Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Amazing Race 16
Jody and Shannon. In the end of Leg 2, teams finished the Road Block and drove themselves to the second Pit Stop of the race at Gruta de la Virgen, a park in the city of Puerta Varas. Jet and Cord, whose plan to transfer buses en route to the city early in the leg was the only one to pay off, ended up arriving in first winning themselves two sailboats (which, I guess they could pretend to use at home in Oklahoma). Although Louie and Michael got lost heading to the Road Block, they were able to overcome ninth place Jody and Shannon at the very end. Jody and Shannon became the second team eliminated from the race.
Vanilla. Arriving at the Bellavista Farm in Puerto Varas, teams opened a clue containing a Road Block task. For this one, team members needed to collect ingredients from a nearby pantry and farm area to make a traditional dish known as 'kuchen'. These ingredients included butter, sugar, a whole bag of flour, thirteen eggs from a nearby hen house, and a cup of milk taken straight from a cow. Once teams handed in all of the necessary ingredients they would receive a sample and their next clue. Cord, Heidi, Carol, Brent, Jeff, Monique, Steve, Jordan, Jody, and Michael completed this task.
Dress up as birds. In the 'Condor Consternation' task, teams needed to put on a large bird costume and jump off a high dock to reach a buoy containing their next clue. Brent and Caite, Jordan and Jeff, Steve and Allie, and Monique and Shawne decided to take flight for their next clue by feathering up and diving in. After the Detour, teams were told to return to their cars to head to Onces y Cabañas Bellavista, a farm in the mountains of Chile.
Six. Once teams arrive in Puerto Varas, mostly at different times, they hopped into stickshift cars and drove themselves to the town of Petrohué to locate Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Here, after hiking up a trail and making their way by boat to the next clue box at the Mirador on Isla Margarita, teams found their next task, the first Detour of the race. Some teams chose the first option, 'Llama Adoration' in which they needed to dress a llama in traditional garb for a local festival. Jet and Cord, Carol and Brandy, Joe and Heidi, Louie and Michael, Dan and Jordan, and Jody and Shannon tackled this one.
By bus. In the beginning of Leg 2, teams departed from Palacio Baburizza in Valparaíso and were told to make their way to the bus station to hitch a ride to Santiago. Because teams departed in the middle of the night, all ten remaining teams took the same trip to Chile's capital city (on separate buses). Once there, teams needed to board another bus taking them almost six hundred miles to the city of Puerto Varas in Southern Chile. More separate buses brought teams the fourteen hours to their destination (with lots of connections en route to secure earlier arrivals).
Dana and Adrian. After the painting task, teams were told to make their way on foot to the first Pit Stop of the race in Valparaíso at the Palacio Baburizza. Jordan and Jeff were able to maintain their lead and arrive in first to claim a victory and win a trip for two to Vancouver, British Columbia. Although Brent and Caite and Dan and Jordan arrived in second and fourth place respectively, they both took different penalties, the former for not taking the funicular and the latter for forgetting a paintbrush. It didn't matter in the end- Dana and Adrian didn't arrive at the Pit Stop after Adrian was unable to finish the Road Block task. After two failed attempts, Phil eliminated them at the Road Block site.
Cord. Upon arriving in Valparaíso, teams needed to take a taxi to their first clue box waiting at Ascensor Villaseca. Here, teams located the Road Block task, the first of the race, and they needed to choose the member who had "the balance of a cat and the courage of a lion". For this task, the chosen member needed to harness themselves in and cross a 360ft. tightrope suspended 120ft up (essentially the length of a football field). Caite, Jordan, Joe, Dan, Allie, Brandy, Shawne, Adrian, Louie, Shannon, and Cord completed this first Road Block.
Santiago. Arriving in Santiago, the capital city of Chile, teams made their way to the bus stop to reach Chile's second largest city, Valparaíso, where they could find their first clue box of the race. Arriving at Terminal San Borja in Santiago, many teams boarded the first bus together, but some were forced to take later buses departing only minutes later. One team, Jet and Cord, had the wrong currency altogether and needed to exchange it elsewhere. Everyone arrived in Valparaíso not long after.
Los Angeles. Eleven teams commenced the sixteenth "Amazing Race" at the starting line in Vista Hermosa Natural Park and were told to make their way to LAX International Airport using public transportation. Upon arriving at the airport, teams needed to receive tickets on one of only two flights taking them to Chile that afternoon. To top that off, only three teams would be able to catch the first flight departing only an hour earlier in their next destination. That goes out the window, though; the first plane is delayed and they connect to everyone else's plane in Miami.
No. After forty-thousand miles, teams discovered that their final Detour task was in Shanghai in Leg 11. While teams completed a Road Block in San Francisco during the final leg of the race there was no Detour making this race end with only nine clues allowing for a choice between two tasks. In the end it was Dan and Jordan who overcame their tasks to win the million dollar prize.
'Pork Dumplings'. In Leg 11, teams found a Detour clue at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China. Here, all four teams completed 'Pork Chops' in which they needed to find a stamp store and search the shelves for two stamps, one bearing the name of each member and the stamp of a pig on the bottom. When they found both they could carry on to the Pit Stop at the Riverside Promenade. If teams weren't to complete this task they would've gone with 'Pork Dumplings' in which they had to travel through the market place to deliver ten servings of pork dumplings across the confusing market.
Carol and Brandy. In Leg 9, teams found a Detour clue waiting with "Amazing Race Asia" host Allan Wu at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. They discovered a choice between 'Pounding the Drums' and 'Pounding the Pavement'. In the former task, teams needed to learn a traditional drum beat from young kids and perform it to the satisfaction of their instructors on stage to receive a clue. Brent and Caite, Jet and Cord, and Carol and Brandy completed this. Michael and Louie completed the latter in which they needed to hit the streets and bring ice cream sandwich materials to a local market cart and sell twenty-five ice cream sandwiches to passers-by. Dan and Jordan completed the Fast Forward and did not complete a Detour. After this task, teams headed to Istana Park in Singpore and Brent and Caite U-Turned their rivals, Carol and Brandy, so that they needed to go back and complete 'Pounding the Pavement'.
Malaysia. Heading from the Seychelles to the island city of Penang, Malaysia, teams found a Detour at the Snake Temple. In 'Buddhist Tradition', teams headed to a temple and carried twelve large incense sticks up 150 steps to a Buddhist temple where they needed to organize them in a display frame and light them to receive their clue. In 'Chinese Custom', teams traveled to a local park and balanced thirty-two foot flagpoles on their foreheads. When they got to the end of a 120 foot course without dropping the pole they could receive their next clue. Only Jet and Cord completed the second task- everyone else completed 'Buddhist Tradition'.
Oxen. On the island of La Digue in the Seychelles, teams found a Detour choice between 'Turtle Toddle' and 'Ox Trot'. In 'Turtle Toddle', teams needed to take a banana and lead a hundred year old tortoise down a marked race course. Then, they needed to take a banana stalk and carry it a mile and a half to a marked stall. Only Steve and Allie did this. In 'Ox Trot', teams needed to toss a pile of coconuts into a wagon, then use an oxen to pull it to the same marked path. If teams dropped a coconut, they'd need to retrieve it. All of the remaining teams attempted this, and three missed a coconut.
Joe and Heidi. In France, teams completed a WWI-themed Detour task at La Main de Massiges. Here, they dressed up as American soldiers and either completed 'In the Trenches' or 'Under Fire'. All eight teams completed 'Under Fire' in which they needed to crawl under one hundred yards of barbed wire to receive a message, then crawl back and send that message by carrier pigeon. After the Detour, Louie and Michael used the first U-Turn of the race, a Blind U-Turn, to anonymously send Joe and Heidi back to do the 'In the Trenches' option in which they needed to decode a morse code message and send another pigeon off. This ultimately led to their elimination.
Germany. In Leg 4, teams found a Detour at a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm in Hamburg, Germany. For this task, teams either chose 'Soccer' or 'Sauerkraut'. In 'Soccer', Steve and Allie, Jet and Cord, Dan and Jordan, Brent and Caite, and Jordan and Jeff needed to find a soccer stadium and kick balls from the penalty line to hit five different targets. Once these were hit, they could continue on. In 'Sauerkraut', Louie and Michael, Joe and Heidi, and Carol and Brandy had to eat a large serving of sauerkraut before the polka players behind them finished their rendition of 'The Sauerkraut Polka' to get their clue. After this task, teams headed to a local bar for a boot of beer.
Two. In Leg 3, teams completed a number of Gaucho-themed tasks in Argentina's mountain region. In 'Horse Sense', teams received compass directions and step numbers from a gunslinger and needed to use an old-time compass to locate bags of treasure semi-hidden in the ground. Once they found the correct bags (as per coordinates on the bag itself), teams needed to deliver them to a bandit at a train station to receive their clue. Only Jordan and Jeff and Monica and Shawne completed this task. In 'Horse Power', everyone else played a quick game of polo on a wooden 'practice pony'. After dressing up, teams had to hit a polo ball across a polo field in nine hits or less to get their clue. After the Detour, teams went to the Pit Stop at Estancia Fortin Chacabuco.
Dress it up. In Leg 2, teams made their way to the Mirador on Isla Margarita near Puerto Varas, Chile to find their first Detour task of the race. Here, teams chose either 'Llama Adoration' or 'Condor Consternation'. In the former task, teams needed to find a llama pen on the island and use a blanket and scarf to dress up their possibly unruly llama. Jet and Cord, Carol and Brandy, Joe and Heidi, Louie and Michael, Dan and Jordan, and Jody and Shannon completed this. In the latter task, teams needed to dress up as bird and jump off a high dock to reach a buoy in the middle of the surrounding lake. Brent and Caite, Jordan and Jeff, Steve and Allie, and Monique and Shawne jumped.
Coit Tower. In Leg 12, the remaining three teams raced to the city of San Francisco, California and found a clue at the Battery Godfrey leading them to Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill. Here, one member of each team (Dan, Cord, and Brent) were required to use mechanical ascenders to reach a clue dangling from the top of the tower over two hundred feet up. Once they collected this clue they could make their way to their next destination, the Yoda statue in front of the Letterman Digital Arts Center.
There were two to complete. In Leg 10, teams headed to Shanghai and one member of each team completed a traditional-noodle-making Road Block task in the village of Zhujiajiao. Once Caite, Jet, Jordan, and Louie made one kilogram of noodles they would receive their next clue. Later on in the leg, teams encountered a second Road Block in the same leg (for the first time in any race). This task had to be completed by the other member of the team, so Brent, Cord, Dan, and Michael had to go into the field of Hongkou Football Stadium and solve a ninety-six piece puzzle, the pieces of which needed to be handed to people in the stands upon completion so that the team member could locate their next clue. After this task, teams went to the Pit Stop at the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.
A shipyard. In Leg 9, teams visited the nation of Singapore. Here, teams proceeded to their Road Block task at the ASL Marine Shipyard and one member was required to count the links in a large chain while workers made noises around them. Brent, Michael, Jet, and Carol ended up counting the five hundred twenty one links on the chain in a fairly reasonable time before heading out. Neither Dan nor Jordan completed this task as they had completed the Fast Forward in this leg. After the Road Block teams took taxis to Sentosa Island for a ziplining task.
Coconuts. In Leg 8 in Penang, Malaysia, teams needed to find a temple in Teluk Bahang one member of each team needed to finish a Road Block. In this task, the selected member needed to smash coconuts until they found one containing coloured insides. Once they smashed and received their coconut they needed to take the piece and use it to create a traditional offering to be placed into the surf. Jet, Carol, Louie, Caite, Jordan, and Allie did this one and then headed to the Pit Stop at Pinang Peranakan Mansion.
Seychelles . After a series of tasks in the island nation of Seychelles, teams made their way to St. Pierre Island by boat and one member needed to perform a Road Block. For this task, they needed to dive into the water and swim to a crate at the bottom of the sea to retrieve a bottle containing their next bit of info. Once team members returned to their boat with the bottle, both members had to swim to the shore of the nearby island, Preslin, to open the bottle and assemble the map puzzle inside, then run to the nearby Pit Stop. Steve, Jordan, Brent, Louie, Jet, and Brandy completed this swimming task.
Cord. In Leg 6, teams drove themselves to Epernay, France to complete a Road Block task at the Leclerc Briant winery. Here, one member of each team needed to rappel one hundred feet into a gloomy wine cellar, then search amongst thousands of bottles of champagne for only one of seven containing a marker with the race colours. After this, team members climbed up the stairs to their partner and opened the bottle with a saber to receive their next clue. Jordan, Louie, Steve, Brandy, Cord, Brent, and Jeff all took the descent in this task and continued on to the Chateau de la Marquetterie.
Intersection. In Leg 4, teams headed to Hamburg, Germany and completed a Road Block under the influence of the Intersection which forced teams to work together until further notice. For this task, two intersected, single team members needed to take the metro to Hamburg Harbour and perform a tandem bungee jump. After this, team members could return to their partners and continue on un-intersected. Jet + Michael, Joe + Allie, Dan + Brandy, and Caite + Jordan completed this task.
Kuchen. In Leg 2, teams headed through Southern Chile and found their Road Block task at the Bellavista Farms outside Puerto Varas. Here, one member of each team needed to search for ingredients for a dish known as kuchen. This included a plate of butter, a bowl of sugar, and a bag of flour from the kitchen pantry, thirteen eggs from a hen house, and a cup of milk from a cow in the stables. Cord, Heidi, Carol, Brent, Jeff, Monique, Steve, Jordan, Jody, and Michael gathered the ingredients and finished this task before heading to the second Pit Stop.
Adrian. In Leg 1, teams found their first Road block task waiting at Ascensor Villaseca in the city of Valparaíso, Chile. Here, one member of each team was selected to perform a harrowing tightrope cable-walk spanning the length of a football field. Once at the other side, they would be reunited with their partner and they could collect their next clue. Caite, Jordan, Joe, Dan, Allie, Brandy, Shawne, Adrian, Louie, Shannon, and Cord all volunteered to complete this first Road Block. Adrian was unable to complete the Road Block having fallen off the tightrope cable twice. He and Dana were eliminated from the race without arriving at the Pit Stop.
Louie and Michael. After drinking back some beer, teams took a taxi to the monument to the Fab Four known as Beatles-Platz, then walked through the Red Light District of Hamburg to the Indra Musikclub, the first place The Beatles performed in the city, to find their Pit Stop for this leg of the race. Michael and Louie were the first to arrive in this leg winning themselves a pair of Discover cards preloaded with $5,000 each. Jordan and Jeff, who had cab troubles and issues with the 'Sauerkraut' Detour task, placed last but discovered that they were in the first non-elimination leg of the race.
'Soccer'. After the Road Block, teams moved along via taxi to Altonaer Rathaus in Hamburg to find a statue of Kaiser Wilhelm and their next clue box, this one containing a Detour. For this task, teams either chose 'Soccer' or 'Sauerkraut'. In 'Soccer', teams headed to a city stadium and kicked soccer balls to hit five targets from a penalty line. Once they hit all five, teams received their clue. In 'Sauerkraut', teams needed to find a local restaurant and they had to eat a serving of sauerkraut before running out of time in the band's rendition of "The Sauerkraut Polka". Jet and Cord, Steve and Allie, Brent and Caite, Dan and Jordan, and Jordan and Jeff chose 'Soccer' while Michael and Louie, Joe and Heidi, and Carol and Brandy chose 'Sauerkraut'. After this task, teams headed to Haifisch Bar in Hamburg to drink down a boot of beer.
Intersection. Upon reaching Jungfernstieg Street, teams were met with the rarely-used Intersection mechanic of the race in which they needed to pair up with other teams until further notice. Teams paired up as followed: Jet and Cord and Louie and Michael, Steve and Allie and Joe and Heidi, Carol and Brandy and Dan and Jordan, and Jeff and Jordan and Brent and Caite. After matching up to complete their tasks, teams opened up their next clues from the nearby box.
Hamburg. Departing from the Estancia Fortin Chacabuco in Argentina's Patagonian region, teams were told to fly a heck of a long way (about eight thousand miles!) from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina to Frankfurt, Germany across a large expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. All eight remaining teams boarded the same series of flights from Bariloche to Buenos Aires, then to other European cities and, finally, Frankfurt. Upon their arrival, teams then made their way by train to the city of Hamburg where they found a clue box at Jungfernstieg Street.