teenager designed the immunity challenge that Jeff Probst screwed up.

teenager designed the immunity challenge that Jeff Probst screwed up.
The word scramble immunity challenge that found the contestants rearranging the letters in Survivor Pearl Islands to form new words was devised by a 14-year-old. Still, Jeff Probst managed to screw it up. He declared Burton the winner even though Burton misspelled liaison. The challenge’s creator wasn’t there to supervise, though; in fact, she had no idea it was being used until she saw it on TV. That’s because she’s 14. After Kylie Cusick told challenge designer John Kirhoffer that she could create a challenge, he told her to go for it, and offered $100 (cheap bastard) if her challenge was used. For her efforts, “she received a package including tiles from the game, the original tree mail, and, of course, that $100 bill,” Entertainment Weekly reports.

The Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.

Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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