Episode 8 Officially Amazing


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Ben Shires and the team travel the world to find the biggest, wildest and sometimes oddest official world record attempts, and world record holders out there.


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This is the World Of Records!

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# Biggest shoe, weirdest face

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# Fastest loo, tightest space

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# Longest snake, smallest van

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# Heaviest cake, tallest man

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-# Longest ears on a dog! #

-Awww!

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# Most poisonous frog

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-# And a woman with a beard! #

-What?!

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Greetings! I'm Ben Shires and you're tuned into Officially Amazing.

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In this series, we search the planet for the scariest, weirdest,

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highest, coolest and most dangerous records out there.

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Today we're going to be seeing an officially strange record

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attempt from Japan,

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but first, here's what we've got coming up for you

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in the rest of the show.

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Today's incredible official Guinness World Records include...

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..I get to grips with a record-breaking giant snail

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called Homer...

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..in the USA, Al meets a flipping superstar trying to

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break his own world record...

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..Sizzling Steve dices with disaster...

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Will he survive?

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..and I wrestle the heaviest female athlete in the world.

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-Will

-I

-survive?

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But first let's head to the other side of the world, where

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our Japanese friend Haruka is about to see a record attempt that's...

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-"Here you go, Haruka, love."

-Thank you.

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Welcome to Wan Wan Dog Circus!

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"Wan wan" means "woof woof" in Japanese,

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and the centre provides a happy home for these rescue dogs.

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The team already holds the Guinness World Record for 13 dogs

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skipping at the same time.

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This was set in 2009, but today they're hoping to go one better.

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But what does it take to be a doggy record-breaker?

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Frankie takes the challenge very seriously.

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He's the leader of the pack.

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Frankie? Oh, he's a bit deaf. FRANKIE!

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"Getting 13 was hard. Today there are 14 of us going for the record.

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"I know we can do it if we can just get Billy off that ball.

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"Not sure about this..."

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It looks like fun. I wonder if I could join the gang.

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-"What do you think of it so far?

-Rubbish.

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"Should someone give her a biscuit?"

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Honestly, I was much better at this when I was at school.

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Let's hope that the dogs will do better than I did.

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Wan Wan's waggy-tailed wonders are multi-talented.

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This little one - the one with the orange mohawk - already holds the

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world record for the Most Rotations Around A Human Neck In 30 Seconds.

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Who's a good dog?

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Previously on Officially Amazing, we saw a group of 20 dogs just

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fail to surf their way into the record books in America.

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But then we saw little Gustl get himself

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a record for Most Knots Untied By A Dog In A Minute in Germany.

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Can our Japanese dogs join him in the canine hall of fame

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and set another amazing record?

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They've been transported to a special location for the new record

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attempt of...

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We'll be back later

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to see how they get on.

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"Oi! How come I'm the only one with orange hair? Tsk!

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"No-one's listening."

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Now, Japan is a place that's synonymous with chopsticks

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and not just for eating with.

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In Britain we also use them to set records.

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Well, at least, this man does.

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There are some things in life you really need to practise to be

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any good at. Take chopsticks, for instance.

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Millions of people use these the world over to eat their dinner

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instead of knives and forks, and yet I just can't get the hang of them.

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They're so hard!

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-All right, Ben?

-Sizzling Steve, of course he's using chopsticks.

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Is there anything the man can't do?!

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EXPLOSION

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There are people around the world

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who take on bonkers adrenaline-fuelled

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challenges and death-defying stunts to set world records.

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Steve is not one of them.

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Instead, he sets world records without leaving the house.

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The master of the mundane, the baron of the banal,

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the emperor of the everyday,

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the pontiff of... well, you get the idea.

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He takes seemingly simple tasks to a whole new level

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and turns them into extraordinary record-breaking challenges.

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He currently holds...

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Will today bring him number 11?

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Today, Sizzling Steve is going to attempt

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the record for...

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The current record is...

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Here are the highly complicated rules for this challenge.

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1) He must stack the dice one on top of each other using chopsticks.

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2) He has one minute.

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Er, and that's it.

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And remember, whatever you do, do try this at home.

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-Steve, how are you feeling?

-I feel good about this one.

-Good.

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I feel good too. Claire, are you ready?

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-I'm absolutely ready.

-Three, two, one, stack 'em!

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Sizzling Steve is off to a flyer!

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The bottom two dice look a bit precarious, but what do I know?

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He's the sizzling stacking specialist.

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He needs 36 for the record. He's got 19.

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He's got 20.

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Oh, but there's a wobble!

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Look at the pain etched into that face.

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Steve, you crumbled, but I think you're good to go again.

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Shall we reset?

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Go on, let's do this. Three, two, one, go!

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This is his second attempt. Just look at that technique!

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Moving to the smaller dice now.

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Fascinating strategy from The Sizzler.

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That's 22!

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Oh! 23's too much.

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But this man will stop at nothing when there's a record at stake.

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Just look at the determination in that face.

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Would you like to go again?

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One more time.

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"One more time," says the man,

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and we all agree I think you've got it in you.

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Three, two, one, stack!

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Final chance for The Sizzler.

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Remember, 36 is the magic number, but is fatigue setting in?

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We've seen this sort of thing before.

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Remember when the Space Cowboy didn't have the strength to

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throw another chain saw?

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This is exactly the same thing. Just completely different.

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I'm feeling good about this. He's stacking fast. Go, Sizzler, go!

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Look at the devastation on that face.

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Not sure what THAT face is.

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Never mind. Never mind, Steve. You diced with danger and danger won.

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What do you think went wrong?

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I don't know.

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Keep trying, mate.

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But do not fear,

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this record-breaking colossus will return with an even more

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dangerous, high-octane challenge to end all challenges.

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Trinidad and Tobago.

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Pass.

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Pass.

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Now to Al in America, who's going to meet someone who actually

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leaves the house to break records.

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Ah, the skate park.

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I've been here before and let us never speak of that again.

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No, Al, we won't mention it. Instead, we'll watch it.

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They've got something else here that I can equally embarrass myself on.

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I give you this.

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A scooter!

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This is 16-year-old Dakota Schuetz,

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but in these parts he's knows as...The Machine.

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He's been competing since he was ten

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and is currently ranked number one freestyle scooter rider in the world.

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Dakota already holds the Guinness World Record

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for the Most Stunt Scooter Backflips In One Minute,

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spinning an incredible 12 times!

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But today he's going to try and beat his own record.

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-Dakota, great to meet you, man.

-You too.

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Your nickname is The Machine. How did that happen?

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Are you made of metal? Do you take batteries?

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No, at the contests we go to, I just land a lot of tricks and try

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to be as consistent as I can, so someone called me The Machine.

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It's a cool nickname, I think.

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The Machine certainly is consistent.

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To be able to set records like this, you need stamina,

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concentration and hours of practice.

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Look at the way he keeps on going, landing perfectly every time

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and lining up the next jump.

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But 12 in one minute is going to be tough to beat.

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What's your main strategy for upping the ante

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and breaking this record today?

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The record's 12, so I'm going to try and do 12 and if there's time,

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just keep going until I get tired.

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Ah, you heard it from the man, now let's get to the rules.

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Dakota has to stay in complete control during each backflip.

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He must land correctly and ride it out.

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And no extra flying aids are allowed.

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But this guy definitely won't need any.

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Dakota has spent years perfecting his technique, so unless you're also

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known as The Machine, then don't even attempt this sort of thing at home,

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or in your local skate park.

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The stage is set. Let's do this!

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Three, two, one, go!

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That's one. That's two.

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Dakota's trying to beat his own record of 12 backflips.

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Come on, The Machine!

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It's looking good so far.

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But he might need to pick up the pace if he's going to get the record.

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This is incredible.

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Time is running out.

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Can he get a couple more backflips in before this minute is up?

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OK.

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It looked good, but how good?

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It's time to find out from official adjudicator Michael.

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I'm very excited to announce that, with 18,

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you've set a new Guinness World Record achievement.

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-Congratulations.

-Thanks.

-Great job.

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So Dakota smashed his own record.

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The man really is a lean, mean, record-breaking machine.

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This is Nev.

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He's an Australian and here he is making a record-breaking something.

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But can you guess what it is?

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Is it a...

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Ah, it works, then.

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Nev is making the world's largest surfboard.

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It's 12 metres long and needs...

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Phew!

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It cost Nev over £30,000 to make.

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It took four weeks and about five or six people full-time for that period,

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and we're all a little bit stressed but we're all really excited.

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Excited they may be, but a surfboard that doesn't surf is just a board.

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So whilst it's definitely big,

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to get the record it actually has to surf.

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Time to hit the beach.

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Surfing is a favourite pastime for Australians, along with

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throwing shrimps on the barbie and losing to England at cricket.

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Oi, mate?!

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Look at it compared to that normal-sized surfboard.

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Oh, Nev has been clever - he's put his name on the board in case

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someone else picks it up by mistake.

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Clearly Nev isn't a man to do things by halves and

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so instead of testing it on his own, he's invited the whole beach along.

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If this works, they'll set two Guinness World Records -

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The Biggest Surfboard and The Most People Riding On One Surfboard.

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Here goes!

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Incredible!

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There are 47 people on that colossal board!

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That's the most people surfing on the world's largest surfboard.

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Or, if you're a shark, the world's largest buffet,

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although you're probably not a shark if you're watching this.

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So Nev and his mates are Officially Amazing.

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All they need now is the world's biggest campervan to get it

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home again.

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On this show, I end up in lots of strange situations.

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Today, the crew have blindfolded me

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and brought me here to meet Joseph, who I'm told owns a record-breaker.

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I've no idea what it is, but I'm about to find out.

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-Would you like to hold him?

-I don't know, would I?

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-Yeah.

-I'll put out my hands.

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SQUELCH!

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Sounds ominous, Joseph. Oh!

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Try not to drop him.

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-Has he just had a wash, Joseph? He feels wet.

-Maybe.

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It's quite suctiony and a little bit slimy and quite heavy.

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Is it a toad?

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The world's biggest snail?

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-You're correct.

-Ah, brilliant!

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-Oh, hello!

-"Hello!"

-Look at that!

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This is Homer, the world's largest pet snail.

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-He's one handsome snail, isn't he?

-"Oh, ta!

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"You're not so bad yourself, big boy!"

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-It feels very strange when he's on you.

-Yeah.

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It's a feeling of him undulating underneath you.

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He's constantly moving, a bit like caterpillar tracks on you,

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but slimier ones.

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Homer is a giant African land snail. Or if you prefer...

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Like all snails, Homer is both a he and a she,

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which sounds terribly confusing.

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Homer lives in a comfy box of soil in Joseph's bedroom

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and he's got a very special diet.

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What's he eating right now?

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He's eating a cuttlefish bone.

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It's to help his shell grow

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bigger and stronger.

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Ah, amazing.

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Looks like it's quite a crispy sort of thing to me.

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Does it make a lot of noise?

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Yeah, and when I'm trying to get to sleep at night, it keeps me awake.

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Really? Just from him eating?

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-Yeah.

-So he's quite a noisy eater. A bit of a party animal...

-Yeah.

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..when it comes to the munch.

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This is the actual sound of Homer eating.

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-"Nyum nyum nyum nyum nyum!"

-HOMER BELCHES

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Not really. This is Homer.

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RHYTHMIC CRUNCHING

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-So that's him scraping away at the bone.

-Yeah.

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Well, look, he is obviously the world's biggest pet snail,

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but you and he are Officially Amazing. Well done!

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Thank you.

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"Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, I'm amazing. Thank you!"

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Now it's time to return to Japan to see Haruka.

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Part two.

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I'm in Japan, just outside Fuji City, in the shadow of Mount Fuji, where

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some amazing canines will shortly be attempting to break their own

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record for The Most Dogs Skipping On The Same Rope,

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and the current record stands at 13.

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These dogs have been practising all day. Some more than others!

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And now it's time for walkies. Or should I say skippies?

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The Wan Wan team have already set the current world record of 13 dogs

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skipping, but can they beat that today when 14 of them

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do their skippy thing?

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"Can I point out I did not choose this outfit?"

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The atmosphere is very tense as we build up to this

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Guinness World Record attempt.

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"All right, all right, eh? Calm down, calm down!"

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To beat the record,

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all 14 dogs must leap the rope at the same time at least 12 times.

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All the dogs have to do all 12 jumps.

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If any of them miss a jump, it's a fail.

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Come on, you canines!

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-Dogs, are you ready?

-"Yes!"

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"I were born ready!"

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The trainers, whenever you're ready.

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We're off!

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Remember, they've all got to jump over the rope 12 times to

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break the record.

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Can they keep going? Look at that one going for it on the end!

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The challenge is over.

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It looked amazing, but did all 14 dogs clear 12 jumps

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and set a new world record?

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As the dogs take a well-earned break,

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let's find out what the official adjudicator thinks.

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And with 16 skips over the rope, and 14 dogs doing that,

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you have achieved a new Guinness World Record!

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Congratulations!

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The Wan Wan dogs have beaten their own world record in style!

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14 dogs all managed 16 jumps! Wow!

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-Congratulations!

-SHE SPEAKS JAPANESE

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ALL CHEER

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We've had a fantastic time in Fuji City. Thank you very much.

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SHE SPEAKS JAPANESE

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Bye-bye!

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Our Japanese dogs can bow out with their heads held high!

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And cut!

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-"Phew!

-That's better."

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And talking of heads held high...

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PARROTS SCREECH

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# Do you get lonely up there with your head in the clouds?

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# Do you get tired of always looking down?

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# No, you don't

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# I know that you are head and shoulders above the rest

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# Cos when it comes to being tall, Sultan Kosen...

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# You're the best #

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# Part time farmer, he's a charmer

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# But his height might slightly alarm ya

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# He's a Turkish delight

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# And he lives all right in spite of his height

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# Yeah, he's 8'3", you see, measured on the 8th of February 2011

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# Yeah, what a guy

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# I bet the view's beautiful from way up high

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# Being super-tall can be helpful too

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# If you want something from the top shelf

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# He'll happily hand it down to you

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# Just using those huge hands that are 12" wide

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# Oh, how I'd love to stand by Sultan's side

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# It's a tall order, my friend what life has thrown at you

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# But it's incredible too

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# And I wish that I could spend

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# One day in your size 28 shoes

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# Do you get lonely up there with your head in the clouds?

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# Do you get tired of always looking down?

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# No, you don't

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# I know that you are head and shoulders above the rest

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# Cos when it comes to being tall, Sultan Kosen...

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# You're the best. #

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Now for...

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PHONE RINGS

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CRASH!

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I've come to a sports centre in West London to wrestle

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a record-breaking sportswoman.

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Sounds easy!

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All right, I'm going in.

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HE LAUGHS NERVOUSLY

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Hello!

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I'm Ben. Nice to meet you.

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Yeah?

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Good morning!

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-What's your name?

-Sharran.

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Lovely to meet you, Sharran. And what record do you hold?

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I hold the Guinness World Record

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for the Heaviest Sportswoman In The World.

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And I'm sorry to ask this, but how heavy are you?

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At the time of doing the record I was 205kg,

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but I'm now 180kg.

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Wow, OK. So that's basically about three of me.

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Hey! So, er, who's asking the next question?

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Me! Me! I'll do it!

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So which sport is it that you do?

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I'm an amateur sumo wrestler.

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Sumo is a full-contact,

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semi-naked wrestling sport originating in Japan.

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And just like the wrestlers, it's huge.

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Some professional sumo wrestlers eat...

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Don't try that at home!

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That's almost 100 doughnuts

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or nearly 300 apples. They must have very big shopping trolleys in Japan.

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I used to think sumo wrestling was all about being quite big,

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wearing a nappy. I mean, obviously it's nothing to do with that at all.

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What does it actually entail?

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-Well, it's not a nappy, first of all. It's called a mawashi.

-OK.

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And we fight in a dohyo

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and the whole point is to get your opponent out by getting

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another part of their body or the mawashi to touch the floor.

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You can also win by putting your opponent outside the ring,

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picking him up and putting him outside the ring.

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Apparently, the only way to properly understand sumo

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is to try it out yourself.

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Oh, no...

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Let's get ready to suuuuumo!

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In the purple vest, weighing in at 180kg,

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currently...

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And in the black vest, weighing in at 75kg,

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currently...

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It may look like an uneven contest,

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but there are no weight divisions in sumo.

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Wrestlers regularly face opponents twice as heavy as themselves.

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And it's not always the biggest wrestler that wins.

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Sumo is about speed, agility, skill and balance too.

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Which means I'm technically in with a chance.

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Yeah, right. Before the bout, mind games.

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Hm, not sure that worked.

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Now to lull Sharran into a false sense of security.

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Make her think I'm terrified.

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Yeah, that's pretty convincing, isn't it?

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He'll be back.

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Oh, she's still here. Right, I'm going to have to wrestle now.

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Let battle commence!

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I can do this!

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OK, it may not look like it

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but I'm genuinely using all my strength here.

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Sharran just isn't moving and now she's laughing at me

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and I'm getting dizzy.

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Whooooaaaaa...!

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Well, I'm still waiting for the official word,

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but I'm pretty sure that I've been officially beaten.

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But I can also confirm that Sharran is our supersize sumo superstar.

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And she's also Officially Amazing.

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Having experienced sumo first-hand myself,

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I thought it only fair to let Al have a go too.

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Why should I have all the pain? I mean, fun.

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Over in America, of course, they do everything bigger,

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so Al's meeting his own supersize sports star, and here he is.

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Whoa! His name is...

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Tipping the scales at over...

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He's over two metres tall and has...

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He's so big that they had to remove the front seat from his car.

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He sits in the back and drives from there!

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Manny is going to give Al a not-so-gentle introduction

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into the art of sumo and Al has no idea what he's got his hands on.

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Oh, my... OK.

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Oh! HE LAUGHS

0:26:070:26:10

Wait up! Do you see the size of that guy's hand?! It's as big as my head!

0:26:100:26:14

So let me get this straight - I've got to wrestle this dude?!

0:26:170:26:21

Thanks!

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OK, plan A - knock him over.

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Nope.

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Plan B - tickle him. Cootchy-cootchy-coo! No.

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OK, plan C - surrender. Did you hear that, Ben? I didn't lose.

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I surrendered.

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USA! USA!

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Yes, Al, you surrendered emphatically.

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That's Sharran Alexander and Manny Yarborough,

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two more Officially Amazing record-breakers.

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See you next time for lots more heavyweight records!

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# So Sizzling Steve, he took those dice and stacked them nice and high

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# He didn't get anywhere near the record but he had a real good try

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# Well, Dakota, he's a machine On backflipping he's pretty keen

0:27:050:27:10

# Yeah, the dogs could easily cope with jumping over a skipping rope

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# And we met Homer the world's biggest pet snail! #

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"Ta-ra!"

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