GISHWHES

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Gishwhes is a massive global scavenger Hunt that is part silliness, part art, part kindness and 100% fun.

– GISHWHES, Source

G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins.


Origins

In January 2011, Misha Collins ran a scavenger hunt known as the Rhino Puzzle for fans around the world. At its conclusion he promised to run another scavenger hunt which is GISHWHES - the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. The items to be collected were to be submitted via pictures, videos or websites.

Misha tantalised fans about the project with an enigmatic video released in September 2011 on the original website gishwhes.com.

Another co-conspirator to the GISHWHES phenomena, Miss Jean Louis, spent several years as a backup dancer for John Jacobson (of “Double Dream Hands” fame) but found the job to be unfulfilling. After a few years of working as a banana farmer, she found her true calling and retrained as a dental hygienist. When that didn't work out, Miss Jean Louis again turned to the world of bananas for solace, until meeting Mr. Misha Collins at BananaCon'96. It was this random and brief connection over a deluxe banana split that would catapult her career track into overdrive in the coming years.

2011

2011 winners, Team #83

Dates: November 18-29, 2011. The hunt commenced on November 18th at 2:12 am Moscow Daylight Time and ends at Tuesday, November 29th at 10:44 am.

Prize: The 2011 winning team joined Misha for a romantic spaghetti dinner in Rome, Italy.

Winning Team: Team #83. Two individual contestants were also chosen to fly to Rome.

Items: Full 2011 List of Items, Full 2011 List of Items

The list included items such as

Photos of:

  • An unconventional, but practical, use of Mayonnaise. (9 points)
  • Photograph a bust or statue of Nicolae Ceaușescu wearing a sock monkey hat. (14 points)
  • A woman wearing a dress (and only the dress) made entirely from bacon. (43 points)

Video of:

  • A church choir singing “eye of the tiger” in a church. (32 points)
  • Attorneys playing musical chairs. (11 points)
  • A parrot onstage at a comedy club doing improv. (15 points)


The entry fee was a donation of minimum $10, or an essay to a topic dictated by Misha.

Misha Collins with the 2011 Guinness Certificate

Misha had consulted with the Guinness Book of World records, and to win the record for the 'Worlds Biggest Digital Scavenger Hunt' 500 teams were required to participate. In the end over 6,200 participants from 65 countries signed up to form 621 teams of 10 people. The Competition now hold the Guinness Book of Records record for the largest photo scavenger hunt.

Items from the hunt

Links

2012

2012 winners, Team Badwolf

Dates: October 30–November 4, 2012

Prize: The 2012 winning team participated in a slumber party at a haunted castle in Scotland with Misha Collins.

Winning Team: Team Badwolf

Items: Full 2012 List of Items, Full 2012 List of Items

The list included items such as

Photos of:

  • A uniformed Burger King employee enjoying a McDonald’s Happy Meal (33 points)
  • Hug a uniformed Veteran (42 points)
  • 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)

Video of:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Recite “The Raven” to a crow (21 points)

Items from the hunt

Links

2013

2013 winners, Team Vatican Cameos

Dates: August 11–18, 2013

Prize: The 2013 winning team went on a viking seaplane adventure with Misha Collins in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Winning Team: Team Vatican Cameos

Items: Full 2013 List of Items, Full 2013 List of Items

The list included items such as

Photos of:

  • A stormtrooper at a laundry mat folding clothes (56 points)
  • A fully dressed nun in her habit going down a waterslide or swinging on a rope into a river (100 points)
  • Retrofit a wheelchair and its owner to look like a powerful superhero in a “Gishmobile.” (69 points)

Video of:

  • 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)
  • Have elementary school kids perform the Ukranian Arkan dance or the Greek Kechagiadikos dance – we’re not prejudiced so either is acceptable (63 points)
  • A university professor giving a technical explanation of why the telegraph will inevitably be making a comeback (58 points)

Items from the hunt

Links

2014

2014 winners, Team Impala

Dates: August 2-9, 2014

Prize: The 2014 winning team was treated to a survivor-style weekend adventure of revelry, mayhem and wondermentation in Croatia on a pirate ship captained by Misha Collins.

Winning Team: Team Impala (Interview by GISHWHES-is-coming)

Items: Full 2014 List of Items

The list included items such as

Photos of:

  • Find an object that you’re holding onto for all the wrong reasons. Destroy it mightily (17 points)
  • 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)
  • Suck blood from a doughnut (10 points)

Video of:

  • 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)
  • (slow motion). Set to opera music, stage a water balloon fight between 10 or more participants all wearing business suits (44 points)
  • Create a Rube Goldberg machine that includes “Eye of the Tiger”, an image of John Travolta, a toilet plunger, and acorns, among other things (91 points)

Items from the hunt

Links

2015

Dates: August 1-8, 2015.

Prize: The 2015 winning team joins Misha Collins on a trip to Costa Rica.

Winning Team: Team Widdermacker (website)

Items: Full 2015 List of Items

The list included items such as

Photos of:

  • 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)
  • Have a tea party with a special needs child or pediatric cancer patient dressed as a character from “Alice in Wonderland.” (46 points)
  • Get Taylor Swift or any musician with over 5 million followers to publicly announce she/he loves supernatural (157 points) - Genevieve Padalecki item

Video of:

  • Do a dramatic reading of your grade-school report card (22 points) - Felicia Day item
  • 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)
  • 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)

Items from the hunt

Links

2016

World Records

Misha Collins with Guinness World Records certificates

GISHWHES has broken several Guinness World Records. Personalized certificates can be purchased through the The Guinness World Records Store using the provided "ID" and "Code".


Largest Photo Scavenger Hunt (2011)

The largest photo scavenger hunt is 'Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen', which was carried out by 6,200 participants and organized by Misha Collins (USA) between 20-29 November 2011.

– Guinness World Records, Certificate of Participation

Largest Media Scavenger Hunt (2012)

The largest media scavenger hunt is the 'Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen', which was carried out by 14,580 participants and organized by Misha Collins (USA) between 29 October and 5 November 2012.

– Guinness World Records, Certificate of Participation (ID: 130607-766; Code: egeo2436EG)

Most Pledges for a Campaign (2012)

The most pledges received for a campaign is 92,596, achieved by GISHWHES (USA) for 'Pledges to Commit a Random Act of Kindness' from 30 October to 5 November 2012.

– Guinness World Records, Certificate of Participation (ID: 130709-948; Code: xstl9182XS)

Largest Online Photo Album of “Hugs” (2013)

The largest online photo album of hugs contains 108,121 photos, and was achieved by GISHWHES (USA) for the campaign 'GISHWHES Hugs The World 2013!' from 11-18 August 2013.

– Guinness World Records, Certificate of Participation (ID: 130723-1629; Code: vhan8424VH)

Longest Chain of Safety Pins (2013)

The longest chain of safety pins measures 1,091.8 m (3,582 ft 0 in) and was created by Misha Collins (USA), as part of the GISHWHES event at Central Park, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada on August 13 2013

– Guinness World Records, Certificate of Participation (ID: 131204-7583; Code: jsrp4299JS)

Largest gathering of people dressed as French maids (2014)

The largest gathering of people dressed as French maids is 695 at an event organized by Misha Collins (USA) in Seattle, Washington, USA, on 3 August 2014. At the same event, participants also broke the record for the most participants in a decorated hat competition.

– Guinness World Records, Official Guinness World Records Website

Most people in a decorated hat competition (2014)

The most people in a decorated hat competition is 695 at an event organized by Misha Collins (USA) in Seattle, Washington, USA, on 3 August 2014. Participants also achieved the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as French maids at the same event.

– Guinness World Records, Official Guinness World Records Website

Longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop (2014)

The longest human chain to pass through a hula hoop consists of 572 participants and was achieved by Misha Collins (USA) in Miller Community Center, Seattle, Washington, USA on 3 August 2014.

– Guinness World Records, Official Guinness World Records Website

Links

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