gishwhes noun | gish-wes (not gish-wishes – We have no idea what gish-wishes are.)
- Acronym : Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen
- An annual week-long scavenger hunt during which hunters — gishers — work together in small teams to complete the unique set of wild, amazing and kind tasks and challenges set by Misha Collins. Each task or challenge has a base point value, with post-hunt judging of photos/videos submitted by teams determining the number of points, and possible bonus points, allocated. At the end each hunt, the team with the most point wins the grand prize, which varies each year, but usually includes an all-expenses-paid trip to a unique destination and spending a day or two with the aforementioned Misha Collins.
- A life-changing event.
Abnosome adjective | ab-no-some
- deviating from the so-called ‘normal’ in a completely awesome way
- extremely good in a completely, brilliantly, different (not “normal”) way
- abnormally awesome
(Taken from the official Gishwhes glossary)
I’ve know about GISHWHES for a few years now, and have always wanted to join in the craziness. Finally this year I hopped on the bandwagon and signed up, not knowing half of what I was getting into. If you follow me on social media, I have to apologize (sorry, not sorry!) for the strange and unusual messages that have been going out for the past week (#MishaMadeMeDoIt). But it was all for a better cause!
This week was been weird, exhausting, long, frightening, fun and totally abnosome. Without a home team, I was partnered with fourteen other random Gishers from around the world on a team of mostly first-timers. We were given a list of over 170 items to perform during the week- some completely off the wall crazy and others that go along with Misha Collin’s charity theme of “Random Acts of Kindness”.
Some of those random acts included placing encouraging, positive messages in envelopes and placing them on car windshields; going to a nursing home (dressed as a pirate), reading to patients at a hospital, leaving coupons around a story exclaiming that they’re from “The Coupon Fairy”, handcraft three birthday cards and send them to this autistic boy, and do one of many options to help save bees.
It’s not all about easy charity games, though. After all, it is a hunt and a hunt wouldn’t be fun it things came easy. Let’s try reenacting Dr. Seuss’s book Sam I Am and get a goat on a boat with green eggs and ham. Or maybe milk a cow in someone’s living room while giving it a massage, and making a sand trailer park. Finding a casket and burying yourself up to your neck in popcorn isn’t too easy, either. Artsy items such as making a padna (a panda out of pads!), or a Picaso panting with a Supernatural character, even (and one of my favorites) write a poem in binary and make a pretty design within the ones and zeros.
There were plenty items we didn’t get to (check them out through the #gishwhes on twitter). I encourage anyone and everyone to to join in next year, no matter how much or how little time you have to participate. If you can only do a few items the entire week, or do 20, anyone is welcome to join in the fun. I hope to see more book bloggers join in next year!