2022 AUGUST COMMANDMENTS

THE BASICS

As a participant of GISH, you agree to abide by the “Rules and Regulations” and the “Consent, Release, Waiver of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.” In addition to these agreements, you must strictly adhere to following these Commandments. If you violate the Rules and Regulations or break a Commandment, you and your team are eligible for immediate disqualification. If a commandment is unclear, you are not permitted to contact support. We suggest you send a semaphore message or an ambidextrous carrier pigeon with your question to 34°6’21.838 N, 118° 17’ 13.721 W.

HOW TO PLAY:

The Scavenger Hunt will begin Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 7 AM PT and end on Saturday, August 6, at 10:59 PM PT (“Hunt Period”). During the Hunt Period, teams of Participants will compete against one another to find and/or create specified Items (“GISH Items”), record these Items as images or videos, and submit these images and links to these videos on the GISH Scavenger Hunt website, GISH.com

On July 30, we will post a list (The Item List) on our site of things for you to do, make, or find. Each Item has Points assigned to it. You choose which Items to attempt, and then you have a week to complete as many of them as you can. We dare you to try to complete them all successfully — or just do ONE of them so well that it ends up in a museum 2,000 years in the future.

Once you complete an Item, take a picture or video of it (you’ll be told which in the Item description) and upload it to our site. You get points for completed Items. The team with the most points wins the Grand Prize of the Hunt. The Scavenger Hunt shall end at 10:59 PM PT and the Item List will be removed from the GISH website.

The GISH App. It’s free and you definitely want it. Need it. Covet it. You shouldn’t wander the world without it. It has a map! And friends. Use it to find them around you, or on the other side of the planet. Chat with people from around the world. Build your teams. Win prizes when we do that sort of thing. If you aren’t already living that GISH life, get the GISH app and make it happen.

THE  COMMANDMENTS

Follow these Commandments to the letter for optimal success in the Hunt and in life.

1. Registration. To compete in GISH, you must be kind of weird and weirdly kind. No haters, bullies, or hostile personalities allowed!

2. Eligibility. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, you must register and electronically sign all registration documentation. All participants must be at least 14 years old to compete and must read and agree to the GISH Rules and Regulations. Any minors on the winning team must meet our attendance requirements for the Grand Prize. 

3. Rights. We intend to share your stunning Item Submissions with the world. Therefore, by competing, you agree to the Rights and License stipulations as detailed in the Rules and Regulations. In addition to agreeing to these terms, you also agree that we may use your Submissions as beer koozies, inspirational wall-hangings, or to weaponize our dolphin army at our Grand Judge’s sole discretion. In other words, what’s yours is ours, forever and ever. Capisce?

 

4. Updates. We will post updates through both our app and our website whenever we damn well please during the Scavenger Hunt (FKA “GISH”). List Items or rules may be added, changed, or removed mid-Hunt without warning, so stay on it and don’t complain if something changes and you’re asleep at the wheel. You may stalk the Updates, but not GISH personnel. Fishnet stalkings are permitted only with written authorization from the Grand Judge. OBSESSIVELY CHECK THE UPDATES PAGE HERE: 

GISH.com/updates

 

 

 

 

5. Behavior. Play fair and play kind! You may not physically, emotionally, or psychologically hurt, berate, bully, or otherwise attack yourself or anyone else inside or outside the Hunt. We take this rule seriously! Any abuse during the Hunt for any reason will not be tolerated. If you feel the need to attack someone – including yourself – don’t. This doesn’t mean you can’t disagree. However, please take note: we’re not going to mediate casual disputes — we trust you to work those out amongst yourselves with respect and decency. But all behavior on any GISH platform must be kind and no abuse will be tolerated. This includes being unkind to animals and other living things. Violators could be penalized with loss of respect, loss of Points, loss of access to the GISH HQ break room vending machine, or even GISH banishment. Be cool.  

 

6. Conflict Resolution. All minor conflicts and disputes between teams or teammates must be resolved through a game of “extreme roshambo”— the Gisher who comes up with the most creative, successful “alternative” weapon to “rock, paper, or scissors,” wins. You may not use “extraterrestrial invasion” and you must use a neutral bystander to decide the outcome. In the instance of an escalated minor conflict, the Gishers may resolve the dispute by filing a blackberry torte with GISH management. In the event of an actual case of bullying, abuse, or discrimination, documented proof of the incident can be sent to support@gish.com for further evaluation. 

 

7. Breaking the Law. Some of the Items in the Scavenger Hunt may be illegal to perform in some corners of the world. We only consume legal jargon for a light beach read, so it is your responsibility to assess the local legality of your actions during the Hunt. If you believe completing an Item will cause you to break a law, DO NOT DO THAT ITEM. We simply don’t have the patience to assess the Civil Codes that govern all the world’s municipalities and townships, so we leave it to you to know your region’s laws. In other words, (a) you are not permitted to break any law in an attempt to scavenge an Item and (b) GISH will not be responsible if you break any law, and we won’t visit you behind bars or post bail if you do. 

 

8. Scavenging Safety. The first rule of scavenging: be safe! Second rule of scavenging: Be safe! Third rule of scavenging: obey Commandment #8! 

 

8a. Scavenging Safely. First Do No Harm: if you think you might hurt yourself or someone else trying to complete an Item, or cause damage to property, the environment, or a specific site, do a different Item. We have multitudes. Don’t get hurt, or so help us we’ll turn this scavenger hunt right around and send you to bed without any dinner. 

 

8b. Pandemic Restrictions. In light of the neverending parade of COVID-19 variants, ALL local and regional COVID-19 restrictions must be strictly observed, including but not limited to wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Be safe and do not risk endangering yourself or others in your pursuit of GISH. 

 

8c. Brevity. It’s the soul of wit (except in the Commandments). Keep your wits about you and keep your Hunt Item videos to 14 seconds or less unless otherwise specified on the Item.

 

9. Shame. We don’t know what this word means. Neither should you. Shame has no place in GISH or in your life ever again. If you have any residual suspected “shame,” get rid of it immediately. Send it up to the vacuum of space or wrap it nicely and give it to someone who really could use it, like a morally bankrupt billionaire. You don’t need it anymore.

 

999. Numbering Conventions. You may attend conventions if safe to do so, but you must defy all other conventions and ignore numbering conventions outright. They’re prime spots for unquantifiable calamities.

 

10. Normalcy. We abhor it! For the week of the Hunt, you must eschew all normalcy. Disavow all knowledge of your boring “usual” habits and take a vacation from your “normal self” and be the person you always wanted to be. Be so strange, so outlandish, so downright peculiar that even your dog starts to side-eye you. Adopt a new accent, add glitter to your beehive, and become a torch singer with a heavy metal bagpipe band. Relish your new outrageous alter-ego — even add a little mustard if you’re so inclined. This will pay off in the Hunt and in your daily life. There’s no going back anymore. This is your life now. NOTE: Some of you are already pushing the boundaries of weird and abnormal to wake up society. Good work. Push ‘em further. Knock them down.

 

11. Item Interpretation. Do not reinterpret Items. Do not. Should you interpret Items? No, you should not. Provide the Item exactly as it is requested. If the Item calls for “a video of you and Dolly Parton singing a duet while dressed as butterflies,” do we want a clever edit of Dolly and you singing with butterflies all around you? No. We do not. We want the real Dolly and you to harmonize while fluttering your butterfly wings. If you choose to “interpret,” you have a 97.67% chance of getting 0 points. Really. So, if we ask for a photo of you somewhere, we don’t want a “photoshopped” version, a drawing, or a toy, we want the real thing unless otherwise specified in the Item. However, because we don’t like to draw lines in the sand or hamper creativity, if your interpretation is a TRULY inspired combination of creative genius and hard work, we might award you a few Points, but it would have to be outstanding in every way. Otherwise, you will get nothing. Teams have been bumped out of the running for too much reinterpretation of Items. Just last year, a would-be winner lost the Grand Prize because they did not use any real bananas in the making of their “banana hammock.” That may be a lie, but this is 100% true: We are looking for the actual thing we say we are asking for, not a cheeky version of that thing.

 

11a. Item Interpretation #2.  Cheekiness has its place. “Creatively interpreted” Items might occasionally sneak into the GISH Hall of Fame or the GISH Coffee Table Book. But being cheeky will not necessarily win you points, and definitely will not win you the Hunt. Examine your priorities before you submit. If you submit an interpreted Item, you do so at your own risk.

 

12. Teamwork. The teams that communicate the best have a better chance of winning the Hunt.  Talk with your teammates before and during the Hunt. Create a plan for how to communicate, how to choose Items, and how to submit them. We don’t care how you structure your team’s strategy as long as you’re being kind and inclusive. Work together. Victory is still not guaranteed, but at least you have a better shot of grasping the brass ring in your hot little hands. 

 

13. Skipping. Hopping and skipping are permitted during the Hunt, but don’t skip meals, hydration breaks, or power naps. Skipping stones is permitted from 2-5 PM daily during the Hunt period.

 

14. Submissions Secret #1. Quality counts! Quantity won’t win this contest alone. Make sure you take good quality, in-focus pictures and videos and give us your best shot! If we want a collage, or a grid, or a side-by-side or triptych, we’re not shy about asking for it. Otherwise, select your best single image as your Submission. Don’t give us 7 of your favorites or a handful showing process or several shots of your Item unless we ask for that. It can detract from the power of your submission, and will likely lose points. Be decisive.

 

14a. Submission Secret #2. Be mindful! Nothing grinds our judges’ gears more than knowing that you created something breathtaking, but we can’t see it properly because it was photographed through a lens smeared with potato-chip oil or blocked by obstacles. (Though your thumb is lovely, we don’t want to see a cameo of it unless it’s the subject of the photo.) 

 

14b. Submission Secret #3. Want a shot at getting your images into the Coffee Table Book? Submit full size, high resolution images! Few things crush our spirits more than when we get a genius image but it’s too low resolution for print publication. You may submit a screenshot if the Item specifies it, but otherwise submit original, full-scale photos at full resolution. 

 

15. Bonus Points. We award extra points for extra awesome Item submissions. The more extraordinary your submission, the more bonus points we will assign to it. It’s simple math: If Team A completes 150 Items with a face value of 5000 points, but they kick ass and get 50% bonus points on each Item, Team A will walk away with 7500 points. If Team B completes 175 Items with a face value of 6500 points, but don’t go the extra mile and are not awarded any bonus points, Team A wins because of their over the top excellence. Right? Right. Every past winning team has won with the help of significant bonus points for excellence on their submissions. Not to flex on you, but we know math and we use it.

 

16. Fun. HAVE FUN. That’s half the point, right? If you’re having fun making or doing an Item, odds are the result will be great. Before tackling an Item, figure out how to make the process fun. You will likely receive more points if it’s clear you are having more fun. If you’re not having fun, you are required to change course immediately so that you ARE headed in the direction of good times. (Yes, sometimes GISH will be miserable and you will suffer — but you should strive to enjoy the suffering.)

 

16a. Points. The other half of the point is the points, and the third half of the point is doing good which is weights at 2(.05X+0.5Y) where x= the first whole and Y=the second whole, so solve for X times the answer found in Commandment 15 and be sure to show your work. 

 

17. Submissions Secret #4. Composition counts. Pay attention to everything in your Submission— including the setting and backgrounds of your images and videos. Something shot haphazardly in the parking lot of a McDonald’s will likely net less bonus points than something shot beautifully in the parking lot of a McDonald’s.  Before you shoot your videos and take your photos, think about how your images will look on the company’s inflatable movie screen, YouTube, or hanging in the GISH Hall of Fame.

 

18. Submissions Secret #5. Want us to show off your pics and videos somewhere in the future? Try to shoot them so that they look good in landscape OR portrait mode. We reiterate: Composition counts. 

 

19. Submissions Secret #6. Make the judges laugh, chuckle, chortle or giggle until they lose control of major bodily functions. Our Judges love granting points to people with a good sense of humor, so entertain us and you’ll be rewarded with Points. Dance, monkeys!

 

20. Submission Secret #7. Artistic expression counts! You don’t have to be an “artist” (though we believe all creatures are), but be thoughtful in your creations. Images that tell a story in a single image are generally more compelling than images where the subjects are posing for the camera. Try to be eye-catching, awe-inspiring and tell a story that adds a little something extra to the Item when you can. When you shine through, your work shines, too.

 

21. Watermarks and Signs. Unless we specifically ask for it, avoid adding a watermark or sign with your team’s name on it in or on the image. We know you want credit, and wherever possible we’ll give it to you. We’re not saying you can’t do this, but just know it can impact our ability to share your work in video compilations, the book, social media, etc.. So if you want your work seen, please be mindful of this important Tip. (Note: We love it when you add your team name to the video description on YouTube.)

 

22. Captions. We appreciate your help in adding closed captions to your videos wherever possible, and we love all captions on principle- but please don’t open caption your videos (where the words are burned into the image). It can impact our ability to share your work later, and that’s just heartbreaking.

 

22a. Celebrity Clause. Occasionally GISH attracts “personalities” with massive social media followings who want to compete. We welcome them to join us in the mayhem, but we want ordinary folk to know that they still have a solid chance of winning, so here’s our policy: If a member of a GISH team has more than 500,000 social media followers or “likes” on any social media platform and/or the Judges deem this individual a widely-recognized celebrity of any ilk, and if that celebrity’s team wins GISH, we will award THE GRAND PRIZE to TWO TEAMS. The highest scoring NON-CELEBRITY team will also be awarded the Grand Prize. If this unlikely event should occur, we will be awarding the entire “Celebrity” team and the entire runner-up non-celebrity team the same Grand Prize, as can be reasonably accommodated. 

 

23. Former Winner Eligibility. No team may win two years in a row. Individuals who were on a winning team may, however, win two years in a row if during the second year they are on a Winning Team with no more than 3 other former winners. As long as the years are not consecutive, former Winning Teams may win again. Is this confusing? Good. It should be. But it nonetheless applies.

 

24. Runner-Up Eligibility. Teams may be awarded “Runner Up” multiple years in a row without penalty, unless you call being chided for coming so close to the winners circle repeatedly a “penalty.” 

 

25. Confusion. Confusion is a vital component of the Hunt. This is by design. Confusion brings us joy. If you are confused, you’re doing it right. DO NOT, we repeat, DO NOT contact customer support for any issues related to confusion on how to do an Item. 1/2 of the Hunt is you figuring out what the hell we’re asking for. The other 1/2 of the Hunt is you doing it. The other 3/4 of the Hunt is you taking a picture or video of the Item. The other 9/10ths is perspiration. The other 1/76th of the Hunt is Dave, who wants you to Hunt your heart out for science, but never literally.

 

26. Pleasure. The pleasure threshold index has been raised to allow simple and wanton pleasures, but simple pleasures over 10 minutes are prohibited in the loading zone.

 

27. Baggage. All baggage, including emotional baggage, should be cleared from the overhead compartment prior to takeoff or stowed under your seat to be forgotten and kicked into the aisle by the child sitting behind you. You’re on vacation. Try to let it go. 

 

28. Submissions Process. Submit Items by clicking on our “Item List” on our website (it will be posted when the Scavenger Hunt begins), and then on the Item you want to submit. Then, follow instructions. You must submit as instructed or you will not be awarded points for that Item. This sounds scary and vague, but it won’t be.

 

29. Submission Formats. Submit photos through our website using our upload feature. Our favorite image formats are: .jpg and .png. Submit videos by entering your YouTube video links. Be sure to mark your videos “UNLISTED” on YouTube so that we can see them, but no one else can. Unless otherwise specified in the Item Description, video submissions can be NO LONGER than 14 seconds. We suggest putting “2022 GISH” and the Item Number in the description or title of your video with your team name. This makes our job easier. But not yours. That’s how we like it.

 

30. Altering Photos/Video. THIS IS IMPORTANT! With the exceptions as detailed clearly in Commandments above, and adjusting the exposure (i.e. making the image brighter) or color of an image, unless an Item specifically asks for manipulation of photos or videos, you are NOT permitted to do so. A few years ago, one of the top 3 scoring teams cheated by using Photoshop to make it look like they had completed a high-scoring Item. They might otherwise have won GISH, but instead they were disqualified. We have graphic designers and NSA analysts on staff who can spot a digital counterfeit. We also use photoshop-detecting software that identifies pixel manipulations, Google image search and other tools, then Misha consults with a psychic to confirm the veracity of all Items — so don’t screw with us on this point or you will be screwing yourself and your whole team. Don’t do it.

 

31. Sleep. In the unlikely event that you “sleep” during the Hunt, all dreams must be recorded in a digital dream log for scientific purposes. Note whether your dream was in color or monochrome, and if 3-D glasses are necessary for proper viewing.

 

32. Scoring. Each Item will have a point value associated with it. The judges may assign additional points to Items that are most excellently executed. We take artistic merit, precision, and creative ingenuity into account. Each year the winning team has submitted multiple Items that have been granted extra points for being the absolute bomb. Likewise, we will award partial points for Items that demonstrate an extremely good effort, but don’t quite achieve the Item task. Teams that creatively interpret or blatantly disregard the Item are likely to receive 0 points or even be docked points for that Item if certain crankypants judges get their hands on them before they’ve had a chance to imbibe their morning kombucha.

 

33. Nostril hygiene. To ensure adequate oxygen intake, all Gishers must maintain thoroughly excavated, clean nostrils for the duration of the Hunt. To verify nostril hygiene, nose whistle performances of “Ode To Joy” shall be submitted to noted nose whistle aficionado Jimmy Fallon via social media, tagged #GISHConcertSeries & #GISH.

 

34. Complaining. Complaining is forbidden! You must not gripe, whine, or whinge, at any of the GISH staff, judges, GISH Flight attendants, or your cat. Petitioning is also forbidden. GISH is a feudal monarchy, not a democracy! Our “Support” email must be used only as a last resort. Please visit our Holy FAQ section prior to asking questions. Read the dictionary. Explore encyclopedias. If you must vent, you may fabricate a doll of Misha, deem it your “Complaint Vessel”, and whine to it. 

 

35. Translation. Do animals speak in a language that is regionally specific? If so, migratory animals must be polyglots, or they would never be able to order a drink at Starbucks.

 

36. Bribery. Bribes are only accepted from 1-4 AM PDT at the back booth of the IHOP nearest to the GISH Bunker. Be there and bring your best Grade B maple syrup.

 

37. Hoops. We are going to make you jump through hoops during the Hunt, but hula hooping is only permitted with a ukulele player in attendance.

 

38. Repetition. If it’s important, we may repeat it for emphasis. But we might not, too. Pay attention.

 

38a. Redundancy. If we told you once, we told you a thousand times: if it’s important, we may repeat it for emphasis. But we might not, too. Pay attention.

 

39. Fashion. All GISH participants must wear bright blue eyeshadow on their left armpit (aka “armpit shadow”) throughout the Hunt as a means of group identification. You may wear any color shadow for your right armpit that you choose.

 

40. Outsourcing. We encourage you to reach out to family, friends, neighbors, students, teachers and your social media communities to assist you with gathering props, serving as additional bodies in your multi-person photos and videos, connecting you to people and places, and otherwise assisting you with the completion of the Items. However, and this is important – we expect YOU and YOUR TEAM to be the primary participants in completing your Items. You are not permitted to crowdsource or purchase multiple Items wholly from third parties. The majority of your Items must be sourced, created, and performed by your team – meaning at least one team member must be in the majority of the videos and images. During and after the Hunt we will investigate  potential winning teams to see if team members have outsourced the completion of a mass amount of Items. What does this mean? This means if you tweet to a thousand of your followers for individuals to do lots of your Items and deliver you the images or videos, all of these submissions would be ineligible. On the other hand, if we ask for a Slurpee from Mars and you happen to be in good with the cousin who knows the helicopter pilot who is roving around on Mars and can grab some ice and make a flavored Slushie, we’d let it slide.  But if we see multiple instances of this and it’s clear you’re just sitting at your computer and outsourcing like a boss, your team may be disqualified. Additionally, you may not reach out to volunteer proxies who offer their services to teams to complete Items. TO BE CLEAR: You MAY outsource props, materials, etc! If you tweet that you’re looking for a Batman costume so you can borrow it to go to a Bingo night at your local rec center, we would enthusiastically accept the completed Item – we love when teams borrow versus buy! Use your head on this. DO NOT email our support to ask questions regarding this commandment. You be the judge… and then we will.

 

41. Spending. The Hunt belongs to the masses, and no team should be buying their way to victory. Barter, borrow, charm, wheedle, and creatively procure whatever is needed to complete Items whenever possible. Creativity counts, not what’s in your wallet, so we don’t want you reaching into your pockets to succeed! If it appears that a team has unreasonably purchased their way to Item success, we may ask for receipts. 

 

42. Bring a towel.

 

43. Cameo. For any Item involving celebrities or verified/high profile influencers, remember that you are NOT permitted to purchase content or engage in any commerce from others (see Commandment #41) to achieve your Items. You are expected to beg, borrow, shmooze, network, and cajole your way into success in these Items. 

 

44. Collaboration. As cold-hearted as this sounds, don’t collaborate with other teams unless the Item is designated as a Collaborative Item. This is a cut-throat competition. Each team has to execute each Item on their own. If we find out that teams are collaborating you will get either fractional or no credit for the Item. However, collaboration with any of the following is strongly encouraged: imaginary friends, teammates and their respective imaginary friends, enthusiastic pets (but not their imaginary friends). 

 

45. Proxies. You may not conscript proxies or GISH mercenaries to complete Items in your stead unless specifically stated in the Item or for a specific, good reason (such as a location-based Item). But remember: no collaboration allowed, which also means you may not share proxies! A proxy may only help ONE team on any given Item. Teams that use proxies to skive off their Items may lose points for outsourcing or even be disqualified. Remember: we’re everywhere, and we see you. 

 

46. Cheating. Don’t do it. 

 

47. Hygiene. We take hygiene seriously. Each morning of the Hunt (PDT), all team mates should report to a team Zoom to do a thorough check of each others’ teeth to ensure they were properly flossed. In the event that flossing was skipped, the offender must engage in remedial flossing while the team “flosses” (the dance) along with them in support. 

 

48. Video/Image Plagiarism. You shall not submit any Items that were created by another team. Any team that is caught submitting another team’s Item shall be eligible for disqualification. You may not submit any Items that were taken before this year’s Scavenger Hunt. Any team that is found to be submitting Items that were created before the Hunt is eligible for disqualification unless evidence of their use of a working backwards-compatible time machine can be proven. 

 

49. List Complaints. All complaints, objections, and concerns about the contents of any List Item must be logged in triplicate and mailed to GISH Department of Concerns, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC, 20500.

 

50. Spoons. You don’t need spoons to play, and in fact, we actively forbid their use throughout the event. For hygiene and inclusiveness sake, only paper straws and sporks may be used throughout the Hunt unless needed for reasons of accessibility.

 

51. Tenacity. You’ve made it this far. Keep going.

 

52. Accessibility. Hunt Items may be modified to accommodate a disability. For example, if we say “run” and you are in a wheelchair, you may “wheel” without fear of losing Points.

 

53. Waste. This is a zero-waste Hunt and any and all food that is used for creative or artistic purposes must be consumed after the Hunt, whether by you or by your pet cockroaches.

 

54. Environmental Responsibility. We’ve only got one planet (until we colonize the others), so until that time we need to keep this place nice. To reduce our collective carbon footprint, until the end of the Hunt only carbon handprints are permitted.

 

55. Content Sharing. You may not “share” your images or videos until after the Scavenger Hunt, but you may not password-protect them either as we need to access them for judging. Violators will be subject to virtual incarceration. YOU MAY (and we encourage you) share your images and videos 8 minutes and 47.3 seconds after the Hunt is officially over. We will alert you when it is acceptable to share your submissions.

 

56. Judging. Items shall be judged by Misha Collins and at least 6 official GISH Judges anointed by Misha Collins in private ceremony. In the event of a tie, random passers-by may be called in to break the tie but the results are not binding and the matter shall be sent back to Misha Collins and the judges for more bickering and debate before a unilateral decision is made.

 

57. Two factor authentication. To ensure positive identification, all Gishers must recite two positive factors about themselves every day throughout the Hunt. 

 

58. Grand Prize. There will be one. If you win it, you will likely refer to the events of your life as either pre- or post- GISH Grand Prize. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations for further details. 

 

59. Referrer Prize. There will also be one. Again, please refer to the Rules and Regulations for details, but generally speaking, we shall be selecting one “Referrer” individual to join the Winning Team. Refer a friend (you can do so after you register). If they sign up, your name will be placed in a random drawing to join the Winning Team and receive the Grand Prize as well.

 

59a. Runner Uppers. We will select 10 (or more!) runner-up teams. These teams will receive accolades, prizes and the envy of everyone (except the winning team who will not be envious at all because their prize is better).

 

60. Attention. Pay attention and read everything thoroughly. Item #66 will appear here: (SIDE-BY-SIDE) Bake the largest fortune cookie the world has ever seen. Massive. HUGE. The biggest anyone can create. On the slip inside, write out your own definition of true fortune. Submit a photo of the cookie and then a second one with it broken open and the message visible.

 

61. Infamy. Think you have no chance of achieving GISH Fame? Wrong! If you are convinced you won’t win the Grand Prize, you can still wow us with a specific Item and be drafted into the Hall of Fame for that Submission! Select a handful of Items to complete and make them the most amazing Items the world has ever seen. If your team’s Item is chosen as one of the best versions of that Item by our judges, it (and your team) will be forever memorialized in the GISH Hall of Fame. Your Item and team name will be seen forever on our website. These Submissions will be the stuff of legends.

 

62. GISHPoints. You want these. They are granted for all of the following throughout the year: completing GISH, volunteering for GISH, being part of our HARSH program, registering early or at certain times, or eating with your mouth full while at the designated time that Misha indicates privately. What do they get you? Lots. Last year our top GISHpoints holders got automatic upgrades to the next tier of registration and discounts in the Gishporium. Who knows what they will bring this year… We have other devious plans for these points, but needless to say, if you don’t have ‘em, get ‘em, if you got ‘em, get more of ‘em!

 

63. The Baskin Robbins Rule. No double-dipping. You can’t use the content from one Item to fulfill a different Item. For example, if Item #42 says to play an accordion at the top of the Matterhorn while wearing hot pink lederhosen, you can’t also use this image for Item #44. which tells you to serenade the world somewhere. Got it? Good.

 

64. Will you still need me, will you still feed me?

 

65. Mistakes. There are no mistakes, just happy accidents. And sometimes grumpy ones. Be patient with them and don’t feel the need to call them out every time.

 

66. Perspective. Anything seems like the big picture if you’re too close. Step back and take in the whole view. What looks like the Grand Canyon might actually be a tiny snake hole. 

 

67. Perspective #2. If something looks wrong to you, try hanging upside down. 

 

68. Whistleblowing. All whistleblowers shall be protected, as long as their whistling is confined to happy tunes using a slide whistle or the two-finger whistle method only. Penny whistles will not be observed as a protected form of expression.

 

69. Beginnings. The end of the Commandments is just the beginning if you start at the bottom and work your way up.

 

70. Life Lessons. Be kind. Be precise. Be flippant. Be creative. Be courageous. Be shameless. Be GISH.