Team Building Event Ideas

Team building events are necessary for workplace growth and company success, but they are often pretty underwhelming. We here at The Murder Mystery Company HQ are really into cooperation and forming great professional relationships between co-workers, so we’ve come up with a list of awesome team building ideas to inject some fun into your next business event.

5. Office Olympics

Your employees have many skills that don’t often come into play during the workday, but that doesn’t mean those skills aren’t valuable for the company. A team building idea that brings all those dormant talents to light is office olympics. Making it through the olympics requires that your employees are able to follow directions, discuss ideas and approaches thoughtfully, and can see the big picture of an outcome. Everyone will get to utilize their physical and mental skills to compete in teams and have fun in a way that makes them forget they’re at work.

4. Scavenger Hunt

A great excuse to get out into the fresh air, a scavenger hunt team building event will test out your employees’ skillsets in a new environment. Critical thinking and cooperation are crucial aspects of any workplace, and those skills can be refreshed in a fun way by following written clues to arrive at a destination. Dividing your group into small units is a great way to see who works well together and how to improve office dynamics. Your employees will need to put their heads together to work through the clues and communicate their ideas to their teammates effectively.

3. Trivia Challenge

The best part about trivia team building is that you can mix it up in any way to fit your group specifically. The idea is that your employees will team up and go head to head in various categories. Have different categories of questions, with one member of each team serving as the “expert” in those types of questions. Members of each team can vote and nominate a captain who delegates category assignments, or each one can be responsible for recognizing their own strengths to figure out which one works best for them.

2. Cooperative Cooking

One of the most difficult things to do as a group is cook. There are so many moving parts when it comes to following a recipe, and some incredibly relevant team building skills come into play in the kitchen. Divide your employees into small groups and have them each follow the same recipe for something moderately difficult. Your employees will have to work together to delegate tasks, follow directions, and communicate to complete the recipe. Finish up the day by enjoying the fruits of the teams’ labor and discussing how the exercise solidified their skills.

1. Murder Mystery Team Building

If your team needs to work on communication, critical thinking, and creative problem solving, a murder mystery is just the idea to check all the boxes. An event full of puzzling clues and suspicious suspects will keep your employees on their toes as they try to unravel the mystery. Professional actors will guide your group through the scene of the crime, but putting the evidence together and coming to the correct conclusions is all up to your employees. Plan a murder mystery for your next team building event to ensure your group is completely entertained while they build valuable skills! Give us a call today at (888) 643-2583 to get started.

The Many Faces of Sherlock Holmes

Greetings, Detectives!

One of our favorite sleuths is the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Though born in literary form, Holmes has found himself reincarnated on television and movie screens more times than Arthur Conan Doyle probably ever expected. Take a look below as we explore some of the more memorable portrayals of the famous detective.

Basil Rathbone – Various Sherlock Holmes Appearances (1939-1986)

Basil Rathbone is the real deal when it comes to Sherlock Holmes. His Holmes is the one of the most prolific of the bunch, appearing in a total of 18 productions as the iconic detective, including films, stage plays, television shows, and radio programs. Future actors, including Jeremy Brett, would look to Rathbone’s work as Holmes and emulate his character, meaning Basil Rathbone was perhaps the most influential Sherlock Holmes to date.

Jeremy Brett – Four Sherlock Holmes TV Series (1984-1994)

There is something to be said for totally immersing yourself into a role. Jeremy Brett certainly made the role of Sherlock Holmes his own in four television series. Unfortunately, due to his own physical and mental health issues, Brett’s portrayal became more and more erratic and even maniacal, both true to the character of Sherlock Holmes and greatly detrimental to his own well-being. The result, through tragic, is an extremely authentic Holmes performance that has prevailed over the span of decades.

Robert Downey Jr. – Sherlock Holmes (2009) & Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

RDJ and Jude Law took to the big screen to step into the roles of the iconic duo, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. The two played up the comedy in their characters, perhaps as a way to garner the attention of a new generation of fans. While still incredibly clever and quick-thinking, Downey Jr.’s Holmes added a slick charm into the mix. With witty one-liners and a yet unseen enthusiasm, this version of the detective is iconic.

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock (2010-present)

Benedict Cumberbatch, along with this British miniseries, is popular—like really, really popular. Perhaps one of the most well-known versions of Holmes, this one has an addictive personality, cleverness beyond belief, and a complete lack of self-awareness when it comes to being a social human being. Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is modern, conflicted, and completely enthralling. Add in his dry, snarky sense of humor, and we’re sold!

Ian McKellan – Mr. Holmes (2015)

Sir Ian McKellan brilliantly portrayed a version of Sherlock Holmes not often seen: an older, past-his-prime, retired detective. In this British-American crime drama mystery, which is based on a 2005 novel by Mitch Cullin, Holmes struggles to recall the details of his last case due to his fading memory. This portrayal cut through the facade and truly revealed the man beneath the deerstalker cap and his at times jarring personality.

Crack This Unsolved Mystery!

Greetings, Detectives!

Here at The Murder Mystery Company HQ, we are always interested in cracking a case! One mystery that has left us scratching our heads is that of DB Cooper and the only remaining unsolved air piracy crime in American history.

The Crime

On November 24, 1971, a man identifying himself as Dan Cooper bought a ticket on Flight 305 to Seattle, Washington from Portland, Oregon. After the plane took off, Cooper calmly indicated to a flight attendant that he was carrying a bomb and requested $200,000.

The flight attendant relayed his demands, which, after a few hours, were met, and Cooper released the rest of the passengers. He asked that the plane take off again to Mexico City, using a very specific flight plan.

One of Cooper’s demands was for four parachutes. Once the plane was in motion toward Mexico City, though unseen by any of the few crew members Cooper allowed to remain on board, Cooper jumped from the plane using, strangely, a dummy parachute (one that would not work like a real parachute should, accidentally obtained by the FBI from a skydiving school).

The Mystery

Cooper should not have been able to survive jumping from the plane using the practice parachute he used. However, after searching all surrounding areas, and even areas that he logically would not have landed, no body was found. Investigators scoured rivers, lakes, mountains, fields, and even people’s farms and homes.

Authorities also began looking into people who shared the suspect’s name but quickly came to the conclusion that the man had used an alias. It also turns out that the name DB Cooper itself had been misreported in the media, as the plane ticket had been bought under the name Dan Cooper, and the misnomer stuck. The DB Cooper everyone was looking for had vanished.

Also unrecovered was his parachute or any of the belongings he would have had on his person. It would take seven years for any physical evidence to surface. Among the eventually recovered items were three packets of money that were positively identified as being part of the $200,000 Cooper demanded, and instructions for how to lower the aft stairs of a 727, something that Cooper had indeed done when he jumped from the aircraft. It has been theorized that other evidence may have been destroyed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

There have been several suspects throughout the decades, though none have ever been formally charged or even substantially linked to the case. The FBI announced on July 8, 2016, that it would suspend the active investigation of the case.

So what do you think, detectives? Did the suspect survive the fall and assume another identity to quietly live out his life with the stolen money? Or did his body somehow disappear after perishing during the leap from the plane, and any of the stolen money that logically should have gone into circulation once he began using it was just destroyed in the eruption?

Want to check out other bind-boggling mysteries? Our Clue-style shows are perfect for brushing up on your sleuthing skills, and they’re guaranteed to thrill.