g.i.s.h.w.h.e.s. (which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) is a 7-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins that you can compete in from anywhere in the world (even from your own home!). This year it takes place August 5th to 12th (though you can compete for as many days as you wish!).
What is gishwhes? It’s a game where thousands of participants from more than 100 countries build teams with friends or select to be placed on random teams (so they can form new global friendships) and through laughter, sweat and tears (of joy of course), they complete amazing tasks on a fun, inspiring, sometimes challenging and frequently heartwarming scavenger hunt list. The team that scavenges the most items with the highest quality of submissions joins actor Misha Collins (Supernatural) on an all-expenses paid trip to an exotic locale. But if you don’t win, you still win: everyone else walks away having experienced an incredible time and a heightened perspective of their capabilities. Many make new friends, discover new talents and create memories that last a lifetime (or until the next gishwhes when their brain is fried again). Winning teams in the past have journeyed to Rome, a haunted castle in Scotland, an island off the coast of British Columbia, a pirate ship in Croatia, a volcano in Costa Rica and glaciers in Iceland! This year the Winning Team will be joining Misha Collins and in Hawaii!
Teams perform tasks or create things. What they create is “captured” as videos or images and uploaded to this website to memorialize the annual Gishwhes experience and to supply the judges with something to judge. The more sublime and creative a submission, the more points awarded. Items range from the sweet and touching, “perform a sock puppet show at a children’s hospital” or “volunteer at a senior care facility; to the artistic, “let’s see a portrait of Robert Downey Jr. made out of salt and pepper” or “create a dress out of flowers”; to the absolutely impossible, “get the word “gishwhes” written on something in space.” (A team actually pulled this off by getting NASA Mars Rover team to officially name a mountain on Mars “Gishwhes”!) BUT you don’t need to be an amazing artist or social butterfly (you can compete from your own home!) to win. You just need dedication, drive, a little creative thinking and a will to win.
We try to create a list that is challenging, thrilling and absurd. We like to see items that make us tear-up and laugh out loud. We like to have participants break out of their comfort zones, re-awaken their inner artist, and do a bit of good in the world. We’re proud to have broken several Guinness World Records including: the most global hugs, 108,121; most pledges to commit charitable Acts of Kindness, 93,376, which we did in partnership with our friends at the non-profit Random Acts (www.therandomact.org); and of course, let’s not forget the prestigious Longest Safety Pin Chain – over a mile long! We’ve also: delivered thousands of items to the homeless; raised the money to completely furnish every room of a home for a wounded veteran and his family (we’ll be posting videos for this soon!); had a Mars rock named after us by NASA; made Christmas trees fly; and have been reported on by news organizations around the world.
See go register! And then prep yourselves as the Hunt is nigh!
gishwhes believes that “normalcy” is overrated and that true “living” can be found hidden under the rocks of community artistic creation, acts of artistic sublime public performances, and random acts of kindness. More importantly, we are all artists and have gifts for society no matter what our capabilities or talents. And most importantly, we at gishwhes want you to know the most important thing we’ve learned in the past four years: it is almost impossible to make durable clothing from cheese.