Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Featuring an acrobatic troupe attempting a spectacular somersaulting record.
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# Officially, Officially Officially Amazing. #
HE BLOWS A RASPBERRY
Much of the time on Officially Amazing,
we travel the globe to meet people who metaphorically
jump through hoops in the hope of breaking a world record.
JET ENGINE RUMBLES
..things are bit more literal.
more high drama in Officially Competitive,
as things start to fall apart for Sizzling Steve,
and what's this glorious goo-fest?
I can't wait to find out.
First, let's aim for hoop and glory in...
-HE THUDS AND GLASS SMASHES
..AKA Team Kinetix.
They're a group of experts in free-running and acrobatics,
and they're here today to attempt the world record for...
What does that involve, then, Brad?
The technique for going through the hoop is quite tricky.
We have to dive, dive, dive, dive, dive,
until you're fairly certain that you're clear of the hoop.
You then quickly spin, do the rotation and land on your feet.
If you spin early, you're likely to clip it with your heels
as you go through, and if you spin too late,
you're likely to land on your bum, and get in the way of the person
running up from the other direction, so the timing needs to be on point.
'Well, that all sounded quite complicated.
'Luckily, there's a professional on site to give a demo.'
Here are the rules.
The hoop must be no more than 110cm in diameter.
If any part of the body touches the hoop during a somersault,
it will not be counted,
and the target for this new world record
is 40 somersaults in one minute,
'and, for such an austere occasion, I will be employing
'my world-renowned hula hoop co-holding skills.
'Team Kinetix are trained acrobats, attempting a very dangerous record,
Three, two, one,
'Look how Matt is already jumping while Alfie's still in the air.
'This will save valuable seconds in the race for the record.
'A soaring somersault from Wes, as the boys change direction.
'They're in perfect rhythm, now, but, oh, no!
-'Alfie crashes out after just nine seconds.'
'He flew so fast, I barely had time to let go of the hoop.
'Thankfully, we're on padded safety mats,
'so Alfie's OK, and the boys line up,
-'ready for a second attempt.'
-Three, two, one,
'Faultless flipping from Brad, and from James, but, oh!
'Alfie catches his foot again, and is sent hurtling to the floor.'
-Are you OK?
-Are you all right, Alfie?
-It's my heel. My heel hit the top.
-It's too low.
'Because Alfie's feet are catching the hoop,
'the boys raise it by 15cm for the final attempt,
'but now everyone will have to adjust THEIR jumps. It's a gamble.
'Will it pay off?'
'And Alfie's safely through.
'It's going well so far.
'The power, technique and stamina needed for this record are immense.'
Come on, guys.
'This could be world-record pace if they can keep it up.
'They need at least 40 flips.' You're doing great, guys.
15 seconds left.
Make it count.
'The Kinetix boys are tiring and their pace is dropping
'but they can't afford to stop.'
Five, four, three,
-two, one, time!
-Oh! HORN HONKS
The only question now is - did they reach that 40-somersault target?
Over to official adjudicator Mark.
I can tell you that, in the minute, you achieved...
43, so that is a brand-new
-Guinness world record title!
'Fantastic perseverance from team Kinetix.
'Now, over to Al and Haruka for more athletic amazingness.'
-Now, please listen carefully.
We have a serious announcement -
what you are about to see is very, very stupid.
-These people are not experts.
They're idiots in safety gear,
who are about to get hurt attempting the record for...
This 12-metre pole is covered in weird blue grease.
Anyone who reaches the flag in under 4.96 seconds gets the record.
Ha-ha-ha! He's gone flying.
Ha-ha-ha-ha! He's gone too.
Ooh, nice sideways action.
Mmm, interesting technique.
It didn't work, though.
-Ooh, that looked painful.
Oh, that was pathetic.
She only managed one step.
It's still better than this guy.
Oh, hang on, nah, sorry, mate, just remembered -
I'm scared of heights, me...
Lots of people failed
-but some proved it was possible.
-HIS FEET SQUEAK
But all of these attempts, though ingenious,
were outside that 4.96 seconds target.
Up next we have Antonino Papa.
Is he blue-greased lightning?
COMMENTATORS YELL IN ITALIAN
-Fenomeno! Il fenomeno!
Il fenomeno, indeed, but what was his time?
3.09 seconds! He smashed the record.
Way to go, Antonino Papa...
or perhaps we should be calling you Grease-Proof Papa?
WIND BLOWS AND BELL CHIMES
Let's just go quickly to Officially Competitive.
A trio of record-breaking virtuosos,
fearlessly fighting to claim world records that you could try at home,
..onesie-wearing wonder US Ray...
MUSIC: Theme from Star Trek: The Next Generation
..my mesmerising marvel,
..and slightly subdued superman Sizzling Steve.
'Last time, Steve courageously ate a doughnut really slowly
'to steal the win...'
-Steve-o! Steve-o! Steve-o!
-Steve-o! Steve-o! Steve-o!
..putting him joint with Cherry at the top of the table...
..but, right now, Ben has a question for you.
What is this? FIREWORKS EXPLODE
A functional solution to your loose paper problem?
A terrible birthday present?
Or an instrument with which to become the undisputed
heavyweight champion of the world...
of paperclip chains?
Yes, today's record challenge is...
Steve once held this record,
but was beaten by Italian Silvio Sabba
and then by five more people. MUSIC: Dam Busters theme
-Do you want stationery vengeance today?
-I would love some.
Would you ever have novelty paperclips or those
-paperclips that have that weird sort of...?
-Oh, no, no, no.
Just a typical shape.
-Absolutely. I'm going to back away from this, Steve.
I can see that you're passionate about stationary.
That doesn't surprise me but it does impress me.
Only one man impresses me
-and that's US Ray, baby.
-MUSIC: Beverly Hills Cop theme
-Are you ready to do this?
-I'm ready to rock and roll.
I'm just good with my hands.
Yes, and you know what else is special about those hands?
They are the smallest of the three competitors.
-Do you think this is an advantage?
-I know it's an advantage.
Because he's US Ray - he jumps, he flips, he links paperclips.
US Ray, all day.
Whatever. Don't forget this guy.
Paperclips can be very sharp.
Did you get any injuries
during your training?
-HE SPEAKS JAPANESE TRANSLATION:
-No injuries, no.
I simply realised I'm useless with my fingers
so I abandoned my training altogether.
Steve's the one to beat here.
Well, Mr Cherry, good luck anyway.
-I don't like paperclips. No.
-TRANSLATION IN NORTHERN ACCENT:
-I don't like paperclips. No.
Mr Cherry is already surrendering to the might of Siz-biz,
but before we get to the formality of Steve winning,
let's take a look at the rules.
The paperclips must be no more than 4cm long.
They must be linked in one continuous chain.
Any paperclips that detach
from the chain will not count,
and the record to beat is 58 paperclips in 30 seconds.
'This might seem to be a simple task but, such is the inherent danger,
'Mr Cherry is wearing precautionary kneepads.
Mr Cherry, are you ready?
Three, two, one,
-'Cherry has laid out his paperclips with precision planning.'
'Just look at how he subtly bends each clip into position
'before slipping it efficiently onto the chain.
'It's a joy to watch.'
'Ben, you're right - flawless linking -
'and this, from a man who says he doesn't like paperclips.'
Five, four, three, two, one,
-'A magnificent example of paperclip engineering from Cherry.
'But how did a paperclip end up in his armpit hair?
'Perhaps he keeps one there for emergencies?
'Time, now, for US Ray to perform in the theatre of paperclip dreams.'
Three, two, one,
'Ray is linking those clips together as fast as he can.
'Unfortunately, Ray's fastest is really, really slow.
'Look at the slow-mo footage. Ray's hardly moving at all.
'Well, I'm still confident in the tiny hands of my big clipper.'
Come on, Ray!
-Hold it up. Hold it up.
Ray is delighted.
I have no idea why. Small hands - small chain.
Time for a paperclip chain-making giant.
I thought Steve was anti jaunty paperclips.
Not only that, he's opened them up for easier linking. Is that allowed?
This tactical genius is legal but risky.
They'll link quickly but are in danger of falling apart.
The Sizzler, 30 seconds,
and literally tens of colourful paperclips.
Could there be a more perfect union? Nay.
-Steve, is this record going to be yours again?
Excellent, stirring words. Shantha, over to you.
-Three, two, one, go!
Come on, Sizzly, let's do it.
Oh, it's poetry in motion.
-Wow, this is incredible.
Steve's linking at the speed of light,
powered by patriotic socks.
Observe Steve's meticulous technique -
smooth and rhythmic and yet with intense velocity,
Steve was born for records
-involving office supplies.
-three, two, one...
-What a man, what a champion.
-What has happened to
all the paperclips?
Well, Ben, traditionally, chains have just one weak link.
-What Steve's done is to create a whole chain of weak links.
'It just goes to prove, if you live by the slightly open paperclip...'
..You die by the slightly open paperclip.
High drama over a low table, but do we have a world-record?
-58 to beat.
Not to worry, there's still the all-important competitive point.
Shantha, how did the results go?
In third place, with a total of 12 paperclips...
'Ray, losing to a man whose chain fell apart three times.'
..and, in first place, with a total of 28 paperclips...
..is Mr Cherry.
-'Steve applauds graciously.'
HE SQUEAKS, FARTS, THUMPS AND YELLS
That unexpected win from Cherry
puts him back on top,
with only two events left.
Steve linked 48 paperclips but 30 ended up on the floor.
I shall be returning those lucky socks
under the Trade Descriptions Act.
Can Cherry find the one victory he needs
-to win the title?
Find out next time when we return with more dynamic drama like this.
# Well, the Kinetix guys flew As they somersaulted through
# That hoop being held by Ben
# Alfie caught his feet But he wouldn't be beat
# So all five were record-breaking men
# Cherry won again
# With the longest paperclip chain
# Sizzler's cunning plans
# Fell apart in his own hands
# And Antonino was greased lightning on a big pole
# But here come the rubbish bits
# The outtakes. #
Today, things are a bit more literal. Ah!
This world record-breaking show brings you an acrobatic troupe attempting a spectacular somersaulting record, there's a gallon of goo in a slippy and slidey greased pole challenge, and it all unravels for Sizzling Steve as his tactics work against him in Officially Competitive.