1. I'm walking around Prague with @malielfman who's a huge Escape Room fan and what do we see but a brand new escape room!
    Built in a 15th century basement, themed like a torture chamber! Awesome!
  2. We joked as we were lead down into the basement that this is how all Hostel movies start: a couple of American friends find a slightly creepy tourist attraction, get lured into a basement, and then tortured.
  3. Anyway, at one point you end up with a metal grappling hook attached to a rope — like, an actual metal grappling hook — that you need to throw over a wall and pull on to unlock a door.
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    Artist's rendition of grappling hook.
  4. That's exactly what I did. But I pulled too hard and then the next thing I know I'm bleeding from my face
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  5. As one of the first groups to do the escape room, we discovered a design flaw: the grappling hook can come flying back over the wall if you keep pulling.
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    That's what 20 seconds of bleeding from your face looks like.
  6. The game stopped, my friends helped cleaned me up, and then after a few minutes we decided to finish the room!
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  7. And we did! Setting the record for fastest team (minus the 15 minutes of cleanup...)
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    Thank you especially to ex-Marine Josh who was a total champ and kept me from fainting and/or dying.
  8. Silver lining: they gave us half off the escape room AND discount vouchers for our friends. So if this list sold you on The Mystery Elixir here in Prague, lemme know and I can hook it up!
  9. Back in the hotel room with Nurse Mali. Happy it missed my eye. Hoping this results in a sexy, Owen Wilson-esque nose.
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  10. Off to the show!
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