The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES) is back. The annual, seven-time world wide scavenger hunt created by Supernatural star Misha Collins will take place August 1st – 8th, 2015 in more than 100 countries. The winning team gets an all-expenses-paid trip to the jungles of Costa Rica with Collins. Teams can register at gishwhes.com until July 20th.
The popularity of the hunt has grown over the years, starting with public performances, community service projects and creating art. Last year NASA got involved by naming a mountain on Mars GISHWHES. This year, William Shatner has formed a team with some surprise celebrity guests.
“The Hunt has become this wild, crazy event where I think participants surprise themselves with what they achieve and what they’re willing to do. For one week, they really get to step out of what ‘normal’ is for them, and experience this wild and scary reality where anything is possible,” said Misha Collins, founder of GISHWHES. “Anything goes with the Hunt and the testimonials range from ‘this has been the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done!’ to ‘you broke up my marriage, Misha!’”
Each team is comprised of 15 participants. Individuals register and can either be assigned into a team of 14 new global friends, or they can build a team using their friends and family. Partial teams of friends are accepted as well, and the Hunt’s organizers will match those teams with other worldwide participants to create a full team at the end of registration. There is no need to live in the same city, or even country to complete these tasks. The team that scavenges the most items with the highest quality of submissions joins Misha Collins on the all-expenses-paid trip to an exotic locale. Previous winners of GISHWHES have traveled with Collins to a haunted castle in Scotland and sailed on a pirate ship in Croatia.
Past items have included “kindness” acts like performing a sock puppet show at a children’s hospital or feeding the homeless, to “artistic” tasks such as creating portraits of celebrities out of coffee grounds or stop-motion videos of cabbage patch dolls, to “wacky” challenges such as dressing up as frogs and leap-frogging in Starbucks or going through a TSA checkpoint in snorkeling gear.
GISHWHES is the single largest donor to Random Acts 501c3 and has broken several Guinness World Records including “the most charitable pledges worldwide” and, just as important, “the most individuals dressed as French Maids in one location.”
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