In 2014 I decided to throw in my hat and participate in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen (G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. for short). It was all Ashleigh's fault. She lured me in with promises of adventure and glory. In the end, it was one of the most exhausting weeks of my life. Fortunately, I have a patient husband--and a career in academia, which prepared me for extreme sleep deprivation.

I didn't have a clue what G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. was about when we began. When I first looked at the scavenger hunt list, I remember thinking how weird it was that the organizers were so obsessed with the T.V. show Supernatural. (Turns out the contest is run by one of the show's stars.)

Fortunately, I stumbled into an excellent team. The St. Louis people I joined with of course, team FluffyPanda: Ashleigh, Melissa, Joanna, and Travis. But especially the folks we got paired with--an amazing trio from the west coast, team Bassackwards: Kristin, Nancy, and Matthew; and a group of artists extraordinaire from Finland, team MoonTV: Minttu, Juho, Jarkko, Tilia, Daniela, and Hanna.

I've compiled below all of our entries so others can enjoy our week of hijinks. Oh, who am I kidding--it's so I can go back through them whenever I need a laugh. Here we go...

shake it like a polaroid -- gently