Episode 9 Officially Amazing


Episode 9

Ben Shires and the team travel the world to find the most officially amazing world record attempts and world record holders out there.


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This is the world of records!

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Officially!

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# Biggest shoe, weirdest face Fastest loo, tightest space

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# Longest snake, smallest van Heaviest cake, tallest man

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-# Longest ears on a dog... #

-Aw!

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-# ..Most poisonous frog... #

-Whaa!

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-# ..And a woman with a beard... #

-What?

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# ..Officially, officially officially

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# Amazing. #

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Howdy, and welcome to Officially Amazing.

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I'm Ben Shires and this is your one-stop shop

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to the wonderful world of records and record breakers.

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In this series, we bring you the wackiest,

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wettest, weirdest

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and wildest records and record attempts there are.

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On today's show, we'll be treating you to some mind-altering

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official Guinness World Records, including...

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Tempo!

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I meet another Ben hoping his nimble fingers

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will earn him a new world speed record.

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Whoa!

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This multi-TALON-ted woman shows Al and I what life is like

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living with world-record-holding nails.

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Oh, no!

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-Well, hello there.

-Hi.

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Al meets a woman who holds a truly shocking record.

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Oh, my god! Oh, my god!

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And the Space Cowboy is back

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and balancing this monster on his chin

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to show just how record hungry he is.

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But before all those delights, let's head to America.

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Argh!

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What?

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Check this out! Imagine turning up to school in one of these bad boys.

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Now, I'm here in North Carolina,

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the home of souped-up, oversized, gas-guzzling mega motors.

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From jet cars to dragsters,

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motorbikes to trucks, this place has it all.

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But when it comes to supersized machines,

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the undisputed king of them all is the monster truck.

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OK, come with me. Because inside this massive truck,

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or as we like to call it in the monster truck biz, "the rig",

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is our potential record breaker.

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It's a lean, mean, monster-trucking machine.

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So prepare to be amazed as I present to you...the monster!

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ENGINE REVS

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BEEP-BEEP!

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Oh, very funny! Here's the real one!

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It's called Maximum Overkill.

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A proper monster truck.

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Now, I know what you're thinking, "Look at the teeny wheels!"

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That's so they can fit the truck into the rig.

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But don't worry, they'll soon be replaced by these big fellas.

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And once they're on, the vehicle will be ready

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to attempt a Guinness World Record

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for the fastest speed by a monster truck.

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Let's talk to the man who'll be in the driving seat, Randy Moore.

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Obviously, you're going for a record today.

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You're hoping to get 100 miles per hour in this bad boy.

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I mean, is that even possible?

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Well, we were here about six months ago

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and we went 90, 93 and then 97.

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Randy and his team set a world record in March 2012,

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getting up to a speed of 96.8mph.

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But watch what happened to the truck when they tried to go faster.

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-We're not hoping for that this time.

-No. We don't want that at all.

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Because I don't like fire and fire comes up behind you

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and it's not a good thing.

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As long as everything goes as planned, we should break the record.

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So Randy is confident. I like that.

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And we know that Maximum Overkill

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has gone fast enough in practice runs.

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But can they hit that magical 100mph without fire breaking out again?

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We'll find out a bit later.

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But for now, let's leave them kicking the wheels

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to make sure they're nice and monstrous

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and head across country for something...

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Whaa!

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What?

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Argh!

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Oh!

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I'm here in San Diego

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to meet a mystery guest who's a world record holder.

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The only problem is, I don't know what that world record is.

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'This is Kim Goodman and she's an official world record holder

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'for something very mysterious.'

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-Well, hello there.

-Hey.

-How you doing? I'm Al.

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'Al has absolutely no idea what it could be.

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'But for you guys at home, it's one of these three options.

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'She pops her eyes out of their sockets.

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'She can stretch her bottom lip over her entire face.

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'Or she can play her teeth like a piano.

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'Al doesn't even get those clues.

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'Can he guess the record?'

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It's something I do with my body.

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-Can you spin something on your finger?

-No.

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'No! Much weirder than that, Al.'

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Can you balance...like, on your head?

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'Come on, you can do better than that.'

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Can you say something really rapidly, like all the states...

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-No!

-..all the oceans?

-'You're way off.'

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-No.

-'So, it's a total fail from Al.

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'I can't wait to see his face when she reveals it.'

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-Are you ready?

-I'm ready, what is it?

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'Guys at home,

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'are you ready for THIS?'

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Oh, my god!

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Oh, my god! THEY LAUGH

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I was not ready for that.

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Why didn't you guys tell me that?

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'I can't believe I didn't see THAT coming.'

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Please do it again...

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Oh, God.

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'So, Kim holds the record for eye protrusion.

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'She can get her peepers out to a distance of 12mm from the socket.

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'Good job her eyelids are closed when she sneezes.'

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SNEEZE

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-My God! Does that hurt?

-No.

-When did you know you could do that?

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-When I was a teenager.

-Oh, my goodness.

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Kim, it was great to meet you.

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'Thanks to Kim for showing me that eye-popping record.'

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'Oh, she's off again! Time for this Ben to go and meet another Ben.'

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Whoo...

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-Oh!

-Er...

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Yuck!

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-Ben!

-Hey!

-Good to see you. How are you doing?

-Nice to meet you.

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Lovely to meet you. I've always had a quiet admiration for your name.

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Solid. I like it.

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'Musician Ben Lee holds the Guinness World Record

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'for the fastest electric violinist.

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'THIS is a man with something to smile about.

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'In 2011, he played the entire song Flight Of The Bumblebee,

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'note-perfect, in just 58.515 seconds.

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'Ben played an amazing 15 notes per second,

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'which is double the speed of your normal violinist.

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'Today, he's going to try and beat his own record.'

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Well, Ben, it's all very good you standing here

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with your blingy violin and your claims to records,

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but I've not heard any evidence.

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Well, let's do something first, and I think you'll like this.

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-I'll play it really quick, and you try and guess what I'm playing.

-OK.

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I'm a man who loves a challenge.

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Let's do this.

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'So, Ben is about to play a very famous pop song, super-fast.'

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HE PLAYS VERY FAST

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-Are you sure that's a pop song?

-This is what it sounds like, half speed.

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OK. Let's see if I can guess this one.

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'While Ben was playing that song at high-speed,

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'his technical assistant was recording into this clever computer

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'so that we can hear it back at a normal speed.'

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TUNE PLAYS BACK

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I think I know this one! Is...

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-Is this Kylie Minogue?

-Yes!

-Can't Get You Out Of My Head?

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# I just can't get you out of my head... #

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Good tune.

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I like this guy's taste in music, too.

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We've got so much more in common than just names.

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For this record attempt, sadly, Kylie doesn't get a look in. Aw!

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Instead, Ben will be playing Rimsky-Korsakov's

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The Flight Of The Bumblebee, as fast as he possibly can.

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Let's hear what that song sounds like

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when it's played at normal speed on a piano.

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The time has come to hear Ben play that song

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on his million-pound violin at over twice the normal speed.

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The rules for this attempt are as follows...

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Official adjudicator Claire and musical expert Adam are here

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to make sure there's no fiddling about and everyone's playing fairly.

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Right, it's blink-and-you-miss-it time.

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-Let's see if everyone's ready. Claire, are you happy?

-I am.

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Excellent. Adam, you too? Excellent.

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And Ben, if you're happy, I will count you in. Let's break a record.

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'The time to beat is 58.515 seconds.

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'Can he do it?'

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One, two, three, four...

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'This song has a whopping 853 notes in it,

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'and Ben must play every single one.

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'Luckily, I'm here with my impeccable eyesight

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'to make sure he does.'

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Yes, yes! That looked great!

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You glistened like that violin, sir. How did it feel?

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Awesome. Felt nice and warm and buzzy.

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Good. Well, Claire and Adam are going to go away and assess it,

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so all we can do in the meantime is just wait.

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'Well, "warm", fine. "Buzzing", OK.

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'But did it feel record-breaky?

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'Claire and Adam now need to listen back to each

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'and every note at a slower speed to make sure all is in order.

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'Cue tense music.'

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-FAST MUSIC

-'Yes, very funny.

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-'At the normal speed, please.'

-MUSIC SLOWS DOWN

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'Thank you.'

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Oh, this looks promising. Claire, do we have some results?

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We have a result.

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Ben, you've actually held this record already, with 58.515 seconds.

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Now, today, Adam and I have just checked your performance

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and I can confirm that you performed Flight Of The Bumblebee...

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..in 57.502, that is a new Guinness World Record!

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Yeah, congratulations, well done!

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-Wow! Thank you very much.

-Well done.

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This is fantastic.

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Well, it's official.

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Ben has smashed his own record for fastest electric violin,

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and it just goes to show that if you practise, practise, practise,

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you can achieve anything.

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'From record-breaking fingers to record-breaking hair,

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'as this next lot will demonstrate.'

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# How do you like your hair?

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# Do you use a comb?

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# Do you trim it every day?

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# Do you use hairspray when you're at home?

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# I bet you really care

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# I bet you make a fuss

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# W-w-w-well Manjit Singh Used his hair to pull a bus

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# It doesn't sound like fun But he's not the only one

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# Cos Sailendra Nath Roy Took it high up on a zip wire, yeah

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# He flew right through the air

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# Hanging from his hair

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# And before you think That you might want to copy

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# You know it made His scalp go floppy... #

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Take it to the chorus.

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# Hair, there and everywhere

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# They use their b-b-barmy barnets To break records, yeah

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# I guess it's mind over mullet Or whatever you want to call it

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# These are hair-raising adventures Around the world

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# Joanna Sawicka's hair Is really rather great

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# She broke the record When she lifted 53.4 kg of weight

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# She held another lady Hanging upside-down

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# So next time somebody Pulls your hair

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# There ain't no need to frown

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# Hair, there and everywhere

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# They use their b-b-barmy barnets To break records, yeah

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# I guess it's mind over mullet Or whatever you want to call it

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# These are hair-raising adventures Around the world. #

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And now...

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..part II.

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'Welcome back to North Carolina, where Maximum Overkill is out

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'to prove it's the fastest monster truck in the world.

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'Driver Randy and his team are making the final adjustments

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'ahead of their all-important test drive before attempting to

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'set a new record for the fastest speed by a monster truck.'

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I want to make sure everything's good to go, everything's tight.

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Just going over everything, because when I'm driving down through

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there are sounds and you have to be really alert with your ears to catch

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the sounds and what's happening, so you can turn it off immediately.

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'Maximum Overkill is ready for its test run.

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'This is a crucial part of the record attempt.

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'If the truck isn't running right,

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'it could put the whole attempt at risk,

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'not to mention Randy's safety.'

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TANNOY: Everyone, please clear this area.

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'OK, they're all set.

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'Just waiting for the track to clear and the lights to go green.'

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Snap down. Yellow, yellow and then green.

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Here we go!

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'And they're off with a roar.'

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Every time that thing changes sound,

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the gear kicks into the back of them.

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'And... Oh. They're not going as fast as I'd have thought.

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'That doesn't look like 100mph to me.

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'I'd be calling roadside assistance about now.

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'Maximum Overkill looks more like Maximum Let-Down.'

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We've had an ignition problem. I'm not exactly sure what's wrong,

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but something in the ignition has just given us a big mess.

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We can't find what it is and it's not firing.

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-Do think you'll still get a chance to go for this?

-Oh, yeah.

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-We don't quit for anything.

-Fantastic.

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Well, that's the attitude of a record breaker, I think.

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'While Randy puts his screwdrivers into action to fix his motor

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'so he can attempt that world record,

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'let's meet a car that already has one.'

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This is a jet car.

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It has a jet engine in that car.

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An actual jet engine out of an F5 fighter.

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'This is an F5 fighter jet.

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'Imagine the engine from this on a car!

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'Oh, yeah!

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'It's fast, and Rich Hanna drives it.'

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This is where it gets hot, 1,600 degrees.

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It shoots about 20 feet of flame out the back,

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billows and billows of smoke.

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Jet engine obviously in the middle,

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and on each side we have parachutes,

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one main parachute that we always deploy

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and then this is our best friend right here, our emergency parachute.

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Hopefully we don't have to use that, that's just in case.

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'So, jet cars need brakes and a parachute to slow them down.

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'And just like skydivers have,

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'there's even an emergency parachute in case the main one fails to open.'

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How fast can this baby go?

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This one a here is the record holder, 295 miles an hour.

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The average family car can take up to ten seconds

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to travel from 0-60mph,

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but these jet cars can do 0-60 in less than a second.

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It's awesome speed,

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but then again, that's because you're driving a rocket.

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Hope those seats are washable.

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Rich is strapped in and ready to go.

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And in case you thought this truck driver had gone mad, he's

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dousing the tarmac in water to stop those jet engines from melting it.

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They're ready to go.

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Look at those flames!

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Check out that thrust. Wow!

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266 mph in a matter of seconds.

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And seconds is all they've got because at that speed,

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they soon run out of track.

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The brakes alone would never be enough, hence the parachutes.

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Wow, did you see that?

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They were travelling at almost 300mph.

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You could feel it in your chest.

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Every time those engines boomed out, it was like an earthquake up here.

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While these super-fast cars have been tearing up the track,

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have Randy and his team managed

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to get Maximum Overkill back up and running

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and can it now get a brand-new Guinness World Record for speed?

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Power's on.

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ENGINE STUTTERS

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'Erm... No.

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'Let's face it, that doesn't sound like a happy monster truck,

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'in fact, it sounds like a very dead one.'

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Had some crazy ignition problems, we worked on it all day,

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but unfortunately it just wasn't going to happen.

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Sadly, Randy and his team

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couldn't fix the engine trouble from the test run,

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so they're forced to admit defeat

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and head home empty-handed, without having even attempted the record.

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It's a disappointing day for Randy and Maximum Overkill,

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but there's always next time.

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You know that when I'm not skydiving...

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swimming with sharks...

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or wrestling bears...

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I like to take a little time out to pamper myself.

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I call it Ben time, cos I'm a modern man.

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It might be a foot rub, quick facial,

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sometimes I even get my nails done.

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I know what you're thinking - should've gone a bit pinker.

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But this one isn't about me,

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and anyway, these are nothing compared to our next record holder.

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Chris "The Duchess" Walton

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is an American rock singer who lives in Las Vegas,

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but she's not a record holder because of her voice,

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Al and I are meeting her because of these bad boys.

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The combined length of her fingernails on each hand

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was recorded by Guinness World Records in 2012

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as a staggering six metres!

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That's an average of 60cm a nail.

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It's taken her nearly 20 years

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to grow the world's longest fingernails.

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Imagine trying to live your life

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with these things on the ends of your fingers.

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It would be a struggle making a sandwich...

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rotten trying to relax...

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and more than just a little tough in the toilet.

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TOILET FLUSHING

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How on earth does The Duchess do it?

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What can't you do?

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I can't pick-pocket, so there's no stealing.

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Right. OK.

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I still do pretty much everything, like, washing clothes,

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I buy the long barbecue tongs

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and I pull my clothes out of the wash that way.

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-So you have to semi-barbecue your clothes to wash them?

-Exactly.

-Good.

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But I do that in the cans that are up really high on the shelf,

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I just get my other tongs and I pull them down from there.

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I take my contact lenses out with this one.

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I just dip it in the thing and after I scoop it off of this one,

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I rinse it and then I just pop it in.

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That's very impressive.

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-All right, I'm going to throw a situation out to you.

-OK.

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You've got an itch up your nose, how do you deal with it?

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I blow it with tissue.

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SHE LAUGHS

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AL: Trust Ben to ask the nose-picking question!

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I don't know about you, but I need a nail file...

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I mean a fact file...

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I mean...a nail fact file!

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To keep her nails intact,

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The Duchess says she stays away from humans where possible

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and eats lots of chocolate.

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In 2007, she clipped off some of her nails

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because they stretched down to her ankles

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and when driving she didn't want them hanging out the window.

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The Duchess makes her own nail varnish,

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but it takes around an hour and a half to apply it.

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Right, Duchess, you claim that you can do anything, pretty much,

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with you nails. Good.

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I'm going to put this to the test,

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because I've devised what I like to call

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the Officially Amazing Nailympics.

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'And since we're on my home turf and I'm wearing MY referee T-shirt today,

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'I'll be ensuring fair play during this nail-biting game.'

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-Duchess, meet Al Jackson, my colleague.

-The lovely Duchess.

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-Nice to meet you.

-Great, so it's going to be impartial already.

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I'm going to be impartial.

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-Just tell us what's going to happen, Al.

-All right.

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Open these.

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Remember, I want a good, clean fight, no scratching, no nail-biting.

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Let's go.

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Yeah. You should be really thirsty about right now.

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That was incredible, how did you do it?

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A quarter. The change that you get after you buy one of these...

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opens it up.

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Mark it one for The Duchess.

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'Some people might think that was cheating,

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'but I'd say it was inventive thinking from The Duchess.'

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The first person to text me "Officially Amazing" wins.

0:21:290:21:33

Three, two, one...go.

0:21:330:21:36

'Look at that! She's using her knuckle to type.'

0:21:360:21:40

-I think this competition is officially...

-Over!

-..over.

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Once again, it's the lovely Duchess.

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Ben, you should be ashamed, I'm taking your phone.

0:21:560:21:58

-Did it come through?

-It didn't come through.

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Send a message and tell your friends you're a loser.

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Duchess, you beat me fair and square.

0:22:060:22:08

-You could say...you nailed it?

-TUMBLEWEED

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'Ooh, tough crowd. Anyway, enough bad gags,

0:22:110:22:15

'Haruka, over to you.'

0:22:150:22:17

If you love big vehicles,

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you'll be amazed at what I'm about to see today.

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It's like a beauty pageant for trucks.

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Welcome to the officially amazing world of Dekotora.

0:22:350:22:41

These are the Dekotora trucks.

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They are normal working lorries that travel all over Japan,

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but have been transformed into moving pieces of art

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by their owners.

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Each driver has spent loads of money making their vehicle look the best.

0:22:590:23:03

By day, they look pretty beautiful,

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but by night they really are something else.

0:23:050:23:10

Last year, hundreds of Dekotora trucks gathered

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to attempt a new Guinness World Record

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for the most Dekotora trucks in one place.

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Sadly, they were just short of the required 500,

0:23:170:23:20

so there will be no record attempt today,

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but I am going to talk to a man about a van - well, truck.

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This driver represents the truckers

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and he told me how he came up with the design of his truck.

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TRANSLATION: I draw inspiration from my lifestyle, my home town

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and my family.

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The decorations are done professionally,

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but I design everything myself.

0:23:420:23:45

So how does it feel driving one of these? Do you feel cool and proud?

0:23:450:23:51

The truck itself is much cooler than I'll ever be.

0:23:510:23:56

Subarashii.

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And if you don't have your own Dekotora truck,

0:24:000:24:03

you could always bling up your bike instead. Now, that IS cool!

0:24:030:24:08

Whilst Haruka's off to deliver a sofa in style,

0:24:080:24:11

let's head back to the UK

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to see what one of our resident daredevils is up to this week.

0:24:130:24:17

His mum calls him Shane,

0:24:250:24:28

but we know this record-breaking maverick outlaw by another name.

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Yes, the Space Cowboy.

0:24:310:24:34

He holds countless Guinness World Records,

0:24:340:24:37

mostly for ridiculously dangerous stuff.

0:24:370:24:40

So far, we've seen him set two new juggling world records,

0:24:400:24:43

one for juggling and eating apples,

0:24:430:24:45

the other for juggling with a chain saw.

0:24:450:24:48

I know which one I'd rather do.

0:24:480:24:50

But just what has he got in store for us today?

0:24:510:24:54

Ah, Space Cowboy, with a lawnmower, and yet, no lawn. What's going on?

0:24:580:25:03

I'm actually going to go for a new world record,

0:25:030:25:06

the longest duration balancing a running lawnmower on the chin.

0:25:060:25:10

A running... Not even just this,

0:25:100:25:11

which looks heavy enough as it is,

0:25:110:25:14

-actually running whilst on your chin?

-It is heavy.

0:25:140:25:16

-Is it possible?

-It is possible.

0:25:160:25:19

It's very difficult and probably quite dangerous.

0:25:190:25:23

Probably quite dangerous?! I'd say extremely!

0:25:230:25:26

OK. Here are the rules.

0:25:260:25:29

And if the Space Cowboy wants to set a new record,

0:25:370:25:39

he'll need to balance the lawnmower for at least one minute 30 seconds.

0:25:390:25:43

OK, somehow - I don't quite know how - we're in a situation

0:25:430:25:46

where a man is about to balance a live lawnmower on his chin.

0:25:460:25:50

I know. Space Cowboy, are you ready to do this?

0:25:500:25:53

As ready as I'll ever be.

0:25:530:25:55

-Good. Adjudicator Craig, are you ready?

-I'm ready.

0:25:550:25:58

Right, so the lawnmower is switched on and the blades are spinning.

0:25:580:26:02

The Space Cowboy is almost ready to dice with danger.

0:26:020:26:06

Three, two, one, mow.

0:26:060:26:10

'The lawnmower's up and we're off.

0:26:100:26:12

'The lawnmower weighs eight kilograms

0:26:150:26:17

'and all that weight is being supported just by his chin.

0:26:170:26:21

'Remember, those spinning metal blades

0:26:230:26:25

'aren't that far away from his face.'

0:26:250:26:27

Come on, Space Cowboy, it's looking good.

0:26:270:26:30

'And if the lawnmower falls,

0:26:300:26:32

'they aren't that far away from mine either.'

0:26:320:26:34

Less than 30 seconds to break the record now.

0:26:340:26:36

Come on, Space Cowboy, you can do this!

0:26:360:26:38

'Space Cowboy has adapted this lawnmower

0:26:380:26:40

'especially for the record attempt.

0:26:400:26:42

'You might already have guessed

0:26:420:26:44

'that lawnmowers aren't actually made with chin-balancing in mind.'

0:26:440:26:47

-One minute 30.

-One minute 30!

0:26:470:26:49

We have a record! We have a record! Yeah!

0:26:490:26:56

So, it's another world record for the Space Cowboy,

0:27:010:27:04

this one for the longest time balancing a lawnmower on his chin.

0:27:040:27:08

-Obviously! And it's going to be "turf" to beat.

-AL: Oh, Ben!

0:27:080:27:12

What have I told you about ending the show with your bad jokes?

0:27:120:27:15

Instead, let's remind ourselves of this week's officially amazing stuff.

0:27:150:27:18

See you next time.

0:27:180:27:20

# Well, Randy tried to get a speed record

0:27:200:27:23

# In his great big monster truck

0:27:230:27:26

# But he couldn't get The ignition to work

0:27:260:27:28

# Those guys just had no luck

0:27:280:27:30

# We saw The Duchess's super-long nails

0:27:300:27:33

# How does she type e-mails?

0:27:330:27:35

# Al got a big surprise From those two bulging eyes

0:27:350:27:38

# And Ben's record-breaking fingers Were super-fiddly!

0:27:380:27:43

# It's all officially...

0:27:430:27:46

# Amazing! #

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