Madame Tussauds Is Opening Its First Escape Room, and It’s Alcatraz Themed

Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds

In 1962, prisoners Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris escaped from their cells at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, never to be seen again. To this day, it remains one of the most famous prison breaks in the world, and no one knows whether or not they survived their swim across the cold, choppy waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Now, you can try their daring escape for yourself. Madame Tussauds, famous for its wax museums around the world, will soon debut its first escape room, called “Alcatraz—The Breakout.” Fittingly, it’s opening at the company’s San Francisco outpost on Fisherman's Wharf, located just across the water from Alcatraz. (Luckily, once you break out, you can go get some sourdough instead of swimming across the frigid bay.)

Four friends attempt to solve puzzles and find clues in an escape room that looks like a prison cell.
Madame Tussauds

Groups of four to eight people will have 60 minutes to break out of their faux jail cell by collecting clues, cracking codes, and solving puzzles. You and your friends play inmates who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned at Alcatraz. A sympathetic guard tells you of the escape plan hatched by the Anglin brothers and Morris, and suggests you get out while you can. But there's a time limit. After an hour, the guard shifts change, and the officer helping you will go off duty.

Being Madame Tussauds, there will also be a wax figure involved: Clint Eastwood, who played Frank Morris in Escape from Alcatraz, the 1979 film based on the jailbreak.

The experience will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Memorial Day weekend, with prices starting at $125 for four people.

A Finnish Tourism Company Is Hiring Professional Christmas Elves

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iStock.com/kali9

Finland isn't quite the North Pole, but it will be home to a team of gainfully employed Christmas elves this holiday season. As Travel + Leisure reports, the Scandinavian country's Lapland Safaris is looking for elves to get guests into the holiday spirit.

Lapland Safaris is a tourism company that organizes activities like snowmobiling, Northern Lights-gazing, skiing, and ice-fishing. The elf employees will be responsible for leading guests to their buses and conveying important information, all while spreading holiday cheer. The job listing reads, "An Elf is at the same time an entertainer, a guide, and a mythical creature of Christmas."

Each Lapland Safari elf will receive training through Arctic Hospitality Academy prior to starting the job. There, they will learn "the required elfing and communication skills." Training will be conducted in English, but candidates' knowledge of French, Spanish, or German is a plus.

To apply, aspiring elves can fill out and submit this form through Lapland Safaris's website. The gig lasts from November 2018 to the beginning of next year, with employees having the option to work at any of the company's Finnish destinations (Santa's workshop is unfortunately not included on the list).

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

This Stylish Cardboard Box Is Designed to Be Your Cat’s New Favorite Hideout

Scott Salzman
Scott Salzman

You can buy your cat a fancy bed or perch, but when it comes right down to it, your feline friend is probably going to be more eager to curl up in the cardboard box that it arrived in. So why not just cut out the part where you spend time and money picking out something your cat couldn’t care less about? Just get a really nice box. That’s the premise behind the Purrfect Cat Box, a cardboard box specifically tailored to cats’ needs.

While every cat is finicky in his or her own way, almost all cats love a good cardboard box. (Seriously, it’s science.) Squeezing into a cozy box makes cats feel protected, and, since cats like warmer temperatures, the insulating cardboard also helps keep them at their preferred level of toasty.

Designed by Colorado-based inventor Scott Salzman, the Purrfect Cat Box is made to be just the right size for ultimate kitty comfort. At about the size of a shoebox, it’s big enough for most cats to squeeze into without being cramped—though Salzman doesn’t specify whether it will work for big breeds like Maine Coons—but small enough that they still feel protected inside. It has a small cutout in the front to allow your cat to peek his head outside the box, and, most importantly, to get in a really good chin scratch.

While we humans might find cardboard cars or cardboard Taj Mahal replicas adorable, most cats just want a plain box that makes them feel safe and comfortable. The geometric-patterned Purrfect Cat Box walks the line between utilitarian and chic, making the empty cardboard box in your living room a little bit less of an eyesore.

Plus, it’s cardboard-priced. At $6 a box, it's about what you'd pay to have a regular cardboard box full of anything from Amazon delivered to your door, but it’s still inexpensive enough that if your cat destroys it, it’s easy enough to throw in the recycle bin and get a new one.

Get it on Indiegogo.

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