Welcome to Off the Wall. We’ve skimmed the news around the museum, and want to share the highlights with you.
Written while catching them all.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
When you’re trying to go to sleep but you can’t stop wondering if you’re surrounded by Gastlys and Clefairys.
DO YOU PEEK AT THE ART OR DOES THE ART PIKACHU
You’ve seen them wandering the streets, their heads down, eyes glued to the screen of their smartphone. As of last Friday, they’re probably hunting for Pokémon. I know what you’re thinking; is it 1997? Sadly, it is not. The creators of Pokémon released a new way for you to use your phone data and drain your battery: Pokémon Go. Aside from making you realize how many 5th graders have nicer phones than you, Pokémon Go has already stomped out Candy Crush and Draw Something as the most popular game app ever, and is leaving other free apps like Twitter and Snapchat in the dust. That’s right: the nerds are with us and they are Legion. So how does this game have anything to do with the museum? Good question.
PLEASE CUT TO THE CHASE
I’m not saying that adults who play a child’s video game are definitely introverts (I don’t have to say it) but some of the Pokémon Go trainers I have witnessed seem to prefer the ‘drive and swipe’ option when playing the game. Ideally, ‘catching them all’ does not refer to catching all of the tickets because you swerved to throw a ball at Evee as she scampered across Boyd. So if you don’t work or live near the plethora of tantalizing Pokéstops all over the OU campus, what do you do?? Enter the FJJMA’s Pokémon and Popsicles event. Thursday night, July 14, at 5 p.m., we’re going to set off a lure at the Pastoral Dreamer statue located just outside the museum. There are three other Pokéstops conveniently located around the museum, and I’m not saying that I’ve been playing Pokémon Go while working but I can say that there are definitely a lot of Pokémon to be captured inside our walls.
WE HAVE FRIENDS
Don’t stop your search with the museum! We have friends all over the OU campus who would love for you to come over and fumigate for Rattatas. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will be free and open late Thursday night only! But don’t take my word for it–just LOOK at this glorious landscape of Pokéstop heaven!
Walk all over campus and you’re sure to collect Pokéballs, Pokémon, eggs, Razz Berries–and hey, you might accidentally exercise a little.
BUT IT’S HOT OUTSIDE
As someone who thinks ‘too hot’ is anything over 72 degrees, believe me, I’m right there with you. That’s why we asked our friends over at Epic Pops on campus corner to bring some frozen treats over to our lawn to sell to Pokémon trainers! The flavors are gourmet and delicious, and a little Pidgey told me that they will be named after Pokémon for the evening.
Thursday, July 14, 5-9 p.m. Start at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art to take advantage of our lure module and Pokéstops, and buy a gourmet Epic Pops popsicle. Explore the inside of the museum (without your popsicle) and hunt for Pokémon during our late-night hours. Then, head over to Sam Noble, or any of the other participating destinations around the campus!
REPEAT AFTER ME…
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR FRIEND MAKES FUN OF YOU FOR CITING SOURCES IN AN EMAIL:
It’s not just for students. That’s also what we want you to know about Pokémon and Popsicles! It’s free and fun for anyone who wants to join in–trainers welcome, young and old.