Twin sisters pass driving test on same day, buy identical cars

Twin sisters are celebrating after both passing their driving tests – on the same day.

The pair even stuck to the traditional order – with first-born Becky Dodson passing hours before her sister.

The 24-year-olds faced adversity when Man United fan Nicky dislocated her shoulder six days before the test – celebrating a winning goal in the Manchester derby.

And even the date – Friday, April 13 – was a bad omen they were unfazed by.

Nicky and Becky of Swindon, U.K., both bought 2016 plate Peugeot 208s after passing their test and drove to work for the first time today.


The Peugeot is a popular subcompact car in the U.K.


Dad Melvyn, 55, said the girls “share each other’s pain and joy” and “leapt into each other’s arms” after learning they’d both passed.

The twins, who were born eight weeks premature, work for a firm which supplies wiring for other businesses. They even started on the same day.

Becky smashed the test – achieving a perfect pass score – while Nicky also scored highly with just three minors.

Melvyn, who drives buses for disabled people, said: “It’s brilliant news – they are exactly the same in all areas of life and now even drive the same cars – accept Becky went for white and Nicky blue.

“They also share each other’s pain and joy and were ecstatic at both passing. They leapt into each other’s arms.

“I remember I once started shouting at Nicky and Becky started crying which shows how close they are.

“Becky sat the test first and had a really great drive, returning without a single error.

“I took Nicky away for a drive before they came back so she wouldn’t know how her twin had done.

“We were put in a nervous a situation the Friday before the test when Nicky dislocated her shoulder.

“She loves Man Utd and was watching the game against City.

“When Smalling scored she jumped up so quickly that he arm kept going and popped out of her shoulder.

“Nicky was in hospital for five hours and feared not being able to sit the test – but she wore a special sling for the next few days and was ready to go again on the day.”

Becky, who has an older brother and sister, praised her instructor, adding: “We both felt very nervous on the morning of our test.

“It was Friday the 13th but we tried not to think about the date too much.”

Chick-fil-A employee surprised at work with $25K scholarship check

A North Carolina Chick-fil-A worker had quite a shock while she was working at the fast food chain last week.


Jacqueline Murphy was working the drive-thru last Thursday at a Chick-fil-A in Charlotte when the restaurant operator and company leaders rolled up with a giant check for $25,000 made out to the young employee. Murphy’s friends and family were waiting nearby to surprise her after the company presented the award.

The generous check is part of Chick-fil-A’s scholarship program called “Remarkable Futures.” The program awards $14.5 million to worthy team members nationwide each year.

According to WSOC, Murphy, a seasonal manager at the fast food chain, took the job to overcome her shyness.


While she has been employed at the chicken restaurant, Murphy has reportedly gone above and beyond by coming to work on her days off to shadow team members and learn how to become more engage with guests.

Murphy attends Wingate University’s School of Pharmacy.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Spring cleaning: 10 tricks for saving money all year

The spring season may be short, but taking the time to truly clean your home now will reap benefits all year. Add these ten tasks to your household to-do list and save big on emergency service calls all year.

As Family Handyman says, “think of these small steps as vitamins for a healthy home.” Happy cleaning!

1. Drain the hot water heater

“Sediment builds up over time at the bottom of the tank, causing corrosion,” says John Bodrozic, co-founder of HomeZada. “Partially draining it removes the sediment and keeps the heater running more efficiently—and keeps it running longer.” 

2. Check ductwork connections

Ducts in either the attic or crawl space can sag over time, and then the connections become loose. “If this happens, you end up spending more on utility costs because the air you’re paying to heat or cool is escaping from the loose ductwork into the attic or crawl space, not into your living space,” Bodrozic says. 

3. Clean out the dryer vent duct

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The back of your dryer is connected to a vent that leads outside. This duct gets lint buildup over time, which not only causes the dryer to work harder, increasing energy costs, but it’s also a huge fire risk, as backed up lint is extremely flammable

4. Update home inventory

Knowing what you own is crucial. “We accumulate things over time, and you want to make sure you are properly covered in your insurance policy for not only the contents of your home, but the structure itself,” Bodrozic says, “especially if you invested in it with home remodel projects.”

5. Review your homeowner’s insurance policy

When doing yearly checks, many homeowners don’t think of their insurance. “Make sure that your policy continues to cover weather hazards like hail and wind,” advises Renee Tarnutzer of Understory.

“Be sure to review your deductibles. A homeowner will want to determine the cost of replacing your roof, for example, if it was damaged in a storm and an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs for that repair or replacement.”

6. Inspect the roof

“A roof inspection is critical because roofs are the most commonly damaged part of a home during severe weather,” Tarnutzer says.

“Roof longevity can erode quickly and cause leaks, stains on walls, and even flood damage.” Kyle Gesuelli, home improvement expert at Handy adds, “Take a good look at your attic for signs of water damage, because if there are water stains on the ceilings or walls, it’s a sure sign that your roof needs some attention.”

From the ground you can check for missing shingles or misplaced tiles. Dimples on the surface of the roof can indicate damage from hailstones. Any missing or damaged tiles should be replaced immediately to avoid leaks reaching the inside your home. It’s also helpful to find out when your roof was last replaced.

7. Clean the gutters

Buildup from fallen leaves and pine needles can rot and eventually clog the downspouts and even damage parts of the gutter.

“As gutters help the home to cope with heavy rain flow, they’re bound to accumulate debris throughout the year that can obstruct the flow of water and lead to overflowing,” Gesuelli says.

Hire a professional if your gutters are high enough to require a special ladder.

8. Check the foundation

“A failing foundation can be the biggest and most costly problem,” says Steve Wadlington, president of WIN Home Inspection. Look indoors for the warning signs, including gaps and cracks in hardwood floors, or cracks at the corners of door jambs and window frames.

9. Look for water damage

“Existing water damage can lead to big problems if left untreated,” Wadlington says. “Look for evidence around sinks, plumbing fixtures, and under windows for mold, broken caulking and leaking around sinks, or bubbling paint on drywall.”

10. Clean out the garage

Garages are often home to much more than cars. Not just extra sports equipment and a backup fridge, but possibly rodents and bugs too.

Sacha Ferrandi, founder of Source Capital Funding of San Diego, California, recommends cleaning your garage once a year by taking out everything and deep-cleaning the space, “which will not only maintain the longevity of your garage, but will keep you organized and active as you use your newly cleaned space,” he says.

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Should you fix up or break up with your car?

You’re looking at a $1,200 repair estimate for your ailing car when an ad catches your eye: a brand new set of wheels for a mere $450 a month.

At first, dumping your old car might seem like a no-brainer — and you can’t help picturing how good you would look in that new car. But automotive experts say you’ll almost always come out ahead — at least financially — by fixing old faithful. There are, however, other important considerations when deciding whether it’s time to say farewell.


“Even though the repair cost might hurt, you really have to think about buying a new car as a tremendously more expensive proposition,” says Jim Manelis, head of direct lending for Chase Auto Finance.

At the very least, for a reliable used car, expect to spend a minimum of $2,000, plus tax and registration fees, says Mark Holthoff, editor at, a community website for used car enthusiasts. Depending on the severity of your car’s problems, “You can buy a lot of repairs for that kind of money,” Holthoff says.

Of course, there does come a point when it isn’t worth pouring money into a beater.


“Start with the scale of the repair,” Manelis says. “Is it a $1,200 fix or is it a $5,000 fix?” Then, look up the current value of your car using an online pricing guide like Kelley Blue Book.

When repair costs start to exceed the vehicle’s value or one year’s worth of monthly payments on a replacement, it’s time to break up with your car, according to automotive site Edmunds and Consumer Reports, the product review site. As an example, say you’ve already spent $1,500 on repairs and now need a new engine for $3,500, and instead you could get a new or more reliable used car for $400 a month ($4,800 a year).

Beyond repair costs, Consumer Reports says to factor into your decision the savings from a new car with better fuel efficiency and the new car’s loss in value over time. Manelis also suggests thinking about your current car after repairs. Once it’s fixed up, what will it be worth and how long will it continue to run reliably?

To help answer the question of fixing a car or buying a new one, do a cost-per-mile comparison with the “Fix-it or Trade-it” calculator created by the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association.

However, Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds, says there’s another equally important consideration: peace of mind. “If breakdowns become frequent and you feel unsafe on the road, that’s the time to replace it.”


To make the best decision for your situation, consider the pros and cons of both options.


— Faster than shopping for and buying a new vehicle.

— No change in insurance costs.

— The car’s history is known.

— You won’t waste time and money advertising and selling your car.

— But your repaired car might soon need more repairs.


— Purchase can include warranties and sometimes maintenance.

— Recent cars have advanced safety features.

— Younger cars are more reliable.

— You’ll stop wasting time schlepping to the repair garage.

— But a new car loan is a long-term financial commitment.


“It’s imperative to have a mechanic that you trust” before you move forward with any repairs, Holthoff says. For example, the service department at a dealership might be more interested in frightening you with repair bills to get you to buy a new car.

Once the car is purring again, Holthoff says to continue driving it long enough to make up for the cost of the repairs. Later, if you decide to sell, you can do so with confidence once the car proves itself reliable again, and you’ve reaped the benefit of the repairs.


Even if you decide to part ways with your car, you’ll have to get it running again or sell it as-is for less money. If you can, make the repairs, then repay yourself after you sell the car.

“Honesty is the best policy,” Manelis says about selling a car with issues. Get an estimate for repairs and show that to a prospective buyer, then tell them you’re willing to reduce the price of the car by the amount to fix it.


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Pro-gun student sues school over dress code, claims it violates First Amendment rights

An eighth grade student in Reno, NV, has filed a lawsuit against the Washoe County School District after he was punished for wearing a pro-gun shirt that violated the district’s dress code.

The Washoe County dress code prohibits depictions of “anything that promotes weapons … or violence,” according to its website. In the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday morning, the student – identified as G.M. – alleges that the school district is violating his First Amendment rights.


“This lawsuit challenges, at its core, the school district’s policy which we believe is unconstitutionally overbroad and violates the First Amendment on its face,” Brandon Combs, president of the Firearms Policy Coalition said to the Reno Gazette Journal.

G.M., who attends Depoali Middle School, was reportedly disciplined twice for wearing pro-gun clothing – once in November 2017 and again in March on this year.

In the initial incident, G.M. was wearing a shirt from a local gun store, Spark Black Rifle, which depicted the store’s logo of a rifle and handgun silhouette, according to the report.

The second time, G.M. was disciplined for wearing a shirt supporting the Firearms Policy Coalition. The t-shirt featured a coiled rattlesnake with the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” as well as references to the Second Amendment. Though the shirt itself did not include any imagery of guns.

According to the lawsuit, the student was instructed by his teacher to cover the shirt. The student allegedly replied that he could express himself through how he dressed. G.M. claims he was then warned of further disciplinary action if he wore the clothing item again.

“The shirt did not promote or advocate illegal activity; it contained no violent or offensive imagery; nothing on it was obscene, vulgar or profane … And yet (the student) was prevented from wearing his shirt based on school officials’ disagreement with the message they believe it conveyed,” the lawsuit states.


The lawsuit was reportedly filed by G.M. through his parents, identified in the suit as mother Audrey Guardanapo, a local police dispatcher, and father Shaun Guardanapo, a former law enforcement officer and U.S. Marine veteran. The Reno Gazette reports that the nonprofit organizations Firearms Policy Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition back the student’s lawsuit.

School District spokeswoman Megan Downs said school officials are reviewing the allegations but don’t have any immediate comment.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Malibu Beach to sell for more than Playboy Mansion, break Los Angeles price record

Hard Rock Cafe co-founder Peter Morton is poised to sell his Malibu estate in an off-market deal for $110 million.

Morton was expected to be sealing the deal in a closing on Tuesday, selling the home to natural gas billionaire Michael S. Smith and his wife, Iris, Mansion Global has learned. The estate, consisting of a five-bedroom main house and three-bedroom guest house, will set a new record for the highest price ever paid for a home in Los Angeles County — surpassing the Playboy Mansion, which sold for $100 million in 2016.

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Architect Richard Meier, whose signature white-clad contemporary mansions dot Malibu, designed the residence in teak wood and glass, according to a 2006 profile of Morton in The Los Angeles Times. Morton, 70, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The custom teak shell, which draws back like shutters to let the light into floor-to-ceiling glass — reportedly needs daily oiling to keep its warm, rich hue.

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The teak-embellished property sits directly alongside the Pacific Coast Highway.

 (Google Street View)

The home will smash Malibu’s record sales: a tie between David Geffen’s Carbon Beach compound and powerbroker Kurt Rappaport’s beach mansion, both of which sold for $85 million, Mansion Global previously reported.

It is believed the Malibu residence will also break a national price record in terms of price per square foot, a source said. The house — modest compared to its ultra-luxury neighbors at about 8,000 square feet — will sell for $13,750 per square foot.

By chance, Smith, CEO of Freeport LNG, paid the exact same price for a beach home on the opposite coast in 2016. He shelled out $110 million for 6.4-acre estate in East Hampton, New York.

But the off-market Malibu deal may not hold its record status for long. Los Angeles currently boasts the country’s most expensive listing, a $350 million estate owned by late billionaire Jerry Perenchio, in addition to a handful of newly built mega-mansions with nine-digit asking prices.

Agents Rayni and Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland represented the seller.

McDonald’s new restaurant will feature food from around the world

McDonald’s futuristic new 6,000 square-foot restaurant is opening in Chicago on Wednesday. But what separates this trendy new location from other Mickey D’s is not only its modern design and high-tech accents, like cell-phone charging built into the tables, but its one-of-a-kind menu.

“As part of our new headquarters, we wanted to provide our customers with an exciting way to experience our global menu right here in Chicago,” said Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s President and CEO. “We are delighted to showcase a taste of McDonald’s from all over the world making this location a one-of-a-kind experience that Chicagoans will enjoy with friends and family.”

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As part of the global menu, McDonald’s will offer Brazil’s McFlurry Prestígio – a vanilla soft serve with strawberry sauce and chocolate-covered coconut bites.



The new restaurant will feature a variety of items from other McDonald’s outposts around the world. The cherry-picked offerings will include options like cheese & bacon fries from Australia, the McSpicy chicken sandwich from Hong Kong and Brazil’s McFlurry Prestígio – a vanilla soft serve with strawberry sauce and chocolate-covered coconut bites.

In addition to the expansive menu, the store’s coffee bar will play a larger roll with full-time baristas whipping up specialty espresso drinks.

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The balsamic dressed pasta and arugula Mozza Salad from France will also be on this round of the rotating international menu.


The international menu will rotate “every couple months or so,” Ann Wahlgren, McDonald’s VP for Global Menu Strategy said, Eater reported.

“This is an exciting time for McDonald’s and the city of Chicago,” said owner-operator Nick Karavites.


Though those with more local tastes don’t have to worry – the global menu will run alongside the traditional McDonald’s menu of Big Macs and chicken nuggets.

The new location will open at 6 am Wednesday morning. 

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Abandoned puppy with mouth tied shut finds new home

An abandoned puppy was discovered on the side of the road in South Carolina with its mouth bound shut by a plastic zip-tie.

Liz Heatherly was driving by with her sister when she spotted Norman, a black and white 12-week-old Labrador/hound mix, on a back country road with something white around his jaw. When she pulled over and approached the nervous dog, she realized his mouth was fastened shut and the tie had cut into his skin. Heatherly cut the tie off his mouth and rushed Norman to the vet.

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Liz Heatherly was driving by with her sister when she spotted Norman, a black and white 12-week-old Labrador/hound mix, on a back country road with something white around his jaw.



“We were horrified. I couldn’t believe that someone could be such a monster,” Heatherly told SWNS. “The zip tie had been put around his mouth so tightly, his mouth was all bloody and scabbed. They believed he had been zip tied for between three and four days.”

The pup was also severely underweight and covered with ticks and fleas. But after being treated with a flea bath and receiving shots, Heatherly decided to take the little guy home with her.

The vet didn’t initially think the hair would grow back over the wound around his mouth, but it ended up growing back white, leaving a bright ring on his face that stands out from his black coloring.

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While the vet didn’t initially think the hair would grow back over the wound around his mouth, it ended up growing back white.


Norman is now making himself comfortable in his new home with Heatherly and her four-year-old Beagle, Jackson.

“My other dog Jackson usually hates other dogs but he seems to really like Norman’s sweet and timid demeanor. They get along so well,” she said.


“We’re just glad to be able to give Norman a loving home after all he’s been through.”

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

Giada De Laurentiis reveals she spent ‘two days bawling my eyes out’ after bad New York Times review

Though life is now peachy for Giada De Laurentiis, the celebrity chef recently admitted that one bad restaurant review once seriously shook her confidence.

The Food Network star recently revealed on the Eater Upsell podcast that New York Times food critic Pete Wells’ 2014 review of the opening of her eponymous Las Vegas restaurant “was not pretty,” going so far as to say the whole experience was “traumatic.”


“I spent two days bawling my eyes out. He went a month after I opened, and of course he ripped it to shreds,” the celebrity chef recalled of Wells’ unflattering review. “I will tell you that I was immensely upset. It really killed me for a while.”

Describing De Laurentiis’ signature dish chicken cacciatore in his 2014 review, Wells called it “a puzzle whose pieces didn’t fit” with “browned, dry chicken pieces.” He also slamming the restaurant’s pizza and pasta, but De Laurentiis claims she accepted his opinion and moved on.


“They’re after us. It’s fine. It is what it is,” De Laurentiis said of life as chef in the spotlight.

“It’s part of who we are. We open ourselves up to those critics. I feel like I have my iconic dishes, my restaurant does really well, I do my best to deliver great service and great food, and that is the job that I have,” she added.


In addition to discussing the negative review, De Laurentiis opened up to Eater about her start in the restaurant industry; balancing her career and motherhood; and the sexual misconduct allegations fellow chef Mario Batali, which she said didn’t “come as a huge shock” to her.

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Fiery dish sets off restaurant’s sprinklers, almost blasts waiters off their feet

Dinner and a show!

A fiery dish served at Cava Mezze in Baltimore accidentally set off the restaurant’s sprinkler system on Tuesday, soaking down the dining area and nearly knocking the waitstaff off their feet.

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The waiters were serving up flaming plates of saganaki when the sprinkler system kicked in.

 (James Hughes)


James Hughes, who shared footage of the hilarious moment to Facebook, said he and a large group of co-workers were finishing off their meal at the Greek restaurant when they were offered a few final orders of saganaki, a fried cheese dish which the staff flambees tableside.

Four waiters then gather and ignite the dishes, only for the sprinklers to forcefully douse out the flames while the dining room erupts in riotous laughter around them.

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The large group of diners couldn’t stop laughing after watching the sprinklers soak down the waitstaff.

 (James Hughes)


“We were enjoying a nice corporate outing when the waiters let us know they had a surprise for us. Next thing you know, it’s raining in the restaurant and the table is dying of laughter,” Hughes tells Fox News.

“We got out of there as fast as we could to avoid any water damage to our belongings!” he added.


Despite the fiery fiasco, the restaurant appears to have a good sense of humor about the mishap. In response to a Twitter post containing footage from Tuesday night, Cava Mezze shared a shoulder-shrugging emoji along with a message simply reading “the sprinkler system works.”

New 1969-70 Ford Mustang Mach 1, Boss 302 and Boss 429 now on sale

Ford has a new Mach 1 in the works.

It’s not a Mustang, but an all-electric performance utility vehicle that it plans to unveil in a couple of years.

If that’s not your thing, don’t worry, because now you can buy a brand new version of the original Mustang Mach 1.

At least the closest thing to it.

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Boss 302

 (Classic Recreations)

Classic Recreations of Yukon, Oklahoma has been building a variety of officially-licensed continuation Mustang Shelby models for the past decade, and has now secured the rights to do the same for the 1969-1970 Mach 1, Boss 302 and Boss 429.

They start with either a new body built by R3 or a standard Mustang donor car that they strip down, get in perfect shape and add all of the bits needed to recreate the original look of the high performance models.

Everything underneath gets a refresh, too, including a coilover suspension setup, modern brakes and a new Ford Performance engine.

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Boss 429

 (Classic Recreations)

They’ll drop in pretty much anything the customer wants, but owner Jason Engel says the first 429 will have a 460 cubic-inch V8 with “Boss 9” hemispherical heads and electronic fuel injection that’s already putting out 700 hp, and they’re not done tuning it yet.

The standard setup for the Boss 302 will be a modified 5.0-liter Coyote V8, and a stroked 363 cubic-inch V8 will be offered. The Mach 1’s engine bay is a free for all.


Shelby GT350CR

 (Classic Recreations)

Prices will run from $169,000 for the Mach 1 and Boss 302 to $209,000 for the Boss 429. Not cheap, but the last of those is a bargain compared to what vintage Boss 429s are going for these days, while the Boss 302 is competitive with market prices for originals, which you wouldn’t want to drive every day, if at all.

The Boss 429 will make its public debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas this fall, but the order books for all of the models are open now.


Gary Gastelu is’s Automotive Editor. Follow him on Twitter @garygastelu

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant hoped to use $100K prize money for lifetime supply of Taco Bell

“I’ll take Taco Bell for $100,000,” one “Jeopardy!” contestant was hoping to say.

Rishab Jain, an 18-year-old contestant on the television game show’s college tournament, said if he won the grand prize money of $100,000 in the championship round, he would use the cash to buy “a lifetime supply of Taco Bell,” specifically Mexican Pizzas and Crunchwrap Supremes.

Jain said he initially wasn’t sure what to say when “Jeopardy!” asked him what he would do with the prize money, so he asked his mom.

“She said, ‘Well, you eat Taco Bell pretty often’ and that’s really all she had to say,” Jain told Fox News.

A vegetarian, Jain said Taco Bell has always been good about swapping beans for meat in his order. In fact, employees at the restaurant on Georgia Tech’s campus already know when they see him coming that he’s going to want a vegetarian meal.

“It’s changed my life partially. I found myself going every week,” he said, although he admitted he has friends who are more “hardcore” about their dedication to Taco Bell. “It’s good to have that sort of food on campus because it’s something I can relate to.”

Unfortunately for Jain, he didn’t advance to the final round. The first-year materials science and engineering student was defeated after making it to the semi-finals.

But Jain’s luck hasn’t completely run out.

Taco Bell is sending Jain $500-worth of Taco Bell gift cards —enough “to get him through college,” a representative confirmed to Fox News. 

Jain left the competition with a prize of $10,000. While he said he thinks he’ll use some of the money for his college tuition, he hopes to also use it to “Live Mas,” as the Taco Bell slogan goes, and travel with his family and friends.

“Experiences with people matter just as much, if not more” than money, he said.

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, Jain is also taking online trolls head on. Jain told the newspaper that after looking up his name on Twitter to see what people were saying about him, he decided to retweet the “funniest criticisms” of himself and his appearance on “Jeopardy!.”

Jain said he was grateful for the opportunity to be on the show as he’s reconnected with old friends who saw his appearance. He’s made new friends in the other contestants as well.

“As the competition progressed on and everyone played their games, we didn’t see it as a cutthroat competition, but more like a bunch of friends playing this world-renowned game show,” Jain said. “I’m pretty happy that I get to stay friends with these people.”

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.