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Just in case you live in a hole under a rock or simply didn’t know, there has been something called GISHWHES a short while ago. Short form: A global internet scavenger hunt where teams of 15 are tasked with performing tasks ranging from silly via charitable to borderline insane and impossible. You’re probably not surprised that I was delighted when I was invited onto Alicia‘s team, the Squirrelicorns. She didn’t get a full 15 people team together, so we got paired off with another team called DrachenPug, forming the combined power of SquirrelicornLovesDrachenPug or short SquirreliPug. Emails started bouncing around and we soon found a way to organize and divvy up items between us, and maybe some friendships might have started in this rag-tag band of internet adventurers ranging from California via Texas and various parts of the US east coast over to me in Germany.
Long story short, GISHWHES is over and I have been tasked/have tasked myself to publish most of the glory that is SquirreliPug on my blog so we can preserve it for our grandchildren to point and laugh.
Here goes, in no special order, and please forgive me if I left a few out because I somehow couldn’t remember what they were for and HEY THERE IS 180 OR SO ITEMS AND WE TOTALLY DID HALF OF THEM!
I did however include all the exceptionally silly ones!
Which is faster: a baby learning to crawl or a turtle? Let’s see a race.
Caitlin, I bet your kids will be really grateful one day. If they ever forgive you.
Get everyone on a subway, bus or train car to sing”Over the River & Through the Woods.” There must be at least 8passengers & it must not be staged (i.e. this must be a random collectionof commuters, not your friends)
Alicia, I am deeply humbled and impressed.
Create a “novel” life form
Cavemen get a bad rap, but really, they’re nodifferent from you & me. They like to dine at fine restaurants just like us From what I heard it was quite a task to get Brett, Alicia’s husband, WHO WAS ON OUR TEAM to take her out to dinner. Can’t imagine why.
Here’s a behind the scenes pic, btw!
Fograt, Wooster, Elopus or Marge Simpson tummy-art. The “tummy” canvas in question must be that of a woman who is at least 7 months pregnant
This one took artsy skills AND a 7+ months pregnant woman somewhere in the submitters entourage. Alicia had some of that. ;-) I hope that goes in the baby pictures album of the soon-to-be mom.
Provide visual evidence that unicorns really dofart rainbows. No photoshopping!
Alicia strikes again, in a somewhat cryptozoological way.
Not to throw around big words, but “Hirsute” means”goat-like or hairy.” Shave a recognizable corporate logo onto ahirsute man’s back or chest hair. Bonus points if the man is holding a productemblazoned with the same logo.
We can thank Brett for this one, even though it’s not his actual back.
It‘s “me time.” Spoil, pamper & be decadent to yourself like you never have before. Oh, & P.S., you’re dressedas a Stormtrooper.
Now THAT is Brett. Really.
For my one of my submissions I had to create a timelapse video of me completing a 50+ piece puzzle. Wearing wool gloves.
Another one was getting a previously published writer to write a story containing Misha Collins, the Queen of England and an Elopus. All of that in 140 words or less. That one cause a bit of trouble but I was lucky enough to be successful. So here’s the story. I’m omitting the author’s name on purpose because I don’t want to stir up any inconvenience for them, but rest assured I am allowed to share it here and you will face all of the wrath I can muster from anyone I can find if you steal it.
“Who will destroy this beast for me?”
None of the Queen’s brave knights volunteered. Several quivered in their boots.
“Hey,” a voice rang out from the hall. The Queen squinted. She saw a strange man she did not recognize had stood up. “I’ll do it, for ten mil if I succeed.”
The Queen growled, but consented. She had no choice.
Misha strode boldly down to where the Elopus was busy munching on his newest meal – one of Buckingham Palace’s guards.
“Ready to cash in?”
Misha led the Elopus by his trunk back through the palace to where the Queen waited. When she saw the Elopus, tamed, she bowed low before Misha.
“You have saved England.”
“Great. Can I get my cash?”
Outside, Misha stuffed a wad of cash into his best friend’s tentacles.
“Let’s try Monaco next.”
New Yorker Cartoon with the caption “I told them he was half-elephant!”
Marla created this beautiful thing.
They made us set up a “Hot Pasta and Jam Sauce stand” because everyone sells lemonade.
Sara had just the right crew for that. And at $7.95 it’s a steal!
A portrait of Jean-Luc Picard in condiments. I’m not sure if this is the actual picture submitted, somewhere there’s one including the bottles of stuff used.
Boy, if Sara cooks like she paints with ketchup and chocolate sauce, I’ll fly over the ocean and invite myself to dinner at her place. But don’t tell her.
Create a rock album cover containing one or more of your team members.
Marla totally rocked this one. TOTALLY. And it’s not only her legs, also her photography. ;-)
One of the items required hairy toes and Supernatural nail art.
This one was kind of a collaboration between Sara and Brett. I’m not saying that those are Brett’s toes, but his wife giggled a lot on that day and I doubt Sara’s feet are THAT hairy.
Here’s Sara and I think Alicia and Brett getting Starbucks with a silly name! Woo!
Jumping the shark
Sara, those kids rock!
Pressure wash something you really shouldn’t.
Sara, you really shouldn’t have. But thank’s you did!
PSA about our new jellyfish overlords.
Marla, with the help of her husband, gave us this bit of important community service. Don’t forget to turn on the captions in the youtube settings for that one!
Create a Rube Goldberg machine that includes”Eye of the Tiger”, an image of John Travolta, a toilet plunger,& acorns, among other things. ((a Rube Goldberg machine is something overly complicated that performs a simple task. Think Back to the Future alarm clock, also that does not quite hit the spot))
Lucky for the SuirreliPugs we had Sue on board, our very own Chief Engineer
She also was responsible for shooting a vase off a fence post using a potato canon. Not a potato gun. Wonder if the typo was deliberate? Us too.
Make a mosaic Elopus, 2 meters in diameter, made entirely of natural objects (i.e. no plastic, human-made materials, only leaves, rocks, dirt, flowers, wood, etc).
Our engineer Sue proved to be quite versatile, she really did.
She was also kinda gansta, when it came to stenciling D2N with a backwards 2 on some factory or industrial stuff.
As with all great engineers, LEGO played a huge part in her career. It even took over her kitchen during the frenzy that was GISHWHES.
Next up, Cairn, who created an Angel out of feminine hygiene products, a tribute to the inventor of rubber gloves, sang Dust in the Wind in a duststorm AND shouted/sang Eye of the Tiger through a megaphone at her neighbor, trashed her step daughters doll house with a sledge hammer, ordered a diet water in an invisible car in a drive-through and swept a neighbors porch. I hope I didn’t forget anything. Talk about versatile!
And, because we didn’t have enough videos yet, let’s go on!
The next few submissions are from Sarah, not Sara.
Here she converted her bike into a spaceship and accelerated to warp speed. To infinity and beyond!
An educational popup-book about the day the Croatoan virus struck
She edited footage of those two icons into a heart-rending, Oscar-worthy love story.
And this is her, too.
Caitlin had a couple of people play Carry On My Wayward Son on acorns. ACORNS, man!
She also won the Game of Thrones.
The actual task was “You or your pet, in period costume, seated on a Game of Thrones-style kale throne. Make it so good that GOT producers would want it as a marketing poster”. Maybe not quite literal, but I’d pledge my allegiance in an instant.
You and your four friends are a five-headed monster with all of your heads poking out of one collar of a giant shirt. Now do yard work.
A newspaper boat regatta in a public fountain with competetive and gambling onlookers. Shame the current drowned the boats, though.
Behold our take on trickle down economics!
Or maybe a fancy dress made out of whatever is found in your bathroom? Toilet paper high heels.
For those of you who still don’t know what an Elopus is, we had to get barrista art of one anyway, so check this baby out:
Look! It’s Christina! And she’s nesting!
That was after she mowed her lawn in Geisha set-up, fed her demons and sucked the blood out of a donut, mind you.
I found another one by Sarah. She inflicted herself with spiderbites in the ass and clothes pin polka dots pretty much all-over.
Sara now, SHE created a new piece of furniture and demonstrated its use.
And with this, the SquirreliPug Bunch says good bye for now. I’ll maybe update this if more of our awesome exploits surface. Maybe. There’s so much more awesome in our secret hiding place, but I’m not sure I’m allowed to share it, and it’s maybe too much to just dump it on the blog anyway.
Here’s the story of a lovely lady
Who was inviting some Squirrelicorns
All of them had silly minds, crazy ideas
The youngest one a teenager
Here’s the story of the DrachenPug team
Who was buzzing with creativity
They were a bunch of internet crazies
Yet not enough for a full team
Till the one day when they were thrown together
And they knew it was much more than a hunch
That this group must somehow form a new team
That’s the way we all became the SquirreliPug Bunch.
And now we play the waiting game until we can all be disappointed together that we don’t get to travel to Croatia.
KIDDING! It was one of the most awesome things I ever was a part of, and I am immensely glad I met all of you!
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August 16th, Marla provided me with a few more of her submissions.
She caught the Blue-Footed Munotaur on camera!
After that, because she’s badass, she strongarmed a movie theater employee into letting her watch a movie for free.
But badass alone was not going to cut it for GISHWHES! She’s also crafty!
Avian real estate prices are going to skyrocket in Georgia this year.