Picture this: On June 4, 2017 random people from around the world joined up to interact with people they have never met. You’re probably wondering why a group of strangers would meet up at a place they have never been to see people they don’t know? Their commonality, G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., a simple idea created by actor and philanthropist Misha Collins. He decided to make his idea a reality, and in November 2011 The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen, or for short G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S., was born. 

This year is the hunts seventh birthday, and it will run from August 5th-12th. According to the official website, “it is an incredible scavenger hunt where thousands of people create weird art, go on adventures, solve riddles, meet new friends, push themselves, and commit heartwarming acts of kindness and courage.”
Although the hunt hasn’t officially begun, G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. and Misha always like to have fun. This year Misha offered a chance for 3 people to earn a virtual tea party with him. It started out with a simple 5 video combined clue for his email address and his guiding words, “you’re a savvy elite Gisher, so I know you’ve got this in the bag!” It morphed into late night puzzle solving frustration as each completed clue led to another new puzzle. It came to a point where some Gishers had given up hope, and declared they would have their own tea party without him.

Who really knows if this defiance inspired the official G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. to make an announcement to join them at local coffeehouses for the first-ever global Coffee and Tea Party, or if they conspired for it all along. Either way happy hunters everywhere did the exact opposite of what most people would do - they begin accepting the call from random strangers to party.

All over the world individuals were preparing for the excitement of meeting up. For some it would be a coffee house or maybe a tea room, and for others it would be through phones, laptops, and tablets. No matter where or how, they connected.

Adorned homemade newspaper flowers in the latest of newsprint fashion announced attendees at each establishment. These creative embellishments were made not only to show their true abnosome to the world, but to show fellow Gishers they were not alone. These individuals even willingly shared their most secretive of brushing habits to all party goers. They embraced the battle cry of Death 2 Normalcy on a global scale. 

The idea of G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. may seem odd to some. There may even be those who look at it’s participants as if they’re a goofy insane group of people who just want to be weird; and to a point they are probably right. However, it is so much more. They are a community of people who donate themselves to being unique human beings, and not what people think normal should be. They open their hearts. They provide understanding, support, and strength. They choose to live in the moment, and be involved. Thanks to a virtual invite, a very difficult puzzle, some Gisher rebelliousness, and possibly the genius of a madman, the first-ever global Coffee and Tea Party happened. Although it is unclear if this will become a tradition, the event certainly was a beautiful start to G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. 2017. 

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