Episode 5 Officially Amazing


Episode 5

Ben, Al and Haruka witness record attempts from around the world. Mr Cherry, Sizzling Steve and US Ray build pyramids made of dice.


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# Officially, officially, officially

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# Amazing! #

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Throughout the years on Officially Amazing,

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I think it's fair to say I've proven myself

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to be a natural-born athlete of some stature.

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Ow, that actually hurts.

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And, today, if you can believe it, I intend to reach even greater levels

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of epic awesomeness, as the record that we're attempting features

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a sport that requires above-average height.

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Check. Panther-like agility.

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CAT MEOWS I mean, check.

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And mind-bending ball skills.

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Check.

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BEEP Check.

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BEEP

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As I was saying, mind-bending ball skills...

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Check.

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Who threw that? Why do I even bother?

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HE SIGHS Here's what's on today's show.

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A massive speeding red truck.

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But what exactly is it gearing up for?

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And the dice-men cometh.

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But first, let's play ball.

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Oh, yes, I'm not much of a baller, really.

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Luckily, this guy is.

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Meet international street-basketball superstar, Tom Connors,

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nicknamed the Con-man because he will bamboozle you

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with his ticklish tricks that have brought him

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numerous world records, including the longest time spinning

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a ball on the elbow, and the longest time spinning three basketballs.

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But, today, he's throwing everything into reverse as he attempts the

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record for most backwards basketball three-pointers in one minute.

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That's shooting hoops from a distance of 7.23 metres...

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without looking!

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-So we're in a basketball court...

-Yeah.

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But you're not strictly a basketballer, are you?

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You're a streetballer.

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Yeah, professional streetball player, so it's slightly different.

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It's more of a style that you play, more of a swagger, the tricks.

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-Right, OK.

-You know, entertaining the public and crowd.

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How much training does it involve in a week, let's say?

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When I was growing up, I'd never stop. I'd sleep with the basketball,

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I'd wake up, I'd be dribbling to school with the basketball. I'd be

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dribbling... It's just part of...

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That's an odd relationship. One man and his ball.

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So, Tom, you're going to be attempting essentially a blind shot.

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-You can't see the shot you're making.

-You can't see the basket.

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And, you've got to shoot over your head. I got a bit of a knack for it.

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-I can't wait to see it.

-Yes, it's going to be fun.

-Good luck.

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Thank you very much.

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Here are the rules... Throws must be performed backwards,

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with Tom's heels behind the three-point line.

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And the target for this new record is six baskets in one minute.

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Three, two, one, go.

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HOOTER

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Tom says it's crucial to get a basket early so he can try

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to replicate that exact throw using muscle memory.

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Yes.

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And there's one.

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-Yes.

-And immediately a second.

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If he can keep that going, he has a real chance.

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But, frustratingly, he keeps hitting almost exactly the same spot.

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Time for an adjustment.

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Ten, nine, eight, seven...

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-Oh, yes.

-Six...

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That step made all the difference.

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-Time.

-HOOTER

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Now, did he get that target of six baskets?

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In that attempt, it was just three.

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-Aww, halfway there, Tom.

-Mm-hmm.

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-I'd love to go again.

-Come on.

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Let's smash this one.

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-Go.

-A second attempt, then.

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But a lot of near-misses again.

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I'm not sure my ball boy skills are helping either.

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Once again, Tom scores three.

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Well, after two attempts from Tom,

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it's been decided that I was in fact the problem

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and my poor feeding, so in fact we've brought this bin in

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for additional support so I can grab the balls more quickly.

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Go.

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Final attempt. Can Tom's tired arms keep up the pace?

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Oh, how did that one stay out?

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But that's in.

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Can he establish the muscle memory and get some momentum going?

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Nothing but net.

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Astonishing accuracy from Tom.

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But is he capable of keeping this hit rate up?

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He's really finding his range now.

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Come on, Tom.

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Ten, nine, eight, seven, six...

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And that one could be crucial.

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Will Tom's HOOPS and dreams come true?

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Time.

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Well, that seemed a lot better.

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But did he shoot at least six hoops?

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On that attempt, you achieved...

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Six. So that is a brand-new Guinness World Record title.

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-Oh, yeah!

-Congratulations.

-Thank you.

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Yet another record for streetball sorcerer, Tom Connors.

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Now, let's ramp things up further with Al, Haruka and a big truck.

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I love trucks - especially big red trucks.

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So what's the record?

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Well, this is Zhang Haiou,

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and he's going to attempt the longest ramp-jump by a truck.

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And as these spine-tingling graphics show, he's going

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to fly his truck over some other trucks and land on the other side.

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This is dream stuff.

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And his target to set a new record is a jump of 26 metres.

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26 metres!

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I'm not sure if I'm ready, Haruka.

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Too late, he's off.

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Wow.

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All of my trucking dreams have just come true, Haruka.

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Did he clear the required 26 metres?

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Aww, 25.5.

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That's just half a metre shot.

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Come on, Zhang, I know you can do this.

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Believe.

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And keep on trucking.

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Attempt number two now.

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I can hardly watch.

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What a jump.

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What a lorry-load of lovely leaping.

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But has he flown far enough?

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Yes, he's done it.

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26 metres.

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This man is my hero.

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I thought Ray was your hero?

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-Nah.

-Never mind, Ray.

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This will cheer you up.

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# It's time to move It's time to groove

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# Check out these dudes who dance in different ways

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# Let's dance

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# Everybody loves a conga line

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# But how many could conga at one time?

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# It was 119,986

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# It happened in 1988

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# The vibe was good The dancing was great

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# The Miami super conga really moved its hips

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# That's right They dance in different ways

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# Ballroom dancer Frederick Salter

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# Was a record-breaking waltzer

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# And a master of Latin dance too

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# At 100 years old He still competed for the gold

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# I guess the dancing made him feel brand-new

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# They dance in different ways

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# Record-breaking dance fanatics

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# Did a class that was aquatic

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# 74 students jumped in the pool

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# That's right They dance in different ways

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# Now Krunoslav came up moonwalking

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# Let his footwork do the talking

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# He wanted to break a record so he took a chance

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# He did 5.7km

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# Now that's a record that's hard to beat cos

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# He really knew how to dance

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# This song is done and we've had some fun

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# By seeing different record-breaking dancing ways. #

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Listen...

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..they have arrived.

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The gemstone of Japan, Mr Cherry.

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The Emerald of the Americas, US Ray.

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The...Brick of Britain, Sizzling Steve.

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Three Herculean heroes here to h-attempt world records

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you can have a crack at at home.

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This is...

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Previously, on Officially Competitive...

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In a romantically lit, don't-actually-try-this event,

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US Ray blew away the opposition

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to claim his first world record of the series.

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With two wins on the spin, my man is the king of the castle.

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But, for how long?

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Uh, I don't know.

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This is the great Pyramid of Giza.

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It took tens of thousands of men 20 years to build it.

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It is truly a marvel.

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Whereas this...is sizzling Steve. He's also a marvel.

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It once took this man just 17.23 seconds to build a 36-dice pyramid

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all on his own and break a world record.

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Steve still holds that record today,

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but these two want to grab it off him.

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Yes it's the...

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Let's get to the team talks.

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Are you going to better your current record?

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I will try.

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Yeah? To that end, how's training been going?

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I haven't done any training.

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Good. So, it hasn't been going.

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Confidence from the Sizzler.

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Less so from Ray.

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Cos, as we know, dice are not his friends.

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I am not good with dice.

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LAUGHTER

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US Ray.

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While Ray bizarrely celebrates likely failure,

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Cherry has been pondering his tactics.

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Well, Cherry-san, what's more important, speed or precision?

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I think precision, not speed.

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But, maybe speed.

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No, precision.

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An unusually indecisive Cherry.

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Is this record messing with his mind?

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Here are the rules...

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Only one hand can be used.

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Only one die can be picked up at a time.

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The 36-dice pyramid must remain standing

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for five seconds after the time is up.

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And the record to beat is Sizzler's Pharaoh-nomenal 17.23 seconds.

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Cherry-san, are you ready?

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OK.

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Pyramid Power!

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Are the dice ready?

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DICE: Pyramid power!

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Shantha, are we ready to dice with destiny?

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Three, two, one, go.

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HOOTER

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For this record, you need a base of eight dice,

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with each additional layer

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being one die shorter until a pyramid is achieved.

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What cunning cubic craftsmanship.

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Yes, his dice work looks as neat as that of a champion bricklayer.

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But is he building fast enough?

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Well, I suspect he'll be quicker than Ray.

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Hey, there's no need for that.

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HE SPEAKS JAPANESE

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Although to be honest, you're probably right.

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Go.

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Now, can Ray do this?

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His history with dice challenges is not great.

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Don't write him off yet.

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Ray has a plan.

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Does that plan involve knowing what a pyramid looks like?

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Well, he certainly didn't seem to know in our last series.

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OK, so his plastic cup pyramid attempt did reduce me to tears

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but he won't make that mistake again.

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Right, Ray?

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Sorry, Al, looks like he's in DICE-ARRAY once more.

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What is that?

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LAUGHTER

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Let's just call it a massive DICE-APPOINTMENT.

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Steve, it's your record.

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Keep it that way.

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Shantha, over to you.

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-Go.

-The Sizzler may claim not to have done any training,

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but look at this incredible finger speed.

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Perhaps he might even break his own...

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Oh, no!

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A crucial brick in his structure slips, and tumbles to the ground.

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Was that blunder down to his lack of practice?

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It was a rare slip.

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Could those dice be slick with the finger sweat of Ray or Mr Cherry?

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A gruesome thought, but doubtful.

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And here comes the crowning dice...

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DIE-LICIOUS.

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Yeah!

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Steve is in awe of himself, as well he should be.

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No-one can build dice pyramids as quickly as the Sizzler,

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and that is a fact.

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At the moment.

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Has one of our competitors built their way

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to a new dice pyramid world record?

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No.

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Aww. A mild DICE-SASTER.

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However, there's still that all-important

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Officially Competitive point to play for.

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Please can you reveal the results.

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Ray, you were disqualified,

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because your pyramid was not a pyramid.

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When is a pyramid not a pyramid?

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Then, Ray. Then.

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And, in first place, with a time of 22.889 seconds...

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is Steve.

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CHEERING

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Well done, Sizzler. Not a new world record,

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but he holds on to his current one and that's what's important.

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Get in.

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Incredibly, Steve's win sees three-time champ Mr Cherry

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rooted to the bottom of the league.

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But, he could make it a three-way tie next time...

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with a loo roll.

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Join us then for more 24-carat tremendousness like this...

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# Well, who'd have thought that out on the court

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# You could do this with a basketball?

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# Tom's amazing ball throwing was all done without knowing

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# Where he was aiming them at all

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# Our heroes had to be precise

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# When speed building pyramids with dice

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# Steve was the fastest man

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# But I'm not sure Ray even had a plan

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# And we saw a massive truck fly through the air

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# But here comes the rubbish bits

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# The outtakes. #

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-Steve, are you ready?

-Yes.

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Five...

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Are you ready?

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-No, I'm not ready.

-Shantha's not ready.

-Sorry!

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Mr Cherry, Sizzling Steve and US Ray are building pyramids made of dice. There's an astonishing truck stunt from China and street basketball superstar Tom Connors is shooting hoops - backwards.


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