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Who Knew that today was National Scavenger Hunt Day?

Developed from a tradition of folk games throughout ancient history, the scavenger hunt has been around in its modern form in the US for around a century. The game was made popular in the 1930s by New York gossip columnist and radio personality, Elsa Maxwell. Around that time, the concept of the game was even featured in the 1936 film, My Man Godfrey.

Elsa Maxwell (photo credit: iMDB)

By the ‘70s and ‘80s, college and university campuses had made the scavenger hunt their own. The University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt (called Scav Hunt or “Scav”) was founded in 1987 and continues to be held annually over four days in the month of May.

National Scavenger Hunt Day is celebrated on May 24 in honor of the 1883 birth date of Elsa Maxwell, the party hostess and promoter of the game who brought it into modern times in the 1930s.

This week is also the birthdate of the mastermind behind fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born May 22, 1859. He wrote his first Holmes story in 1887 (he was 28 years old).

This week is also the birthdate of America’s largest marble structure, the New York Public Library. It took 14 years and $9 million to build. The dedication was May 23, 1911, with the opening today – estimates say 40,000 people came through the library its first day!

The library’s exterior (photo credit: NYPL)
  1. I was born on May 24, 1819, in London, England.
  2. I was the only daughter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent.
  3. I became queen in 1837, at the age of 18 when her uncle, King William IV, died.
  4. I reigned for 63 years.
  5. In 1840, I married my first cousin, Prince Albert. We had nine children together, who married into various royal families across Europe.
  6. That earned me the nickname, “the grandmother of Europe.”
  7. My reign witnessed significant social and industrial changes in Britain. I died in 1901.

I am...Queen Victoria – congratulations to Wendi from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the Matt Maher CD, ‘Alive and Breathing.’

Thank you to Mallory Thomas, Lilly Buckley, Aubrey Bailey, Abby Ralston and Dr. Bob Tocheff from calling in all the way from Croatia. We’ll be praying for traveling mercies as Collegians spreads the Gospel through music!

and say hey to your brother (s) today – it’s Brother’s Day, according to its creator, Daniel Rhoades of Hoover, Alabama. Read more here and enjoy seeing these brothers we get the chance to play here at WNZR…

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe