Episode 11 Officially Amazing


Episode 11

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Featuring a woman pulling a double-decker bus with her hair.


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# Officially, officially Officially Amazing! #

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Hello and welcome to Officially Amazing,

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where we travel the globe to bring

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you an epic array of wonderful world records.

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Yeah, and FYI, the Antarctic - complete letdown.

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Not one single penguin can even unicycle

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to record-breaking standards, so...

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Well, thankfully the rest of the world's pretty good.

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So here's what's coming up on today's show.

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What is this woman doing with her hair?

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And what's that bus doing there?

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And these unicyclists try to jump their way to a record.

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But first, controversy in the bunker.

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Woohoo!

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Oh-oh!

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In a world where records are broken,

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three behemoths battle boldly to become the ultimate

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record-wrecking warrior,

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competing in challenges that you can try at home.

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Featuring...

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Teeny titan US Ray.

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Gorgeous gargantuan Sizzling Steve.

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And colourful colossus Mr Cherry.

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This is...

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Last time, Steve spectacularly sock-sorted his way to success

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and a second world record of the series.

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Putting the scores level once again.

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But today, our competitors face their toughest

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physical challenge ever.

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Brace yourself for feats of superhuman strength as our

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heroes will be, quite literally, crushing lead with steel blades -

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using one of these

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to sharpen one of these

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until there's nothing left!

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As today we will be attempting the record for...

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If anyone knows his stationery, it's the Sizzler.

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-You must fancy your chances?

-Definitely.

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What figures should we be looking out for?

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A record-breaking figure

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of over ten centimetres.

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Go out there and sharpen like your life depended on it.

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I will.

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Oh, fighting talk from the Sizzler!

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But I'm backing my man US Ray.

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Do you think your superior

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upper body strength will help?

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Absolutely.

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Push all this upper body into my fingers.

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HE MAKES CREAKING NOISES

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US Ray showcasing perfect dolphinese there.

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Let's get back to pencil talk.

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So how has the training been very hard?

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-TRANSLATION:

-No, it's been hard-core.

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Look at this thick callus I've cultivated on my finger.

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A finger callus!

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That's like a footballer having a dodgy knee!

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Can Cherry overcome this setback?

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Here are the rules.

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Pencils must be at least 15cm long

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and 6mm in diameter.

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Any single-bladed pencil sharpener can be used

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but it must be manual, not motorised.

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And our heroes will need to sharpen down 10cm of pencil

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to set the record.

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US Ray goes first.

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Shantha carefully measures Ray's pencil.

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She'll then measure what's left of it at the end to calculate

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the amount that has been sharpened away.

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It's that time. I want you to do it for the US state of PENCIL-vania.

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-Ho-ho! I see what you did there.

-Yeah, good luck!

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-THEY LAUGH

-Three, two, one, go!

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Come on, Ray, let's go.

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All right!

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Ray's using a classic metal sharpener and HB pencil.

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Solid tools of the trade.

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Yeah, but he's struggling.

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Has he actually ever sharpened a pencil before?

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'I am starting to wonder.'

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Looks like a case of clamminess is interfering with Ray's grip.

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But his sweaty little hands are still working that pencil.

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A magnificent shaving!

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Five, four, three, two, one,

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-stop!

-Yes!

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-Good job!

-Yeah!

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Ray might be admiring his minute mound of shavings...

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But Cherry won't be scared of that!

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He has an award-winning Japanese samurai sharpener!

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Complete with handy shavings capture, so it won't make a mess!

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-Go!

-BUZZER BLARES

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Cherry's standing, so the might of his whole body

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can grind the pencil.

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SHE SPEAKS JAPANESE

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He's going so fast, his hands look normal speed in the slow-mo!

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SHE SPEAKS JAPANESE

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This face means 2H business!

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There's barely any pencil left!

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And this from an injury-ravaged man.

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Five, four, three...

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-HARUKA SPEAKS JAPANESE

-..two, one, stop!

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Cherry is exhausted, but what's this?

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I shouldn't be able to hear, like, gears inside.

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HE LAUGHS

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Steve is sizzling with as stationer-rage.

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When you turn it you can hear something clicking.

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He's claiming Cherry's sharpener is mechanical, a blatant rule break.

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If he's right, Cherry will be disqualified.

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-So you're telling me that's allowed?

-It's just the top.

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It's not a motor that's sharpening the pencil for you,

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it's still the action that is sharpening the pencil.

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Shantha decrees the sharpener legal,

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which means Steve could use it as well.

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He test drives it but turns it down.

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Oh...

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Can he get his head into the game

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and the pencil into his own rubber-grip sharpener?

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Three, two, one, go!

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BUZZER BLARES

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Yes, we are sharpening. That's a great action, Steve.

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Wonderful wrist work from the Sizzler!

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Lovely! You show that pencil who's boss!

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Come on, Sizzle Man.

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What?! Steve's stopped!

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Discombobulating scenes!

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Are Steve's sharpening days over?

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What?

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HE GROANS TO HIMSELF 'A bewildering battle cry...'

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I don't know what is going on here. 'But Sizz is back in biz.'

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Look at his powerful shoulders,

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giving everything to make up for that lost time.

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Five, four, three,

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-two, one, stop!

-BUZZER BLARES

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And so as Shantha officially adjudicates,

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we are all left with one question...

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What happened?

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My hands just got too wet. I just couldn't turn it properly.

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So a clammy catastrophe for a subdued Sizzler.

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Did anyone beat 10cm?

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Shantha, did we get a record?

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-No.

-THEY SIGH

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In third place, with 2.7cm...

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was Ray.

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And the winner with 9.6cm,

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which is just 4mm off the record...

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So close!

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Is...Mr Cherry!

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HE SCREAMS

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This is the bam. See the bam-bam.

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Japanese.

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Steve only shaved 5.3cm.

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Stopping in the middle of a record attempt, worst tactic ever.

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But the win puts Cherry back on top.

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How much more dramatic can this competition get?

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Find out next time because right now there's

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something very curious happening in Italy.

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THEY GROAN

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PHONE RINGS

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HE SCREAMS

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Look, Haruka, it's Asha Rani,

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a world record holder we met in series two

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heaving a van with her ears!

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And there's her mentor, the great Manjit Singh.

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We met him in series one

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effortlessly lifting Ben using his ears.

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BEN SCREAMS

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Ah, good times!

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So what's their next epic feat?

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Well, Asha wants to beat her own world record for...

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Sounds impressive,

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but why aren't these passengers from Bristol

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concerned about their Italian detour?

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I have no idea.

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But I do know that

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if Asha pulls this 12,216 kilogram bus

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for five metres, it's a record!

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In three, two, one, go!

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SHE GRUNTS

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It's actually moving!

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This is amazing!

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But she wouldn't want to do a whole bus journey like that.

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Well, no...

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But the bus is over the line and Asha's over the moon.

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I wonder if you can do that with armpit hair.

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Let's not think about that

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and instead watch this.

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Wheee!

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HE GROANS

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SHE SIGHS

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Meet Jason, Simon, Mike and Rob from Team Voodoo -

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a squad of extreme unicyclists,

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which is like freestyle BMXing but with half the wheels.

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Officially awesome but also officially dangerous.

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I think I need my special button again.

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Today, Team Voodoo will attempt the brand-new world record for...

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Not only is it unicycling, which is hard in itself,

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but it's hurdling as well.

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So what are the biggest fears in this record?

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What could go wrong?

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I think more than the personal challenge,

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there is a lot of trust involved with the other guys.

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Obviously, there are four of us and we all have to be on the ball

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-to do it.

-And also I guess we all know that if one person

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was to blame, the other three

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would absolutely make them feel as bad as possible.

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So we're all safe in that knowledge, I think.

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Guys, I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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Why don't you get in the saddle and we'll check out the rules?

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The hurdles must be at least 65cm tall,

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each unicyclist must clear five hurdles over the 50m course,

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a baton must be passed between each team member

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and if the baton is dropped,

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or if the hurdle is hit, the attempt is over.

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And the target time for this new world record is...

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Three, two, one, go!

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Let's go, come on! Jason's on the first leg.

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Over the first hurdle.

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Look how much strength and concentration

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it takes to get the unicycle over.

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Oh, very close!

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Oh, he's only just cleared that one.

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Oh, he's made it! Excellent! Now the handover.

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Simon's on leg two... Yes, well over.

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And he's flying over the hurdles!

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Oh, he's made it all the way.

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We're halfway through. The handover is perfect.

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Rob's on leg three.

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Yes, Rob!

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Oh, so close!

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Excellent, Rob!

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Oh, no! No! Rob's down!

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And he's furious.

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Oh, that looks nasty!

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Really nasty.

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With blood pouring from his shin, will he be able to continue?

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-Of course he will!

-Go!

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In fact this time he's riding first.

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Lovely!

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Excellent! Voluminous vaulting!

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Yes, Rob! That's it, come on!

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Here comes that tricky fourth hurdle.

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Oh, he's clipped it!

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The wheel only scratched the hurdle, but that's attempt over.

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The Voodoo boys are yet to complete the course

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and they've only got one attempt left.

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It's now or never.

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-Going back to the original riding order...

-Go!

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..Jason's up first.

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Excellent work.

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And another supreme run from Jason gets the baton safely to Simon.

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Game on! First 50 metres down.

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Look how he uses his whole body to propel himself up and over.

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Textbook unicycle hurdling. Yes, come on them!

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And Simon clears his final hurdle.

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Handover, there we go. That's halfway.

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The pressure is really on Rob to perform now.

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Lovely stuff.

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Excellent. Immaculate hurdling!

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If Rob can keep this up, the record could be on.

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Yes, come on!

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But can he do the same over his nemesis hurdle four?

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Oh, and he's going back again. He's lining himself up.

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Taking his time! Come on, Rob!

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Yes! Rob's conquered his Everest.

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But it's not over yet. He's got one more to go.

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-ALL:

-Yes!

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And he's cleared the fifth hurdle, too. Come on!

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And the first time Mike gets the chance

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to take it home.

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He's soaring over those hurdles.

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Really good, really strong now.

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Really strong. Yes, Mike. Come on!

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Look how fast he is!

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And he's over the line.

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-ALL:

-Yes!

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The only question now is, were they quicker than that

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two minutes and ten seconds target?

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Today, you achieved a time...

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..of 1 minute 42.22 seconds.

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THEY SCREAM

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Team Voodoo smashed it...

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They had 28 seconds to spare.

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Hurdling heroes, each and every one.

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And WHEEL see you next time

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for more stupendous skills like these.

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# Well, Steve felt aggrieved and a little bit peeved

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# With Cherry's sharpening tool

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# He made quite a fuss which amused all of us

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# But Cherry had abided by the rules

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# Jason, Simon, Mike and Rob gave themselves a tricky job

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# But in the end they were unreal at really jumping on one wheel

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# And Asha pulled a whole bus with her hair

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# But here comes the rubbish bits, the outtakes. #

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Hello and welcome to Officially Amazing,

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where we travel the globe to bring you an epic array of world...

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..records.

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I don't know if you've watched this show before.

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-What other word could be there?!

-Wonderful world records!

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Of world cuisine!

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Officially Amazing returns with more incredible world record attempts, featuring everything from football-playing dogs to fire-breathing go karts, and we see the return of Officially Competitive where our three record-breaking titans battle to become king of records that you can try at home!

The Officially Amazing world records on this episode feature a woman pulling a double-decker bus - with her hair. A team of freestyle unicycle riders take on a hurdles record, and there is controversy in the Officially Competitive bunker, as a pencil sharpener causes outrage.


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