawk, even if it is
a whole metre shorter than Kazuhiro's.
Let's see what the people of Tokyo think of his record-breaking hairdo.
Well, clearly they think Kazuhiro is really cool.
But would they still think the same if they'd seen him
leaving the salon earlier on?
I think not.
In spite of his comedy waddle,
Kazuhiro is still the owner of officially amazing hair.
Ben, as impressive as your quiff is, you've still got a long way to go.
All right, Haruka, I'm doing my best.
Enough with your hair-raising Japanese records,
back to good old Blighty now for a record attempt that is...
Who's up for a record that involves a bit of rapping?
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Not that kind of rapping.
Where did you even come from? Go on, beat it.
No, the type of wrapping I'm talking about is for chips.
Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.
The Americans, yes, they do it bigger, they do it bolder,
better? No. We do it properly in the UK with a tasty,
if slightly greasy, snack food.
And here in Maltby near Rotherham is where it's all about to happen.
But before I witness the magic, I need to get rid of my rubbish.
Right, let's you and me
take a look at a little something that makes Britain great.
This record is the ultimate potato challenge,
the pinnacle of food parcelling,
A death-defrying attempt.
Only a valiant and wise wrapping warrior would take on such a task.
-Meet Stephanie Celik. Let's hope she's
I for one can't wait to find out the trade secrets from this brave
contender. This sounds like it's quite an intense record.
What kind of training do you have to undertake to reach the top?
Do you have any coaches, any special kind of people that come in,
get you trained up for this, any breathing techniques maybe?
-Nothing like that?
-Are you a machine?
Not really, I just like to be fast.
If Stephanie wants to set a new Guinness World Record,
she'll need to wrap five portions in under 60 seconds.
And stick to these rules -
Each of the five chip portions must include salt and vinegar,
each must weigh at least 350g,
and they must all remain tightly wrapped.
By my calculations, it's going to be about one portion every 12 seconds.
-Is it possible?
That's the kind of confidence you need to break records.
Let's give it a go. OK, I'm going to count you down from three,
and then we'll do this. Three, two, one, go.
And she's off.
Nothing attracts a crowd like a woman wrapping chips and boy,
is she wrapping chips.
Official adjudicator, Manu there, watching the wrapping like a hawk.
A hungry one.
Remember, she needs to wrap five portions in under one minute to
set a new record. And let's look at that again to make sure she's doing
There we can see the salt and vinegar going on.
Looks like a good-sized portion to me, so hopefully the weight is OK.
Some tight wrapping there.
Remember, each portion must stay wrapped. One chip has escaped.
Oh, oh, there goes another.
Might this mean the portion is underweight?
Time is nearly up.
-This is going to be very close.
Manu's going to go off and weigh those chips.
Hopefully, it's going to be worth the weight.
Oh, the crowd looks tense.
That's either because they're watching the weighing
or they're hungry.
-How do you think it went?
-I'm hoping it went all right, I'm hoping.
Time-wise, it's always difficult to judge a minute.
Do you think you were within the time?
I'm hoping I was within the time. I think I was.
OK, the tension is rife.
Manu, has she done it?
Well, so we've weighed the chips and you're well in there.
So the weight is fine. They have remained closed.
Well, that's two things she's got right and we know the salt
and vinegar went on. So all that matters now is the time.
Did Stephanie wrap all the chips in under one minute?
The 60 seconds was the time to beat.
And you well within two seconds, but which side?
It's actually 58.04.
Thank you very much.
-Look at that. Stephanie, how do you feel?
-I feel absolutely amazing.
Can you stomach to see any more chips ever again?
-I'll be back in the morning serving my chips.
-There's a true champion.
Officially tasty and officially amazing. Well done.
-Thank you very much.
-Well, what a way to wrap up the show.
See you next time for more Officially Amazing records.
# If you're looking for tips on Wrapping chips with
# A record-breaking speed
# Stephanie wrapped five portions In 58 seconds, yes indeed
# Antonio breathed fire And nobody does it higher
# Space Cowboy juggled fruit And got a new world record to boot
# And Colin's pram was The quickest of them all
# It's all Officially Amazing. #
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Ben Shires investigates the world of record breaking and record breakers. Ben meets Colin Furze as he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the world's fastest pram. This is no ordinary baby carrier: Colin's souped it up with a motorbike engine. But can it pass the thirty miles-per-hour test?
Al Jackson is in Las Vegas to find out some trade secrets from Antonio Restivo. Antonio is the holder of the record for the world's highest flame by a fire-breather and one cool dude - despite the flames.
Back in the UK, Shayne Hultgren, who likes to be known as the Space Cowboy, just can't stop attempting records. He fights for the record for the most bites taken out of apples while juggling them - scrumptious!
We reveal some amazing record-breaking animals, and in Japan, Haruka Kuroda discovers how Guinness World Record breaker Kazuhiro Watanabe achieves greatness. He's the proud owner of the world's tallest mohawk. He shows Haruka the challenge of making his hair stand on end and of getting around Tokyo with an extra metre on top of his head.
Ben finishes at a very British record attempt. Stephanie Celik is amazing at wrapping chips - but can she become Officially Amazing? She'll try to wrap five bags of chips in under one minute under the watchful eyes of the adjudicator!