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Hello and welcome to Officially Amazing.
I'm Ben Shires and I can guarantee you a fantastic show today.
This is the show that brings you some of the stretchiest...
..and silliest records out there.
First, here's what's coming up later in the programme.
We have some incredible Guinness World Record attempts for you today
I head to Loch Ness, but I'm not there for the monster.
I'm there to track down the man with an unequalled record for trying
to find Nessie.
We witness a party-popping record attempt that you could try
yourselves. Yes, that's right.
Sizzlin' Steve's having a party and you're all invited.
When Al orders a pizza, he orders big but not as record-breakingly big
as the one he's helping to make today.
And Haruka finds out what you get
when you cross 2,000 bottles with a large slice of amazingness.
I'm here at Crown Lakes near Peterborough where people come to
enjoy the wildlife or to pursue some of the leisure activities,
perhaps a little bit of relaxing fishing, or a spot of boating.
Or, if you're Mark Corcoran, something a little more...active.
Forget Iron Man.
This is a real-life Waterjetpack Man.
This man uses jets of water to power himself out of the lake
and up into the air. So, how on earth does he do that?
Well, Mark is attached to a jet ski which sucks in and shoots out water
through a big long tube attached to a platform underneath it.
He controls the direction he goes on with his hands
and he's capable of flying up to eight metres in the air
and at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
People all over the world are using this high-tech
equipment in some super cool ways. Check this lot out.
Swimming like a dolphin AND flying like a bird?
Wow, these guys are the best of the best and officially amazing.
The stunts look incredible but they require a huge amount of control.
And Mark will certainly need that for the record
he's attempting today. What are you going to do?
Well, at a height of 16 feet, we've mounted some balloons on a rope.
And I've got a spike on my helmet,
and I'm going to fly up to the balloons.
I'm going to pierce the balloons with my helmet and then I'm going
to drop back down and touch the water and go back up for the next one.
I'll hopefully get about ten.
You're obviously an expert at this kind of thing. Can anyone ride it?
Of course they can. As long as they're willing to learn
and take instruction we can get everyone out of the water.
-Brilliant. Even me?
-I think even you.
A thin man, a dry suit,
some heavy machinery and a freezing cold winter's day.
What could possibly go wrong?
Time to start my training.
OK, well, I seem to have mastered the art of, erm, lying down.
But is it possible for me
to actually learn to operate this thing?
Watch out, it's the SS Shires coming through!
Now, I know what you're thinking,
I bet Shires will never get that thing out of the water.
-That's certainly what I'm thinking.
-Oh, Al of little faith. Watch this.
Behold! See how I conquer the lake and rule the waters!
# Hallelujah... #
Ben, as much as I love watching you succeed,
the thing I really like is watching you fail.
I'm going to enjoy this.
All right! Go, Ben.
It did feel more heroic than it looks.
Well, having done it myself, I can see just how difficult
and exhausting this challenge is going to be.
Mark, I did it!
-I actually did it.
-Yes, thank you.
First time out of the water.
I'll tell you one thing - it's still a bit cold out there, isn't it?
-It is very cold. Very cold.
-But that's snow business for you.
Come on! You're going to be attempting a record in a bit.
-How are you feeling about that?
Guinness World Record officials have set
the target at 11 balloons in three minutes to get the record.
This is the course and the coloured balloons are being strung up
across the lake during these final preparations.
We'll find out shortly if Mark will succeed.
But, for now, it's over to the other side of the pond where Al's
appetite for consumption is about to be tested to the limit.
Well, the word on the street is if you like your pizzas big,
this is the place to come.
These guys specialise in huge pizzas.
And when I say huge, I mean Guinness World Record breaking huge.
Bigger than this.
Even bigger than this.
They have a pizza on their menu that can feed up to 100 people,
even if they're all as hungry as me.
Yes, it's the world's largest commercially available pizza,
and I want a slice.
But that's not it.
My man Ernesto is here and he's going to help me make my own pizza.
Today, this record-breaking pizza has a purpose.
The restaurant are making one for a local homeless shelter.
You start with what looks like a pillow sized portion of dough.
The base requires 11 kilograms of it.
Look at that! It's more like a blanket.
Add a large sack of tomato sauce.
And you have a base measuring 1.37m square.
OK, time to top this baby off.
And this is how I remember the ingredients.
-Ooh! I love this one.
# First on my topping list to top this pizza
# Is a big amount of cheese-a, if you please-a-a-a... #
Ben, what are you doing?
# Next you take a lot of pepperoni
# So the cheese-a isn't so lonely... #
# Mushrooms, lovely fungi, lovely mushrooms all over the pizza
# Tomato puree, pizza base, a-lovely fungi... #
Ben, stop! What was that?
-Sorry, Al, I just like that song.
-Let us never speak of that again.
Yeah, that was bad, even for me.
Moving on, the team can make up to 14 of these per week.
So, what's next, Al?
It's time to bake this bad boy. Ernesto!
All right, let's put it in the oven.
Careful, don't drop it, Al!
Yes, thanks for the advice, Ben(!)
The pizza bakes for 45 minutes.
And the oven has a special extension, just to fit it in.
Sure, this pizza's massive but it's not the only record-breaking pizza.
Boy, this isn't going to help my hunger.
The longest ever pizza was made in Spain in 2011.
And measured 1141.5 metres.
That's nearly as long as four Eiffel Towers.
Ah, here it comes. The world's largest commercially available pizza.
This is bigger than I remembered!
Now we just need to pack it up and take it to the homeless shelter.
But how are we going to transport this thing?
Well, when you're pizza's 1.37m square, you need a massive box.
And a specially adapted tiny delivery car to move it.
That pizza will cure most people's hunger.
Except perhaps this next guy's.
Welcome to sunny Portsmouth.
Currently one of the UK's record-breaking hotspots.
-Don't be silly, Ben, I hear you cry.
-Don't be silly, Ben.
Oi! No, it's true. It's because of one man.
Our own record-breaking dynamo, Sizzlin' Steve.
This series is full of danger filled record breakers
pushing their bodies and machines to their limits.
And then there's Steve.
His records are the kind you can try at home.
In fact, Steve won't go anywhere else.
He's the record-breaking everyman of the everyday challenge.
He takes small domestic tasks to a whole new level of world
domination without even taking off his slippers.
He is a legend in his own living room.
At least when his housemates are out. His name?
Here we see the focus and poise of a true champion.
Precisely placing his party poppers, preparing to try and pop
as many party poppers as he possibly can in precisely one minute.
Pretty hard, and also quite the tongue twister.
Sizzlin' Steve! Legal Sizzle! Talk me through what is going on.
Well, I'm just setting up for the record I'm going to do,
-which is the most party poppers popped in one minute.
Sounds quite technical, what's the current record?
-The current record's 64 to beat.
-OK. You know, this isn't pyrotechnics
but this is about as dangerous as you get, Sizzler.
Do you have any protection? Ear guards, goggles?
-OK, he's a man who likes to live on the edge.
That's what I like about Sizzly Bear.
Of course, there's no Sizzlin' Steve without the Sizzlettes.
Are you guys ready to rock?
THEY PLAY ROCK CHORD
Yes! And official adjudicator, are you ready to...judge?
-Great! Well, we're already.
Sizzlin' Steve, are you ready to sizzle?
So, in order to get the official world record,
Sizzlin' Steve must...
..in order to be successful.
Them's the rules, let's get to the sizzle.
Preparation is key here. He's lining the strings up just right.
Oh, that one clearly doesn't live up to the Sizzler's high standards.
He's laying out over 70 in total so he knows that
if he gets through them all, he's done it.
-Sizzlin' Steve, are you ready?
-Of course you were.
-Official adjudicator, Claire, are you ready?
OK, it's 60 seconds, starting in three, two, one,
This is one record that has gone off with a bang.
Remember, 64 is the total to beat.
Oh, look at him go. As we all know, once you pop, you can't stop.
That string is just slipping through his sizzly fingers.
Oh, there's quite a few not going off there.
They're not going to count, Steve.
Five, four, three, two, one...
-and you're done.
-Oh, that's it.
Sizzlin' Steve, it's carnage over there. How do you think it went?
I don't know, actually.
Good, it's a strong indifferent reaction at this stage.
And official adjudicator Claire now has to count the used poppers.
Has Steve reached the magic number?
Right, to get this world record, you needed to exceed 64,
which is the current record.
In one minute, you managed to pop...
-I'm sorry, Steve.
-Close, but not quite the record, Sizzler.
What do you think went wrong?
-I didn't prepare them how I liked them, some of them, I think.
Well, Sizzle Man, I know this must be crushing for you,
but the only worse news than this is that there is now
a lot of cleaning up to do, and I think that if you want
to get this done before your housemates come back,
you're going to have to start on this now, mate.
So, sorry about that, Sizzler. There you go.
Poor Steve. Sadly, more of a fizzle than a sizzle.
But Steve will be back!
Don't help him, Claire.
Steve is a man who, in the quest for perfection,
has thrown caution to the wind and diced with...dice.
And he's a credit to Steves everywhere.
But there's another name that's literally music to our ears
when it comes to world records. And that's Kevin.
# I have known different men in my life
# I've known some Geoffreys, I've known some Jims, even a Paul.
# And I have liked all of the Michaels
# And the Rorys never bore me
# But for me there's one record breaker's name
-# That's above them all...
-What's that name?
# Kevin, my record breaker!
# Into my dreams I always take you
# I don't know if I ever told you, Kevin.
# You're like a little bit of heaven
# Now Kevin Cole blew spaghetti out of his nose
# 19 centimetres in a single blow
# That's the world's longest spaghetti nasal ejection
# But don't try it at home, for your own protection!
# And if you think toilets are smelly
# Stay away from Kevin Shelley
# He broke more toilet seats on his head in one minute
# Than anybody ever dared!
# Oh, Kevin, my record breaker!
# Into my dreams I always take you
# I don't know if I ever told you, Kevin
# Last, but not least, he's a religious muscular beast
# Not least, but last
# He's the Reverend Kevin Fast
# He pulls vehicles, he puts people on his shoulders
# The man's muscles are like giant boulders
# So revere the Reverend because he's rather rad
# And I hear his sermons aren't that bad!
# Kevin, my record breaker!
# Into my dreams I always take you
# I don't know if I ever told you, Kevin
# You're like a little bit of heaven! #
That's quite enough about Kevins!
Now back to the "revvings" of jet ski motors.
You've heard of Spiderman. You know Captain America.
Well, this is Jetpack Man!
With the superpower to rise from the seas and...pop balloons.
At least, we hope so.
This is a very cold Crown Lakes in Peterborough
where Mark Corcoran is making final preparations to try
and set an entirely new world record for the most balloons
popped in three minutes, wearing a water jetpack.
Here's a quick reminder of the rules.
Guinness world record officials have decided that in order to set
a new record, Mark has...
A three-minute limit in which to pop at least 11 balloons
using the spike on his helmet.
And he must dip back down into the water
between each attempt at popping the balloons.
Well, here we are on the middle of a lake, in the middle of winter,
about to see a man hopefully break a record for popping balloons
with a spike on his head, using a water jetpack.
I can't believe that's a sentence I've not said before, can you?!
And I can confirm, having been in the water, that it is freezing cold.
So Mark is wearing a specially designed drysuit to keep him warm.
Shivering official adjudicator, Annelise,
is on board to watch over proceedings.
Got my trusty megaphone here. Let's see if Mark's ready.
-Yes, let's go for it.
-Three, two, one, go!
So, is Mark going to be Top of the Pops?
Remember, he needs 11 to succeed. First one!
So he's got to go up, pop a balloon, back down into the water each time.
Oh! He came on it from the side. Cheeky!
Oh, he missed it there.
After a while, you just start getting tired.
You have to keep your body rigid. You have to concentrate.
That's three balloons.
Heading back into that icy water every single time
really is exhausting.
Oh, he's hit the water really hard there.
That must have hurt.
Look at that! The clock is ticking for the record. Come on, Mark!
That's one minute gone!
Oh, come on, Mark. You can do this!
So is Mark going to be successful?
Or is he going to have his bubble burst? Another balloon popped.
Oh! He's gone down again.
Something is definitely wrong here.
It looks like Mark's not happy about something.
I think he's signalling he's going to stop this one, for some reason.
He's popped one, two, three, four.
Let's just have a look at that again.
Oh, a really heavy fall there.
After failing in his attempt, Mark's feeling a bit deflated.
Will he manage to go again?
OK, you can probably see behind me
that Mark's just getting towed to shore now.
Once back on shore,
Mark's decided he's just too tired to keep going in the cold.
Mark, there you are. Bad luck. But really, really well done.
Commiserations. It wasn't to be today.
Probably more a weather condition thing than an ability
-and talent thing.
-Yeah, I think so.
I think swallowing the first lot of water and hitting my forehead,
brain freezing. I lost concentration.
And let's face it, when he's out there, he looks like a superhero.
Which, in my book, kind of makes you pretty cool anyway.
-Yeah, I won't be defeated. I'll be back.
-That's the attitude!
Well, the weather's been against him today, but once he's thawed out,
we're sure Mark will be back and the record will be his.
Now, over to Haruka.
Thanks, Ben. So, what is somebody going to do with all those bottles?
Are they going to drink them all and have the world's longest wee?
Or is somebody going to try and drive across the top of them in a car?
Or is it just the largest collection of identical bottles in the world?
-Hmmm. That last one wouldn't be very exciting, would it?
So, yes. Unbelievably, you're about to witness the record attempt
for the longest distance driven on glass bottles
and the person at the wheel will be Army driver Li Guiwen.
Guinness world record officials have set the distance at a minimum
of 50 metres to get the record. So, how will he do? Let's find out.
Three. Two. One. Go.
There is absolutely nothing holding these bottles in place
other than gravity. They are all freestanding so balance is key.
A few millimetres either side and the bottles will go.
You can see those bottles are taking the weight of the entire car.
SHE GASPS That creaking doesn't sound good.
One green bottle accidentally falls
but it's not the end of the record attempt.
I think it's going to be OK.
It's not OK! The car has fallen around the halfway mark.
That's not a scream of celebration...
But these people don't know the meaning of the word fail
or the words "dangerous record attempt".
So fast forward a year and Li Guiwen is back for another go.
Here he is warming up. Stretching?! Why?
In case he needs to indicate with an arm signal?
Ohhh! It's just to shake her hand. I see.
He's ready now so off he goes to see if he can drive over
nearly 2,000 green bottles sitting on the floor.
Remember, Li has to travel over 50 metres to get the record.
He has to keep his balance
the whole way over these worryingly wobbly bottles. Oooh!
You can see that each wheel rolls over about four bottles at a time.
It seems to defy physics that they don't just break or topple.
The crowd are really behind him. How is he keeping such control? Amazing!
Just a bit further...
And Li Guiwen does it with a record-breaking
no-bottle-breaking 60.19 metres.
Such accurate, careful, precise driving.
Now it's over to Ben who's searching for a mysterious character.
Anyway, you get the idea.
I'm here on the beautiful banks of Loch Ness.
For centuries, people have been looking for a creature
known as the Loch Ness Monster.
This famous photograph caused a stir when it was taken back in 1934.
But it turned out to be a fake.
And so the search continued.
But one man has tried harder than any other to find Nessie.
His name is Steve Feltham and he holds the record
for the longest continuous vigil seeking the Loch Ness Monster.
If only I could find HIM.
Oh. There he is.
Steve, how long have you been keeping up your Nessie vigil?
21 years?! This man is as much of a mystery as Nessie herself.
Hunting for the Loch Ness Monster is a full-time job.
In fact, Steve was so committed that he left his comfortable home
to come and live permanently on the side of the loch.
As a great man once said, dedication is what you need
and Steve has plenty of it.
He's so dedicated he didn't even know he'd set a record
-until WE contacted him. Did you, Steve?
-I had no idea.
He had no idea.
Of course, the record he really wants is to be the first person
to properly identify Nessie. I wonder if he'll ever succeed.
Amazingly, the loch contains more water than all the lakes
and rivers in England and Wales combined.
That's a lot of loch for a monster to hide in.
Steve's been doing this for a record-breaking 21 years.
So, after all that time, he must know exactly what to expect
when Nessie eventually does surface.
Right, Steve, we're right in the middle of the loch here.
What are we looking for?
Well... Anything that pops up, really, in the way of monsters.
Over the years, various theories have been put forward
-to explain the phenomena.
-There's one guy I know who believes
there's a spaceship on the bottom of the loch.
There's others that believe there's a rip in time
-and we're seeing back into the prehistoric.
The usual suspects.
It's either alien spaceships or time-travelling dinosaurs.
Well, what about this photo taken by George Edwards in 2012?
Steve doubts its authenticity and with good reason.
-The hump is now sat outside my van on Dawes Beach.
It was used for a film and it's gone round the world as Nessie evidence.
It's another fake. Well, this is tough.
Whilst I'm here, I might as well try and find Nessie in my own unique way
using the very latest in animal-luring technology.
Here, Nessie Nessie. Here, Nessie Nessie.
Come on. Come on out. I can't see you.
Come on, Nessie. Here, Nessie Nessie. Right, Nessie.
The game's up. Come out with your flippers up in the air.
Here, Nessie Nessie. Here, Nessie. Right.
She's either not at home or she's being very, very rude.
Steve, can you remind me
which letter in the alphabet comes after S?
-Cuppa? Don't mind if I'd do. Come on. Let's go.
Well, Steve, no Nessie today.
But that doesn't stop you from being officially amazing.
Anyway, I think seeing her would have been about, I don't know,
as likely as seeing Elvis doing a Hula Hoop.
# Rock the hula... #
Just ignore it, Steve. Ignore it.
# Rock the hula
# Rock, rock the hula. #
'Well, no Nessie, but an officially champion cuppa
'and an officially amazing show.'
Until next time...
See you next time.
# Well, I can't believe That vigilant Steve
# Has been searching for so long
# He's convinced that monster's
# Lurking beneath
# But will time prove Stevie wrong?
# Though Sizzler failed to pop
# His record attempts never stop
# That pizza couldn't be beat
# With 100 people needed to eat
# And Mark's balloon idea
# Just didn't hold water.
# It's all officially
# Amazing... #
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