Scaavy June 11, 2009 3:23 AM   Subscribe

I'd like to organize a 1st Annual Great Mefi Scavenger Hunt

Teams of 6-8 people, digital camera, and list of flash mob-type activities (form the longest conga line, reenact any scene from any movie, etc.) to accomplish within an allotted time. Then meet up at a lounge, hang out, drink, and watch all the movies and cast votes, with prizes for the top teams.

Wouldn't be limited to Mefites (bring all the friends you want), or come by yourself and form a team on the spot.

SF Bay Area (probably organized somewhere around the Haight), sometime around late Summer.

So a couple things for people who might know a little bit more about this sort of project...

What sort of legal ramifications could I be responsible for? Would I need people to sign waivers of some kind? What other issues may arise?

A lot to take on solo, who'd enjoy helping me on such a task?
posted by Christ, what an asshole to MetaFilter Gatherings at 3:23 AM (40 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

Christ, what an asshole: if you want this to be MeFi, why the "meet up at Haight" part? That kind of locks out 99.2% of The Community.

Figure out how to do the last phase online, and that would be something to run with.
posted by Meatbomb at 4:23 AM on June 11, 2009 [9 favorites]

Oh, for christsakes! Make your own damn scavenger hunt, Meatbomb!

Seriously though, he has a point. I'm probably going to smoke everyone in the Bay Area, so I'm all for making this worldwide.
posted by sambosambo at 4:40 AM on June 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

There's plenty of ways to do this without being location specific...
Find somebody wearing MeFi blue and pose with them in a picture.
Create a MeFi music entry using found instruments; must incorporate MeFi Meme quote in lyrics.
Order a plate of beans in a restaurant.
Take a picture of an object mentioned in one of the first 10 current FPPs.
Pick a topic, do some on-foot research, make an FPP, and compete for best real-world researched post.
Confirm a Best Answer (yes, they *do* sell blocks of ice at the market on 56th and Harrison, etc.)

Bonus points:
Follow a recipe from the Green and bring it to a meetup
Take a picture of your desk
Go to woods. Find porn. (Or make some)
posted by iamkimiam at 5:10 AM on June 11, 2009 [11 favorites]

I've run photo-scavenger hunts with dozens of participants (from multiple locations) and hundreds of items, and I never had anyone sign any waivers. I did specify in the rules to not do anything illegal and that I wouldn't be bailing anyone out.
posted by mikepop at 6:08 AM on June 11, 2009

I like iamkimiam's idea. More (admittedly in-jokey) suggestions:

- Record yourself asking someone at a store "this ___, it vibrates?"
- Buy some portobello mushrooms.
- Find a can of PepsiBlue.
- Take a picture of yourself actually spitting up a beverage on your keyboard.
- Go for a pony ride.
- Cook pancakes. Find rabbit. Place pancake on rabbit.
posted by googly at 7:59 AM on June 11, 2009 [2 favorites]

Another idea:

Take a picture of a pissing elephant.
posted by amyms at 8:34 AM on June 11, 2009

- Find a real, live hipster (They must identify themselves as such!) and take a picture of yourself hugging them.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:40 AM on June 11, 2009

- Make homemade video for "Punch 'Em in the Dick"; post on youtube.
- Stick a fish in your pants; take picture.
posted by not_on_display at 8:56 AM on June 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

I like iamkimiam's and googly's suggestions. I was hoping to do something like this for the 10th anniversary meetup in Philly, but would hold off on it if multiple cities had some sort of coordinated and/or broadcasted event.
posted by lagreen at 8:58 AM on June 11, 2009

- A picture of you posting all the required items of the hunt on the net (including this picture.)

Though to make it more "hooray interacting with internet people in real life," perhaps teams by location?
posted by TwelveTwo at 9:02 AM on June 11, 2009

You should be able to create a scavvy that's entirely doable by online teams.
posted by theora55 at 9:31 AM on June 11, 2009

> Find a real, live hipster (They must identify themselves as such!)

Doesn't identifying yourself as a hipster automatically disqualify you from being a hipster? Seriously, the scene kids I know talk more shit about hipsters than Mefites, even.

I silkscreened myself a shirt that says "I Deny Being A Hipster Who Denies Being A Hipster" because publicly declaring my hipsterdom and refusing to deny it means, of course, that I am in fact not a hipster. Peep that paradox.
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:47 AM on June 11, 2009 [4 favorites]

Can we have one thread without a mention of hipsters?

brb, I'm going to twitter this.
posted by desjardins at 9:55 AM on June 11, 2009 [2 favorites]

I think your risk depends on how serious you want to make this. I have a couple friends/friends of friends who participate in "The Game" and various puzzle hunts (both as players and puzzle creators) in the Bay Area, which I think involves more risk than what you're asking for here. But I could see about putting you in touch with them if you wanted.

Other ideas:
Recreate a picture of a mod
Recreate a SLYT vid
Plates of beans being overthought at local landmarks
DIY something from an fpp (orange swan's posts tend to be good for that)
posted by sarahnade at 9:58 AM on June 11, 2009

Yeah, you should have a waiver, regardless of how dangerous you think the event might be. It would suck to get sued because one of your participants knocked someone over in their enthusiasm. Here's an example of the kind of waiver Bay Area Night Games uses.
posted by team lowkey at 10:20 AM on June 11, 2009

"1st Annual" ought to be "Inaugural."

just saying.
posted by candyhammer at 10:58 AM on June 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

you candyhammered it.
posted by candyhammer at 10:59 AM on June 11, 2009

One of the best scavenger hunts I've ever done was a single item hunt, one or two "items" per week over the course of a few months. Points were awarded for completion as well as the gusto with which the events were completed. The teams were tracked in a leader board. It made it so more people could spend an hour or two at intervals and exert a small amount of effort or go all out for a few events and still be competitive. It made it so the creative rather than the frantic won.
posted by JimmyJames at 11:06 AM on June 11, 2009 [3 favorites]

Poor candyhammer. It's not about someone simply using a phrase incorrectly. It's specifically a newb incorrectly applying in-speak. You managed to candyhammer candyhammer!
posted by team lowkey at 11:13 AM on June 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Yes. The proper term is, obviously, "cakethrash", as in "you cakethrashed it".

Which might just bring us to our next item.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:18 AM on June 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

I totally support the idea of this potential MeFi Scavenger Hunt being an internet-localized event -- mostly because I want to be a part of it and I'm over on the other coast. Or, better yet, it could involve smaller localized groups that form a larger group via the internet, similar in concept to the 10th Anniversary meet-ups.

I think the list of activities-to-accomplish-and-document and things-to-find-and-collect should include both in-jokey and non in-jokey things.
posted by defenestration at 11:21 AM on June 11, 2009

The Bay Area already has the great Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt. Don't be greedy!
posted by msalt at 11:26 AM on June 11, 2009

I suggest Tenderloin, it really picks up around 1am.
posted by plexi at 11:31 AM on June 11, 2009

I've been hunting scavengers for years!
posted by klangklangston at 11:45 AM on June 11, 2009

Sorry, klangklangston. The correct answer is: ALL MY LIFE.
posted by katillathehun at 11:48 AM on June 11, 2009 [4 favorites]

I think if I added the term 'candyhammer (verb)'
to the wiki, it would probably be looked back on as a low point in my life.
posted by candyhammer at 11:52 AM on June 11, 2009

Lobster. Lederhosen. We're already working on the list.
posted by little e at 12:27 PM on June 11, 2009

"1st Annual" ought to be "Inaugural."

Thank you for this! One of my pet peeves....
posted by inigo2 at 12:29 PM on June 11, 2009

We should also have one of the hunt items be: Take a picture of a sign that serves as a new "Metafilter: community weblog" tagline. Most favorited photo wins the point for that hunt item.
posted by iamkimiam at 1:03 PM on June 11, 2009

candyhammer, stick around metafilter. I guarantee you that you haven't hit bottom yet.
posted by desjardins at 1:33 PM on June 11, 2009

Where am I ever going to find the candyhammer? At least I know where to find the more.

Hint: it's inside
posted by davejay at 2:32 PM on June 11, 2009

I do hope Banhammers are on the list...ohpleaseohpleaseohplease
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 5:31 PM on June 11, 2009


I've been doing events in SF for years, two rules

Better to ask for permission than forgiveness; and K.I.S.S: Keep it simple, stupid.

Ping me if you need help.
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 5:34 PM on June 11, 2009

I'm probably going to smoke everyone in the Bay Area

Make sure they're well-dried first, or you'll find them hard to light. Trust me on this.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 5:46 PM on June 11, 2009 [1 favorite]

Meatbomb: Figure out how to do the last phase online, and that would be something to run with.

This would actually be very cool if it was a scavenger hunt that required multiple Mefites across multiple states/countries/continents/planets.
posted by koeselitz at 9:37 PM on June 11, 2009

Don't forget the tatertots.
posted by lolichka at 10:29 PM on June 11, 2009

Yes, I am nowhere near San Francisco and I want to play!! If we could have a worldwide event that would be awesome.

However, during the last scavenger hunt with which I was involved, participants unexpectedly went to my house while I was at work and thieved my underwear, then showed up at my workplace and attempted to steal my front bumper. I do request that we leave my lingerie and vehicle out of this.
posted by little e at 10:58 PM on June 11, 2009

Yes. The proper term is, obviously, "cakethrash", as in "you cakethrashed it".

Speaking of which...

-buy/make a beautiful cake. Eat it with your hands and use the cake decorations to decorate yourself.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:24 AM on June 12, 2009

Is it possible to snap a picture of something wendelling?
posted by secret about box at 3:27 AM on June 13, 2009

Yes, but it won't be pretty.
posted by heyho at 4:07 PM on June 13, 2009

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