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    International scavenger hunt - can anyone help?

    This week I'm participating with my team in an international scavenger hunt, aiming to break the Guiness record (details here). Basically, roughly 6210 are split in teams of 10 and each team tries to find / create the items posted on a special list, with help from friends, family and random passers-by. We managed to complete quite a lot of the challenges so far, but there are some tasks that we could use some help with due to our geographic location or the lack of resources.

    If you can help us and want to contribute to breaking the Guinness record, here is a list of the items we need (warning: the items are a bit on the crazy side ) :

    - A photo of a cruel Canadian. - Is there anybody from Canada to make a scary face on a photo, or maybe take a photo of their coach...?

    - A short video (less than 20 seconds) of someone calculating the tip at the end of a meal at a restaurant on an authentic antique comptometer,

    - A photo of a girl dressed as a ballerina, 10-years old or younger, standing on point in a tutu reading “Guns and Ammo.”,

    - A photo of a pressed dandelion flower, (It's almost winter here where I live... No chance of finding a dandelion)

    - A photo of 15 gallons of fresh soup, (does anybody here work in a restaurant? ' ) Bonus if it's borsch.

    - A fast food restaurant menu board (you know the thing behind and above the cashiers) with the letters rearranged to read “GISHWHES Combo $3.99”,

    - A photo of somebody holding a sign saying GISHWHES CROSSES FIRST on the Oyapock River Bridge,

    - A school bus going through a car (or truck) wash,

    - A photo of a flying kite in front of a Taiwanese wind farm,

    - A single photo showing 3 subway maps from your city; one from current year, plus the previous 2 editions,

    - A photo of somebody karate chopping the Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong,

    - Eight women each holding up one of the letters; G, I, S, H, W, H, E, S, to spell GISHWHES in front of a monument in the capital city of their country,

    - As you know, chewing gum is illegal in Singapore. But, if you are in a boat in the Port of Singapore, you can do whatever you want. Chew an entire pack of gum at once while on a boat with the Singapore skyline behind you. Take a photo!

    - An image of the text of an Emily Dickenson poem projected on the hull of a navy ship at night. The ship must be at least as big as a destroyer.

    - A pink feather boa hanging out the window of the engine car of a moving, full-sized steam-powered locomotive,

    - A photo of a person in a rowboat on the Yangtze wearing an “I love New York” T-shirt.

    - A photo of an item dispensed from a Japanese vending machine that is neither food nor beverage nor consumer electronics nor a tobacco product. Both the dispensed item and the vending machine must be visible,

    - A tow truck towing another tow truck,

    - A photo of a school bus going through a car (or truck) wash,

    - A photo of a tow truck towing another tow truck,

    - A photo of somebody rescuing a cat from a cork tree,

    (The items must be original and not published anywhere else. The hunts ends Tuesday morning (10AM Moscow time).

    I picked the most "doable" items, as there are many that are just insane or bordering on impossible (ever felt like pitching a tent in in the middle of the backyard of the White House? Or decrypting Kryptos Part 4? Or sky-diving in a pink thong? ).

    If you can help with any of those items, please PM me! I'll be eternally grateful for any help, plus I can draw / paint something in return after the Hunt is over.

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    That is one weird scavenger hunt. Can't help but have fun.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okami View Post
    I picked the most "doable" items, as there are many that are just insane or bordering on impossible (ever felt like pitching a tent in in the middle of the backyard of the White House? ).
    That's not just insane or impossible, it's probably illegal and definitely highly dangerous. The Secret Service would be all over you before you even got into the backyard, much less into the middle with a tent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okami View Post
    - A photo of a cruel Canadian. - Is there anybody from Canada to make a scary face on a photo, or maybe take a photo of their coach...?
    Too easy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    That's not just insane or impossible, it's probably illegal and definitely highly dangerous. The Secret Service would be all over you before you even got into the backyard, much less into the middle with a tent.
    That's why I said "impossible". During the sign up process we signed a Terms of Engagement Letter, which specifically instructed us to avoid doing anything that is considered illegal in our country of residence (unless we want to get our entire team disqualified).
    There are quite a few items that are nigh impossible to obtain without breaking some of the rules. We can't complain, though, because rule nr.5 states:
    Any whining, whimpering, yelling, screaming, crying, tantrum-throwing, challenging or contesting the judges or contest results will result in immediate disqualification and revocation of your GISHWHES citizenship. Seduction, however, is allowed under certain circumstances.

    Besides, judging from my previous experience, even if complaining were allowed any complaints to our Overlord would be met with a reply stating that a) we should shut up and stop wasting time, b) nobody said we can't find a country where acquiring the desired item is legal, c) nobody said we can't work around the rules (in the case of the White House tent seduce Barack Obama and ask him to pitch the tent, pardon the pun), d) just go for different items if we are such hapless babies.

    Besides, there's this little "Item Interpretation" clause...
    Item Interpretation: If we request an item be in a photo or video, you may not use your “interpretation” of the item. Meaning if we request a photo of you in front of a living rhinoceros, we don’t mean you in front of a picture of a living rhinoceros, or you in front of an action figure of a rhinoceros, or you in front of a mashed potato rhinoceros, it must be you in front of a living, breathing, reeking rhinoceros. If you choose to “interpret” we will either award you bonus points based on your creativity, or dock you points based on your disappointing attempt at “securing” an item with little effort. Choose wisely, comrade…

    I'm kinda tempted to pitch a tent in the backyard the famous White House club in Sopot, Poland. What? The list did not specify it had to be the White House in the USA...

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    Thanks, but sadly it can't be a photo taken from the Internet. They are checking...

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    That is one weird scavenger hunt. Can't help but have fun.
    It's probably the craziest, most liberating experience I've ever had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okami View Post
    - As you know, chewing gum is illegal in Singapore.
    Wait, what???

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    Quote Originally Posted by vesperholly View Post
    Wait, what???
    Not all

    After a fierce lobbying effort, Chicago's Wm Wrigley Jr Co began selling Orbit in Singapore on May 20, 12 years after this famously fastidious nation of four million outlawed the sale of gum. The ban came after someone stuck a wad in the door of a high-speed commuter train, causing a rare delay in scheduled service.

    [...]

    The bottom line: Gum can only be sold by a dentist or pharmacist, who must take down the names of buyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DAngel View Post
    There seems to be a White House in NY.
    Would this work?

    http://www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    There seems to be a White House in NY.
    Would this work?

    http://www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm
    If there was somebody who could pitch a tent there and send me a photo, I'd totally risk sending it. I already tried to arrange taking a photo in Sopot (the White House restaurant, as a I mentioned above) but they have some cultural events going on this weekend and pitching a tent in the middle of their backyard would be rather disruptive. Shame I didn't try it earlier...

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