Series about the world of official record breaking. Featuring a 13-year-old skateboarding genius and a PE teacher who may have the world's longest back hair.
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This is the world of records!
# The 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! #
Hello, I'm Ben Shires, and welcome to Officially Amazing, where,
yet again, we'll be meeting some crazy people who love nothing more
than a crazy challenge.
I can promise you that you'll see some things today that will
leave you wide-eyed in admiration.
Come on, guys, keep pushing!
I think there's a petrol station about two miles down the road.
In this series, we searched the planet for the hottest...
and most dangerous records out there.
Today's incredible official Guinness World Records include...
We find out what on earth this man is going to do with this tarantula.
Our American buddy Al meets a 13-year-old
world record-breaking skateboard champion.
This one is really disgusting -
we meet a man who claims he has a world record-breaking back hair.
And Haruka's in Japan to see how running has been taken to
a whole new level of weird. But first, it's...
Ah, the serenity of the British countryside.
Peaceful and tranquil.
That was until we turned up!
That's more like it! These are the Moffatt brothers.
They're both champion stunt car drivers.
Alastair is in the red car,
and little brother John is in the white one.
Today, they are both vying against each other to become
officially amazing and go into the record books.
Like most brothers, they are very competitive.
You're brothers, you're friends, and today, you're adversaries.
That's right, yes.
There's a challenge in the air.
-Just a little bit, yeah.
-What's the challenge?
Basically, we're going for the tightest parallel park.
Parallel parking means driving a car into a space between two
parked vehicles. The record is for the tightest parallel park.
This means it's the smallest space you can get a car into.
You've got your one car parked here like that, one parked like that,
and all you need to do is get your little car in the middle.
The current Guinness World Record stands at 14cm,
which means the parking space used was only 14cm longer than the car.
To break it, the Moffatt brothers are going for a distance
of just 13.1cm.
The only way is to skid the car in at speed.
Alastair is going to show me how it's done.
Look at that!
Wow, that's incredible.
Although this space is far larger than the one
the boys will be trying for later when they go for the world record.
They've made it look so easy, I'm going to have a go,
but, for some reason, they've made me use inflatable cars.
They obviously don't trust me. I'll show them!
OK, so it's not easy at all.
And the Moffatt brothers are going to squeeze into a gap
that has just 13.1cm to spare.
So, to put that into perspective, that's about the length of that pen.
If we were to get the record today, I feel it'll stand for a while.
It's at the point where it's virtually impossible.
Listen, join me in a bit
when the Moffatt brothers will be going head-to-head to parallel park
a car in-between vehicles with only that much space to play with.
And now, over to our American buddy Al for some more cool
four-wheeled records in...
So here's a question for you - what's this guy's Guinness World Record?
Well, he's not the smallest man in the world.
This is in fact the largest skateboard ever built.
It's also the least used.
It's 11.14m long, which is pretty awesome.
But not as awesome as what's coming up next.
Our next Officially Amazing adventure
takes me to sunny San Diego.
I'm about to meet possibly the coolest guy in the world.
But that's not what he holds a world record for.
13-year-old Tom Schaar has been putting top adult skateboarders
in the shade.
Recently, he became the only person in the world to achieve
the toughest skateboarding trick - a 1080.
OK, so what's a 1080?
One full airborne rotation on a skateboard is 360 degrees.
And here comes some math - a 1080 is three times 360.
Which is three full rotations.
And here's the only person in the world who can do this.
-Tom, that was awesome, man.
-Oh, my goodness!
You look like you've been skating for years, but you're only 13.
-How did you do that?
-I started skating when I was four,
so I've been skating for nine years now.
OK, I'm just looking at the size of this ramp, no disrespect,
-but you have to be crazy to be doing this. This is kind of crazy.
I was really scared the first time I saw it,
and I just got over it a little bit and I am more used to it now.
This might be a silly question, but I'm going to ask it anyway -
on a scale of one to ten, how hard is it to pull off a 1080?
Um, ten, or even 11.
I'm sure 11 is more accurate.
All right, well, enough chat. Let's see how you achieve this record.
OK, here's the magic moment when Tom broke the world record,
achieving a 1080 on a specially built extra-large ramp.
Incredible. He's achieved something even skateboarding greats
like Tony Hawk haven't managed.
-Tom, that was officially amazing.
If I didn't have a chin strap on, I would take my hat off to you.
-But now it's time to get serious.
-Let's show these people what we can do on our boards.
-Let's do it.
All right, let's take it to 'em.
Tom's now going to show me some of his favourite tricks,
but I've got a few of my own up my sleeve.
Ben, my British buddy, you're about to see some serious moves.
'All right, then, smarty-pants, here we go.
'That's Tom doing a nosegrab tailslide.
-'And that's Al, being rubbish.'
-'This is hard, you know!'
'Ah-ha, the stalefish.'
-'You all right there, Grandad?'
-'Oh, come on!'
'Ah, the 540 spin. Tom makes it look so easy.
-'You make that look so easy too, Al.'
-'Hey! I'm on a break here!'
'Everyone's favourite - the grind.
'And everyone's favourite skateboarding clown.'
'Yeah, OK, Tom is officially amazing, and I am officially useless.'
'Skilful, agile, graceful.
'Sadly, you're none of those, Al,
'but let's get back to someone who is all of those things, and...'
Yes, some people love trying to break as many Guinness World Records
as possible, and this man is certainly one of them.
Meet the Space Cowboy, also known as Chayne Hultgren.
He's a man of many talents.
Previously, he set a new record
when he took 108 bites from three apples whilst juggling them.
-Hey, that's amazing!
-CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
So, how is he attempting to be officially amazing today?
Aw, he's brought me some roses. That's officially lovely.
It's not what you think. I'm going for a new world record -
the most roses cracked in a minute with a whip, like this.
But the thing is, in order to achieve the record,
-the person holding the roses needs to have it in their mouth.
So, the Space Cowboy needs to chop off the heads of as many flowers
as he can in a minute from my mouth, using a whip.
Great, whose idea was this?
Flowers must measure at least 30cm long and at least 30 flowers
must be cut in the allotted time to get the record.
Obviously, DON'T try this at home.
Craig, official adjudicator, are you ready?
-Space Cowboy, are you ready?
-On my count...
Three, two, one...
'And we're off!'
I'm going as quick as I can. Watch it! My face is my fortune.
If he catches my nose, I'll have nothing to put my specs on!
The whip cracks as the end travels faster than the speed of sound,
which is about half the speed my heart is going right now.
And that whip-crack noise is actually
what's known as a sonic boom.
Remember, he needs to cut at least 30 flowers to set the record.
Faster, faster, come on! Keep going, keep going!
Keep going, keep going!
Ooh, that's ten seconds to go,
and I have no idea how many flowers we've floored.
Keep going, keep going!
Three, two, one...
We worked very hard for that record.
My lips tell me how hard we worked. Come over here and let's find out.
Can you tell us, Craig, we needed 30 to get that record,
did we get it?
It was a very good effort.
It's only 25, I'm afraid.
25 is so close as well! Oh!
Sadly, no world record for the Space Cowboy
and his glamorous assistant today.
Perhaps I could have gone a bit faster.
I've let myself down, I've let the Space Cowboy down,
but worst of all, the adjudicator Craig down.
Well, can the Moffatt brothers do any better in...?
We're in Herefordshire with brothers Alastair and John Moffatt,
who have been preparing to attempt a spectacular tightest parallel park
world record by spinning this car into this tiny space.
The space is only 13.1cm longer than the car.
If they touch the white plank, which represents the kerb,
or either parked car, the attempt is a fail.
The brothers themselves think it's almost impossible,
but almost impossible means technically still possible.
So we'll cling to that.
Getting the measurements right is so important that a team of boffins
use lasers to make sure the distance between the cars is exactly right.
Every centimetre counts.
It may look like the boys aren't wearing seatbelts,
but in fact, they're wearing special seatbelts around their waists,
which is safer for this kind of stunt.
Alastair is going first.
Remember, he's got to skid the car into the space using just
the steering wheel and the handbrake. Come on, Alastair !
Here he comes. Really picking up speed.
He must spin the car at exactly the right moment.
There's the spin.
Oh, oh! He spun it too far.
You can see it touched the white plank which represents
the kerb, so it won't count.
Alastair is determined to try again.
The canisters on the course help the driver time when to spin the car.
Can he do it this time?
No, he's hit a parked car. That's not good.
Every time that happens,
they have to reset the cars to make sure the distances are correct.
'Guinness World Record adjudicator Chris keeps close tabs on this.'
Will it be third time lucky?
Bit of showboating. I've got a good feeling about this one.
Come on, Alastair, this time!
Oh, it looks good!
Ooh, it's so close, but the adjudicator isn't happy.
The cars are just touching, so it won't count.
Alastair is so close.
Can he do it this next time?
That'll be a no, then. There goes his no claims bonus!
It's not looking good.
This is harder than we thought, and the sun is setting.
The brothers are in a tight spot.
-Get in there and let's get a world record.
Will John succeed where his big brother failed?
Come on, John!
Will we see a new world record set here today?
'We'll come back later to find out. Now, here's Haruka.'
This is a French TV studio, and this is Ray.
Ooh, Ray, you've got something on your arm!
HARUKA SQUEALS That wasn't me. OK, it was.
If you're at all squeamish, you may want to look away now.
What is he doing? Argggggh!
OK, so he's put a venomous spider in his mouth.
That's officially dangerous, but what's the actual record attempt?
Is he attempting to get the spider to spin a web in his mouth?
Trying to catch some flies he swallowed earlier?
Or going to blow bubbles with the spider in his mouth?
The answer is blowing bubbles. Yes, that's right.
The Guinness World Record he is actually going for is...
Who even knew such a record existed?
Well, Ray, obviously.
I wonder if the spider blows as well!
He has to beat 117 bubbles. I know what you're thinking -
what kind of crazy person attempted this before Ray?
Well, that's right, it was Ray.
He's trying to beat his own record.
Nobody else has even bothered trying this,
and yet, this is Ray's third attempt.
Seriously, what makes you want to even try this record once?
And finally, the spider is released unharmed.
But how many bubbles did he blow?
Remember, the record is 117.
The official watches the replay back to check.
That, or he's craftily watching Scooby-Doo.
He's beaten it by two. Incredible.
119 bubbles blown in 30 seconds with a tarantula spider in your mouth.
'I think you'll find I blew half those bubbles. Get off!'
I think it's a record he might hold on to for a while.
But even Ray might not want to break any records using this lot.
If you're looking for a pet, avoid these.
# If you wanna love me
# Do it from a distance
# I know you wanna hold me
# But if I was you, I wouldn't try
# If you wanna make me your pet
# You got some thinking to do yet
# Cos if you wanna get close
# You better be ready to die
# I'm a poison dart frog You better be nice
# Cos my venom could kill 20,000 mice
# Even though I'm only 5cm in length
# You know my toxicity gives me plenty of strength
# I'm a marbled cone snail and I live in the sea
# But you'll be weeping and a-wailing if you come near me
# I don't like being goaded cos my harpoon is loaded
# And my venom could kill 20 men easily
# Do you like hugs and cuddles?
# I do, too
# But a hug from me would be the death of you
# I'm a seven-metre python that's reticulated
# If you're in my way You'll get asphyxiated
# Hey, everybody, what's goin' down?
# I'm a great white shark I weigh 5,000 pounds!
# If you're thinking of swimming then you might want to pause
# Cos if I'm hungry you might end up on my jaws
# Love me!
# From over there
# Love me!
# But be prepared
# Love me!
# And I might love ya back
# And I also might decide to attack. #
Good advice there.
Don't have a shark for a pet.
Now, I have come up one of the highest skyscrapers in Tokyo
to take in the spectacular views of my favourite city.
In the distance, you can see the snowy peaks of... What was that?!
Ah-ha! I'm actually here to meet this man.
Kenichi Ito is a Guinness World Record-holder with a very unusual way
of getting about.
Kenichi is the world's fastest man on all fours,
and he is going to give me some tips on how it's done.
-Konnichiwa. Nice to meet you, Kenichi-san.
You're running on all fours.
It's quite an unusual way of getting around. Can you tell me why?
-I really love monkeys,
and I do it because I want to be like them.
All right then, why don't we have a go?
All right, love, let's go!
But, before you start, it's bad for your hands,
so please put these gloves on. There you go.
'This is more difficult than it looks, and certainly,
'it's one of the oddest chats I've ever had.'
So, you want to be a monkey. Have you ever done this in a monkey costume?
Oh, aye! I do have a monkey costume and I often wear it.
I even wear it in bed!
How would you compare yourself to Usain Bolt?
I think I could even beat Usain Bolt.
I reckon all sprinters will be competing on all fours
within 500 years, so I am sure I will soon be able to beat him.
'Oh, so it seems I am slowing Kenichi down.
'Let's see how it should be done.'
Look at Kenichi's technique - the result of years of training.
Training that isn't without its dangers.
In the past,
Kenichi has been questioned by police for suspicious behaviour
and shot at by hunters who mistook him for a wild boar.
But none of this stopped Kenichi from making history.
In November 2012, his years of dedication and hard work
paid off in spectacular fashion
when he stormed the 100 metres on all fours in just 17.47 seconds.
Absolutely and officially amazing.
I'm going to leave Kenichi to enjoy the view
in his own special monkey way.
If you thought that was the strangest thing on today's show,
you'd be wrong. This is...
I'm here at a school in Havant, in Hampshire, where today,
we're here to learn. But fear not.
Before you go picking up your exercise books,
this is no ordinary class. Oh, no!
we're here to see something that could be officially amazing.
Yes, as I said, Japan isn't the only place with strange records, because
here in good old England lives a PE teacher called Craig Bedford.
So, what has he got for me?
It's the record, Ben, for the longest hair on a part of my body.
I don't want to break this to you too harshly, Craig,
but there's not a great deal going on up there.
It's not on my head, as you've so expertly noticed,
but it's on an unusual part of my body.
A capacity crowd has assembled at this, er, assembly,
in the assembly hall.
They're here to find out what record Mr Bedford is trying to break.
That, and otherwise, they would get detention.
The record he is going to attempt,
as unlikely as it sounds,
is one for the world's longest hair.
It's nothing to do with the hair on his head.
It's much more to do with hair of a different variety on his...
'And that's the sound of mass mild disgust. Here are the rules.
The hair must be wet and combed straight before being measured.
'The hair must be over 7.5cms long and, if the hair snaps,
'the record attempt is a fail.
'Is there a record-breaking hair in there?
'It's up to official Guinness Word Record adjudicator Anna to find it.
-I'm going to comb it.
-Gently, cos there's a knot in it.
'Hmm, she's earning every penny of her salary on this job.
'There it is. What a monster!
'Here's where things get tricky.
'The hair is under immense strain while being measured.
'If it's pulled too tight, it may snap.
'If that happens, this record attempt is over.
'Remember, the hair must be longer than 7.5cms to get that record.
'And it's looking good.' Looks like Anna's happy.
'Mr Bedford has had 30-odd years of training
'and it's all come down to this moment.'
-Mr Bedford, if you want to...
-I'm too nervous.
'She, too, looks really nervous...or appalled. It's hard to tell.
'Not sure what you're laughing at, young man!'
..your longest hair...
..measures 13cm. It's a new Guinness World Record!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
'The hair on Mr Bedford's head may have given up long ago,
'but his back has just carried on delivering.'
We have the official word. Everyone's abuzz in here.
Mr Bedford holds the record for the longest back hair.
It's completely disgusting, but it's also officially amazing.
-'His pupils must be as delighted as he is.'
-It was pretty grim.
Gross, yes. But it is a new world record.
It makes you proud to be British.
Can we get one more before we finish?
Back to Herefordshire, and brothers Alistair and John are attempting
a Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel park.
Parallel parking is parking next to the kerb between two parked cars.
But, with only a 13.1cm gap to play with,
the brothers must speed towards
the parked vehicles, then spin and slide their car into the tiny space.
Sounds impossible and, so far, it has been.
Older brother Alistair has failed four times and he's handed the
driving gloves over to his younger brother John to see if he can do it.
Using just the handbrake and the steering wheel,
John is going to attempt to spin his Mini into this miniscule space
and become the record holder
for the world's tightest parallel park.
Remember, the space they have to play with
is only 13.1cm longer than the car they're driving.
Come on, John!
John's first couple of attempts don't go well.
And with the light fading fast, here he comes again.
Come on, John! This time!
'Wow, he's in! Has he done it, though?
'Look, it lines up perfectly with the other cars.
'Remember, for this to count, John's car cannot be touching
'either of the parked cars or the white plank.
'The adjudicator, just checking there's a gap at the back there.'
Chris, obviously, there's lots of specification that he has to meet.
Where does he stand with it?
Well, I mean, the current record,
as we know, is 14cm. And John did...
13.1! It's a new Guinness World Record!
'So John has done it!
'He has a new World Record!'
I think that says it all, doesn't it?!
You are Officially Amazing!
Obviously, this must have left you all revved up.
Are you going to give it another go?
-Yeah, I'll have another go, I think.
-That's the spirit!
Go get back in that driver's seat, my friend!
'Determined not to be beaten by his little brother,
'and with the sun nearly set,
'Alistair will have one final go at the same space.
'We've had confirmation from our adjudicator, Chris,
'that if Alistair can do this,
'he will share the record with his brother.
'It's nearly dark, so time has all but run out. Come on, Alistair!'
-THEY SHOUT AND LAUGH
This looks good! This looks good!
Now, Chris, how does it look to you?
Could it be a joint record with his brother, John?
Well, again, a good line at the front, good line at the back.
and the kerb is not touched,
so it looks like you've equalled the record.
So you're both record holders.
It is, again, a new Guinness World Record!
-Look at that! This is the story!
Two brothers with nothing between them!
Well, what an unbelievable day it's been!
Two brothers, two world record holders, and one tiny space.
Well done, guys.
Congratulations! Officially amazing!
What a great way to end another show!
See you next time for more Officially Amazing records,
like this lot.
# Yeah, Alistair and John were particularly good
# At parking in parallel
# They're record-breaking vehicular brothers
# They drove the little car so well.
# Was anybody really prepared
# For Mr Bedford's back hair?
# Tom just loves to skate, he
# Did a record-breaking 1080
# And the spider-eating, bubble-blowing guy
# Was Officially Amazing! #
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# Amazing! #
Ben Shires investigates the world of record breaking and record breakers. Ben Shires meets the Moffatt brothers, who are vying with each other to break the Guinness World Record for the tightest parallel park. Aiming to park in a space just 13.1 centimetres longer than their car, it sounds impossible, but it's all about technique. Can they do it?
In San Diego we meet the coolest skater dude on the planet. 13-year-old Tom holds the world record for the first ever skateboard 1080, three complete rotations in midair. He has an even harder job when he tries to teach our American reporter Al some moves.
Ben's back with the Space Cowboy assisting in his latest amazingly tense record attempt. He's trying to break the record for the most roses cracked in a minute using a whip, but there's a catch. The flowers have to be held in someone's mouth. Guess who - hi Ben!
In Japan, Haruka finds a different way of running into the record books, demonstrated by a man who wants to be a monkey.
Craig Bedford is a PE teacher who's bidding for a Guinness World Record for hair length. But it's not on his head because Craig is bald. So where on earth can it be? His pupils think it's weird, but is it Officially Amazing?