July 1, 2008

A text message from humanresources@whysoserious.com led to Whysoserious.com/operator. The site featured a dimly-lit stage with five switches wired around. The switches held a sign - "Waiting for Relay." On the stage are five small metal weights attached to chains suspended from the ceiling. There was also a submission field on the bottom of the page, but it was inactive until the official start of the game.


Once the hour deadline was up, cell phone participants who responded within the deadline received the following text messages, depending on their assignment:

This part of the game involved only participants with cell phones. Five started a chain as in the game "Operator," calling a partner and relaying additional code words. The last person in each chain was given a phone number to a Joker goon, who then told the participant the chain was finished.

As each chain was finished, the final word would be brought down onto the stage image on the site.


Chain 1:
  • Valley
  • Potato
  • Canoe
  • Puppet
  • Headstone
  • Ornament
Chain 2:
  • Lemonade
  • Locomotive
  • Hotel
  • Rocket
  • Gunpowder
  • Cigar
  • Billboard
  • Ammunition
Chain 3:
  • Kerosene
  • Gemstone
  • Therapist
  • Gasoline
  • Dynamite
  • Aluminum
  • Velvet
  • Ballerina
  • Helium
Chain 4:
  • Revolver
  • Orchestra
  • Station
  • River
  • Explosion
  • Playground
  • Banana
  • Monkey
Chain 5:
  • Million
  • Hospital
  • Fracture
  • Wishbone
  • Laughter
  • Stepmother
  • Wilderness
  • Gunshot

At the conclusion of all 5 relays, the following text message was received by the phone participants:


All five revealed words have "-house" in common. Entering house in the submission field leads to Whysoserious.com/punkdrop.