by Charlie Labuzzetta
This past weekend, from 4pm on Friday to 6pm on Saturday, campus and Ames were overrun by Pikachu-onesie clad Walmart patrons, Thift Shop Parody grocery shoppers, and other shenanigans. It was the 50th year of Kaleidoquiz!
According to KURE 88.5, ISU’s student radio organization, “Kaleidoquiz is a 26-hour radio contest. While the teams are answering the normal trivia questions every 6 minutes through-out the night, they are also scrabbling to finish scavenger hunts, trying to recognize a song or movie in the Montages, or performing some odd task that we set before them.”
Each year Honors students, especially those belonging to Honors houses, invest a large portion of their weekend and lose a night of sleep for the glory of winning KQ. This year the Honors houses Harwood and Anders were two of the top competitors. Here is a list of some of the craziest moments from the 50th KQ:
- Making a parody of “Thrift Shop” in a grocery store (check out Harwood’s winning submission here, and DJ Puhl’s remastered version here)
- Removing the greatest number of clothes for the Curtiss to Beardshear run
- Finding someone in an animal onesie who is “surrounded by walls” (aka in Walmart)
- Traveling to Minneapolis to retrieve signed restaurant napkins in the Mall of America
- Trading two paper clips for the wackiest things possible on Welch Ave
- Writing a creepy love letter with words cut out of magazines
- Calling random people with the initials K.Q. and asking if they’d come to Black Engineering as part of a scavenger hunt
It really was a blast! If you want to see any of the goofy pictures or videos taken during the event, be sure to check out the Kaleidoquiz Facebook page.