Category: Videos


This year I participated in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. ~200 items worth ~10k points were released on Saturday August 2 and we were given exactly 7 days to complete them all with our team of 15 total people. All of the submissions where in the form of video or picture. I’ve been trying to find the best medium to share our completed challenges, and I landed on wordpress.

Challenges Team Athens (myself and Victoria) Completed

Note: We enlisted some friends to help. Thanks Sarah, George, Kyle, Sondra, Benjamin, Tim, and random people we met along the way.

Item 176: Try to make yourself look exactly like an iconic local statue (in every detail) and stand next to it.

Item 106:  Let’s see a fully dressed, face-painted geisha mowing the lawn

Item #29. If you’re like me, you’re sick of the go-to barista foam-art. If I have to sip at another latte adorned with a fern or clover shape, I’m going to cry. Let’s see the Elopus professionally recreated in the foam of a café’s hot drink. (This one was all Victoria.)

121: Challenge a movie theater employee: If you beat them in an arm-wrestling competition, they have to give you a free ticket. If they beat you, you’ll buy one. (This one was also all Victoria)

#147 It’s summertime and everyone loves a lemonade stand. But then again, every Tom, Dick and Harry is setting up a lemonade stand in the summertime and the market is flooded. Respond to consumer demand and carve out your own niche. Let’s see two children manning a “Hot Pasta With Jam Sauce” stand.

#35 Suck the blood from a doughnut.

37. [IMAGE] “When I grow up, I want to be…” Have a child dress up as what they want to be when they grow up (lawyer, doctor, ballerina, dragon-slayer, etc.).

Item #154: IMAGE. Sculpt John Barrowman’s head from duct tape.

Item #49: IMAGE. Make a 5-foot in diameter bird’s nest on a sidewalk in an upscale neighborhood. Nest in it.

Item 148: GISHWHES rock band album cover including one, some or all of your teammates.

Item #28. Stage a mini-newspaper boat regatta in a public fountain with at least four competing vessels. We must see intense competitiveness and gambling.


#36: You at the beach, pool or on a boat, wearing a homemade, 99% edible, candy bathing suit. (The remaining 1% can be inedible thread or wire, but we don’t want to see it.)

Item #12: GISHWHES has taken its toll this year. You deserve a break. Hit the hot tub with a couple of friends… wearing hats made of ice cream.

Item #134-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

Item 130: An angel made from feminine hygiene products.

#178 Birds have style too. Create an architecturally-significant GISHWHESESQUE birdhouse. Hang it on a tree in a public park. On the photo, write the name of the park and the city and country in which it is installed.


#173 You see people holding up signs from time to time that say “free hugs.” I have always been wary of those people. I don’t know what it is they’re after. Are they trying to cop a feel? Get me to buy a timeshare? I avoid them. But your “free hugs” sign won’t leave any doubt in the readers’ minds… Wearing a bathing suit, cover every inch of your exposed skin with honey, peanut butter, syrup or jam. Hold a sign on a busy public sidewalk that reads, “Free Hugs.” Enthusiastically attempt to recruit hug-victims.

#8 A lot of politicians oppose minimum wage laws. Let’s expand their horizons: pay an elected official less than minimum wage to do at least 1 hour of yard work for you.





Fishy in the Sea!

Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, fishy in the sea
tiny little fishy, who could you really be?
Ponyo, ponyo, ponyo, magic set’s you free!

Dreams come True


If you, like me, have been waiting with baited breath for the return of Pee-Wee Herman, watch this:

For those of you who were worried about the outcome of the New York Blizzard Photos, here ya go:



First up on our Quotes we Carry, it’s BeetleJuice.

Lydia: Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice
Betelgeuse: It's  showtime.

In the 23 years since this film was released, Beetlegeuse and Tim Burton have become rock stars in our society, transcending the typical power of a single film. Anyone who existed in the 90’s knows who Beetlegeuse is, whether they’ve seen the movie or not. So why was this movie and character so memorable? My theory is, Beetlejuice marks many people’s first exposure to the gooey innards of Tim Burton’s mind, and based on his successes since then (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) people seem to like those innards. The film made a generation of weirdish, nerdy teenagers feel like they weren’t alone with their macabre imaginations.

Additionally, Bettlegeuse himself is the mischievous stock character that is rooted deeply in our society and mythology. Like Anansi, Brer Rabbit, and Puck, before him, the audience is amused by Bettlegeuse’s tricks, while the characters interacting with him are simply horrified. Moreover, these tricks are set in the 20th century, and far more appealing to an audience than watching two country animals trick one another.

As for the quote, itself, it is uttered by the absurdly goth and wholly sympathetic Lydia Deetz. At the time, Lydia is watching her two friends suffer at the hands of the repulsive Otho. Lydia has an inkling that Beetlegeuse is terrible, and realizes that she may suffer the consequences of her actions in an eternal matrimonial bond with the creature who tried to kill her a few short scenes before. However, while watching her friends suffer, she is faced with a real-life Machiavellian crisis. Anyone who’s ever had to make the choice of doing something wrong in hopes that it would eventually help someone can relate to Lydia’s predicament at the time of this quote.

Tiny Wings

I just downloaded this game, yesterday. It’s not only adorbs, but terribly addictive. Though I don’t see it replacing Plants Vs. Zombies, any time soon, it may replace Bejeweled as my fav. phone game. (I’ve always been a Pop Cap kinda girl.)

The Quotes We Carry

I’ve been thinking a bit about MoPapparani‘s compilation of frequently quoted movie catch phrases.


I feel that each of these quotes stick in our collective consciousness for a reason. I am, therefore, starting a series, in which I examine each of these quotes and explain why I feel they are important. Stay tuned.


Lets all strive to be a little bit more like this man.