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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.

Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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