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University of Chicago students embark on annual Scavenger Hunt

This year’s list includes a CT scan of a Furby, Hegel’s favorite lunchmeat, and blonde team members

Today University of Chicago students begin the 16th annual Scavenger Hunt. Teams of students have until Sunday, May 12 to collect the strange and arbitrary items on the 322-point Scav Hunt list, which this year includes the following:
  • A CT scan of a Furby (206 points; 75 bonus points for visible tumors or hemorrhages)
  • Hegel’s favorite lunchmeat and a convincing explanation (13 points)
  • Blonde team members (1.5 points x percentage of blonde members)
  • A hammer and sickle sculpted out of Lee Press-on nails (83 points)
  • Diplomas from Hamburger University, Clown College, and the School of the Americas (50 points per school)
  • William Carlos Williams’ "Wheelbarrow" translated into Hebrew (60 points)
  • The world’s largest indoor tornado (321 points)
  • A canal built on the Midway (175 points)
  • A bound collection of all past Scav Hunt lists, officially added to the Regenstein Library’s collection (183 points)
  • Glow-in-the-dark ice cream (110 points)
  • Proof that a team member performed "Take Me out to the Ballgame" from the booth at Wrigley Field
  • Proof that three team members attended a Blue Man Group performance dressed as yellow, green, purple, or orange men (30 points, 145 bonus points for getting onstage)
  • A legal declaration stating that a team member is insane (101 points)
  • A team member wearing as many sweaters as possible (26 points)
  • A flying carpet, at least six feet above the ground, with a genie on top (40 points)
  • A horn of plenty, worn on a team member’s head (8 points)
  • A modified mirror, so that reflectivity varies as a circular wave from the center of the mirror to the edge (166 points)
  • Recording of an original pop song involving as many of Chicago’s 77 neighborhood names as possible (.5 points per neighborhood; 15 bonus points for hiphop, techno, or soul remixes)
  • A Donald Rumsfeld jack-o-lantern (31 points)
  • A propelled or gravity-driven object with functional laser guidance (241 points)
  • A team member with the team name shaved into his facial hair (15 points, 10 bonus points for back hair)
  • Kosher Coke (48 points)
  • A pair of bowling shoes, size 17 or larger (59 points)

The team that racks up the most points wins. On Judging Day, teams will also participate in the Scavolympics. This year’s events include a race of the body pierced, in which at least seven team members, their piercings connected with dental floss, run across the Midway.

When and Where:

Judging Day, Sunday, May 12

Scavolympics begins at 9 a.m. on Midway Plaisance between Woodlawn and Kimbark avenues

Final judging begins at 11 a.m. in the Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.
Last modified at 10:31 AM CST on Friday, May 10, 2002.

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