Metaphysical Plant

Metaphysical Plant is a team that participates in the MIT Mystery Hunt. Formerly known as Physical Plant, the team has hunted since at least 2003. The team has won the Mystery Hunt twice, in 2005 and 2010, thereby hosting 2006 and 2011. The team can be considered to be the original team from MIT's Random Hall, with a separate Random team with more recent students and graduates forming around 2010.

The Physical Plant name, used in the 2004 and 2005 hunts, is derived from the old name of the MIT facilities department, of the same name, and how the coin-finding message ("Physical Plant has found the coin!") would appear as if a random custodian stumbled upon the coin.[1] The team changed its name to Metaphysical Plant in 2007, after having written the 2006 hunt. Prior to Physical Plant, the Random Hall team had used several other names, including "Blatantly Obscene, Three Monkeys, Ten Minutes" in 2003.[2]

Hunt performances[edit | edit source]

Date Hunt Rank Notes
2022-01-14 MIT Mystery Hunt 2022 25
2021-01-15 MIT Mystery Hunt 2021 24
2020-01-17 MIT Mystery Hunt 2020 15 as plant
2019-01-18 MIT Mystery Hunt 2019 13
2018-01-12 MIT Mystery Hunt 2018 12
2017-01-13 MIT Mystery Hunt 2017 7
2016-01-15 MIT Mystery Hunt 2016 6
2015-01-16 MIT Mystery Hunt 2015 10
2014-01-10 MIT Mystery Hunt 2014 8
2013-01-11 MIT Mystery Hunt 2013 14 as plant
2012-01-13 MIT Mystery Hunt 2012 5
2011-01-14 MIT Mystery Hunt 2011 Host