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December 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Seattle team wins world’s largest media scavenger hunt

Seattle's Rachael Vaughn poses as Flash in front of the University of Washington's particle accelerator, item #14 on the GISHWHES hunt. (Courtesy Vatican Cameos) Photo gallery.

Seattle’s Rachael Vaughn poses as Flash in front of the University of Washington’s particle accelerator, item #14 on the GISHWHES hunt. (Courtesy Vatican Cameos) Photo gallery.

Well what do you know. They did it.

The Vatican Cameos won GISHWHES, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen.

From the contest’s characteristically long-winded announcement:

And the champion, the numero uno team, the victor, the bee’s knees, the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the big cheese, the least sane team of all is: VaticanCameos!

The 15-member team, the subject of my latest column, includes five Seattleites. For a roundup of all the crazy things they did to deserve this, check out the story, the accompanying photo gallery and the Vatican Cameos’ own Tumblr.

“I am still in shock, but I think we totally deserved to win and I really look forward to celebrating over fish stew with my teammates,” Seattle’s Rachael Vaughn emailed after the announcement. Vaughn, a Microsoft attorney, was in meetings most of the morning and learned of the win from a dozen congratulatory text messages this afternoon.

Fellow team member H.B. Siegel, an executive at Amazon owned IMDB.com, used some tricks from the movie industry to make sure the team had good submissions. He borrowed a classification system of “could be betters” and “finals” from Hollywood to push the team to outdo themselves.

Vaughn has participated in the contest all three years. The Vatican Cameos were one of ten runners-up in last year’s contest.

What did they win? An all-expense paid trip all the way to British Columbia (which they find hilarious) where they’ll hang out with the zany creator of the blockbuster contest, actor Misha Collins.

Congrats, guys!

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