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 published a little story about my week of GISHWHES last year, and I have no idea why but I decided to sign up yet again this year!
Last year was my first year and I was able to be a part of team SupernaturallyCool. This year I’ve joined team AlpacaLips!
Now, the teams can be a team of 15 of your friends, 15 strangers from around the world, or a mix of the above. This year my 14 year old niece is old enough to sign up herself (she was allowed to help last year) and she’s bringing along a friend, and we’re joining a group of strangers. But that’s really half the fun; meeting people and learning about them! And trust me, I’m completely introverted, but the kind of people who enter GISHWHES are the kind of people you want to meet!
There are two main kinds of teams: In It to Win It teams, who are highly competitive and usually have ‘auditions’ for for the team members, and the non-competitive teams who are in it for fun and charity. There two other reasons to join that have popped up as teams; Coffee Book people whose main goal is to get pictures in the GISHWHES Coffee Table Book at the end of the hunt, and swag people who only sign up to buy the swag and don’t participate in the hunt.
You do not have to watch Supernatural to enjoy GISHWHES, or even know Misha Collins (though you’ll probably have a love/hate relationship with him after the hunt). The biggest thing about the hunt is its involvement with Misha’s charity Random Acts.
Last year GISHWHES hunters raised money for Syrian refugees and raised over the goal Misha set, allowing Random Acts to help more families. The organization has done things from building an orphanage in Haiti and a high school in Nicaragua, to encouraging others to leave inspiring notes to strangers on parked cars. The money raised from GISHWHES registration and swag that is left over from the grand prize goes straight to Random Acts!
If you’re interested in a wild and crazy week, full of fun, sleepless nights, and occasionally pulling your hair out, go to GISHWHES and join up!