Series about the world of official record breaking. The team find out how many women can cram into a small car and how many knots a dog can untie.
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This is the world of records. Officially.
# Biggest shoe, weirdest face fastest loo
# Tightest race, 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! #
This is Officially Amazing.
The show that brings you the fastest, strongest,
weirdest and coolest world records in the universe.
'I'm Ben Shires and I'm dedicated to bringing you at home
'shiny new world records.
'So dedicated, in fact, that it's just six in the morning
and I'm standing all alone in the middle of nowhere waiting for a bus
'to take me to London for today's Officially Amazing record attempt.
'No need to thank me. All part of the job.'
'While I wait for the bus, here's what else we've got in store.'
Today's unbelievable Guinness World Records include...
In Japan, Haruka meets a man who cracks his nuts
in a very special way.
In America, Al meets a guy who attempts to
spin his way into the record books on a surfboard.
And this clever German canine tries to break the record for most
knots untied by a dog.
Plus this man jumps out of a plane without a parachute.
Find out why later. First, it's...
'Finally, what time do you call this?
'We've got to get to London, you know.' Hello, ladies.
Are we ready to set a new world record today?
Good, because that's the kind of optimism
and confidence you need to attempt an Officially Amazing challenge.
What exactly is today's challenge?
The aim is for these 28 lovely ladies to try to
squeeze into one of these. Not exactly this one.
I believe this is a toy.
That's 28 of these crammed into one of these to create a new
Guinness World Record. Skilfully commentated on by one of these.
Hang on, who's that? Is that meant to be me?
This may sound impossible, but these ladies are well practised.
They already hold the record having crammed 27 people into a Mini
in 2011. Now they are looking to go one better.
If anyone can, they can,
but how on earth are they going to put another person in there?
They've certainly been training hard enough.
Although they've never tried what they're going to do today -
squeezing 28 of them into one car as they are not allowed to do it
without a medic present. It's a serious business.
It's not just about people sitting on someone's lap.
It's a lot more organised. We need to know where someone's head goes.
We need to know where a hand goes, a shoulder goes, a foot goes,
a knee goes.
We need to know that, when the doors are closed,
I haven't snapped someone's leg, arm, neck.
Particularly a neck.
-So that the risk of fatality is minimal.
"Risk of fatality"?! Someone could actually die doing this?!
I think I need to lift the mood a bit.
One, two, three.
# 28 ladies crammed inside a Mini
# 28 ladies crammed inside a Mini and if one of those ladies... #
'Come on, mate. Join in.' Keep it going.
'I can't wait to get to London and see this lot attempt
'a new world record.'
For now, let's head to Japan where Haruka
is about to meet a man with glittery buns of steel.
-You heard me.
You've come to a shrine and you've brought a basket of nuts.
As you do. You've forgotten to bring a nutcracker. What do you do?
You could do a lot worse than send for this man.
Hey! Sushi tempura. Sakura. Cherry Yoshitake.
'Yes, he's a bit shy. Bless him. Meet Cherry Yoshitake.
'Ignore the bit about sushi, tempura and Sakura.
'I've no idea what he's on about there.
I hope you're ready to be amazed.
-Ladies and gentlemen, it's very nice to meet you.
-'He is excitable.
'He's loud and he has a very unusual nut-cracking technique.
'Go on, Cherry. Show them.
You weren't expecting that, were you? Yes.
He cracks a nut with his butt.
Today, he's going to try to crack loads of them
and set a brand-new world record for the most nuts
crushed by sitting down in 30 seconds with a minimum target of 38.
There are millions of records that you could have gone for.
Why did you choose to go for this one?
-I am very confident in my bum.
So, there is a record for the most walnuts cracked
in one minute which is 76.
Why have you chosen to go for the 30 seconds?
-I believe 38 nuts in 30 seconds is harder than
the one-minute record.
-Do you wear protection like a metal plate?
-No, just my pants.
-Does it hurt?
-How do you practice?
I would regularly go to the park, line up my nuts
and start breaking them. Many people don't realise what I'm doing.
Sometimes, old people start stepping on my nuts.
How would you feel if you were to set a brand-new world record
-with your bum?
-I would be very proud
and tell my mum and dad straight away.
Is there anything else that you might want to break with your bum?
Actually, that's not very likely.
I'm going to find out for myself just how hard this cheeky challenge is.
-That's not funny.
'I crushed just one nut with my bum and it really hurt.
'Cherry has to crush more than 38.
'He is using ordinary walnuts which are laid
'out on the floor ahead of the attempt.
'The spacing is critical as he needs to crush the nuts
'one at a time using just his bum. If he wants to set a new Guinness
'World Record, he'll need to smash more than 38 nuts in 30 seconds.'
Adjudicator, are you ready?
BOTH: We're ready. Cherry, are you ready?
-I'm hip. OK?
-'A simple yes would have been fine.' Ready?
On my count, three, two, one, go!
'Look at him go. Cherry has really got his rear into gear.
'Cherry is smashing those nuts at top speed.
'My bum still hurts after cracking one nut.
'His cheeks must be chafing a bit now.
'Can he crack more than 38 nuts?
Just a few seconds left. That's it. Time is up.
'Looks like he's cracked a lot of nuts. But -
'and it's a big, strong and slightly sore butt - did he crack enough?
'It's an uncomfortable wait for Cherry
'while the adjudicators check the nuts.
'Personally, I'd have used gloves.
'Will they be happy with what they see? Let's find out.
How's your bum?
-No, I can't use it any more. It's sore.
OK, well, let's get the official words from the adjudicator.
Adjudicator, please tell us.
Cherry, in order to become a record holder,
you had to crush at least 38 nuts.
However, we disqualified two of the nuts
as they were not crushed properly.
So with your total of...
you have become a new Guinness World Record holder!
'So there we have it.
'Cherry Yoshitake has smashed 48 walnuts in 30 seconds,'
proving that he has an officially amazing bum.
Please don't try this at home. You'd be nuts!
Love and peace! Hai!
From nutty, snowy Japan to the sun and sand in Florida now
as we check in with our American cousin Al,
who's found a dude who is...
What's up, everybody!
I'm here in Florida and today's Guinness World Record attempt
combines not one but two skills.
Now, a lot of people can surf.
All right, not me so much, but a lot of people can.
And a lot of people can spin a basketball.
Again, not me so much,
but the guy we're going to meet today
claims he can do both spin and surf at the same time!
Well, this is the guy who says he can do it. Meet Bernie Boehm.
As you can see, he can definitely spin.
And it's not just basketballs.
He can spin plates,
he can spin cereal boxes,
and when he's finished breakfast, he can spin the bowl.
Saves time drying it with a tea towel, I guess.
In fact, if it isn't tied down, Bernie will probably try and spin it.
I'd better watch out.
Sometimes, he even runs out of fingers to spin things on.
-Bernie, what's up, man?
-How you doing?
-I'm good, man. Al.
-Nice to meet you, Al. How's it going?
-This is so cool.
How did you learn to do this?
Well, I've been spinning a basketball since high school
and whatever you name, I can spin it.
Bernie's so good at spinning, he holds a Guinness World Record
for the longest time spinning a basketball on a toe.
He spun the ball for 19 seconds.
Toe-tally awesome, dude!
And if mastering spinning wasn't enough,
Bernie also happens to be great at surfing.
Some people are just plain greedy.
So can Bernie set a new world record by doing both at the same time?
This is it, this is the moment! How are you feeling?
I'm feeling good. I'm ready to do it.
Excellent. Now, do you anticipate any problems out there?
We got a wind coming out of the north.
It's going to be a little bit cold, it's going to be blowing,
it's going to be hard to keep this ball on my finger,
but I'm going to do the best I can.
Bernie's trying to set a record
for the longest time spinning a basketball...
Because this has never been attempted before,
in order to be worthy of being a new world record, it's been decided
that Bernie must spin the ball for a minimum of 30 seconds to get it.
Adjudicator Phil is on the beach to keep an eye on things.
Has he got those binoculars the wrong way around?
This is it.
Man versus sea versus basketball versus surfboard
versus... Anyway, you get the idea.
And he's paddling out,
ball firmly under the chin there to stop it from escaping.
Local dolphins are standing by to retrieve it if it does escape.
And he's up, and he's spinning.
But he's down almost immediately.
This is really hard.
Here he goes again.
This looks a lot better.
But his balance lets him down.
That's still nowhere near the 30 seconds he needs.
Come on, Bernie! You can do this.
He's up once again, and this looks really good.
Man, ball, wave and board
all working in harmony.
What a fantastic effort! He must have hit the magic 30 seconds.
Ah! Finally, he's off.
An amazing display of balance.
Bernie thinks he's done it, so he's coming in.
But did he surf and spin for long enough?
Let's get the final verdict from official adjudicator Phil.
How are you feeling?
-Feeling good, cold.
-You achieved something quite extraordinary.
You had two attempts that were just shy of 15 seconds.
Your longest attempt...
..was 27.97 seconds, so unfortunately,
on this occasion, you did not set a Guinness World Record
-but I can see you doing it in the future.
Oh! Bernie was so close!
Under three seconds away from setting a new world record.
I'm sure he'll be back spinning his way into the record books very soon.
Oh, dear! From officially wet to...
We're staying in America now
to meet this fella wearing a very English bowler hat.
He's Jackie Bibby from Texas and he's about to have a bath in public,
but what is unusual about this bath?
Is it full of snakes?
Full of ice? Or full of beans?
Well, if you have a phobia of beans, you're fine,
because Jackie's about to take a bath with 87 deadly rattlesnakes.
Not small ones, either.
It's rare to see snakes in a bath tub,
mostly because they haven't got any ears to wash behind.
So how's that for a record?
87 snakes in a bathtub with a man and none of them came to any harm.
His record has since been bettered by fellow American Benson Hodd
who sat in a bath with 120 rattlesnakes!
Not to be outdone, Jackie did something else.
He held a record, 11 live rattlesnakes in his mouth!
And for some reason, nobody's ever tried to do more.
And now, from a mouth crammed with snakes,
to a small car crammed with people.
After a long bus ride, we've arrived in foggy London town. Oh, look!
You can just about see Tower Bridge.
28 ladies have travelled down on this hoping to smash a world record.
Remember, they already broke the world record with 27 ladies.
Can they go one better?
The thing about a MINI is, well, it's really mini.
I hope they can do it. It's time to get warmed up.
MUSIC: "Gangnam Style" by PSY
Work it, feel the burn.
In a moment, 28 ladies will try to squeeze into this car,
something they've never done before,
not even in practice, as they aren't allowed to try all 28 of them
without medical staff on standby.
I don't know how they're going to fit 28 women in this car.
But somehow, they're going to attempt it.
Official adjudicators are here to keep an eye on proceedings
and it looks like we're ready. Let's go.
First girl going in now, that's Carly, she always starts it off.
All the girls must be at least 1.525 metres tall
for this to be a valid Guinness World Record attempt.
Carly's joined in the back by Sasha, who's Dani's big sister,
and Kayleigh. OK, that's three people on the back seat.
To you and me, that's the back seat full.
But they're going to be joined in the back by Jeanette, Juliet,
Kirsty, Dee, Lindsay, Vanessa, Beth, Jo, Holly, and finally, Alice.
Stuffed in like a pillow. That doesn't look comfy.
Right, front passenger seat's going back.
Incredible! That's 13 women on the back seat
and it's taken over seven minutes to get them in.
Now, I know what you're thinking,
rip the seats out and make more room. Well, that's not allowed.
Oh, dear. Well, they are under great stress.
No, we're just messing. We added that sound effect later.
They're just trying to get some air into the car.
It's unbelievably hot in there.
Front seat lined up, ready.
It's military precision at this stage.
And they're going to need all their armies and leggies in the car,
remember, to get this record.
They've got to work quickly now for the comfort
and safety of the 13 girls wedged in the back.
First in the front is Katie, she gets half the driver's seat.
Blonde Hannah is next, followed by Chanel, Jane,
who sits on the handbrake, ow!
Michelle, Jasmine, Amy, Alice, Jacqueline, then Melissa and Ashley.
Relax, relax the bodies, don't tense.
That's Sharon on the dashboard.
In case you were thinking, "Hang on, she's got in the back earlier,"
that was actually her twin sister, Jo.
Just give her a map and she's a real live sat nav.
Nearly there, nearly there, nearly there.
Nearly there indeed, as Kayleigh, Lauren
and Charlie climb into the boot.
Come on, we're nearly there, girls, we're nearly there.
Remember, about an hour ago, all those girls were sat with me
on a massive coach and it felt pretty full.
Now they're crammed in that tiny little car. How has this happened?
How has physics been defied?
Well, anything's possible when records are involved.
They've got 27 women in the car.
They just need to cram Charlie in to make it 28
and set a new world record.
They've got to shut the car doors
and it's got to be shut for five seconds without any assistance.
Back, back, back!
OK, they now have to keep the doors shut for a full five seconds.
Get them out!
That's officially amazing. Look at that.
They're trying to scream, they don't have any breath in their lungs,
but they're going to be out and they're going to be jubilant.
-HE TAKES DEEP BREATH
Carly, Sasha, Kayleigh, Jeanette, Juliet, Kirsty, Dee, Lindsay,
Vanessa, Beth, Jo, Holly, Alice, Katie, Hannah, Chanel, Jane,
Michelle, Jasmine, Amy, Alice, Jacqueline, Melissa, Ashley,
Sharon, Kayleigh, Lauren and Charlie
all crammed inside a small car and all officially amazing.
I'm taking everyone out for celebratory milkshakes, which
won't be cheap, but at least they won't be as expensive as this lot.
HE RAPS: It's all about the cash, da bling, da shiny things,
-so dance to the beat and sing.
-Most expensive things.
-In the world.
-More dosh than diamond rings.
-Most expensive stuff.
-On the planet.
-How much cash will be enough?
Most expensive biscuit, right, no, I better get this bit right.
I've got the value and I'm going to holler, 7,804 dollars.
It came from Shackleton's crew, he was an expeditionary dude.
Apparently nutritious but lacking in taste,
do you think that much money is a waste?
Yo, what shall I deal with now? Maybe the most expensive cow.
£914,000, that a pleasing Friesian, makes me say wow!
-Most expensive things.
-In the world.
More dosh than diamond rings.
-Most expensive stuff.
-How much cash will be enough?
All my days, your wallet's going to hurt
when you spend 12 grand on a single dessert, an ice cream sundae
don't sound that incredible, but this one's covered in gold that's edible.
Forget your iPods and Android phones,
how much you going to pay for dinosaur bones?
Over eight million bucks for the most expensive ever.
Was that purchase clever?
Probably not. But dinosaur bones are cool.
Most expensive things.
-Pocket money's not going to cover it.
-More dosh than diamond rings.
-Get a paper round.
-Most expensive stuff.
-Yeah, it's time.
-How much cash will be enough?
-What, money? Oi!
This is a Yasuhiro Kubo, a man who loves danger, a man who's
in California USA to attempt a truly terrifying Guinness World Record.
Yasuhiro is going to throw himself out of a plane without a parachute
and try and catch one on the way down.
This world record attempt is for the...
This basically means jumping out of an aircraft at a fixed height
of 3,000 metres without a parachute.
The parachute is thrown out of the same aircraft separately
and the parachutist has to try and catch it at some point the way down.
This missile-shaped canister holds Yasuhiro's parachute, along with
a big bottle of water to weigh it down.
Once Yasuhiro has caught up with the canister,
he grabs a hold of it and attaches himself to it.
Then he opens up the parachute and falls gently to earth.
At least, that's the plan. This is a high-risk precision event.
If the weight of the canister isn't properly measured,
Yasuhiro won't be able to catch up with the parachute
and he'll end up... Well, let's not go there.
In order to set a new world record for the longest time falling
through the air from 3,000 metres without a parachute,
Yasuhiro will wait as long as he dares before connecting himself to it
and pulling the cord.
I'm terrified and I'm just watching.
But Yasuhiro looks surprisingly calm.
Here we go then, cruising at a height of 3,000 metres.
First, out goes the parachute canister.
Then Yasuhiro jumps after it.
Remember, he's not wearing a parachute.
With only gravity to help him, he needs to catch up with
the parachute that they threw out of the plane just seconds ago.
If he doesn't then he's in all kinds of trouble.
I really can't watch this.
There he goes.
He is getting closer and... Don't push it away, man!
He's obviously determined to add as many seconds as he can to
ensure he gets the record.
He's got the parachute, and now he needs to attach himself.
Oh, my, yes!
Pull the cord, man!
Oh, what a relief.
And there he is, safely on the ground and in doing so,
he's set a new world record for the longest duration Banzai
skydive at a terrifying 50 seconds of freefalling without a parachute.
His heroic team have all made it down safely, too.
Good news for everyone, except for a nearby farmer whose barn's just
been smashed by a bomb-shaped canister of water.
Thanks, Al. Let's leave America now for something a bit more European.
I'm in Southern Germany, a land of incredibly beautiful rolling hills,
incredibly tasty sausages and incredibly tight lederhosen.
And officially amazing record holders who are truly a breed apart.
And today's is in this box. Any ideas what it is?
-Well, we're about to find out. Gustl?
I've seen someone knobbly knees in my time but they're ridiculous.
Gustl, Gustl! What's the German for heel?
This is Gustl's owner Heidi.
And in her house, everyone does their fair share of the housework,
including her three dogs.
That leaves Heidi plenty of time to put her feet up.
And it gives me a chance to have a chat with the top dog.
Gustl, it's lovely to meet you.
But how did you get into stacking dishes?
Me previous owner, he made me work like a dog.
Gustl, my house is a nightmare at the moment.
Any chance you could pop round and give me a hand with the dishwasher?
-No! I'm not your dogsbody.
-Oh, fair enough.
Look, all this chat and barking is fine and dandy,
but let's have a look at the trick that you got your world record for.
In 2009, in Vienna, Austria, Gustl set a Guinness World Record
for most clothes retrieved from a washing line in one minute.
But he's not the only record-breaking pooch out there.
Augie, a golden retriever from Texas,
managed to hold a world record five tennis balls in his mouth.
New balls, please.
The tallest dog living is Zeus, a Great Dane from Michigan USA,
who is a terrifying 1.12 metres tall.
Zeus was, of course, the king of the gods, now he's the king of the dogs.
But it is Gustl we're here to see.
Today, he's going to attempt the record for...
We've hired the local town hall
and 11 local kids have agreed to be freed by Gustl.
And here are the rules.
The knots must be reef knots.
Only the dog can touch the rope after the attempt begins, and the
knots must be fully undone by Gustl in order to count towards the total.
Our official adjudicator, Olaf, is here to check
we don't make a dog's dinner of it.
The current world record for this is six knots.
Is this the wet nose of a dog who's about to break a world record?
Or not? It's time to find out.
-Olaf, are you ready?
-Excellent. Gustl, are you ready?
Drei, zwei, eins, go.
Oh, look at that technique.
I bet he's slipped a few leads in his time.
Canine world records are mega competitive.
You guessed it, it's dog eat dog.
He's really going at a rate of knots.
Remember, Gustl's got to undo as many as he can in one minute.
Oh, hang on.
Let's have a closer look at that.
Oh, no! That one's just fallen off, in which case, it doesn't count.
That's RUFF. But them's the rules.
Time is up, so let's find out how Gustl got on.
Olaf, that looked really good. But how good was it?
Ten knots, new Guinness World Record.
What a good boy. Well, you know what they say, every dog has its day.
Time for me to celebrate with Gustl and his friends over a slap-up meal.
Mmm, das ist gut, ja?
-Aye, very good.
-Fancy a biscuit?
Those are dog biscuits. Put it down, you wally.
Mmm, yeah, I must admit those biscuits tasted a bit funny.
Oh, well. See you next time for more officially amazing record attempts
like this lot.
# Oh Gustl's one domestic dog He was a helpful hound at home
# He took ten little tykes Who were tied in knots
# And freed them on his own
# Cherry cracked a load of walnuts It sounds like a pain in the butt
# Yasuhiro jumped without a care And caught his parachute in the air
# And the women all crammed Into one tiny car
# It's all officially amazing! #
Subtitles by Red Bee Media Ltd
Ben Shires investigates the world of record breaking and record breakers. Ben gets up officially early to join a coach full of record attempters from Eastbourne as they head to London to try and squeeze 28 women into a mini.
Haruka is in Japan to meet the incomparable Cherry Yoshitake. Cherry's a man with a nice line in glittery shorts but he also has a backside of steel. He endeavours to take the record for most walnuts cracked by sitting on them in one minute.
Al is in Florida, where surf dude Bernie Boehm hangs out. He's attempting to combine his two greatest skills, surfing and spinning things on his fingers, in a record attempt for spinning a basketball while surfing.
Still in America, we see a guy jump out of a plane at a death-defying 3,000 metres without a parachute. But don't worry - his parachute is thrown out of the plane separately and all he has to do is to catch up with it and attach himself to it - Officially Bonkers.
And Ben travels to Germany in search of a very clever canine. Gustl isn't just a cute mutt, he already holds a Guinness World Record for most clothes taken off a washing line in one minute. Hopefully Ben's lederhosen outfit won't put Gustl off his attempt to become Officially Amazing again as he tries to break the 'most knots undone by a dog in one minute'.