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Need something to do between August 2nd and 9th? Want to break a few world records? Want to make friends from around the world? Well, Misha Collins from CW’s Supernatural can help you with that. The 39-year-old actor is working with William Shatner and Orlando Jones this year for the fourth annual GISHWHES, which stands for the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. E! Online reports that Collins gained the inspiration from a campus-wife scavenger hunt he participated in during his undergraduate years at the University of Chicago. In 2010 the actor told fans of the show he would do something fun online and created a simple scavenger hunt that 300 people competed in. The following year he named it GISHWHES and “because I’d given it that name, I was bound and determined to get a Guinness World Record for having the largest scavenger hunt, which we succeeded in doing.” 6,000 participants led five world records being broken and now Collins is hoping to tackle three more this year. The list, which is formed on Collins’ iPhone throughout the year full of crazy activities and participants, will be put into teams. There are high expectations for this year after NASA had to publicly tweet and ask GISHWES’ contestants to stop whatever they were asked to do for the hunt. What happens if you win? The website states, “The 2014 Winning Team will be flown to "King’s Landing" in Croatia where they will set sail on a pirate ship captained by Misha Collins and be treated to a survivor-style weekend adventure of revelry, mayhem and wondermentation.” It costs $18.89 to register but there are more pricy and exclusive registration packages. Best of luck to those who compete and you can register here. Registration for this year ends Sunday July 27th. image courtesy of ACE/