Episode 10 Officially Amazing


Episode 10

Ben Shires and the team travel the world to find the most officially amazing world record attempts, and world record holders out there.


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This is the world of records, officially!

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# Biggest shoe, weirdest face

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# Fastest loo, tightest space

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# Longest snake, smallest van

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# Heaviest cake, tallest man

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# Longest ears on a dog

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# Most poisonous frog

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# And a woman with a beard

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What?

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# Officially, officially, officially

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# Amazing! #

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MUMBLES THROUGH MASK

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COUGHS AND SPLUTTERS

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Hello and welcome to Officially Amazing.

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I'm Ben Shires and I can guarantee you a fantastic show today.

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This is the show that brings you some of the stretchiest...

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..strangest...

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..sportiest...

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..and silliest records out there.

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First, here's what's coming up later in the programme.

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We have some incredible Guinness World Record attempts for you today

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including...

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I head to Loch Ness, but I'm not there for the monster.

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I'm there to track down the man with an unequalled record for trying

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to find Nessie.

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We witness a party-popping record attempt that you could try

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yourselves. Yes, that's right.

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Sizzlin' Steve's having a party and you're all invited.

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When Al orders a pizza, he orders big but not as record-breakingly big

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as the one he's helping to make today.

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And Haruka finds out what you get

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when you cross 2,000 bottles with a large slice of amazingness.

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But first...

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Ha-ha!

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A-a-a-a-a-a-a-gh!

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I'm here at Crown Lakes near Peterborough where people come to

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enjoy the wildlife or to pursue some of the leisure activities,

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perhaps a little bit of relaxing fishing, or a spot of boating.

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Or, if you're Mark Corcoran, something a little more...active.

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Forget Iron Man.

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This is a real-life Waterjetpack Man.

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This man uses jets of water to power himself out of the lake

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and up into the air. So, how on earth does he do that?

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Well, Mark is attached to a jet ski which sucks in and shoots out water

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through a big long tube attached to a platform underneath it.

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He controls the direction he goes on with his hands

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and he's capable of flying up to eight metres in the air

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and at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.

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People all over the world are using this high-tech

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equipment in some super cool ways. Check this lot out.

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Swimming like a dolphin AND flying like a bird?

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Wow, these guys are the best of the best and officially amazing.

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The stunts look incredible but they require a huge amount of control.

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And Mark will certainly need that for the record

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he's attempting today. What are you going to do?

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Well, at a height of 16 feet, we've mounted some balloons on a rope.

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And I've got a spike on my helmet,

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and I'm going to fly up to the balloons.

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I'm going to pierce the balloons with my helmet and then I'm going

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to drop back down and touch the water and go back up for the next one.

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I'll hopefully get about ten.

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You're obviously an expert at this kind of thing. Can anyone ride it?

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Of course they can. As long as they're willing to learn

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and take instruction we can get everyone out of the water.

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-Brilliant. Even me?

-I think even you.

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A thin man, a dry suit,

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some heavy machinery and a freezing cold winter's day.

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What could possibly go wrong?

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Time to start my training.

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OK, well, I seem to have mastered the art of, erm, lying down.

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But is it possible for me

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to actually learn to operate this thing?

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Woo-hoo!

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Watch out, it's the SS Shires coming through!

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Now, I know what you're thinking,

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I bet Shires will never get that thing out of the water.

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-That's certainly what I'm thinking.

-Oh, Al of little faith. Watch this.

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Behold! See how I conquer the lake and rule the waters!

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# Hallelujah

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# Hallelujah... #

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Oh...no.

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Ben, as much as I love watching you succeed,

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the thing I really like is watching you fail.

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I'm going to enjoy this.

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Oh, yeah!

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All right! Go, Ben.

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It did feel more heroic than it looks.

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Well, having done it myself, I can see just how difficult

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and exhausting this challenge is going to be.

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Mark, I did it!

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-I actually did it.

-Well done.

-Yes, thank you.

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First time out of the water.

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I'll tell you one thing - it's still a bit cold out there, isn't it?

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-It is very cold. Very cold.

-But that's snow business for you.

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Come on! You're going to be attempting a record in a bit.

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-How are you feeling about that?

-Confident.

-Yes?

-Yes.

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Guinness World Record officials have set

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the target at 11 balloons in three minutes to get the record.

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This is the course and the coloured balloons are being strung up

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across the lake during these final preparations.

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We'll find out shortly if Mark will succeed.

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But, for now, it's over to the other side of the pond where Al's

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appetite for consumption is about to be tested to the limit.

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Mm.

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Mm. Nom-nom-nom-nom-nom!

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BELCHES

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Well, the word on the street is if you like your pizzas big,

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this is the place to come.

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These guys specialise in huge pizzas.

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And when I say huge, I mean Guinness World Record breaking huge.

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Bigger than this.

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Even bigger than this.

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They have a pizza on their menu that can feed up to 100 people,

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even if they're all as hungry as me.

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Yes, it's the world's largest commercially available pizza,

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and I want a slice.

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But that's not it.

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My man Ernesto is here and he's going to help me make my own pizza.

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Today, this record-breaking pizza has a purpose.

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The restaurant are making one for a local homeless shelter.

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You start with what looks like a pillow sized portion of dough.

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The base requires 11 kilograms of it.

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Look at that! It's more like a blanket.

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Add a large sack of tomato sauce.

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And you have a base measuring 1.37m square.

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OK, time to top this baby off.

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And this is how I remember the ingredients.

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-Ooh! I love this one.

-What?

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# First on my topping list to top this pizza

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# Is a big amount of cheese-a, if you please-a-a-a... #

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Ben, what are you doing?

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# Next you take a lot of pepperoni

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# So the cheese-a isn't so lonely... #

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Ben, stop!

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# Mushrooms, lovely fungi, lovely mushrooms all over the pizza

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# Tomato puree, pizza base, a-lovely fungi... #

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Ben, stop! What was that?

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-Sorry, Al, I just like that song.

-Let us never speak of that again.

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Yeah, that was bad, even for me.

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Moving on, the team can make up to 14 of these per week.

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So, what's next, Al?

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It's time to bake this bad boy. Ernesto!

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All right, let's put it in the oven.

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Careful, don't drop it, Al!

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Yes, thanks for the advice, Ben(!)

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The pizza bakes for 45 minutes.

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And the oven has a special extension, just to fit it in.

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Sure, this pizza's massive but it's not the only record-breaking pizza.

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Boy, this isn't going to help my hunger.

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The longest ever pizza was made in Spain in 2011.

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And measured 1141.5 metres.

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That's nearly as long as four Eiffel Towers.

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Ah, here it comes. The world's largest commercially available pizza.

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This is bigger than I remembered!

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Now we just need to pack it up and take it to the homeless shelter.

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But how are we going to transport this thing?

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Well, when you're pizza's 1.37m square, you need a massive box.

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And a specially adapted tiny delivery car to move it.

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That pizza will cure most people's hunger.

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Except perhaps this next guy's.

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Ugh...

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Welcome to sunny Portsmouth.

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Currently one of the UK's record-breaking hotspots.

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-Don't be silly, Ben, I hear you cry.

-ALL:

-Don't be silly, Ben.

-You wally!

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Oi! No, it's true. It's because of one man.

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Our own record-breaking dynamo, Sizzlin' Steve.

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This series is full of danger filled record breakers

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pushing their bodies and machines to their limits.

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And then there's Steve.

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His records are the kind you can try at home.

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In fact, Steve won't go anywhere else.

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He's the record-breaking everyman of the everyday challenge.

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He takes small domestic tasks to a whole new level of world

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domination without even taking off his slippers.

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He is a legend in his own living room.

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At least when his housemates are out. His name?

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Here we see the focus and poise of a true champion.

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Precisely placing his party poppers, preparing to try and pop

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as many party poppers as he possibly can in precisely one minute.

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Pretty hard, and also quite the tongue twister.

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Sizzlin' Steve! Legal Sizzle! Talk me through what is going on.

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Well, I'm just setting up for the record I'm going to do,

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-which is the most party poppers popped in one minute.

-OK.

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Sounds quite technical, what's the current record?

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-The current record's 64 to beat.

-OK. You know, this isn't pyrotechnics

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but this is about as dangerous as you get, Sizzler.

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Do you have any protection? Ear guards, goggles?

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-No.

-OK, he's a man who likes to live on the edge.

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That's what I like about Sizzly Bear.

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Of course, there's no Sizzlin' Steve without the Sizzlettes.

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Are you guys ready to rock?

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THEY PLAY ROCK CHORD

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Yes! And official adjudicator, are you ready to...judge?

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-Absolutely.

-Great! Well, we're already.

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Sizzlin' Steve, are you ready to sizzle?

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Rules!

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So, in order to get the official world record,

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Sizzlin' Steve must...

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..in order to be successful.

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Them's the rules, let's get to the sizzle.

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Preparation is key here. He's lining the strings up just right.

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Oh, that one clearly doesn't live up to the Sizzler's high standards.

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He's laying out over 70 in total so he knows that

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if he gets through them all, he's done it.

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-Sizzlin' Steve, are you ready?

-Born ready.

-Of course you were.

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-Official adjudicator, Claire, are you ready?

-I'm ready.

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OK, it's 60 seconds, starting in three, two, one,

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pop!

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This is one record that has gone off with a bang.

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Remember, 64 is the total to beat.

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Oh, look at him go. As we all know, once you pop, you can't stop.

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That string is just slipping through his sizzly fingers.

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Oh, there's quite a few not going off there.

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They're not going to count, Steve.

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Five, four, three, two, one...

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-and you're done.

-Oh, that's it.

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Sizzlin' Steve, it's carnage over there. How do you think it went?

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I don't know, actually.

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Good, it's a strong indifferent reaction at this stage.

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Tense times.

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And official adjudicator Claire now has to count the used poppers.

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Has Steve reached the magic number?

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Right, to get this world record, you needed to exceed 64,

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which is the current record.

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In one minute, you managed to pop...

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46.

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-Oh!

-I'm sorry, Steve.

-Close, but not quite the record, Sizzler.

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What do you think went wrong?

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-I didn't prepare them how I liked them, some of them, I think.

-Oh, OK.

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Well, Sizzle Man, I know this must be crushing for you,

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but the only worse news than this is that there is now

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a lot of cleaning up to do, and I think that if you want

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to get this done before your housemates come back,

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you're going to have to start on this now, mate.

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So, sorry about that, Sizzler. There you go.

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Poor Steve. Sadly, more of a fizzle than a sizzle.

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But Steve will be back!

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Don't help him, Claire.

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Steve is a man who, in the quest for perfection,

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has thrown caution to the wind and diced with...dice.

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And he's a credit to Steves everywhere.

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But there's another name that's literally music to our ears

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when it comes to world records. And that's Kevin.

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# I have known different men in my life

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# I've known some Geoffreys, I've known some Jims, even a Paul.

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# And I have liked all of the Michaels

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# And the Rorys never bore me

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# But for me there's one record breaker's name

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-# That's above them all...

-What's that name?

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# Kevin, my record breaker!

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# Into my dreams I always take you

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# I don't know if I ever told you, Kevin.

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# You're like a little bit of heaven

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# Now Kevin Cole blew spaghetti out of his nose

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# 19 centimetres in a single blow

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# That's the world's longest spaghetti nasal ejection

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# But don't try it at home, for your own protection!

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# And if you think toilets are smelly

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# Stay away from Kevin Shelley

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# He broke more toilet seats on his head in one minute

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# Than anybody ever dared!

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# Oh, Kevin, my record breaker!

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# Into my dreams I always take you

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# I don't know if I ever told you, Kevin

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# Last, but not least, he's a religious muscular beast

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# Not least, but last

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# He's the Reverend Kevin Fast

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# He pulls vehicles, he puts people on his shoulders

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# The man's muscles are like giant boulders

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# So revere the Reverend because he's rather rad

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# And I hear his sermons aren't that bad!

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# Kevin, my record breaker!

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# Into my dreams I always take you

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# I don't know if I ever told you, Kevin

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# You're like a little bit of heaven! #

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That's quite enough about Kevins!

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Now back to the "revvings" of jet ski motors.

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-Officially...

-popped.

-Part two.

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You've heard of Spiderman. You know Captain America.

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Well, this is Jetpack Man!

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With the superpower to rise from the seas and...pop balloons.

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At least, we hope so.

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This is a very cold Crown Lakes in Peterborough

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where Mark Corcoran is making final preparations to try

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and set an entirely new world record for the most balloons

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popped in three minutes, wearing a water jetpack.

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Here's a quick reminder of the rules.

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Guinness world record officials have decided that in order to set

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a new record, Mark has...

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A three-minute limit in which to pop at least 11 balloons

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using the spike on his helmet.

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And he must dip back down into the water

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between each attempt at popping the balloons.

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Well, here we are on the middle of a lake, in the middle of winter,

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about to see a man hopefully break a record for popping balloons

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with a spike on his head, using a water jetpack.

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I can't believe that's a sentence I've not said before, can you?!

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And I can confirm, having been in the water, that it is freezing cold.

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So Mark is wearing a specially designed drysuit to keep him warm.

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Shivering official adjudicator, Annelise,

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is on board to watch over proceedings.

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Got my trusty megaphone here. Let's see if Mark's ready.

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-Yes, let's go for it.

-Three, two, one, go!

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So, is Mark going to be Top of the Pops?

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Remember, he needs 11 to succeed. First one!

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So he's got to go up, pop a balloon, back down into the water each time.

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Oh! He came on it from the side. Cheeky!

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Oh, he missed it there.

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After a while, you just start getting tired.

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You have to keep your body rigid. You have to concentrate.

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That's three balloons.

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Heading back into that icy water every single time

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really is exhausting.

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A miss!

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Oh, he's hit the water really hard there.

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That must have hurt.

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Look at that! The clock is ticking for the record. Come on, Mark!

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That's one minute gone!

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Oh, come on, Mark. You can do this!

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So is Mark going to be successful?

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Or is he going to have his bubble burst? Another balloon popped.

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That's four.

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Oh! He's gone down again.

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Something is definitely wrong here.

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It looks like Mark's not happy about something.

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I think he's signalling he's going to stop this one, for some reason.

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He's popped one, two, three, four.

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Let's just have a look at that again.

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Oh, a really heavy fall there.

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After failing in his attempt, Mark's feeling a bit deflated.

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Will he manage to go again?

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OK, you can probably see behind me

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that Mark's just getting towed to shore now.

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Once back on shore,

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Mark's decided he's just too tired to keep going in the cold.

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Awww!

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Mark, there you are. Bad luck. But really, really well done.

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Commiserations. It wasn't to be today.

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Probably more a weather condition thing than an ability

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-and talent thing.

-Yeah, I think so.

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I think swallowing the first lot of water and hitting my forehead,

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brain freezing. I lost concentration.

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And let's face it, when he's out there, he looks like a superhero.

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Which, in my book, kind of makes you pretty cool anyway.

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-Yeah, I won't be defeated. I'll be back.

-That's the attitude!

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Well, the weather's been against him today, but once he's thawed out,

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we're sure Mark will be back and the record will be his.

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Now, over to Haruka.

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Officially... What?!

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Ha!

0:19:510:19:53

Ow!

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Thanks, Ben. So, what is somebody going to do with all those bottles?

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Are they going to drink them all and have the world's longest wee?

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Or is somebody going to try and drive across the top of them in a car?

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GLASS SMASHES

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Or is it just the largest collection of identical bottles in the world?

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-Boring!

-Hmmm. That last one wouldn't be very exciting, would it?

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So, yes. Unbelievably, you're about to witness the record attempt

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for the longest distance driven on glass bottles

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and the person at the wheel will be Army driver Li Guiwen.

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Guinness world record officials have set the distance at a minimum

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of 50 metres to get the record. So, how will he do? Let's find out.

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Three. Two. One. Go.

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There is absolutely nothing holding these bottles in place

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other than gravity. They are all freestanding so balance is key.

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A few millimetres either side and the bottles will go.

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You can see those bottles are taking the weight of the entire car.

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SHE GASPS That creaking doesn't sound good.

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One green bottle accidentally falls

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but it's not the end of the record attempt.

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I think it's going to be OK.

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It's not OK! The car has fallen around the halfway mark.

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That's not a scream of celebration...

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SHRIEKING

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But these people don't know the meaning of the word fail

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or the words "dangerous record attempt".

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So fast forward a year and Li Guiwen is back for another go.

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Here he is warming up. Stretching?! Why?

0:21:510:21:55

In case he needs to indicate with an arm signal?

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Ohhh! It's just to shake her hand. I see.

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He's ready now so off he goes to see if he can drive over

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nearly 2,000 green bottles sitting on the floor.

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Remember, Li has to travel over 50 metres to get the record.

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He has to keep his balance

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the whole way over these worryingly wobbly bottles. Oooh!

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You can see that each wheel rolls over about four bottles at a time.

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It seems to defy physics that they don't just break or topple.

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The crowd are really behind him. How is he keeping such control? Amazing!

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Just a bit further...

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Whoa!

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And Li Guiwen does it with a record-breaking

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no-bottle-breaking 60.19 metres.

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Such accurate, careful, precise driving.

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Now it's over to Ben who's searching for a mysterious character.

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Mystery.

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Intrigue.

0:23:170:23:19

Fog.

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HE COUGHS

0:23:200:23:23

Anyway, you get the idea.

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I'm here on the beautiful banks of Loch Ness.

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For centuries, people have been looking for a creature

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known as the Loch Ness Monster.

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This famous photograph caused a stir when it was taken back in 1934.

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But it turned out to be a fake.

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And so the search continued.

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But one man has tried harder than any other to find Nessie.

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His name is Steve Feltham and he holds the record

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for the longest continuous vigil seeking the Loch Ness Monster.

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If only I could find HIM.

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SCREAMING

0:24:010:24:02

Oh. There he is.

0:24:020:24:04

Steve, how long have you been keeping up your Nessie vigil?

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21 years.

0:24:080:24:09

21 years?! This man is as much of a mystery as Nessie herself.

0:24:090:24:15

Hunting for the Loch Ness Monster is a full-time job.

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In fact, Steve was so committed that he left his comfortable home

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to come and live permanently on the side of the loch.

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As a great man once said, dedication is what you need

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and Steve has plenty of it.

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He's so dedicated he didn't even know he'd set a record

0:24:310:24:34

-until WE contacted him. Did you, Steve?

-I had no idea.

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He had no idea.

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Of course, the record he really wants is to be the first person

0:24:400:24:43

to properly identify Nessie. I wonder if he'll ever succeed.

0:24:430:24:47

Amazingly, the loch contains more water than all the lakes

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and rivers in England and Wales combined.

0:24:520:24:55

That's a lot of loch for a monster to hide in.

0:24:550:24:58

Steve's been doing this for a record-breaking 21 years.

0:24:590:25:03

So, after all that time, he must know exactly what to expect

0:25:030:25:07

when Nessie eventually does surface.

0:25:070:25:09

Right, Steve, we're right in the middle of the loch here.

0:25:090:25:12

What are we looking for?

0:25:120:25:13

Well... Anything that pops up, really, in the way of monsters.

0:25:150:25:19

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-Brilliant(!)

0:25:190:25:22

Over the years, various theories have been put forward

0:25:220:25:25

-to explain the phenomena.

-There's one guy I know who believes

0:25:250:25:27

there's a spaceship on the bottom of the loch.

0:25:270:25:30

There's others that believe there's a rip in time

0:25:300:25:32

-and we're seeing back into the prehistoric.

-Typical.

0:25:320:25:35

The usual suspects.

0:25:350:25:37

It's either alien spaceships or time-travelling dinosaurs.

0:25:370:25:41

Well, what about this photo taken by George Edwards in 2012?

0:25:410:25:46

Steve doubts its authenticity and with good reason.

0:25:460:25:49

-The hump is now sat outside my van on Dawes Beach.

-Why?

0:25:490:25:53

It was used for a film and it's gone round the world as Nessie evidence.

0:25:530:25:57

It's another fake. Well, this is tough.

0:25:570:26:01

Whilst I'm here, I might as well try and find Nessie in my own unique way

0:26:010:26:06

using the very latest in animal-luring technology.

0:26:060:26:10

Here, Nessie Nessie. Here, Nessie Nessie.

0:26:100:26:13

Come on. Come on out. I can't see you.

0:26:130:26:15

Come on, Nessie. Here, Nessie Nessie. Right, Nessie.

0:26:150:26:18

The game's up. Come out with your flippers up in the air.

0:26:180:26:21

Here, Nessie Nessie. Here, Nessie. Right.

0:26:210:26:24

She's either not at home or she's being very, very rude.

0:26:240:26:28

Steve, can you remind me

0:26:280:26:29

which letter in the alphabet comes after S?

0:26:290:26:32

-T?

-Cuppa? Don't mind if I'd do. Come on. Let's go.

0:26:320:26:35

Well, Steve, no Nessie today.

0:26:350:26:37

But that doesn't stop you from being officially amazing.

0:26:370:26:40

Anyway, I think seeing her would have been about, I don't know,

0:26:400:26:42

as likely as seeing Elvis doing a Hula Hoop.

0:26:420:26:46

# Rock the hula... #

0:26:460:26:49

Just ignore it, Steve. Ignore it.

0:26:490:26:52

# Rock the hula

0:26:540:26:55

# Rock, rock the hula. #

0:26:550:26:57

'Well, no Nessie, but an officially champion cuppa

0:26:570:27:00

'and an officially amazing show.'

0:27:000:27:03

Until next time...

0:27:030:27:06

See you next time.

0:27:060:27:07

# Well, I can't believe That vigilant Steve

0:27:090:27:12

# Has been searching for so long

0:27:120:27:14

# He's convinced that monster's

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# Lurking beneath

0:27:150:27:16

# But will time prove Stevie wrong?

0:27:160:27:19

# Though Sizzler failed to pop

0:27:190:27:20

# His record attempts never stop

0:27:200:27:23

# That pizza couldn't be beat

0:27:230:27:24

# With 100 people needed to eat

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# And Mark's balloon idea

0:27:260:27:28

# Just didn't hold water.

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# It's all officially

0:27:310:27:34

# Amazing... #

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