This is it, people: after ten countries, more than 30,000 miles, and countless eyebrow raises from the host with the most magnificent brows in the biz, Phil Keoghan, one pair of globe-trekking reality show contestants took home the million dollar prize on The Amazing Race Season 22.
So, was it hockey-playing brothers Bates and Anthony? Newlyweds Max and Katie? How about roller derby moms Mona and Beth, or country singer blondes Caroline and Jen? In the end, Bates and Anthony pulled through for the win. But here's how they got there:
All four teams left Scotland and headed to Northern Ireland for the second-to-last leg of their race. Soon, they'd come into a million dollars just like they always dreamed! With good old fashioned hard work — snorkeling in murky bog water, running up and down stairs with lukewarm food, and spray painting graffiti at a skate park.
Aside from completely skipping over the first course on the menu, the thing about the food-serving detour that tripped up all the teams was the fact that none of them knew what color chartreuse was. Soon you'll be telling me that most people don't quote That Thing You Do! on a regular basis. Come on! Unfortunately, the blondes wasted too much time getting lost before they even made it to their spray-painting detour that they didn't make it to the return-to-America final leg.
Max and Katie beat out Bates and Anthony for first place, but the three teams made it on the same flight back to the States. Once in Washington, DC they took part in some delightful espionage-themed challenges, including exchanging briefcases with men in suits and aviators and a ridiculous code phrase.
But first, the derby moms totally sabotaged themselves by assuming 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. would be close enough to 1100, which is pretty insane even in a normal town but especially so in a big city — and one with crazy-tight security in front of the former address, too. Between that blunder and the fact that they didn't even realize that they should probably read the menu at the Titanic detour instead of just the seating chart, it's clear they were outclassed. There's no way they could've ever won this thing.
Bates and Anthony proved they are more than just athletes and not only made it to the final, knowledge-based challenge first, but also handily completed it before Max and Katie even got there. Barring the most horrific traffic jam in the world, there's no way they were going to lose — and they didn't.
While Katie and Max were formidable competitors (and Katie was the brains of the operation), Bates and Anthony made it to the finish line on George Washington's estate to take home the $1 million prize.
Did the best team win? Who did you think would come in first?
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MTV's True Life has done an admirable job of documenting the unique struggles young people face for the past 15 years. Specials on topics ranging from drug addiction to Tourette's syndrome have brought lesser-known — but still very important — issues to the public attention. Now, an unspecified MTV docu-series is focusing on one of the most pervasive problems plaguing our society today, and that problem wears Axe body spray, polo shirts, and watches a lot of SportsCenter.
That's right: the network that brought us a documentary on a teenage boy receiving a cochlear implant that made me cry so hard my neighbor came over to ask if I was okay is now investigating bros. More specifically, the phenomenon it's dubbed as "bro-dads."
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What is a bro, you ask? Well, the ever-reliable Urban Dictionary defines bros as "18-25-year-old white upper middle class males who attend universities, and are usually members of fraternities. During free time they enjoy playing sports such as ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, flag football, fishing, and beach volleyball. They are knowledgeable about most spectator sports and attend sporting events regularly. Bros are often actively involved in fantasy football, and will form leagues with other bros. They enjoy attending suburban house parties and frat parties, and are skilled at most drinking games."
Apparently, though, even the middle-aged aren't spared from the perils of Call of Duty addiction and scruffy facial hair. But MTV wants to help. The network recently released a casting call on its website for dudes whose dads can house way more Dorito Loco tacos than they can.
Check out the full post and see if you've noticed any of the warning signs in your own parent. For the betterment of society, or something:
Does his over-the-top personality make him the center of attention everywhere he goes? Do your guy friends want to hang with him while your girlfriends just love to be around him? Does he help you snag the hottest dates or dress like all the guys you know? Maybe he's even better than you at throwing parties, video games or sports. If you appear to be between the ages of 18-24 and your Dad is the life of the party, who acts more your age than his own, MTV wants to hear from you! Send us an email to email@example.com and tell us about your Bro-Dad. Make sure to include current photos of you and your Dad, the city you live in and your contact information.
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