Item 184 – Siri Gossip

Siri and Alexa and Cortana are always so helpful, but after being on call 24/7 for so long, lately we’ve noticed they’re all starting to get an attitude… in fact, you just caught them gossiping about you. The video will show at least two devices (for example, the Alexa and an iPhone) and we will hear them gossiping about you.

Item 161 – Early Morning Run

(35 seconds) Someone in your life isn’t a morning person. Arrive at their home at 4:30AM sharp and take them for a run. They must have slept in their jogging clothes and we must see you rouse them from bed get their shoes on and get them out of the house and onto a sidewalk or road running in a continuous, unedited video. They must really be awakened by you, too… We will have a sleep psychologist (we have multiple on staff) evaluating this video for authenticity.

Item 157 – Prove Roger Miller Wrong

There’s an old Roger Miller song that has the following lyrics: Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd, But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to, Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage, But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to, Well, ya can’t go a-swimmin’ in a baseball pool, But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to, Ya can’t drive around with a tiger in your car, But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to, Ya can’t go fishin’ in a watermelon patch, But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to… Now you’ll notice that the song has the upbeat refrain: You can be happy, if you’ve a mind to, but I think the overarching message is quite negative. He’s telling people over and over what they CAN’T do, and nothing drives me crazier than that kind of pessimistic messaging. Let’s prove Roger Miller wrong and do one of the things his song tells us we can’t (be careful, please, especially with the buffalo and tigers.). Set your video to music. The music, of course, should be the corresponding section of the Roger Miller song we are discussing.

Item 146 – Swedish Spontaneous Dancing

Last year, we snubbed Sweden in our location-based items, causing a gisher to write in to complain. We will not exclude Sweden this year! Apparently, spontaneous dancing is illegal in Sweden. Dance your heart out to Abba’s Dancing Queen in a public space in Sweden. If you run into trouble with the police, tell them, “it’s not spontaneous, it’s premeditated.”

Item 111 – Coin a New Word

I’ve read the dictionary hundreds of times and frankly, it’s gotten predictable. It’s time for a sequel, and Gishers should write it! Coin a new word that is longer than 10 letters (the more the better!). The word must be lexically accurate – no-nonsense words or words that are really one long sentence all smashed together. You must be able to break your new word down into root words, and you must give the definition. Use it correctly in a sentence.

Item 110 – Horrendous String Quartet

A string quartet in formal black attire, playing horrendously in a public area (such as a mall). The sign next to them reads, “NEED LESSONS- PLEASE HELP.” Any funds collected should be donated to a local children’s music program. (Note: Please remember your Commandments & ensure busking is legal wherever you set up.)

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Item 107 – Trump Ice Cube Mosaic

TIMELAPSE. Using ice cubes made opaque by adding milk and dyed with food coloring, create a large mosaic of Donald Trump’s face. Behind the cubes is a written message. When the ice melts, the message is revealed. (Start the video with the completed mosaic, not its construction.)

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