Last week was the Week of the Spy. I had plans to see the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, and attend the spy exhibit at Discovery Times Square. Not knowing what to expect exactly at the museum, I met up with Angela from Runner in Denial in New York City for the spy exhibit. (I happened to have two Groupons for it that were about to expire – worth it.) Unfortunately, no photos were allowed at all. #sadface #bloggerfail
The exhibit began with the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during World War II and went up to present day. It included gadgets and stories on specific spies throughout the last century. The gadgets from the 1950’s were pretty comical, but only because I’m used to the
fake modern gadgets in movies. There were umbrellas with poisonous gas, shoes with recording devices, and knives hidden in spatulas. One of the weapons even had blood dried on it!
I thought the information on female spies was the most interesting even though there wasn’t much. For example, during the Cold War, female spies were very useful to the United States because the Soviet Union didn’t think women had the ability to be spies. Therefore, they didn’t suspect women at all. In addition, Anna Chapman (photo below; Angela and I thought she looked like Brittany Snow) was one of ten Russian spies deported in 2010. She was caught first, and (supposedly) her good looks were such a distraction that it took a while for the other nine to be caught. Now, she is a mini-celebrity gracing the cover of Russian Maxim.
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The best part of the whole exhibit was the laser maze! It was this little, pitch black room with lasers that went on and off. We had twenty seconds to get from one side of the room to the other. Angela and I looked a little something like this:
Just kidding! That room was no joke. Twenty seconds is no time at all when you have to study when the lasers turn off and on. The ten year old boy after us supposedly made it through easily. I pondered this the next morning, and I’m guessing his strategy was to slide across the floor under all the lasers. What else would a ten year old boy do?! Now I have the desire to practice my laser maze skills all day/everyday. #spyproblems It even might have been cooler than crawling through the air duct at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C…
Thursday night I bought a ticket to the midnight showing of Skyfall. I actually never made it to the movie because I was having so much fun getting my dance on and meeting new people at Hudson Grille. (being a social butterfly/dancing queen vs. sitting in a theater alone? Hmm…) Sorry I have nothing to report back on the movie just yet. I’ll probably see it this weekend though. I hear it’s the best James Bond movie yet, and it made bank at the box office opening weekend! Have you seen it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,