Gishwhes article: Misha’s complete responses
Okay guys so as some of you may know, I recently wrote this article for my school’s newspaper and was able to interview Misha over email. He responded to my questions and I was sent the responses. However, due to word limit/article length I wasn’t able to use all of them, so here’s the full list. They’re all really fun and unique but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Misha Collins.
NG: Gishwhes, to the uninformed, can sound pretty strange, if not downright insane. Have you mastered a way of describing it that can convince the wary and the hesitant to join?
MC: It sounds like the uninformed have the right idea. Gishwhes IS downright insane. It’s guano. It’s not for the weak of heart. But we take pride in that. It’s a celebration of individuality and mayhem designed to show people that weirder = better 88% of the time. It’s also the most amazing experience you can have with food in your mouth.
NG: The items list is creative to say the least, how are the items chosen?
MC: I grab a pen and paper, put on my kale leisure suit and then the fantastic just happens. Also, I procrastinate, ask friends for help and wait for God to speak to me (he never does, but I wait nonetheless.)
NG: If there was any particular inspiration for a certain task, what was it?
MC: I can’t speak to any particular task because our item-creating squad is sworn to a blood-oath of secrecy (to preserve the mystique). I will say that our mission with each item is to create kindness, mayhem, art, and weirdness. If we’re doing those 4 things, we’re good.
NG: What is the most unexpected thing to come out of Gishwhes?
MC: NASA named a mountain on Mars “gishwhes.“ I can’t wait to go visit it. We’ve also had people volunteer to donate their bone marrow to strangers and gotten people to tattoo religious figures on their bodies. Personally, I’m most excited that the Supernatural fandom has been so receptive to my attempts to brainwash them into being obsessed with leafy green vegetables.
NG: Gishwhes has now reached William Shatner, People Magazine, and the surface of Mars, to name a few. Where’s the next place you’d like to see Gishwhes make its mark?
MC: My ultimate goal is for Bill Nye to get a gishwhes tramp stamp. I’m thinking of starting a change.org petition. We’ll see how it pans out.
NG: Will there be any changes as the hunt continues to gain popularity and get bigger?
MC: We hope to eventually meld all of our thousands of minds together and create a “OmniSupergishwhes” that will serve a variety of domestic functions including doing laundry while chewing gum. At the same time. At its core, though, the hunt will remain an epicenter for grassroots community-building among weirdos. They are and shall remain my people.
NG: Since this article will mainly be read by college students, what’s one reason you think doing Gishwhes would be perfect for that demographic?
MC: Ideally, college students are interested in expanding their horizons, and that’s what gishwhes is all about. gishwhes is also all about parking tickets, Kant puns, and lasagne served in tubs. You do the math.
NG: From the effect on the participants to the charitable contributions, what has been the most rewarding result of Gishwhes?
MC: Based on the testimonials, we appear to have had a positive impact on many people participating in the Hunt as well as outsiders. People have donated their time, energy, and blood and have committed themselves to making the world a significantly less shitty place through sheer force of positivity and will. This is great to hear. I’m equally excited that we’ve somehow combined art, weirdness, and kindness into a sloppy, dripping cake of wondermentation (best served on three-days-stale toast).