The 2021 GISH Hunt List

 

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Pandemic Restrictions: For the safety of all Gishers, and in light of the Delta variant of COVID-19, ALL local and regional COVID-19 restrictions must be strictly observed, including but not limited to wearing a mask while around others, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. Be safe and do not risk endangering yourself or others in your pursuit of GISH. We take this seriously.

A Brief Acknowledgment With 10 years of GISH on the books, I want to thank everyone who helped me with the list this year, including Philip, Chris, Mon, Charlie, Dave Lavery, my mom, all the Gishers… and anyone else who contributed multiple items but has requested anonymity.

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ZOOM PANEL #1. SATURDAY JULY 31, 7:00AM PT (Pacific Time): OPENING CEREMONIES WITH HOST MISHA COLLINS

Watch the Zoom panel here!

Zoom Challenge: None!

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ZOOM PANEL #2. SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 AT 2:00PM PT (Pacific Time): The Art of Storytelling with Jim Beaver

Watch the Zoom panel here!

Zoom Challenge: Our histories shape us, but often we don’t know the history of where we live. Reach out to an Indigenous-led resource and write a one-page article about the autochthonous people of your region. (If you are Indigenous, we welcome you to share your family’s history.) Cite your sources. Then, if you are able, make a contribution to Rainbow House (https://bit.ly/GISHrainbowhouse) or an Indigenous group in your community. Submit your article with a note about your contribution in the comments.

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ZOOM PANEL #3. MONDAY, AUGUST 2 AT 4:30PM PT (Pacific Time): Golden Triangle – Asian Elephant Foundation

Watch the Zoom panel here!

Zoom Challenge: Elephants are endangered due to issues like habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, and they’re not the only species suffering. Turn Human-Wildlife Conflict into Human-Wildlife Co-existence: Invent a kind solution to help you coexist with other critters as you compete for resources (the bugs in your house, that rabbit that steals from your garden, snack-happy backyard elephants, etc.). Be mindful of ALL species in your area for example, “bee fences” work in Africa because elephants are afraid of bees (really!), but don’t work in Asia because they attract bears.

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ZOOM PANEL #4. TUESDAY AUGUST 3 AT 10:00AM PT (Pacific Time): The Art of the Ambigram with John Langdon.

Watch the Zoom Panel here!

Zoom Challenge: Flipping your perspective can help you overcome a challenge. Create an ambigram featuring two words that help you regain balance. The first word should be something you struggle with and the second word, one that brings you peace. Bonus points if you also get it tattooed (permanent or temporary tattoos will both be accepted due to covid).

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ZOOM PANEL #5: WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4 AT 7:00AM PT (Pacific Time): The Art of Adventurousness with Belinda Kirk

Watch the Zoom Panel here!

Zoom Challenge: (MONTAGE) Explorer Belinda Kirk teaches people about self-reliance and connecting with nature, but COVID restrictions have left many of us unable to leave home, so we say “bring nature to you!” Create an authentic “nature” experience in your living room, complete with plants, beautiful vistas, and of course, Bigfoot or bears. Show us an “Alone” or “Survivor Man” style video of your ’24-hour’ survival in these “woods.”

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ZOOM PANEL #6: THURSDAY AUGUST 5 AT 11:00AM PT (Pacific Time): Rejection Therapy with Jia JiangClick here to watch the Zoom panel!

Zoom Challenge: Gotta catch ‘em all: rejections, that is! You want to be the very best (like no one ever was) and to do that you have to collect as many rejections as you can between now and the end of the Hunt! Create a Pokemon-style trading card set of 3 of the lovable “No” monsters you collected, detailing what you asked for, how powerful a “No” it was, and how the experience strengthened you in some way.

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ZOOM PANEL #7: THURSDAY AUGUST 5 AT 1:00PM PT (Pacific Time): Darius Marder and Misha Collins

Watch the Zoom panel here!

Zoom Challenge: (UP TO 1 MINUTE) Over the years, my friend Darius and I have managed to get into a lot of trouble together. Create a video of you with your oldest friend, detailing a time when you got into some fun trouble for good together.

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ZOOM PANEL #8: FRIDAY AUGUST 6 AT 12:00PM PT (Pacific Time): Thunderstorm Artis – Songwriting & Singing

Watch the Zoom panel here!

Zoom Challenge: Hawaiian Thunderstorm Artis has long supported charities like Surfing the Nation, whose Feeding the Hungry program helps feed hundreds of Hawaiians in need. Catch the wave of kindness: Surf your pantry for ingredients and make a meal for someone you know who needs some support. (NOTE: If you cannot safely do this due to pandemic restrictions, you can also provide groceries instead to receive your Points.) Submit a photo of you, in beach attire, “hanging 10” with your meal.

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ZOOM PANEL #9: SATURDAY AUGUST 7 AT 1:00PM (Pacific Time): The Art of Invention with Ariel Waldman.

Click here to watch the Zoom panel!

Zoom Challenge: Have you ever thought “There’s got to be a better way?” This is your chance to science hack your way to a better world! Find one problem in the world and invent a device to address it. It can be something as small as solving the energy crisis or as life-altering as a hat that combs your hair while you wear it so you never get “hat hair.” You get the idea. Create a schematic or prototype for your invention.

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ZOOM PANEL #10: SATURDAY AUGUST 7 AT 4:00PM PT (Pacific Time): CLOSING CEREMONIES + SILENT DISCO Click here to join the Zoom when live!

Zoom Challenge:None!

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20,000 Leeks Under the Sea. Make an epic sea monster entirely from onions.

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(UP TO ONE MINUTE.) Create a giant sidewalk chalk musicogram to diagram the chorus or your favorite section of Bohemian Rhapsody, your favorite piece of classical music, or Uptown Funk and follow along with the music in dance.

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Humans have run the show for long enough and we’ve messed up the planet, but could any animal do better? Show us a scene of what it’d be like if your pets ran your household.

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Stay-at-home orders have been rough on folks’ sporting activities, but a Gisher doesn’t let anything keep them down! Show us backyard kiddie pool water skiing, sidewalk kayaking (you may put wheels on it!), or another “extreme” sport modified for life at home. – Ant G.

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You’ve seen “take a penny, leave a penny” dishes, but in the GISH economy, we trade in good vibes. If it’s safe to go out in your community, create and install a “take a compliment, leave a compliment” station at a cashier’s station complete with paper, writing utensils, etc.

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We’re not the only species impacted by a pandemic this year: birds have been hit by a mysterious epidemic that’s causing illness and death. All the Starbeaks stores had to close down for now because of it — but with our help, hopefully soon they can reopen. Create a Starbeaks “coffeehouse for birds” with a tiny “CLOSED DUE TO CORVID RESTRICTIONS” sign. DO NOT PLACE IT OUTSIDE until it is safe to do so in your region. Then, download the eBird app so you’ll be armed to identify birds outside your window & in your yard, which helps conservation efforts. (US Gishers, if you see a sick bird, report it here!) Submit an image of your Starbeaks with the appropriate signage.

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Bees communicate through dance, and so do you. Make a Beeline to TikTok and show us what the Beeline dance looks like — and you must be dressed as our cat/bee mascot when you do it. Post it with #GISH & @GISH.

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You’ve heard of Dad Jokes. Tell a Dadaist joke.

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World’s Fair? More like World’s HAIR! Recreate an iconic World’s Fair or Exposition structure such as the Unisphere, the Flushing Meadows towers, The Eiffel Tower, etc) on your head, using your hair.

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(UP TO ONE MINUTE) Jensen Kayakles really floats our boat. Compose a rollicking sea shanty to wish him well in his new role as Soldier Buoy on “The Boys”.

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(PUZZLE) YOU LOOK RADISHING! – Jen K and Richard M-W. (Puzzle Solution: Jared RAD-alecki  For this GISH homage to Oaxaca’s Night of the Radishes, you’ll be carving your very own Jared RAD-alecki out of a radish in three steps.

  1. Get a small carving knife as sharp as Jared’s jawline. A genuine RAD-alecki takes careful knifework, so be careful!
  2. Remove the top and roots of the radish and replant it to ensure a future crop of RAD-aleckis.
  3. Carve the remaining radish into your best artistic interpretation of Jared Padalecki.) 

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi… you’re our (planet’s) only hope. Dress up as R2-D2 and pose for a picture with your new buddy, C-TreePO, which you just planted. (Bonus points if you go full “Attack of the Clones” and plant extra trees.)

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Lucy Gafford creates images out of hair stuck to her shower wall. We’ve all done that, right? Of course we have. It’s kind of gross and kind of cool, so what’s not to love about that? Recreate your favorite impressionist painting all out of wet, human hair stuck to your shower wall. Post it to social media and tag @shower_hair_master and #GISH, then submit the original image and a link to your post.

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(SIDE-BY-SIDE) Have you ever heard the phrase, “You’re as pretty as a flower” before? No? Well, you have now! Take a picture of a beautiful flower, then transform yourself or your face into an exact replica of that flower. (Take that, Thomas Campion.)

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(COLLAGE) The Perseids AND the Delta Aquariids are lighting up the night sky, so it’s officially #GISHWish Upon A Star Week. It truly makes no difference where you are… Go out and watch for a “wishing star” and make a wish, then meet up with your team over video chat (Zoom, Google Chat, etc.) to create a collaborative art piece representing the wishes your team has for the world.

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May the forts be with you: show us Stormtroopers (Darth Vader in the mix for bonus points) in a heavily fortified pillow and blanket fort defending themselves against a nefarious crew of attacking rebels.

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Pug of War.

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RECORD BREAKER: (COLLAGE) In celebration of 10 years of GISH, we’re attempting to set our first GISH World Record: the most handwritten notes of kindness posted on Instagram in an hour! Encourage all your teammates as well as everyone you know to join this effort — whether they’re a 2021 GISH Hunt participant or not, you can take part in setting this record with us! Go to this page to get your instructions, then collage all your team’s notes into a SINGLE IMAGE and submit it to us with a link to at least one of your Instagram posts.

We’ve chosen this record in honor of a great organization: CrayonCollection.org, which collects gently used crayons and gets them into the hands of underserved children and schools, instead of into landfills. Learn more here!

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CHANGE A LIFE. Playing with friends, going to school, or just spending time with family… for most children, that’s what the fabric of “normal” life looks like. But for the children of Afghanistan, “normal” life is also one where explosions and gunfire could rip their world apart at any moment, killing or maiming them and their loved ones. In the past 20 years, Afghan children have lived their entire lives in the shadow of the war, where air raid sirens are as commonplace as bedtime stories and they are more likely to be a victim than even a soldier— because when it comes to the destruction of war, it doesn’t matter how old you are. Bombs don’t discriminate. Neither do bullets.

90% of the victims of contemporary war are civilians, and though the western forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan, that’s actually exacerbating the danger to civilians. According to the U.N., Afghan civilians were killed or injured at record levels in the first half of 2021, with thousands wounded and over 1,600 civilians killed to date. 34% of those were children. As western forces withdraw and internal conflict between north and south escalates, those numbers are expected to rise and more children will be killed or experience devastating, life-changing injury.

Mdullah is such a child. Just 5 years old, he was walking to school when the bombs struck. Giles tells us how traumatic it was to wake up at age 39 realizing he had lost both his legs—no one should have to experience that, but especially not a 5 year old child! But that’s what Mdullah is experiencing. To compound matters, his parents cannot even visit the hospital to comfort him due to COVID restrictions. Innocent victims like Mdullah are who we will be helping.

YOUR MISSION. In partnership with Random Acts, Legacy of War, and EMERGENCY, we’re setting a goal of raising $100,000 to operate the children’s ward of EMERGENCY fully through the end of this year. EMERGENCY is an NGO and charity hospital that ensures all victims of conflict receive free, quality medical care. 1 in 4 Afghans have been treated by EMERGENCY, and as the west pulls out of Afghanistan the need for this hospital, especially their children’s ward, is expected to be greater than ever. No child should have to suffer from the effects of war, but together, we’ll be able to help 400-500 children to survive and heal. Join us and help ensure that humanitarian aid can be rendered to the most innocent of victims of war.

WHAT TO DO: Create a team fundraiser page here by clicking “Become A Fundraiser” and get at least 10 donations of a minimum of $10. WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU OR YOUR TEAMMATES TO DONATE. Rather, we ask that you reach out to the global community and your social networks to make a contribution. Then, submit a screenshot of your fundraiser showing 10 donations and the total amount donated to us for your points.

WHAT YOUR DONATIONS DO: Your donations will fund EMERGENCY’s children’s hospital so it can continue to treat children injured by war throughout 2021. This will allow the hospital, built on the grounds of a bombed kindergarten, to continue operation through the end of the year and help approximately 400-500 children through surgery, medical care, and rehabilitation. Because we’re GISH, we’re also setting aside funds to provide a stuffed animal to every child that is treated by emergency to act as an emotional support plushie. As so many of these child patients are orphaned or have parents that cannot visit them in hospital due to COVID restrictions, it’s our hope that this additional support will provide a little extra comfort.

Our GISH Ambassador, Giles, hadn’t returned to Afghanistan for 9 years due to his own personal traumas, but felt it was important to summon the courage to go back now to help share these children’s stories and assist them. We invite you to rise up as well to help us achieve our goal and support these kids and the good medical professionals who are working to help them heal. DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX-DEDUCTIBLE (for countries other than the U.S., deductions are contingent on your laws). 90% of the donations will benefit the Change-A-Life efforts with 10% to Random Acts’ General Fund to support random acts of kindness all over the world. You may collaborate on this Item.

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Cloud art. You know how you sometimes see a shape in the clouds that no one else seems to see. Let’s idiot-proof it: take a picture of a section of clouds and then highlight what you see. Oh! Forgot to mention, you are actually “hunting” for something given that this is a scavenger hunt. Go find a shape in the clouds that depicts a creature with “wings” – can be human, bird, insect, or mythological beast.

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Potato Ships. This is not a typo. It must float. – Susan S.

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(TIMELAPSE) Famous painters are so overhyped. You could do that – even blindfolded! Prove it: take one look at a Baroque painting and then attempt to recreate it, blindfolded.

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Create a fashionable topiary animal beard.

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(UP TO 2 MINUTES) In December 2020, we challenged Gishers to a #GISHPersonalChallenge, tackling something they’ve always wanted to do or learn but had put off. Show us what you’ve accomplished in the last 8 months in an epic Rocky-style montage. If no one on your team has taken the challenge, start now and show us what you learn this week.

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Aging hand puppets need routine medical screenings, too. Let’s see a doctor or nurse performing a stuffed animal colonoscopy. (On the stuffy, to be clear.)

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover and China’s Zhurong Rover are on Mars together. Are they bitter rivals? Is there a meet-cute and romance? Is it a love triangle with Ingenuity? Write the fanfic story of their relationship. – Vanessa T.

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Aaron Manhke tells a lot of “true” ghost stories on his podcast, “Lore.” Record a podcast of ghosts telling true stories about Aaron Mahnke.

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As you may have heard, I’m releasing my first poetry book in October, “Some Things I Still Can’t Tell You.” This is obviously a shameless plug, but also a call to action: there’s something loving you’ve always meant to tell someone in your life, but you haven’t been able to summon up the right words. This is your chance: Write an ecstatic poem to convey how you truly feel and then share it with them. You can submit just the poem or you reading the poem to them (with their okay to share their reaction).

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(UP TO 1 MINUTE). Resting B***** Face, The Musical! Write a song with happy uplifting lyrics, and perform the whole thing in a monotone, one chord/one-note fashion, with resting b*tch face the whole time. – Sarah H.

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(IF VIDEO, VERTICAL, UP TO 30 SECONDS) “Gender reveal parties” are problematic, so we’re replacing them with Belly Button reveal parties. Dramatically reveal whether you’re an “innie” or an “outie.” You may NOT use anything flammable, explosive, or ecologically destructive in your reveal, but it does need to be magnificent! Post yours to social media tagged #GISH and #BellyButtonRevealParty. NOTE: YouTube has flagged a couple of videos as being too… exciting. If your video gets flagged as inappropriate content, you may submit an image instead. #FreeTheNavel

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After seeing your decades of Skittles portraits, the God of Mischief has commissioned one in his likeness, but you’re nothing if not a rebel. Create a portrait of Tom Skittleston—we mean Hiddleston—in costume out of Skittles…AND M&Ms. Your move, Loki. Post it to social media tagging @TWHiddleston, @skittles, @MMsChocolate, and #GISH. Submit your original photo to us with a link to your post in comments.

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The Roman poet Juvenal once said, “The Two things only the people anxiously desire are bread and circuses.” We’d hate to disappoint the masses: Bake a big top circus (including performers and animals!) all out of bread.

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It’s what’s inside that counts: Create a fold-out portrait of yourself or a friend that, when unfolded, shows all the things you love about the person inside.

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Barbie has career hopped from ballerina to doctor to US President, but she’s been absent from some less glamorized roles. Create a special edition Barbie that rounds out her resume: septic tank worker Barbie, underwater welder Barbie, crime scene cleaner Barbie… you get the idea. Post on social media and tag #GISH, @Mattel and #DirtyJobs4Barbie. Submit your original image and a link to your social media post.

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Mark Ruffalo knows a lot about being green. Create the Hulk out of delicious greens (afterward, eat it like your secret is that you’re always hangry.) Post to social media and tag Mark Ruffalo and #GISH #EcoHulk.

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“Cheer” up a legendary evil villain by depicting them in Cheerios. Clearly they should have a big smile.

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Jensen Tackle: Jensen Ackles as a fishing lure. – Cynthia and Kris

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In Aaron Mahnke’s new podcast, “Bridgewater,” my character Professor Jeremy Bradshaw lectures about the Bridgewater Triangle. He lists several paranormal creatures that have been sighted in the area, and notes two that haven’t been spotted. Why haven’t they been seen? Well, legend has it they’ve been sheltering in place together—and you have proof. Tune in on August 6 to discover what the two creatures are, then show us these two creatures at home playing board games. (Yes, this is a shameless attempt to get you to tune in.)

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Attach a GoPro or smartphone to something that normally would not wear or have a GoPro and then send it on a journey and capture the footage. During the course of its journey – and just to make sure you don’t pull a random video off the Interwebs – it must pass a sign that says: “This way, Assbutt!” Caption telling us what the camera is mounted to.

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Pasta Marriage Ceremony. That’s it. Let’s see it.

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A tiny portrait of Marilyn Monroe on a “beauty mark” on someone’s cheek.

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Ever wonder what we would find in Misha’s brain? We do. But you probably have a better idea. Create a collage of the inside of his brain.

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The characters of Richard Scarry’s BusyTown are busier than ever since they got trapped in that Hieronymus Bosch painting.

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While you were sleeping, your car broke into the local jewelry store and scored a pair of beautiful giant earrings, a necklace and perhaps even a tiara. You woke up to see it in the driveway fully adorned.

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2021 has been fun, but we’re tired of being quarantined in this dimension and miss traveling the space-time continuum. Throw on your goggles and show us you, taking off in your state-of-the-art Victorian-era spacetime machine. It’s eco-friendly, so it runs on steam, punk.

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That’s definitely NOT a normal use for a pineapple, but gotta say, we dig it.

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The GISH and Random Acts communities just lost one of our own to cancer: Holli was a dear friend, Gisher, and volunteer. She was also a longtime champion for food equity, so we’re taking up the mantle: Sign up to volunteer or make a donation to , the food bank where Holli devoted her time, or your local food bank or a food equity program while wearing a crown of holly, real or manufactured. Post a photo of you in your crown with proof of your donation on social media tagging @randomactsorg, #GISH, and #RandomActs4Holli.

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Water ballet is a very challenging sport. You have to hold your breath while you’re accomplishing challenging physical maneuvers underwater while also being coordinated with other ballet-ers next to you. We think we’ve cracked the code with how to practice in a safe environment. Head down to your local supermarket, convenience store, subway stop or library with three or more of your friends (the more the merrier), in stunning water ballet apparel (including those nose pincher thingies) and perform a routine. Wear masks and be physically distanced if required.

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Tree bark. Does it? Let’s see a portrait of your favorite dog (fictional or your own) made out of bark.

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Get a verified celebrity with over 20,000 followers to promote your terribly constructed crafts on Etsy, Ebay or Craigslist.

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Bees communicate by dancing, so naturally, they need a bee nightclub — create a 1960’s “Flower Power” themed nightclub for bees complete with actual bee-friendly flowers around it and little bottlecap water stations at the bar so they can hydrate!

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The tooth fairy gives money to millions of kids, so she’s got to be carrying tons of money at any given point. Set a trap for the tooth fairy so you can catch her and steal her dough.

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On Supernatural, they always said, “Don’t pull the thread!” We say pull the thread. Create a portrait of a Supernatural character out of a single thread, in the style of Slovenian artist Cvern.

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Propaganda isn’t always a bad thing; sometimes it’s helpful! Design a mascot for Vax, the Lovable COVID vaccine to help convince people to get their shot. – Deidra L.

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(UP TO ONE MINUTE) Green Eggs and Hamilton – Jenny L.

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(PUZZLE) WE HAVE QUESTIONS… – Jen K and Richard M-W. (Puzzle Solution: Recreate the Louvre’s glass pyramid by I.M. Pei out of recyclable materials. Display something special to you inside.)

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You didn’t get much sleep last night. Maybe you were stressed. Maybe the kids were up and down. Maybe your pet decided it would be fun to need to go to the bathroom outside multiple times. Whatever the case, when you got dressed this morning you were so tired EVERYTHING was cattywampus and it’s like you got dressed in the dark. Your shoes became a fashionable hat on your head, your pants turned into a fine scarf, and your shirt or jacket? They became tuxedo pants, short shorts, a skirt or some other lower extremity covering. Socks? Well those became gloves, we think. But you know best. What happened to your underwear? Did it become jewelry? A tie? A belt? Only you know. Show us how you put it all together. Impress us with mixed-up fashion skills.

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(SIDE-BY-SIDE) Salt and Pepper go so well together. They’re a match made in heaven. Let’s use the magical symbiotic powers of salt and pepper to unite two feuding personalities in art. Take two legendary nemeses and unite them on a cutting board or plate with one depicted in salt and one in pepper. If they still don’t get along in the picture, that’s okay. At least you tried.

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(SIDE-BY-SIDE) We all brag about our social media follower count, but what we should really be bragging about is our (low) carbon footprint. Let’s make a game out of it: Calculate your carbon footprint. The calculator will also provide you with the number of trees you’d need to plant per year to offset your footprint. Post your carbon footprint and the number of “offset trees” on your social media (with the link above in the post as well) tagging 3 friends and challenging them to play #GISH #CarbonCrush with you. Write a one paragraph post describing how you will decrease your carbon footprint by 15% in the next year. Then, on your honor, after the hunt, implement your plan.

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(VERTICAL, UP TO 1 MINUTE). You just got hired as one of those corner “sign spinners.” Your sign advertises the unorthodox or uplifting message you think the world needs to hear. (“Owls are terrific.” “Walk barefoot in the grass today.” “You are A Good Person.” “The clouds are watching over you.” etc.) Dance and show us your spinning routine!

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IMAGE. (COLLAGE) Get as many people as you can vaccinated this week to post on social media with their card, #VaxTag and the date (personal info redacted). They must have been vaccinated DURING Hunt Week to count. Collect all the images into a collage and that YOU post with a note of how many your team helped get vaccinated in the comments. (Note: You CANNOT just take pictures of folks already at a vaccination site. You can only count people your team personally helped to get their shot.) Tag #GISH and your team name, then submit it to us. Bonus points for the team that gets the most people vaccinated.

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Artist Anna Chan makes beautiful portraits out of seashells and rocks, but we don’t want to disturb delicate ecosystems. Create a portrait of a tiny, endangered animal out of empty nut and seed shells.

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Play “Carry On My Wayward Son” on a lithophone. Make & play your own lithophone, and make it rock.

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(TIMELAPSE) You need to practice your music AND your painting, but you’re nothing if not efficient: Paint a landscape while playing a violin, cello, trombone, or other musical instrument that has a moving part when played. The paintbrush should be attached to the moving part so as you play, you paint.

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Someone with more than 100k social media followers hand-washing your socks. Submit your video with a comment including the name, account handle, and the number of followers they have.

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Dryer lint animal petting zoo. Make the largest animals you can.

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Supernatural. Is it? Or are there a bunch of unhealthy additives? Prove it. Let’s see a character from Supernatural depicted entirely from organic, gluten-free, natural ingredients.

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A post with multiple directional signs like on the classic TV show, M*A*S*H*, with the location, photo, name, and mileage of all your teammates. – Nicole L.

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You know those little green army men figures that are posed in fierce fighting positions? They can’t ALWAYS be fighting, right? Of course not. Show us green army men (and women and nonbinary soldiers!) in their downtime, engaged in R&R or doing household chores.

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In addition to being an artist, scientist, and inventor, Leonardo Da Vinci was also an architect. He created a “self-supporting bridge,” a very strong structure that could be quickly assembled without using any fasteners. Recreate Leonardo’s bridge, building a span of at least 3 meters over an obstacle using only multiple pieces of wood. No nails, fasteners, rope, or glue.

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(UP TO 30 SECONDS VERTICAL) July 31st is the final day of the Olympics. No, not those Olympics; The Betta Olympics, where fish around the world show off their best tricks on Instagram. But why should only betta fish get all the fun? Let’s see your pet’s best tricks in the GISH Pet Olympics-winner takes the gold(fish). Post your entry to social media and tag #GISH and #PetOlympics2021. — inspired by Carah

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(PUZZLE) AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 WAYS – Jen K and Richard M-W. (Puzzle Solution: Imagine a city founded by elephants. Create a travel guide for children who visit.)

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During COVID a lot of people have been cutting their own hair at home, but there’s no reason for that. COVID is not transmitted underwater, so just have someone cut your hair while you are fully submerged in a pool. Make sure to sit in a chair and wear a salon-style cape.

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Waffle House. No no, we mean a REAL Waffle House. Let’s see your best flapjack flophouse. Your best Eggo edifice. Your best hotcake homestead. Your best crepe condominium. You get the idea. – Dave L.

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History will know your name as a valiant Conquesodor, conquerer of cheeses. Carve a famous explorer from cheese. You’re a regular Don Brie-ote.

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I need to update my reel, and there’s one pivotal performance I no longer have: Find the local McDonald’s commercial I did back in 1998 that aired in Maryland (only my happy, socked feet are seen).

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Some things absolutely should be polished, and some things should not. Until now, it has been pretty much universally agreed that coconuts should not be polished. But we are never bound by tradition! Go polish a coconut. Like, to the point that it doesn’t even look like a coconut any more, but now it looks like a really-really-highly-polished coconut.

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Cameo is full of actors, celebrities and performers, but where are the big thinkers? Get a 30-second Cameo-style video from a Nobel prize-winning scientist, a MacArthur Genius Grant winner, or Pulitzer-winning author/poet that is NOT actually on Cameo.

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Pop culture is taking over everything—even breakfast. Create a yogart (yogurt art) portrait of your favorite pop culture character on the top of a bowl of your yogurt, with colored yogurt and inclusions. Maintain edibility.. Post it on social media tagged #GISH, #Yogart, and the character, actor(s), or series, then submit the original image and a link to your post in comments.

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A real Oscar winner with a real Academy Award “stuck” up their nose. (You cannot ask Darius Marder to help you. Get your own Oscar-winning friend.)

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So get this: According to the Lore, cryptids exist—but whether jersey devils or gremlins or yetis, all cryptids have moms, and all moms love macaroni art. Create a pasta portrait of any cryptid that their mom would adore. – by Bridgewater Podcast

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(UP TO 30 SECONDS, VERTICAL) We may be physically apart, but we are all connected and reflected in each other. Prove it: Using clever editing, create a human kaleidoscope of you and your teammates.

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(UP TO ONE MINUTE) Drops of Jupiter by Train, played by a model train striking water glasses.

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Create a shimeji of a GISH mascot or Supernatural character and show it in action. Submit your video and a link to download your shimeji.

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Over 16,000 people have signed a petition to get Jeff Bezos to buy and eat the Mona Lisa. Down with this elitism: delicious art belongs to the masses! Create an exact, edible replica of the Mona Lisa, complete with frame. Feel free to eat it after you create it. Post your image on social media and tag @JeffBezos, @GISH and #ArtFeedsTheSpirit.

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(TIMELAPSE) Cement your love: Create an ornate, 3-tiered wedding “cake” made out of 100% hand-piped concrete. Include all the usual wedding cake decorations, but all made out of concrete.

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Dog sledding is on snow so it only seems fair that Cat sledding is on sand. Prove this to be true and avoid them using it as a litter box.

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We need to hit the gym, but we’re so tired. Show GISHCORP’s new “slumber gym” for people building their sleep endurance to be able to “rest out.”

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I want to go roller skating, but I also want to go rowing: Create row-ler skates that let you roller skate on water or row while skating.

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The Girl with the Purl earring. Knit the Purl. Knit the Girl. You know what to do. Post it on social media and tag @GISHBOT. (They know why.)

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Create a child’s “barnyard playset” in the style of Picasso or Dali.

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There just aren’t enough snack machines for wildlife. Create a vending machine for crows, squirrels or other backyard creatures.

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Occult food? Mystic pizza. Bake one and show your otherworldly entrée off to fellow Gisher, Annabeth Gish. Post and tag #GISH and Annabeth on social media: @annabethgish on Twitter, @annabeth_gish on Instagram.

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The St. Augustine Alligator Farm recently charmed the world with a photo of one of their residents as Alligator Loki. The Farm has a list of small changes that anyone can make to help out the environment. Disguise yourself as a Loki variant of your choice while undertaking one of these small changes.

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In the 1989 film, “Field of Dreams,” they say, “If you build it, he will come,” prompting the main character to build a baseball field. Create your own Field of Dreams in your yard or on your kitchen table and show what your field of dreams would be a catalyst for — what would you resolve, wish-fulfill, or achieve? – by Monica D.

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(STOP-MOTION) Your toilet is a real potty mouth, but it’s trying to clean up its act. Anthropomorphize the toilet and other objects in the bathroom and show us a clip of them rehearsing a Shakespearean scene.

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It gets better, but it gets better faster when we’re there for each other. Sign up to volunteer with The Trevor ProjectTrue Colors United Community Initiative, or a similar local organization to help LGBTQIA young people. Submit evidence that you have applied. (If not available in your region, find something similar.)

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To celebrate 10 Years of GISH, we’re hopping in the time machine and we’re taking you with us: choose an Item from ANY GISH Hunt in the past that you always wanted to try and attempt it. You can find previous items on the famed website of the GISHWHES Historian or peruse our Hall of Fame for inspiration. But to prove you’re a secret time-traveler, you must have a foil bowtie or hair bow in your image. Your Submission must CLEARLY LABEL which year and Item it was in the image or video, along with the Item Language so we know what we’re looking at. (Item must have originally been a minimum of a 40-point item.)

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Steam Punk Rock.

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(TIMELAPSE) Create a portrait that is at least 4×4’ of your favorite celebrity (can’t be an actor from Supernatural or any well-known professional mime), drawn entirely by kissing the canvas/paper while wearing brightly colored lipsticks. Post it on social media tagging #GISH and the celebrity in question, then submit your original image and your link in the comments. (If you’d rather not kiss them, you can paint it in the style of Chuck Close and use your toeprints instead.)

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As all Gishers know, GISH isn’t just the “Greatest International Scavenger Hunt,” it’s also genomic in situ hybridization, which is useful for differentiating genomes in a hybrid and also makes for some fascinating pictures. Depict the Beeline or another GISH hybrid as though utilizing GISH or multicolor (mc-GISH) diagramming techniques.

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Vampire appliances are draining your home of energy—these idle gadgets account for 10% of energy use in homes and impact your carbon footprint. Perform a dramatic exorcism as you unplug these suckers. Bonus points if you capture them fighting back. Stop Motion video is acceptable as well.

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(UP TO ONE MINUTE) The “52-hertz whale” is said to be “the loneliest whale” because it is the only whale that calls at a frequency of 52 hertz, which no other whale can understand. We know what it’s like to not be able to get your message across, and our heart goes out to them. Let them know we hear them: Write a song that incorporates 52’s calls to remind humans and whales they are not alone. It should resonate at a frequency of 52 hertz, obviously, so 52 can understand your song.

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If there’s a key, then there must also be a lock: too many food banks get donations of canned goods, but that presumes that people experiencing homelessness have access to can openers. Help unlock access to food for people in need: donate a manual can opener decorated as a beautiful “key” along with some non-perishable food, if you CAN.

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A lot of countries are in lockdown due to COVID, leaving people thirsting for roadside attractions. Fill the void: Invent an amazing roadside attraction and create it in your neighborhood. Bonus points if you get it listed on Atlas Obscura. If you can’t leave your house due to COVID or other issues, you can create this in your home, but don’t list your location on Atlas Obscura. – inspired by Monica D.

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Time to put a ring on it: At 2:00AM ET on Monday, August 2, Saturn will be in opposition. Capture the best photograph that you can of the planet Saturn at the moment of closest approach to Earth. Image processing (e.g. image stacking, focus stacking) is allowed, but the source images must be acquired within 12 hours of opposition (so you can do this one from anywhere in the world). – Dave L.

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Make a musical instrument out of air horns. Prove that it works by playing your favorite tune.

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Make a handwich. Let’s see it on a plate next to some yummy fr-eyes. You know what to do.

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(SIDE-BY-SIDE) Things change with the passage of time. So show us a “before time” and an “after time” view of your favorite (or not-so-favorite) subject. Find a photograph from at least 100 years ago, and recreate it (same object in the photo, taken from the same position, same setting and lighting, same background and clothing, etc.). Put the two photos side by side.

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OK, we get it. Sometimes your official work assignments aren’t exactly the mind-challenging escapades that you deserve. So instead, you have taken to office art as an outlet for your creative and time-filling talents. It’s time for Office Art 2: The Reboot! Show off your very best, most impressive sculpture made entirely out of standard office supplies. It must include a sticky note didactic that says “GISH 2021” in the image.

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For the amount of time it actually spends in your hands commanding the video display unit to project reruns of favorite “Supernatural” episodes, your TV remote is woefully under-decorated. Fix that problem with some appropriate (or inappropriate) demon/ghost/vampire banishment/slaying adornment.

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Weave a tiny basket out of reeds, grasses, and other vegetation. As in, make a really, really tiny little basket. The more detailed and more tiny, the better.

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Touch a piece of the Moon. A real piece of the actual Moon. Touch it (but no licking allowed)! You must provide proof that this is actual moon rock or points will be docked – Dave L.

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(TIMELAPSE) The LGBTQIA community’s leaders let their True Colors show. Help us celebrate them: Write a message of love and support on a white t-shirt or banner, and then tie-dye it using Jell-o (gelatin) or Kool-aid powders. Post it on social media and tag @truecolorsunited on Instagram, @truecolorsunite on Twitter.

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At the 1904 World’s Fair, they ran out of ice cream cups. That moment of desperation led to the invention of the Waffle Cone. Now, we’re in another moment of desperation as plastic food packaging chokes our waterways. Invent a brand new, 100% edible food container that no one has ever seen before which keeps our hands tidy and our food portable while eliminating all waste.

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As you know, in Canada, a series of horrific sites were uncovered at former residential schools, proving the genocide of Indigenous children. Read this article to understand what happened and why the orange shirt has become an emblem for supporting Indigenous children, then create an orange poster design that reads “Every Child Matters.” (To avoid cultural appropriation, do not use Indigenous symbols unless you are personally Indigenous.) Post your poster image to social media with a link to https://www.irsss.ca/ or another Indigenous Canadian group to show support.

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(GRID) Gishers, I miss you all and can’t wait to reconnect and hug you. Meanwhile, check in: Have every member of your team take a picture of themselves somewhere or with something that symbolizes the region where they live and a sign that says “GISH YOU WERE HERE IN (YOUR STATE/REGION/PROVINCE & COUNTRY)!” Note: If you have already completed this item, you may photoshop the sign – and only the sign – and re-upload.

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(LENGTH DEPENDS ON THE NUMBER OF LANGUAGES) There are approximately 6,500 languages in the world, and we won’t be satisfied until we’ve learned to say “We Create, therefore we live.” in all of them. Record as many native speakers of non-English languages as possible stating this phrase. Submit your video with a total count of the number of languages in the comments. Bonus points for the team that captures the most languages.

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Every World’s Fair has great rides. Ours, of course, features a Ferret’s Wheel: a ride just the right size for your ferrets, cats, dogs, or other pet friends. (Don’t make anyone ride unless they want to!)

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Misha and Queen Elizabeth II Pez dispensers.

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Not much is known about the rare marine creature “pollutus plasticus maximus,” but its proliferation is endangering all other animals in the ocean, so we’re pretty sure that means it’s Cthulhu or a Kraken. Create it out of unrecyclable plastics.

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Create a prototype for a human-powered car. It must be able to get up to 10 mph, seat 2 people and cannot be a bicycle/foot pedaled or be made from any bicycle parts or components. Bonus points if you build the actual car.

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Climate change is ruining snow angels for us, but we’re nothing if not adaptable. Create a mud puddle angel. – Chris R.

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(COLLABORATIVE) Veteran Gishers, this one’s for you: Adopt a Gisher! Find a brand-new Gisher or struggling Gisher on the GISH App (NOT the Bunker) that is not on your team and become Morpheus to their Neo. Introduce them to the GISH Family in your video, then collaborate to create a “training montage” with them. If your team has the new Gisher OR the veteran, you may submit what you worked together to create for your Points.

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Tourist trap. Literally – Satu W.

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(SIDE-BY-SIDE) In a public place where it is needed, post a notice with QR code that leads to a positive motivational video of your creation. It could be a 15-second mini-meditation, some kind words, something motivational. Show us both the QR code and the place it’s posted in such a way that we can check the link. – Caelan H.

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(PHOTOSHOP APPROVED) Just like people, bees like to travel. But where can they find a place to stay for the night? On www.AirBEEnBEE.com of course! Show us an ad of your 5-star bee-accommodation. – Mieke H.

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John Marshall makes incredible, silhouetted sunset selfies. Show us yours, featuring you hanging out with one or more of the GISH mascots. – inspired by H.S.

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The Olympics are so overhyped. Anyone can do those elite athlete’s moves, right? Well, YOU certainly can. Show us the gold-medal moves of the new Olympic sport you just invented.

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Tragically, many people who adopted pets during the pandemic are now returning them to local shelters and their resources are being stretched thin. Make a Beeline to your shelter with a donation of food, toys, or necessary supplies— and you should be dressed as Beeline when you go. (If no one in your team can go out due to the pandemic, you may dress up as our Mascot and play some Free Kibble instead.) – Jenny L.

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Due to climate change and extreme weather, this summer has been one of suffering for so many, leaving many who survived flooding or fires homeless and without resources. Do something to help people weather the storm of climate change: identify someone who has been impacted by severe weather and provide something they need, or donate a meal through World Central Kitchen or a local organization providing aid. Submit an image or video showcasing your act. – Tracy A.

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33 US states introduced over 100 anti-trans bills in the 2021 legislative season, the majority of which were aimed at trans children, and the US isn’t alone: too many other countries have discriminatory policies against trans individuals! Of course, we know you’ll speak to your legislators about this, but in the meantime, trans folks need to be safe to live their lives. Download Refuge Restrooms (or go to their site) and add entries to confirmed safe bathrooms for trans and gender non-conforming individuals near you. You must actually confirm the location is trans-friendly! Submit a screenshot proving you added an entry.

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You can see a lot of bizarre things on Google Earth, but you can’t see the giant sock monkey “crop circle” just cropped up in your town (or the tall grass in your backyard.) But it’s there—you have proof. The larger, the more points.

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Your splendid coat of arms—and I’m not talking about heraldry. – Nikki W.

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Tokitae the orca was captured from the Puget Sound 50 years ago and has been imprisoned in a small tank at the Miami Sea Aquarium for years, Her mother and the rest of her pod are alive and living near Washington/Canada. The Lummi tribe has a sea pen ready for her and want to bring her home, where the tribe and her pod can care for her and prove that orcas will recognize and accept family even after 50 years, but the owner of the Miami Seaquarium won’t let her go. Write a haiku with a watercolor image of Tokitae about family belonging together and post it to social media. Tag the Miami Seaquarium & #GISH. – Chazlyn L.

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(GRID) Using the GISH App or social media, reach out to another Gisher who has never seen you and draw each other based solely on how you describe yourselves. Submit as a grid of four images with your real pictures, side-by-side. You may collaborate on this Item.

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Your neighbor or one of your best friends has been putting off a small home improvement project, something that would only take an hour or two but summoning the energy to do it during the pandemic has been too stressful. Knock off some of their stress by helping them to complete that project, then show us the before and after. – Diane B.

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The longest possible sentence you can create using only words that are also common English names and words that are 3 letters or less like, “and” and “but”.

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Tat that ass(butt). Or any other mascot. Not tattoo. Tatting… as in the lace art.- Lisa D.

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(PUZZLE) You know that there are

some things I still can’t tell you

one day / you will / k n o w.

(Puzzle Solution: SLOW-MOTION).
Compose a poem
About a secret you hold
Burn it and be free.
Submit the slow-motion of your poem going up in flames. We should see the poem, and then the secret slowly being burned. You must be safe when you do this—burn it in a location such as a fireplace where there is no chance of it causing a fire, and have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.)

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Gishbot needs an retro-modernist upgrade. Meet Steampunk Gishbot!

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Olympian Simone Biles proved she is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) at this year’s Olympics — not just through her athleticism, but by putting her own mental health first. She had the “twisties,” a phenomenon where a gymnast’s brain loses track of where they are. Metaphorically, we’ve all been there and had times where we feel a little lost. Create a personal compass to help reorient yourself, with the things you value most at true North.

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Remember Thorgi, a corgi dog dressed up as the God of Thunder? Loki deserves the same honor. Show us a dog version of the God of Mischief. Lokita? Labradoki? You get the idea.

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Gen Padalecki recently launched “towwn,” which stands for “take only what we need.” She’s trying to find solutions that help both people and the planet to remind us that we are all connected because we are the world… literally. Prove it: Transform half of your head into planet Earth with as much detail as you can. Post it to Instagram with #GISH and tag @towwn.

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This meaty thread from @SteakUmms hews close to the bone on public discourse and misinformation — and they’re right: we need to collectively get inspired to fix these problems and make reputable information easy to swallow. We’re problem solvers, so we’re starting our own news media conglomerate at GISH, GNN (GISH News Network)—and you’re our science beat reporter! Find a piece of scientific information from a reputable source that has changed over time and create a simple, digestible webcomic explaining why the information evolved, stating only verifiable facts and including footnotes that cite your SCIENTIFIC sources. You may NOT use Breitbart, Fox News, or CNN as a source.

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(PUZZLE) Go back to the promise made at the very start of it all. Think outside the box. And remember: Play Fair. (Puzzle Solution: Create a massive origami sculpture of an endangered rhinoceros whit message of support for conservation efforts. Post your rhino on social media and tag #GISH & #SaveTheRhino)

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Climate change has necessitated a wardrobe change. Using recyclable materials, create an impressive sun hat. Bigger is better when it comes to sun protection, so make it massive. Huge.

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World Fairs are large, international exhibitions that show off the achievements of participating nations. But the wee fairies have world’s fairs, too. Build us a tiny World’s Fair(ie) and take us on a virtual tour.

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The central tower of the Abraj Al Bait complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, houses the world’s largest clock face. Build a replica of this clock tower using sticks, plants and other greenery. It must never touch the ground at any time while building it or afterward. Bonus points if you use thyme.

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Jensen Ackles thinks he’s such a tough guy now that he’s Soldier Boy, but we know he’s just a big softie. Prove it: create a portrait of Jensen as Soldier Boy, all out of Skittles Gummies. Post publicly on social media and tag @Skittles, @TheBoysTV, and #GISH.

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A Mandalorian providing directions as a crossing guard. This is the Way.

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Not everyone knows this, but dryer lint is actually the soles of all socks lost in the dryer. Luckily, you saved them all and now it’s time they were reincarnated! Spin your dryer lint into yarn and re-knit a sock —but make it the largest sock you can, so it never gets lost again.

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Normally you walk the dog, but in GISH, dog walks you.

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On August 19th, 2021, The Trek world is celebrating Gene Roddenberry’s centennial birthday with ThinkTREK: a 100-day campaign celebrating the ideals that Gene held most dear: Diversity, Unity and Innovation. Use LEGO bricks to create your artistic vision of a future where diversity, unity, or innovation reign. It can be a sculpture, a 2D LEGO “poster” stop motion or a diorama. Post your creation tagging #MakeTrek, #ThinkTrek AND #GISH, then submit the original image or video to us with a link to your post in the comments.

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My schedule has gotten out of hand and I haven’t been able to make it to all my Zoom meetings lately, so I’m outsourcing it and leaning into new AI technology to help me. Create a Snap filter, Instagram Stories filter or other AI filter that turns you into me. Feel free to publish your creation.

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Speaking of some things you still can’t tell people, there’s something you still haven’t been able to tell yourself. Write a poem of self-acceptance, looking directly at an issue you’ve long kept buried or ignored. Use the poem as an opportunity to forgive yourself and accept your all-too-human flaws. (This is still a shameless plug.)

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Misha Collins says that eggshell shoes can’t be made. We say Gishers can do anything. Prove us right with stylish high heels made of 100% eggshells — or prove Misha right with a spectacular fail.

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A lot of people can twiddle their thumbs when bored. You can twiddle your toes. Prove it.

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KIDS MENU – I know that having small Hunters is a joy and sometimes a challenge as you tackle the Item List, so the below List is full of things that little kids can do. It should help you keep them occupied without making too big a mess. Anyone can do these items, which have been created with the youngest Honorary Gishers in mind. The goal of these Items is to have fun participating and they will be judged based on participation, not result. Each Item is worth no more than 10 points, so they won’t make or break any team’s chances of winning, but they will give kids and kids-at-heart a chance to be involved. Enjoy!

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KIDS MENU. Create a Lucky Charms bracelet. The cereal kind.

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KIDS MENU. Recreate a page out of Where The Wild Things Are, all out of things you find in nature. – Kay Rose B.

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KIDS MENU. A stick figure drawing, with real sticks. Whether that’s a video of you drawing a stick figure with sticks or a photo of a stick figure made of sticks is up to you. Rebecca N.

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KIDS MENU. You’re ready to go to the beach, but the grown-ups can’t take you! No problem. Make a sandcastle out of something that isn’t sand or dirt. – Kenny G.

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KIDS MENU. Childhood games need a modern reboot. Make a brand-new game that mashes up two other childhood games (like hopscotch and jump rope – or “Jumpscotch”… but now you can’t use that). Teach it to a grownup.

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KIDS MENU. Find one thing in your house for every color of the rainbow and arrange them into a pretty picture.

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KIDS MENU. Put non-toxic liquid soap on your lips like lipstick and blow the biggest bubble you can. (Don’t get it in your mouth. Yuck!)

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KIDS MENU. Take one line out of every book on one shelf of your bookshelf and turn it into a new story.

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(UP TO 1 MINUTE) KIDS MENU. You’re the newest superhero movie director! Your stars: your pets or your toys. Show us the commercial!

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KIDS MENU. What does your imaginary friend look like? Dress up exactly like them so if we ever run into them, we’ll know who it is.

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KIDS MENU. Your parents left it to you to change out the artwork above the couch, but it’s too hard to get a picture to hang straight on a nail. You should probably just paint a mural on the wall of the dream you had last night.

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KIDS MENU. Make a flip book animation of a doodle of your favorite bug

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KIDS MENU. Your pets like carnival games, too. Make a carnival game just the right size for your pet to play and show us them in action.

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KIDS MENU. Create a drive-through safari park in your driveway. Your stuffed animals are the wildlife. – Christine L.

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KIDS MENU. We’re making you an official Safety Superhero for your house. Check to make sure your family has a Safety Plan and emergency supplies and that you know the numbers of emergency services and a grown-up outside your house in case of an emergency. Send us a video of you in your superhero cape, performing your rounds.

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KIDS MENU. You say pachyderm, we say snacky-derm. Make a picture of an endangered elephant all out of snack foods.

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Communication is key to navigating the world. If you or a teammate is bilingual, sign up to volunteer with Translators Without Borders (or get someone you know who is bilingual to sign up). On your honor, you MUST actually volunteer with them if called to do so. Submit a screenshot of your confirmation email or profile page. (Redact any personally identifying information.)

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The most precious thing you can offer up to change the world is your time. Sign up here for at least ONE virtual volunteer opportunity & on your honor, donate at least one hour of your time before 2022. Submit a screenshot of the Catchafire welcome email as proof of completion.

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(UP TO 2 MINUTES) It’s International Lost in Translation Karaoke night & you’re up next! Choose an English-language song and translate it into at least 3 different languages using Google Translate, then back to English (a language with some of the most arbitrary rules and inconsistencies on the planet). Then sing the resulting lyrics. (Example: English -> Russian -> Russian -> Gaelic -> Gaelic -> English. Got it? Good.) Please caption this video with the final English lyrics.— inspired by Rebekah D.

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(VERTICAL, UP TO 1 MINUTE) Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned—but now the whole world is burning, and there’s no time to chill! Create a working fiddle, flute or other instrument predominately made out of ice and play a song that references heat (like “Heat of the Moment,” ”We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Heat Wave,” etc) or a song in support of climate change action. Post your song on social media with a message calling for decisive action to fight climate change.

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The GISH World’s Fair is in high gear, but we forgot to generate a poster for your team’s countries in the travel pavilion! Help us out: Collaborate with your teammates to make a “GISH World’s Fair” poster exhibiting all the wonderful things you think the world should know about the countries where you and your teammates live.

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It’s time for the Literalympics. Let’s see your gold-medal competition in fencing (picket or chain-link), curling, basket ball, ski jumping, FOOT ball… You get the idea.

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You just signed up for Faebook. Show us your wall. Bonus points if your Faebook includes a post from Rachel Miner.

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What a beautiful ceremony! Show us a horse in wedding dressage with its bridle party.

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Baby kneads a new pair of shoes. Create baby sneakers out of bread.

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(COLLAGE) For the #GISH World’s Fair, we’re taking you around the world in 8 acts of kindness: Find 8 people or organizations that need your help in 8 (or more) different countries. It could be a physical or monetary donation, volunteering your time, words of support, helping someone in need find resources, doing a chore for them if they’re local, etc. Dig deep on this one — there will be bonus points for creativity and impact. Create a pin with a photo for each of your acts on our Kindness Map. Submit a collage of your kindness photos along with a list of all 8 things you achieved. How to create a pin: Go to the ZeeMap above and click “Additions”. Add a “simple” marker in the location where the kindness took place. Then, add your team name and the description along with your photo – click submit!

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Get a haircut at a real pet grooming store. We must be able to see at least one dog also getting groomed next to you. – Jia Jiang (GISH Zoom Panelist)

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(COLLABORATIVE) Virtual conga time! We’re starting a virtual Twitter conga line. Here are the rules, so read carefully: Step 1. Make a video of yourself dancing the conga. Step 2. Click here and go to the end of the thread of our original tweet. Step 3. Reply to the LAST reply on the thread with your video and tag it #TwitterCongaLine, #GISH, and the handles of 3+ friends. Get as many people as you can to participate, but make sure you and all of your friends reply ONLY to the MOST RECENT tweet at the end of the thread. If someone else has commented, comment on THEIR post instead. Capiche? We can’t wait to see what a train wreck this will be. Submit your original conga video with a link to your Tweet in the comments. Note: This is a fully inclusive conga line. Dance in any way that works for you, by your own definition – in a chair, through an avatar, etc — if you’re dancing in your heart, it counts.

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(COLLAGE) We’re all connected and we all deserve a space in the fabric of society, so we’re inviting you to contribute your square to Beeline’s 2021 GISH Global Quilting Bee. Create a square piece of art with your team’s personal message of global connection and unity to the world. You may use any medium: Photoshop, hand-drawn, needlepoint, oil on canvas, etc. Collage all of your team’s images into a single, high resolution (300dpi), square image and submit it to us for inclusion in the Great GISH Beeline Blankie.

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There are hundreds of countries in the world and while borders divide us, there’s one thing that unites us: we’re all really weird. This week we’re challenging you to a game of Where’s Weirdo? Scour the globe to discover a “weird” or unique landmark or roadside oddity you’d love to visit in as many of these regions as you can, then create an illustration or collage that shows off all of the incredible, weird things you found in each location on a map of the world, “Where’s Waldo?” style. Somewhere in the picture, include at least one of your teammates as well as Misha Collins in a sock monkey hat. (You may hand-draw this or use Photoshop. It should go without saying, but we’re only talking about odd roadside attractions, nothing culturally appropriative or unkind.)

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Everything old is new again! If there is one fashion trend that lends itself to repurposing the past for a more exciting future, it’s Steampunk. Make a Steampunk outfit completely out of household recyclables

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(COLLAGE) Hey, remember Item 29 where we told you to set a GISH World Record? Well, you have all those leftover crayons! What to do? Donate them for a good cause, of course: bundle them in sets of 10-12, each with a note of kindness attached, and donate them to a local school or to CrayonCollection.org, an inspiring organization that helps ensure that all children have access to crayons —a child’s first tool of art and creativity. (Bonus points if you also donate Colors of the World Crayolas to ensure that children of color are able to feel represented as they create.) Submit a collage showing all the notes and crayons you donated and comment to tell us how many you donated and where you donated them.

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My mom loves elephants and her favorite is Dumbo. As you might remember, Dumbo has a “magic feather,” which he uses as an external emblem of his own intrinsic powers. Create your own “magic” symbol or object to help remind you of your own superpowers or special skills and show us a picture of you with it in “use.”

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Your shadow has been stuck at home for too long, too, and it’s bored. Take it on a trip: a shadow puppet safari! Show us at least 3 shadow puppet animals (we don’t want to see you, just the shadows.)

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A drop of kindness creates a ripple effect that can be felt throughout the world —but the first ripples must always happen nearest you. Take a moment to celebrate someone in your “bubble” whose hard work often goes overlooked: do a chore for them while they sit relaxing & blowing soap bubbles. — Inspired by Rachel Miner

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