Fear Factor episode saved woman’s life.

Fear Factor episode saved woman’s life.
A woman is crediting a rerun of NBC’s Fear Factor with saving her life. As her car went into a river during a flash flood, Debra “Swaim said she remembered a rerun episode of NBC’s Fear Factor in which contestants had to escape from a car in the water. Swaim said because of the show, she knew to quickly roll down her automatic windows because she wouldn’t be able to open her doors underwater,” the AP reports. She says, “I knew I’ve got to go through my window. That has everything to do with me watching Fear Factor.”

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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