The Week Misha Collins Drove Me Insane… And, What is a ‘Gisher’ Anyway?

**This article originally appeared on the Yahoo Voices content network on April 9, 2014. It has been republished here due to the shutdown of Voices and YCN.**


William Shatner was baffled by it. The International Space Station was bombarded by it. Twitter was flooded by alarm clocks seeking accounts because of it. “It” is GISHWHES, or the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, an annual, week-long event conceived by actor Misha Collins, of “Supernatural” fame. GISHWHES’ inaugural hunt took place in 2011. The thrice awarded Guinness World Record breaking event scatters people of all ages on frenzied missions of kindness, humanity, and yes, pure insanity.

If you’re a fan of “Supernatural”, you are probably infatuated with lovable, naive angel-turned-God-turned-human-turned-angel, Castiel, Collins’ character. In the world of social media, Misha Collins truly is an unparalleled character himself. On Twitter, Misha has over 1.4 million followers, but follows no one. At one time, he did follow one lucky person – Justin Bieber. It appears they’ve since had a parting of ways. Misha is a man of mystery like that, and his fans hang on his every tweet. It’s with this charisma that he rounds up the masses to do his outlandish bidding globally for GISHWHES.


The 2013 list contained 156 items to find, do, construct, or conceive, with photo or video evidence. Some were practically giveaways, and a few were dow