Misha Collins' 2nd Annual GISHWHES Scavenger Hunt is an Event That's Not to Be Missed!
Last year, Supernatural star Misha Collins brought together a group of volunteers to create the first GISHWHES ("Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen"). The goal at that time was to break the largest scavenger hunt listed in the Guinness Book of World Records' (500 teams). In the end, over 6,200 participants from 65 countries signed up to form 621 teams of 10 people.
In other words, the record was obliterated. But we doubt Misha Collins would have accepted anything less.
The 2nd annual GISHWHES is about to unleashed on the world and the goal is not only to break their own record (because competing against yourself is a smart idea, since you intimately know the competition), but to continue the wacky adventure that is the GISHWHES hunt. I had an opportunity to speak to Tracy Liu, one of the organizers of the hunt, to discuss the origin of the idea, some of the crazy - and creative - items submitted by fans, and this year's special winning prize.
Lest you think that Misha and his organizing committee derive pleasure from watching thousands of people go to great - and frequently embarrassing - lengths to win a prize (although, we're certain they do), the "main purpose of GISHWHES was (is) to stimulate creativity. To inspire people to create art. And in doing so, we wanted to change the way they see things. For example, people might now look at a feminine hygiene product and see not just the pad or tampon but its potential to be part of a work of art."
GISHWHES doesn't require participants to submit photos and videos of mundane items. Oh no, last year's list included floating Christmas trees (which made the news and "inadvertently interrupted air traffic"), a woman wearing a dress made entirely of bacon (which resulted in hundreds of entries which Tracy labelled "crazy and gross"), a church choir singing "Eye of the Tiger", attorneys playing musical chairs, government officials doing the hokey pokey, and a parrot onstage at a comedy club doing improv, to name but a few. Where do they come up with such unique (read: crazy) items? Tracy was happy to tell me: "Two words: Misha's brain." And suddenly it all becomes clear.
What are the organizers hoping for this year? "More art! In addition to that, this year we hope to break the Guinness World Record we set last year and we also hope to break another record - the most pledges for a campaign. We've selected 'Do a Random Act of Kindness before end of 2012' for the campaign. The current record is 74,000 so we've got our work cut out for us, but we think (hope) we can do it."
Sure, the hunt looks like a lot of hard work, but it's also an opportunity to bond with fans from all over the world and throw off the shackles of conformity. "Occasionally Misha says something pretty profound, and 'death to normalcy' was one of them," Tracy explained. "We hope GISHWHES liberates people from their comfort zones and helps them realize how much fun it is to let go of their inhibitions and go out and do crazy/artistic things. Not just during the few days the hunt runs for, but in their lives in general. Life is more interesting when you're crazy, right?"
If you're not interested in participating solely for the fun of it and need an even bigger incentive than to be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, then you should know that the winning team will be treated to a "wicked slumber party" with Misha Collins in a haunted castle in Scotland. A ghost hunt and "royal feasting" is promised.
Don't miss your opportunity to participate in this worldwide event! But don't take our word for it, read some testimonials from last year's participants, watch Misha's introduction below, then go register at GISHWHES before 12:01 EST on October 20th, 2012. The hunt commences 12:01 EST on October 30th, 2012.