While scavenger hunts have been a staple of family and work friendly activities for quite a while, the tradition at many prestigious colleges is actually a bit different. “The Big Bang Theory” explores this fun type of scavenger hunt in the recent episode “The Scavenger Vortex”. Instead of creating a hunt where participants search for specific items, this type of scavenger hunt requires players to solve a group of riddles and puzzles. Each solution is a clue to the whereabouts of the next puzzle.
At The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the annual ‘MIT Mystery Hunt’ has taken place since 1983. The recent 2013 Hunt had over 150 puzzles that each team had to decipher and took approximately 73 hours to complete. Each hunt leads to the ultimate prize which is a coin hidden somewhere on the MIT campus.
In the episode “The Scavenger Vortex”, Raj Koothrappali gets the group together for their own scavenger hunt. Beginning with a jigsaw puzzle and continuing through other obstacles such as logic puzzles and riddles, the gang fought their way through the web of fun laid before them. Showing different teamwork dynamics, each twosome worked together leaning on each other’s strengths.
Now, many groups across the nation are being to plan their own scavenger hunts. For those who enjoy exercising their minds and are a big tired of Saturday night game night, this idea is a great way to have fun with friends and team build in the office. While the difficulty of the obstacles is up to the organizer, each hunt can be different and take less planning than other theme parties such as a Murder Mystery Party.
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