GISHWHES is a 3-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by actor Misha Collins. It is comprised of a global community of thousands of individuals (94 countries and growing!) that "gather" for a week online once a year, form international teams, and then go out into the real world and create "art" the likes of which the world has never seen. Last year we broke the Guinness World Record for the Largest Scavenger Hunt with 14,580 participants!
This content is captured as videos or images to memorialize the annual Gishwhes experience. Art pieces range from the touching: "Take a picture of you hugging a war veteran" or "Create a video of you visiting a children's hospital and giving a puppet show" to the weirdly sublime: "an image of a formal tea party replete with parasols, silverware and a string quartet situated in a junkyard or garbage dump" or "a fully dressed storm trooper cleaning a pool next to a sunbather".
On the social improvement front, we're proud to announce last year's teams also broke the Guinness World Record for the most charitable pledges of Acts of Kindness (93,376!) in partnership with our non-profit Random Acts (www.therandomact.org), submitted thousands of images and videos of participants hugging war veterans and committing acts of kindness, delivered thousands of coats to homeless people and helped victims of Hurricane Sandy.
We're also equally proud that, among other wildly artistic items, teams submitted several hundred images of individuals fully dressed in ski gear (including skis and poles) practicing yoga in crowded yoga classes. Stunning! The winning team last year was Badwolf. As the Grand Prize, the 15 members of Badwolf were flown to Scotland with Misha last May to stay in a Haunted Castle compliments of Gishwhes. This year's Grand Prize is an all expense paid trip to Vancouver, Canada where the winning team will join Misha Collins on a chartered seaplane to a majestic island for fish stew, a séance, and a Viking surprise. Details are available at registration in the Rules and Regulations Agreement.
This year's Hunt begins August 11th. Registration opens when the countdown clock on the homepage runs down. See our Q&A for more details.
Gishwhes believes that "normalcy" is overrated and that true "living" can be found hidden under the rocks of community artistic creation and in acts of artistic sublime public performances. More importantly, we are all artists and have gifts for society no matter what our capabilities or talents. And most importantly, cheese is not a good sewing material.