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GISHWHES is an international affair. Fans around the world took part in the fun.


In the United KingdomScavengers’ descend on The National Museum of Computing in Milton Keynes.

Self-confessed scavengers have wanted to perform an obscure but simple calculation on any pre-1970 computer.

With the world’s largest collection of working pre-1970 computers, TNMOC has been able to help three entrants in The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (GISHWHES). The contestants wanted to find how long it would take to fly from New York to Reykjavik, Iceland, travelling at an average speed of 400mph.


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This challenge was also covered in  Why did a legal assistant make a seven-and-a-half hour round trip to calculate how long it takes to fly from New York to Reykjavik?.

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In Stoke City in the U.K., a Trio of friends make people smile with random acts of kindness on worldwide scavenger hunt.
The three women raised eyebrows and laughs with wacky stunts including:
  • Going to bus stops dressed as waitresses with trays of coffee and giving drinks out for free;
  • Personifying a street name – Gabriella went to Tweed Street dressed in tweed;
  • Performing random act of kindness including giving a woman her slippers when she was looking for some in a shop and couldn't find any;
  • Putting fake parking tickets on people's cars – but when opened they revealed words of encouragement;
  • Dressing as the 'coupon fairy' and sticking savings coupons on the items they were for in Sainsbury's Stoke with the words 'With love from the coupon fairy';
  • Creating a Plasticine reconstruction of a newspaper report.

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Fans in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada had Crazy summer fun.

People may have seen them on our Historic Downtown streets this past week: doing a fashion shoot with the Chicken Lady or washing a dog in a kiddies’ pool in front of MacKay’s Ice Cream or racing down Second Avenue in front of Tea and Other Things while decked out in Hawaiian clothing topped by pineapple heads and rooted by pineapple shoes. These were just a few of the tasks this group had to do while participating in Gishwhes, which stands for Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, which was founded by actor Misha Collins.

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Some teams are truly international.

Students from Chisum High Beta in Texas teamed up with individuals from around the world to participate in the phenomenon known as GISHWHES.

The BFABS team (Betas For A Better Society) was made up of sponsor Terri Hutto, Betas Alissa Hutto, Maggie Chadwick, Brycen Chadwick, Paige Shelton, Katey Vorwerk, Megan Bankston, as well as ladies from Austin, California, India, Scotland, Ireland,  and Australia.  Communication was achieved through Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, as the team worked together to conquer the tasks.
During the week of the hunt, the Chisum Betas delivered cookies to the nursing home, ice cream to the fire station, and cold water to street workers, as well as cleaned up a city street in town and helped raise money for four families of Syrian refugees

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The team from Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada included 11 people from various parts of the world  International scavenger hunt experience is a fun, creative, intense, for Slave Lake family.

Some of the tasks the Irwin family completed: Pouring wine from a second floor directly into the mouths of dinner guests; doing battle with a drone, dressed in kitchen armor; dressing up as a ‘dessert fairy’ and delivering ice cream to the local fire hall; producing a commercial for ‘Sin Screen’; setting up a ‘dog spa’ in public.

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In GISHWHES: Global scavenger hunt spreads to Australia with random acts of crazy kindness. team member Georgia-Cate Westcott explained

"I didn't actually have a choice in what my team was called," she told Ryk Goddard on 936 ABC Hobart.
"We get put in a global team, so half my team was named by 13 lovely people who live in Moscow.
"One of our items this year was to take a basket of homemade goods to someone living on the street," Ms Westcott said.

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So another GISHWHES has come and gone. People had fun, tried new things and made the world a better place. Thanks to Misha for organizing this incredible event. Thanks to everyone who participated. Did you participate? What tasks did you or your team complete? Brag a little...with Pictures!

We hope to see you all next year at the 2017 GISHWHES!
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