Future Imperfect: Climate Change at Museums Around the World

Watson Adventures Climate Change at the MuseumThe approach of Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of a summer of weather extremes—including unprecedented rainfall in the Northeastern U.S., record-breaking heat waves on four continents, and the largest wildfire in California history. 

It should come as little surprise, then, that museums around the world are starting to focus more on the changing climate and its potential effects on the planet’s future. From a new exhibit in one of New York’s most famous museums to a time-traveling experience in Rio, here are a few of the ways museums are addressing climate change.

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Jeff Bezos Kicked Your Butt—And Other Scavenger Hunt Records

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Highlights from Watson Adventures’ First 18 Years

Longest escalator ride. Most keys removed from a keyring by a parrot. World’s wealthiest cat.

The world is full of weird, hilarious records—humans, and apparently some other animals, are competitive by nature. We like our bragging rights. And here at Watson Adventures, where we create scavenger hunts and other games for a living, we’re no different. Seeing as it’s our birthday and we’ll brag if we want to, here are just a few of the many highlights compiled over 18 years of adventure.

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From Assassination to Ice Cream: 7 Secrets to Uncover on Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts

Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt SecretsSecrets are everywhere, and it’s our job to uncover them. No, don’t worry, whatever you did on that weekend in Vegas is still hush-hush. Our scavenger hunts are more interested in the hidden gems of museums, historic neighborhoods, and food scenes in cities around the country.

When you join one of our scavenger hunts, you’ll follow a trail of fun, funny clues to solve tricky questions, catch murderers, untangle puzzles, or even escape with your lives. All the while, you’ll discover facts you never knew or details you’ve never noticed. Below are some examples from a hunt in each of the seven cities where you can get in the game on a public hunt.  Read More

Pop Quiz: Secrets of the New York Celebs at Madame Tussauds

In which we wax trivial

We’ve gone eye to eye with presidents, pop stars, and popes. We’ve danced with rockers, we’ve mugged with supermodels. In short, we’ve spent a lot of time in wax museums. Wait, don’t dial 911: we go to Madame Tussauds to update our scavenger hunts there, in the New York City and Washington, D.C., branches. (And before you get upset about Tussauds: they removed the apostrophe long before our first scavenger hunt there in 2006.)

We’ve learned a lot of intriguing trivia about the stars in those galleries, not just from the information cards accompanying the wax figures but also from our own roving and restless research. Allow us to share the wealth: from the following descriptions, see if you can identify the six celebs, all associated with New York City, whose wax-alikes stand or have stood in Madame Tussauds. You can guess “blind,” or you can refer to the list of candidates that follows the descriptions. Read More

Secrets of the Chicago Scavenger Hunts: Vanishing Navy Pier

The Landmark Has Lost Some of Its Quirky Charms

We’re waxing nostalgic for the good ol’ days of…2004. Specifically, we miss the old Navy Pier. The Chicago landmark, famed for its Ferris wheel towering over Lake Michigan, is undergoing renovations, and perhaps it’ll be better than ever. But we mourn the quirky, fun, informative eccentricities of yesteryear that we featured on our Navy Pier Pressure Scavenger Hunt.

Recently we took a stroll down Memory Lane by clicking through our old hunt research photos. They date back to an era when newfangled digital cameras revolutionized our hunt research. (You should see our notebooks from the days we had to write everything down, dating back to 1999. The meaning of those hieroglyphic scribbles is lost to time.) Our photos captured Navy Pier in its former, less commercialized glory, a time when local and cultural history mattered a bit more than the latest chili-dusted cupcake concoction. Read More

Fun from Coast to Coast: More of the Best Scavenger Hunt Team Photos of 2017

Waston Adventures More Best Team Photos 2017To borrow a phrase, 2017 was truly some wild and wacky stuff. For scavenger hunters all over the country, that meant documenting their adventures with some of the funnest, funniest photos we’ve seen in a long time.

We rounded up some of our favorites a few months ago, with hunters jumping in unison, popping their heads out of hiding, and generally acting like goofballs anywhere and everywhere. Now here are the rest of the best team photos from 2017.

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Resolved: A.J. Jacobs Explains How to Have More Adventures in 2018

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It’s easy enough to make a resolution like “Live more adventurously,” but how do you get yourself to take the sometimes daring leaps required? We consulted an expert: author A.J. Jacobs, who has made a career out of putting himself in outrageous situations and writing humorously about it. In his latest book, ‘It’s All Related,’ A.J. tells of setting himself the goal of staging the largest family reunion in history. Here, he shares his tips on how you can push yourself into new adventures. Read More

Pilgrim, Schmilgrim: 9 Things You Might Not Know About the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Never quite the solemn city, New York took a solemn day marked by black-clad killjoys and turned it into an occasion for celebration, with clowns, marching bands, and helium-swollen trademark symbols.

That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving! We’re celebrating the the holiday in New York City with a weekend of our own form of merriment: the Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt, the Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt, the Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt, and the Wizard School Scavenger Hunt. To warm you up for these hunts and the festive day, here are nine things you probably didn’t know about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Read More

Museum of Magical History: 10 Amazing Facts from the Newest Wizard School Scavenger Hunt

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Proud lions, slithering serpents, forbidding forests, and a giant squid abound in one of the most venerated places on earth. And no, it’s not Hogwarts—it’s the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

That’s where children and adults alike can join the new Wizard School Scavenger Hunt 2: The School of Magical History. Just like the popular Wizard School Scavenger Hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this new adventure sends you on a hunt for artifacts, creatures, and exhibits reminiscent of characters and events from the Harry Potter books and films. Not sure how wizard-y the Museum of Natural History can be? Here are 10 magical facts and exhibits from the museum.

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Not Just Turkey Day: 12 Surprising Things That Happened in November

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Weird that grave-robbing and sky-writing in November haven’t caught on like eating a bunch of turkey and pie has.

As November gets started—hard to believe 2017 is already 11 months old!—take a look back at other stuff that has happened this month. Some of it’s surprising, some of it’s just plain weird, and some of these made-up holidays are too much.

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