Q: On "The Amazing Race" [recently], the team that came in first place won gas for life. What are the guidelines or restrictions they must follow?
A: When "Amazing Race" teams arrive in first place at a pit stop, host Phil Keoghan sometimes has great news for them. In addition to being the first team to depart on the next leg, they also receive prizes.
Often, the prizes Phil gives are trips, so that the team can travel after the race and be able to actually spend time and appreciate the places they visit. This season, the Bransen family -- a dad and his three daughters — arrived in first place at a pit stop and received what sounded like the coolest prize ever. Each family member received free gas for life from BP, which is one of the sponsors this season.
Of course, BP made sure that the Bransens don't supply all of their friends and families with as much gas as they want forever. Each Bransen will receive a gas card that is worth $1,200 per year, good for 50 years, TV Guide reported recently. Thus, as gas prices rise, they'll be able to purchase less and less gas. Who knows: In 50 years, $1,200 might buy a half-gallon of premium.
But the Bransens are probably not complaining. The prize has a value of $60,000 for each person, and is worth $240,000 in total. —A.D.