Series about the world of official record breaking. Al is in California, where he is part of a mass musical attempt - air drumming.
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This is the world of records!
# Biggest shoe Weirdest face
# Fastest loo Tightest space
# Longest snake Smallest van
# Heaviest cake Tallest man
# Longest ears on a dog
# Most poisonous frog
-# And a woman with a beard... #
# Officially, officially, officially
# Amazing! #
In this series, we search the planet for the highest, loopiest,
and wettest records out there.
Well, a man can dream, can't he?
I'm Ben Shires and this is your whistle-stop tour
to the world of records, record holders and record attempts,
to bring you the extraordinary...
..and the unexpected.
Here's what's coming up on today's show...
Today's incredible official Guinness World Records include...
We discover this man's stomach-churning collection
of over 6,000 airline sick bags.
Haruka visits the tallest tower in the world,
in the biggest city in the world.
Hats off to the Space Cowboy, who's going to be attempting
a record three metres off the ground, balancing on one wheel.
And I meet one of the fittest record breakers on earth
and show him a thing or two. Hmm, sort of.
But first, we head to the USA, where Al is in California, hoping to be...
Now, we all know air guitar. Hit it.
ROCK RIFF PLAYS
But what about air drumming?
DRUM BEAT PLAYS
Pretty cool, right? But this isn't one guy rocking out in his bedroom.
This is 2,000 people - that's right, you heard me, 2,000 people -
all air drumming at the same time,
trying to create a world record and become officially amazing!
# We will, we will rock you... #
This group of rockers are trying to set a new world record
for the largest air drumming ensemble ever.
They need over 2,000 people simultaneously air drumming
to get in the record books. And I'm here to help.
Air drum expert Ari Gold is the lead drummer in charge of this event.
He has to make sure everyone knows exactly what to do.
The air drummer understands that you have to make something
out of nothing. The great thing about air drumming is that...
You know, a drummer, you're stuck in this position.
An air drummer, you can move like a crab. You can do this.
Your drum set could, like, slide around.
'Now, Ari says there's more to air drumming than you might think.'
Here's your snare. This is the backbeat, right here.
So you want to hit that with your left hand.
And then you got the hi-hat here,
so you've probably seen drummers cross, right?
And don't forget, the different symbols -
there's a ride up here, there's a crash up here, there's a gong here.
And then you can do this.
'Ari can really rock.
'I don't want to let the side down so I need some practice
'if I'm going to join in this record attempt.
'Before that, I should change into something a little bit more rock.
'Say goodbye to Al Jackson and hello to Al Rockson.'
I am ready to rock!
'Al, you're not even dressed as a drummer.
'You're dressed as Slash and he's a guitarist.
'I say Slash - you're more like slush.
'Talk to the drumsticks, Ben, cos the face ain't listening.
'I'm getting to grips with the rules, dude.
'During the attempt, every air drummer must pull off
'three distinct air drumming moves,
'all of which are named after famous rock drummers...
'None of whom I've ever heard of. I'm more of a Bieber kind of guy.
'OK, time to rock.'
Ta-da! How do I look? I'm ready to go.
-Dude, what happened to the real you?
-This is the real me!
This is what I've been waiting for my whole life.
-I was born to be an air drummer.
-All right, let's see it. And go.
OK, hold on a second. First of all, what are you playing?
You don't even know what you're playing.
'OK, clearly I need some extra tuition in the ways of rock
'if I'm going to join in this ginormous record attempt.
'Ari is hoping more than 2,000 people show up to help set a world record
'for the most people air drumming at the same time.
'The stage is set and we'll be back
'to see if Ari, me and all these rockers
'can get our acts together and rock our way into the record books.
'You'll see us later. But hopefully not him.
'Now, from one type of hi-hat to another.'
The next record we've lined up to amaze and amuse you with
takes skill of unimaginable proportions.
I'd even go as far as saying I'd take my hat off to it -
or at least the person attempting it.
'His teachers might have called him Shane
'but we know this record-breaking maverick outlaw by another name.
'This is the Space Cowboy.
'He holds an incredible 18 Guinness World Records,
'mostly for ridiculously dangerous stuff.
'Previously on Officially Amazing, he's attempted records
'with lawnmowers, chainsaws,
'whips, and poisonous apples.
'All right, they weren't really poisonous.
'Today, the Space Cowboy will be attempting
'a record involving a hat trick.'
OK, Space Cowboy, you've got a lot of hats.
Are you going to a wedding? Is it going to rain? What's this about?
Well, I'm trying to break a world record for the most times
to kick a hat onto the head in one minute.
Oh-ho-ho, that sounds amazing.
-Can you show me how?
-Yeah. You kick it onto your foot...
..then kick it onto your head.
'The hat must go from his foot to his head without touching
'any other part of his body,
'and he's got to flick it up there
'as many times as he can in one minute.
'Now, I know what you're thinking - he's so good with a hat
'he's going to have no problem getting this record.
'Well, there's one small factor we haven't yet mentioned.
'He's got to do it on this.'
Whoa, whoa, whoa, Space Cowboy! What's this?
Oh, yeah, I forgot to tell you -
I'm going to try the attempt on top of a nine-foot unicycle.
'That's nearly three metres!
'If he fell from that height, he'd break bones, not records.
'The record to beat is nine hat flips
'and I've just realised that I look like Woody from Toy Story.'
-OK, Craig adjudicator, are you ready?
Space Cowboy, are you ready?
-OK, on my count, we'll go.
Three, two, one. Flip!
'OK, and we're off!
'So, that's one.
'Yeah, I've lost count.'
I was hoping for a wheelie. Don't think it's going to happen.
'Still, unbelievable arm, leg and head coordination
'from the Space Cowboy.'
Over half the time gone.
'Oh, no, he's used his hand, so that hat flip isn't going to count.'
Ten seconds left.
Five, four, three,
two, one. Stop!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
OK, Space Cowboy, let's dismount and see if you broken this record.
Craig, adjudicator, the record to beat,
I believe, was nine, wasn't it?
Nine to beat. And he did...
-It's a new record.
Space Cowboy, fantastic!
Not only is it awesome but it is officially amazing.
'Now from a man who's collected lots of records
'to a man who has a record for collecting.'
Hello. I'm in an airport - look!
Now you believe me, and I'm on my way to meet a Dutchman who has
a very weird collection indeed.
Now, I'm not going to reveal too much at the moment
but let me just say it may or may not be your bag.
-Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking.
Please pay careful attention to this very important video on...
-Famous Dutchmen include William of Orange, King of England
and owner of massive hair.
Vincent van Gogh, painter and owner of only one ear.
And Robin van Persie, owner of a great left foot.
Now you can add to this list Niek Vermeulen,
owner of a Guinness World Record- breaking collection
of over 6,200 sick bags,
collected over 40 years from over 1,000 airlines
in over 160 countries.
D'you know what? Air travel is just the best way to get anywhere.
I think it's so relaxing, so calm, it's so...
Oh, I...I really shouldn't have had that second triple-chocolate muffin.
MUSIC: "Little Green Bag" by George Baker
-Hello, good morning.
-Hello, how are you?
Are you the chap who collects sick bags, otherwise known as barf bags?
-Yes, I am the one.
-I have got one to give to you but, unfortunately,
there was a bit of an episode on the plane.
It's not quite as fresh as I wanted it to be.
'Niek's collection of airline sick bags includes the ridiculous...'
A small German airline sent me one time a bag with a sticker on it.
-It says, "Guten Appetit." "Have a good meal."
-I cannot understand that.
-Yeah, a bit of a mixed signal there.
'Then there's the overly helpful.'
I imagine if you do feel sick
the last thing you want is to know how to say it in another language.
'And what if you're as sick as a dog?'
Also special are two doggy bags.
This one is more original.
'Niek has new bags sent daily from all over the world.
'Whether it's for chundering over China,
'spewing over Spain or vomiting in the vicinity of Venezuela,
'they all end up in Niek's collection.
'Wonder if he gets any from "huey-Bay"!'
-This is quite tense. Oh!
-You haven't got that bag?
-That's a record.
-And there's another record breaker.
Two records, two seconds.
'Officially, he's recorded as having 6,290 airline sick bags.
'But since then, he's had loads more.
'Niek's collection now stands at over 6,500. Officially amazing!
'You never know what this show's going to...THROW UP!
'In fact, you might need a sick bag when you see what Al's wearing.'
Welcome back to California, where we're here,
about to do the incredible air drumming world record attempt.
Right inside these doors, you can feel the tension.
You can cut it with a knife
as everybody's about to try and break this record.
'Ari Gold is the king of air drumming
'and we're about to find out if 2,000 people can hit the right notes
'at this air-lectrifying event.
'He's going to show me the three moves that everyone must do
'in order to get a new Guinness World Record.'
Start with the backbeat, so we're doing the Phil Rudd.
Phil Rudd is just AC/DC solid backbeats.
MUSIC: "Back In Black" by AC/DC
And hit the snare.
-OK, left-hand, left-hand's the backbeat.
-That's the Phil Rudd.
-Oh, I feel good!
The power, the power?
-I don't have the power yet.
-Squat a little more.
Get the power in the legs.
-This is going to be for Back In Black.
-Now we want to do the power versus Neal Peart.
So you're going to play the rototoms around your back.
-You're going to do a full 360 spin.
-Do you think I'm ready?
-I... Yeah, the pants say yes.
-OK, all right. Let's do this.
MUSIC: "Jump" by Van Halen
-What's up with this expression, the smile?
All right, that's your style. Do it again. And go.
Where's your power? You're standing up.
Get in the squat position, do it again.
Faster. Do it faster.
Come on. Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go. Move!
You're not going to bring world peace unless you do this hard,
all right? One more time. Do the power versus Peart. Go.
Rototoms up here. Rototoms up here. Up high. All right.
-Number three. Tommy Lee - you ready for this? It's the showman.
He's throwing a stick into the air with his right hand
and he's twirling the other stick with his left hand.
Goes like this.
Keep spinning this one. Spin this one. No, spin...
Spin this stick right here. Spin it.
Yeah, you're spinning it around your finger.
Now throw this one in the air. Watch for it.
Keep spinning that one. And now catch this one.
Now go into the Phil Rudd. Oh, no, you're doing power versus Peart.
That's all right. Go back to the Phil Rudd. Let's see that beat.
MUSIC: "Back In Black" by AC/DC
HE MIMICS GUITAR RIFF
Ba-dum, ba-dum, ba-dum-ba.
Try some Tommy Lee. Ready?
Watch for it. You really threw this into the air pretty high.
-I didn't know my own strength.
-Here it comes. Here it comes.
'Well, I made that look easy, but getting that many people to do it
'at the exact same time is not easy.
'Here are the rules.
'We must all play continuously for at least one minutes, 30 seconds,
'and must all pull off the three vital air drumming moves.
'This event is causing an incredible air of excitement,
'as people from all over the world gather to make the sign of the horns
'and then rock this room into the record books.
'Adjudicator Phil is here to make sure everyone rocks within the rules.
'We're all in position. Time to face the music.
One, two, three, four.
'We all start with a Phil Rudd backbeat. Classic.
'Stand by for the Neal Peart 360.
'Nailed it! And then my favourite - some Tommy Lee showmanship. Waargh!
'Look at this! Everyone's in time.
'Who knew playing an imaginary drum kit would be so awesome?!
'I feel like a member of the world's biggest rock band.'
History's being made tonight! History's being made!
'That was incredible. The energy in the room was electric.
'We beat as one and we definitely rock but do we OFFICIALLY rock?
'Adjudicator Phil has the result.'
You set a new Guinness World Records record
for the largest air-drum ensemble. Fantastic work.
'2,297 people air drummed at the same time,
'setting a new world record.
'Ari and all of us are now officially air-mazing rock legends.
'Thanks, Al. Now from one of the biggest record attempts
'to some of the smallest record holders.'
# Let's give a shout out to the tiniest dog ever
# A Yorkshire terrier with a tiny surface area
# Letting her run away wouldn't be too clever
# A teeny hound isn't easily found
# But look at this dinosaur - isn't his size insane?
# Stegosaurus - gigantic and enormous
# Now look at this walnut, cos that is the size of his brain
# Just 70 grams Bet he was bad at exams
# Smaller should be celebrated
# Tiny's far less complicated
# So will the smallest please sing loud and be proud?
# Yeah, yeah, yeah
# Let's have a party
# For the world's smallest van
# It goes zoom but inside there's not much room
# It was built by Perry Watkins
# He's the driver and a British man
# You'd be miffed if you wanted a lift
# Let's raise the roof for the world's smallest horse, oh, yeah
# Thumbelina, you really shoulda seen her
# Imagine your dad going riding on this miniscule mare... #
Giddyup! What? Oh, come on, then.
# Smaller should be celebrated
# Tiny's far less complicated
# So will the smallest please sing loud and be proud?
# Yeah, yeah, yeah. #
Now over to Haruka in Tokyo.
HE SPEAKS JAPANESE
Welcome to Japan.
This record breaker is big - very big - but it's not a person.
It's an entire city.
# I left my heart in Tokyo
# Down by the river, don't you know?
# I had to let it go
# Nobody, no, can bring it home... #
Tokyo is a truly remarkable record-breaking place.
It's 9,500 kilometres from London and it's my capital city!
Tokyo is one of the biggest places on earth.
London is a quiet village compared to this.
Tokyo holds the record for the most populated metropolis
in the world, with an incredible 35 million inhabitants.
That's more than half the population of the UK living in one urban area.
Tokyo is home to the tallest tower in the world, the Skytree.
A steel tree that's about the same height
as seven Big Bens and two Eiffel Towers.
Welcome to the best view in town.
The total height of the tower is 634 metres.
Which should be out of the reach
of one of Japan's favourites exports, Godzilla...
..who has attacked Tokyo in movies no less than 28 times.
Go on, go away!
GODZILLA MUTTERS ANGRILY
-I said, go!
The first stop for most people visiting Tokyo is here.
This is Shinjuku Station, the world's busiest train station.
2,500 people pass through here every minute.
That's about 400 people in the time it's taken me to tell you about it.
The station is so busy they even employ guards
to push commuters onto the train.
Here's an everyday scene - a fully grown man dressed as Pikachu,
wearing a sign which reads...
That's because in Japan, we're mad about manga,
the Japanese word for comics.
I've been reading Japanese manga since I was six and I still do.
And I love it!
Tokyo also hosts the world's largest comic festival,
where up to 12 million comics go on sale.
So that's Tokyo, the most officially amazing city on earth.
Thanks, Haruka. Now back to America for something...
You may remember that last time
we sent Al off to meet a mystery guest,
he had to guess what her record was for.
He didn't get it right, obviously.
Oh, God! I was not ready for that!
No! Why didn't you guys tell me?
But we enjoyed watching him try so much that we decided to do it again.
This is Chanel, and she's a Guinness World Record holder
for something very mysterious.
Al has absolutely no idea what it could be. Can he guess correctly?
All right, Chanel. It's great to meet you.
I don't know why I'm meeting you. I just know you hold a world record.
-It's something I can do with my body.
For you at home, it's one of these three options...
OK, Al, you've got 30 seconds. Go!
-OK, can you stand on your head?
-Does it involve your glasses in any way?
-Can you stand still and do it?
-Is it something that I would be able to do with practice?
-Does it have to do with your joints?
-OK. Do you need any props?
-Does it involve physical strength?
-Does it involve your tongue?
OK. Can you touch your tongue to your nose?
-I can, but that's not what it is!
-Oh, I almost got it!
Close but not close enough, Al, so no prize for you.
Just lay it on me. Can I see it?
-Oh, my God!
-I have the world's longest tongue for a female.
-Oh, my goodness! What's the actual length?
'So this incredible record-breaking tongue
'is a mighty ten centimetres long!'
Now I feel like it's time for us to go head-to-head,
as I feel like my tongue's pretty long. You ready?
On the count of three, we're going to do it together. All right?
One, two, three.
OK. I feel like it was a tie.
And as Al walks off down the beach,
Chanel waves goodbye as only she can.
Now back to the UK, where I'm going to meet a man who is...
There are fit people, there are superfit people and then...
Well, then there's Paddy Doyle.
He's invited me to his own personal gym in Solihull to see what
it takes to be an officially amazing endurance record holder.
And seeing as I'm somewhere between fit and, er, superfit,
I thought I'd jog there.
'This is former paratrooper Paddy Doyle.
'He specialises in endurance fitness
'and has a list of Guinness World Records as long as an extremely long
'and muscular arm, including the record for most sit-ups
'while balancing a 50lb weight on the chest in one hour.
'The most squat thrusts in an hour - 2,504.
'And most one arm push-ups in five hours - 8,794. What a man!
'He also holds the following records...
HE INHALES SHARPLY
'I need to get some advice on how he does it.'
-Paddy, how you doing?
-Yeah, good to see you.
-Good to see you, mate.
-In your gym. Look around!
-This is incredible.
-Yeah, all hard work.
-Well, yeah, obviously.
I've caught you at it right now but, you know,
-some people are happy just to have one record.
You are a multi-multi-multi-record holder, aren't you?
Yeah, since 1987 I've been trying to break
as many endurance records as possible.
Now, Paddy, I reckon I can probably take on some of these
physical activities that you do.
Can you show me some of your specialist training? Get me into it.
-Love to, Ben, let's crack on and do it.
'First up, boxing. I'm good at this.'
Good. I'm glad I'm not fighting you.
'I'm already exhausted!
'Now, squat thrusts.
'One-armed press-ups - easy.'
Touch your nose on the floor and then come back up nice and slow.
Hold the arm nice and straight.
'OK, not so easy.'
'It's plain to see why this man holds all the records
'and why I hold none.
'Paddy's records aren't just restricted to the gym.'
BUGLE FANFARE PLAYS
'Surely I can outrun Paddy in the great outdoors!
'But, then again, Paddy also holds the record for
'the fastest cross-country marathon carrying an 18.1 kilogram backpack,
'running for six hours, 28 minutes and 22 seconds.
'He also holds the record for the farthest distance walked
'carrying a 4.5 kilogram brick - that's over 80 miles.
'I've got an egg and cress sandwich in my tiger backpack
'but I'm just too weak to reach it.'
Come on, Ben, what's the matter with you?
Come on, I'll help you up.
'Luckily, Paddy has a solution.
'Paddy Doyle, you are officially amazing!
'Well, that looks like it's the end of my run
'and the end of another programme.
'See you next time for more mad, manic
'and mind-boggling Officially Amazing record attempts.'
# Well, ba-diddy-bum
# Al did the air drum
# With a record-breaking crowd
# And bish, bosh, bash
# He dressed as Slash
# He played those air drums loud
# If you think you're going to be sick
# Just grab a bag from Niek
# The muscle man that is Ben
# Found a super-tough new friend
# And Chanel gave a whole new meaning to holding your tongue
# It's all officially amazing! #
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
# Amazing! #
Ben Shires and the team travel the world to find the most officially amazing world record attempts and world record holders out there. Al is in California, where he is part of a mass musical attempt requiring rhythm, poise... and most importantly, no musical skill - air drumming. Ben meets a Dutchman with an unusual collection of bags, and Japanese reporter Haruka explores the world's most populated metropolis, the city of Tokyo. The Space Cowboy goes for a record involving hats, feet and a three-metre-high unicycle.