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GISH 2019

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When kittens believe in you, you can do anything!

This year, my sister invited me into an experience called GISH – The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt. I was excited about it as soon as she explained it to me – her experience reminded me of what it’s like to create and craft for Mardi Gras. Essentially for one week in July, the GISH group will release a list of tasks. They may be photos or videos of charitable deeds, arts and crafts, and acts of silliness, and the list grows with new items as the week goes on. For a few weeks before the start, you work to make teams of people from all over the world. I think the minimum is 9 people and maximum is 15. You can join to compete – if you win the most points, your team will win an all-expenses paid trip somewhere exotic. To date, no one has ever completed the entire list, but every year teams fight hard for this grand prize – this year is a trip to Laos. The rest of us join “just for fun” which I definitely like the best. Crafting is like a stress-outlet, so not feeling any crushing pressure to win is nice. Also, don’t stress about building a whole team, because GISH will fill in any missing people on your team if you don’t have 9 members.

Here are some good articles about the GISH hunt:

FanGirl Quest GISH in a nutshell

FanGirl Quest various posts about the experience from a winning team

Nerds and Beyond What to Expect

A series of articles from the Geekiary.com

Nerdist.com interview about the hunt

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So I wasn’t too sure how to go about things at first, but fortunately we were guided by my experienced sister. She gave us some good guidelines and was a constant cheerleader who kept us on track through the week. This is the list from this year (taken from the GISH website). These are the ones our team chose:

They say stepping on a LEGO is the greatest pain one can experience. We Gishers laugh in the face of pain. Make shoes entirely from LEGOs – no fluffy socks or insoles allowed- and demonstrate them in use. Post it to social media and tag the LEGO accounts and @GISH. – Deidra

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#GISH #Lego shoes

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Bee-drinking poles are all the rage, but your neighborhood bees deserve to really unwind. Create a bee bar – a bee “saloon on a pole” using recycled bottle caps. Install it somewhere public. – Item Written By Misha’s Mom NOTE: For the safety of the bees, our resident apiarists ask that you please use sanitized lids with no chemicals or beverage residue on them, and plain water (not sugar water).

A perfect addition to our pollinator garden!
Trying to pose some monarchs I was releasing – they are too quick!

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A housecat happily flaunting a stylish mustache.

Poor Lafreniere! This mustache is made from hair I combed off of Daisy’s butt 🙂

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UP TO 45 SECONDS). Have a child under 8 years old create an original recipe, a la “Cooking Fast & Fresh with West“. Record them inventing it, then executing their vision. It must be 100% child-led with an adult-only serving as sous chef. In a blatant cross-promotional stunt, the best recipes will be posted on my social media when my new book, “The Adventurous Eaters Club” hits bookstores.

This was a cute video with V designing her own tasty salad – good job, V!

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A pop-up card that’s for a blind child. Written in Braille, with pop-ups that can be understood completely by touch. Let’s see it in action.

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Ugly Holiday sweaters are great, but with the climate crisis heating up the planet, we’ve got to branch out. Model your best ugly Holiday bathing suit or bikini made of repurposed ugly holiday sweaters. Model it at the beach with a caption touting the virtues of your “Global Warming Holiday Sweater.”

Indian Lagoon Intracoastal Waterway
My camera man testing the water 🙂

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TRIPTYCH. Dawid Planeta illustrates his depression as mysterious creatures. In a 3-panel illustration, show your biggest fear or struggle as a symbolic creature with which you gradually come to terms. Label it so we know what your creature represents.

Carol is so good at these paper crafts

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Over the years, Jensen Ackles has been depicted in Skittles, but we all know his character Dean loves pie. Let’s do a crossover: Bake a Skittles pie with a portrait of Jensen baked into the upper crust. Lattice work in the top crust should allow you to see the Skittles inside behind Jensen

AND, she’s amazing at pie!

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(Up to 30 seconds) A stop-motion animation of a life-saving first aid technique (CPR, the Heimlich maneuver, etc.) featuring dolls or puppets in crisis.

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Not all insects aspire to just be insects. Some have ambitions and hobbies! Without harming it, get a live fly, beetle, roach or other insect to sit on a sheet of paper and doodle an environment around it showing it at its job or hobby.

Joyful ants by Joy

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Tatsuya Tanaka creates miniature worlds with everyday objects. His scenes are whimsical, which is how the world should be… but is not always how tiny-world actually is. Create a miniature, dismal and tragic scene using small reimagined objects.

I just love this mini-scene from Carol!

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Write your resume as a haiku.

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Create a haiku for an animal on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species that tells of the animal’s plight and why we should protect it. Next to the haiku, include a hand-drawn picture or origami sculpture of the animal.

A last-minute submission from Carol – so sweet

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This year, we lost a beloved furry friend, Peter Mayhew (the actor who played Chewbacca). In honor of his memory, create a felted Chewbacca out of your pet’s hair.

I can’t find this picture from Rachael, but it was super cute!

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Put your face somewhere it absolutely does not belong. Not a picture of your face. Your real face. In that place. Where it should NOT be! (Keep it clean. My mother will see this.)

Look what I found when I pulled the baby tree out of this pot! Jeff was so weirded out when I made him pour dirt on my face

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SIDE-BY-SIDE. We’re creating the GISH International Forest! Go out and plant as many trees as you can and add your trees to THIS MAP. Once you plant them, you will become their stewards, so choose your location wisely: make sure you’re allowed to plant there and that the trees are native so they can flourish. Add a small, eco-friendly sign with GISH INTERNATIONAL FOREST, GISH.com and your team’s name on it. Submit your photo along with a screenshot of its place on the map and number of trees you planted in the comments. If you can’t plant a tree on your own for reasons of mobility, hospitalization, etc, a donation to OTP of at least one tree will suffice, but you still have to tell us approximately where they are and how many trees you planted and add them to our map.

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You know how they keep making movies out of games? Like the Pikachu movie? Or Battleship: The Movie? Why don’t they ever go after the real money and make poems out of these properties? Write Battleship the poem, or Pikachu the poem. Must be at least 10 lines long.

This sonnet from Joy brings a tear to my eye

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SIDE-BY-SIDE. Thar’s plastic in them thar waters! A prospector panning for microplastics on a public beach. Craft jewelry from anything you collect and show it to us.

We accidentally showed up on beach clean-up day, so it was perfect timing!

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The lunar ticks are in the hall… Pink Floyd knew what was up. Show us what the lunar ticks on the dark side of the moon look like (you know, because you have a specimen preserved in a jar in your front hall.)

Actually I do have ticks preserved in formalin from work!

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You know that feeling, when there’s a word on the tip of your tongue but you just can’t seem to say it? Show us that word. On the tip of your tongue. – @baileysaurusrex

I tried really hard not to laugh while Jeff placed all of these letters for me

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A menstrual Pad-alecki. Create a menstrual product bust of Jared Padalecki… and make sure his hair really “flows.” Then, donate at least an equal number of products to a women’s shelter. (We don’t have to see you donating: just include your donations receipt somewhere in the image by your sculpture.)

Amazing sculpture by Carol

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Tonight’s date is so special, you wore your water ball(oon) gown! Hope your significant other “pops the question…” All water balloons must be filled with water. Remember, this is a zero-waste Hunt, so any water or balloons used must be recycled or used wisely (such as in Items 162 and #9).

I just love the colors in this one – very nice, Joy!

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You’ve been out fishing for compliments, and you just snagged a whopper.

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Crochet or knit a doily recreation of our solar system.

Marvelous solar system by Rachael

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COLLABORATIVE. This is not a drill! Your pillow fort is under attack. Build the world’s most impenetrable Pillow Fort ever. You can include pillow cannons, catapults, etc. for defense, or just trust the integrity of your architecture. You may do this at home with family or friends, or collaborate with other Gishers in a public park. Then, defend it against the attackers (make sure there are extra pillows on hand for anyone who wishes to attack.)

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#GISH #Item204 Pillow fort fight!

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You’re a _____, Harry! It’s Harry Potter’s birthday today (July 31). Let’s envision what other jobs Harry Potter might’ve ended up doing if Hagrid had failed to make it to the hut-on-the-rock and Harry hadn’t made it to Hogwarts. Post your image to social media with hashtag #GISH and #MuggleJobsForWizards.

One of Carol’s first submissions – cute 🙂

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Chewing gum tug of war

Poor Jeff was so grossed out!

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Thanks to GISH (so many people used them to great effect – like Carol’s dino pic for this year), I was inspired to get these tiny figures for whimsical photo projects. They will be joining the dinos on little photo-shoot adventures around Florida.

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So, you can see this was a very silly project. It was fun, energizing, and a vacation from my real life for a week. Looking forward to the next adventure!

Thanks, Misha!

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