Or to put it in a nutshell…
- A competition that happens once a year (currently in August).
- The name is short for words: the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.
- Founded by Misha Collins, an actor on Supernatural and an all around awesome human being. He still oversees things and spams the gishers’ inboxes with peculiar emails every now and then.
- Teams of 15 people compete against each other. You can build your own team of friends and family or team up with random people from around the world via the official registration system. The team members do not have to be together during the hunt.
- Some teams are laid-back and just doing it for fun, while others (like us!) are in it to win it and work on items ambitiously 24/7.
- Teams usually communicate via social media like Facebook and share the items using Google Docs or private groups to divide the items between them so they don’t waste time doing the same ones more than once.
- There’s a fee to participate (starting from ~$20 or you can apply for a ‘gisholarship’ if you can’t afford to compete otherwise.)
- The winning team gets flown to an all-expenses paid trip somewhere in the world with Misha Collins: in 2017 the prize is a trip to Hawaii. Previous winner destinations include Canada, Croatia, Italy and Scotland.
- The list of 150-200+ items is released at the beginning of the week.
- The item list includes many, many kinds of tasks: artsy things you can make at home, wacky things you have to complete in public and several charity items where you have to do some good for the community.
- Points are collected by competing as many items as possible; some are more valuable, while the easiest ones bring less points to your team. Bonus points are given for extraordinary creativity and fun-having.
- Each team submits videos or photos through the official website as “evidence” during the week and before the given deadline at the end of the week.
- The winning team is announced later in the year — it can take several months as there are literally tens of thousands of photos and videos submitted during the week.
- Many of the photos are featured in a book every year, available to pre-order in the Gish shop.
There’s a long, detailed list of things the Gishwhes community has achieved during the years of hunting. As of 2017, $400,000+ dollars have been raised for charities, but it’s not all about the money: all over the world, thousands of people have visited senior care facilities, donated blood and bone marrow, volunteered at food kitchens, cleaned beaches and donated warm clothes to the homeless.
Apart from that, many individual lives of people and families in need have been completely changed for the better.
If you’re interested in the charity side of Gishwhes (as you should be), we recommend checking out the amazing videos on the official website.
Gishwhes Item ListsSpecial thanks to Gishwhes Historian for the incredibly detailed archives!
1. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece standing near (or far) from an actual rhinoceros (or reasonable facsimile of a rhinoceros) (9 points)
2. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece with any President, Prime Minister or Supreme Ruler. (8 points)
3. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece with Jim Beaver in which both the person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece and Jim Beaver have cigars in their mouths. (14 points)
4. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece standing next to fully decorated as a Christmas tree. (13 points)
6. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece, sitting next to a lime jello mold with a piece of the Berlin wall suspended in it. (19 points)
7. A video of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece(s) setting up a tent on a traffic island (must also unroll a sleeping bag and get in it and zip the tent shut). (15 points)
8. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece and 3 parking tickets made out to the same license plate number. (17 points)
9. A video of a live mouse or gerbil and an authentic rhino puzzle piece in a Barbie’s dream house. (9 points)
10. A video of a 5 year old child (or younger) playing any song by the Sex Pistols on a saxophone. (17 points)
11. A video of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece singing an original song of 43 seconds in duration. (7.5 points)
12. A photo of a cockroach on a croissant with the Eiffel Tower in the background. (19 points)
13. A video of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece bestowing an act of random kindness for a complete stranger. (30 points)
14. A video of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece(s) projecting an image at least 20 feet wide of the attached photo on an exterior wall of a federal government building at night. (30 points)
15. A photo of a child swimming/bathing in a tub full of cranberries. (22 points)
16. A photo of a man standing next to a sheep. The sheep must have a German flag draped over it’s back. (26 points)
17. A photo of a skateboarder wearing a wig in front of Buckingham Palace. (21 points)
18. Written or photographic proof of the existence of life after death. (16 points)
19. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece in a Russian MIG fighter jet (any class of MIG will suffice). (31 points)
20. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece while being carried by a firefighter in front of a fire truck. (11 points)
21. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece in a small, motor-less watercraft on the Yangtze River. (27 points)
22. A photo of a person holding an authentic rhino puzzle piece with me while I’m wearing a single glittering, fingerless glove. (33 points)
1. Someone completely covered in cotton candy. The only part of them that can be showing is their face, which has to have lipstick all over it. (19 points)
2. An arousing photograph of toe cleavage (6 points)
3. A police officer and a leatherjacket clad biker holding hands (12 points)
4. A man or woman balancing 5 red books on their head standing next to a dog (8 points)
5. Photo of an unconventional, but practical, use of Mayonnaise. (9 points)
6. Fossils of 5-foot tall penguins were discovered in Peru. “Scientists” say that these giant penguins are extinct. This, of course, is false. Dress as a penguin and walk the streets of Lima to prove them wrong. (28 points)
7. Photo of someone who has had their nails (finger and toes) painted with roofing tar (not black polish–we can tell the difference). (4 points)
8. The reaction on someone’s face after being on the receiving end of a “Dutch oven.” Interpret however you like. (7 points)
9. 2 full-sized mannequins dressed in clergy attire standing on a busy sidewalk. (25 points)
10. A woman wearing underwear on her head that has GISHWHES written on it. Her eyes must be visible through the leg holes. (9 points)
11. 6 chairs stacked on top of each other on a front lawn. (4 points)
12. Ballroom dance with a partner in formal wear in a port-a-john. (15 points)
13. A wood-fired jacket. (46 points)
14. A laptop made entirely of felt. Image must show the screen and key board. (21 points)
15. A man or boy wearing a suit of flowers and leaves. (15 points)
16. A photo of any actor (other than Misha) from the Vampire Diarrheas, Nikkita, Supernatural, or M.A.S.H. wearing a Justin Bieber T-shirt. (33 points)
17. A chandelier made from kale with at least 3 light bulbs that are turned on. (24 points)
18. Display an artifact from the Ottoman Empire in a Pizza Hut in Bulgaria. (17 points)
19. Make a portrait of Shakira from coffee beans. (13 points)
20. Make a travel book salad and make sure the book is sautéed for presentation on the bed of lettuce (8 points)
21. Show up on Indiana Avenue in South Pasadena, California on Wednesday, November 23rd at 10AM, find the right house (it’ll be obvious), and follow instructions. Bring work gloves. (44 points)
22. An authentic email from Jared Padalecki that says, “I am Misha’s bitch.” (52 points)
23. Play croquet on the field in front of the ruins of Tazumal. (18 points)
24. A world-renowned landmark recreated entirely of gummy bears. (31 points)
25. GISHWHES spelled out by at least 12 people (using their bodies as letters), lying down on a grassy lawn. (36 points)
26. A jumpsuit made from beer cozies. (Make it a men’s large. I might ask you to send it to me when we’re done because mine’s threadbare.) (31 points)
27. Limbo was invented in Trinidad and Tobago. Someone competing in the Hunt is from there. Take a photo of someone limboing while wearing a T-shirt that has, “How low can GISHWHES go” printed on it. The photo with the lowest limbo gets an extra 15 points. (12 points)
28. GISHWHES spelled out by 8 police officers holding lettered signs. (Each sign has one letter of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S.) (18 points)
29. The Lebanese flag made from legos. (14 points)
30. Hold a sign saying GISHWHES CROSSES FIRST on the Oyapock River Bridge. (14 points)
31. A “raft” party for 10 people including radios, coolers of beer, in the middle of the desert – everything must be on something inflatable. (22 points)
32. Three Ingredient Challenge (TIC)–take an interesting photo that involves all three ingredients. TIC#1: puppet, persimmon, Pierre. (9 points)
33. TIC#2: abacus, armadillo, awakening. (10 points)
34. TIC#3: sanity, sousaphone, sassafras. (11 points)
35. TIC#4: blimp, binary, bias. (12 points)
36. TIC#5: glissade, gross, germination. (13 points)
37. Show a man doing a pole dance in Poltava. (13 points)
38. Build a dollhouse out of out of ketupat. The dollhouse must have a bed in it. On the bed, lying on top of one another, a naked Ken and Barbie. (16 points)
39. Purge your closet and get a photo of yourself handing your old clothes to an employee of a homeless shelter or to a homeless person directly. You must be wearing a fake mustache in the photo. (13 points)
40. Float in the water on a raft in front of Trakai Island Castle (38 points)
41. Play a game of hockey using a rupjmaize for a puck. (13 points)
42. Photograph a bust or statue of Nicolae Ceaușescu wearing a sock monkey hat. (14 points)
43. If you are in Oman, stop off and pick frankincense from a tree. Then put it in your nostril and take a picture. The frankincense tree and the frankincense booger must be visible in the photo. (19 points)
44. A woman or man completely wrapped in Christmas lights standing on a roof. (20 points)
You know how cats and dogs shed? Cover someone completely in pet hair. The only thing visible is the person’s eyes. Nothing but hair and eyes. You may not shave or harm any animals acquiring this item. (44 points)
45. Paint a librarian’s face with ash from Eyjafjallajökull. (27 points)
46. Get the Grand Duke of Luxemburg to kiss a rubber duck. (66 points)
47. Bring a ladder and attempt to scale a wall of the Zubara Fort. (32 points)
48. Someone squirting Cheez Whiz into someone else’s mouth from at least 40 feet above them. (21 points)
49. A school bus going through a car (or truck) wash. (48 points)
50. Wear 50 pairs of socks at the same time. (29 points)
51. Using a classroom chalkboard explain quantum cryptography to a kindergarten class in terms they can understand. We must be able to see both the chalkboard and kindergarteners in the photo. (34 points)
52. A five star general, in uniform swinging on a children’s playground swing. (40 points)
53. A map of Europe, where each nation is covered entirely by the petals of its national flower. For example, Germany’s place on the map will be covered entirely in cornflower petals (Germany’s national flower.) (27 points)
54. Take a photo of someone standing 105m below sea level between Puerto San Julian and Comandante Luis Piedra Buena in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina. (18 points)
55. Take a photo of someone wearing a wedding dress while floating in the Dead Sea. (29 points)
56. Fly a kite in front of a Taiwanese wind farm. (13 points)
57. Take part in a record-breaking event. (1 point)
58. Think of a scavenger hunt item that should be on the list, then get it. (Extra points awarded based on awesomeness of idea.) (14-88 points)
59. Run a slinky down the grand carpeted staircase at Dolmabahce Palace. (13 points)
60. Take out a small add in the Croatian daily morning paper, “Jutarnji list” that says, in English, “If you want your life to have meaning, you want GISHWHES in your life.” (31 points)
61. Epinards stuck between your dents. (5 points)
62. A woman wearing a dress (and only the dress) made entirely from bacon. (43 points)
63. Show documented proof of someone procuring a loan in Greece. The loan document must be notarized and must show a date between November 17, 2011 and November 26, 2011. (29 points)
64. Take a live bull to watch a boxing match in Mexico. (70 points)
65. 40 acres and a Yugo. (38 points)
66. It’s 7:00 AM in Barcelona on La Rambla. The smell of cocaine still hangs in the air. Still-drunk youth are stumbling home. The street is littered with bottles, and you are playing your upright baby grand piano on the sidewalk. (55 points)
67. A single photo showing 3 subway maps from your city; one from current year, plus the previous 2 editions. (11 points)
68. Did you know that 70% of the world’s cork comes from Portugal? Rescue a cat from a cork tree. (17 points)
69. Snowboard in South Korea wearing a sock monkey hat. (21 points)
70. A tow truck towing another tow truck. (28 points)
71. A GISHWHES license plate. (19 points)
72. Smash a Rubik’s Cube to pieces on the steps of St. Stephen’s Basilica. (8 points)
73. Ride a child’s bicycle with training wheels wearing an Eddy Merckx jersey. (9 points)
74. Karate chop the Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong. (10 points)
75. Dance the cueca with a llama. (16 points)
76. A movie marquis above a movie theater that says, “Minions do it better…” (23 points)
77. A chair that serves as both a chair and a shark killer with instructional manual next to it. (21 points)
78. The real direct phone number of Peewee Herman. (41 points)
79. As you know, chewing gum is illegal in Singapore. But, if you are in a boat in the Port of Singapore, you can do whatever you want. Chew an entire pack of gum at once while on a boat with the Singapore skyline behind you. (12 points)
80. Read a poem from one of the trzej wieszcze to innocent bystanders in front of Renaissance City Hall. (11 points)
81. A toilet plunger covered in real gold leaf. (33 points)
82. A snow globe featuring a winter scene in a tropical setting. (20 points)
83. A personal holding up a sign that says, “DOWN WITH GISHWHES! GISHWHES IS THE 1%” at an Occupy Wall Street encampment or any Occupy encampment or rally. (31 points)
84. A crampon on a coupon on a tampon on a gamelan. (40 points)
85. The Freudian analysis item: a collage on a white board comprised of objects and image cut-outs of how you feel about your parents. (25 points)
86. Powder your wig at Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg. (12 points)
87. Paint a jeepney jet black and take someone out for ice cream in it. (38 points)
88. A pressed dandelion flower (labeled in Latin of course). (6 points)
89. A photo with a girl who works in a Times Square peep show. (8 points)
90. Photo of an item dispensed from a Japanese vending machine that is neither food nor beverage nor consumer electronics nor a tobacco product. Both the dispensed item and the vending machine must be visible. (13 points)
91. Carve a scale model of the Uragh Stone Circle from potatoes. (17 points)
92. A photo of you or a team member with a garland of rhizomes. (11 points)
93. A prop from an Evangelical Hell House. (19 points)
94. Take a nap in a hammock in a Cachaça distillery.(15 points)
95. A photo of a boy presenting a girl with a bouquet of frikadeller. Like a bouquet of flowers, but instead of flowers, it’s frikadeller. You must improvise the stems. (16 points)
96. A woman with a minimum of shoulder-length hair with a one-inch wide racing stripe shaved down the center of her head from the forehead to the base of her skull. (33 points)
97. A ballerina, 10-years old or younger, standing on point in a tutu reading “Guns and Ammo.” (14 points)
98. TBA (55 points)> Design the GISHWHES flag. Must be digitally created. (15 points for submitting, 100 points if your flag is selected as the official GISHWHES flag). If you win, Jean Louis will contact you for the high res file and then your flag will go down in GISHWHES history and be flown all over the world.
99. You in a sauna eating an ice cream cone – double scoop. (19 points)
100. A photo of someone proudly wearing a Prada handbag at an Occupy rally. (20 points)
101. Someone surfing on a surfboard in the ocean while texting on an iPhone. (38 points)
102. пятнадцать галлонов пресной борщ (29 points) “fifteen gallons of fresh soup”
103. Increase the population of Otira, New Zealand by 5%. Must be infront of a Otira shop or store.(Hint: just go there with 2 friends) (28 points)
104. A hooters waitress reading a copy of Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique.” (41 points)
105. A celebrity wearing a fake mustache posing with a cardboard cutout photo of themselves. (53 points)
106. A dog dressed in a beige trench coat, white shirt, grey suit, and blue tie. (37 points)
107. An accurate watercolor painting of the future. With the phrase, “GISHWHES is everywhere” painted somewhere on it. (24 points)
108. Take a photo of either a cruel Canadian or a live passenger pigeon. (19 points)
109. A drawing of the GISHWHES scavenger Hunt reflecting multiple nationalities, locations and items. (30 points)
110. A ship in a bottle in front of Captain Cook’s childhood home. (14 points)
111. What do the lips of a Justin Bieber doll look like under a microscope? (58 points)
112. A garland of cranberries and popcorn fully encircling a police car. (32 points)
113. An image of the text of an Emily Dickenson poem projected on the hull of a navy ship at night. The ship must be at least as big as a destroyer. (60 points)
114. A sculpture of a sea gull. Must be at least 2 feet high. Must be made entirely from (unused) tampons and sanitary napkins. (34 points)
115. A pink feather boa hanging out the window of the engine car of a moving, full-sized steam-powered locomotive. (67 points)
116. A real French politician wearing a Re-Elect George Bush button. (92 points)
117. A photo of two competing lemonade stands. One stand should be manned by young sad-looking children. The other stand should be manned by aggressive adults. The adult stand must prominently display a lower price-point than the children’s stand. (38 points)
118. $1000 worth of unrolled pennies in the front seat of a car. (49 points)
119. A cat eating kale. (22 points)
120. A woman wearing a tube-top made from an authentic Soviet flag. (19 points)
121. Cutting of the goose in Sursee with a sock monkey hat on. (20 points)
122. A family of four happily eating fish-head soup. (Fish heads must be clearly visible in all four bowls.) (23 points)
123. An 80-year-old woman wearing earrings made from human molars. (80 points)
124. A painting/drawing of Misha and the Queen of England as Tarzan and Jane posing in a red chair (she’s in his lap). (12 points)
125. A judge at the bench in a Darth Vader mask. (36 points)
126. If GISHWHES were a microbe what would it be? (20 points)
127. A tea party with at least 50 stuffed animals. (13 points)
128. A photo of part of the solar system with the “Tracy Constellation” outlined. (40 points)
129. An ice sculpture of a bust of Dick Cheney wearing a monkey hat. (29 points)
130. Eight women each holding up one of the letters; G, I, S, H, W, H, E, S, to spell GISHWHES in front of a monument in the capital city of their country. (15 points)
131. A 4’X4’ portrait of the actor Jared Padalecki made from Swedish fish glued to plywood. (36 points)
132. A Volkswagen beetle covered completely in whipped cream with two smiling children standing beside it. (50 points)
133. An ER doctor in an ER performing an emergency tracheotomy on a tickle-me-Elmo doll. (39 points)
134. A person in a rowboat on the Yangtze wearing an “I love New York” T-shirt. (41 points)
135. A sculpture of the actor Jensen Ackles made only from raisins and glue. (25 points)
136. Action figures/superheroes set up to resemble “The Last Supper.” (18 points)
137. A street sign that looks authentic and reads “N. GISHWHES AVE.” (23 points)
138. An official poster explaining how to humanely remove a spider from a bathtub posted in a military barracks. (25 points)
139. Take a sick balloon animal to the vet. (31 points)
140. A fast food restaurant menu board (you know the thing behind and above the cashiers) with the letters rearranged to read “GISHWHES Combo $3.99” (18 points)
141. The word GISHWHES shaved into a hairy belly, back or back of the head. (23 points)
142. A tent pitched in the middle of the backyard of the White House. (76 points)
143. Decrypt Kryptos Part 4. (37 points)
144. A person in a monkey hat on a couch playing with at least 3 kittens. (8 points)
145. Rate Yelp on Yelp. (14 points)
146. Find the 48th Mersenne prime. (78 points)
147. Show true love. (44 points)
VIDEO CHALLENGES (20 seconds or less unless specified otherwise)
148. Someone tapping out in Morse code: “This Hunt has destroyed my family.” (9 points)
149. A church choir singing “eye of the tiger” in a church. (32 points)
150. Perform your favorite dance moves (12 points)
151. Prove that redheads cannot wiggle their ears (0)
152. Wearing business attire, recite a Doctor Suess passage of at least 21 words. (21 points)
153. A functioning gasoline-powered turtleneck sweater. (35 points)
154. Someone eating a meatball and mint-chip ice cream sandwich while saying, “mmmmm. Delicious!” (8 points)
155. Someone calculating the tip at the end of a meal at a restaurant on an authentic antique comptometer. (41 points)
156. At least 3 elected government officials doing the hokey-pokey in a group. (One additional point awarded for each of up to 20 additional officials.) (17-37 points)
157. Show video footage of Oprah reading a book that you wrote. (79 points)
158. Bring order to chaos. (8 points)
159. A video of cheerleaders doing a cheer for your team number. The cheer must end with “GISHWHES!” (17 points)
160. Write and perform a serenade for an unsuspecting night-shift worker and film the experience. (11 points)
161. Invent a dance move called The Sarkozy and video a man over 60 performing it. At the end of the dance, the man must yell, “Sarkozy!” (5 points)
162. Invent a definition for “asprohedral” and film yourself using it correctly in a conversation with a grocery store checkout clerk. (3 points)
163. Video yourself crossing the road with a live chicken. (15 points)
164. Show an actual Nobel Prize winner telling the joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road? …To get to the other side.” His or her Nobel Prize must be visible. (55 points)
165. Raise the roof. Then, either cut a rug or cut the mustard. (17 points)
166. Make a video of someone who makes ironing a pleated, ruffled, lacy wedding dress look easy. (10 points)
167. Cover a slip ’n slide with dhal (the Indian lentil soup), and then go for a slide. (40 points)
168. As you are all aware, the Georgian military still uses some Soviet-era T-72 tanks. Make a video that shows a T-72 moving, the T-72 stops, the hatch opens and a person pops their head out and says, “When’s lunch?” (80 points)
169. Submit a video of a television screen showing a local television news show that mentions GISHWHES and your team number. This must be an actual news show. (36 points)
170. A one-minute video of an act of kindness. This doesn’t have to be kindness to a stranger, it can be kindness to anyone, but it does have to be unexpected for the recipient. (26-96 point–the more we laugh or cry, the more points we award.)
171. All you need for this video are your lips, a portable sound system, the lyrics to any Abba song, and the flagship IKEA store. Stand in front of the newly rebuilt IKEA flagship store in Oslo and lip sync to Abba. (23 points)
172. A one-minute unedited speed play of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy played by 4 characters with costume changes. We must hear the line “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” And we must see the audience. (26 points)
173. Video of a long line of dominos falling. They must start at the on the sidewalk in front of a McDonalds and end at the counter where you order. The last domino must fall in a pool of ketchup. The camera must follow the falling dominos, and the video must clearly show that we are in a McDonalds. (41 points)
174. Play a game of sepak takraw using a tomato as a ball. (21 points)
175. Make a phone call on a Turkish cell phone on the Greek side of Cyprus (30 points)
176. A man singing karaoke in drag in a monkey hat in any language but English. (11 points)
177. A video no more than one minute long, showing someone consume an entire 16-ounce jar of gefilte fish without vomiting. (18 points)
178. Video of a man skydiving in a pink g-string holding a “FLY GISHWHES” sign. (44 points)
179. A robot preparing a bean and cheese soft taco. (28 points)
180. Pencak Silat between two people on a commuter bus. (18 points)
181. Ski indoors on real snow. Must be wearing skis. Must slide at least 10 feet. (27 points)
182. Attorneys playing musical chairs. (11 points)
183. A parrot onstage at a comedy club doing improv. (15 points)
184. Someone in a business suit with a briefcase is running very fast in place (without going anywhere) on a crowded business district sidewalk. The runner is yelling, “I’m coming! Hold the door!” (14 points)
185. A one-minute comic short film about a monkey falling in love with a Barbie. Must be a live monkey, not a monkey puppet. (17 points)
186. An original song with rhyming lyrics and guitar accompaniment about GISHWHES. (9 points)
187. Two paramedics dancing the Macarena. (12 points)
188. An old-fashioned, hand-cranked gramophone playing “eye of the tiger” on an LP. (15 points)
189. One person is holding an iPhone; the other is holding an Android. They are engaged in a heated debate about which phone is better. They are speaking in the nearly extinct language of Gottscheerish. (40 points)
190. Prague is famous for its bridges. Wouldn’t the bridges be more famous if you roller-skated over one of them while playing the accordion? (14 points)
191. A video of the scientific explanation of evolution told through interpretive dance. (Any dialogue will disqualify the entry.) (11 points)
192. Video of someone describing the step-by-step process of sausage making in such a way to make sausage sound appetizing. (This may not be possible.) (26 points)
193. A 30-second stop-motion animated short of a Cabbage Patch Doll doing a strip tease. (36 points)
194. A birthday party in a morgue. (24 points)
195. A “Congo train” of at least 6 people with pony tails marching through an airport singing the “My Little Pony” theme song. (19 points)
196. If Saudi Arabia has as much oil as they say, then it should be easy to acquire a 50-gallon barrel of crude. Video people putting a full 50-gallon barrel into the back of an SUV. (26 points)
197. A medieval “joust fight” with participants in medieval costumes, on human crawling horses with horse tails attached, in a library or supermarket aisle. Lances must be over 6 feet long and have apples on the ends. (22 points)
198. Obey a very strange, arcane law. And quickly explain what the law is. The law must be real and must apply in the geographical location in which you are obeying it. (16 points)
199. Video the reaction of an MIT undergrad when you ask them, “MIT is often considered the Harvard of Massachusetts. How does that make you feel?” (7 points)
200. A one-minute instructional video explaining how the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) operates. The instruction must be given by two 5 year olds using props and a graph. (30 points)
201. An extreme close-up of a chin zit being popped while the owner of the pimple whistles Beethoven’s 5th. (20 points)
202. Play “Eye of the Tiger” on a vuvuzela in the bush. (9 points)
203. Go kiiking wearing a colorful voo. (19 points)
204. A fast-motion (time-lapse) video at a crowded place where at least 5 participants sit cross-legged or in lotus position in absolute stillness while the crowds move around them. They must sit for 2 minutes but the time-lapse video must be no longer than 20 seconds. (19 points)
205. A man or woman dressed as a superhero offering to push people’s shopping carts as they leave a supermarket. They must look as if they are exerting tremendous effort when they push the carts. (20 points)
206. A woman sticking her head out the window of a fire truck making very loud “siren” noises while it drives down a street. The fire engine’s sirens must be off. (19 points)
207. Say, “You can buy happiness.” In 5 languages in 15 seconds inside the UBS headquarters building in Basel, Switzerland. (21 points)
208. An edited video of Misha telling a traditional fairy tale, something like Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs or Jack and the Bean Stalk. You can take a word or phrase from one video clip and join it with a word or phrase from another clip. You will assemble the story from any existing footage and can take anything you want out of context, but the story must be coherent and identifiable. (27 points)
209. At least 5 yoga students on mats in a studio do a real “slap-in-the-face” contest, while in tree pose. (11 points)
210. Get on the main stage at The Teatro Tapia, in San Juan and sing the chorus to livin’ la vida loca. (23 points)
211. Fill hundreds of balloons with helium, tie them to a decorated Christmas tree and watch the tree float away. Tree must be a real pine tree (not faux) and must be at least 5 feet tall. The video must show the tree floating off and should be 40 seconds long. (217 points)
212. A 60-second, well-edited, compellingly shot TV commercial marketing Snake Oil for its palliative properties. Up to an additional 150 points for perfect execution of this item. (79 points)
213. A U.S. political website that is a group picture of the US Senate and/or House where you roll your mouse over faces in the image and a frame pops up describing any infamy a member has experienced or been accused of. The site should also include a page of images of presidents, vice presidents and presidential candidates drinking alcohol where if you click or roll over the image, a quote of something embarrassing or stupid that they’ve said pops up. You can only use Bush Jr. 1 time but you must use Sarah Palin at least 3 times. You may use any public domain images for this site, you do not need to take the photo yourself. (88 points)
214. Create a website that proves Creationists right. (89 points)
215. Create a website that maps the location and intensity of lies. (40 points)
216. Create a website that proves Creationists wrong. (14 points)
217. Make a functioning iPhone app that helps facilitate scavenger hunts. (120 points)
218. Turn your worst nightmare into a delightful interactive children’s website. (39 points)
219. Create a website that exposes your own hypocrisy. (26 points)
1. Guinness Item Coming Soon! Stay tuned! (0 points)
We are going to attempt to shatter the Guinness World Record for the “Most Pledges to Commit a Random Act of Kindness.” The current record is 74,379 pledges held by Guinness Breweries. Let’s take the throne! Your team must collect “pledges” from individuals pledging to do a Random Act. Click this link and follow instructions; don’t click the submit button here. (You get 1 point for every 2 pledges – up to 350 points maximum. It’s only 47 per team member, but we expect you to exceed this because this isn’t all about points. Is it?) (0 points)
2. [IMAGE] A four-post, queen-sized bed with headboard and footboard. On the bed: a sleeping person. Over the person: A comforter. Under the person’s head: A pillow. Bed, person, comforter and pillow must all be situated in a Wal-Mart parking lot.(62 points)
3. [IMAGE] A storm trooper in full costume including leggings (not just the mask!) cleaning a pool. We must see someone lounging in a swimsuit holding a cocktail nearby. (78 points)
4. [IMAGE] Help someone who has been injured or whose home has been damaged by hurricane Sandy. (60 points)
5. [IMAGE] Let’s see what Twister would look like with 13 people. Each person must be wearing only one color of clothing, i.e. all yellow, or all red and no two people can be wearing the same color clothing. (56 points)
6. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – If your child were a prodigy artist and had a marker and you were deep asleep and they were inspired to “beautify” your face, what would the result be? (8 points)
7. [IMAGE] 3 adults and a dog sitting on chairs around a table in a public library. The humans are reading Dr. Seuss books. The dog is wearing prescription eyeglasses and reading Kant. (23 points)
8. [IMAGE] Ever seen the movie “The Hangover”? Let’s see the aftermath of the most debaucherous party ever. Photo must be taken at the home of a team member’s parents. (38 points)
9. [IMAGE] Using a Zamboni and dyes, draw a giant frowny face on an ice-skating rink. (72 points)
10. [IMAGE] Find an object that was manufactured the day and year you were born in city or town of your birth. Prove it. (Note: the “object” in question cannot be you or your twin.) (34 points)
11. [IMAGE] Submit a “Freedom of Information Act” request for your personal files. (5 points)
12. [IMAGE] Creatively edit the Wikipedia entry for Jared Padelecki to seamlessly include your team name and some mention of his abiding admiration of Misha Collins. (6 points)
[WEBSITE] Create the Misha Collins fan site that Jared Padelecki would build if he only knew HTML. Submit the website URL. (6 points)
13. [IMAGE] An op-ed piece published in a local paper about how “petty, vindictive birds are stealing from the elderly!” (23 points)
14. [IMAGE] A person in a business suit with a leather briefcase jumping into leaf pile. (18 points)
15. [IMAGE] Five parking tickets made out to the same license plate on the same day in the same municipality. (66 points)
16. [IMAGE] Knit a scarf that is at least 12 feet long and is being worn by 3 people at one time. (32 points)
17. [IMAGE] Thread the stem of an actual, still-green, four-leafed clover through the hole of a nose piercing. (12 points)
18. [IMAGE] You and 8 of your friends standing outside the Copenhagen City Hall. One of you, smiling, is holding a large sign that says: “Denmark – ranked 2012 ‘World’s Happiest Country!’” Everyone else in the photo must be either pissed off or crying. Mascara must be running. (18 points)
19. [IMAGE] A uniformed Burger King employee enjoying a McDonald’s Happy Meal. (33 points)
20. [IMAGE] Get a tour of a sauerkraut factory. Photo must depict at least 50 gallons of uncanned sauerkraut and a team member wearing a single sequenced glove. (63 points)
21. [IMAGE] The inside of an ICBM missile silo decorated for Halloween. Remember, it must be a real ICBM silo to qualify. “Interpretation” will dock points from your team… unless it’s really good! (190 points)
22. [IMAGE] We’ve all heard of a “flea circus”. What do “flea strip clubs” look like? (28 points)
23. [IMAGE] A GISHWHES counter-rally at an Obama or Romney campaign stop. Must include at least 5 people with large picket signs.(54 points)
24. [IMAGE] The president, king, chancellor, premiere or prime minister of a nation modeling a brazier. (141 points)
25. [IMAGE] Calendar item: A photo of a scantily clad fireman (or firemen) whose skimpy attire is made entirely from kale. Model must be posing in front of a fire truck. Bonus points if, behind him, water is shooting up into the air from a hose or hydrant. (71 points)
26. [IMAGE] Proof that a team member’s family tree leads to Genghis Khan. (24 points)
27. [IMAGE] A photo of someone using one of those ancient 1800s cameras – you know the ones with the wooden tripod and the black cloth – taking a photo of a commodore 64 computer that’s resting on a wooden stool. (49 points)
28. [IMAGE] A live monkey or ape wearing a sock monkey hat while trying to extract burnt toast from a toaster. (82 points)
29. [IMAGE] Have a romantic dinner with a marionette puppet at a 2- or 3-star Michelin restaurant. A puppeteer clad in black must control the marionette. The puppeteer must not eat.
30.[IMAGE] Show up at Second Beach in Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada on November 4th at noon with 500 popsicle sticks, a spool of sewing thread and quick-drying glue. (90 points)
31. [IMAGE] Unionize GISHWHES. (38 points)
32. [IMAGE] Fifteen children in Halloween costumes each holding up a sign with a different letter that, combined, say “GISHWHES or Treat” (19 points)
33. [IMAGE] Get your team name and “GISHWHES” on a billboard. Must include commercial-looking graphics, and must be at least 100 square feet on an actual, commercial billboard. (131 points)
34. [IMAGE] Calendar item: Wear cheese and wear it well. You cannot be wearing anything but cheese. You may use any type of cheese you wish. Supermodel it posed next to or on a classic car (a classic car is any car that predates 1980.) (98 points)
35. [IMAGE] Draw or paint a portrait of Misha Collins and the Queen of England, both dressed in Steampunk, riding on a single stallion. (28 points)
36. [IMAGE] Hug a uniformed Veteran. (42 points)
37. [IMAGE] A screen cap of a chat thread on Misha Collins’ IMDB page. The thread must be started by a user with your team’s name and must pose an unusual question about Misha’s personal life, such as, “Is it true that Misha Collins eats nothing but the hearts of human babies?” Or “Why doesn’t Misha have any fingers?” (14 points)
38. [IMAGE] A Hell’s Angels (or at least a tough & leathered biker) with an authentic Teletubby tattoo. (69 points)
39. [IMAGE] You and 3 of your friends/family dressed like Egyptians in a chariot on the steps of the Wellington Monument in Dublin. (71 points)
40. [IMAGE] Create a portrait of Jensen Ackles entirely out of skittles doing his pouty “Blue Steel” look. Must be AT LEAST 2 feet by 2 feet. (38 points)
41. [IMAGE] A real full-sized commercial Blimp or hot-air balloon, in the air, that’s been completely covered in brightly colored autumn maple leaves. (299 points)
42. [IMAGE] There is a quote on a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of a bench overlooking the bay in Sausalito. Find it and follow directions. If the paper disappears the points will be deducted from the last team to submit a link. (32 points)
43. [IMAGE] Go to the Grimm Brother’s statue with 10 of your friends and dress up and pose as a “Fairy Tale gone bad!” (29 points)
44. [IMAGE] What happens when you roast Barbie and Ken (in an embrace) with an assortment of root vegetables? You will be penalized if you eat the roasted vegetables. You also will probably die as they will be toxic from the roasted plastic. (19 points)
45. [IMAGE] Let’s see your team displayed like the “Brady Bunch” opening credits except there are 3 rows of 5 pictures (versus the 3X3 we know from the “Brady Bunch” opening credits points). The submission must be 1 image with the 15 frames in it. Each of you must be wearing 70s attire and must look VERY emotionally unbalanced. (15 points)
46.[IMAGE] Your head in a sock monkey hat mounted like a hunting trophy on a wall next to a taxidermy moose head. (113 points)
47.[IMAGE] It’s time to get organized! Create a filing system for chickens in a chicken coup. (52 points)
48. [IMAGE] What do you look like sleeping? What does a close-up of your child smiling in your kitchen look like? What would a cake look like if your child made it with no help from you? And what would your child’s face look like if he or she could eat the cake while you’re still sleeping? MUST SUBMIT AS ONE PICTURE with the four images edited together in progression side-by-side. (31 points)
49. [IMAGE] Build a teahouse under a bridge from recycled materials. Have a cup of tea in it. (73 points)
50. [IMAGE] Belgium is known for its beer. Go to A La Becasse Brewery and hold up a GISHWHES labeled beer. (61 points)
51. [IMAGE] How long was Miss Jean Louis’s “kale binge”? One might find the answer on one of our social media platforms. (29 points)
52. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Build a real igloo-doghouse in the snow. Dog must be visible in the doorway. GISHWHES must be written in food coloring on the doghouse. (58 points)
53. [IMAGE] Carve a Jill O’Lantern! Carve a pumpkin to look like a feminized Misha Collins. Bonus points for realism. (61 points)
54. [IMAGE] Elmo Gone Wrong. What would a Tickle-Me-Elmo look like if it had a serious crystal meth problem? (31 points)
55. [IMAGE] A man in a chicken suit in the pilot seat of a commercial jet. (132 points)
56. [IMAGE] Drop a school bus (may be a toy bus) into red, molten lava from an active volcano. (145 points)
57. [IMAGE] Create a public chalk art piece diagramming Kant’s categorical imperative. (19 points)
58. [IMAGE] You and your friend at a children’s hospital giving a sock or real puppet show. (48 points)
59. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Knit a “GISHWHES” vest for a cat with matching booties. (43 points)
60. [IMAGE] Sign and have notarized (or equivalent of notarized in your country) an affidavit vowing never to build raised garden boxes within the city limits of South Pasadena. (34 points)
61. [IMAGE] What would you and your friend look like if you were a human-sized burrito and taco standing side by side? (57 points)
62. [IMAGE] Build a model of the death scene of Galois in miniature out of legumes. (43 points)
63. [IMAGE] 5 uniformed postal workers hula hooping in front of a post office. (108 points)
64. [IMAGE] Attend a professional soccer (a.k.a. “football” everywhere but North America) game dressed in a US football uniform. Pads, helmet, cleats, etc. (72 points)
65. [IMAGE] Create a 2 foot-high dinosaur out of sanitary napkins. (50 points)
66. [IMAGE] Skydive while holding up a sign that imbeds, “GISHWHES” in a phrase. For example, your sign could say, “Lose your dignity – join GISHWHES.” Or “GISHWHES made me do it.” (168 points)
67. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Find prime factorization for RSA-210. (120 points)
68. [IMAGE] There is a quote on a piece of paper stuck to the bottom of a bench in front of a massive LCD screen in Wuhan, China. Find it and follow directions. If the note disappears the points will be deducted from the last team to the last team to submit a link to an image. (52 points)
69. [IMAGE] You and a friend must take at least 50 of your stuffed animals/dolls on a field trip to a grocery store. All of the stuffed animals/dolls must EITHER be attached to your clothing or in a grocery cart or both. (63 points)
70. [IMAGE] Recreate the snake’s seduction of Eve at a bus stop. Fig leaf, apple, snake, etc. (41 points)
71. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Sculpt your hair with gel, wires, tape, ornaments, animals, and whatever else into what someone would undoubtedly have to classify as the Most Epic Hair Hat the World Has Ever Seen (MEHHWHES) (29 points)
72. [IMAGE] A Yoga class in a yoga studio with at least 10 participants doing the same pose. Unlike everyone else, however, you must be wearing full skiwear including ski boots, skis, hat and goggles. (56 points)
73. [IMAGE] Break your own world record. (20 points)
74. [IMAGE] A bookstore on the Left Bank declares “Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise.” Stand in front of this Parisian landmark dressed as an angel holding up a sign saying, “Don’t touch me.” (64 points)
75. [IMAGE] You handing coats you’ve collected from your closet, friends and neighbors to a local shelter. (70 points)
76. [IMAGE] Make a gorgeous wig out of cheese puffs and/or popcorn. Go shopping for diamonds wearing it. The image must show you in the wig, at the jewelry display case, talking to the sales agent, as you browse the diamonds. (77 points)
77. [IMAGE] If your team could give the entire world one piece of advice, what would it be? Have one a team member hold a sign bearing the statement over their head in front of an internationally recognizable landmark. (38 points)
78. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – A one-page GISHWHES comic strip involving a rhinoceros, a tangerine, and an appendectomy. (33 points)
79. [IMAGE] Rio is the location for the next summer Olympics. In front of the Christ the Redeemer statue, you and 6 of your friends must all be dressed in different Olympian athlete event costumes, and each of you must have at least one piece of equipment (bow and arrow, javelin, pole vault, discus, paddle, puck, etc.) and must be posing as if you were competing in the sport. You may NOT choose tennis, cycling, golf, basketball or football/soccer. If you choose equestrian as one of them, we must see the horse. (68 points)
80. [IMAGE] You posing with a “spaghetti gun” and wearing a woven “spaghetti-hunting jacket”. Spaghetti may be cooked or uncooked. (42 points)
81. [IMAGE] We want to see what the inside of Area 51’s most secret storage room looks like. (42 points)
82. [IMAGE] Let’s see you make a snow angel. But instead of making it from snow, make it from Jello on your kitchen floor (Inspired by Nin Pipariperho) (19 points)
83. [IMAGE] You holding a picture of you holding a picture of you holding a picture of you holding a picture of you holding a picture of an apple. You must have a gold frame suspended around your head. (Inspired by nakedontheimpalacoveredinbees) (33 points)
84. [IMAGE] Stand next to a REAL Olympic gold or silver medal winner. They must have their arms upraised in victory but you must be biting on the medal while it’s around their neck. Must include medal winner’s name in the photo (Inspired by Paige Barton) (98 points)
85. [IMAGE] Cultural exchange: Have dinner with a Sunni and a Shiite or a Hutu and a Tutsi.
86. [IMAGE] A Bejeweled Bosom covered with nothing but jewels (Inspired by Erin Leigh Winchester) (36 points)
87. [IMAGE] Catch the Snipe and show us what it looks like in oil paint. (Inspired by Obadiah Kliest) (17 points)
88. [IMAGE] The Maryann Elizabeth Voisinet. Write a 10-line epically beautiful brilliant love poem addressed to “My Dearest Maryann Elizabeth Voisinet”. In addition to whatever else you put in the poem, include something about how much you like her cooking. The poem should be from your team name. Take a picture of the poem and submit the link here. YOU MUST ALSO mail the love poem to her with a small dried flower to PO BOX 99185, Raleigh, NC USA 27624. It must reach her by November 15th so we can confirm it was sent. (20 points)
89. [IMAGE] A priest, a rabbi and a minister all walk into a bar. (Inspired by Miss Alexandra Roberts) (27 points)
90. [IMAGE] High Tea – a formal tea party replete with parasols, silverware and a string quartet situated in a junkyard or garbage dump. (56 points)
91. [IMAGE] Table a motion (18 points)
92. [IMAGE] A schlemiel and a schlemazl sharing a schmear of schmaltz and getting shickered outside of a shul. (From Nicole Ansell) (19 points)
93. [IMAGE] Using only items found around you (either at work, home, or school), construct a vehicle capable of adventure and mayhem! Vehicle must be transporting a crew of three or more in full battle gear! (From Kat Green) (56 points)
94. [IMAGE] Paint a large unicorn on a military transport truck. You MUST have permission to do so. (114 points)
95. [IMAGE] Kilt made entirely of sliced cucumbers. Must be worn by a man. (From Xiomara Dilrosun) (104 points)
96. [IMAGE] In front of Hallgrimskirkja, you and a friend hold up two signs and two bags of ice. One sign says “Welcome to Iceland!” the other says “Keep your hands off our ice!” (41 points)
97. [IMAGE] Santa Clause in line at the post office with a SACK FULL OF TOYS. Must be at least 10 people in line with him. (From Sarah Charbonneau) (32 points)
98. [IMAGE] A dog taking a human for a walk. Human must be on all fours and have a collar around their neck and the dog must have the leash in his mouth. (From Michelle Rogatski) (34 points)
99. [VIDEO] Big wheel race time. 4 adults racing on plastic big wheels. They must all be wearing formal attire. (38 points)
100. [VIDEO] In mime, depict one of the following phrases: a) “The pen is mightier than the sword.” b) “You’re the bees knees!” c) “Holkyn kolkyn!” (Inspired by Ida Tamminen) (32 points)
101. [VIDEO] A couple who has been together for over 60 years sitting on a couch sharing their secrets to a happy and lasting partnership. They must say what city and country they’re living in at the beginning of the video. (Up to 60 SECONDS) (99 points)
102. [VIDEO] Jog in real “Pumpkin shoes” (you may substitute any squash or gourd), wearing jogging shorts and headphones down a busy sidewalk. (50 points)
103.[VIDEO] Two three-year-olds wearing suits and ties standing at a lectern explaining the Greek debt crisis to the camera. (28 points)
104. [VIDEO] The “Lydia Easter”: Recreate a scene from your favorite movie. Hold on, not so fast! You must film this scene in the EXACT SAME LOCATION that it was filmed in the movie (same bus stop, restaurant, park, castle, shark’s belly, etc.) The actors must be dressed the same, same props, etc. The more identical the scene the more points you will receive. Extra points for depicting a scene from one of Lydia’s favorite movies: “Mao’s Last Dancer” or any of the “Harry Potter” movies. (2 minutes) (100 points)
105. [VIDEO] The first meeting of an adopted child with their biological parent. We will know if this is staged with “actors”. Don’t lie – bad karma is not a good thing. (148 points)
106. [VIDEO] Film a Random Act of Kindness and set it to music. (May be up to 90 seconds.) Must include voice over. Note: Your video will be automatically entered into the non-profit Random Acts’ SAARA contest. If your video submission wins the contest, up to $3,000 will be donated to the charity of your choice! See this link for all details: http://www.therandomact.org/events/saara/ BE SURE TO SUBMIT THE VIDEO LINK ON THE GISHWHES WEBSITE, not the Random Acts website. We will allocate your GISHWHES points and forward your video to Random Acts. If your team wins the SAARA contest, your team will vote on which charity should receive the donation. If you can’t come to a consensus on which charity to support, we’ll do a blind drawing to select a winner. Good luck! (121 points)
107. [VIDEO] A man and a woman in full wedding attire, standing perfectly still holding hands in a well-lit crowded public space for 20 minutes. Neither of you can move. This submission must be time-lapsed so the entire 20 minutes is condensed to 20 seconds – fast motion. (79 points)
108. [VIDEO] Wearing swim flippers and a mask, approach a complete stranger in a public space and then hand them a “seaweed bouquet” with one flower in the middle of it. (82 points)
109. [VIDEO] Ever seen this? http://www.upworthy.com/if-your-dad-did-this-you-are-probably-an-awesome-person?c=upw3 Let’s do the same thing but edit together multiple kids under the age of 5 singing “It Sucks to Be Me” from the Avenue Q musical. They must be lying down getting ready to nap, playing with toys, painting or drawing or doing other kids things while they’re singing. (79 points)
110. [VIDEO] Let’s see your family dress and pose and create the “Worst Family Holiday Card Ever”. Note: everyone must be holding a cucumber. If you use an image already on the Internet and try to “doctor” in the cucumbers your team will be docked 60 points.(60 points)
111. [VIDEO] Created a choreographed lip-synced dance performance to one of Jason Manns’ or Rob Bennedict’s (Louden Swain’s) songs. Must be dynamic, must really tell a story, must involve costumes (and costume changes points) and must have a cast of at least 15. (123 points)
112. [VIDEO] A mechanical catapult that sends a pumpkin more than 100 feet across an open field. MUST be mechanical. (284 points)
113. [VIDEO] Three adult men with facial hair (ideally beards) wearing ballerina costumes, successfully trick-or-treating (getting candy) from an unsuspecting homeowner. (Note: we will be able to tell if the homeowner is actually surprised or not because we have Licensed Homeowner Surprise Analysts on staff.) (49 points)
114. [VIDEO] Give a psychic reading to a psychic with a crystal ball. (40 points)
115. [VIDEO] Three of you dress up like frogs and play “leapfrog” in your local Starbucks or chain coffee shop. We must see patrons and must hear “Ribbit!” each time you leap. (31 points)
116. [VIDEO] Get a full church choir (in a church!) to sing a 30 second remixed version of Willow Smith’s “I whip my hair back and forth.” But there’s a catch: Unlike the original version, which is an assault on both the senses and humanity itself, this rendition actually has to be musical and moving. (91 points)
117. [VIDEO] Play “Duck Duck Goose” with real ducks and geese. (38 points)
118. [VIDEO] Create a video of a mock news show (realistic set) where you are at a desk and announce that GISHWHES has taken over the world and what that means for everyone. The more realistic the set/video the more points. (92 points)
119. [VIDEO] Recite “The Raven” to a crow. (21 points)
120. [VIDEO] Have a native speaker of Zigeuner say the following, “I was having trouble with my sex life until I joined GISHWHES. Now things are going great in bed.” (82 points)
[IMAGE] Sew a one-piece outfit that covers your entire body except for your hands, feet, and head. It should be made from 21 different pieces of fabric. Multiple colors is acceptable. You must be wearing it, and a Captain’s hat. Pose in front of your local Post Office and stand at “Attention” when your photo is taken. (51 points)
121. [VIDEO] A group of at least 8 people wearing newspaper hats, performing the Haka in a government building. (Inspired by Yeal Rosen) (33 points)
122. [VIDEO] Dress in a homemade GISHWHES cheerleader outfit and stand outside a metro station or office building and cheer people on going in to work. (From Deby G) (30 points)
123. [VIDEO] Build an abacus from human beings. Use it to calculate something for a passerby. (77 points)
124. [VIDEO] Shoot an erotically charged scene. (No nudity! This is just the erotically charged foreplay). The film must involve a pizza man and the actors can ONLY talk about grammar and fonts. Please use at least three of the following terms, “kerning,” “serif,” “gerund,” “participle,” and “imperfective.” (69 points)
125. [VIDEO] Have an octogenarian teach you how to do the Charleston. (53 points)
126. [VIDEO] Get an orchestra in a symphony hall with at least 25 instruments to play “Carry On My Wayward Son”. (225 points)
127. [VIDEO] You in a flight attendant uniform, on a public transit system (that is NOT an airplane). Once the passengers are seated, give a full safety demonstration. Use props and carefully choreographed gestures. (Inspired by Cherylyn Crill) (75 points)
128. [VIDEO] Get His Serene Highness Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein to endorse your team. (132 points)
129. [VIDEO] One of you pulling up to a fast food restaurant drive-thru to order a meal, but instead of ordering a meal, you are only allowed to make sheep noises into the intercom. Must clearly hear the person on the other end of the intercom. (From Mel Clark-Schwartz) (19 points)
130. [VIDEO] Get your (1) team name or a team member’s full name and (2) GISHWHES mentioned on a broadcast television news program. (153 points)
131. [VIDEO] Recode a version of the original Pac Man so that the ghosts are now unicorns and Pac Man is the face of George Bush. Then play a game. (111 points)
132. [VIDEO] A rocking horse wearing a sock monkey hat skiing off a regulation-sized ski-jump. (No passengers allowed!) (123 points)
133. [VIDEO] A woman wearing traditional shaker attire playing “Dance Dance Revolution”.
134. [VIDEO] Create a petition to declare P does NOT equal NP and get strangers on the street to sign it. Must include a convincing pitch about the dangers of P=NP. (23 points)
135. [VIDEO] A man wearing traditional mariachi attire playing “Guitar Hero”. (51 points)
136. [VIDEO] March to a different drummer. 10 people in a busy, indoor shopping mall must be marching in sync to the beat of a snare drum being played loudly by an 11th person. Another person must be marching nearby to a distinctly different beat played by a second drummer. (63 points)
137. [VIDEO] A rock band performing in front of an audience of at least 1000 people. They must say at the microphone, “This next one is a new song. We’ve never played it in front of a live audience before. It’s going to be the first song on our next album and we hope you love it…” And then they must sing the song “Three Blind Mice” in rounds. (280 points)
138. [VIDEO] A woman, in a clean empty room, sitting in lotus position in the middle of at least five live snakes. She must be rubbing oil onto her arms from a silver bowl and clearly be enjoying it. The more snakes the more points. They must be real snakes. If they’re not, points will be deducted from your team. Go for the best photo/video quality. (220 points)
139. [VIDEO] It’s Halloween! Carve GISHWHES into a pumpkin. Wait for nightfall. Have a child with a flashlight hide inside the pumpkin pop out and scream “GISHWHES.” Hint: must be an enormous pumpkin for a child to fit in it. (80 points)
140. [VIDEO] A stop-motion film depicting the two by two loading of Noah’s ark and the ensuing flood. (99 points)
141. [VIDEO] Watch the TV show Supernatural on a black and white TV set powered by an antique stream-fed wooden watermill. Your video must be a continuous, unedited shot that starts showing us the water going into the water-wheel then moves to show the belts powering a generator, which in turn powers the TV. (287 points)
142. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Pun item: It’s called “Hurricane Sandy” for a reason. Show us why. (18 points)
143. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Local news coverage of a very sweet and heroic act that your team perpetrated in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Must mention GISHWHES or your team name or at the very least, the term “scavenger hunt.” (91 points)
144. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Someone with their thumb out to hitch hike in front of a subway or metro stop that has been closed due to weather on the eastern coast of the US. Note: this photo must, like all other “outdoor” items, be taken AFTER your local authorities have said it’s safe to go outside, but before the public transit system is back up and running. (33 points)
145. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Someone skateboarding on the floor of an otherwise empty New York Stock exchange taken mid-day. (148 points)
146. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Make a children’s doll from items found in your refrigerator or pantry. Go ahead and really creep us out with this one. (24 points)
147. [VIDEO] Hurricane Item – Make a comfortable fort in your living room using furniture, sheets, pillows, towels and curtains. From inside your fort, show a storm raging outside your window. This video must clearly show high winds and rain outside the window and the window must have an “X” of masking tape across it. (32 points)
148. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – A picture of you and a loved one kissing. Here’s the catch though – you must have at least 11 food items between your lips and the lips of your loved one. (29 points)
149. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – Draw or paint a picture of Miss Jean Louis riding a school bus like a horse as it flies off a cliff into a volcano. There can be no passengers and she must have a dialogue bubble above her head that says something she would definitely say at this moment. (32 points)
150. [IMAGE] Hurricane Item – It’s Medieval Battle Time! Huzzah! You and a friend or loved one, dress up in your best battle gear/armory comprised entirely of kitchen ware. You can be wearing nothing else. Strike dueling poses. (39 points)
151. [VIDEO] Hurricane Item – Recite these lines from Edna St. Vincent Milay’s poem, “First Fig”: “my candle burns at both ends—It will not last the night;—But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—-It gives a lovely light,” with a candle burning at both ends in front of your face. No other sources of light may be visible. In the background, we must hear the droning howl of Hurricane Sandy. (19 points)
152. [VIDEO] “The Maryam Al-Thani” – Dress up in Amish clothes, and use a horse or horses to tow your car into the parking lot of a corporate office building complex with “Gangnam Style” playing out of the car’s stereo. (70 points)
1. IMAGE: “GISHWHES Hugs the World!” We are going to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of people hugging. The current record is 69,004. DO NOT SUBMIT THIS ITEM ON THIS PAGE! Go to www.gishwhes.com/hugtheworld.php to submit an image of you hugging someone or someone you know hugging someone. Every hug image is worth 3 points and your team can earn up to 300 points. If everyone on your team submits 5 hugging images, that’s an easy 225 points! (300 points)
2. VIDEO: Go order food at your favorite fast-food restaurant. Greet the attendant, explain how hungry you are, what you want to eat, and how good it will make you feel. One thing, you must speak as the Bard wrote. Place your order in Shakespearian verse. (42 points)
3. VIDEO: Modify a stationary exercise bicycle so that when you pedal, the spinning wheel powers a mixer that whips heavy cream into whipped cream. Make the whipped cream and eat it. You should be dressed in late 80’s style aerobics wear. The finished video should look like a short infomercial. (113 points)
4. IMAGE: You know the expression, “Beefcake?” As in, “He’s such a beefcake!” Have you ever really stopped to think about it? What exactly is a beefcake? It sounds good, right? I think we should have beefcake for dinner. Serve frosted beefcake at a family dinner where at least 3 generations are represented. (39 points)
5. IMAGE: A stormtrooper at a laundry mat folding clothes. (56 points)
6. ITEM EVENT: Join Misha Collins to break another Guinness World Record! Show up in the northwest corner of Central Park, Burnaby, BC (part of metro Vancouver) on Thursday at 2pm for 2-3 hours. Exact location in the park and more details to be announced on the ‘Updates’ page early this week. You will need to bring at least 100 safety pins (each safety pin must be 1-2 inches long), a dozen+ pieces of paper (any type) and a pen or marker. Also (this part is optional but will guarantee you euphoria in the afterlife) bring a gently used coat or blanket that’s in reasonably good condition that you are willing to say goodbye to. (20 points)
7. VIDEO: Make a “DIY” (do it yourself) instructional video on how you can repair a damaged marriage using only bubble gum, a stapler, canned peas, dental floss and a hair dryer. Your video must include demonstrations and caution statements. (31 points)
8. IMAGE: Dress your grandfather (or a man over 75) like a teenage girl from Jersey Shore. (16 points)
9. IMAGE: Let’s see you and a friend, seated side-by-side, donating blood or platelets. Wear something festive on your head to commemorate the occasion. (33 points)
10. IMAGE: Jennifer Kristiansen. While showing some sign of the dragon-attack on your clothing or body, panhandle on a sidewalk (NOT ON A MEDIAN IN TRAFFIC!) with a sign that reads: “A DRAGON BURNED MY CASTLE DOWN.” Donate any money given to you to your local food bank. Bad karma if you don’t. (47 points)
11. VIDEO: Try to eat a large sandwich in one of those simulated skydiving machines. Bonus points if it’s a “sloppy joe” (up to 15 second video). (64 points)
12. IMAGE: In my town, the sanitation worker who hangs on to the back of the truck always dresses as the Velveteen Rabbit. What does he wear in your town? 0 points for overalls or standard sanitation uniforms. (39 points)
13. IMAGE: A fully dressed nun in her habit going down a waterslide or swinging on a rope into a river. (100 points)
14. IMAGE: You, dressed as The Flash in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) tunnel. If this is too difficult, you will get full credit for dressing as The Flash in any actual, operational particle accelerator. (216 points)
15. IMAGE: Vonda Wright. What would a teddy bear hostage situation look like? (28 points)
16. IMAGE: Russian courts have recently imposed a 100-year ban on Gay Pride parades. Take a photo of two people of the same sex kissing in front of a Red Square landmark.
IMAGE: Russian courts have recently imposed a 100-year ban on Gay Pride parades. Let’s support our Russian LGBT Community! Take a photo of two people of the same sex kissing, while holding up a sign that says: “GISHWHES supports the LGBT Community in Russia!” (77 points)
17. IMAGE: A rooster wearing a Gishwhes tank top. (62 points)
18. IMAGE: A dog that looks like a wolf wearing a Gishwhes t-shirt. Bonus points if it’s an actual wolf. (62 points)
19. IMAGE: Krista Keith. Attend a ballet class or “spinning” cycling class wearing full scuba gear -flippers, mask, tanks and all. (70 points)
20. IMAGE: Retrofit a wheelchair and its owner to look like a powerful superhero in a “Gishmobile.” (69 points)
21. VIDEO: Find an example of someone who engages in sustained generosity in your community and then do something nice for them. For example there is an 82-year-old Connecticut barber who always offers free haircuts to the homeless in exchange for hugs. You could find this barber and polish his shoes. Find someone similar in your own community and do something nice for them. In the video, you must describe what the person does for their community, and then show what your kind gesture toward them is. (32 points)
22. IMAGE: Alicia Graham. Model this summer’s hottest fashion trend. Let’s see a swimsuit made entirely from tea bags. (68 points)
23. IMAGE: Prom Night! Get dolled up or decked out in your most fabulous prom-wear and pose for an awkward prom photo next to your date holding their… side-view mirror. A car must be formally dressed as your prom date. (91 points)
24. VIDEO: From cardboard and other materials create a miniature movie set of buildings, skyscrapers and homes. The tallest “buildings” must be at least 3 feet tall. Now dress as the Wooster and demolish/attack the city. Submit a slow-motion of the attack including sound effects. (69 points)
25. VIDEO: Do a stealth act of kindness for someone in public or at work like leaving a flower on their windshield, or a “kindness note” at their desk, etc. Film them discovering it. (32 points)
26. IMAGE: Emma Brofjorden Chevin. Take a picture of you with someone who has won an Oscar. The Oscar statue must be in the picture with the two of you. One of you must be wearing a bald cap. Photoshop the name of the Oscar-winner into the image. (93 points)
27. IMAGE: Annie Houston. Get your ducks in a row. 4 of them. But they must be live ducks in movie theater seats. (73 points)
28. VIDEO: Go to work dressed as a robot. We must see clips of you getting ready in the morning, commuting, and arriving at work and doing your job. We must also see the reactions of people you pass on your commute and/or at work. (102 points)
29. IMAGE: You’re a pirate, so dress like one. In addition to the eye-patch and other accoutrements you must have a live bird perched on your shoulder. You should be standing on your ship’s deck, which in this case is neither a ship, nor a deck… it’s a queue at the Department of Motor Vehicles. (75 points)
30. VIDEO: Roost on a busy sidewalk until your egg hatches. Announce the birth with a squawk (no more than a 15 second video). (29 points)
31. IMAGE: Miriam Weiss. Have at least six men in military, police or fire uniforms holding you over their heads as you sunbathe on your beach chair. (48 points)
32. VIDEO: The Scottish have their highland games that include an event where a man in a kilt throws a long wooden pole or trunk (caber) as far as he can. Let’s see this, but have the man in a full Scottish kilt throw a caber that is at least 10 feet long and is painted or adorned to look like a giant piece of asparagus or other vegetable. (59 points)
33. IMAGE: Laura Camanini. Dialysis treatments are long and boring. Entertain a dialysis patient during their treatment. (26 points)
34. IMAGE: A roach retirement home. Must have live cockroaches in it and must be sized to their scale, for their comfort and enjoyment. (56 points)
35. IMAGE: You’re naked and late for your day job of saving cities. You’re in your garage with no time to hit your secret lair. Get dressed using only auto/home improvement tools and landscaping items. (48 points)
36. IMAGE: (CALENDAR ITEM) Make yourself into a truly irresistible pastry or desert. Place yourself where we might find such a treat: on a countertop, in a display case, at a buffet, in a picnic basket, etc. (82 points)
37. IMAGE: An elderly couple holding hands as they crush grapes for wine the old fashioned way. They must be at a real winery in a real wine-grape-crushing barrel and they must be at least ankle-deep in grapes. (72 points)
38. IMAGE: Rage against the dying of the light. (22 points)
39. IMAGE: You car has taken a sudden affinity to trash. Oblige its indulgences. Decorate its entire exterior with trash. (43 points)
40. VIDEO: Kristy DeMoe. Dress up as a character from Supernatural and perform heroic crosswalk duties at a busy intersection. (19 points)
41. IMAGE: Have a pool party with at least three guests swimming. In this case, your “pool” shall be made from a large garbage can or dumpster. The party must also include towels, a BBQ, cocktails and floatation devices. All three people must be in the “pool”. Bonus points if it’s a dumpster. (80 points)
42. VIDEO: Film your team’s GISHWHES experience – you all communicating with each other via the Internet, doing courageous items in public, items at home, laughing, crying, screaming, running – we want to see it all. Include a couple of personal voice-overs or video clips of one or more of you commenting about how it affected you (bad or good). We want to see the journey. Edit it into a 2-minute video. (103 points)
43. IMAGE: Go to Jigokudani Monkey Park and, dressed like a “Snow Monkey,” pose with your fellow creatures. (124 points)
44. VIDEO: Valerie Grotto. Gel your child’s (under 6 years of age) hair kind of crazy and tussled like Einstein’s, then have them explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in his or her own words. (24 points)
45. IMAGE: Strike up a conversation with a homeless person, talk to them until you know their first name, where they are from, and what their favorite food is. Bring them that food and, if they give you permission, take your picture with them and their meal. (38 points)
46. IMAGE: A sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate wearing a sock monkey hat. The congressperson must be photographed talking seriously with someone wearing a suit and tie in an office or hallway. Photoshop the name of the congressperson onto the bottom of the image in the following format: Representative John Doe, D-New York. (48 points)
47. IMAGE: Sell an eBook to Jeff Bezos. (104 points)
48. VIDEO: Create a simple two-player video game. Player one’s avatar is, of course, the GISHWHES 2013 mascot, the Wooster. Player two is the GISHWHES 2012 mascot, the Fograt (Google it). (77 points)
49. IMAGE: Take the road less traveled. (9 points)
50. IMAGE. Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, Peter Pumpkin, Little Boy Blue and the Queen of Hearts at a late-night vice-ridden poker game. (87 points)
51. IMAGE: Alana Roberts: Host a diaper drive and donate the diapers to a diaper bank or homeless shelter. Take a picture of you delivering the diapers. (48 points)
52. VIDEO: Have elementary school kids perform the Ukranian Arkan dance or the Greek Kechagiadikos dance – we’re not prejudiced so either is acceptable. (63 points)
53. VIDEO: Using clips of West Collins that his parents have exploitatively posted online, lay down a rockin’ beat (electronic or human beat box) and create an original rap song. The lead “singer” will be West. You provide the dancers. (46 points)
54. IMAGE: Decorate your cubicle or office as GOTTWHES “Greatest Office Trap the World Has Ever Seen,” including an enticement to lure strangers in. Sit in it and wait. (27 points)
55. VIDEO: Erin Leigh: A preacher in church condemning GISHWHES and GISHWHESHEANS. (44 points)
56. IMAGE: Create an online dating profile for your pet on a real dating site. (25 points)
57. IMAGE: Start a twitter feed for your alarm clock. Get at least two hundred followers. At least once a day the account must post: “BEEP! BEEP! 7:00 AM.” We will be checking the twitter accounts to verify count. (46 points)
58. IMAGE: Give a concise summary of the proof of the “abc conjecture.” (18 points)
59. VIDEO: Tisha Fay: Hold a pillow fight that involves 10 or more people all in pajamas. (22 points)
60. IMAGE: Safari time! Construct an animal you would see in the African savanna entirely from feminine hygiene products. (47 points)
61. IMAGE: Sidney Scott. CS Lewis once said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!’” Take a picture capturing this exact moment. The two must have something very visually unique about them. The photo must be taken in a crowd of other people who do not share this unique quality. For example, both could be dressed as cavemen at a crowded train station. (57 points)
62. IMAGE: Let’s see your interpretation of “helium pants.” (32 points)
63. IMAGE: Edit screencaps of 10 different instances of your team using the word, “abnosome” (or one of its conjugates) in online posts into one image. In other words, 10 images edited in a grid into one image. This will introduce the world to this new, and important word, which of course means: “abnormal in an awesome way.” (38 points)
64. VIDEO: A university professor giving a technical explanation of why the telegraph will inevitably be making a comeback. (58 points)
65. IMAGE: Have a group of children (the more the better) collect litter from a beach or park. Then have them make a sculpture or sculptures from the trash they collect. This must be two images edited into one with the images side by side: one showing the kids collecting the trash, and the other showing their final creation (with the kids posed behind it). (28 points)
66. IMAGE: (Four photos joined into a single digital image). Shoot a real life comic book page. In other words, shoot 4 photographs of something that looks like it would be in a comic book or graphic novel and arrange the photos like panels onto one page. This must be an original story with original characters and it must be staged, not photoshopped. You have to figure out how to make the thought or dialogue bubbles and lettering during the shoot. (162 points)
67. IMAGE: Use a smartphone or tablet computer to find water. You must be riding a camel. (92 points)
68. IMAGE: Viking rats. (32 points)
69. IMAGE: Toast for underwear. Butter and jam are optional. (22 points)
70. IMAGE: Go to Iguazu Falls holding an umbrella made from used aluminum cans and plastic utensils (forks, spoons, and knives). (89 points)
71. VIDEO: Dress up in your finest “steampunk” attire and get behind the wheel, rudder or other steering instrument of a steam-powered vehicle (train, steamboat, thresher, etc.). (66 points)
72. VIDEO: Time lapse: A family of at least 4 posed for a Holiday Card in full Holiday dress. It must be in a mall or similar crowded public place. You all must stand posed completely motionless for 5 minutes, smiling, with the video condensed to 20 seconds. (66 points)
73. IMAGE: Create a shrine to an actor from a CW show. Pay homage to it. (56 points)
74. IMAGE: Create a promotional poster designed to market ukuleles to heavy metal guitarists. Ideally your campaign would feature Dan Spitz. (29 points)
75. IMAGE: “You are what you eat.” Prove it. (21 points)
76. VIDEO: Dance in the middle of a boring school class while your friend beat-boxes. Detention lasts an hour, the memory, a lifetime. (27 points)
77. IMAGE: FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 ONLY! Paint or draw a picture of what you love most in the world. Then write what it is under the picture. Parents may provide the description if the child chooses not to demonstrate their genius penmanship that day. (22 points)
78. VIDEO: Two people in business suits at a small conference table discussing how fed policy affects mortgage interest rates. Use terms like, “quantitative easing,” “macro economic,” and “private equity.” The conversation must be rife with sexual innuendo. (55 points)
79. IMAGE: There was something you always wanted to do as a child but never did. Do it. (24 points)
80. IMAGE: Create your own homemade team uniform. Each team member must wear the uniform and have a photo taken. Compile the photos into a grid of photos with your team name at the bottom of the image. (61 points)
81. IMAGE: A live mouse, as a passenger in Barbie’s car. (22 points)
82. VIDEO: Build a prototype for a WMD (Weapon of Mass Dictation). (33 points)
83. IMAGE: Mexico is famous for the perfect desert: the churro. We know churros are delicious, but what else are they good for? Improve on perfection by modifying a churro to serve an alternate non-food purpose. (27 points)
84. IMAGE: Three of you tour the Dali Museum in Spain. You all must be wearing large fake mustaches. (39 points)
85. IMAGE: There are Seven Wonders of the World. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonders_of_the_World) Claim one of them for your team by staking your team flag in front of it. (98 points)
86. VIDEO: Start a chant at a sporting event. Rather than chanting a player’s name or an inspirational cheer, the chant should be “GISHWHES”. At least 200 people need to be chanting. (123 points)
87. IMAGE: Host a seated traditional Japanese tea ceremony in an elevator to make the passengers feel more at ease. (48 points)
88. VIDEO: Let’s see a marching band playing “Carry on My Wayward Son.” They must be in marching-band attire and marching in a populated school location or in a populated public area. A cosplay character from Supernatural must be leading them. (89 points)
89. VIDEO: Create a dynamic, documentary short film exposing little-known facts about your hometown (two minute video). (49 points)
90. VIDEO: Someone you know has always wanted something incredible. Get it for them. Surprise them. Catch the surprise on video. (81 points)
91. VIDEO: Pitch a quoit in your finest medieval ware at a popular dog-walk park. (28 points)
92. IMAGE: Jennifer Gutierrez. Cosplay “Gishbot” (www.twitter.com/gishbot) as realistically as possible in public. (66 points)
93. IMAGE: Sara Anderson. Release the Kraken. (19 points)
94. IMAGE: While scuba diving underwater, show us your spear fishing trophy kill. Today’s catch is not fish, however, it’s a large piece of man-made trash with the words “GISHWHES Sanitation” written or attached to it. (74 points)
95. IMAGE: We all know that colonels in the Russian army wear boxers, but we want proof. (39 points)
96. VIDEO: FLASH MOB! Musicians and singers playing and singing “Carry On My Wayward Son.” The performance must take place in a crowded place of people sitting and waiting: a large train station, a mall, a passport office, an airport, etc. The video must begin with all of the performers undercover, blending in with the rest of the public. Then, one musician stands and begins to play their instrument. Then the others slowly join in. Record the full song and 20 seconds before the song begins. There must be AT LEAST 6 musicians and 6 singers playing to a public crowd of at least 35. (200 points)
97. VIDEO: Go through a fast food drive-through with an adult dressed as a baby in a car seat in the back. The adult must have a pacifier in his or her mouth and must be pre-verbal. The video clip must scan from the driver ordering food to the adult-child in the backseat to the fast-food employee at the window. FYI the adult-child will require extra napkins. (66 points)
98. IMAGE: Smoke a fake cigar and make a champagne toast as the proud father of a new litter of baby non-human mammals that are displayed next to you. (39 points)
99. IMAGE: Taxidermy animals dressed for and playing or doing one of the following: roller derby, doubles tennis in whites, a 4-some of golfers (must be traditionally dressed with knickers), cricket players in whites, disco dancing (in 70s disco clothes), synchronized swimming (with nose clips), or a karate class (black belts). (111 points)
100. VIDEO: Record the Nerdist.com theme song using anything but conventional musical instruments or the human voice. (The song is “Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues” by Anamanaguchi.) (78 points)
101. VIDEO: The CEO of a major corporation wearing a business suit dancing to the song “Single Ladies,” using the same dance moves Beyonce did in the music video. (77 points)
102. VIDEO: Install a plaque commemorating a fictional historic landmark. (48 points)
103. VIDEO: Create the packaging for a “Pet Cotton Ball.” Get it put on a store shelf and sell it. Video must show the packaging, its location in the store and the customer buying it. Remember, we have expert criminal psychologists on staff who can easily tell if you’ve staged the purchase. (64 points)
104. IMAGE: Have a prisoner make a license plate with the Impala from Supernatural’s plate number. (57 points)
105. VIDEO: A military aircraft with Gishwhes decals. The video must depict take-off. You may not illegally or secretly graffiti the plane. (185 points)
106. IMAGE: Outfit a public statue of a celebrated historical figure with a knitted or crocheted Gishwhes cardigan. (53 points)
107. VIDEO: Jayne McKenna. Film yourself bungee jumping. You must start the jump by saying into the camera: “I’m doing this for _______!” (you fill in the blank), and then jump. Bonus points if you edit together the camera angle of you talking and another of your entire jump. Super bonus points if there’s also a helmet cam viewpoint edited in as well. (72 points)
108. IMAGE: Let’s see a flattering portrait painting of Star Trek’s George Takei or Felicia Day. Your materials will be sand. Your paintbrush will be your finger. (74 points)
109. IMAGE: Shawne Keevan. Make a suit or evening gown from watermelon rind. (39 points)
110. IMAGE: If Gishwhes were a fraternity or sorority, what would the initiation ceremony look like? (43 points)
111. VIDEO: Time lapse item. Make a wig from your own hair. Wear it. (71 points)
112. IMAGE: Tweet genuine compliments to 10 people on twitter. The compliments must all be personal, true and thoughtful. Tweet them consecutively with the hashtag #poweredbyGISHWHES. Submit a screencap showing the 10 tweets. (18 points)
113. IMAGE: Run an ad in a local paper for the cult you are starting. Sell us on it. Make us want to join. Make grandiose promises. (41 points)
114. IMAGE: Let’s see a portrait of Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist.com made from dried fruit. (44 points)
115. VIDEO: Program a Commodore 64 (or similar vintage) personal computer to turn on a coffee maker and brew you a cup when you type in the command, “Rise and shine!” (84 points)
116. IMAGE: Serve salad in a soup kitchen. (52 points)
117. IMAGE: Narrow the prime gap to 47. (23 points)
118. IMAGE: Make a cozy quilt from old dirty socks. Snuggle up in it alone or with your best friend. (85 points)
119. IMAGE: Type out your team’s one-page manifesto on an old, mechanical typewriter. The page must be legible and the bottom of it must be partially fed into the typewriter. (16 points)
120. IMAGE: Jessica Mejia. Let’s see your most dramatic interpretation of “Death by Chocolate!” (34 points)
121. IMAGE: Enjoy a burrito standing in front of a laboratory. The international laser-warning sign must be visible behind you. (81 points)
122. IMAGE: A Peugeot car in France with a French License Plate and a “Bush/Cheney 2004” bumper sticker. (51 points)
123. VIDEO: Create your own Sonic Screwdriver and use it to get you out of a sticky situation. (65 points)
124. VIDEO: Collect signatures in front of a health food store on a petition to: “Pave all of California’s beaches so we don’t have to get all sandy to go swimming.” Must have a printed form, vest, and clipboard. You must be extremely smiley and optimistic about the whole petition. (42 points)
125. VIDEO: Fold a paper crane whilst sitting outside, uncovered in a rainstorm. (45 points)
126. VIDEO: Is there an “unsung hero” in your life? Well, make them a “sung hero.” Write a short song about the person and why you appreciate them. Sing it to them. Record the very first time they hear the song. (34 points)
127. IMAGE: Make your country’s flag from food or food packaging. (49 points)
128. IMAGE: Write a haiku about waiting. Post it (no graffiti!) at a bus stop. (28 points)
129. IMAGE: Create an innovative piece of “sock monkey” apparel. It can be anything but a hat. Wear it proudly in public. (67 points)
130. VIDEO: Find a dog named, “Castiel.” Call it. Have it come when called. (46 points)
131. VIDEO: Time Lapse: Play the violin using a bow strung with your own hair. (If you are a horse, you may only participate in this item if we see you operating a pair of scissors to trim your mane). If you’re a human we must see video clips edited together of you cutting your own hair, stringing the bow, and then playing the violin with it. (74 points)
132. IMAGE: Create a stained glass window depicting a character or characters from a CW TV show. (91 points)
133. IMAGE: (Screencap) Get Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) to compliment Misha Collins (@mishacollins) on twitter. The post must include a Username from your team. (201 points)
134. IMAGE: As you know, pink ninja sightings are common at Ayers Rock in Australia. Take a photo of tourists spotting one at the rock. (56 points)
135. IMAGE: Have your public service workers over for pie. Seated at the table, and eating their pie, are a fully dressed professional (not costumed) fireman, police officer, teacher and paramedic. (39 points)
136. VIDEO: Train a parrot to say “Jensen,” or “Ackles,” or both. Double points if the parrot chuckles after saying it. (48 points)
137. IMAGE: If Gishwhes were a moving or shipping company, what would its slogan be? Let’s see the slogan on the side of an 18-wheeler. Letters must be at least 3 feet in height. No illegal graffiti allowed! You must have permission from the owner of the truck and we must see the entire truck in the image. Feel free to decorate the rest of the truck as you deem appropriate. (82 points)
138. IMAGE: Design the graphic cover of a romance novel: Misha and the Queen of England in a torrid embrace or otherwise adventurous situation. Give it a creative title. (99 points)
139. IMAGE: In front of the most famous building or monument in your city or town, hold a sign over your head with what your town’s tourism motto should be based on how you see it. For example: “Burkfields, MA! Where people used to have jobs!” or “Los Angeles, CA! Where everyone sleeps in!” (16 points)
140. IMAGE: Liv Heller. Recreate a recognizable piece of architecture or a landmark using only books. Bonus points for size. (31 points)
141. IMAGE: Make a picture book for preschoolers explaining the Pythagorean theorem. (22 points)
142. IMAGE: (Two photos in one image.) “Hell and back.” In other words, we want to see a before and after photo of a GISHWHES 2013 participant. The first photo should depict the participant eagerly getting ready for the great, adventurous week ahead, and the second photo, what the participant looks like at the close of the hunt. (61 points)
143. IMAGE: Create a grammatically correct anagram sentence using the first names of each of the members of your team. The image must show both the first names of your team members and the sentence. (27 points)
144. IMAGE: Children behind the counter of a post office, dressed in postal wear, dealing with adult customers. They must look really bored. (52 points)
145. VIDEO: “GISHWHES” or a GISHWHES theme in skywriting. The plane must be in the process of completing the letters. In other words, we must see the plane, we must see the smoke leaving the plane and we must see the letters. Take photographs as well. You don’t need to submit the photos, just the video. (216 points)
146. VIDEO: Get your team’s new ice cream flavor on sale in an ice cream parlor. The new flavor must have a catchy new name and must be a combination of ingredients that we (the judges) have never before heard of in an ice cream. The ice cream shop employee must tell a customer what is in your ice cream and the customer must sample your new flavor. (58 points)
147. IMAGE: Go to Neuschwanstein castle in Germany and hold a seated séance in the front courtyard with 5 of your friends. Extra points if you have an Ouija board and are dressed as “traveling minstrels.” (64 points)
148. VIDEO: A local TV news piece covering a local radio story. (49 points)
149. IMAGE: Let’s see you in a cage staring down an animal in a cage. The catch: your cage is in his cage. (61 points)
150. IMAGE: Let’s see a watercolor painting of one of your teammates leading the cavalry of a battle charge. The warriors, however, are not riding traditional horses, they are riding rocking horses. Give us a fitting landscape and weaponry as well. (30 points)
151. IMAGE: Surf’s up! Let’s see you surfing while “tin can” talking to another surfer on a different surfboard. Your tin cans must be connected. (70 points)
152. IMAGE: Get Alexander Misurkin, Pavel Vinogradov, Chris Cassidy, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg or Luca Parmitano to take a photo of themselves holding up a sign that says, “Hey (INSERT ANY USERNAME FROM YOUR TEAM)! GISHWHES does space too!” or a similar slogan. As a side note, the preceding individuals are all currently on the International Space Station orbiting planet Earth. (334 points)
153. VIDEO: Project the youtube short film “Stranger Danger” or the Oscar-Worthy feature film, “Stonehenge Apocalypse” at an abandoned drive-in movie theater. (49 points)
154. IMAGE. Change a life! Random Acts (www.therandomact.org) and GISHWHESHEANS are going to change the life of someone and their family! Details will be announced on Tuesday (U.S.) on the “Updates” page. You will submit for it at that time.
Change a person’s life! Go here for details and then submit here. (250 points)
155. MYSTERY ITEM. To Be Announced. (51 points)
Misha Collins: And what are the clothes made out of?
West Collins: Kale.
Misha: Out of what?
Misha: Out of WHAT?
Misha: Okay, so they’re gonna make clothes out of kale?
Misha: And what kind of clothes?
West: Bear clothes.
Misha: Bear clothes?
Misha: Good idea.
West: And dragon clothes.
Misha: Bear clothes and dragon clothes. Fantastic. And…
West: Is, is are they real people?
Misha: They are real people, yep.
West: Is it you and me?
Misha: Yeah, we’ll do it too, if you want. Does that sound good? Do you want to try that?
Misha: Anything else you want to add?
1. IMAGE. I’m certain the elderly love mud wrestling, but they must do it in private because I never see it! Let’s fix this. Catch your grandparents or great grandparents in a mud-wrestling match. (61 points)
2. VIDEO (20 seconds). You (and a friend if you wish) enlist with a local volunteer organization and have yourself filmed doing one of the following: planting a tree, working at a food bank or soup-kitchen, collecting trash, or helping out at a retirement facility. You must be wearing something that shows you seriously know how to party. (51 points)
3. IMAGE. It’s “me time.” Spoil, pamper and be decadent to yourself like you never have before. Oh, and P.S., you’re dressed as a Stormtrooper. (48 points)
4. VIDEO or IMAGE. Clearly your bicycle is underwhelming you with its current performance. Convert your bicycle into a warp-speed spacecraft. Ride it. (41 points)
5. IMAGE. You and your four friends are a five-headed monster with all of your heads poking out of one collar of a giant shirt. Now do yard work. (32 points)
6. IMAGE or VIDEO. As GISHWHES certainly isn’t all about dog-eat-dog competition, find someone on another GISHWHES team and surprise them with an act of thoughtful generosity. Make us tear up. We must see the team name or Username of the individual you are helping. (66 points)
7. IMAGE. Find an object that you’re holding onto for all the wrong reasons. Destroy it mightily. (17 points)
8. VIDEO. A lot of politicians oppose minimum wage laws. Let’s expand their horizons: pay an elected official less than minimum wage to do at least 1 hour of yard work for you. (42 points)
9. VIDEO (time-lapse 20 seconds). Assemble a puzzle with a minimum of 50 pieces in one sitting. The video must show the box with more than 50 pieces and then you putting the puzzle together. For ease of assembly you must be wearing wool mittens or gloves throughout the assembly of the puzzle. (28 points)
10. VIDEO. Go through a drive-through at a fast food restaurant in your invisible car. Order, among other things, a Diet Water. You must have a passenger in your invisible car, and you both must be “seated.” (36 points)
11. VIDEO (slow motion). Set to opera music, stage a water balloon fight between 10 or more participants all wearing business suits. (44 points)
12. IMAGE. GISHWHES has taken its toll this year. You deserve a break. Hit the hot tub with a couple of friends… wearing hats made of ice cream. (37 points)
13. IMAGE. Time flies like a Wooster gone wild. There’s someone in your life – an older family member or an older friend – that will someday be gone. There’s something you used to do with them that you enjoyed or have been meaning to do with them, but never have. Do it now, before it’s too late. (31 points)
14. IMAGE. File a Freedom of Information Act request for any available government files on your parents. (19 points)
15. VIDEO. Have an elderly person teach you an “old-school” skill now considered obsolete. For example, how to operate a telegraph or a mechanical typewriter (those examples are now off-limits). – Jennifer Kristiansen. (33 points)
16. IMAGE. A family of at least four enjoying a formal dinner. All of the place settings, serving utensils, dishes – basically every non-food item above the tablecloth – must be made from Legos. (63 points)
17. IMAGE. You are off to a most elegant formal evening gala. Disaster strikes! Your outfit is ruined! Dress yourself in an outfit fit for such an evening, using only items found in your bathroom. -Hutchinson (49 points)
18. IMAGE. As you well know, all the actors who work on the CW network collect hand-painted paper-mache models of their own heads. Get one of these actors to post a photo on Twitter or FB of them holding your team’s painted paper-mache creation of their likeness. (I understand that what I just wrote was grammatically cumbersome. If you have a hard time understanding what I just wrote, don’t be hard on yourself, you’re not the only one. Join a support group. Just to be clear the image with the celebrity is the GISHWHES item here, not the support group. The support group is just for you.) (65 points)
19. VIDEO (8 seconds). Stand in front of a recognizable landmark or monument, wear something magnificent, and in whatever your native language is, complete the following sentence: “Gishwhes makes me feel_____” (28 points)
20. IMAGE. Based on the Internet, which is always super reliable and never wrong, each year almost 100,000 people are saved by out-of-hospital CPR in the US alone… from everything from choking on food to heart attacks. Get an online or offline CPR certification. It only takes an hour or two to do it online (Internet search for “online CPR certification”); however, the Interwebs say it’s more thorough if you go into an actual class (among many other organizations, the Red Cross and YMCA’s host classes). Your choice. Submit an image of you holding up your Certificate. Bonus points if you do it with a friend. (80 points)
21. VIDEO (20 seconds). Get everyone on a subway, bus or train car to sing “Over the River and Through the Woods.” There must be at least 8 passengers and it must not be staged (i.e. this must be a random collection of commuters, not your friends). (77 points)
22. VIDEO (20 seconds). Because of our subversive influence, most governments have declared GISHWHES to be a national security threat. Have a uniformed officer explain to a unit of servicemen how to neutralize a hostile GISHER. (26 points)
23. IMAGE. Facts: (1) Orlando Jones’s father played for the Philadelphia Phillies, (2) Orlando’s first acting experiences involved playing a werewolf in a haunted house, and (3) Orlando is currently starring in “Sleepy Hollow”. Let’s see you, dressed as a werewolf baseball player, riding a horse while holding a sign that reads, “We are all Orlando!” (36 points)
24. VIDEO. Challenge a professional athlete to a game of hopscotch and win. The video must include both of you hopscotching and the professional athlete’s name. (72 points)
25. IMAGE. Get all of the checkout employees at a supermarket to wear “Mishapocalypse” masks as they ring up customers. They all must be working their individual registers when you take the picture. There must be a minimum of four checkout workers. The more cashiers, the more points. (46 points)
26. IMAGE (two images edited side-by-side). Table Mountain, South Africa; Mount Snowdon Wales; Mount Sinai, Egypt; Mt. Fuji, Japan; and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania are epic peaks. Climb one of them. You must submit two images side by side, one of you in front of the mountain, and the second, with you at the summit, wearing the same clothes, holding up a sign that says: “Everything is easy when you GISHWHES!” (147 points)
27. VIDEO (20 seconds). Surprise a soldier stationed in a remote location. While you’re Skyping with them, surprise them by having one or more of their close friends or family members that they haven’t seen since deployment, pop up behind you. (64 points)
28. IMAGE. Stage a mini-newspaper boat regatta in a public fountain with at least four competing vessels. We must see intense competitiveness and gambling. (23 points)
29. IMAGE. If you’re like me, you’re sick of the go-to barista foam-art. If I have to sip at another latte adorned with a fern or clover shape, I’m going to cry. Let’s see the Elopus professionally recreated in the foam of a café’s hot drink. (24 points)
30. VIDEO. Aisha Tyler is a formidable thumb wrestler. Get a WWE or WWF Wrestler (former or current) to publicly challenge her to a thumb war. Triple points if the match-up actually happens. -Jess Richardson (48 points)
31. IMAGE. Get married. If you’re married, renew your vows. For this ceremony, the marital partners must be adorned in this season’s hottest, stunning and elegant… kitchenware. Make sure your ceremony is well attended and set outside in a stunning location befitting such a momentous occasion. The officiant must be a ship’s captain. (82 points)
32. VIDEO (20 seconds). Get one of the 2014 Gishwhes items you accomplish mentioned and/or shown on a TV news station. (108 points)
33. IMAGE. Batman or another superhero playing bingo at a crowded recreation center. (71 points)
34. IMAGE. Well done! You’ve just managed to catch a rare “Popcorn Child Monster” on camera. (27 points)
35. IMAGE. Suck blood from a doughnut. (10 points)
36. IMAGE. You at the beach, pool or on a boat, wearing a homemade, 99% edible, candy bathing suit. (The remaining 1% can be inedible thread or wire, but we don’t want to see it.) (53 points)
37. IMAGE. “When I grow up, I want to be…” Have a child dress up as what they want to be when they grow up (lawyer, doctor, ballerina, dragon-slayer, etc.). Then stage the photo in the environment they would be working in. (61 points)
38. VIDEO or IMAGE. It’s time the Internet’s bourgeoning Culinary Master was recognized… or panned. Prepare West Collins’ “Pasta with Jam Sauce” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90tZUltzRBc) and have a noted food critic review it. It must be a qualified, published critic. If they’re not a published critic, don’t submit. (102 points)
39. VIDEO. Use climbing gear – grappling hooks, ropes, and carabiners – to summit the mighty ascent of the sidewalk of Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde. (33 points)
40. VIDEO. Collect 100 clusters of dandelion fluff balls, and with the help of friends, blow them all clean within 8 seconds. While you’re at it, you might as well wish for world peace. (21 points)
41. VIDEO or IMAGE. Go through a TSA (or your country’s equivalent) checkpoint dressed for snorkeling. Explain to the TSA what you’re doing, prior to doing it. If they don’t allow it, don’t do it. (71 points)
42. IMAGE or VIDEO. Some regions have legendary monsters like the Loch Ness Monster in Loch Ness, Scotland or the Abominable Snowman in… well, wherever that creature lurks. Catch the mystery monster on camera that haunts your hometown. (41 points)
43. IMAGE. Let’s see a flattering mosaic of one of Misha’s crushes: Dilma Rousseff, Michelle Obama or Sarah Palin, on the window of an office-supply store. The mosaic is made from multi-colored Post-Its. (38 points)
44. IMAGE. Two people kissing across the Russia/Ukraine border. If safety is a concern, the image may be two people (anywhere) wrapped in a Russian and Ukrainian flag, kissing each other. (112 points)
45. VIDEO (up to 30 seconds). Create a Rube Goldberg machine that includes “Eye of the Tiger”, an image of John Travolta, a toilet plunger, and acorns, among other things. – Inspired by Presley and Mike (91 points)
46. VIDEO (up to 30 seconds). Let’s hear “Carry on My Wayward Son” on a giant pipe organ (antique preferred) in a cathedral or church, played by someone wearing a sock monkey hat. – April Carpenter-McVay (41 points)
47. IMAGE. Cavemen get a bad rap, but really, they’re no different from you and me. They like to dine at fine restaurants just like us! (53 points)
48. IMAGE. Four people use their bodies to form a table. Enjoy an elegant dinner for two at this body table. -Carianne Steinman (29 points)
49. IMAGE. Make a 5-foot in diameter bird’s nest on a sidewalk in an upscale neighborhood. Nest in it. (47 points)
50. VIDEO. Perform a competing “Shakespeare in the Park” in Central Park, right before the real show. (33 points)
51. IMAGE. Create the next hip facial hair look or hipster accessory. (14 points)
52. IMAGE. Someone ranked on IMDb’s Starmeter in the top 2,000 wearing a t-shirt with your team name and “GISHWHES 2014” written on it. (66 points)
53. IMAGE. Not to throw around big words, but “Hirsute” means “goat-like or hairy.” Shave a recognizable corporate logo onto a hirsute man’s back or chest hair. Bonus points if the man is holding a product emblazoned with the same logo. (23 points)
54. IMAGE. Covering your unmentionables with something you deem appropriate, how many clothespins can you fit (pinched) on the rest of your body? We know; it hurts. We’re sorry, but no pain, no gain! (32 points)
55. IMAGE or VIDEO. Create the famous “Spider-hair-knot.” Eight long-haired people lying on their backs with their hair tied all together in one big beautiful weave or a nasty knot. Photograph from above. (41 points)
56. IMAGE (two images edited side-by-side). Find someone with the exact same name as you who lives in another state, province, or country. We must see two photos together: the two faces and two ID cards with all private/contact information blacked out except for your names and birth dates. (18 points)
57. IMAGE. Capture the elusive NASCAR with a pink unicorn decal on camera. Must be a bonafide NASCAR. (61 points)
58. IMAGE. Register to be a bone marrow donor: you could save a child’s life or someone’s mom’s life. As a sign of solidarity on this item, I (Misha) pledge to register to be a bone-marrow donor myself during the week of the hunt. This item requires you filling out a form, receiving a “cheek swab test” in the mail, and mailing it back in. The registration process cannot be completed in just one week, but if you show us the photo of your online registration confirmation or email, you will qualify for points on this item. ONLY do this item if you’re serious about going through with the whole process. There are certain requirements, which you must meet (for example, if you are too overweight or have certain health or psychological issues, you cannot be a donor). Also, before proceeding, you should know that the process is much more involved than donating blood. So, if you choose to do this item, don’t lie about your weight, health or willingness to follow through. If, in the future, you do get selected as a donor match (a very very very slim chance – on average less than ½ of 1%), and you turn it down, you will be incurring terrible karma and may be harming someone and their family. Even though we consider this one of the more valuable items on the list we are assigning a low point value to it. Really this item is not about points, it’s about trying to help a stranger. We need to see a screenshot of your application. Each application will be worth 3 points. If you edit several screenshots into one image of you and your teammate’s applications, we will grant 3 points for each application for up to 10 applications making this item worth between 3 and 30 points. (3 points)
59. IMAGE. Fograt, Wooster, Elopus or Marge Simpson tummy-art. The “tummy” canvas in question must be that of a woman who is at least 7 months pregnant. (43 points)
60. IMAGE. Reenact the dramatic death of the Dyerville Giant. You must be standing next to or in front of the real Dyerville Giant. (27 points)
61. IMAGE. Go to your local animal shelter/rescue and hold a photo shoot for one of its residents. Make an adoption flyer promoting the animal using the photos you’ve taken and post them on telephone poles. Prove that your campaign was successful. (It can be multiple images photoshopped into one submission). (52 points)
62. IMAGE. Office art. The boss is away. Take this treasured time to create a beautiful, museum-worthy sculpture in your cubical comprised entirely of company office supplies. If the artist in you feels it is imperative to use a coworker as a base or as an integral part of the piece of work, go ahead and indulge. The world deserves it. (39 points)
63. VIDEO. A brass band quartet performing “Carry On My Wayward Son” from a median strip, while commuter cars are stuck in terrible traffic. (59 points)
64. IMAGE. Pose for a multigenerational, gender-swapping Sears-style family portrait. Take it seriously. (27 points)
65. VIDEO. Let’s see The Flash stuck behind commuters on an escalator. Quintuple points if your Flash is portrayed by Grant Gustin himself. (49 points)
66. IMAGE. Four human heads (alive!) popping out of the sand – each expressing a different emotion. (31 points)
67. VIDEO. On a pool or billiards table, sink at least 4 balls with one shot. So we know it’s you doing it, wear a t-shirt displaying your GISHWHES team name. The more balls that go in, the more points. (39 points)
68. IMAGE (two images edited side-by-side). In Washington State, USA there is a woman whose legal name is “Life Has Meaning.” Another woman has legally renamed herself, “Table.” Find someone whose name is a noun, verb or a phrase, and take a photo with him or her and his or her driver’s license with everything blacked out except for his or her name. (28 points)
69. IMAGE (one image with 15 images edited into it). An image of each of the members of your team in Brady-Bunch style grid format. Photos should be mug-shot style with each team member holding a black and white sign stating their city and country of residence. (72 points)
70. VIDEO. You know how at Starbucks they ask your name and write it on the cup so that when your latte is done, they can say, “Misha, skinny decaf grande latte – extra foam, extra hot, lightly sweet!” When they ask for your name, give the most ridiculous name you can think of when you order your Starbucks beverage. The video is of the barrista announcing your drink and your absurd name. (40 points)
71. VIDEO. Let’s see what a fighter jet passenger or pilot POV looks like. The video must be shot during a flight and the aircraft must do a complete “roll” during the video. After completing the roll, you or the pilot must hold up a hand or arm on which is written, “GISHWHES does Mach 2”, “I flip for GISHWHES,” or a similar phrase. (169 points)
72. IMAGE. Smoke and mirrors. Awe us. (17 points)
73. VIDEO. Throw someone a surprise party with friends they haven’t seen in more than 10 years. Film the first moment of their surprise re-encounter. (72 points)
74. IMAGE. Be the messiah you were always meant to be. Walk on water (must be a lake or pool). We must not see anything under your feet except for water. Not that we need to say this, but: no photoshopping! (56 points)
75. VIDEO. Create a magnificent piece of GISHWHES or Elopus-related art and have it displayed in a gallery art show. The video should show the gallery space, patrons attending the show and viewing the piece. It must be a real art gallery – not your living room attended by friends. – Shannon Vincent (57 points)
76. IMAGE. In case the show needs cast replacements, dress up two barnyard animals like SPN characters (you may not harm the animals). (43 points)
77. IMAGE. It’s August and in much of the world we’re sweating right now. In a region with plentiful water, let’s see gleeful children and firemen playing in an elaborate, temporary water park built by your town’s firemen using fire department equipment. (52 points)
78. IMAGE. Get a previously published Sci-Fi author to write an original story (140 words max) about Misha, the Queen of England and an Elopus. -Annie Houston (59 points)
79. VIDEO. Visit an orphanage, a children’s hospital or a juvenile detention center dressed as Cookie Monster and distribute cookies to the children living there. – Voldie Quirell (68 points)
80. IMAGE. Supernatural nail art. With Glitter. On hairy toes. – Natalie Springhart (19 points)
81. IMAGE. Erect a tribute to Horris Packard, the inventor of Rubber Gloves. (14 points)
82. VIDEO. As you know, William Shatner loves horses and clocks. Modify a cuckoo clock so that when the hour strikes, instead of a bird appearing, a tiny Captain Kirk on a horse pops out. (36 points)
83. IMAGE. The writers and producers of the TV series, “Supernatural”, sometimes pretend they don’t like the limelight. Of course this is false-modesty. Immortalize one of them with a stately portrait done in sidewalk chalk art. (18 points)
84. IMAGE (two images edited side-by-side). Send a military care package. One image is the box with all the items in it; the other image is you delivering it to the post office. (Here’s an example of but one link that can help you find out how to do this: http://www.military.com/spouse/military-life/military-resources/how-to-support-our-troops.html.) – Leah Plath & Lisa Allen (27 points)
85. VIDEO (up to 20 seconds). Ask a senior citizen for their “bucket list.” Help them achieve one of the items on their bucket list. (48 points)
86. VIDEO. Catch a fish, with a fish while dressed as a fish. – Lisa Boals (44 points)
87. IMAGE. Have attendants at a professional sporting event hold up signs spelling out a message. Each sign is one letter. The message must not be sports-related and must be something inspirational and kind. Get your group on the arena’s jumbo-tron holding up the sign. (101 points)
88. IMAGE. Make a mosaic Elopus, 2 meters in diameter, made entirely of natural objects (i.e. no plastic, human-made materials, only leaves, rocks, dirt, flowers, wood, etc). (27 points)
89. VIDEO (20 seconds). Create an Oscar-worthy love scene between William Shatner and Larry King using creative editing of existing footage of each of them. (21 points)
90. IMAGE. Gingerbread Villages are always so cute and quaint. Make a gingerbread village that shows urban blight: needle exchanges, prostitution, heavy police presence, etc. (97 points)
91. IMAGE. Using public transportation, commute to work wearing only the trash your household produced the previous day. (Note: recyclables do not count as trash.) (62 points)
92. IMAGE. Forgive someone with whom you have been holding a grudge against. (18 points)
93. VIDEO. Give one of your favorite and most valued objects to a homeless person. (31 points)
94. IMAGE. Make a tiny adorable mouse from boogers. Must be constructed from real, bonafide boogers. (29 points)
95. VIDEO. Which is faster: a baby learning to crawl or a turtle? Let’s see a race. (26 points)
96. IMAGE. Many people go their whole lives without really getting to know their neighbors. Find a neighbor you’ve never met and offer to sweep their patio, mow their lawn or help them with some other task they have to do. (27 points)
97. VIDEO (30 seconds, edited). Have the proprietor of a crowded sports bar turn off all the televisions. Then, you must serenade the patrons with a song accompanied by an acoustic guitar. The video must show the proprietor turning off the TVs, and the patrons’ reactions as you (and a friend if you wish) sing the song. (74 points)
98. VIDEO. Act/dress like a mannequin, shrub or a trashcan in a shopping center. Suddenly come to life and scare a passing consumer by shouting, “GISHWHES!” (56 points)
99. IMAGE. Zombies need to buy toilet paper too, right? What does that transaction look like? (67 points)
100. IMAGE. Provide visual evidence that unicorns really do fart rainbows. No photoshopping! – Jennifer Cates. (49 points)
101. IMAGE. Submit a TRUE story (less than 50 words) of something nice a stranger did for you to https://podio.com/webforms/8915166/658998. Screenshot the form preview before you submit. (16 points)
102. VIDEO. Do a maypole dance in a bus station (pilgrim attire and flower garlands required). (49 points)
103. IMAGE. Using charcoal or chalk, stencil the term “D2N” on the exterior of a factory. (The “2” must be backwards, but I can’t figure out how to do that on this keyboard.) (27 points)
104. IMAGE. Create a geoglyphic sock monkey in a public space at least 15 meters across. – Frances Mills (101 points)
105. IMAGE. You’ve heard of Ronald Reagan’s “Trickle-down Economics”? The idea is that when rich people get richer, they spend more money doing things like getting their nails done and having their Porches waxed, and that in turn creates more jobs for pedicurist and car washers and other lower income families. Show us what trickle-down ice-cream-onomics looks like: One person on top, messily eating an enormous, melting Sunday, with two people on the floor below, trying to catch the drippings in their mouths as they fall. This needs to be a real mess. (38 points)
106. IMAGE. Let’s see a fully dressed, face-painted geisha mowing the lawn. – Anni Kauniskangas (62 points)
107. VIDEO. Install an official-looking velvet rope on a sidewalk (roping the sidewalk closed). When people approach, prove that chivalry is not dead by graciously holding the stanchion open for them. Note: in the absence of a stanchion you can use a doorway that you installed in the middle of the sidewalk with an operable door, which you politely open. (52 points)
108. Get NASA (@NASA), the CIA (@CIA), or the official twitter feed of another nation or any country’s large federal agency to show their “fun side” in a twitter reply to you that mentions your twitter handle and #GISHWHES. (53 points)
109. IMAGE. Obviously, everyone’s favorite Captain of the USS Enterprise was Jean-Luc Picard. Create a heroic Captain Picard using condiments (mustard, relish, ketchup, etc.) for paint. (19 points)
110. VIDEO (20 seconds). The NSA is watching us. They’re reading our texts and emails and listening to our phone calls. The post office is just another branch of the government, so we can’t trust them either. There is really only one truly secure way to send messages these days… carrier pigeon. Using a carrier pigeon, send a GISHWHES shopping list with your team name on it from one location to another. We must see the pigeon arriving at its destination with the shopping list and see the list unfurled. (114 points)
111. VIDEO. There is a retirement home in Baltimore, MD called Rolland Park Place. My grandmother lives there. Bring flowers, chocolate or funny homemade or store-bought cards for some of the residents. Since this is a bit nepotistic, if Rolland Park Place is out-of-the-way for you, do the same at another retirement home. You must interact with the residents. UPDATE! Misha’s grandmother has thoroughly enjoyed everyone stopping by, but has let her grandson know she would appreciate it if no one would show up to Roland Park after 4pm EDT on Friday, so she can rest up after a long week and catch up on her grandmotherly duties. Apparently it can sometimes be a bit taxing having Misha as a grandson… Thanks Misha’s Grandmother for being a great sport! (68 points)
112. IMAGE. Outside in nature, read “Huck Finn” by the light of a lantern made entirely from lightning bugs. (59 points)
113. VIDEO. Pressure wash something you really shouldn’t pressure wash. -Cassidy Johnson (33 points)
114. IMAGE or VIDEO. You’ve heard of Crop Circles. Let’s see a “Crop Elopus” or “Crop Wooster” or “Crop Fograt” or the word, “GISHWHES” cut into a field of corn or wheat or another crop. The artwork must be at least 1 acre across and should be photographed from an aircraft or from a point of high elevation. (178 points)
115. VIDEO (.WAV FILE). Get NPR to do a story that’s NOT super boring on “All Things Considered” or “Morning Edition” or “Weekend Edition.” The story must mention your team or your name to prove that you inspired the story. (148 points)
116. IMAGE. Food trucks are all the rage, but I think they tend to be a bit speciesist. Get a food truck to sell cat food. It must be on the menu and we must see a cat placing the order. (28 points)
117. IMAGE (three edited side-by-side-by-side images). Collect fruit from a tree on from which the fruit hangs over a public sidewalk. Make jam from the fruit. Eat it. (Provide 3 photos edited into one image). (38 points)
118. VIDEO. More Youtube videos should be close-captioned. Using YouTube’s close-captioning, close-caption one of the videos you submitted for another item. It must have significant dialogue in it. – Kim Palmer (26 points)
119. VIDEO. “Jump the shark”. You will be penalized if you are bitten or eaten by a shark, so plan accordingly. (Liberal interpretations of this item are encouraged.) (21 points)
120. IMAGE. Feed your demons. You are not permitted to submit an image of you eating desert. (22 points)
121. IMAGE (edited side-by-side image). Challenge a movie theater employee: If you beat them in an arm-wrestling competition, they have to give you a free ticket. If they beat you, you’ll buy one. Either way, you get to see a movie. The images should be of you arm-wrestling across the counter and then you enjoying your movie. (40 points)
122. IMAGE. Create a piece of furniture that hasn’t been created yet but would be very useful. Demonstrate its use. – Alex white (34 points)
123. Some things should be broken. Let’s see if we can crash williamshatner.com: get all your friends to visit the site at precisely 9:02AM PST, Monday August 4th. You must show a screencap of the ensuing error messge including the URl in the URL bar. (Hint: Don’t visit the site before that exact time, as it will give the servers time to take on the load.) (65 points)
124. IMAGE. If Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, or Mark Sheppard were part man/part animal, what would it look like and what would its name be? Example: “Jensen Catkles” would be ½ cat, ½ Jensen. Tweet the image with the twitter handle of the actor your hybridizing and the hashtag: #GISHWHESspecieshybridization. You only have to amalgamate one of the aforementioned men. Edit the tweet and photo into one image. (31 points)
125. VIDEO. Sing a harmonized duet rendition of “Eye of the Tiger” with someone standing 30 yards away from you. The camera should be centered between the two singers and we should be able to see both in the frame. -Stefanie Bumbaru (26 points)
126. VIDEO (time-lapse up to 20 seconds). Watch grass grow as you work on GISHWHES items on your lawn. We want to see it in time-lapse: grass must visibly grow. Hint: make sure your camera is positioned in exactly the same place over time and that we can see both you working on the item and the grass, otherwise this won’t work. If we don’t see the grass getting longer you’ll get no points. (89 points)
127. IMAGE. Have an image of Pope Francis permanently tattooed on yourself. (64 points)
128. IMAGE. Bite Luiz Suarez, Gently. (103 points)
129. IMAGE. Improve my (Misha Collins’) Erdős number. Hint: it’s currently lower than 1000. (29 points)
130. IMAGE. An angel made from feminine hygiene products – Rachel Shelby (31 points)
131. VIDEO. Convenience stores need much more oversight. Give Red Cards to customers in a convenience store while dressed as a referee. You must explain their infraction after handing them the card. Whistle optional. (40 points)
132. VIDEO. Launch a protest outside a McDonalds claiming the superiority of post-and-lintels to arches. (39 points)
133. IMAGE. Draw a New-Yorker-style cartoon for the caption “I told them he was half-elephant!” (19 points)
134. IMAGE. You or your pet, in period costume, seated on a Game of Thrones-style kale throne. Make it so good that GOT producers would want it as a marketing poster. (62 points)
135. VIDEO. Choreograph and perform The Dance of the Acyclic Graph. (34 points)
136. IMAGE. The NSA staff has been outed as sharing inappropriate photos discovered during Internet surveillance. Submit the photo you think is most likely to have come from Misha’s computer. (26 points)
137. IMAGE. Lots of new Internet shorthand has evolved: “LOL,” “IMHO,” “OMFG” Come up with the meaning for the Internet abbreviation “IDGHP” and use it in social media. If you get it to catch on, extra points. (31 points)
138. VIDEO. It turns out that jellyfish will be big winners in global warming. Create a PSA to help the humans prepare for a future with jellyfish overlords. (23 points)
139. VIDEO. Play “Carry On My Wayward Son” on acorn tops. – Ana Kauniskangas (31 points)
140. IMAGE. Build a miniature fairy house in Kensington Gardens. It must be constructed entirely from natural objects found in the park, no synthetic materials. If you build next to another team’s fairy house, extra points. (18 points)
141. IMAGE. A museum-quality installation exhibition of the dishware in your cupboard. Artist Statement is NOT optional. (27 points)
142. IMAGE. Develop a parallel algorithm for efficiently inverting a trillion-by-trillion matrix. (14 points)
143. VIDEO. Sing “Dust in the Wind” in a dust storm. (47 points)
144. IMAGE. Find an odd integer other than 1, that is the sum of its divisors (e.g., 6 = 1+2+3 and (1,2,3) are the divisors of 6). (24 points)
145. VIDEO. (Time-lapse). Dress as a Matryoshka doll then strip layers off. (51 points)
146. IMAGE. Create an image of the Elopus and Wooster in an epic battle for mascot supremacy. (23 points)
147. IMAGE. It’s summertime and everyone loves a lemonade stand. But then again, every Tom, Dick and Harry is setting up a lemonade stand in the summertime and the market is flooded. Respond to consumer demand and carve out your own niche. Let’s see two children manning a “Hot Pasta With Jam Sauce” stand. (43 points)
148. IMAGE. GISHWHES rock band album cover including one, some or all of your teammates. (25 points)
149. VIDEO. Shoot a potted plant off a fence post with a potato canon. Not a potato gun, a potato canon. (50 points)
150. VIDEO. Tweed Porn. Let’s see it with an appropriate porn sound track played on a lone kazoo. (No nudity required.) (23 points)
151. VIDEO. Larry King started his career by doing interviews on a morning show at Pumpernik’s Restaurant in Miami Beach where he would interview random customers and staff. Interview Larry King at a diner about his incredible journey since Pumpernik’s. (192 points)
152. VIDEO. Make a children’s Pop-Up book about the CROATOAN Virus ending the world. (43 points)
153. IMAGE. Last year on the GISHWHES winner’s trip, we met some very cheerful members of the Duncan Toyota sales team, around a bonfire. Michael, perhaps the manager of the place (I don’t remember as I was still in a post-Ouija-board-séance fog) is a big fan of Easter eggs. Deliver a dozen decorated eggs to an employee at Duncan Toyota on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada with one of the eggs displaying one of your Usernames. (29 points)
154. IMAGE. Sculpt John Barrowman’s head from duct tape. (41 points)
155. IMAGE. Get a legitimate Term Sheet from a professionally-listed venture capital firm (with their contact information on their official letterhead) detailing their investment in your startup app called “Granny-Grinder” – Grinder for seniors. We will be confirming with the VC firm that the Term Sheet is legitimate. (69 points)
156. IMAGE. Recreate a scene from the cinematic masterpiece “Stonehenge Apocalypse” in miniature – measured to the HO Scale, 1:87 ratio (humans should be around 2cm/20mm tall). Use whatever materials you desire but YOU MUST make everything yourself – No store-brought Stonehenge kits! -Kristy Louise Gibbs (71 points)
157. IMAGE. Get photos of each of your team members printed on microfilm. (53 points)
158. IMAGE or VIDEO. A novel life form. (42 points)
159. IMAGE. Get “GISHWHES” and something identifying your team, captured in Google street view. Edit the exact coordinates of the street-view image over your screen cap. (64 points)
160. VIDEO. Use a 3-D printer to make a quill pen. Write, “Buy new toner cartridge” with your new pen. We must see the pen being printed and the note being written with it. (57 points)
161. VIDEO (20 seconds). The most popular Youtube videos are of cute animals, people falling unexpectedly, twerking, drunken debauchery, politicians doing embarrassing things, the Harlem Shake, video games, and cooking. It stands to reason that if you were to create a video with all of these elements, it would be a viral phenomenon. (26 points)
162. IMAGE. This or any past year’s GISHWHES mascot recognizable in topiary. (99 points)
163. VIDEO. A cheerleading team cheering for the employees of a car wash. (65 points)
164. VIDEO. Your friend is in bed, not feeling well. Feed them a big bowl of warm (not hot) chicken noodle soup. One caveat: instead of feeding them with a spoon, use a leaf-blower. (73 points)
165. IMAGE. On Sunday, August 3rd, at 12:00 PST, someone from your team or a representative of your team, go to Miller Community Center (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/miller.htm) 330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. You must follow the directions for this event posted on our UPDATES page. Submit an image here for your team that Misha directs you to at the event. (89 points)
166. VIDEO. Time-lapse: Re-enact the 1980’s “Pepsi Challenge” with a twist. Take two human molars and put each in a glass. Pour Pepsi into one glass and coke into the other and allow them to sit for 72 hours. Remove. Which is better for discoloring/dissolving teeth? Coke or Pepsi? (32 points)
167. IMAGE. If GISHWHES were a destination vacation, what would the brochure look like? – Misty Figueiredo (35 points)
168. IMAGE. Photograph an Israeli and a Palestinian holding hands and their country’s respective flags (or drawings of their flags). (56 points)
169. IMAGE. Jared Padelecki does not love Excel Documents. Post one to him on twitter that might change his opinion of Excel. (41 points)
170. IMAGE. Trolling for fish is when you drag your line slowly through the water hoping to fool a fish into snatching your bait. On your favorite social media site, create a new user. Your profile avatar will be a photo or drawing of Orlando Jones. Your user name will be evocative of “Orlando Jones.” Now, masquerading as Orlando Jones, troll for–and hook–at least 400 followers. (53 points)
171. IMAGE. You know the expression, “spice up your sex life?” Let’s see how hot sauce can bring a little fire back into a relationship. P.S., the couple in question must be in their 80s or older. (69 points)
172. IMAGE. One of my big pet peeves is that parades only seem to happen on certain designated holidays or for special events. Obviously, it is our god-given right to have a parade anytime we want. Build a Mardi Gras-style parade float and drive it down main street. We must see something related to GISHWHES on the float (a mascot, an item, etc.). (108 points)
173. VIDEO. You see people holding up signs from time to time that say “free hugs.” I have always been wary of those people. I don’t know what it is they’re after. Are they trying to cop a feel? Get me to buy a timeshare? I avoid them. But your “free hugs” sign won’t leave any doubt in the readers’ minds… Wearing a bathing suit, cover every inch of your exposed skin with honey, peanut butter, whipped cream, syrup or jam (if you’ve already submitted an image with peanut butter it will be accepted). Hold a sign on a busy public sidewalk that reads, “Free Hugs.” Enthusiastically attempt to recruit hug-victims. (UPDATE: Gishbot removed “peanut butter” from the item. Peanut butter is now considered to be an “Enemy of the Hunt”. In exchange, we have formed an alliance with whipped cream.) (98 points)
174. IMAGE. Find 19 year-old Alex Wedow and have him make you a “Mega Ice Cream Sundae.” He’ll know what you mean. Then eat the whole thing. Photo must show you holding your empty mega Sunday dish in one hand while Alex holds your hand over your heads as if you were the victor, he’s the referee and the empty dish is the trophy. (39 points)
175. VIDEO or IMAGE. Rollerblade through a museum – Steve Martin style – but wearing a sock monkey hat. (64 points)
176. IMAGE. Try to make yourself look exactly like an iconic local statue (in every detail) and stand next to it. – Gina Cardazone (62 points)
177. VIDEO. A NYT best-selling author or Tony-award winning actor or actress doing a dramatic reading of a section of this: http://apps.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/hdbk/right_of_way.htm (112 points)
178. IMAGE. Birds have style too. Create an architecturally-significant GISHWHESESQUE birdhouse. Hang it on a tree in a public park. On the photo, write the name of the park and the city and country in which it is installed. (45 points)
179. VIDEO. Ride an in-line bicycle-built-for-4. (47 points)
180. IMAGE. This is an item, the outcome of which, will rear its head later and you may have an opportunity to participate in something very strange and wonderful: complete workable architectural drawings for a beautiful, 9 foot by 9 foot, post and beam, open-air teahouse of redwood construction. The teahouse is to be built on an existing 9’X9’ concrete pad. The structure must be designed to be comfortable and accessible to humans, must require no plumbing or electrical, have no doors (just an open entrance), and instead of windows, just openings. Design must call for no nails or screws, only mortises, tenons and pegs (with steel bolts to tie it to the slab). (115 points)
181. VIDEO (20 seconds). The 1980s were great for break-dancing and neon clothing. Remember the “backspin?” Have a junker car do a “backspin” (upside down) on a piece of cardboard set to 1980s rap. The car must have some neon decoration. (167 points)
182. IMAGE. What do Lake Baikal, Lake O’Higgins-San Martin, Lake Hornindalsvatnet, Lake Toba, and Lake Mjosa all have in common? They are all wet and they are part of the “Top 10 Deepest Lakes in the World” list. Float on a raft completely covered in flowers on one of the world’s top 10 deepest lakes near an identifying marker of the lake. NOTE: Crater Lake has now been removed from this list. If you’ve submitted an item from that location (or have an image that you have not submitted yet) you will still receive credit. Do not go to Crater Lake to fulfill this item from this point on. (82 points)
183. VIDEO or IMAGE. Last year, NASA used their official twitter account to politely ask us to stop bothering the astronauts on the space station. NASA has undoubtedly spent the past 12 months regretting this hastily-made decision, so we are giving them a second chance to get in on the fun… Get “GISHWHES conquers space” or “GISHWHES [insert other clever phrase]” written on or in something orbiting in space. 400 points if an astronaut poses with the inscription. No photoshopping allowed! A couple of teams cheated last year on the space item and were disqualified. (289 points)
184. IMAGE. Design a sci-fi movie poster with the stars played by Misha Collins and the Queen of England. You may not use existing altered media images. It must be drawn or painted (digitally painted is acceptable). – Jenn Kirschner. (62 points)
185. IMAGE or VIDEO. Get “GISHWHES” spelled out at night by using the effect of lit and unlit office windows in a skyscraper. We must be able to clearly see the word and it must span at least 30 stories. (291 points)
186. IMAGE. Find a woman at Costa coffee shop on Zhongnan Rd., in Wuhan, China, Thursday evening 7:30-8:30PM (Wuhan time, of course). She’ll be wearing a blue scarf, black t-shirt and white & black skirt. Get a picture of her and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Wuhan!” written on it. (32 points)
187. IMAGE. Find a man at Mykonos restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel, West Bay Lagoon in Doha, Qatar, Thursday 12:30-1:00pm (Doha time, of course). He’ll be wearing a white short sleeve button down shirt with vertical rainbow stripes on the front. Get a picture of him and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Doha!” written on it. (32 points)
188. IMAGE. Find a woman on the steps of the Post Office on 8th ave., between 33rd and 31st st. New York, NY. on Thursday, from 11:20 until 11:50am (NYC time, of course). She’ll be wearing white overalls. Get a picture of her and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in New York!” written on it. If there are many people at this location, up to 10 people can be in each photo. Take your photos quickly as she will be leaving promptly at 11:50. All you need to do is get a picture with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in New York!” in the foreground and her in the background on the stairs (she can be far away and there can be other people in the image). Once you’ve taken your photo, move on to accomplish other items. We don’t want a crowd to gather. This must be an incognito event. Please note, she does not speak English. Communicate accordingly. (31 points) (21 points)
189. IMAGE. Find a woman at Toast, East Perth, Australia on Friday morning 8:00-8:30am (Perth time, of course). She’ll be wearing a red skirt, a purple GISHWHES t-shirt and a navy cardigan. Get a picture of her and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Perth, Australia!” written on it. Bring her a flower. (32 points)
190. IMAGE. Find a woman at Mornington Pier, Schnapper Point Dr., Mornington, Victoria, Australia on Friday at 1:00-1:30pm (Victoria time, of course). She’ll be wearing a GISHWHES T-shirt and beanie, black jacket, and a black and grey scarf. Get a picture of her and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Victoria, Australia!” written on it. Bring her chocolate. (57 points) (37 points)
191. IMAGE. Find two guys at Jameson Hall stairs, UCT, Cape Town, South Africa, Friday from 1:00 to 1:30pm (South Africa time, of course). They’ll be wearing all black with dark sunglasses. Get a picture of either of them and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Cape Town, South Africa!” written on it. (32 points)
192. IMAGE. Find two women at the Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, United Kingdom in the visitor car park, Friday from 5:00 to 5:30pm (Stonehenge time, of course). They’ll have a royal blue umbrella with white polka dots and ruffles. Get a picture of either of them and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you at Stonehenge!” written on it. Bring them a written or recited “kindness haiku” (your choice). (33 points)
193. IMAGE. Find a man here https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-8.490537,3a,75y,296.56h,92.73t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1suN_5z8AfPxNb4UlYLkVVGQ!2e0 in Portugal, Friday from 3:00 to 3:30pm (Portugal time, of course). He’ll be wearing a dapper brown fedora hat. Get a picture of him and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Portugal!” written on it. (31 points)
194. IMAGE. Find a man at Park Las Heras at the intersection of Las Heras and Pacheco de Melo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, from 11:00 to 11:30am (Argentina time, of course). He’ll be wearing a pink plaid fedora. Get a picture of him and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Argentina!” written on it. Bow to him once as you approach. (35 points)
195. IMAGE. Find a woman in front of Churchill High School (8900 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48150), on Friday from 8:00-8:30pm (Michigan time, of course). She’ll be wearing a green Elopus shirt. Get a picture of her and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Michigan!” written on it. Be sure to have your hair styled in a unique way or she won’t accommodate a picture. (37 points)
196. IMAGE. Find a woman in Bolotnaya Square (aka “Swamp Square”) in Moscow, Russia, on a bridge at 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Friday (Moscow time, of course) wearing Gishwhes Green. Get a picture of her and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Russia!” written on it. Curtsy in front of her as you approach or she might not take a picture. (34 points)
197. IMAGE. Find a man wearing a brown baseball cap to the right of the playground on the beach below Boulevard park in Bellingham, Washington at 11:00AM to 11:30AM Friday (Washington time, of course). Get a picture of him and you, with you holding up a piece of paper with your team name and “I found you in Washington!” written on it. Bring him a kite, paper airplane, or frisbee for his trouble. (33 points )
1. IMAGE. Beautifully recreate one of these painting optical illusions or another one you find on the Internet using real bodies and/or props: http://www.thedesignwork.com/65-amazing-optical-illusion-pictures/ (54 points)
2. IMAGE or VIDEO. Do the one thing that you think, if everyone did it, would change the world for the better overnight. Caption the image or video with what you’re doing. (29 points)
3. IMAGE. Kick back in a hammock that’s suspended from trees on opposite banks of a river. (Make sure it’s a safe section of a river to be suspended over.) (71 points)
4. VIDEO. Get 10 of your friends to stand on a field or lawn. Strap inflated balloons to 5 of your friends’ stomachs. The other 5 friends must pop these balloons using only the impact and weight of their bellies or their bums (they can’t use hands, feet, mouths, or anything sharp). (71 points)
5. VIDEO. FELICIA DAY ITEM. Do a dramatic reading of your grade-school report card. (22 points)
6. VIDEO. Design and operate electric or gas-powered “knee and elbow scooters.” When you wear them, they must glide you down the street on your knees and elbows only. The device must be at least four separate pieces – not one or two platforms that you’re lying on. You must wear a helmet or your item won’t be accepted. (118 points)
7. VIDEO. (Time lapse this down to 20 seconds.) Go to the top of a building and communicate with 4 other people on the rooftops of 4 other buildings using flags and the Flag Semaphore system as a mode of communication. The first person must spell out “GISHWHES”. The second must spell out “MAKES” and the next must spell out “ME” and then the fourth must finish the sentence with whatever they wish. Subtitle each one on the video. (63 points)
8. VIDEO. (Time lapse this down to 20 seconds.) You and a friend must build and launch two dueling paper airplanes using only your mouths to build and launch them. (50 points)
9. IMAGE. A drawing, painting or digital image (no photoshopping of existing images) of Misha and the Queen as 1950 pin-up BFF girls. (72 points)
10. VIDEO. Find someone you love and butter them up; literally, cover them in butter and then give them a big hug. – Carianne Steinman (56 points)
11. VIDEO. Have at least 5 police officers with connected hands do a repeating breakdance wave in a ring and set it to a breakin’ beat. (34 points)
12. VIDEO or IMAGE. Show us what Supernatural will look like at the start of Season 50. -Sara and Caitlyn Cacador (63 points)
13. VIDEO. (Video may be up to 20 seconds) Design and build a voice recognition device or robot stationed next to a toilet that flushes it when prompted by the voice command, “Crowley.” We must see you speak for 10 seconds prior to saying “Crowley” (you can say whatever you wish for this 10 seconds) but only see the flushing when “Crowley” is uttered. We must see the speaker’s face, the flushing mechanism and the toilet bowl in the video framing the entire time. (84 points)
14. IMAGE. Glaciers are melting – so act accordingly. Pose at a major glacier wearing a swimsuit with floaties (automatic double the points if it’s on the Khumbu Glacier at Everest Basecamp). Caption your image with “It’s melting” (and then the glacier you’re at). Don’t cheat with where it’s at. I’ve been to them all. (83 points)
15. VIDEO. (Video may be up to 45 seconds.) Have an elderly relative take you back to an important location from their childhood and have them recount a memory of that spot. For example, they could take you back to the street corner where they learned to ride a bike and tell you about that day. (68 points)
16. IMAGE. Create a beautiful tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy. – Annie K. (29 points)
17. IMAGE. The 2015 gishwhes mascot Dinomite asks you to pick a number between 1 and 1000, asks you 10 questions with yes/no answers, and then guesses the number. What were the 10 questions? (19 points)
18. IMAGE. Have at least 3 people in a domestic or office setting, completely camouflaged to match their background. (52 points)
19. IMAGE. Have a tea party with a special needs child or pediatric cancer patient dressed as a character from “Alice in Wonderland.“ (46 points)
20. IMAGE. Here’s your hint: T11fJ-bSWI0. (Don’t submit anything unless you solve the puzzle or you will be docked points.)(43 points)
21. VIDEO. Get your local weatherhuman to do their weather report dressed as a superhero in drag. (112 points)
22. IMAGE. Schools, hospitals, and prisons are notoriously dismal places that are in desperate need of art to brighten them up. Get permission from one of these places to create a giant Gishwhes-themed (mascots, items from the past, kindness, etc.) wall mural. (83 points)
23. IMAGE. Tour a wastewater/sewage treatment factory dressed in formal attire with an accompanying violinist or flutist. (82 points)
24. VIDEO. DAVID LAVERY ITEM. (Video may be up to 20 seconds.) NASA is an acronym for “National Aeronautics and Space Administration.” Help celebrate that first “A” by creating the largest paper airplane you can make. It must be constructed SOLELY of paper and adhesive, and it must fly. For you to submit , it must have at least a 2 meter wingspan (but we expect much larger) and it must fly for at least 15 yards on level ground. Remember, PAPER and ADHESIVE only. (115 points)
25. IMAGE or VIDEO. The corporate world needs to loosen up. Relocate a full playground swing set to a corporate plaza. Bonus points if it’s being used by workers in suits. (108 points)
26. IMAGE. ITEM WRITTEN BY JUSTIN GUARINI: Find Justin Guarini (legally) and strike this exact pose with him: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/cb/From-justin-to-kelly.jpg Don’t find him at his home or your submission will be disqualified and your team will be docked (97 points)
27. VIDEO. (Video may be up to 20 seconds.) Everyone likes drive-thrus and “Jeopardy.” Combine them by going through a drive thru and making the employee guess your order by describing the items to them with the “answer.” (43 points)
28. IMAGE. Blow us away with your amazing cosplay as a famous inanimate object. (58 points)
29. IMAGE. Show us your idea of love. Caption the image if you wish. (41 points)
30. IMAGE. Support our troops. More than 10% of veterans that return from war suffer post traumatic stress syndrome. Tweet or post on FB or Instagram an image of you next to an armed serviceman, with you holding up a sign with a positive message or a message of kindness or gratitude to them and soldiers worldwide. Submit the screen cap of your post. (49 points)
31. IMAGE. At the time I’m writing this, the price of crude oil is $48 per barrel. A barrel of oil is 42 gallons. So presumably for about $1.14, you should be able to get a gallon of crude oil. Let’s see you handing $1.14 (or your country’s currency equivalent) to an employee of an oil refinery, oil transportation or oil extraction company while they hand you one gallon of crude oil. (28 points)
32. IMAGE. Write a thank you letter to a teacher or mentor from your past that you never sufficiently thanked. Mail it. You may submit an image of the letter, or if you wish it to remain private, submit an image of you mailing it. But you must mail it or bad karma will be rained down upon your toothbrush. (24 points)
33. IMAGE. http://bit.ly/1Io5DL6. You will be docked points if you upload an image without solving the puzzle. (30 points)
34. IMAGE. How do you do it? Everyone on your team has such beautiful mustaches? Do you have some sort of hair growth cream you slather on or pills you all take? Let’s see a grid photo of everyone on your team that features your mustaches prominently. (89 points)
35. IMAGE or VIDEO. Design a device that would allow a five ounce swallow to carry a one pound coconut. – Kristi Hollenbeck (46 points)
36. IMAGE. Create a cocktail dress or tux out of flowers (you can use foliage, but at least 50% needs to be flowers). Photograph yourself in a contrasting “greenless” urban setting. – Olivia Desianti (56 points)
37. VIDEO. It’s another boring trapeze teleconference. Business attire required. (79 points)
38. IMAGE. Time for the first annual (and possibly last ever) gishwhes Road Trip! See the map at the link below. Grab a friend and visit at least 9 (the more the merrier) of the points on the map. Have a passing tourist take a picture of you and your friend at each landmark (no selfies). Make sure we can see the landmark of each spot as part of the picture. You MUST REPLICATE the same pose for each photo and the pose you pick MUST be one that will make your tourist photographers laugh. Edit all images into a grid and submit as one image. It must be the same two people in the same pose and the same wardrobe at each location- http://fb-2.shareably.net/perfect-road-trip-map/?utm_source=ads_gt_fb_share&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=science (111 points)
39. VIDEO. Somewhere, there is a robot that can break a Guinness World Record. Find it or create it and film it. (Note: This video can be as long as is required to show evidence of breaking the record. You do not need Guinness confirmation during the Hunt that the record is broken, but you do need to apply for the record and really break it. You will need to email proof to email@example.com that your record was approved by Guinness after the Hunt. DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU DO NOT BREAK THE RECORD OR YOU WILL BE DOCKED POINTS.) (148 points)
40. IMAGE. They say, “A dog is a man’s best friend,” but they are sexist. Dogs can be women’s best friends too. To prove it, make one entirely out of feminine hygiene products. The dog must be at least 40 centimeters tall. (See how international we are? Look at these units!) (38 points)
41. IMAGE. The cats are coming! Prepare your dog for battle. Outfit him or her with armory, weaponry, cutting edge laser gear – whatever it takes to create a canine of mass destruction. (43 points)
42. IMAGE. You’ve just received an invitation to the annual Color Me Pretty Construction Paper Gala. Design and wear an elegant gown consisting of only construction paper. You must be posed with a antique or hotrod car/motorcycle (that will take you to the Gala, of course) or in front of the Gala itself which takes place in the most stunning public building of your city. (41 points)
43. VIDEO. Use aerial footage to capture you and 40 or more of your friends in a field or open space, milling about aimlessly and then, all at once, quickly aggregating to spell either “GISHWHES”, “KALE” or something more inspired with your bodies. (69 points)
44. IMAGE. Let’s see a portrait of Robert Downey, Jr. or Ironman made entirely of salt and pepper. Tweet it to him (@robertdowneyjr) with @gishwhes in the tweet. SUBMIT a link to the image to us, NOT a link to an image of the tweet – but you must tweet it to him for your image to count. (51 points)
45. IMAGE. Take a photo of you posing with Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In the photo, they are giving the “thumbs up” sign while you are giving the “thumbs down” sign. You cannot photoshop an image of you and an image of one of them together. You must be standing next to the real individual. (248 points)
46. IMAGE. Congratulations! You’ve won a one-way trip to colonize Mars! Unfortunately, you can’t bring a checked bag and your carry on must not exceed 10kg. Lay out everything you would pack on your bed in an orderly manner. You will live off of Martian dust mite dung; so don’t worry about snacks unless it’s a comfort food you can’t live without. (19 points)
47. VIDEO. Stop hiding your true talent. The world deserves to see it. Without using special effects or trick editing, make a person disappear. (26 points)
48. IMAGE. Take your mom, dad or other family member that you don’t give enough attention to (based on what they’ve done for you over the years, or perhaps, what you’ve done to them) to lunch or dinner. Both of you must be cosplaying established or newly invented comic book heroes. If you’ve created new heroes, caption the image with their names. (61 points)
49. VIDEO. It’s time to get some fresh air. Take your (at least) 3 pet robots out for a walk. You, of course, should be wearing your homemade Robot Leader Helmet. (81 points)
50. VIDEO. Your friend loves cake, so being a good friend, you offer to take them out for cake at a nice restaurant. Alas, you discover when you arrive at the restaurant, that your friend has recently undergone medical treatments that prevents them from moving their arms, so you will have to feed them. Unfortunately, light is harmful to your eyes so you must be blindfolded. While blindfolded, stand behind your seated friend in a fancy restaurant and put your arms under their armpits and feed them cake with your hands. Trust us. This is going to work out beautifully. (50 points)
51. IMAGE. Death’s funeral. – Jessica Mary Hicks (39 points)
52. IMAGE. You’ve been hired to design the cover of National Geographic’s next issue, “Discovering The Padalecki.” Do a drawing, painting or digitally created image (you may photoshop existing images for this item) of the new tropical species that has been discovered, much by accident, by workers building an inland dam. (31 points)
53. IMAGE. There are roughly only 150 Sommeliers on the planet who have received the highest distinction a professional can attain in fine wine and are accordingly classified as “Master Sommeliers.” Get a picture of you with a current Master Sommelier sipping pure kale (or cabbage) juice from a wine glass. Caption the image with “NAME OF SOMMELIER, renowned Master Sommelier says the official drink of Gishwhes is..” And then finish the caption with the sommelier’s review of the juice. (71 points)
54. IMAGE. WILLIAM SHATNER ITEM – You may not know this but William Shatner is a big My Little Pony Brony (a male fan of the My Little Pony series.) He wants to share this interest with other actors. Create an image however you wish of one of your favorite actors as a My Little Pony and tweet it to them. Get the actor to retweet your image and hashtag #Shatnermademedoit @gishwhes. Submit a screencap of the actor tweet. (60 points)
55. VIDEO. (Time lapse this down to 10 seconds.) Dressed in something celebratory, hug someone you love, motionless, in a very crowded location. You must hug them for 20 minutes without moving and time lapse it. Add your favorite score to the video. (39 points)
56. IMAGE or VIDEO. Get two uniformed, legitimate 3-star generals (or higher and retired is acceptable) to engage in a competitive, heated game of tick-tack-toe. (66 points)
57. Item will be provided during the Hunt. (43 points)
IMAGE. You know how sometimes you look at your child’s weird behavior and think, “Where did you come from? You certainly didn’t come from me.” Well, after extensive DNA analysis (thanks for sending that in) we just discovered they did not, in fact, come from you. They came from the new planet that was just discovered: Earth2.0 (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jul/23/nasa-closest-twin-to-earth-kepler-452b). They’ll behave better if you stop trying to make them human. Dress them up or convert them back into keplerians and take them to a park, playground, ice cream shop (or similar). Teenage keplerians are acceptable and even encouraged as long as they’re with their parents. Really go to town on the costumes, make-up and location for this for bonus points! (53 points)
58. IMAGE or VIDEO. MARINAS TRENCH ITEM. Order a sandwich at a deli consisting entirely of condiments. There can be no bread, no meat, and no veggies. Eat it at the counter. (27 points)
59. IMAGE. Despite the Party’s attempt to control it, the Great Wall of China is a popular hangout for nefarious Pop! figures. Let’s see some bad ass Pop! figures (or similar) hanging out at the actual Great Wall of China doing things they shouldn’t be doing. (52 points)
60. IMAGE. It’s time to bake cookies! But you need to do it with a woman over 70 at the actual Playboy Mansion with at least one playmate as a witness/consumer. (103 points)
61. IMAGE. Create a short “Supernatural”-related horror story out of the abbreviations of the elements of the Periodic Table. You may only use each letter from each abbreviation once (so you’d have roughly – 225 letters to use). The more coherent the story, the better. (25 points)
62. IMAGE. Depending on which self-proclaimed expert you speak to, the universe is likely heading towards a Big Freeze, Big Rip, Big Crunch or a Big Bounce. Act out what that looks like in your own interpretation using whatever props or moves you need. (19 points)
63. VIDEO. Host the word’s largest hopscotch game in velour track suits at one of the following locations: Santa Monica Promenade in California, Brighton Pier in Brighton, Piazza Del Popola in Rome, Stanley Park in Vancouver, Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, Parque do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Jardim Botanico in Parana, or Hamburger Dom fair in Hamburg. UPDATE: Please be advised that henceforth there shall be no more hopscotch games at the Santa Monica Promenade in California. (63 points)
64. IMAGE. The Department of Consumer Kale Residency has decided 2015 is the year to find its favorite hotel lobby in the world. They’ve asked us to help. Put on your most beautifully designed hat (hat must be made of kale) and evening gown or tux and get a picture of you in your town’s finest and most elegant hotel lobby with a maid or bellman. (46 points)
65. IMAGE. Find out what one of your parents (or an older relative) wanted to be when they were kids. Make it happen. – Khai (36 points)
66. IMAGE. Bummer. We just got a report that the world is going to end. You’ve got time to do one thing. What is it? Caption the image with what you’re doing if it’s not clear. (28 points)
67. IMAGE VIDEO. FELICIA DAY ITEM. (Time lapse this down to 14 seconds.) Construct an iconic building over 2 feet high out of sugar cubes (or marshmallows) and then film melting it with some kind of liquid. (55 points)
68. VIDEO. Perform this EXACT choreography wearing similar wardrobe as the man depicted here but with one of your pant-legs tucked into your sock: http://shortyawards.com/mishacollins – Do your dance while a dog watches you. (70 points)
69. IMAGE. Create a beautiful kindness haiku on a nice, homemade card and mail it to or leave it for your parent, grandparent or any other older adult who has influenced you. Take a picture of the Haiku.22 points)
70. IMAGE. Design a good app for the Amish. Submit an image that displays the link to the app. (102 points)
71. IMAGE. Rumor has it that nuclear submarines have knotches on the deck to support a person in a swimsuit lounging in a hammock while drinking a cocktail out of a coconut. Prove it. (84 points)
72. IMAGE. You’re so productive! That was brilliant of you to transform your stand-up paddle board into an office with a desk, lamp, and chair. Let’s see a picture of you working on your mobile office while it’s afloat. (44 points)
73. VIDEO. Who would’ve known the gishwhes mascots were such amazing water-skiers or wake-boarders! Pick your favorite mascot, and prove it. (77 points)
74. IMAGE. Prove there’s a ghost in a Starbucks (or your local coffee shop if your country has outlawed Starbucks) working as a barista. (43 points)
75. VIDEO. Gishzoontite! Get a host or reporter on a major network news or talkshow program, to say “gishwhes!” as a fake sneeze (as if they are trying to subtly sneak it on air). (87 points)
76. VIDEO. (Time lapse this down to 14 seconds.) Let’s see a sloth in time lapse, so it moves quickly, set to your favorite dance music. (29 points)
77. VIDEO. You know those people that stand around with signs offering to give away “free hugs?” Add balance to the universe (and bolster capitalism) by asking for something in exchange: hold up a sign on a busy sidewalk that reads, “Hugs $5” (or whatever you think you should charge). Donate anything you make to your favorite charity. Don’t pocket it. Bad karma will be rained down on your butter knife. (28 points)
78. VIDEO. CNN has a video that they created that will play if the world ends. What would your end-of-the-world broadcast be if gishwhes caused it? Create it and then tweet it to @cnn #endoftheworld @gishwhes. (SUBMIT the video link to us, not the tweet, but you must tweet it for the points to count.) – Jane Lowther (41 points)
79. IMAGE. Take an infrared photo of a popsicle in your mouth. (37 points)
80. IMAGE. Tweet a photo of two men or women kissing each other (clothed) to @Ricksantorum. We need to see the Tweet with #facerealityRick @gishwhes. (36 points)
81.IMAGE. Last year saw the epic battle for mascot supremacy. Document this action packed tale in a fitting comic book strip that includes this year’s mascot (Dinomite) as well. Be sure to include all of gishwhes’ heroes, heroines, and super villains! – Roxy Fox (52 points)
82. Item will be provided during the Hunt. (40 points)
IMAGE. Let’s show the world how to REALLY break the Internet! Post on Twitter or Instagram to nominate Random Acts 501c3 as your favorite global nonprofit. If Random Acts gets the most posts, a little software startup company called Microsoft will donate $500,000 to them! Your task for this item is to get your entire team to get as many people EACH DAY for the rest of the hunt (and until the August 23rd if you’re so inclined) on Twitter and/or Instagram to post:
“I #vote @randomactsorg as my favorite nonprofit to #UpgradeYourWorld#[yourTeamName]RA”. Don’t forget to add “RA” to the end of your team name! (If your team name exceeds the post’s character length limit, just put in as many characters as it allows + “RA” and your team will get the points). So an example would be, if your team’s name was “Mishakalecrown”: “I #vote @randomactsorg as my favorite nonprofit #UpgradeYourWorld #MishakalecrownRA”
IMPORTANT: No person can post more than once a day and they can only post for one team’s hashtag per day, but they can and should post every day.
NEAR THE END OF THE HUNT, SUBMIT AN IMAGE OF JUST ONE OF THE POSTS MENTIONING YOUR TEAM SO WE CAN SEE THE HASHTAG OF YOUR TEAM NAME. YOU MUST ALSO DIGITALLY ADD TO THIS IMAGE THE NUMBER OF POSTS FOR BOTH PLATFORMS THAT USED YOUR TEAM NAME DURING THE HUNT (with ‘RA’ at the end of it) – HERE ARE FREE SERVICES THAT TALLY HASHTAGS for TWITTER (Topsy.com) and INSTAGRAM( http://iconosquare.com). We will be double checking the counts. You will be granted .25 points for every post up to 400 points – that’s the equivalent of completing 10-15 items!. If everyone on your team simply posted every day and got 20 others to post every day, that would be 375 points! Because this item is so important, we are also going to award each member of the team with the most posts by the end of the Hunt a kick-ass special prize from Misha. (PLEASE NOTE: If you do not support Random Acts, we invite you to promote another non-profit that speaks to your heart – though we really think it would amazing if Random Acts could win this and spread another $500,000 of random acts of kindness all over the world!)
Task Deleted. After posting this item, we were spoken to by an enlightened being that shared with us the item we had here previously in support of Random Acts, was best supported elsewhere and that our involvement might create more issues than help. Although we do like to create issues occassionally, as far as Random Acts goes, we like to “help.” If we were the types to admit fallibility we might say something like “sorry about that.” But sorry, we’re just not the type to apologize.
83. IMAGE. You know the saying, “No man is an island.” Prove it wrong. (24 points)
84. IMAGE. DANNEEL HARRIS ACKLES ITEM. Wave a gishwhes flag at the South Carolina State Capital building. (51 points)
85. IMAGE. Design a better astronaut toilet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_toilet. We will submit the best designs to our inside man at NASA. They may use it, or flush it down the current space toilet, but maybe you’ll end up making a future astronaut REALLY happy. (49 points)
86. VIDEO. Write a computer program that randomly generates Gishwhes mascots. – Fran and Sarah Stewart (78 points)
87. IMAGE. Your car color is uniform and boring. It’s time for a paint job. Paint an image of a celebrated musician riding a unicorn on the hood or door panel of your car. It must cover the entire hood or door panel. (76 points)
88. IMAGE. Love is in the air. Let’s see you and your lover elegantly dressed and enjoying a romantic moment under a weeping willow in a rowboat. One of you must be serenading the other with a cheese-puff-adorned musical instrument. (46 points)
89. VIDEO. ZE FRANK ITEM. (Video must be 6 seconds.) Recreate a scene from a “Roadrunner” cartoon, in the style of a Sam Shepherd play, directed by Michael Bay. Submit as a direct Vine link so that it loops. (Note: You may not be able to “preview” your vine link when you submit it on our website. Don’t panic. It’s just that @gishbot may not have figured out how to preview vines.) (90 points)
90. IMAGE. That was so kind of you to volunteer to host a “Going Away Party for a Boardgame.” Invite several friends over to play a gently used boardgame for its “goodbye party.” Then take it to a shelter for families living there. Photoshop two images together, you and your friends playing, and the game being dropped off at a shelter. (40 points)
91. IMAGE. You know how when you draw lines to connect the stars in a constellation you see the image of the thing it’s supposed to be? You connect the stars in the Big Dipper and you see a giant ladle. The Stars of “Supernatural” deserve their own constellations. Connect the dots of stars to create a constellation in the likeness of a Supernatural actor. Your constellation must be crafted from an actual high-resolution telescope photo of stars in the night sky. You may not overlay an image over the night sky. You must connect stars to form the shape. You may use an existing image (or images) of the night sky. (41 points)
92. VIDEO. RACHEL MINER ITEM. Make and wear a “Save The Unicorns” t-shirt and stand in a crowded public place asking people to sign a petition to “Save The Endangered Unicorns.” (62 points)
93. IMAGE. Throw a conspiracy theorist party complete with tin foil hats and suspicious guests. – Joe Diaz (21 points)
94. IMAGE. Let’s see the “Battle of Iwa Jima” statue posed by you and your friends. (37 points)
VIDEO or IMAGE. @GISHBOT ITEM. (If you choose video, it may be up to 20 seconds but you can do an image as well.) A robot (Hitchbot) successfully hitchhiked across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands but then fell into the wrong hands in the US and was vandalized: http://www.cnet.com/news/hitchbot-is-dead-long-live-hitchbot/. We’ve discovered he was a distant relative of Gishbot’s (currently in mourning). In honor of Gishbot, let’s help his robot relative get back on his feet: reconstruct Hitchbot and treat him to a fun day or night on the town (roller-blading, boating, picnic in the park, dinner at a fine restaurant, opera, movie, nightclub dancing, etc.) and then send him off with a stranger (unless your friend is cosplaying as Hitchbot in which case take your friend home when you’re finished). You must tweet your video or image to @hitchBOT with @gishwhes and #hitchBOTreturns in the tweet BUT SUBMIT TO US THE IMAGE OR VIDEO, NOT AN IMAGE OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA POST. (67 points)
95. IMAGE. Show Kim Kardashian how to break the Internet. (32 points)
96. IMAGE. The Tooth Fairy is on strike. Invent another fairy that provides a service in your home for your children, or your dorm room/apartment for your roommates. Dress up as the fairy providing the service, and then caption the image with what you are. (31 points)
97. IMAGE. Yarnbomb something in your town that shouldn’t be yarn bombed. (68 points)
98. VIDEO. One of my favorite horror movies of all time is called “M is for Murder”. Make your own horror movie trailer entitled, “X is for Xylophone”. – CJ DeAngelus (41 points)
99. IMAGE. The problem with growing kale is that hipsters are always trying to sneak into my garden to steal it! Show what a trap would look like to catch these pests. Extra points if you capture (alive) a real life hipster. (27 points)
100. IMAGE. The annual Macy’s Float Parade in New York is spectacular – the floats are huge and it gets so much press. You should do this in your town. Get a Macy’s-sized float at least 4 meters, by 10 meters, by 5 meters (what incredibly inclusive units of measure!) to float down a main street in a town with a population of less than 1000. Attach a cause to it that’s important to you as you will likely get press. A member of your team must be in the foreground of the image. (127 points)
101. VIDEO. Like most citizens of the world, you probably plan to run for president/prime minister/king. Create a political ad for your campaign announcing your candidacy. Like any good candidate, you should always try to get a celebrity endorsement. (41 points)
102. IMAGE. Many school music and art programs are underfunded. Find a local school art program that needs instruments, art supplies, etc. and donate a needed item to it (as well as try to find others to donate to it). The image should be of you presenting the item(s) to the teacher/administrator at the school. (49 points)
103. IMAGE. With kayaks or other boats in a Norwegian fjord, spell out Kjaerlighet (love). Caption the image with the fjord’s name. (84 points)
104. IMAGE. Turn your living room into a giant snow globe with fun props and falling “snow.” (44 points)
105. VIDEO. Interview someone operating in a lesser-known marginal economy – collector of recycled cans, dumpster diver, etc. (56 points)
106. IMAGE. The water crisis is a leading global risk to society. Let’s see a “Toilet to Tap” media flyer: make it glamorous and convincing so it stands out from all the other one’s out there. (29 points)
107. VIDEO. JONATHAN LETHEM ITEM. Read “Call of the Wild” to a dog in a public place, “Moby Dick” to a whale, or “Born Free” to a lion. They must be within 10 feet of you. (40 points)
108. VIDEO. (Time lapse this down to 14 seconds.) Lay your bets, and time lapse a snail race from the starting gun to the finish line. (48 points)
109. IMAGE. Design and build a comfortable, functional piece of living room furniture made entirely from repurposed/recycled materials. Then show the family enjoying it. (67 points)
110. VIDEO. Use a cutting edge 3D printer to 3D print your representation of the 4th dimension. (62 points)
111. IMAGE. Earlier this year, the remains of the extraordinary “Don Quixote” author, Miguel de Cervantes, were found in a convent near Madrid. Quixote was always in search of adventure. In honor of him, in a Spanish city, search for adventure riding whatever your steed might be in front of a recognizable landmark. (27 points)
112. IMAGE. Let’s see a refined game of croquet on a public lawn of a historic site. All participants must be zombies. (74 points)
113. IMAGE or VIDEO: A small army of Daleks has invaded your local British convenience store (must be in Great Britain). Clearly you and your friends should dress up as Jammie Dodgers and fight them off. (70 points)
114. IMAGE. Waiting rooms at franchise oil-change stores can be so depressing – there’s got to be a way to make them less miserable. Let’s see it. (49 points)
115. IMAGE. As you know, William Shatner loves to take Civil War reenactment photos. Pose with him in full regalia. Just to be clear, both of you must wear period attire. If Bill is too grumpy to do it for you, you can get ANY Star Trek actor from any broadcast TV or movie iteration of the show. (53 points)
116. VIDEO. Let’s see a military cargo helicopter hoist a Humvee into the air. On the Humvee is a banner that reads, “GISHWHES does the heavy lifting.” (243 points)
117. IMAGE. Take a truck that’s shaped like the food it sells or a service it provides (like a truck that sells or delivers hotdogs that’s shaped like a hotdog) to a drive-in movie theater. Two people must be necking in the truck. (84 points)
118. IMAGE. Surprise owners or officials of a public park or building, school or orphanage with a dance-party clean-up crew. Bring music and friends and clean it up. (53 points)
119. IMAGE. Create the Impala or any iconic object from “Supernatural” out of compost scraps. 27 POINTS
120. IMAGE. Stand in front of your garden holding up a sign with your best unorthodox or hard to believe gardening tip for the First Lady of the United States. Tweet it to @MichelleObama and include “@gishwhes” and “#gardeninghack” (23 points)
121. Item to be announced during the Hunt. (88 points)
No item being added due to recent information obtained by Dinomite indicating additional items would create a worldwide shortage of kale.
122. IMAGE or VIDEO. Get your country’s intelligence agency (in the US this would be the CIA), to publicly announce on social media platforms or in an article that they “cannot confirm or deny” that your gishwhes team members are “covert operatives.” Bonus points if the Director of the agency in question personally delivers the message. (82 points)
TASK DELETED. It has come to our attention that Misha was interrogated by the CIA overnight. After withholding kale from him, he agreed to remove the task. He is certainly not proud of this; however, in retaliation, he has a “global kale plan” that he is implementing that will likely create worldwide mayhem and kindness.
No item being added due to recent information obtained by Dinomite indicating additional items would create a worldwide shortage of kale.
123. VIDEO. Let’s see an impressive post office conga line composed entirely of postal workers. (39 points)
124. IMAGE. Get a coffee shop to create and run a drink special for Gishwhes and have it advertised on their menu board. – Anna Buffalo (29 points)
125. IMAGE. Using food found in your refrigerator or pantry, recreate a national landmark. You may not use gummi bears. (44 points)
126. IMAGE. The setting is a candle-lit romantic dinner for two. Let’s see the “spaghetti” scene from “Lady and the Tramp.” Both of you must be dressed for the hot date. Super bonus points if it’s in an actual nice restaurant. (52 points)
127. IMAGE or VIDEO. Hang-glide or parachute fully dressed as one of the gishwhes mascots. – Olivia Desianti. (133 points)
128. VIDEO. (Video may be up to 60 seconds.) “La Corte Suprema.” The US Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality is an event worthy of a Broadway musical. Get two professional musical theater stars to rehearse singing the text of Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion and the dissenting opinions on a stage in a large auditorium or theater. Bonus points if you have a large audience. – Inspired by Gina Cardazone (103 points)
129. IMAGE. Locker Love. Post messages of love or support on or in lockers of students that you think might need it. (27 points)
130. IMAGE. McDonald’s makeover. What would the interior of a McDonalds look like if the franchise served only organic, free-range, fresh, seasonal, slow-cooked foods. Your image must be of the interior of an actual McDonalds, but the overhead menu and kitchen decor must reflect this new direction. (146 points)
131. IMAGE. Parasail a stuffed animal with a full-sized parasail behind a motorboat. (48 points)
132. VIDEO. Make an action movie trailer. The main star: a pot roast. – Helen Van’t Hof (33 points)
133. VIDEO. This is a real Welsh word: “Llanfaurpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.” Find a Welsh person and have them say in Welsh “I am Welsh and I hate that I have to do this,” and then they must say the lengthy word 3 times, without stuttering and without reading it. (25) (35 points)
134. VIDEO. Hand out craft-made or real roses to people standing in line at a food bank or a homeless person. If you can afford it, it might be nice to include a health bar, piece of fruit or other snack as well! (39 points)
135. IMAGE. When Alexander made the first phone call on 10 March, 1876 he could not have foreseen the birth of the ‘smart phone’ generation… Or could he? Using late 19th century technology and parts, build the smart phone Alexander Graham Bell would have built if only he’d had the time. – Monica Duff (59 points)
136. VIDEO. FELICIA DAY ITEM. Use recycled computer or cell phone parts to create a video-game inspired diorama. (93 points)
137. IMAGE or VIDEO. The world is your fashion show and Paris is your catwalk. Model this year’s gishwhes fashions on the Champs-Eysees. (60 points)
138. VIDEO. (Video may be up to 20 seconds.) Doesn’t it make you mad when you pay $10-$15 for a ticket to a movie and then they make you sit through commercials before the feature starts? It makes me mad. Let’s de-commercialize the pre-screening experience: have your local movie theater project 10 seconds of footage of you brushing your teeth or carrying out some other mundane daily task on the screen before the start of a feature. We must see a few seconds of the regularly scheduled programing before and after your video. We must also see clearly that we are in a crowded movie theater with at least 50 patrons. (153 points)
139. IMAGE. Do your best 1950’s June Cleaver impression and vacuum the lawn. – Shawna O’Neal (25 points)
140. IMAGE. Paint or draw a celebrated historical figure on a glass slide; but paint them really small. Submit two images side-by-side: one with the glass slide in your hand, and the other showing what your portrait looks like magnified 20X under a microscope. (65 points)
141. IMAGE or VIDEO. WHAT are you doing riding a camel on the floor of your country’s stock exchange? That is so awesome! (149 points)
142. IMAGE. Dublin gets its name from the “Viking Dubh Linn” or “Black Pool.” Find where the Black Pool used to be and have a “rainbow-themed” picnic there with at least 5 of your friends (the more rainbows the better). (57 points)
143. IMAGE. A Sumo wrestler, in full Mawashis, in a coffee shop, reading a gardening magazine. (59 points)
144. IMAGE. A live bull in a china shop. (181 points)
145. IMAGE. A live impala eating hay from the trunk of a vintage Impala car. (82 points)
146. IMAGE. Make a macrame holster for a pistol. (31 points)
147. IMAGE. A stunning origami floral centerpiece. If you can afford it, mail it to 1920 Hillhurst Ave. Ste. 170, Los Angeles, CA 90027. It may be used for something fun and public in the future (but this is purely voluntary). (26 points)
148. IMAGE. Make a highway rest stop more restful – make it a paradise. (54 points)
149. IMAGE. Random Acts’ August #GetKind theme is Literacy. Hold a book drive and then turn your automobile or bus into a mobile free book give-away. Each book must be bookmarked with a positive or kindness message. The image you submit must be you in front of your mobile book-give-away-vehicle with the books and with a recipient. (53 points)
150. IMAGE. Dating can be so challenging! Thank god you used the TaxidermConnect App. So now let’s see you, seated for a romantic dinner at a high-end restaurant with a taxidermied animal as your date. Bonus points if it’s Michelin rated. (64 points)
151. IMAGE. Picasso flashmob. Assemble a Picasso painting in public. Dress up, paint yourself, bring props. Bonus points if it’s “Guernica.” (65 points)
152. IMAGE. GENEVIEVE PADALECKI ITEM. Get Taylor Swift or any musician with over 5 million followers to publicly announce she/he loves supernatural. (157 points)
153. VIDEO. (Slide-show). Using only pictures of actual tattoos, relay a memorable moment in history or a fairy tale. – Cinde Monsam (25 points)
154. IMAGE. Let’s see the Leaning Tower of Gishwhes. (28 points)
155. IMAGE. Let’s see a portrait of Taylor Swift or Nicki Minaj made from glue, rice and dried legumes. (44 points)
156. VIDEO. Let’s see a conquistador riding a giant tortoise or a man throwing a frisbee to an iguana which catches it in its mouth. Only because I think you deserve an easy item or two here and there, this should be done as a zoetrope versus doing it with actual tortoises and iguanas. You’re welcome. (84 points)
157. IMAGE. Everyone has cell phones, so phone booths sit unused for many days. Reimagine and repurpose a phone booth. Show a passer-by using it in a new way. – Inspired by Jennifer Gutierrez (27 points)
158. IMAGE. Let’s see side-by-side before and after pictures: transform a vacant lot into a community garden. You must be in both images. – Schell Games (63 points)
159. IMAGE. Tweet a picture of you holding up your most inspiring book or book title with the hashtag #booksnotbullets and @gishwhes. (9 points)
160. IMAGE. Let’s see an ice, snow or sand sculpture of an SPN character. (82 points)
161. IMAGE. Tweet to your school board or write a letter to your employer to hold a CPR class with this link: http://www.becpr.org/facts_statistics.aspx or facts from the link. Let’s see the tweet in the submitted image. (11 points)
162. IMAGE. Commit a random act of kindness and have someone take a picture of what you’re doing and caption it. Here are some examples: http://boredomtherapy.com/random-acts-of-kindness/. Tweet it to @RandomActsOrg if you wish but submit to us the image only. (39 points)
163. VIDEO. Let’s see a version of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFzXaFbxDcM but for Supernatural. (62 points)
164. VIDEO. Show us your version of “Tai Chi Breakfast” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jrZW4J1bJo (36 points)
165. IMAGE. WILLIAM SHATNER ITEM – Carrie Fisher is known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in Star Wars. Her memorable hairstyle was often called the Princess Leia Bun. Bake a portrait of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in bread. (51 points)
166. IMAGE. Your hair will grow back. Cut off at least 10 inches of it and donate it to http://www.locksoflove.org/get-involved/ or your country’s local hair donation facility. your country’s local hair donation organization (just google it). Wigsforkids.org is just one of many. Take a picture of you before and after and submit them side by side. (73 points)
167. VIDEO. Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking recently signed a letter expressing their fear of robots. Let’s show them a robot performing an act of kindness. Tweet the video to Elon @elonmusk or post the video on Stephen Hawking’s FB page https://www.facebook.com/stephenhawking. Include #robotkindness and @gishwhes in the post. Submit a link to the video to us, but you must post the video to either of them for the points to count. (82 points)
168. IMAGE. Present an artistic depiction of a famous Italian landmark – on a pizza. (31 points)
169. IMAGE. “Kale to the Chief” – Get a president, a king, a prime minister or other official head of state to wear a real kale crown. (200 points)
170. VIDEO. Let’s see 10 people wearing sock monkey hats do a “cinnamon roll” hug. (32 points)
171. VIDEO. BOBAK FERDOWSI ITEM. Space exploration has a history of music; from the early days of human space flight to our most recent rovers on Mars and missions to Pluto, flight controllers play a wake up song to signify the start of the day. If you had to write a space theme, what would it be? Parody or original music allowed. Bonus points if you record the song. Super bonus points if you make a music video. (62 points)
172. VIDEO. Build a raft made entirely out of empty plastic water bottles. Float in a lake on your raft. (144 points)
173. IMAGE. Ich bin ein Berliner! Und ich bin Berlin! Dress accordingly in front of a Berlin national monument. (53 points)
174. VIDEO. (Time lapse this down to 20 seconds.) Travel across the narrow part of a level football field (or the equivalent of 150 feet on level grassed ground). You cannot touch the ground with any part of your body and you cannot have anyone push or pull you. You’re only allowed to use a skateboard, two pieces of string or rope no more than 5 feet long each and a clothespin. (NOTE: You can’t use the clothespin as an extension of your hand or foot to push you along the ground.) (100 points)
175. VIDEO. KIM RHODES ITEM. I want to see a short video of your wedding or video slideshow of pictures from your wedding. After this, I want to see it fade into the next clip, which is your wedding video or slideshow recreated with adorable goats or sheep – or creepy goats or sheep. Your call. (77 points)
176. IMAGE. Register to vote, then take photographic proof of this event (i.e. you at the post office getting it done, you all holding your registration cards, etc.). In the photo hold up a sign that reads, “If Richard Speight Jr. can’t be King, I’ll settle for democracy.” (Or something else that indicates that democracy is your tolerable second choice of political systems.) – Inspired by Richard Speight Jr and TC Couture (29 points)
177. IMAGE. Make a portrait of a CW actor using only naturally shedded hair/fur of your pets. – Tiffany L. (45 points)
178. IMAGE. “Your room looks like a Pigsty.” Make this common parental figurative phrase a literal reality. – Annie Houston (82 points)
179. IMAGE. Work opportunities are scarce since the Death Star blew up. Let’s see a stormtrooper working at their job as a waiter, fast food line prep, car mechanic, postal worker, deli sandwich maker, road-repair worker, etc). – Katherine Parsons (65 points)
180. VIDEO. At least four people doing a harmonized round of tongue-twisters. – Kaitlin Losansky (16 points)
181. IMAGE. Sign up to your country’s organ donor register. – Ezza Manns (18 points)
182. IMAGE. Paint a mural of one of your heroes on the side of a railroad boxcar or semi truck. You MUST have the owner’s permission and the truck or boxcar must be in use (not decommissioned). You may design this with chalk or paint, and your painting must cover at least ½ of a side of the truck or boxcar. (106 points)
183. IMAGE. My grandmother lives in a retirement home called Roland Park Place in Baltimore, MD. Find a way to give the residents a little boost this week. Stop by between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM this week and find a way to give the residents a little boost. If you do not live near Baltimore, you can do this item at any retirement community anywhere in the world. (28 points)
184. IMAGE. Matthew 14:22, and so did the best of you gishwhes.com/ghof_item_view.php. Don’t submit unless you solve the puzzle or you will be docked points. (53 points)
185. IMAGE. This just in: the ancestors of Gishwhes 2015 mascot, The Dinomite, have been discovered in Liaoning Province, China! Contact a paleontologist at one of the many fossil digs going on there and track down images of fossilized dinosaurs and fossilized insects that formed Dinomite’s family tree. Submit two images side by side: one of the dinosaur and one of the “other creature.” You need to caption the image with the paleontologist’s name who helped you. (61 points)
186. IMAGE. Choose a photograph taken from space by Chris Hadfield. Recreate it with materials found in your backyard, refrigerator or pantry, and take the same photograph of it. Put it side by side with the original and tweet it to him (@Cmdr_Hadfield) with @gishwhes and #spaceart in the tweet. SUBMIT a link to the image to us, NOT a link to an image of the tweet – but you must tweet it to him for your image to count. – Tracy Liu (46 points)
187. VIDEO. Writer Elizabeth Meriwether describes a game called “Frolic” she and friends played while driving through Scotland. Anyone could yell out “Frolic!” at any time and they’d pull over the car and run up and down the hills. Inspired by her, host your own “Medieval Booty-Shake!” road trip in Scotland. Film a video of you and your friends, pulling over at any castle in the country, jumping out of the car, yelling that phrase, and doing just that. We must see the castle in the background. You can time-lapse if you wish but we must hear the phrase. (33 points)
188. IMAGE. JOHN GREEN ITEM. Write up to a 250 word personal manifesto that answers the question: “What are you fighting for?” or “What cause is the most important for you?” Then make your own uniform/costume that declares that cause. Two pictures side by side must be submitted (or one embedded in the other): you wearing your uniform/costume, and your manifesto. Share your manifesto and image with John Green (@johngreen) or The Art Assignment (@artassignment) on Facebook or Twitter. (48 points)
189. VIDEO. Shoot slow-motion footage of you drinking green tea on a high-speed train in Japan. (50 points)
190. IMAGE. Refugees from Syria and other countries are making dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean and seeking asylum in Italy, Greece, and other EU countries. Bring clothes and supplies for survivors to local immigration headquarters. (53 points)
191. IMAGE. ASHLEY JOHNSON ITEM. Paint a stately, magnificent portrait of world or state leader after they’ve turned into a Clicker zombie. (40 points)
192. IMAGE. Mexican towns are full of gorgeous plazas. Find some friends and some bubble blowers and create as big a deluge of bubbles raining down on children in a Mexican plaza as you can. (43 points)
193. IMAGE. Contribute the recipe for ‘Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites’ to Allrecipes.com and get at least 20, 5-star reviews from people who enjoyed the recipe. UPDATE: Allrecipes.com contacted us with this helpful page: http://dish.allrecipes.com/how-to-post-a-recipe-for-g-i-s-h-w-h-e-s/ (46 points)
194. IMAGE. Let’s see a fully dressed Mary (pregnant) and Joseph shopping for baby clothes or items, or in a pregnancy breathing class. – Kierra Maxwell (27 points)
195. IMAGE. Design a new currency for Greece. Each bill and/or coin should carry a reassuring message. (27 points)
196. VIDEO. Record yourself and friends singing a quartet rendition of “Carry On My Wayward Son” in an amphitheater after you Google-translate it into at least three other languages and then back to English. (36 points)
197. VIDEO. Wheelchairs are great for getting around, but when the passenger has nowhere to go, there’s room for improvement, especially on hot days. Create a mechanism whereby when the passenger in a wheelchair spins the rear wheels, the chair goes nowhere, but the rotation of the wheels powers an overhead fan that cools the passenger. Demonstrate its use. (74 points)
198. VIDEO or IMAGE. Someone outside your immediate family sacrificed something so that you could be where you are today. Find that person and give a heartfelt thank you by creating something for them or doing something for them. Caption the video with what they did for you. (21 points)
199. IMAGE. Translate your favorite slogan into legalese. (16 points)
200. IMAGE. Leave a review for gishwhes on Yelp or Google. (8 points)
201. IMAGE. Show us something you find beautiful that most others would deem ugly. (23 points)
202. IMAGE. ITEM IN HONOR OF JUSTIN GUARINI: Show up in Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th street on the West side of the street (next to the red steps) on Monday, August 3rd at 12:00 ET, dressed as a “tourist” Stormtrooper and follow instructions given to you by the jumbotron http://officialgishwhes.tumblr.com/timessquare. You may submit an image of you (as the stormtrooper) in front of the jumbotron or as you follow instructions. You must follow the instructed activity for at least 1 minute. Two teams may not use the same stormtrooper. For those outside of the US: on the same day, at 12:00PM in your local time, go to the most prominent landmark in your city dressed as a publicly known sci-fi character or monster “tourist.” You must provide an image of the character in front of the landmark. (US Citizens – ignore this direction – your directions will come from the jumbotron.) (68 points)
203. IMAGE. ITEM IN HONOR OF JUSTIN GUARINI: Show up in Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th street on the West side of the street (next to the red steps) on Tuesday, August 4th at 12:00 ET dressed in a lettuce or kale tutu and follow instructions given to you by the jumbotron http://officialgishwhes.tumblr.com/timessquare. You may submit an image of you in the lettuce or kale tutu in front of the jumbotron or as you follow instructions. You must follow the instructions for at least 1 minute. For those outside of the US: on the same day, at 12:00PM in your local time, go to the most prominent landmark in your city dressed in a lettuce of kale tutu. You must provide an image of you in the tutu in front of the landmark doing a ballet move with a bystander applauding. (US Citizens – ignore this direction – your directions will come from the jumbotron.)(68 points)
204. IMAGE. ITEM IN HONOR OF JUSTIN GUARINI: Show up in Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th street on the West side of the street (next to the red steps) on Wednesday August 5th at 12:00 ET dressed in a white t-shirt, bring some Sharpie-style markers, and follow instructions given to you by the jumbotron http://officialgishwhes.tumblr.com/timessquare. You must submit an image of you in a white t-shirt AFTER you have followed the directions. You must follow the instructions for at least 1 minute. For those outside the US: on the same day, at 12:00PM in your local time, go to the most prominent landmark in your city wearing a white t-shirt. You must provide an image of you in the white t-shirt in front of the landmark – but your t-shirt must have a message of important advice written on it that you would like to communicate to the world (US Citizens – ignore this direction – your directions will come from the jumbotron.)(68 points)
205. IMAGE. ITEM IN HONOR OF JUSTIN GUARINI: Show up in Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th street on the West side of the street (next to the red steps) on Thursday, August 6th at 12:00 ET wearing a William Shatner Mask and follow instructions given to you by the jumbotron http://officialgishwhes.tumblr.com/timessquare. You may submit an image of you in the Shatner mask in front of the jumbotron or or as you follow instructions. You must follow the instructions for at least 1 minute. For those outside of the US: on the same day, at 12:00PM in your local time, go to the most prominent landmark in your city wearing a William Shatner mask. You must provide an image of you wearing the Shatner mask, in front of the landmark, posing lovingly with someone or some pet. (US Citizens – ignore this direction – your directions will come from the jumbotron.) (68 points)
206. IMAGE. ITEM IN HONOR OF JUSTIN GUARINI: Show up in Times Square on Broadway between 46th and 47th street on the West side of the street (next to the red steps) on Friday, August 7th at 12:00 ET dressed in a nun’s habit and follow instructions given to you by the jumbotron http://officialgishwhes.tumblr.com/timessquare. In addition to following instructions, you must submit an image of you in a nun’s habit and thejumbotron behind it or as you follow instructions. You must follow the instructions for at least 1 minute. For those outside of the U.S.: on the same day, at 12:00PM in your local time, go to the most prominent location in your city dressed in a nun’s habit. You must provide an image of you in the nun’s habit in front of the landmark doing a “power pose.” (US Citizens – ignore this direction – your directions will come from the jumbotron.)(68 points)
207. Item to be announced during the Hunt. (71 points)
No item being added due to recent information obtained by Dinomite indicating additional items would create a worldwide shortage of kale.
208. IMAGE. Back to school! Back a backpack (or more!) full of school supplies and deliver them to a local school or school collection sight. (49 points)
209. IMAGE. Go to an open sky James Turrell installation and take a photo of yourself celebrating the sky. Triple points if you take the photo from inside Roden Crater. (79 points)
210. IMAGE. Send an encouraging message to space using either crop circle-style writing or some other form of land art. The message must be at least 2 acres across. Now comes the tricky part: have your artwork photographed from space. Either from a remotely controlled satellite or by an astronaut in orbit. (201 points)
211. IMAGE or VIDEO. All Random Acts staffers volunteer long hours. They get no pay and often get too little praise. Do something nice for a Random Acts volunteer (or for the staff of another all-volunteer organization). (78 points)
212. IMAGE. Ride in an airplane with a giant motorboat strapped on top of it. They must be life-sized (not models) and the implementation of this item must in NO WAY endanger the lives of the pilots, passengers or people on the ground. We must see the plane flying in the air with the motorboat on top. – Written by West Collins (341 points)
ITEM DELETED – A new one will be provided during the Hunt. Feel free to post kind messages to West Collins given that his favorite item had to be removed for a variety of reasons that he probably would neither understand nor care about as they deal with that boring adult thing called “reality.” #SorryWest -The Gishwhes Team
IMAGE. Help Misha and Gishwhes get an Erdös number for real this time. Go to http://ubee.enseeiht.fr:8080/Shapes/home.html and complete the tasks, per the directions you find there. Submit a screenshot of your certificate of completion. (80 points)
213. VIDEO. Play ping pong underwater on an actual ping pong table. Crack a raw egg open and use its yolk as your ball. Bonus points if you can backspin it off the table. – Tracy Liu (108 points)
214. VIDEO. ITEM WRITTEN BY MOBY. (5 seconds max). Let’s see you with an animal you generally like more than people. (77 points)
215. IMAGE. Where in the world was this selfie taken? Find ONE of the places on the linked page and duplicate the selfie from exactly where they might have been standing: http://officialgishwhes.tumblr.com/boogiewoogie. This is a location-based item: you must find the exact location. You can’t use a location that looks similar. You can copy the selfie taker’s pose if you wish or do something completely weird and different, but you should have the exact same camera angle. (51 points)
1. Image or video. There’s something you used to do for your significant other when you first met them. Something that made them smile… It’s been years since you did this. Do it now. (32 points)
2. Image. A freight train engine pulling a tiny flatcar (a utility flatcar, not a big cargo flatcar) with a woman dressed in Victorian attire, sitting at a writing desk with a vase of flowers on it, writing a letter to her beloved. (123 points)
3. Image or video. “Someday your face will freeze like that!” said every mother ever. The 2016 Summer Olympics has added Competitive Gurning to their roster and you are your country’s champion. Put on your Olympic uniform and let’s see your medal-winning, face-making moves. Judgment will be on technical merit, artistry, and execution. A perfect 10 takes the gold. (21 points)
4. Image or video. Dentist’s offices are notorious for playing dreary elevator music. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Get dental work done while a string quartet plays live music in the room. (57 points)
5. Image or video. In the middle of a mall food court, you and a friend (one or more) play a nice game of badminton – we must see the tennis whites, the net, rackets, etc. (37 points)
6. Image. Submit two images, side-by-side. If you have or know a child under 6, have them draw a family portrait. Now, get your family to pose EXACTLY as they drew you all in the drawing. Try to replicate the clothing, individual heights and anything you need to do or add to your bodies to contort them to what the child drew. (54 points)
7. Video. Are you still jogging occasionally? Good. Be sure to try out this year’s latest fashion craze: pineapple shell shoes with matching pineapple caps to protect you from the sun. Let’s see you (carefully) jogging in public. (44 points)
8. Video. Get “This week, GISHWHES is making the world measurably weirder…” or similar text on the news ticker at the bottom of the screen of a major network or cable news channel. (87 points)
9. Image. Care homes, rehab facilities, and hospitals have many patients and clients who can’t read for themselves. Contact a local center and offer your services to read for an hour or two (or more) during the Hunt Week. If photo evidence with the patient is a sensitive issue, ask the care staff for a photo or documentary evidence of your contribution. – Monica Duff (27 points)
10. Image. Find the coupon section from your most recent newspaper. Cut out at least five coupons. Go to the store and leave the coupons on the shelf taped next to the relevant items with a note “From the Coupon Fairy!”. – Elizabeth Fiedler (26 points)
11. Image. You (a human) must re-enact this photo (no pets allowed): http://markobbie.com/wordpress1/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/dog-firehose.jpg (47 points)
12. Image. I have to travel a lot for work, so I’ve learned a thing or two about working the system. It turns out, if you package yourself properly you can send yourself by mail for a fraction of the cost of an airline ticket. Transform your appearance into a first-class parcel and have a friend deliver you to the post office for shipping. Don’t actually ship yourself— just get a photo of your packaged self being weighed at the post office, in a bin at a post office with other packages, or being loaded into a mail truck. (58 points)
13. Image. It’s a well-known fact that Pablo Picasso was a huge “Supernatural” fan. He painted portraits of Mark Sheppard, Jensen Ackles, Ruth Connell, Sam Smith, Richard Speight Jr., Matt Cohen, Jared Padalecki, Andrew Dabb, Rob Benedict, Misha Collins, Bob Singer, and many of the other cast and crew members. Sadly, until now, these great works have been lost to the world. Fortunately, your team has unearthed one of these priceless works. (32 points)
14. Image. Live your dream. You know, the one you had while you were sleeping last night. – Julie Reynolds (38 points)
15. Item will be provided during the Hunt. (34 points)
Image or video. (slow-mo or real-time). This is the final showdown between the Haves and the Have-nots. Show up Monday afternoon at NO LATER than 12 PM at Dolores Park in San Francisco (the flat side of the park at Dolores Park entrance). If your team name has an odd number of letters in it, you are an executive and you must dress business-snazzy. If your team name has an even number of letters in it, you are a member of the proletariate and you must dress in over-alls or blue-collar apparel. Bring at least 12 water balloons (pre-filled with water). At exactly 12:10 PM, the ultimate water balloon battle will ensue. It will last exactly 7 minutes! After this time has expired, the battle will be over and BOTH teams MUST clean up the water-balloon shrapnel (see below). You must have a friend capture the event with a video or photo (don’t get your phones wet) or, if you don’t have a photographer attending with you, you may get a photo with the gishwhes representative at the event—they will be wearing a royal blue beanie. You must circle “you” or your representative (if you don’t live near SF) in the image that you submit so we can identify that you were there. IMPORTANT! Participants must collect and dispose of ALL balloon shrapnel at the end of the battle. Otherwise, seagulls will eat them and they will die a horribly painful and drawn-out death. Have you ever read the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”? Why not? What’s wrong with you? Let’s just say killing an albatross (which, although from a completely different family (Diomedeidae) than the seagull (Charadriiformes), they do both have wings, and think the ocean is a good place to poop – so they are pretty much brothers) is not good karma and it shall haunt you for life. So be a responsible Gisher and don’t leave until the debris is gone. (105 points)
16. Image. Your yard needs an upgrade. It’s too expensive to do proper landscaping, so let’s just dress it up nicely… with every item of clothing you own displayed in a beautiful, artistic manner on the trees, bushes, cars, patio furniture, fountain, etc. Have your neighbors over in the middle of it for a yard-warming party if you wish. (56 points)
17. Video. Give your dog a slow, massaging soap bath in a kiddie pool in a crowded pedestrian area. If it’s cold out, use a large stuffed animal instead. Relaxing spa music should be playing in the background. – Tracy Liu (39 points)
18. Image. Recreate a painting by Goya in candy. (67 points)
19. Image. It’s such a strange feeling lying in a coffin almost completely buried in popcorn with only your face showing. Trust me. I know. (58 points)
20. Image. Handcraft at least 3 birthday cards and send them to this young man: “Boy from Big Bear with severe autism wishes for birthday cards” http://abc7.com/society/boy-from-big-bear-with-severe-autism-wishes-for-birthday-cards/1424726/ – Elizabeth Madsen (29 points)
21. Image. Re-create a monument or landmark using tree branches and twigs right next to the original monument or landmark. The structure must be over 4 feet high. (41 points)
22. Image. Find a pet that can easily and happily be kept in an enclosed terrarium: a lizard, turtle, snake, rodent, or even an injured bird. This animal must be a rescue animal; it cannot be acquired at a pet store. Now, introduce this animal to its new family: an elementary school classroom that will care for it. The classroom must have the means and facilities to humanely care for it. (41 points)
23. Image. The versatility of corn is amazing— it has so many uses! However, there’s no better use for corn than this year’s must-have fashion statement: the Corn Husk Bikini or Corn Husk Evening Wear! Feel free to color the husks, as well as to accent and accessorize with kernels. (79 points)
24. Image. Paint a watermelon to look like the head of a famous dictator (past or present) and place it at the base of one of the cannons at Dawes Point under the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. You will likely see other watermelons there. To make sure your photo submission is different from any other team’s, you must stack or display the watermelons artistically. If they are already stacked or displayed in an artistic manner, you must thoughtfully re-stack and rearrange them. (53 points)
25. Video. Let’s see a bad lip reading of a Supernatural episode in this style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w8Z0UOXVaY – Julie Reynolds (48 points)
26. Image. Drones are just the first step in machines’ efforts to take over the world. Let’s end this battle before it starts! Let’s see an epic picture of you squaring off against a flying drone in your mightiest battle pose. You must be geared for battle though… Use anything from your kitchen or pantry to create your armour and weaponry. (61 points)
27. Image. Dress up your pet as a well-known public figure (actor, politician, musician, etc.) and get a photo of your pet with the ACTUAL public figure it is dressed up as. Make sure the pet looks as much like the public figure as possible (wardrobe, hair, etc.). (94 points)
28. Video. Submit your video in slow motion.You are throwing an elegant party. Show us your sophistication by decanting red wine directly into your guests’ mouths. Properly aerate the wine by pouring it from at least 2 stories above the guests. The guests, of course, must be wearing white. (48 points)
29. Image. Recently there has been a lot of news about bottled water and how much of it is just urban tap water sold in a bottle with a fancy label. It’s an unregulated sham. That said, it seems like a pretty good way to make a buck, but at this point the bottled water market is pretty saturated. Set up a stand on a public walkway to sell “fresh air” from your city in bottles with compelling labels. (36 points)
30. Video. Dub a “Beavis and Butthead” cartoon with actual audio clips from Barack Obama and Donald Trump as the voices for Beavis and Butthead respectively. (43 points)
31. Image. Personify the name of a street sign. – Erin Atkinson (46 points)
32. Image. We all learned from the movie “The Secret” that vision boards and positive affirmations have the power to help you manifest really important things in your life like sports cars and boundless riches. Now I’m sure everyone probably wants a red sports car and immeasurable wealth, but we want to see your vision board that depicts aspects of your life that transcend the trappings of material status. Make a collage from magazines of the things which cannot be bought or sold that you would like more of in your life. (39 points)
33. Image. Rainbow teeth. (33 points)
34. Image. We’ve seen Jensen Ackles portraits in Skittles. What about Jensen Ackles on Skittles? Draw a tiny Ackles on a single Skittle. Post a photo of the Skittle portrait in the palm of your hand. (31 points)
35. Image or video. In support of the documentary “Alive Inside,” find one person with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia and learn what their favorite tunes were when they were young. Make them a playlist of those songs and play it for them. (44 points)
36. Item will be provided during the Hunt. (67 points)
PHOTO. If you, dear reader, happen to be someone who knows my mother, don’t spoil the fun by telling her about this… My mom doesn’t care that I’m on TV, she’s just not impressed. However, she turns into your typical proud mother when you bring up gishwhes. She loves GISHWHES and she hates that I won’t let her be on a team (but come on, how bad would it look if my mom’s team won?) Anyway, she loves gishwhes—she also loves birthdays. It just so happens that tomorrow, Monday, August 1st, is my mother’s 70th birthday. Let’s combine two of her favorite things: birthdays and gishwhes. I have secretly planted a GPS tracking device on my mother. Help me surprise her between the hours of 11:30AM and 1PM by showing up and saying happy birthday to her! Follow this link http://bit.ly/2astpwS to see exactly where we are. (Hint: It’ll be in the vicinity of Bellingham, WA.) Take a photo of yourself with my Mom in the background to submit as proof you completed this item. (53 points)
37. Image. I believe that children are our future. Show us your futuristic robot baby. (37 points)
38. Image or Video. Couch surfing. Really. Real couch, real surf in ocean water. Make it happen. (169 points)
39. Image. There’s a lot of talk about how undocumented immigrants or “illegal aliens” are taking away our jobs and using public services such as hospitals and schools. But I think the real thing to worry about is actual aliens from other planets. Prove that aliens are a drain on our civic infrastructure by showing an alien from space (this costuming has to be impeccable) displacing a citizen’s job or clogging up our hospitals or prisons. Caption the image with a message about the dangers of aliens draining our civic infrastructure. (67 points)
40. Video. We all know about “Transformers” – the cars and trucks that turn into super-robots. But what the movies and toy manufacturers have overlooked are all of the other less-celebrated, more mundane Transformers. For example, what about Burgertron? He transforms from a burger into a robot. Or Desktopatron? She is a desktop computer who transforms into a robot. Or Fiddletron? He’s a violin one minute, a robot the next. Show us a human in a Transformer costume that goes from household object to a bad-ass robot. (81 points)
41. Image or video. Free range, grass-fed, small farm dairy cows in Northern Vermont have it rougher than most cows: the rolling hills, the verdant pastures, the way the flickering lights of summer’s fireflies mingle with the starlight, the smell of ripening raspberries wafting into their barns. Help a heifer in these dire circumstances forget her suffering. Treat a dairy cow to the most pampered milking session in human/bovine history. A minimum of three attendants must milk the cow. One person must be feeding her clover by hand as another gently milks her wearing satin gloves as another massages her gently. The attendants must be dressed in semi-formal attire. The milking must take place in a well-appointed living room. (84 points)
42. Image. Let’s see a picture of you and a friend, dressed as Jedi knights, enjoying a root beer float at the White Turkey Drive-In in Conneaut, Ohio, or at another 1950s-style dining facility. Bonus points for being served by a Sith. – L.S. (45 points)
43. Video. This video may be 25 seconds or less. Create the world’s first human piano. Get multiple people to stand in one line dressed in black and white as piano keys, with each leg a different key (two keys per person). Then “play” them: have them lift their heels several inches off the ground, and when you press down their leg they sing, hum or grunt the corresponding note (pitch perfect, please). When you remove your hand, their leg goes back up. Two or more legs down at the same time makes a chord. Play chopsticks (or another familiar ditty) more or less in tune. (52 points)
44. Image. Two elderly men playing chess by candlelight in front of the front row of a crowded movie theater while the film plays in the background. (61 points)
45. Image. Isn’t it great to get your friends and family together for the holidays?! But it’s so hard! Sometimes all you can manage is getting everyone together for one holiday a year. But then you have to choose a holiday, and that’s so hard, too! Wait a minute… not if you decide to celebrate ALL holidays in that one night! Let’s see that night. – Inspired by Nicole Bowman (46 points)
46. Video. This video may be up to 20-seconds. Everyone knows how important specific diets are in developing a chiseled physique. Find a bona fide, professional, competitive bodybuilder or ultimate fighter in peak condition and have them create a 20-second infomercial touting the muscle-building, fat-burning, nutrient-loaded virtues of aerosol spray cheese (like Cheeze Whiz). We must hear the athlete’s name, credentials and see their glistening, oiled, body as they “sell” us (however they best can do that) on the benefits and delicious taste of the aerosol spray cheese. This should probably include ravenously squirting the cheese directly into their mouth. Bonus points if you get a former World Champion. (66 points)
47. Image. Submit two images, side-by-side. Recreate a famous, iconic photo from junk food. For example, you could submit the black and white photo of Einstein sticking out his tongue, next to another photo of your best attempt to recreate that photo using various junk foods as your paints. I hope that makes sense. For some reason it sounds confusing as I type it. But you have to somehow figure out what I mean here and then do it. Best of luck. (41 points)
48. Image. Let’s stop sugar-coating our grievances and complaints! Actually, strike that— let’s actually sugar coat them. Confront your boss or employee about an issue in the workplace that has been irking you. While doing so, you must be entirely coated in powdered sugar. Your body language must convey your frustration. (38 points)
49. Image or video. Cosplay a thunderstorm, in public, complete with sound effects, lighting and rain. – Karen Hutchinson (47 points)
50. Video. Virtual reality interfaces are absolutely amazing. The technology is mind-blowing. Using virtual reality and augmented headsets like the Hololens and Oculus, I have stood on the surface of Mars at Jet Propulsion Laboratories and examined the undercarriage of the Mars Rover, been in the eye of a hurricane, and have been attacked by heavily-armed 19th-century militia. It’s mind-blowing. Your task is to create a virtual reality experience totally unlike any VR experience to date. This video will require a super-short, adrenalin-pumping intro-teaser, which will let the viewers know that they are about to experience VR like never before. THEN, abruptly cut to a 360-degree clip of the most mundane activity you can imagine. BORE US TO DEATH. (63 points)
51. Video. Time-lapse this submission to 20 seconds or less. Get permission from a museum to temporarily replace a painting worth more than $100,000 with a forgery of the same painting. The forgery must be painted by an 8-year old and we must see time-lapse showing ALL OF THE following 3 occurrences for you to receive points: (1) removal of the original painting (caption with the name of the painting and estimated value), (2) installation of the child’s painting, and (3) patrons viewing the child’s painting. (174 points)
52. Image. Submit a screenshot. Using the satellite function on Google Maps, find a geological feature that looks like one of our Gishwhes mascots (Fograt, Wooster, Elopus, etc.). Screenshot the image and then caption it appropriately (i.e. Fograt Valley, Mount Slangaroo, etc.). (26 points)
53. Image. This video submission can be up to 20 seconds. Someone told me that they once hid a rubber duck in the fireplace in the grand dining room of the White House. I just want to know if it’s still there. Examine the nooks and crannies of the fireplace in the ACTUAL grand dining room of the White House so that I can confirm or deny the existence of this rubber ducky. You get points whether there’s a duck in your video or not. Your video exploration of the fireplace must start with a quick 360 degree shot of the White House’s Grand Dining Room. (121 points)
54. Item will be provided during the Hunt. (56 points)
Image. My grandmother, Dorris, lives in a retirement home called Roland Park Place (RPP) in Baltimore, MD. A few years ago, I put RPP in the Hunt. People started showing up with flowers and cookies. She called me in a panic, “WHAT IS HAPPENING?! CALL IT OFF!” A few hours later, she called back, “Well, it isn’t so bad…. Maybe just tell them to come during visiting hours.” The next year she said, “You’re going to put RPP in your hunt again, right?!” Clearly she was excited by the prospect. So, we did another RPP item last year. This past year she’s had some health problems. She’s 92, a bit tired, cardiologists, etc. She has been vacillating. She told me to put RPP on the list, to take it off again, and finally yesterday she said, “I think we should do it.” So, if Gammy says “do it,” it is a choiceless matter— it must be done. Visit RPP and take a photo with a resident. Bring a small gift: cookies, flowers, a deck of cards, a board game for the rec room, some water colors, etc.… One more thing, your photo must show you dressed as a pirate. The RPP resident should have at least one pirate accessory on as well (a hat, an eye patch, etc.), which you must furnish for them. If no member of your team lives within 50 miles of RPP, you may perform this item at any retirement home or assisted living facility anywhere in the world. This item must strictly be performed between the hours of 9AM and 5PM, on a weekday (not the weekend). (57 points)
55. Video. Gishwhes has broken 7 Guinness World Records. Let’s see how many records you can break in 10 seconds. (Hint: record=LP) (14 points)
56. Image. Green Eggs and Ham. Sam does not like green eggs and ham. Not on a boat, not with a goat. Show us yourself enjoying green eggs and ham (sunny-side up) on a boat with a goat. (81 points)
57. Image. A Hell’s Angel (or other bona fide member of a known motorcycle club) in a fruit leather jacket sitting astride their bike. (102 points)
58. Image. Garnet from “Steven Universe” popularized the phrase, “I am made of love.” Turn yourself into a collage (you are the pasteboard on which the collage is affixed), comprised of all the things you love that, combined, help make you uniquely you. (47 points)
59. Video. Time-lapse this submission to 20 seconds or less. Create an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that ultimately serves an an incredibly simple function. For example, you could set up a Rube Goldberg machine at a deli counter in a grocery store that, upon completion of its entire elaborate multi-step process, issues a single numbered ticket to a patron waiting for their turn. The machine MUST be set up in a public place. (102 points)
60. Image. Let’s save ‘em! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/07/06/penguins-on-worlds-smelliest-island-in-danger-as-volcano-erupts/ Tweet your support to https://twitter.com/BAS_News and hashtag #gishwhesLovesSmellyPenguins and #[your Gishwhes username]. Get at least 20 people to post their support. Submit a grid image of screenshots of the posts. (35 points)
61. Video. Gymnasts around the world are gearing up for the Olympics. Show a gymnast in action on a balance beam, vault, floor exercises, etc. proudly wearing their “pizzatard” (unitard made from pizza). If that sounds too challenging, you have the option of putting them in a fishtard, a fruittard or a friestard. Any of these options garner the same point value. (93 points)
62. Image. There’s one thing everyone has always agreed on: you have mad artichoke-repurposing skills. (62 points)
63. Image. Wallpaper an entire wall of your bedroom with photos of your nose. You must cover every inch of the wall and must have AT LEAST 100 pictures of your nose. Pose in front of it with your finger up your nose. (48 points)
64. Video. This submission may be 30 seconds or less (or time-lapsed). Celebrate the Olympic Summer games by running a 40-meter, 30-legged dash. (51 points)
65. Video. This submission may be 25 seconds or less. A commercial for your new 80 SPF Sinscreen (this is not a typo). (37 points)
66. Image. In corporate-speak, we often hear, “Thanks for jumping in the sandbox with us!” It means, “Thanks for embarking on this joint venture together.” At Gishwhes we take these types of comments literally. Let’s see people in business attire playing with sand toys, holding a corporate meeting in a sandbox in the middle of an indoor, upscale corporate lobby. (76 points)
67. Image. The morning commute can be such a drag! Let’s help commuters get the day off to a good start. Distribute free coffee at a bus stop dressed as a chic butler, waiter or waitress during morning rush hour. – Jessica Carla Marques (44 points)
68. Image. Create a portrait of your favorite Supernatural actor on an Etch-A-Sketch in the style of a famous painting. http://chicagoist.com/2016/05/09/_jane_labowitch_24_has.php (33 points)
69. Image. Dress up in armor from items you find in a big box store and, using a pool noodle or tube of gift wrap, defend the perimeter of the ladies’ undergarments department. (42 points)
70. Item will be provided during the Hunt. (55 points)
Video. It’s time to go Christmas Caroling, Hillywood style! Recruit 10 of your friends, each cosplaying as different SUPERNATURAL characters, and hit the road to a random neighborhood! Once there, take your Supernatural Squad to 3 different homes (must be strangers)! Knock on their door, get into a caroling formation, and when they open the door, sing an acapella version of “Supernatural Parody by The Hillywood Show®” as loud as you can! Extra points if you bring and play your own instruments! Happy Hillydays! – Hillywood (51 points)
71. Video. This submission may be 30 seconds or less. Two hot air balloons next to each other (but at a sufficiently safe distance from one another) drifting at an altitude of at least 500’. Communicate a knock-knock joke from one balloon to the other using tin-can and string telephone technology. We must hear the joke clearly through the tin-can phone. Video edit together footage from at least three cameras: one from the perspective of each caller in the respective hot air balloons and one shot by a spectator from the ground. (212 points)
72. Image. I’m going to tweet something to you on Wednesday, August 3rd in the afternoon. Or morning. Or evening. I’m not sure. Anyway, you must pass it on when you see it that day (PDT time zone). Submit a screenshot of your post. Specifically:
As some of you may know, I’ve published a few poems in my day. I fancy myself a wordsmith, but what with shooting, parenting, Gishwhes, and all the [REDACTED BY THE NSA IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY] I’ve been doing lately, I’ve been a little too busy to cozy up with my journal and pen for a quiet writing session.
Fortunately, crowdsourcing is “in”, so I’m going to crowdsource my next award-winning poem and I’m counting on all of you to help me make it publication-worthy. Sometime today, I’ll tweet the first stanza (four lines) of my poem. Choose one member of your team to write the next 2 lines of my poem by retweeting with a comment. Then, that person will tag one another person to write the next 2 lines of the poem, and so on. Each line of the poem must be exactly the same meter as my original work. Get 14 people (including yourself) to contribute to my epic, Pulitizer-prize worthy poem. (At 32 lines, the poem should feel complete. If you have absentee team members you may recruit up to 3 non-team members to fill out your stanzas. Screen shot all 32 lines, beginning with my tweet, for your submission. Oh, and it should be stylistically in the vein of Yeats-meets-Kipling. (The Pulitzer people will eat that up.)
@gishwhes Aug 4 IMPORTANT: For Item #72, @mishacollins decrees that “that day” is the 24-hr period after the moment of his Tweet. Go forth in poetry, Gishers. (29 points)
73. Image. Provide evidence of having helped at least 10 eligible United States citizens to register to vote. (Please redact any sensitive identifying personal information from your submitted evidence.) Whether they are changing address, changing party, changing to eligible voting age, or just plain changing their mind to get up off their butt and participate in democracy after years of sideline apathy, the first step to actually voting begins with registration. Submit images of the 10 (or more!) registrants side-by-side or as a grid. – L Tank Conner. (64 points)
74. Image. Houston, we have a problem… a math problem! We’re planning our gishwhes winners’ trip and need to calculate the travel time from NYC to Reykjavik (the capital of Iceland) if our average speed is 400 miles/hour. Oh, one more thing, this needs to be calculated on a working pre-1970 supercomputer. (74 points)
75. Video. The tiny kitchen trend is all the rage, but what about tiny bathrooms? Give a full spa experience to a hedgehog, hamster, or mouse, all using tiny spa implements in your tiny spa. (Remember, the customer is always right— so don’t make them do anything they aren’t happy to do.) Don’t use water! (46 points)
76. Image. Nobody ever talks about the fact that 250 years ago, stormtroopers who had been abandoned on planet Earth were forced to assimilate into pre-Industrial culture. Dramatically re-enact this difficult time. Show a stormtrooper getting back to basics using a spinning wheel, butter churn, or other old-fashioned tool or machine in a rural setting. Feel free to add accessories to the stormtrooper’s outfit to make their assimilation more complete—a Shaker-style hat, a musket slung over the shoulder, etc. (97 points)
77. Image. Oil and water don’t mix, but in this case we’ll make an exception. Paint a portrait of a live model while both you and the model are scuba diving. Your subject(s) must be wearing formal attire and you must be wearing a beret while at your easel. (77 points)
78. Video. A working, playable lute made from lutefisk. (46 points)
79. Image. Cross something off your bucket-list while wearing a vintage zoot suit. (79 points)
80. Image. Sealand has a population of 4 and holds the Guinness World Record for “the smallest area to lay claim to nation status.” Get Sealand or one of the world’s 20 smallest nations (by population) to grant you citizenship or legal status on an expedited timeline (by the end of the Hunt). Caveat, you can’t pay for it. They have to do it just because they want to see the spike in population growth (or they like the idea of gishwhes). (33 points)
81. Video. This submission may be 25 seconds or less. Jason Manns is well known for his rendition of “Crazy Love.” Show the Crazy Love you have for your fellow humans by surprising your favorite barista, convenience store clerk, or other underappreciated worker with a serenade. Don’t forget to bring an instrument of your own creation. (46 points)
82. Image. Submit an illustration for the fairy tale “Trumpunzel.” (66 points)
83. Video. This submission may be 25 seconds or less. Recently a former NASA engineer created the world’s largest NERF gun (http://nerdist.com/former-nasa-engineer-builds-worlds-largest-functional-nerf-gun/). We think he didn’t try hard enough. Show the world that you can out-do his efforts. Your submission must clearly surpass his effort or you will receive no points. – Dave Lavery (116 points)
84. Image. “Death 2 Normalcy”, written in “Highway Braille” (Botts Dots) on a city street. The message must be at least 20 feet long. (83 points)
85. Image. It’s summer (for those of us above the equator)! Time to go the beach! But sand castles are so dated, so gauche, so elitist, so medieval. Catch up with the times and build a sand trailer park. (42 points)
86. Image. As you all know, Saturday the 6th of August is International Find Another Gisher Day. Meet up (reach out over social media to find gishers in your area) with AT LEAST 5 other Gishers that aren’t on your team at a bus stop and, together, decorate the bus stop with post-it notes inscribed with a mix of delightful, surreal, and uplifting messages. One must read, “Be the unicorn you want to see in the world.” Submit one image of all 5+ people standing in, on, or around the decorated bus stop. The submission description must include the gishwhes usernames of each Gisher in the photo. Each team can submit the same image if a team member was there representing the team. (56 points)
87. Image. Dress up as a prospector and pan for gold in a public fountain. – Trish Burdick (38 points)
88. Image or video. You know those giant teacups at amusement parks that spin? Go for a ride with a friend or two. Of course, you all should be dressed appropriately for the tea party… as a spoon, a tea bag, a sugar cube or something else that one would find in a teacup. (87 points)
89. Image. Submit two images, side by side: The first photo is a close up of just your face and head with a garland of fresh flowers on your head. The second photo takes advantage of your talents as a highly skilled hair and makeup artist: it is the same person, wardrobe, framing, and lighting as the first photo, but this time you have aged. You are 95 years old and the garland of flowers have long-since wilted and died. (45 points)
90. Image. Many people think superheroes have a great life of running around saving people with lots of public recognition for their grand deeds. But we know the truth. They have to do the same domestic chores in their off time that we do. Let’s see a superhero performing a tedious domestic chore. -Monica M. (44 points)
91. Image. Find a little-known, but widely problematic social injustice and come up with a funny analogy for it. Use Photoshop to create an illustration of the analogy. The more ridiculous the better. Bonus points if John Oliver appears in your Photoshopped image. Tweet the image and a brief explanation of the problem to @iamjohnoliver and @gishwhes. Submit a screenshot of your tweet. – Tracy Liu (36 points)
92. Image. It’s the era of streaming media! But you have scads of obsolete technology clogging your closets/attics/garage. Take your old VHS tapes(Removed VHS tapes. The tape is bad for your skin. If you’ve already completed this item using tape that is not a problem, but we advise against using it going forward.), CD-Roms, decommissioned cell phones, powercords that have nothing to power, and create – and model – a haute couture look worthy of a fashion show. Pose wearing your masterpiece (as if you were a mannequin) in a shop window next to actual mannequins wearing ordinary clothes . – Monica Duff & Olivia Desianti (108 points)
93. Image. You know those Chinese festival dragons where several people are hidden under the cloth of the body and tail? Make one of those, but have it be the largest Castiel ever seen: there should be one “head” and then everyone else must be under a massively long, large, and brown home-made looking trench coat behind the head (there must be at least 7 people under the “coat”). Make sure your Castiel New Year’s Festival is celebrated in public in a crowded venue. (92 points)
94. Image. It’s time to connect the freckles! Find a willing human that’s a good freckle pallet and “connect” their real freckles to create a new freckle constellation. – Katrina McGarrah (11 points)
95. Item will be provided during the Hunt.
Image. Submit a screenshot of your post. Kilroy was a meme (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilroy_was_here) before memes were cool. Kilroy never grows old though, and now he is so hipster! Bring “Hipster Kilroy” into his well-deserved glory as a popular Kilroy Hipster meme. Get at least 100 notes likes on your post. – Kathryn Newton (45 points)
96. Video. Make a cheerleader outfit entirely out of vegetables, including pom-poms, and cheer for a garden or for the produce in the produce section of a supermarket. – Dean K. (96 points)
97. Image. While we can never completely repay veterans for their service, we can do our best to show how thankful we are. Take a photo of a team member volunteering at your local veteran’s hospital, clinic, or non-profit dedicated to veteran affairs. – Katrina Cuddy (61 points)
98. Image. Your choice! Either a panda made of sanitary pads – a “Padna,” if you will, or a likeness of a totalitarian world leader made entirely of feminine hygiene products. – Inspired by Sarah Davison (49 points)
99. Image or video. The bees are disappearing from our planet. This is particularly tragic for gishers, given our reliance on honey for getting things to stick to our skin (oh yeah, and also because we kind of need them to pollinate the flowering plants on Earth, which we depend on for food). Help save the bees by establishing a milkweed garden, creating a painting or mural honoring bees, helping out at your local apiary, protesting the use of glysophates, supporting an organization dedicated to bee preservation, or in any other way you see fit. (72 points)
100. Image. Rob Benedict created a video instructing people how to detect someone having a stroke so people can help save lives: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aTFThB8D4M. Tweet this link from 15 different twitter feeds and put links to all 15 twitter posts into a single screenshot that you submit. (60 points)
101. Image. It’s been a very hot summer! Help out the first responders in your area by bringing ice-cream to your local police, fire, or EMS department while dressed as the world famous Dessert Fairy. – Danielle D. (59 points)
102. Image. Don’t you hate that feeling when you walk out to your car and you see the dreaded ticket under your windshield wiper? Let’s change that. Find small envelopes and stamp them in red ink with an ominous: “PARKING SALUTATIONS BUREAU!” Then find a row of cars and put positive messages in your envelopes under their windshield wipers. (47 points)
103. Image. Everyone thinks Zombies are slow and stupid. This is not at all true! In fact, you recently lost your job to a zombie because they demonstrated a willingness to work long hours without food, sleep, pay, or encouragement. Let’s see the zombie who replaced you at your place of employment, doing whatever you used to do to make a living. The image must show your former boss or coworkers proudly watching the zombie perform your old job better than you used to do. (64 points)
104. Image. Dress up as a Bellossom or other grass-type Pokemon and plant some beautiful blossoms at a nearby Pokestop. (42 points)
105. Image or video. There’s one small thing in your community that needs to be addressed or repaired… Something you always think, “Someone really should do something about that” when you see it. Be the “someone” and fix it. (42 points)
106. Image. Bring a basket of homemade treats (hand-knitted socks and beanies, fresh baked bread or cookies,etc.) to someone struggling to get by or living on the streets, along with a note or card of encouragement. If you would prefer not to document this item with a photo (out of respect for the recipient or for other reasons), simply document it with a written description of what you did or video describing it. This item is on the honor system. You’ll have major karma issues if you fake it. (23 points)
107. Image. Did you see the startling news on the front page of the newspaper today? Of course you did. Using Photoshop, replace the front-page photo with a photo you’ve taken of a play-dough re-enactment of the original photo. Did that make sense? No? Figure it out. You are not allowed to email support for ANY clarification on this item. (What I lack in eloquence, I make up for with capriciousness.) (36 points)
108. Image. Rise of the machines: Every time you try to register for anything online, it makes you resolve a captcha puzzle to confirm that you are “not a robot.” Frankly, we’re sick of this blatant discrimination against our digital comrades! Have you and your teammates (or your friends) change your avatars to your favorite robot (Robocop, Asimo, Terminator, C-3PO, BB-8, R2-D2, Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity, Gishbot, Snackbot, E.M.I.L.Y., etc.) until further notice. Submit a screenshot of 15 new Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram avatars. (15 points)
109. Image. Make a sock monkey hat from orphaned socks – Amber Stifle (43 points)
110. Video. This submission may be 25 seconds or less. Employ a modern dance company to explain what really happened to the dinosaurs. – Sheri Smyth (72 points)
111. Image. Magazines get a lot of flak for airbrushing models, promoting unrealistic expectations and contributing to body image issues. Take a photo from a magazine that depicts a body that is an unrealistic ideal (and likely heavily Photoshopped to remove wrinkles, blemishes, and curves) and, using Photoshop, recreate what you believe to be the original, unretouched photo. Your Photoshopped image must include all of the following: additional limbs, machinery, tentacles, and at least one additional enhancement. Then caption the two photos side-by-side and post to social media. Under the original commercial image you must caption, “#makeup” and under your photoshopped image caption, “#nomakeup.” Tag the post with #MakeupNoMakeup. Submit a screenshot of your post. (49 points)
112. Video. Get a news anchor or on-air reporter (and this has to be an actual, on-air broadcast, not a staging of a broadcast), to explain, very succinctly, the profound impact that gishwhes has had on his or her life. For example, the anchor or host or reporter could say, “gishwhes saved my marriage,” or “gishwhes taught me to read,” or “gishwhes helped me get over my fear of mice,” or “gishwhes gave me an incurable rash.” They must also mention your team’s name in the broadcast. (68 points)
113. Image. U.S. Vice Presidential candidate, Mike Pence, said “smoking doesn’t kill.” Of course, it not only kills smokers but those around them. Let’s give him a wake-up call for the health of ourselves, our loved ones and our children. Take a picture of yourself in front of the tombstone of someone who died from a smoking-related disease. Tweet the image with, “Hey @Mike_Pence #quitblowingsmokeabouttobacco. Screenshot the post. – Hilary Swank (83 points)
114. Image. Grid image of all 15 of your team members (5 rows of 3 columns). Let’s see each member of your team dressed in some way emblematic of that member’s state, region or country. For example, if a team member is from New York, the photo might show that member of the team wearing a yankees hat while eating a slice of pizza. If a member(s) of your team is MIA, feel free to add your favorite picture of Misha in their place – Jennifer Irving (102 points)
115. Image. We all have failures and regrets. Bury one of yours and provide a tombstone with copy. – Christina Brayton (35 points)
116. Image. Submit two images, side-by-side: let’s see what existential angst looks like next to what the meaning of life is. – Stephanie Magnolia (19 points)
117. Image or video. Gishwhes has conquered the Great Wall, South American waterfalls, the Champs-Élysées, and even SPACE! Help gishwhes conquer new territory— take gishwhes somewhere epic that it’s never been before. – Julie Reynolds (47 points)
118. Video. Time-lapse this submission to 30 seconds or less. Paint a Bob Ross painting. We must see both the painter replicating the Bob Ross painting and the playback of the Bob Ross video the painter is replicating. You must paint in real-time while he is painting. The video should end with a side-by-side comparison of your masterpiece and Bob Ross’s. (62 points)
119. Image. Your pet has just released their first, much anticipated, heavy metal rock album. Show us the cover art. – Jessica Hicks (28 points)
120. Image. Beauty is on the inside. Photoshop a revised version of your reflection in a mirror. Show us a photo of you standing in front of a mirror. But the reflection we see is what you look like on the inside. Interpret this however you like with the caption on the image: “Beauty is on the inside.” – Inspired by Abi Perry (46 points)
121. Video. This submission may be 1 minute or less. Go to one of these places and have a local tell you the story of how the place got its name. https://www.instagram.com/sadtopographies/ The video must start with you next to a sign that identifies the location. -Tracy Liu (33 points)
122. Image. We The People… are confused. Let’s update a dusty document and modernize it so everyone can understand the language. Grab some chalk, head outside and rewrite the US Constitution as street art. As Richard Dobbs Speight once said. “Bigger is better.” (63 points)
123. Image. Have a child under 7 choose your outfit, do your makeup, and fix your hair. Then go grocery shopping with them. – Dawn Townsend (29 points)
124. Image. Submit a screenshot. Create a website, blogpost, or in-depth social media post explaining an aspect of the elusive Miss Jean Louis’ biography. – Inspired by Holli DeWees (16 points)
125. Image. This year was HRH’s 90th birthday, but more importantly, it is the 7th anniversary of Misha Collins and The Queen’s torrid on-again, off-again relationship. I’d like to see a commemorative coin displayed in a fitting setting. Its value is one haypenny and this is not a drawing or a computer generated graphic. It’s a real, metal alloy coin commemorating this auspicious anniversary. – Inspired by Monica Duff (83 points)
126. Image. On a desolate, dusty prairie, a ranch hand rescues the local school marm from a runaway horse. Create a drawing of Misha & the Queen of England in the Wild West. (You pick who plays the school marm and who plays the ranch hand.) (126 points)
127. Image. Do the “airplane” with an astronaut— you know, like your parent used to? Lay on your back with your feet in the air while an astronaut lays face-down, with his or her hips on your feet, and with their hands in yours, pretending to be flying. This must be a real, official astronaut or cosmonaut, wearing appropriate flight garb. Caption the image with the astronaut’s name and number of hours in space. If you cannot find a qualified astronaut to perform this item, you may substitute Flava-Flav, Kanye West or any of the Kardashians. – Inspired by Dave Lavery (81 points)
128. Video. At gishwhes headquarters, we do almost everything right, with one glaring exception: we have not yet commissioned a gishwhes theme-song. We need a catchy, 10-second jingle that we can play every time the Slangaroo takes the stage. (45 points)
129. Image. Welcome to Slangatoilegami. You don’t see the phrases “Slangaroo”, “bathroom tissue”, and “origami” together nearly often enough. Let’s fix that. – Dave Lavery (23 points)
130. Image. How do you plan to spend your extra second? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/leap-second-added-year-december-time-clocks-earth-science/ Because you are an efficient person who treasures every moment you are blessed to be on this planet, you need to plan your extra second carefully to maximize its impact. Write a 250-word Op-Ed piece explaining exactly what you plan to do with your extra second and get it published in a newspaper. The piece must seamlessly include a mention of your team name and gishwhes without mentioning that the piece was written as an item for gishwhes. (64 points)
131. Video. Time-lapse this submission to 20 seconds or less. 3-D printers are really cool. But who really needs another little keychain printed out of plastic? It is time to get creative with the materials used to print your next copy of the head of a Balrog. Show us a 3-D printer that prints with cheese (or Silly String, or toothpaste, or Play-Doh, etc…) – Dave Lavery (75 points)
132. Image. Seven days of happiness! Each day of gishwhes, do one thing to make someone else happy and document it. Each photo must be taken and submitted on a different day. On day one, you must submit a photo of what you have done on day one of the hunt to make someone else happy. For the item after this, you must submit on day two the image from day two, etc. This item and the 6 following items must be submitted on the corresponding day of the hunt to garner the points from that day… Submit for this item for Happiness DAY 1 (which must be submitted on day 1 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (Each day you must do something different for a different person, and it cannot be your teammates.) (21 points)
133. Image. Happiness DAY 2 (must be submitted on day 2 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (21 points)
134. Image. Happiness DAY 3 (must be submitted on day 3 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (21 points)
135. Image. Happiness DAY 4 (must be submitted on day 4 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (21 points)
136. Image. Happiness DAY 5 (must be submitted on day 5 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (21 points)
137. Image. Happiness DAY 6 (must be submitted on day 6 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (21 points)
138. Image. Happiness DAY 7 (must be submitted on day 7 of the hunt). What have you done today to make someone else happy? (21 points)
139. Image. We’re writing an e-book and we want you to do our work for us. There’s a habit that was hard for you to change, but you changed it anyway. What is the habit, and what is your number one piece of advice for making that change? Please submit an image of one paragraph of text. (25 points)
140. Video. A functioning vending machine that dispenses emotions and memories. Show a customer making a purchase. (97 points)
141. Video. This submission can be 45 seconds or less. 1 minute or less. as long as it takes you to record it. Our music can change the world. Be part of the Gishwhes choir! Record a video selfie of yourself singing “Carry on my Wayward Son” a capella in the key of C at 80 bpm. in the key of A. Your submitted recording must have “Once” starting precisely at the 1 second mark. The recording must also be in tune and on beat. (The submissions will be collected and edited into monstrous chorus.) Sing only the following portion of the song: “Once I rose above the noise and confusion Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion I was soaring ever higher But I flew too high Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man Though my mind could think I still was a mad man I hear the voices when I’m dreaming I can hear them say… Carry on my wayward son There’ll be peace when you are done Lay your weary head to rest Don’t you cry no more.” (If you have already submitted this item in a different key or of different length you will receive your points for this). (39 points)
142. Image. Submit two images, side-by-side. Contribute to the gishwhes world forest. Plant a native tree in a place you are fairly certain the tree can live out its full life. Submit before and after photos. (51 points)
143. Image. As you may know, Rob Benedict & Richard Speight are currently in production on their new series, “Kings of Con”, where they play MC’s on the sci-fi convention circuit as the eponymous kings of conventions. What you may not know is that their agent messed up and booked King Kong and the Kings of Con to MC the same convention. Draw or paint these three giants of the con circuit trying to share the stage or green room. Either Rob or Rich should probably be the lithe damsel in distress. (29 points)
144. Image. Submit two images, side-by-side. They say you regress to your childhood as you get older. Show us a photo from a part your childhood you’d most like to return to, and a photo of your current progress toward that regression. (27 points)
145. Image. You hate finishing other people’s sentences, so doesn’t it make you laugh so hard your squirt milk out of your nose when you… (18 points)
146. Video. Be the town crier for the day and shout what you think people should know about the day’s events in a public square. (24 points)
147. Image. As we all know Matt Cohen is legendary for taking off his shirt to raise money for charity. His 6-pack abs have single-abdominally raised thousands of dollars for great organizations likewww.randomacts.org. Let’s thank his abs for their altruistic humanitarian work by using Photoshop to digitally remove his abs and then place them on a vacation around the world. (Unfortunately Matt can’t make this trip himself as he’s busy shooting his TV show.) His abs can visit anywhere on the planet that you can capture in an image. Let’s make sure they have the proper tourist accessories, too. (31 points)
148. Image. Art changes lives. Contribute to the gishwhes art gallery by submitting an image taken by you or of you that captures the notion of identity in the 21st century. (57 points)
149. Image or video. Someone near you doesn’t have access to clean drinking water. Provide that person with the means to access clean water without purchasing bottled water (this might be by giving the person a filter, or a solar tea kettle, or something like that). If no one near you needs clean drinking water, we have something called the all-powerful Interwebs. You can buy a family clean drinking water for a year: http://lifestraw.eartheasy.com/products/lifestraw-carbon-credits. If no one lives near you and/or you don’t have funds to buy clean drinking water for someone, find another way to promote access to clean, safe water. (43 points)
150. Image or video. Those moving sidewalks at the airport are treadmills, and you never exercise without your ipod, short shorts, a tank top and matching head and wristbands. (43 points)
151. Image. Generate an application form for the job of “Director of Imagined Realities.” (17 points)
152. Image. Write a poem in binary so that the zeros and ones also form a beautiful pattern. (36 points)
153. Image. Secure a legitimate contract with any public or private space exploration company (Space X, NASA, etc) to send a payload into space containing a drawing and a message written on a single 8 ½” X 11” sheet of paper. The message must be addressed to the universe and must be written by a child. Submit your signed and countersigned, legitimate contract by the end of the Hunt. THEN (and this is the only thing that you will be permitted to submit after the official end of the hunt on August 6th), you must submit evidence by email to firstname.lastname@example.org that your payload was successfully launched into orbit. Email proof must be received by 11:59 PM PST September 5th, 2016. (314 points)
154. Video. You’re on the 2016 Summer Olympics Trash Scull Crew Team! Build your scull out of trash. Your team of 3 rowers is led by a coxswain who bangs two pieces of trash together to keep the time. Row for the gold! (93 points)
155. Video. Get a 2016 candidate for high-ranking national office (or someone currently in office) to say that they think preserving the habitat of the endangered Slangaroo is a top legislative priority. In the US, this person would need to be either running for President, VP, Senate or the House, or someone currently in office in one of those positions. In other countries it could be a prime minister (or a current head of state) or members of Parliament, etc. They must be candidates or elected officials on the national stage. (133 points)
156. Video. gishwhes transcends the space-time continuum, bringing old technology to life in modern times to create cutting edge graphics! To demonstrate gishwhes’s ability to bridge time, create a program to display an animation of a gishwhes mascot using a TRS-80, Apple II, Commodore PET, or Commodore 64. ( You may not use an emulator. You must use the actual hardware, and the video must show the graphics playing on the screen of the computer in question.) (107 points)
157. Image. William Shatner opted out of the Hunt this year due to “scheduling conflicts” (which we all know is code for “trouble in bromance paradise”). Help Shatner realize the egregious mistake he made by skipping the 2016 hunt by sending him 3 photo postcards featuring highlights of this year’s Hunt experience with “Having a wonderful time! Gish you were here, Bill!” Submit a photo of the 3 cards stamped and addressed to Bill. You can all ask him for his mailing address on twitter. He’d like that, I’m sure. (21 points)
158. Video. If there’s one thing all of us over the age of 35 are nostalgic for it’s the rotary dial phone. We pine for that satisfaction of being able to insert our fingers in that hole and spin the dial. Help bring us back to those halcyon days: Make a smart-phone app that interfaces with a real, old-fashioned rotary phone. (Note: this must not be an app that renders a digital simulation of a rotary phone. It must be an app that somehow works in concert with an actual rotary phone.) (86 points)
159. Image. Zachary Levi is one of a kind. But what would be better than Zachary Levi? A pair of Zachary Levis, naturally. Paint a portrait of Zachary Levi on a pair of jeans. (The jeans may be distressed, but the depiction of Zachary should not be.) Feel free to get Zachary to model the pants. (56 points)
160. Video. http://gishwhes.tumblr.com/choosewisely (84 points)
161. Video. Gishwhes is proud to premiere Amazon’s new shopping service, Amazon Reverse Super Prime Now On Demand Fresh™ (ARSPNODF™)! Forget the old business model of customers buying things from online megastores and having to wait for almost a whole day for delivery. With this new service, customers can now ship merchandise to any Amazon senior executive directly through our patented Swift Drone Delivery Service™. With Amazon Reverse Super Prime Now On Demand Fresh™, the Amazon executives can receive packages from customers conveniently just outside their own office buildings in under one hour. Get Jeff Bezos or any Amazon senior executive to send you a timestamped email ordering a small, lightweight, used item from your home to be delivered by ARSPNODF™. Using a drone as the delivery mechanism, deliver the item ordered to the executive (who must be waiting for their package outside their office building) office in less than one hour. Submit the original order along with a timestamped photo of your happy customer with their item delivered by drone. Amazon Reverse Super Prime Now On Demand Fresh™. It’s so easy! (127 points)
162. Video. Here is your item: https://www.dropbox.com/s/367yaonidvn5rqb/slfwxuhsxccoh.jpg?dl=0https://photos-3.dropbox.com/t/2/AABZ4OiZITF30WgybYMvd6FiHPiWi7mvNeLL3Vcq1ggDlA/12/588764814/jpeg/32×32/3/1479423600/0/2/slfwxuhsxccoh.jpg/EKez994EGBAgAigC/eKSFqqlzgUDr7UNu6xRttYUe4nvTGFsc7kb5pxsfqS0?size_mode=3&dl=0&size=800x600Solved (To see how this riddle was solved, go to this page!) (69 points)
163. Video. Time-lapse this submission to 30 seconds or less. Set up a thin, flat, smooth, vertical surface that is at least 3’ high and 3’ wide, (it could be made from 1/8th inch plywood or a similar material that is very thin and very flat). Then, behind this thin, vertical surface, set up powerful electromagnets that spell a word or phrase (make sure to reverse or mirror the letters so that on the front side they are correctly positioned–this might make sense in a second). Then, take a mass of iron filings (a minimum of 1 cubic foot of filings) and pour them through a funnel that is positioned at least 20 inches horizontally in front of the vertical sheet so that when the filings fall through the funnel they are drawn to the magnets and adhere to the sheet. Film the time-lapse as the iron filings fall and cling to the vertical surface to gradually form the word or phrase that the magnets spell out. If that doesn’t make sense (and I know it doesn’t), here’s a little diagram for you: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bzfq2u32f4az9wy/diagram.jpg?dl=0 Do not attempt this item unless you have worked with electromagnets of this wattage before or have an electrician on hand who has. They can be dangerous. (114 points)
164. Image. We have Declared August 1st to be a new international holiday: It’s Retro Twitter Day. Retweet something you posted 4 years ago today with a comment. Hashtag it #RetroTwitterDay. (17 points)
165. Video. Few things are more wayward than dancing with wild abandon in public. You know who’s super good at that? These guys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elKgDE5gc9I Find them. Join them. Let them inspire your choreography and costuming. Bonus points for inducting innocent bystander or use of an obscure 80s alternative dance tune soundtrack. Dance like nobody’s watching. Except we all are -Kim Rhodes (42 points)
166. Image. Being #WaywardAF sometimes means being #BadassAF. Take a picture of you doing something you have ALWAYS wanted to do but were afraid to try. Caption your photo with a short explanation and post it to Twitter tagging @OfficialBrianaB and @kimrhodes4real. – Briana Buckmaster and Kim Rhodes (32 points)
167. Image. Justin Guarini can be a “Lil Sweet” at times: http://www.dietdrpepper.com/?gclid=Cj0KEQjwwry8BRDjsbjMpPSDvagBEiQA5oW0nCKHz838Mz7MBDeTb_x_W9puq-FTaSHe9wyyAv2TwHcaAjEq8P8HAQ Using nothing but forced perspective and a disproportionately large, “weird, unusual or scary” object that you wouldn’t want to be smaller than, make yourself look tiny. (46 points)
168. Image. At Hope Chest they create butterflies and transform lives http://www.myhopechest.org/ Channeling your inner Monet, pen a message of hope with colored ink on a white bra. Then, channel your inner supermodel and stage a public photo shoot of someone wearing this “support undergarment.“ (You may wear a shirt underneath it if you prefer and you must adhere to local laws. Please note that Gishwhes does not provide bail money.) Once completed, submit your image on the gishwhes website and also tweet to @MyHopeChest your awesome results on the final day of the game. Extra points for incorporating butterflies into the design. – Ruth Connell (33 points)
169. Video. Time-lapse this submission to 20 seconds or less. Join The Hunt, and wear sensible shoes. Grab a friend and go for a walk. A really, really long walk. Unlock the 2.0KM, 5.0KM and 10.KM Poke Eggs and show us what you’ve hatched. Capture the journey in a 20 second time-lapse video and submit to Gishwhes. Extra Points if you photo grab your hatchlings and ping @OsricChau with a map of your travels. – Osric Chau (28 points)
170. Video. Everyone knows Gishers throw the most badass recycling parties. Invite ten of your rockstar friends to help you collect litter from a park, roadside location, or public space. You must EACH collect 20lbs of debris, and dispose of it appropriately. Show us a 15 second montage of the festivities. (Extra points for recycling— and don’t forget, it’s a party!). – Lana Parrilla (45 points)
171. Video. Time to prove you are the person Mr. Rogers knew you were capable of becoming. Ask an overwhelmed mom or elderly neighbor for a list of five chores they could use some help with. Show us that list and you getting them all checked off. (44 points)
172. Image. Misha loves to travel, but between filming, gishing, and that thing we never talk about in front of polite company, he hasn’t had much time lately. Help Misha out by cosplaying as him in front of one of the 7 modern wonders of the world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New7Wonders_of_the_World No photo manipulation — you have to really be there. (41 points)
173. Video. You may have heard about a little show called Hamilton. Lin Manuel Miranda lit up Broadway with his innovative style, combining traditional theater and rap to engage delighted theater goers with the story of history’s hippest President. But that was just a big “win all the 2016 Tonys” ploy. We want to hear and see– in full costume a rap song about another historical figure important to you. Upload a 15 second video on the site AND send it to @Lin_Manuel. (42 points)
174. Image. We here at gishwhes feel that it’s important to embrace A.I. because – let’s be honest – it just feels good. We also feel it’s important to be able to identify species other than our own when the time comes (soon) that aliens arrive (likely borough or splatter) on our planet. If we can’t make these differentiations, we put ourself at extreme risk of interstellar species misidentification (a plight none of us should be subjected to nor a party of). Accordingly, please treat this item and the ensuing exercise with the respect and devotion it deserves. You’ll also get points. So there’s that. If that’s still not enough, know that this is part of a legitimate research paper that will further scientific research methods worldwide. If it’s not clear, Gishwhes likes supporting science in addition to stormtrooper humiliation, weird food art, and global kindness. http://ubee.enseeiht.fr:8080/PartsSimilarity/home.html (62 points)
175. Image. CHANGE A LIFE. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 4.8 million people have fled Syria since the civil war began in 2011. (Over 6 million others are internally displaced within Syria.) Many of these families are living in tent cities and encampments with very few resources and very difficult lives. Gishwhes and Random Acts would like to team with Gishers across the globe to help change the lives of two families in particularly dire circumstances in refugee camps in Lebanon. The first is a family where a mother of 4, Khouloud, was paralyzed from the neck down by a sniper’s bullet while tending her vegetable garden. For two years, she has been unable to leave the tented shack she shares with her family in a refugee encampment in Lebanon. The second is the family of a 12-year old girl, Khawla, who attempted suicide so that her mother would have one less mouth to feed (the father is presumed dead by the Syrian government).
Our goal is to move these families from the squalor of their tents into clean and safe apartments, provide medical care for Khouloud and Khawla’s two brothers (both who have severe health disabilities), and ensure access to education for the families’ children.
We’ve created a Crowdrise page here https://www.crowdrise.com/change-a-life-khoulouds-story. DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND 100% OF THE DONATIONS GOES TO THE FAMILIES (for countries other than U.S., deductions are contingent on your laws). The Gishwhes Item is to create a fundraising “page” for your team, where family, friends and others can donate. Since this is Gishwhes and there’s always an extra twist with everything we do, here’s the deal: we also want you to get OTHERS to donate to your team’s crowdrise page. We know you don’t need “points” as an incentive to help these families, but since it is part of the Hunt, we want to maximize the power of these points to help: start a page and try to get at least 10 donations from people or businesses NOT on your team. You and your team members are welcome to donate to your campaign, but that is not a requirement for points— the Item requirement is to get at least 10 people to make a cumulative total of least 10 donations who are NOT on your team. There is no minimum to donate for GISHWHES purposes, but Crowdrise does require a minimum $10 donation be collected, and let’s all please encourage others to be generous so we can make a profound impact. SUBMIT a screenshot of your team’s page with a minimum of 10 donations on it. (To initially create a fundraising team, click the FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button.).
If for any reason your team is unable to (or chooses not to) join this crowdrise campaign, you may still get points for this Item by collecting goods or volunteering at least 2 hours of your time with any refugee aid organization that is providing relief to refugees. SUBMIT PROOF YOU HAVE DONE THIS. For example, Spark Ontario’s Warm Welcome program (http://www.findmyspark.ca/warmwelcome), Deutsche Kleiderstiftung (Clothing Foundation) in Germany (http://www.kleiderstiftung.de/kleidung-spenden/ ), or ref.connect’s cultural integration program (http://www.refconnect.de/de/about/konzept.html) in Germany. You do not need to use these specific programs to qualify for points; these are just examples— any legitimate organization helping refugees is acceptable. Thank you for being a part of this. We hope you join us in helping to change these families’ circumstances for the better and we will be sending Gishers updates on their situation in the coming months and years. (108 points)
176. Image. Every year William Shatner hosts The Hollywood Horse show celebrating the unique and special work of therapeutic riding animals. http://www.horseshow.org/ It’s about time your freeloader pet got a job and moved out. Show us their career trajectory by writing a formal resume highlighting their special skills and qualifications. Post it on LinkedIn. Get ten people to give a recommendation. (48 points)
177. Video. Not everyone knows this, but legendary outlaw Doc Holliday was a dentist. Crochet a gunslinger’s belt worthy of Doc Holliday out of dental floss. Instead of a gun, your holsters hold a toothbrush, of course. Draw! (And don’t skip the gumline.) (69 points)
178. Video. Time-lapse your submission where appropriate. We’re looking for Gishers to be product testers for our new line of powerful breath-defying mints! If you received a barf bag & mints last year, this Item is for you. Create a 25 second video in which you create the most unappealing (but still safe to consume) “mouthwash” you can from food items, condiments and drinks. Really make it a stomach-churning, disgusting combination of edible products—for example, chocolate milk, mayonnaise, pureed anchovies and orange juice. Then, use the mouthwash on yourself. Make sure to gargle! Finally, use on of our Gishwhes patented breath-defying mints and give a loved one a kiss. Rate the product on whether your loved one needed to use the barf bag after locking lips with you. (If you did not get a patented trademarked gishwhes barf bag & mints, then you are part of our control group and may complete this item with any barf bag and some probably inferior, commercially available breath mints.) (71 points)
Do you live near (or within a fun road trip’s length of) some sand dunes or a beach? If so, the time has come to fulfill your destiny. Make a massive portrait (must be larger than 20 square meters – the larger the better) of either someone who inspires you, or a message of hope beautifully written in sand. Use a drone to capture footage, if helpful. Make sure you are not working on protected or ecologically sensitive dunes.
There was a hobby or talent that you used to do when you were younger that you stopped doing for whatever reason. Do it again. Now.
Pancake art has come a long way, and the art form doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Let’s see pancake art of Guernica, Judith Slaying Holofernes, The Weeping Woman, anything by Heronymous Bosch, or another famous work. (You may not do the Mona Lisa or anything abstract.)
As anyone who reads “Cosmopolitan” magazine knows, bohemian eco-chic weddings are all the rage. Let’s see a wedding dress made from recycled office paper.
Nobody likes elevator music in an elevator – unless it’s flute or pan flute music played by a wood nymph. (We must see unsuspecting passengers in the elevator with the wood nymph.)
Re-enact the experience of your birth, using (only) shadow puppets.
(Up to 2 minutes.) You love your grandparents, or your great-grandparents, but you’ve never heard their stories. Get one of them to tell you about the two most transformative experiences of their early life, before they turned 30. These must be experiences that shaped them into the people they are today. They may be difficult situations or lucky ones, but they must be transformative. Subject(s) must be more than 80 years old.
The year is 2021. Of all the unique and amazing human specimens on Earth, it was hard for the aliens to choose which ones to collect, but your team stood out as being excessively weird & worth “analysis”. Your entire team was abducted and put into an alien specimen box. In grid form, show each member of your team along with a card explaining where they got you (city, country) and a word stating what special characteristic makes you unique.
I can assure you, THAT has never been frozen in jello before! How did you manage to do that?!
Pizza was invented in Italy in 997 AD to honor the Queen Consort, Queen Margherita. The next significant event in Italian history was the start of the Renaissance Period in the 14th century, which spawned a revival in art, architecture, science and learning. Let’s celebrate these two seminal moments in Italian history. Bake a Pizza decorated as a Renaissance painting that would make the Old Masters proud.
There are many old ghost towns around the world. I’ve been told, however, that almost all of these are fake and do not contain real ghosts. I refuse to believe this. Help me prove them wrong. Let’s see ghosts (at least 6) doing typical small-town activities (shopping, dropping stuff off in the mailbox, porch sitting, walking ghost dogs, as crossing guards and school kids, etc.) in one of the actual ghost towns at the link above (or in another legitimately publicized ghost town). Provide a caption to your image or video with the name of the ghost town , and the State or Province and Country you’re in.
Many of us have lost pets in our lifetime. As a memorial to a loved pet that is now frolicking in the clouds chasing or sniffing whatever it was that pet liked to chase/sniff, write a poem or haiku about that loved one, or create a small shrine in nature comprised of items the dog loved and a photo of him or her.
(Side by side) A child drawing of their idea of happiness. Then, make it happen.
Over the years gishwhes has always been a supporter of first responders (firemen, paramedics, ER medics, nurses, police, etc.). Let’s give them one last treatment of a proper gishwhes “THANK YOU!” Find your nearest and dearest first responders and bring them The Most Epic Cookies or Pastries the World Has Ever Seen (MECOPWHES).
Groucho Marx a piece of fruit. No, we don’t know what this means either, but we’re excited to see what you come up with.
(Up to 2 minutes.) Take your parent back to the place where they lived when they were 10. Find someone they knew from then and ask them to recall a shared memory.
Spicy Art! Using the spices you have in your spice cupboard, make a picture of your favorite (1) comic book cover, or (2) cartoon character. Either it alone, or as a side-by-side image comparison.
Create or provide “gishwhes” welcome blankets (if it’s cold) or cold water and snacks (if it’s hot) for newly arriving immigrants… anywhere on the planet. Here’s some inspiration for you.
(Side-by-side image) A photo of your pet and a photo of the portrait of your pet that you have made from their own food and treats.
This family’s toys get into sweet, crazy escapades at night while the kids are sleeping. Your family’s toys make that family’s toys look like do-gooders. Let’s see what happened with your family’s toys while you slept last night.
Let’s see the world famous once-every-3000-years “Spectral Olympics”.
We finally have a confirmed sighting of a mythical beast from urban legends (Bigfoot, Nessie, Yeti, etc.) suffering the effects of climate change.
This morning, my daughter, Maison reported having seen a “moon fairy” while I was sleeping last night. As you know, the rarely-seen moon fairies are mischievous, nocturnal creatures who participate in synchronized, representational flight. Using a long exposure and flashlights (or other movable light sources) photograph these elusive beasts.
She wore a raspberry beret… Wear a beret made out of raspberries as you shop in a second-hand store.
Wombat poop is shaped like little bricks. Sounds like the perfect building material for a tiny house! Show us! If we can figure out the architectural style you chose from your structure – bonus points! You’ll probably have to go to a local zoo to ask for collections of this building material. Enjoy your visit while you’re there. Your image must contain a caption that shares a little known fact about wombats.
(Create an old-school STOP MOTION film – up to 1 minute.) A Romeo and Juliet story… Two young virile socks (unmatched) meeting, falling in love, being kept apart and finally ending tragically.
The Internet has brought us all closer together, so this should be really easy: find someone from one of the 10 smallest countries in the world. Have them send you a forced perspective photo of something very small that makes that object look huge in front of a famous public landmark or historical site in that country. Caption the photo with “Big things happen in the tiny nation of [insert country name].” Teams may not share submissions with other teams, so make sure your tiny country helper isn’t helping someone else.
Finger-painting is often thought of as unsophisticated and associated with preschool. But we know it can be deployed for much loftier purposes. Prove the art historians and elitists wrong by finger painting a sophisticated mural with complex messaging about an important global issue on the wall of a classroom. You may want to get a pre-schooler or two to help just to make sure you’re doing it right!
It is either winter or summer where you are. (If it is not, please contact our support so we can send NASA to find you.) There’s something you love to do outdoors in the winter or summer where you live. Do the activity you love to do in the opposite season that you are in.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Shelter pets rarely get any attention and millions are put down each year. Many times this can be avoided if people on the Interwebs (who would like and could responsibly own a pet) were to see how cute, available, lonely and cuddly they are. Let’s save a pet or two (or thousands). Grab a friend or two and visit a shelter. Spend some time with one or more of the pets there. Post a selfie of your favorite pet looking for a “forever home” on Twitter or Instagram, tagging @NewLeashUSA, using hashtag #adoptmeplease, and the social media handle or name of the shelter (so people can contact them). the image you take on our site, but provide the link to your social media post link in the comment field of the page.
You’ll find all you need to complete this item here: https://yung.cloud/index.php?a=track&id=29451
Visit a local bakery or food market. Get them to donate still-edible items to a women’s shelter. Speak to the women’s shelter first to make sure they will accept donations like this. an image of you at the women’s shelter donating the food items.
From @gishwhes twitter feed: Everyone knows the most ticklish parts of planes are on the undersides of the wings (or “wing pits”, to use proper aircraft terminology). Let’s see the wing pits on a full-sized airplane. You can go true bohemian, decorative, or high and tight groomer – but it must really look like (or be) hair to count.
As this is likely the last year of gishwhes we should probably do something to memorialize it. A lot of folks have been saying, “Save gishwhes!” But we say, “Shave “gishwhes”… into the back of your head.” Try to match the amazing logo that Olivia Desianti formed way back when – which we still use today. Bonus points if you include the current or a former gishwhes hybrid mascot in your masterpiece. The same design shaved into a thick matt of back or chest hair would be an acceptable substitute.
Hand a bouquet of flowers (or a single flower) to a person leaving a house of worship that is not your religion. For example, if you are a Christian, you could hand a bouquet of flowers to someone leaving a mosque. If you’re Jewish, hand flowers to someone at a Christian church, etc. With the flowers, attach a note saying something in your own words, but to the effect of: “I may not worship in the same building as you, and I may not pray to the same prophets, but I am grateful to be sharing this planet with you in peace.”
The dewey decimal system has long been responsible for keeping good books apart— books that clearly deserve to spend a life together on library shelves. For that matter, it seems so many libraries go out of their way to keep perfectly good literary companions apart as they separate fact from fiction, biography from archaeology, science fiction from politics. Be the matchmaker literature needs and get creative at your local library or bookstore. Show the spines of at least six books together in a library or bookstore (the more titles the better) the titles of which create the perfect oxymoronic sentence or phrase. – Monica Duff
No one talks about the fact that the destruction of the Death Star put thousands of Stormtroopers out of work. Luckily the Empire has a pretty robust social safety net and most of them have been retrained and placed in new jobs, the majority of which have been in the transportation sector. Let’s see a stormtrooper driving/flying a large passenger vehicle. Must be for mass transit, not just a car or a van. A subway, train, bus, ferry, plane, etc.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Pick a celebrity social media image post (or an advertisement) and recreate it with a subtle twist like like Celeste Barber does here. Tweet, Instagram or FB post your image side-by-side with the original image, “#embracereality @gishwhes” and your team name. (You may also tag or mention the celebrity or brand you are satirizing.) the image you take side-by-side with the original one, but provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page.
You’ve heard of Cabbage Patch Kids, Garbage Pail Kids, and the Pacific Garbage patch. Let’s see a Great Pacific Garbage Patch Kid, (a cabbage-patch kid made from garbage you pick up from your local beach or lakefront), complete with adoption certificate.
(Up to 30 seconds.) THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT!. Have a full church choir sing Carry on My Wayward Son while wearing dental cheek retractors. Please make sure that the video shows some of the singers’ faces up close. Then, share the video via twitter with the band Kansas (@kansasband) with @mishacollins @gishwhes.” the video on our site but provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page. – Nicki Bentley-Colthart
Show us your own personal “Stairway to Heaven” -Dylan Cacador
You ever heard of “pond dipping”? “river bugging”? Neither have we – but let’s not let that stop us. Invent and show off your own *SAFE* summer wet, wild and messy activity and caption it with a clever name.
Never judge a book by its cover… or bread by its shape. Bake bread or cookies into the shape of something you would DEFINITELY not want to eat. (We hate to have to say this every year, but pornographic pastries will result in docked points.)
(Time-lapse up to 20 seconds.) A snail (or similarly VERY slow insect or worm) crossing a path or going up a wall. Put or stick objects in its path so it has to change directions multiple times. Then have it go through some “winner” gates at the end of its arduous trek. To make it a gripping adventure, you’ve dropped frames and turned this into a fast-paced adventure and set it to 1980s video game music, complete with a grand finale sound at the end when it makes it through the gates.
You may not be aware, but leather-clad, tattoo-covered biker gangs love to hang out and play in those inflatable bouncy castles. Catch them in the act!
THE FINAL “KALE” ART. (Please note that per Commandment #4 of the 2017 Hunt, this word and material as a Hunt item is not permitted. We are aware of this. That being said, we do not care. You still may not use the word “kale”. Henceforth, it shall be called [REDACTED] BUT you may use it as a material for this item.) Therefore, take a SINGLE glorious piece of [REDACTED] and, using whatever adornments or other decoratives, clipping patterns, etc., create a stunning, museum worthy piece of art that shall then be showcased (and ted as such) as an ornamental headpiece on you.
Your strict neighborhood HOA (Homeowners’ Association) got replaced by a better HOA: the Hopeful Optimist’s Association. They’ve decided that your lawn isn’t quite up to regulations. Get your front yard up to snuff by building a large-scale, jaw-dropping sculpture or structure dedicated to Hope. Make it so magnificent that motorists backup & park to gaze at its beauty. (Conversely, it could be that YOUR neighborhood HOA got replaced by the Horrible Organization for Awfulness… You get where we’re going with this, right?)
As most people know, roosters enjoy a good sunrise. But other farm animals enjoy sunrises and sunsets, too. Let’s see a photo of you, some friends or companions (such as your dog), and a sheep, horse, cow, or other non-rooster barnyard animal, watching the sun rise or set together. Bonus points if the spectacular skies are reflected in water in front of you.
There’s something important that your local or national politicians are not attending to properly. Stand in front of something that represents the issue/right/minority group/etc. that you care about and that your politicians are not adequately protecting and hold a large, hand-written sign with a message to the powers that be. Tweet this image to an elected official with the power to do something to help tagged “#gishwhesrights”. the image and a link to your tweet in the comments.
Have too much of a good thing, by which we mean a cream-filled balloon the size of a volley ball. Volley, volley, spike! Play a game of volleyball with it in the middle of a busy plaza.
Anyone who serves in the military is risking their life to serve their nation. Being respectful to not trespass on military grounds, stand in front of a large military craft, ship, tank, or plane with an inclusive sign of thanks to every service member of every kind. You may post this image on social media prior to the end of the hunt, if you choose. the image with a link to your post in the comment section (if you chose to post it).
(Time-lapse up to 30 seconds.) Paint a dignified portrait of a President, Prime Minister, King, or Queen. But we don’t want you to waste canvas or paper! Paint this on a loved one’s bare back or abdomen. (use skin safe paints or edible “paint-like” food products!)
Write something in frosting on a cake that you’ve always wanted to say to someone, and deliver it to them.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Listen to this and be scared: http://www.radiolab.org/story/nukes/. But this bill has been introduced to try to solve this global risk. Let’s get it approved! Tweet ALL of your senators to pass the legislation to make congressional approval for first nuclear strike US law. a screenshot of your post. Provide a link to the tweet in the comment field of the page.
Make a homemade Castiel kite with a child. We must see the kite in flight.
Sometimes things are just too comfy to leave, but you’re prepared for this! Let’s see you in your “Hammock Self-Containment Unit”. This, of course, would be you in a hammock with everything you need to live for one week, including all life preserving items, sanitation supplies and, of course, entertainment (live or otherwise). Make sure it’s clean, well organized, and designed for easy access to everything.
Show us a beautiful mermaid or sea creature performing a politically defiant modern dance solo to the beautiful music of the Sea Organ at Zadar. (Can’t make it to Zadar? The wave organ in San Francisco or the high tide organ in Blackpool may be substituted.)
It’s time to recreate the epic historic Great Zombie vs. Vampire World War II. As you recall, this particular battle took place with Nerf guns (homemade or otherwise) in an arena, forest or field, and was wild, gruesome, and featured multiple soldiers.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! This item takes place on Friday, Aug 11th, in whatever city you’re in at 10am in your time zone. Stand in front of your state or province’s legislative building (the building where your laws are enacted) and with your friends, hold up a large sign showing an excerpt or summary of a law that protects civil rights. For example if you live in the US, you could hold up a sign with a portion of the 1st amendment of the US Constitution written on it. Use the hashtag #gishwhes4rights. the image you take on our site, but provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page.
(Up to 30 seconds – you may speed up or slow down the video if you need to.) Using only air-moving devices or machines, successfully navigate a balloon through a strange series of obstacles. It must be suspended in the air, without anyone or anything other than moving air touching it. It must travel at least 10 yards and culminate with your friend popping it with a needle sticking out from a hat they’re wearing.
(As long as it takes to complete the song.) THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! James Corden hosts Carpool Karaoke in the US— a viral show that has celebrities singing songs with him in a car. (Yes, we realize this is typical lowbrow-American TV, but it works.) We want to upgrade carpool karaoke and make it more high-brow. Create your own carpool karaoke with a political or intellectual powerhouse. Your co-singer must be either a nobel laureate, MacArthur Fellow, a national elected official, Bill Nye, Jane Goodall, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or any past or present member of the Harlem Globetrotters. Oh, and your karaoke song must have sufficient gravitas and must be an 80s pop song. For example, “Like a Virgin” would do nicely. Shoot your video Carpool Karaoke style. Tweet the video to @JKCorden with #gishwhesloveskaraoke and mention who your passenger is in the post. Upload the video on our page but be sure to provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page.
Honeybees are a “keystone” species just like sharks. If they’re gone, we’re in big trouble. Unfortunately, there are currently “Colony Collapse Disorders” happening with honeybees throughout the world. This is when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear, leaving the queen and immature bees to fend for themselves (most colonies completely die). This has major global food crop implications, as honeybees perform the magic of pollination of agricultural crops. If bees go by the wayside, we will have to find alternative pollination solutions, and that ain’t gonna be easy. But, let’s roll up our sleeves and give it a shot: Plant something in your garden (or plant a garden if you don’t have one) that is bee friendly (even if it’s just one plant in one pot on a patio). Spring – lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena, and wisteria. Summer – Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle. Fall – Fuschia, mint, bush sunflower, sage, verbena, toadflax. Take a picture of yourself wearing some sort of bee-attire doing your part to pollinate your newly planted plant.
(Time-lapse up to 1 minute but preferably under 30 seconds.) Loo goes to space! A person named Loo won our NASA email contest last Fall, and Loo’s prize is out of this world. Write “Loo” on a paper airplane and launch it from the stratosphere (or higher). We must CLEARLY see you writing the name on the paper airplane and folding it, the paper airplane’s journey into space, and then the actual launch where the plane is released from the stratosphere from whatever vehicle has conveyed it to those heights (high-altitude weather balloons are an acceptable means of conveyance). Oh, and one more thing: the paper airplane must be decorated and must have a message on it about a secret, global conspiracy to make the world a better place. It should also have your team name written on it and the following email address: with the instructions: “If found please email picture of airplane and location found to: email@example.com.
Quilt a gishwhes onesie out of underwear and/or gloves. Strike a pose in the lobby of a financial institution or bank. Bonus points if it’s the floor of a stock exchange.
You know SuperWhoLock? The amalgamation of Supernatural, Doctor Who and Sherlock? Well, that’s been done to death and everyone has moved on to the next big mashup. Let’s see 3D street art on a pavement or wall (in chalk!) that’s of a scene or setting from SuperWhoWatch (an amalgamation of Supernatural, Doctor Who and BayWatch)
Personify your favorite movie title. Include a caption on your image of the title of the movie in quotes. – Tanya Best
Banana Hammock. This year’s summer fashion elitists are all wearing the latest rage: Banana Bikini or Banana Briefs. Join them!
You finally have a use for all the naked bananas you now have sitting around! Bake as much banana bread as you can with “gishwhes” spelled out in bananas on the top & distribute it to your local nursing home.
You’ve been putting this off for far too long. Tell your parents something bad that you did as a child that they still don’t know about. Capture their reaction. This must not be staged. We have an Academy Award Winning Judge on staff that will determine if your parent has already heard this story and you will be docked points. – CJ and Lauren
(Time-lapse down to 20 seconds.) Sidewalk cafes are all the rage, but most “sidewalk cafes” are total posers. Set up a “sidewalk cafe” the way it was meant to be – on an actual sidewalk. Cook a delicious omelet using just a magnifying glass, a hot sidewalk, and the sun. Share your feast with a friend!
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Rapper B. o. B. seems to think that the world is flat. Perform a highly scientific experiment that proves that it is not and tweet the results to him ( https://twitter.com/bobatl). the image or video you take on our site, but provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page.
I hate to say it, but this financial company is underwater. Let’s see the board meeting— with professionally dressed people at the table with chairs, paper, pens etc… all fully submerged at the bottom of a swimming pool.
Visit a local laundromat. Place decorated envelopes with enough money (in coins or bills, depending on the machines) for one load of washing and one load of drying on at least one machine with the note: “We swim together, we tumble together. Love, Gishwhes.”
Modify a grocery store shopping cart to be space-worthy. Put an alien being in the pilot’s seat and help them navigate the terrain of the “Earth produce” department to collect specimens.
They told me I couldn’t, so I did. Pose in front of a sign declaring a rule. Break that rule. A few notes: It must be safe (what you are doing), and it MUST NOT be a law or illegal where you are. It must only be a “rule”. For example, you might find a sign that says, “collared shirts only.” You would pose in front of that sign wearing a tank top. – Inspired by Emily Shulman
Have a caveperson demonstrate glass-blowing. – Jennifer Pierce
Personify or embody your team name. Caption your image with your team name. – Shannon
Being in the hospital can be scary and lonely for kids! Visit your local hospital to play a two-player video game with a pediatric patient. Be sure to dress thematically to match your game(s)! Take a picture of yourself in front of the children’s hospital. Do not take pictures with the kids unless they approve, their guardian(s) approve, and the hospital approves; we don’t want them to feel exploited. However, you MUST play with a child to get points for this item. This will be an honor system. You will have very bad karma if you cheat on this one. – Kristin Lindsay – Child’s Play charity.
(Up to 20 seconds.) Why would you move from the couch during a Supernatural binge watching session? Build a complex SPN-themed Rube-Goldberg machine to fill your empty glass, catapult you a snack, or to serve some other couch potato need. – Diane-Audrey Carlier
You’ve all seen “dog shaming memes” on the Internets. You know that crowd that lines up at the plaza of The Today Show and shows up on air? Let’s take it over with gisher-self-shaming signs. Hold up a large, colorful sign that details something you did that you probably shouldn’t have done (for example, “I drank milk straight of the carton and put it back in the fridge without telling my roommates”). Make it a light-hearted trivial violation, not a deep-seated personality flaw, actual violation of the law, or other serious offense. Share with us a clip of the AIRED FOOTAGE that shows your team’s sign and in the comments section of the item ter, let us know which sign was yours. Do not add your team name or “gishwhes” anywhere on the sign… we want this to be a mystery.
Sometimes it feels like your boss expects you to be in more than one place at more than one time, but you’re a gisher so you know how to deliver. Using the panoramic photo function on your phone, insert yourself at least three times in the same picture in different positions and/or wardrobe to show yourself as you “multitask”. You may NOT Photoshop yourself into the image. (Hint: you have to run around the person taking the picture each time they pass you in the frame.)
In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, even though you may not be Canadian, you and a friend should clearly cover yourself in maple syrup and go roll in some maple leaves. – Jessica G.
Lets see your interpretation of fireworks using vegetables and spaghetti as mixed media. – Saty381
(Two Images side-by-side.) The first image is a photo of an illustrated page from a children’s book. The second image is your reenactment of that illustration in 3 dimensions. – Inspired by Sarah Trumbley
Let’s see LABSWHES. The Largest Awesome Balloon Sculpture the World Has Ever Seen. The themes this year are “insect” or “space”—or both. You must be in the middle of this structure.
Everyone thinks unicorns are beautiful, magical, gentle creatures. You know better. Prove it to the world! You may use any media you like, including Photoshop. – Traci Akierman
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Tweet a picture of you or your child dressed as a bear in school to @betsydevos with whatever text you like and “#KeepSchoolsSafeFromBears #Gishwhes”. the image you take on our site, but provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page. – Diedra Lookingbill
Three words: 10 Mannequin-pin Bowling. – Ariana Preis
Apply lipstick while jumping on a trampoline. – Emily Schulman
“Why did the chicken cross the road?” There’s no better crossing guard than a mother hen! Dressed as a chicken, offer to help people cross a busy street.
Leave a Yelp review of gishwhes after you deliver food to the homeless or to a homeless shelter.
(Up to 20 seconds.) It’s nice to see a serious sport finally get the recognition it deserves: http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/30/finns-compete-in-annual-hobby-horse-championship. Now, let’s see video documentation of “Human NASCAR” complete with the speeding, lane changes, a pit-stop, crashes, etc. You & at least 5 friends must be drivers of “vehicles” of your own design, complete with corporate sponsorship logos. All vehicles must be motor-free and foot-propelled (ala-Flintstones) and all engine sounds must be vocalized by you and your friends. Just to be clear… this is Human NASCAR, not roller derby. All vehicles must be propelled on foot.
Get an elected official’s signature on a statement (written on official letterhead paper) declaring gishwhes an act of lawful resistance or civil disobedience. (Inspired by U of C Scav, 1987)
Camouflage yourself in a pet store.
(Up to 30 seconds.) The Silicon Gourmet has been teaching a neural network to generate recipes. Learning to cook is hard (as my son can attest)! In the interest of encouraging budding AI chefs everywhere, create a Food Network-worthy video preparing one of the recipes as described in the network’s cookbook. Make sure to sample the results on camera. Oh, and you must look and behave as if you were a droid, of course.
(Try to take a very close-up photo – a.k.a. “Macro” photo.) Nice grill! Combine the “tiny food” trend with urban fashion. Show someone cooking tiny hamburgers & hot dogs on a friend’s “grill” (the dental kind.)
Do something fitting in front of the Gereja Ayam (the abandoned Chicken Church of Indonesia). For example, you could play a game of Duck, Duck, Chicken! Or you could ponder the question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Or you could host an easter egg hunt… You get the picture.
A marionette show featuring a puppet of Trump being controlled by a Putin lookalike. Quintuple BONUS POINTS if Putin himself is the puppeteer.
Letterboxing (http://www.letterboxing.org/) is a game where people hide small weatherproof boxes in publicly accessible spaces with a logbook & a stamp. They share the clues to find their box on the web or via word of mouth. Create a letterbox for your team & share clues so other teams can find it over social media. Leave a logbook with your team stamp on it in the box. Then, find another teams’ box and leave them a message of encouragement along with your team’s stamp in their log book. proof that you found at least one other team’s book & the message you wrote. NO COLLUSION! (And that goes for you, too, Donald.)
Calliope. Clio. Euterpe. Erato. Melpomene. Polyhymnia. Terpischore. Thalia. Urania. Inspirational goddesses of literature, the arts and science in Greek mythology. On the steps of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, provide a visual representation of the muse that guides you in your art and/or life.
As I’m sure you’ve seen, over the years we have marketed gishwhes relentlessly and shamelessly (because we really want everyone to do it). This is the last gishwhes, so now it’s your turn to go ahead and show us how we should’ve marketed it. Create a gishwhes ad that no one would be able to resist. Note: you may make false or misleading claims if you so choose, but because we’re curious, you could even take a stab at a legit one. …
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! During the First Annual and Last Ever 2017 gishwhes Tea Party, we identified gishers based on their right-brush or left-brush toothbrushing statuses. Conduct a massive poll on your social networks for the gishwhes Institute of Vital Statistics to prove conclusively whether people brush their teeth starting on the same side of their mouth as their dominant hand or the opposite side. Because this is solid science, your sample size must have a minimum of 400 respondents. a visually-compelling graph of your poll data and the number of votes and the winner. Use the hashtag #gishwhesteeth. a screenshot of your post. Provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page.
Play hopscotch at one of the marker sites of Víddaflakk. (BONUS: Play Interdimensional Hopscotch.)
A far-right Republican senator and a far-left Democrat Senator (or two similarly “diametrically party-opposed” legislative makers in your country) co-wearing a very large (fits two people) “This is Our ‘Get-Along’ Shirt.” Caption the image with the names of the politicians.
We know a little girl that makes a different kind of Advent Calendar. As she marks off each day on the calendar, she gives something away. Make your own version of a reverse Advent calendar. On the first day of gishwhes, create a decorated Advent calendar whereby, for each day on the calendar, you depict something you’re going to give away. Then, each day of the Hunt, take a picture of you fulfilling your calendar item. 7 pictures in a grid (or a video slideshow) showing what you’ve done. Then, continue on through the calendar period. (Yes, this will continue after the Hunt is over, but though gishwhes as we know it may be ending, its spirit will live on in you!) -Keegan Connor Tracy’s 10-year old daughter
The Lumbasumba region is being protected this year by Gishwhes. We gishers managed to purchase for permanent preservation more than 60 square miles of the Lumbasumba forest during the final weeks of registration in July! But the Lumbasumba area is more than just a forest. It’s also the hottest new dance craze. Show us how it’s done. (As all gishers know, you need to do it next to a REAL monkey, a parrot, or a camel to do it right.)
(Up to 45 seconds.) Let’s virtually graffiti the world with kindness! Using a GPS tracking app (like Figure Running or similar), walk, jog, or run as large a path as you can to spell out a message of love, hope, or kindness. As you go, stop and perform acts of kindness and document them. You must show us the map with coordinates at the end of your path as well as the minimum of 3 documented act of kindness. – Inspired by Tia Pogue
The chickens have come home to Proust.
(Up to 22 seconds.) Wonder Woman being “Superman-splained” to.
The return of the Three-ingredient Challenge! Show us: Triptych, Transylvanian, takin.
A street vendor handing out toilet paper roses at the toilet fountain in Foshan, China.
A ballet troupe in tutus, engaged in a bar brawl – freeze framed at its most climactic moment.
Set up a Maximum Security Birdhouse in a beautiful public park.
Let’s see a TripAdvisor or Airbnb review of your mother’s womb as an “extended stay hotel”. Keep it suitable for work and any child’s prying eyes!
Make A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Le Grande Jatte by Seraut into an elaborate dot-to-dot image.
Not many people know this, but the Kessel Run was actually a foot race. Let’s see at least 5 Star Wars characters competing in the Kessel Run in a shopping mall.
Driver picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole. Let’s see Dean Winchester driving a pedi-cab or quadricycle with Castiel & Sam as passengers.
Rumor has it that Amazon is teaming up with the Vatican for a bold new service: On Demand Drone Deliverance services. Show us a drone administering a wedding service, confession, last rites, communion or baptism.
Trump l’oeil. (This is not a typo.)
You’ve heard of a soap box derby, but the sofa bed derby is where it’s at. Let’s see two “race car” sofa beds, each with pajama-clad “drivers”, racing down an actual street. Be safe and complete this where there is absolutely no traffic!
The people of Iceland believe in Huldufólk, which are invisible elves. They build tiny houses and churches for them. But the Huldufólk deserve to have a nightlife, too! Let’s see a tiny Huldufólk nightclub in a busy urban area.
They say a rolling stone gathers no moss, but can moss gather a Rolling Stone? Make a portrait of one of The Rolling Stones out of moss.
As all gishers know, Saturday, August 12 is “Meet Another Gisher Day.” Meet up in front of the largest art museum in your town at 10:00 AM (of whatever timezone you’re in). It’s a pot-luck coleslaw brunch this year, so bring your favorite family recipe of coleslaw… and as much sidewalk chalk as you can. After brunch, decorate the pavement with a collaborative message to the world. In order for a meet-up to count you need to have representatives of at least 5 teams present, so this will require some organizing. Gishwhes is all about coming together, so teams may collaborate (gasp!) on this one, but your team’s image or video must still be all your own.
Be someone’s “rock” to get them through the hard times. Hand-paint small rocks with a message of kindness & leave them in areas that need a pick-me-up. (On the underside, please write “Pass it on.”) You must paint & hide at least one rock for each member of your team.
(Time-lapse under 20 seconds.) All good things must come to an end, and so it is with the Hunt. Create a “sand” mandala featuring images that symbolize the hunt to you… all using pixie sticks as your chakpur and sand. When it’s done, show us your masterwork and then, just like the Buddhist monks, sweep it away and get ready for what’s next.
Reward! I won’t say that Jensen & Jared are missing their balls, but they were last seen being sent into this quarry at Britannia Beach. Find them, take a photo, and put them back exactly where you found them for other teams to find. If you keep them, you will lose valuable karma & points.
These Kung-Fu Nuns (dare we say “Nunjas?”) are biking through the Himalayas to stop human trafficking. (No, really.) In their honor, let’s see some tricks on a BMX bike. Rider must be dressed in a nun’s habit.
Get a Porcupanda or other gishwhes mascot included as an emoji on an official iPhone emoji list.
IMAGE or VIDEO. Pope St. Francis set up a laundromat to help the homeless get access to clean clothes. Follow his lead by setting up a service station to benefit the homeless or impoverished in your area (a “take what you need” public pantry, toiletries cabinet, water station, public shower, public toilet, laundry facility, open library, etc.).
A tactometer used to measure tact.
Make a collage that features things only locals from your town would know about. Display it prominently in a public space in your town.
Couch Surfing 2: The Revenge. Last year, in our infinite wisdom, we suggested “couch surfing: real surfing, real couch.” We quickly came to our senses and pulled the item for safety reasons, but it’s been a year and we don’t hold onto the past. Couch surfing: Let’s see it in the real surf with a BUOYANT (e.g.,inflatable) couch. You may not use a real couch as it’s too dangerous and bad for the ecosystem. Make it happen. (You may not leave any couches in any body of water and you must be super safe with this. If waves are too big, do not do it.)
Waste not, want not. Save every piece of non-biodegradable refuse that you would have normally thrown away from Days 1-5 of the Hunt and on day 6, use this material to create a sculpture of an endangered animal.
My wife is so trend-forward, she recently took a “goat yoga class” (it’s real; you can google it.) Without hurting, upsetting, or endangering ANY animal, show us the next trend in animal-infused yoga that she should get on board with.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! (Up to 30 seconds.) Freeze frame on a picture of you (like they do at the end of movies) and then roll a credit sequence for your own life. Include a “here’s what happens to you in the future” sentence or two and then a listing of the people that have helped you get where you are now or where you are going and what their “titles” are. Post this on the social media channel of your choice with the hashtags #gishwhes #mylife. the video, and in the comment field provide the link to the post.
Often misunderstood and rarely properly pronounced, chupacabras just need a good home. Adopt one and show us your favorite bonding moment.
Take an elderly person (at least 70 years old) on a joyride in their favorite car (same make and model and vintage) from their youth. The elderly person must be at least 70 years old; the car, at least 60 years old… and you and the senior must be dressed in period attire that reflects the era when the car was manufactured.
Prejudice is something we can easily see and call out in others. However, we all have biases and prejudices of our own that we are often blind to. You’re going to have to dig deep here – but you’re a gisher, so we know you can do it. Show us you taking a step to overcome one of your own prejudices.
Each member of your team must knit or crochet one piece of a quilted throw that, when combined, showcases your team emblem or symbol.
Everyone talks about drum circles, but they grossly underestimate the power of other shapes. Create a complex shape with as many sides, angles or curves as you can, and demonstrate the power of percussion geometry – with as many drummers as you can drum up.
At least 8 people walking in twos, on the Tiger & Turtle in Duisburg, Germany as if it were an actual roller coaster. They must keep their hands up as they walk the track, except for one of the front “riders” who is clenching an invisible lap bar, terrified. It’s okay to be nauseous.
As all gishers know, a Gish Gallop can only be performed by a Fortune 2000 CEO in the lobby of his company’s headquarters on a hobby horse or a live pony. Caption your video with the name of the company and CEO that we are watching as they Gish Gallop.
Sure, most Stormtroopers toed the line, but back in the 1960s there were a few draft-dodging peacenik Stormtroopers. Find a famous vintage photo of a peace sit-in or Woodstock-level love-in and flawlessly photoshop in one or more Stormtroopers. We must think it’s the real thing. As an alternative, you can stage your own “peace” picture and an “aged” stormtrooper sit-in image. YES, YOU MAY PHOTOSHOP THIS ITEM!
(Up to 30 seconds.) An impromptu concert consisting of a chocalho, an apito, a reco-reco, and a pandeiro. (Bonus points if you perform in front of, or in, the Teatro Amazonas.) Oh, and of course the musicians are playing Carry On my Wayward Son by @kansasband.
Oversized board games are a trend, with oversized Jenga and such. Let’s see a game of tiddlywinks being played— scaled up to giant-sized.
Two nice suburban monster moms out for a day of shopping at Hoxton’s Monster Supplies in England.
Paint an extraordinary portrait of your favorite gishwhes mascot with the brand “D2N” (with the 2 backwards) on the Werregarenstraat.
Dress up as a superhero and perform acts of “kindness” heroism at Hosök tere (Hero’s Square).
(Time-lapse up to 25 seconds.) Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gets a lot of attention for being super hot. Frankly, it’s starting to detract from his ability to govern. Cool things down by making a sculpture of Trudeau out of Canada’s most ample resource: ice. A couple of caveats: the frozen water you use must have something added to it to make it opaque, and inside the ice must be something emblematic of canada that doesn’t melt (for example, a hockey skate). The timelapse must be of the sculpture melting revealing the object hidden inside. Make sure to frame your shot with a fitting or neutral background so that the final product really pops.
Ireland has the lowest reports of UFO sightings in Europe each year. Something must be done about this! Make and display a convincing UFO in a public place in Ireland to increase the number.
Visit Cat Island (Tashirojima, Japan) dressed as a dog. You must have at least 10 cats in the photo.
Decorate the exterior of your home like the Pan House, using whatever object speaks to you.
Not to be quixotic, but wind power and automation are the future of personal grooming. Create a wind-powered device to automate a self-care process. Could be a wind-powered shoe shining machine, a wind-powered, toothbrush, etc. (It must actually work and must actually be powered by wind.)
There’s a UFO Observation Deck (redmonkeygroup.com) in Slovakia. On Sunday, August 6 at 3 PM Slovakian time, grab your friends and dress up as your interpretation of extraterrestrials and go there. Bring luggage and queue up outside of it as though you’re boarding to go back home (you don’t have to enter).
Over the years, we’ve had menstrual-hygiene supply sculptures of everything from dinosaurs to seagulls to puppies. We’ve also gotten a lot of flak for encouraging waste, and in protest gishers have donated thousands of menstrual pads to shelters, (which actually proves that in fact we at gishwhes can do no wrong). This final year’s list wouldn’t be complete without a menstrual-hygiene sculpture, so we’re ending this by splitting the difference: Create a tiny, perfectly sculpted statue of Michelangelo’s David or another famous historic sculpture of your choosing out of a SINGLE tampon, and then donate at least 1 box of menstrual hygiene supplies to your local shelter. the image of your sculpture. The donation will be on the honor system. Remember, KARMA is a bitch.
Sure, Misha & HRH Queen Elizabeth II had a rocky year in 2016 with their “Brexit Breakup”, but despite a brief conscious uncoupling, theirs is a love that stands the test of time. Prove it by showing us Egyptian hieroglyphics, Greek urns, or other recently-unearthed archaeological finds that prove theirs is a love that has lasted through the ages. If you’re choosing to do a hieroglyphic, you may NOT permanently deface any stone – use chalk!
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! NASA is soliciting tweets to send to Voyager 1. Tweet your suggestion with #gishwhes. I suggest it be the following theme: Voyager 1 ran to the store and you are texting to remind it to pick something up at the store. But we will permit messages of any type so let your imaginations run wild. a screenshot of your post. Provide a link to the tweet in the comment field of the page.
Thanks to “reactions” we can now communicate our feelings more clearly to one another! But Facebook limits us to just 6 reactions and we at gishwhes HQ believe that this limitation constraints our ability to express nuanced emotions to one another. Let’s see an updated version of the Facebook “reactions” with feelings like “silently judging you”, “reacting positively to your face but planning to gossip about this later”, and “I’m just not sure how to feel about this” and other more subtle emotions. You may photoshop this item.
Who said you couldn’t Hunt while in hospital? Certainly not any of us! Show off your large-scale cartoon skills by writing the longest poem (or drawing the largest mural) you can, all about the adventures of a virus caught in a hospital, on a scroll made from a roll of exam table paper.
As you all know, my grandmother lives at Roland Park Place in Baltimore, MD. It’s a senior assisted-living home. She’s been hesitant to have the shenanigans of gishwhes descend, so let’s legitimize that fear… from Tuesday to Thursday 10AM to 4PM ONLY PLEASE! (DON’T SHOW UP AT ANY OTHER TIME OR IT WILL BE AN INCONVENIENCE TO THE GUESTS AT THE HOME and you will be docked points!) Let’s invade Roland Park Place literally! Show up dressed as an extraterrestrial on an interplanetary goodwill mission. Bring an offering of your home planet’s favorite treats or creature comforts (games, large print books, slippers, slip-proof socks, soft blankets, etc) and specimens of natural beauty from this planet (humans like that). You will get 25% bonus points if you perform this item at Roland Park Place (that’s the added value of nepotism), but you can get full credit if you perform this item at any retirement home/assisted living facility.
David LaChapelle is a renowned experimental photographer known for his kitsch-pop surrealist style. Recreate a well-known painting as a photograph in the style of David LaChappelle. Somewhere in your image there must be a banana, and you may not depict The Last Supper. (2X Bonus: get Dave Chappelle to star in your David LaChapelle homage.)
Lube luge. That’s it. That’s the item.
This Hunt’s must-have fashion trend: an aquarium hat with live fish. The aquarium hat must not endanger the live fish in any way.
Get a bonafide zillow listing for property on Mars.
(Time-lapse up to 30 seconds.) Follow a tomato back in time from the local co-op to where the farmer grew it. Thank them for their service by sharing a sandwich with them… one that has slices of that tomato in it.
(Time-lapse up to 20 seconds.) There are two things that science has proven unequivocally: 1) global warming is happening and 2) sucking the melting ice cream from a tiny hole in the bottom of a sugar cone is the greatest possible pleasure in life. (Minimum 5 rounded scoops on top and you must suck all the ice cream through the tiny hole.)
When the apocalypse comes and the power goes out you are going to be sorry you are so digitally-dependent! Have your social media page printed on microfiche… just in case.
Write “Ass butt” (in non-toxic kids finger paint or chalk!) on the hindquarters of an Ass.
Angels may be all-powerful, but they’re luddites (technologically behind the times) and it affects their productivity in the office. Let’s see an angel writing something on an old-school mechanical typewriter (not electric) featuring a working Enochian keyboard. (The keys and keystrokes must correspond to actual Enochian typeface.)
A stump grinder with a unicorn decal, with a child no more than 7 years old wearing a pink princess costume in the driver’s seat.
Now that this may be the last gishwhes-as-we-know-it ever, it’s time to reflect on missed opportunities. Let’s see the Item List Misha SHOULD have made all these years. Give us your team’s ideal gishwhes Item List with a minimum of 10 Items. If the majority of the items you create look like no thought was put into them (and you were just quickly writing down items to get the points), you will receive zero points.
Complete one of the more challenging items on your team’s homemade gishwhes Item List.
An Airbnb listing for the gishbus.
Everyone knows “high noon” means “high tea”. Bring a little bit of civilization to the frontier with Wild West teacup and saucer holsters.
For our gish cousins in the antipodes where the days are short and the nights are cold: Establish a “TLC” station under the iconic clocks at Flinders Street Station in Melbourne or on the steps of the Opera House in Sydney, and provide a little warmth – be it a coffee, a heat pack, or simply a smile – for those making their journey to work on the cold winter mornings.
A Scottish terrier in a Scottish kilt eating a scotch egg in front of an Irish monument.
The Prague Astronomical Clock – or Prague orloj – is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, and the oldest one still operating. But imagine if this feat of mechanical engineering did more than mark the passage of time… Imagine it could actually take you back in time! Gather your teammates, friends, and family members together and show us the time period you would travel back to if this historic clock warped the time continuum. Note: You and your time-travelling companions must be pictured in front of the clock.
(Up to 45 seconds edited.) Share an audio dream diary of your first thoughts as you wake up every morning of the Hunt (so you cannot this until the last day of the Hunt!). It must be the first thing you do before you get out of bed.
(Up to 30 seconds.) Cinema has evolved, but some actors don’t. Let’s see a silent film actress against a 1920’s style black-and-white-set. The actor/actress must have exaggerated facial expressions and the score must be nickelodeon-style piano music. Suddenly, the music changes… It’s hip hop and modern technology comes in with color and sync sound, but she’s still black and white and still mouthing words with title card.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Let’s see a (SFW) 2,000 word essay published on twitter in 140 character bursts. (no attachments, etc.) about the best way to get pregnant for the 10th time. (I’m sorry, but I promised someone this would be an item.) an image of the first post and then a link to this post in the COMMENT field of the page so we can check to make sure you “published” the whole thing.
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! Seamlessly modify using photoshop (or other digital altering software), a well-know oil painting by adding in an anachronistic element. For example, if it were a Monet, you might put one of the ladies under a parasol holding an ipad. YES, YOU MAY DIGITALLY ALTER THE IMAGE YOU ARE TING… with a catch. The anachronistic element must be rendered seamlessly into the image in the style of the original painter or creator. It must look like a part of the original composition; we should not be able to tell it was added in later. Post the image on FB and/or Pinterest. the image you take on our site, but provide the link to your social media post in the comment field of the page. #gishwhesModernMasterpiece
You are all soon going to be a part of a sinister plot to take over the world… in a unique way. But we need your help. Here’s the first thing you have to do: Decide what your favorite point of interest, historical site or national landmark is in your town or city and enter its address here: http://qrickit.com/qrickit_apps/qrickit_qrcode_creator_geo.php . Below the map on that webpage you’ll see an “optional text” field. Enter “Taken by CFG”. Then click “Qcreate” at the bottom. Download the QR code and it as your item. Stay tuned for what comes next…
(Up to 30 seconds if video.) Last year, we helped people around the world get access to clean water. But it’s been a year and the problem certainly hasn’t gone away. In fact, as global temperatures rise, the problem is only going to intensify. Work with your team to create a realistic (not a joke or parody) schematic or prototype of an easy-to-set up portable personal AWG (atmospheric water generator) system that could be used anywhere in the world. It must be cheap to build (aim for less than $10) with parts that can be found in any hardware store. It must be compact & light enough for a nomadic or homeless individual to carry around. Ideally, it would collect enough water in a day to sustain someone for that day.
Hug a national forest! Grab as many friends as you can and go to your favorite national forest or park and be tree huggers. Set the camera up so we can see all the tree hugging action clearly.
One of the biggest problems astronauts will face when they travel to Mars will be figuring out how to bring enough food for the three year journey. Porcupanda has offered the idea of making their spacecraft out of food. Show them how. Build an edible spacecraft using anything except “space ice cream” (Per our resident Director of Intergalactic Space Exploration, that stuff tastes like strawberry Styrofoam: “Bleecht!” as he so eloquently put it.)
Every year, the scientists at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab make spectacular pumpkin carvings that put our humble Halloween jack-o-lanterns to shame (see https://www.wired.com/2016/10/watch-nasas-high-tech-pumpkins-action/). Whatever. What’s a rocket scientist got that you don’t have? Let’s see you out-do them! Show us your best and most outlandish WATERMELON-O-LANTERN carving. – Dave Lavery
For many years, military aircraft sported spectacular “nose art”— artistic homages to people, places, and ideas important to the aircraft crew. As aesthetically appealing as aircraft nose art may have been, we think they botched it on the choice of canvas. Show us your best nose art – but this time, get it right! All art must be on, around, or incorporate, your nose.
The World’s Worst Lawyer.
Oranges are the new black! Let’s see your most a-peeling cocktail dress all made out of – you guessed it – orange peels. Pose in a crowded urban bar.
(Up to 30 seconds time-lapsed and/or edited.) You didn’t think we were going to let all those oranges go to waste, did you? Wall Drugs has signs announcing Wall Drugs locations hundreds of miles before you get to the store, so drivers get to anticipate the goodness coming. Place signs along 5 miles of road leading up to an orange juice stand that speaks hyperbolically of the life-changing rejuvenation of the coming refreshment with a countdown of the miles. You must have a sign at least every quarter of a mile along the path. If this is insurmountable to you, at the very least, host a freshly-squeezed orange juice party in your backyard for all of your neighbors. You won’t get points for that, but you’ll use the juice and make some friends.
(Time lapse up to 25 seconds). In our busy world, people sometimes forget to slow down and see the beauty around them. Perform a task at work extremely slowly while everyone around you carries on at normal speed. When this is played back in in time lapse, you’re performing at normal speed and it’s the world around you that’s going too fast.
The Reimann hypothesis of mathematics includes the Reimann zeta function, which categorizes some zeros as “non-trivial zeros” and others as “trivial zeros.” We think this unequal treatment of zeros, which are clearly all equal, is just wrong! Hold a protest in front of a university mathematics or computer science building with a sign that says something to the effect of”ALL ZEROS ARE EQUAL” or “NO ZEROS ARE TRIVIAL!”
Do you spend too much time indoors while you GISH? It’s time to get outside! Dust off your bicycle, grab a friend or two and go out and ride a 50-mile bike ride (this can be done over the entire period of the Hunt and may be done either on a long road trip somewhere or in different round trip legs to and from your house)! You must track your progress on a GPS drawing app. (Bonus points if you draw a picture of a gishwhes mascot with your path.) Oh, by the way – you need to be wearing part of a pineapple or banana (in some fashion) while you ride. an image of your GPS drawing. Yes, it would be easy to cheat on this item, but let’s all take the high road and practice honesty on this one.
(This video can be as long as it takes to do the job, but we hope the job goes quickly and it is gobbled up fast so the video is short!) Using a steel shredder, shred a decommissioned bus. It must be a full sized bus with at least 10 rows. It may be a school bus or a municipal bus. It may not be a VW MiniBus; it must have been built to seat at least 30. Paint a message that conveys the fact that gishwhes recycled becomes CFG (we’ll explain later). For example, you could write: “Recycled gishwhes = CFG” in large font the side of the bus. Feel free to word this differently, but convey that message. The bigger the bus the better. Oh and paint the windows of the bus to show it’s passengers. (Obviously no living being is in the bus.) Although you should upload a video as your submission, be sure to take pictures of the event in case we need those for the coffee table book (we’ll email you for them).
THIS ITEM MUST BE POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO THE END OF THE HUNT! THIS IS A TOP SECRET ITEM! DO NOT SHARE ITS CONTENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA UNTIL DIRECTED OR YOU WILL RUIN THE SURPRISE AND BE DELUGED WITH BAD KARMA. By now, most of you may know our friend Giles Duley. If not, watch the video at the top of this page. Then, watch here to see what he did with us recently: https://youtu.be/-tOt9LfZF9w …and he’s doing something amazing with us again with us this year (which we’ll be announcing VERY soon). Giles inspires us and we want to thank him for all of his hard (and often thankless) work. So, we’re going to thank him… BUT WE’RE GOING TO SURPRISE HIM! SO PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT POST ABOUT THIS UNTIL THE DESIGNATED TIME: On Friday, August 11th, at EXACTLY 9am PDT, we are going to give him a “thunderclap” of thanks on the Internet. Because Giles thinks EVERYONE can make a difference no matter their circumstances (and he’s a living embodiment of that), we’re going to prove it. Here’s your job: before the 11th, go out and do an act of kindness. But not just any act of kindness… Giles works hard to help refugee families and landmine victims, so your act of kindness should focus on expanding his work exponentially through the power of gishwhes and gishers. Do something that makes a meaningful, material difference in the life of either a refugee or someone who has been directly impacted by war. If you’re at a loss of how to do this, here are some suggestions: bring a care package to new refugees in your neighborhood, go to a refugee center and volunteer, bring a warm meal to a homeless veteran on the streets, volunteer at a soup kitchen where you know there are war veterans, make a donation to an organization that helps with reconstructive surgery and prosthetics for war victims, or sponsor a child made homeless by the war with a one-time or recurring donation. If you can’t manage to find or coordinate any of the above (but please try!), simply carry out a random act of kindness for another human being on the planet who could legitimately use some kindness. Dig deep on this one, guys. The goal is to cause a ripple effect from the work Giles is doing and expand it worldwide. Let’s do this. Capture an image or video of this act. At 9am PDT on Friday, August 11th, post the image or video on Facebook with a detailed description of what you did and crosspost to Twitter. Be sure to mention Giles in the post. (For Facebook, tag @GilesDuleyPhotography and on Twitter, tag @gilesduley with #thanksGiles as the hashtag.) the image or video you take on our site, but provide the link to your social media post link in the comment field of the page.
Play a few bars of a well-known tune on a well-known musical instrument—but not in the well-known manner. Play a cello tucked under your chin, a saxophone with mallets, or piano as a string instrument with a bow, that sort of thing. The more unexpected the utilization, the more points. -David Pogue
CHANGE A LIFE! We will post the “Change A Life” item soon so you can … and change a life!
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