Episode 7 Officially Amazing


Episode 7

Ben Shires, Al Jackson and Haruka Kuroda once again travel the world to find the greatest official 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 Fastest loo

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# Tightest race, longest snake Smallest van, hideous cake

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# Tallest man Longest ears on a dog

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# Most poisonous frog

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-# And a woman with a beard!

-What?

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# Officially, officially Officially

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# Officially amazing! #

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Hello, I'm Ben Shires

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and this is Officially Amazing, where our mission is to cram

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the next 30 minutes with as many world records,

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world record holders and world record attempts as we possibly can.

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In this series, we search the planet for the longest...

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scariest...

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coolest...

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and weirdest records imaginable.

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Coming up in today's show - some rather splendid

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and official Guinness World Records, including...

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I get to play in one of the most epic football matches of all time

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in a game hoping to contain the most participants ever.

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Never have the words "don't try this at home"

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been as important as they are today, as the Space Cowboy attempts

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a chainsaw juggling record.

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Al visits this goat, but why? Because it can ride a skateboard.

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And we see something that is going to start

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appearing on everyone's birthday list this year. Haruka gets

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a go on the world's smallest manned helicopter.

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But first, let's head to North Germany to meet a man who is

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keen to LEAP into the record books.

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This is gymnast and basketballer Thilo Schwarck

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and he has combined those two skills to set the Guinness World Record

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for the furthest basketball dunk from a trampoline,

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which currently stands at a staggering distance of 7.75 metres.

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Today, he is hoping to beat his own record.

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I think it is time for me to go and say, "Guten tag, Thilo!"

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-Guten tag, Thilo.

-Morning.

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This is an incredibly difficult thing to do.

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First you have to get as much height as possible on the trampoline

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without losing your balance.

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You then launch yourself towards the basket, ensuring you have

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both the distance and the height needed to stay above the hoop.

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Then you are ready for the final test - to slam dunk like a pro.

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A slam dunk is achieved when a player jumps in the air

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and manually powers the ball downward through the basket

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with one or both hands over the rim.

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Not only is Thilo highly trained,

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but he is also in a gym with all the correct safety equipment.

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This is not something to attempt in your back garden.

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Get it all wrong and it could be you in the hoop and not the ball. Ouch!

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Now this record is not all about the slam dunk.

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You have to be pretty fit to attempt this kind of thing.

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Let's take a look at Thilo as he gets himself warmed up.

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Thilo is an incredible gymnast.

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These skills will hopefully help him

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do a slam dunk longer than the current 7.75 metre record.

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That is like him jumping over four of me

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lying down with my hair at full quiff.

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Thankfully he is not using me as a crash mat though.

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He is using crash mats.

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Unfortunately for me, I forgot my PE kit

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and so I had to wear the only thing they had left.

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At least Thilo is laughing.

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Look, Thilo, I want you to teach me

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some moves on this to bring up my credibility. I need to look cool.

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-Yeah, we can do that.

-OK.

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For example, I could teach you a backflip.

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OK, that sounds good.

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That looks easy enough. My turn. Here we go. Up, two, three, four!

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Almost. Almost there. This time. No, not this time. Or that one.

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No, it is not remotely easy.

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Enough of me being an idiot, over to the professional.

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He has been warming up at this shorter distance

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but now it is time to get serious.

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Look at the concentration as he visualises the process.

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Will Thilo be able to beat his own record

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and slam dunk further than before? We will be back later to find out.

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For now, it is over to the other side of the globe

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and Al... Al! Al, you are facing the wrong way!

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Never mind.

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Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Happie.

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Happie is a three-year-old Nigerian dwarf cross -

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that is a breed by the way. She is not angry.

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But wait. Watch out, Happie!

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Someone has left a skateboard in your way!

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I mean, YES!

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That's right, Happie is a skateboarding goat.

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She entered the World Record Hall of Fame in March 2012 after

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managing to skateboard a staggering 36 metres.

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And here is the moment she set that Guinness World Record.

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Of course, skateboarding is not that difficult to master.

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# Help the aged... #

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OK, it is.

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I think we should find out more about this goatie phenomenon

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on from Happie's owner... # Melody! #

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How does a goat end up on a skateboard?

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Just walk me through that.

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So, one day I was riding my bike and she kept trying to jump on,

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so I gave her a skateboard to play with and eventually,

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she was playing around with it and she figured out how to skateboard.

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It is one thing to get her on the skateboard

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and get a little momentum, but how do you keep her on for so long?

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In the beginning she would have a running head start

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and jump on, which will give it momentum to keep going,

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but after some more training, she figured out to take one hoof off

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or even two hooves off to actually push a little bit,

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-jump back on and keep going.

-So this goat understands momentum?

-Yes.

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So, I hear you saying in your cute little British accents,

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"What is the challenge going to be, Al?"

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-So what IS the challenge going to be, Al?

-So cute!

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I might not have been hot on the board before,

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but that is not the case any more.

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I have been practising, day and night, night and day, no sleep...

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Well, I haven't been practising, not prac...

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Well, I haven't done anything, but in my mind I am prepared.

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You'd better be, Al.

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Eight wheels, six legs, two species -

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but there can only be one winner in this 50 metre flat race,

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and it is probably Happie.

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It is not a record attempt,

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more a silly excuse to find out just how good this goat is.

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If Happie wins, I feed her her grains.

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When I win, I get a chocolate bar. Happie doesn't stand a chance.

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-Delusional.

-Are you guys ready for man versus goat?

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We have never been readier. Let the skateboarding commence.

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And they are off.

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One simple domesticated creature against a goat.

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Happie is going to be hard to bleat, I mean beat.

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What is this? Looks like Melody is encouraging Happie with snacks.

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She is goading the goat.

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Can't help thinking that might work with Al too.

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Yes, he is now looking to chase down that snack for himself. Oh, dear.

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Would you look at that. Disaster for Jackson. He has gone off road.

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I've had it.

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To be honest, the goat never looked in doubt.

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-Happie has made Al sad, and won the challenge.

-OK, the goat won.

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I still am bad at skateboarding. Happie, enjoy. Take it easy on me.

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-To the victor goes the spoils.

-Unlucky there, Al, but take heart -

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maybe in the future you will get to beat a worm at skiing or something.

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Well, one thing is for sure, I will not be trying this.

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This is Chinese stunt driver Li Yatao.

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The question is, what Guinness World Record is he about to attempt?

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Is it...

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If it is the last one, I would love a double cheeseburger, fries,

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oh, and a load of napkins because I am a surprisingly messy eater.

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Anyway, the answer is...

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Oh, yeah. He is going to attempt the world's biggest car loop.

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It is 12.87 metres high, 3.68 metres wide

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and weighs in at 33,000 kilograms. That is a whole lot of steel.

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This stunt is terrifically dangerous.

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The car is not going to be held on like your average rollercoaster,

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so if Li goes to slowly, he could fall of the loop and be crushed!

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So, no fear but he does have a sense of humour.

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Before attempting the stunt, Li and the presenter trick

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the crowd by pretending she is going to take part in it.

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SCREAMING

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And that screaming is not me, it is

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the sound of a presenter who is no longer finding this joke funny.

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Li, meanwhile, is having a right laugh

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and stops only at the last possible moment.

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Time now for the actual record attempt.

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So while the presenter goes off to change her overalls,

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Li cleans up the passenger seat and they are good to go.

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It is no laughing matter now. Here he goes.

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Remember, if he is not fast enough the car will simply not

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get around the loop and will fall off.

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Officially, wow! That is a loop the loop in a real car!

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12.87 metres off the ground. Not too shabby.

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Now from officially loopy back to officially hoopy.

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Officially Dunked Part Two.

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Welcome back to Germany where in just a few short moments,

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this man, Thilo Schwarck, will be attempting to break his own

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record for the longest slam dunk from a trampoline.

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It currently stands at a distance of 7.75 metres

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and the crowd could not believe their eyes.

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But remember, this is a dangerous one.

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If Thilo misses or lands awkwardly, he could put himself in real

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danger of injury so, please, keep your fingers crossed at home.

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This is a fantastically challenging thing to do

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and requires hours of training.

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But just before Thilo goes for his attempt,

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he has agreed to teach me at a shorter distance.

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And, natural born sportsman that I am,

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I literally jumped at the chance to have a go.

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And if necessary another go.

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Hang on, just one more.

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One more. Come on, Ben! I'm in it this time. Oh, hang on!

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Come on! Enough about me.

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Back to the record attempt.

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An official adjudicator has set the new distance at 7.8 metres.

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All Thilo has to do is get it in.

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OK, this is the moment we have all been waiting for.

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Thilo is over there. So, Thilo, in your own time,

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if you're ready to go. We are all rooting for you.

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Thilo can use the full length of the trampoline to get more power

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and travel further.

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Remember, he is trying to beat the current record

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set at an extraordinary distance of 7.75 metres.

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It is not going to be easy to beat.

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Oh! Oh, he was way off there.

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He needs to get a lot more distance

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if he's going to break any records today.

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He clearly needs to up his game

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and he needs more power off that trampoline.

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Oh! Oh, it is another fail.

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He just didn't have enough power and he was still short of the target.

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Maybe it is just too far.

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Here he goes again. Come on, Thilo! We are all behind you.

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Oh! Yes!

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He did it!

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Thilo flew an incredible 7.8 metres beating his previous world record

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by just five centimetres.

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Congratulations, Thilo.

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You are a slam-dunking record breaker.

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It is an official Guinness World Record, so let's take this

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opportunity to enjoy another look at Thilo's skills in action.

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Right. After all that bouncing about,

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let's chill out on a beach for a bit with a load of record-breaking dogs.

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# It's the canine calypso Put your paws in the air

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# It's the canine calypso Doggy record breakers, yeah

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# They call me Striker and I'm a truly talented hound

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# I hold the record for the fastest time to wind a car window down

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# I set that record in 2004

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# Took 12 seconds to wind it down with my nose and a paw

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# I'm Anastasia and my world record goes with more of a bang

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# You might need to cover your ears when I get up and do my thing

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# I am the fastest dog to pop 100 balloons

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# Under 45 seconds and they've all gone boom!

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# It's the canine calypso

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# Wag your tail like you just don't care

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# For these prodigious peculiar pooches

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# Doggy record breakers, yeah

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# My name is Big Splash and I'm a valuable hound

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# I was purchased for £945,000

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# My owner is a Chinese multimillionaire

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# And I'm the most expensive dog ever, so there!

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# Well, they say money can't buy you love and we would agree

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# We were married in the largest dog wedding ceremony

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# 178 couples tied the knot

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# At the bow wow vows Now that is a lot

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# It's the canine calypso put your paws in the air

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# It's the canine calypso They are record breakers, yeah. #

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Dogs in limos?! Whatever next.

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This is Chayne Hultgren, also known as the Space Cowboy.

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A unique performer who holds countless Guinness World Records,

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mostly for really dangerous stuff.

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So far we have seen him

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narrowly miss a world record, not to mention my nose.

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He has also tasted victory when he juggled

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and ate three apples, setting a new world record in the process,

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but today sees him take on juggling of a much more terrifying kind.

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Did you hear the one about the sick juggler?

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He could not stop throwing up.

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Oh, guys! Don't... You have ruined it!

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OK. So, I can't juggle but the Space Cowboy sure can and today,

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he is going to be juggling with one of these.

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Yes, it is a chainsaw. It is for cutting stuff.

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Admittedly not normally tin cans and certainly not normally for juggling.

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This one has been specially adapted

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so even if you do have one at home, do not throw it about.

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That would be stupid.

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The Space Cowboy, however, is a professional

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and so today, he will try to set a new Guinness World Record for the

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most consecutive juggling catches with a chainsaw and two balls.

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Here are the rules.

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He must throw and catch the chain saw and two balls in turn.

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If he drops either the chainsaw or the balls, it is game over.

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And he needs to catch the chainsaw over 50 times to set

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a brand-new record. Here we go.

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-Space Cowboy, are you ready?

-I am ready.

-Then start her up. All right.

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On my count, three, two, one. Go!

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That is one catch, two. He is off to a strong start

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and strength is important.

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This challenge is not just dangerous, it is exhausting.

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That chainsaw weighs over 2.2 kilograms.

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There is the adjudicator, Craig, counting the catches.

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It is incredible. Strength, stamina and concentration are key here.

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Catching and throwing that heavy chainsaw takes much more

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effort than those balls. Remember, the chainsaw is still running.

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Catch the wrong end and he will not be juggling again in a hurry.

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After three minutes of constant juggling, he is beginning to tire.

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There is no time limit on this.

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It is all down to how long he can keep going.

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I am getting tired just watching it.

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Tired arms and a lapse in concentration could lead to

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a very nasty accident.

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That is it! He has done all he can, but was it enough?

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We know he juggled for over three minutes,

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but did he manage to beat 50 catches? Let's find out.

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Craig, did he do it?

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Did he get 50 consecutive chainsaw catches in a row?

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Incredibly, Chayne did 117. It is a brand-new Guinness World Record.

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So, that is an incredible 117 consecutive juggling catches

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with a chainsaw, making the Space Cowboy a cut above the rest

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and officially amazing.

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Now, here is Haruka in Japan.

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I am here in Matsumoto City to see a unique World Record that looks

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just like something straight out of a James Bond film.

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This the GEN-H4, which holds the World Record for the

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smallest manned helicopter.

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It only weighs 70 kilograms, that is about the same size as little Ben.

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It was invented by this man, Gen Yanagisawa, who came up with the idea

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when he was a young boy.

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-TRANSLATION:

-I was about five years old.

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I wanted to make my dream of going on a magic carpet ride come true,

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so I made this machine.

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I started the design. It took five years to actually build it.

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So Gen thought of a magic carpet.

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Added rotor blades, added a steering device,

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added a fuel system,

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then got rid of the hopeless old rug he started with.

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And his vision was complete!

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It can fly at about 30 miles an hour and a single tank of fuel will

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keep it in the air for about an hour, slightly less than a magic carpet.

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I have been told that I can even try the helicopter myself,

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although it is a dangerous thing to fly,

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so first, I need a couple of lessons on this amazing flight

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simulator at the helicopter's headquarters.

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Oh, It is tricky! Oh, no! Ah!

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If you do get off the ground, it is sensitive

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-and hard to control, just like Ben Shires.

-Oi, I heard that!

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Told you he was sensitive. Anyway, not a bad landing.

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So I am ready for the real thing?

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-A little bit more practice and you will be good.

-Very wise.

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Well, here it goes. Safety helmet on.

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Seatbelt clipped.

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Engines started. Time to hit the skies. Just one more check.

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Is the erm, helicopter harnessed to the ground? Yeah, that is right.

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They're not going to let me fly for real after just half an hour

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on a simulator. It is far too precious.

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Even so, I am going to have a little go. Wow!

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Although the guys next to me are kind of higher up than I am,

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I still get the sense of flying this amazing machine.

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It is a lot harder than you think.

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It is so difficult to keep it straight and as soon

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as your feet go off the ground, it is really scary but a lot of fun.

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Of course, if you are qualified, you can take it a bit higher.

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So you think that everybody will be flying these things in the future?

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-TRANSLATION:

-Oh, definitely. It could be used to like a scooter.

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I cannot wait to see if these catch on,

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but we are all going to need a lot of practice if they do.

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Now it is over to Ben.

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This is the training ground of Sheffield United in South Yorkshire

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and we are here to try and break a Guinness World Record.

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Take your average 90-minute football match and throw it out

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the window, because this one is going to last for 24 hours.

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It is the record attempt for the most players in a five-a-side

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exhibition match and even better for me, I am going to join in.

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While they practise with the balls, I am going to lay down the rules.

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Two teams, red and blue, must play one another for a 24-hour duration.

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During the game, new players can be substituted onto either team.

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Every player must remain on the pitch for at least ten minutes

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and must touch the ball at least once. Happy with the rules, guys?

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Good. OK. So they are about to kick off and remember,

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they have to play for 24 hours and get more than 441 people to play.

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And they are off. Start the clock.

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Oh! A whizzer.

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That is only the first substitute with just ten minutes gone

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and a whopping 1,430 minutes remaining.

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It can only mean one thing - a lovely sped-up montage.

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I am not on until tomorrow, so I still have got ages to wait

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and I have a feeling those bibs are going to get pretty

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smelly by the end of the record attempt. Urgh!

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-Do you think we are ever going to get a game?

-Yaarr!

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The score is getting bigger and bigger.

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My time to shine will come but not until the morning.

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Meanwhile, the play continues all night long.

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The next day arrives

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and it will not be too long before I get on the pitch.

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This is the point where I like to psych out my opponents

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with my infamously terrifying warm-up manoeuvres.

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-Oh, yeah. They look really scared, Ben.

-Yeah, thanks, Al(!)

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Oh, what are you wearing?

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This is the same Leeds United kit my grandad

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wore as a professional footballer in the 1950s.

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Remember, it is the most players playing continuously in a

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five-a-side football exhibition match.

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We have been going for about 18 hours and these are the scores.

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The Blues are beating the Reds by 241 to 220, that is

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over 460 goals in 18 hours. That is around 25 goals an hour.

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If only all football was this exciting.

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-I really want to get on the pitch now.

-Number seven, Ben Shires.

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Right, looks like I am up. Here we go.

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While I concentrate on playing for the Blue team, it is

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-over to Al to commentate.

-Hi, folks,

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-and welcome to this fine game of soccer.

-Football, Al!

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-It is called football.

-Whatever. OK.

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Let's see some of Ben's finest moves.

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Remember, all he has to do is touch the ball once.

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Well, we have got the Riverdance move.

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I have never seen that outside of a theatre before.

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I did not know that falling over was such an integral part of soccer.

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I mean, nobody even touched you!

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-Do you ever actually get anywhere near the ball?

-Yes! There, see that?

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-Wow! That is incredible. You actually touched the soccer ball.

-Football!

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I always thought it was about getting the ball in the net

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but, in fact, I now realise it is more about dancing and falling over.

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-Number seven, Ben Shires.

-Thanks, Al(!) I will take over from here.

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You get back to your skateboard practice.

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As former Premier League star Robbie Savage joins the party,

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this incredible, gruelling attempt reaches its final stages.

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Have enough players been substituted?

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Have they all made the required contact with the ball?

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Have we broken the record?

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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They think it is all over, it is now.

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All that remains is to see whether we have broken the record.

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Official adjudicator Annabel is checking over her information.

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I am happy to announce that we do actually have a new Guinness

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-World Record.

-That is it!

-464 participants over the last 24 hours.

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24 hours later, it has all been worth it. It is a new World Record.

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That is officially amazing. What an epic way to end proceedings!

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See you next time for more officially amazing stuff like this.

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# Well, Ben had a go with the five- a-side and he was really, really bad

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# But they still got the record for most players one match has ever had

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# Thilo jumped real high He's a record-breaking slam dunk guy

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# Space Cowboy is a juggling machine

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# The craziest record I've ever seen

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# And Happie the goat was speedy on a skateboard!

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# It is all officially amazing! #

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