GISHWHES Scavenger Hunt Update: Beware of Flying Christmas Trees!

We wrote previously about the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, the 6000-person-strong attempt at record breaking spearheaded by actor Misha Collins. It’s about to come to a close, just in time to get a little unexpected media coverage.

One of the items on the list is: Fill hundreds of balloons with helium, tie them to a decorated Christmas tree and watch the tree float away. Tree must be a real pine tree (not faux) and must be at least 5 feet tall. The video must show the tree floating off and should be 40 seconds long. It’s one of the craziest-yet-plausible tasks, and is also worth more points than any other.

You can imagine the obvious problem with this… what goes up must come down, right? We’d like to think that responsible participants would tether the tree like a kite, but in Kelowna, BC in Canada on Sunday evening, a woman “accidentally” launched a 5′ tall Christmas tree into the sky and alerted Mounties, concerned that it might make its way to the airport. The video below seems to be the video taken for the scavenger hunt submission overlaid with an official statement about the incident.

Stay tuned for more about GISHWHES as (hopefully) the submissions are unveiled… haven’t you ever wanted to see 600 videos of cabbage patch dolls doing strip teases and Nobel Prize winners telling jokes?


11 Responses to GISHWHES Scavenger Hunt Update: Beware of Flying Christmas Trees!

  1. Personally, I've always preferred wacky, funny, hippie news over war, violence, greed news :)
    You should be proud of your team member, I don't think I've ever laughed this hard.
    Greetings from a fellow Gishwheshean :)

  2. Lol. Good for you guys for getting this one! Even though it's not the right size per item description. Hopefully you'll get creative points at least!

  3. Wow, would have it been funny too, if he had come back done on children/toddlers playing outside, or on a busy highway : hello to the massive pile-up and casualties.

  4. A tether would indeed be useful safety feature, but did the requirements not say that you have to “watch it float away”?

  5. You could still watch it float away with a tether, you just have to make the tether long enough. And for the person saying its not the right size, where did you get that? It said it had to be at least 5 foot tall, unless the video shows something different?

  6. I think the filling trash bags with helium was a great idea! I think the requirements should've had that we tether it to the ground. I was a little annoyed due to the whole wildlife issue.

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