Adventures in GISHWHES




If anyone knows me personally, they know that last month I participated in GISHWHES also known as the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.  This is my second time with Team Nightstone and hopefully not my last.

GISHWHES  promotes goodwill, creativity, and charity all while doing some rather…well… crazy things. Each team gets one week to complete as many items from a master list of over 100 items and tasks. In the end, the winning team gets a free trip to some place in the world (this year its Vancouver, Canada) with actor, Misha Collins, who created this event. This year, Our team managed to get 100 out of 156 items done. Not to shabby!

But to be honest, I’m not really aiming for the prize. For me, GISHWHES is a wonderful way to jump start my creativity with fellow artists and friends. It truly forces you to think outside the box and the results are if not amazing, the hilarious.

Now that the hunt is over and we’re all waiting for the results, here’s a few items that were among my favorites Team Night stone finished.


Item #109 Make a suit or evening gown from watermelon rind.
watermellon dress


Item #22 Model this summer’s hottest fashion trend. Let’s see a swimsuit made entirely from tea bags.



Item #120 Let’s see your most dramatic interpretation of “Death by Chocolate!”



Item #36 Make yourself into a truly irresistible pastry or desert. Place yourself where we might find such a treat: on a countertop, in a display case, at a buffet, in a picnic basket, etc.(Dressed as an Irish Coffee in an Irish Pub)



Item #50 Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, Peter Pumpkin, Little Boy Blue and the Queen of Hearts at a late-night vice-ridden poker game. (Artist Lynn Anderson drew characters from the show Supernatural as each nursery rhyme)



Item #144 Children behind the counter of a post office, dressed in postal wear, dealing with adult customers. They must look really bored.



Item #34 A roach retirement home. Must have live cockroaches in it and must be sized to their scale, for their comfort and enjoyment.


And we did some videos too!

Item #89 Create a dynamic, documentary short film exposing little-known facts about your hometown (two minute video).

Item #91 Pitch a quoit in your finest medieval ware at a popular dog-walk park.

Item #71 Dress up in your finest “steampunk” attire and get behind the wheel, rudder or other steering instrument of a steam-powered vehicle (train, steamboat, thresher, etc.).

Item #59 Hold a pillow fight that involves 10 or more people all in pajamas.

Item #3 Modify a stationary exercise bicycle so that when you pedal, the spinning wheel powers a mixer that whips heavy cream into whipped cream. Make the whipped cream and eat it. You should be dressed in late 80’s style aerobics wear. The finished video should look like a short infomercial.

And my favorite of the bunch…

Item #42 Film your team’s GISHWHES experience – you all communicating with each other via the Internet, doing courageous items in public, items at home, laughing, crying, screaming, running – we want to see it all. Include a couple of personal voice-overs or video clips of one or more of you commenting about how it affected you (bad or good). We want to see the journey. Edit it into a 2-minute video.


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