GISHWHES Chaos and Hilarity

The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Known (GISHWHES) has kept me mostly silent this past week as I have run around town being generally insane.  The contest has now ended, although it will be at least a month before winners are announced.

The contest was a week long and consisted of 185 items for teams of 15 to potentially accomplish.  Some are simple, like take a CPR course (which a friend and I completed) or learn an archaic skill  from an elderly person (one teammate learned how to use a slide rule).  Some are impossible or nearly so, such as getting something labeled GISHWHES into space.  Some are about charity and kindness (the event supports the Random Acts charity).  Some about publicly making a fool of yourself.  Two were about math.  Some…I’m not sure how to categorize.

First, the team:

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.

GISHWHES Brady Bunch photo
Local teammate Amy (center) just couldn’t take this one seriously.  Not that we could take anything seriously

Here are some of the highlights of the local team.



It’s “me time.” Spoil, pamper and be decadent to yourself like you never have before.  Oh, and PS, you’re dressed as a stormtrooper.

GISHWHES: pampering a Stormtrooper
It’s the cucumber slices on the eyes that really sell it.

I’m the one in the suit.  The suit was damaged, so we couldn’t use the back plate, which meant we couldn’t secure the front, and everything else hung off the front via straps.  So we laid me back and then dressed me.

Our subservient Sith is wearing lipstick for the brilliant red tone.  It took ages to wash off, but we didn’t have face paint.



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.

Funny enough, I just made a new Steampunk friend who was also participating.  Says Enrique: “Remind me to never get on the bad side of Ms. Strange, she’s creative.”

GISHWHES isn’t just about the letter of the item.  Creativity and humor are encouraged.  Which kind of made a few of us go overboard.



Shoot a potted plant off a fence post with a potato canon. Not a potato gun, a potato canon.

This is one of those times when sentences like “Oh, about that not having a costume…I found  a totally awesome pirate costume in the basement,” doesn’t make anyone even blink.

We had two problems here.  First is the safety issue, which we discuss in our skit.  There was nowhere we could fire a projective without threatening whatever lay on the other side.

The second teeny tiny problem was even after long hours of work, we couldn’t get the damn thing to actually fire.  So, no PSI turned into a PSA.

(I couldn’t figure out how to fire codified dogma regarding potatoes, which is what a canon is.  We presumed they meant cannon.)



Stage a mini-newspaper boat regatta in a public fountain with at least four competing vessels. We must see intense competitiveness and gambling.

GISHWHES: Fountain race
Complete with names on flags. The winner? “Iamaboat.”

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

Unfortunately for Mr. Shattner, our Kirk is played by Chris Pine.



Erect a tribute to Horris Packard, the inventor of Rubber Gloves.

GISHWHES rubber glove tribute
We don’t have to complicate absolutely everything.


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)

GISHWHES perfect number
I express my objection to the request.


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.

(For some reason, I can’t get this one to properly embed, so just click the link.)



You or your pet, in period costume, seated on a Game of Thrones-style kale throne.

GISHWHES Kale Throne
Never expected I’d have a use for THAT dress again. I made it when I was about 16 and crafted it out of someone’s old prom dress, hence the hideous satin.

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.

GISHWHES Stonehenge Apocalypse
Originally, I was going to electrocute Lego people, until we realized they are too big (and not made by me).

You should all watch Stonehenge Apocalypse. It’s awful.  It also made a bit of the historian in me die.

GISHWHES Stonehenge Apocalypse original scene
The scene I was recreating.

More to come. I have GenCon to prepare for tonight, and I will be offline for the rest of the week.

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