Episode 9 Officially Amazing


Episode 9

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. An acrobatic pair perform a death-defying stunt on a swinging rope.


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Welcome to Officially Amazing,

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the show that's fit to burst with the most precarious,

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preposterous, and positively perilous world records.

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Today, for example, this man is currently practising for

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an incredibly complex and dangerous record, involving this rope.

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What, don't believe me?

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You all right up there?

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-Yes, thanks, Ben!

-Great.

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Here's what else is coming up on today's show.

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What's this guy doing with that car?

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And it's surprise record time in the Bunker.

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So we've all been kicked out.

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Now, it's back to a couple who are...

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Ha! Dah-dah!

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-Ow!

-CROWD GASPS

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Meet Donovan and Rebecca.

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They're a multi-record-breaking acrobatic husband-and-wife team,

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whose incredible strength allows them to perform

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some of the coolest lifts, balances and tricks I've ever seen.

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How could these two be any more awesome?

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Brace yourself.

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HE SINGS A LONG, SUSTAINED NOTE

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Sadly, there'll be no more singing today, as Donovan and Rebecca

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attempt to break their own record for...

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Let's find out what that means. Donovan?

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We hang a straight rope from the ceiling,

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Rebecca's going to put her hand in the loop,

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hold on to the rope, I'm going to give her a good spin,

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she's going to let go of the rope and hang horizontally out.

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Wow, OK. This is not just a technically difficult record,

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but it's also a physically strenuous one.

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What effect is it having on your bodies?

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When we go very fast, I feel like someone

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has just bumped me on the nose.

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So I feel a bit dizzy and it takes me a few minutes.

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It takes a good hour and a half to recover.

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Wow, that's a lot of recovery time.

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It's so physically demanding that Rebecca and Donovan

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have only one chance to break their record.

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Let's take a look at the rules...

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The rope must be at least eight metres long.

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Rebecca must be holding it with just one hand.

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Only full, 360-degree rotations will count.

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And they must beat their own world record

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of a massive 48 spins in 30 seconds.

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Five,

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four,

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three,

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two,

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one - go!

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She's spinning so fast we can hardly see her.

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But by the magic of slo-mo...

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Look at Rebecca!

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Every single muscle is tensed.

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She's holding herself out vertically with just one arm!

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And she's still remembered to point her sparkly toes.

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Phenomenally impressive!

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And it's not just Rebecca's muscles that are working to the max.

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Donovan has to use every ounce of strength to control the rope.

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If he loses momentum or rhythm, they've got no chance.

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So gruelling, yet so graceful.

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Ten, nine...

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Donovan's speeding things up! One last big push for the record.

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Come on!

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..three, two, one, time!

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Whoa!

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Wow!

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That's incredible!

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Rebecca spun so fast that official adjudicator Mark has to watch

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a slo-mo replay so he can count each rotation.

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Have they beaten their own record of 48?

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How did they do?

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You achieved...

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-..52, that's a brand-new Guinness World Records total!

-Come on!

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Yes!

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They had one shot and Donovan and Rebecca smashed it!

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They truly are Spanish web masters!

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Now, over to Al and Haruka for an altogether less-glitzy record.

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Hnnn...

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Ow!

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Two large men jogging into a TV studio

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filled with rubbish old cars.

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Yes, please!

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Who are they, Haruka?

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They are Spain's...

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And Italian...

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Giacomo Sportelli?

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In English, he's...

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Oh, I like him.

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Well, Inaqui and, erm, Jim will both attempt the record for...

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Speediest flipper gets the record.

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I hope the show's car insurance covers this entertaining vandalism.

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Signor Sportelli goes first.

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Ah, good old Mr Sporty!

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Come on, my man!

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Ooh, he's struggling!

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Why wouldn't he be, Haruka?

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He's trying to roll a car that weighs half a tonne!

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He's stopped!

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Maybe he's hoping the red one is a bit lighter?

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It isn't.

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Hold on, he's doing it!

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He's actually... He's not doing it.

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He's given up, with a grand total of zero.

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I don't blame him.

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Good luck, Inaqui.

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If Signor Sportelli can't do it, I doubt anyone can.

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Go!

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Wait a minute, look at that!

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He's a motor-flipping maestro!

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This is all very impressive,

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but I'm pretty sure that leaking petrol is not good.

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Health and safety, anyone?

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Anyone?!

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Poor Jim can only watch as incredible Inaqui

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flips all ten cars in one minute and 44 seconds.

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It's a world record that no-one has broken in 14 years!

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Well done, Inaqui.

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Now, if you could put the cars back how you found them,

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we'll make our way to the Secret Bunker.

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Because it's time for this...

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Heh-heh!

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Aargh!

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CRASH!

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A titanic triumvirate, courageous to the core.

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Valiantly attempting world records that you can try at home.

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They are...

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Team American uberhero, US Ray!

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Team UK's inspirational idol, Sizzling Steve!

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And for Team Japan, the understated elegance of Mr Cherry.

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Together they form the legend that is...

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Last time, Mr Cherry romped home, backwards on all fours,

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to claim his second world record of the series.

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Which finally takes him to the top of the scoreboard.

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But it could all change,

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because today we've got another surprise record!

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We don't know what it is, but we do have a clue.

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Is it going to be sorting dice, maybe?

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Shall we find out?

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Yeah, I think so.

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And here are the rules...

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Each die must be placed alternately by the two challengers.

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If the tower falls within the minute, it can be rebuilt,

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but whoever knocks the tower over must be the person to start

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that rebuilding.

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The tower must stand for a full five seconds once the minute is over,

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and the target for this new world record is a towering 50 dice!

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Ray's a dicey disaster area. Time for an emergency team talk.

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All right, Ray, can you do this? Just be honest with me.

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It's not about whether I can do this,

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it's about whether or not WE can do this.

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I feel our strategy should be to start with the metal dice,

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because they're firm and strong, and they'll give us a good base,

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-we can build on that.

-That sounds perfect.

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-Let's do it, USA.

-All the way.

-All right.

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Crikey!

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Team USA have devised an actual, sensible plan of action!

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Sizzler's held ten dice-related records,

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but has a controversial tactic.

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Hope that their tower will fall over, basically.

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So essentially what you're saying is, we're praying for other

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people's failure, rather than banking on our own success?

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-Sounds right.

-He makes you proud to be British, doesn't he?

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Cherry has just one dice record, but it is for stacking.

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What are the things that we need to look out for?

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-TRANSLATION:

-I have no special technique.

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But our hearts will be strong!

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-BOTH:

-Ei! Ei! Oh!

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Today, each team gets two one minute attempts at the record.

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And for the first time ever,

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everyone is banished from the bunker.

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So there can be no seeing,

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hearing

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or even smelling of other competitors' tactics.

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Or the score we need to win.

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Take it away, Team Japan.

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Three, two,

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one - go!

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And they're building confidently from the off.

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This is a team with a plan.

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Their building technique is impressively precise.

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I'd be worried right now,

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if I had any idea what was going on!

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MUSIC: It's A Shame About Ray by The Lemonheads

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Team Japan have moved on to the smaller,

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lighter dice as the tower grows.

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Oh, no! The tower's shrunk!

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And worse than that, Cherry caused the collapse,

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but Haruka placed the next dice!

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This is straight up, no-nonsense, flagrant breaking of the rules.

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Disqualification!

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At least we have a second attempt, and a plan.

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Ni...

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Ichi...

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So we don't mess up again, this time we've decided to say

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ichi and ni when placing the dice.

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This means one and two.

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It seems to be working well, keep those fingers steady, guys!

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-Five...

-Starting to wobble!

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-Four...

-Can it take one more?

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One - stop!

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We daren't even breathe!

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Al and dice disaster area, US Ray, are up next.

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Go!

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A solid start from the US boys.

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Indeed, Haruka.

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What on earth is going on?

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Team USA appear to be organised and capable, Ben.

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Confusing scenes!

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Ray and I are in what we call the zone.

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Erecting a structure America can be proud of.

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Start with the little ones.

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It is delectable dice stacking.

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I'd be in shock,

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if I wasn't outside, thinking about Steve.

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MUSIC: You're My Best Friend by Queen

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MUSIC: I Hate Everything About You by Ugly Kid Joe

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Back in the bunker, it's still looking scarily good.

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Five,

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four,

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three, two,

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one - stop.

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Isn't she beautiful?

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Like a mini Statue Of Liberty.

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And let's not forget, Team USA get another attempt.

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The less said about that, the better.

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So what can experienced dice-keteers Team UK do?

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Go!

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As expected, we've started brilliantly.

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The Brits are building from the floor.

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Probably insider knowledge from Dr Dice himself, Steve.

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Could Team UK reach that record-breaking 50 dice summit?

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You know, Haruka, I think we just might.

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Catastrophe! As the dice stack falls with only 15 seconds left!

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Dice master Steve just isn't used to dealing with such a wobbly column.

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Stay calm, Steve! Don't panic!

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We're panicking! Stop panicking!

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-Five...

-Aargh!

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..four, three,

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two,

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one - stop.

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A mere 48 short of the world record target.

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We could be witnessing the death of a dice dynasty.

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If only we could actually see it.

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MUSIC: Cherry Oh Baby by UB40

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But don't forget, Team UK have a second attempt.

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Can they improve on that score of two?

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It's looking good...

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-Oh.

-And the UK have suffered another collapse!

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Unprecedented rubbishness!

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There's still time to build a record breaker, Haruka!

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-Five, four...

-Oh.

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..three, two,

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one - stop.

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Total dice-aster!

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I wonder how everyone else did?

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So, Shanta, tell us - did we get a world record?

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No.

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OK, so then, who got the Officially Competitive point?

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In third place, with 12 dice...

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..was team UK.

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Thanks for the slow clap, Team USA(!)

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And in first place...

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with 34 dice...

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..Team USA!

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Actual unbelievable scenes!

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As Team USA win the dice challenge

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and celebrate by mooing like a pair of mating whales.

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That win puts Ray joint top of the scoreboard! Yes!

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With former leader Steve now rock bottom.

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Will Steve ever sizzle again?

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Find out next time when we return with more stack-tastic records,

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like these...

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# Well, Rebecca was spun by Donovan

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# They set the record at 52

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# She spun really quick and she wasn't sick

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# And, Ben, she was much braver than you

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# Al and US Ray

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# Had a tremendous day

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# Their tower of dice stood tall

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# But Team UK had fall after fall

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# And Inaqui showed Jim Sporty how to flip cars

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# But here come the rubbish bits

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# The outtakes! #

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Dice to meet you.

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Me too!

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Mmm...dice!

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-OK!

-OK.

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-Can we stop, sorry?!

-Are you ready?

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Shanta?

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No!

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We are ready, Shanta.

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Keep calm.

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Keep calm!

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-BOTH:

-Cherry on!

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This episode's spectacular world records include an acrobatic pair performing a death-defying stunt on a swinging rope, and two strong men flipping actual cars. Also, presenters Ben, Al and Haruka join forces with Sizzling Steve, US Ray and Mr Cherry in a dice-y surprise record!


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