"In Control" – Vol. XV, No. 9
So then there were three. Oh, wait a second! Then there were four - again. A third non-elimination leg kept Brian and Ericka in the race, and four teams will continue on. So rather than our annual "Pick the Winners" column, we have to write something else. We figured that this was as good a time as any to present you with some interesting facts about The Amazing Race. We're not talking about the usual stuff, either. We're talking about facts that you may never have known, or those that you may have known but completely forgotten. For instance, did you know that...
On average, approximately one in every 11 teams that starts The Amazing Race actually wins the race. Strange, but true!
One in every two teams that have run the race finished in the bottom half of the standings, while one in four finished in the bottom fourth!
Of all the teams that have run the Amazing Race, only Rob and Brennan managed to win season one.
There have been several people named ‘Dave' that ran the race, some ‘Steves', a couple of guys named ‘Russell' and ‘Chip', and even two women named ‘Cindy', but there has only been one guy named ‘Uchenna'.
Phil Keoghan is in no way related to pro wrestler Hulk Hogan.
There has never been a 12th place team in a season that began with 11 teams racing.
It's well known that TAR has won 6 Emmys, but did you know that Reichen from season 4 won a Grammy for his cover rendition of "You're Having My Baby".
The age range for all racers is 60 years! From season 8's Carissa who was 9, to season 6's Don and Season 7's Meredith at age 69.
The weight range for all racers was 280 lbs. Without Steve it was 160 lbs.
The race has visited 423 cities! Without India, that total is 16.
If you'd bought 100 oz. of gold on the premiere date of season 1 (Sept 5, 2001), you would have more than an $85,000 profit!
Carissa was only 9 when she raced in the 8th season. She now sleeps over at her boyfriend's house!
Dave was 42 when he raced in the 4th season, he too.....
An All-Star Family Edition is planned for season 17!
If you had invested in a $500,000 home on the premiere date of season 1 (Sept 5, 2001), you would still be upside down on your loan.
Season 4's David and Jeff still have not reached the finish line.
No team has ever won back-to-back Amazing Races.
The average I.Q. for all racers is 142.67, but if you discount Steve and Dave, that number drops to 131.43 - which is exactly the same set of numbers for the average weight of all racers, and all minus Steve and Dave!
There has never been a team who got eliminated in the first leg, go on to win The Amazing Race.
There HAS been a case where a team stepped on the mat in first place but still managed to get eliminated.
Several racers have actually bowled a perfect 300 game.
There are no racers who have ever admitted to being fans of the Chicago Cubs.
No one has ever been able to figure out what Season 7's Deana sees in Ray - including Deana herself!
There has never been a child born to any racer while they were actually running the race.
No veteran of WWII has ever been selected to be a contestant on The Amazing Race.
The shortest leg in any Amazing Race appeared in the current season (15), and was less than 500 feet long.
The racer with the shortest legs was Charla.
Most all of the Amazing Races traveled further in their first leg than TAR Family Edition did in their entire race.
Phil Keoghan has never intentionally tripped a racer at the starting line. He almost hit Colin (season 5) with a snowball, but his throw sailed a little high and he missed.
Steve and Dave have been bringing you these quality columns for 10 seasons now, and we hope that you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!