History Series / TheAmazingRace

20th Apr '16 7:58:55 PM Nicoaln
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** The final legs often have a [[FinalExamBoss Final Exam Challenge]] that will require the racers to remember all of the countries they visited, sometimes placing them in the right order. In Season 17, Nat and Kat had took detailed notes and when confronted with this, whipped out their notebook which allowed them to breeze through it. [[ObviousRulesPatch At the time]], this was actually not against the rules as there wasn't anything saying they could ''not'' reference their notes.
19th Apr '16 2:27:38 PM DragonRanger
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* EngineeredHashtag: They've become common on the show, usually for the standard elements like [[AC:[=#Roadblock=]]] and [[AC:[=#Detour=]]]. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.



* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn:
** Cell phone and smartphone proliferation has had a huge effect on the race metagame and the way the course is set up. Racers are barred from carrying phones themselves, but it's become increasingly easier to borrow a local's phone to call a cab or Google information about their clue or something. This has led to things that caused teams problems in early seasons, such as locating the location of a picture they were given, much easier. Also, as GPS devices become standard issue in cabs across the world, the "bad cabbie" problem is getting slowly phased out, country by country.
** Social media has also had a minor effect, in that the captions have been modified to feature hashtag labels for the audience to use on Twitter, including specialized ones for tasks and other notable events on the race. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.

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* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn:
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LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: Cell phone and smartphone proliferation has had a huge effect on the race metagame and the way the course is set up. Racers are barred from carrying phones themselves, but it's become increasingly easier to borrow a local's phone to call a cab or Google information about their clue or something. This has led to things that caused teams problems in early seasons, such as locating the location of a picture they were given, much easier. Also, as GPS devices become standard issue in cabs across the world, the "bad cabbie" problem is getting slowly phased out, country by country.
** Social media has also had a minor effect, in that the captions have been modified to feature hashtag labels for the audience to use on Twitter, including specialized ones for tasks and other notable events on the race. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.
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26th Mar '16 9:58:27 AM nombretomado
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-->'''Yolanda''': An after school favorite. What is that? A game of football? {{Cricket}}?

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-->'''Yolanda''': An after school favorite. What is that? A game of football? {{Cricket}}?UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}}?
12th Feb '16 2:50:14 PM ObsidianFire
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** After the teams on Season 17 were GenreSavvy enough to take detailed notes throughout the race in anticipation of the FinalExamFinale, Season 19's Final Exam Finale instructions specifically forbade the use of notes. (There was no Final Exam Finale in Season 18.) This did have a precedent in Season 12 which disallowed the use of a pen and paper to solve its final task.

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** After the teams on Season 17 were GenreSavvy smart enough to take detailed notes throughout the race in anticipation of the FinalExamFinale, Season 19's Final Exam Finale instructions specifically forbade the use of notes. (There was no Final Exam Finale in Season 18.) This did have a precedent in Season 12 which disallowed the use of a pen and paper to solve its final task.



* GenreSavvy: The teams on the finale spent their final plane ride reviewing the previous legs to prepare for the FinalExamBoss puzzle that had been used in the previous two seasons. From that point on, taking notes on every leg became a common strategy.



* GenreSavvy: On leg 5, when given a clue to disassemble a spirit house and take it with them, five of the eight teams took notes on the positioning of the pieces of the house in case they have to put it back together later, and the other three had team members who at least suggested it (unfortunately, in one of those cases, the team just decided to take mental notes, and in the other two the team member making the suggestion was rebuffed, and all three doing the Road Block had to go back and look at another spirit house).



* BaitAndSwitch: In the first leg, the teams are told to drive to a small airport, where they find a Roadblock clue. Most teams, being GenreSavvy, automatically suspect that it's a sky diving challenge, only to find that, once they open the clue, they're only half right. The Roadblock involved following a map to the landing zone for their partner after ''they'' sky dived.

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* BaitAndSwitch: In the first leg, the teams are told to drive to a small airport, where they find a Roadblock clue. Most teams, being GenreSavvy, teams automatically suspect that it's a sky diving challenge, only to find that, once they open the clue, they're only half right. The Roadblock involved following a map to the landing zone for their partner after ''they'' sky dived.
16th Jan '16 7:03:35 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: Generally, the audience is told the location of the Pit Stop when the first team receives their final clue. However, when a Fast Forward is taken, viewers are told both after the Fast Forward is won and after the final clue, even if the two events are only a minute or two apart.
8th Jan '16 10:43:55 AM TheUnsquished
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* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: A task in the premiere episode had teams carry large wheels of cheese down a steep hill. Though it did not look too difficult on the surface, poor balance and the cheese carriers breaking under the slightest provocation led it to being one of the most memorable tasks in race history - so memorable, in fact, that it made a repeat appearance in Season 22, where Phil called it the most memorable task in Race history.



* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: The "carry cheese down a hill" task makes a repeat appearance here from Season 14.
20th Dec '15 6:44:36 AM zero5889
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!!Season 27 (Fall 2015)
->'''Start:''' Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California\\
'''Destinations:''' Brazil / Argentina / Zambia / Zimbabwe / France / Netherlands / Poland / India / Hong Kong, China / Macau, China\\
'''Finish:''' 1620 Meadow Lane, Southampton (Long Island), New York
15th Nov '15 12:03:30 PM nombretomado
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* BrickJoke: [[note]]On the part of the editors.[[/note]] At the beginning of the German leg, there was a puzzle regarding RonaldReagan's "[[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Tear Down This Wall]]" speech. Max was the first to the puzzle and had (incorrectly) guessed UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy as the speechmaker [[note]]and further established his and Katie's VillainCred by stating that RushLimbaugh "[[AcceptableTargets would be upset with him]]" for getting a question on Reagan wrong[[/note]]. Guess what ''other'' American President turned out to be the password to the Roadblock later on?[[note]]Not a ChekhovsGag as only one team had this experience, at least on-screen.[[/note]]

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* BrickJoke: [[note]]On the part of the editors.[[/note]] At the beginning of the German leg, there was a puzzle regarding RonaldReagan's UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan's "[[UsefulNotes/ColdWar Tear Down This Wall]]" speech. Max was the first to the puzzle and had (incorrectly) guessed UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy as the speechmaker [[note]]and further established his and Katie's VillainCred by stating that RushLimbaugh "[[AcceptableTargets would be upset with him]]" for getting a question on Reagan wrong[[/note]]. Guess what ''other'' American President turned out to be the password to the Roadblock later on?[[note]]Not a ChekhovsGag as only one team had this experience, at least on-screen.[[/note]]
14th Nov '15 12:44:08 AM Arcorann
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** Season 27: A series of terrorist attacks on UsefulNotes/{{Paris}} occurred two weeks after the leg there aired.
6th Nov '15 11:38:53 AM Berrenta
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* GoodIsBoring: This idea tends to influence a lot of ExecutiveMeddling. For instance, mingling with the other teams at pit stops was stopped midway through Season 14 in an attempt to stir up conflict among the teams whom the producers believed were getting too friendly.
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