This is going to be a long story,
a) because the clue was probably the most intricate one we’ve had so far, spread on several hours and several websites, and
b) because I am the one who found the prize, so I’ll just merged everything in the same article. (And don’t believe I am not excited about it. I am so excited about it that I am having a hard time regrouping and thinking straight!)
Here we go:
Against all predictions today’s clue wasn’t in Chicago, Miami, or even Europe, but in Los Angeles again. I was the first surprised when I saw the first tweet revealing Los Angeles was hit by the hunt but clearly I am in no position to complain. (Although I still find it odd)
So this is how the whole hunt happen for me. I woke up at 5h30 am to discover @theHighRoller5 tumblr post about the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo banner on Youtube main page and that he had noticed that at the end of the 30 seconds clip, a subliminal frame had been added, showing a snapshot of 5 flowers:
Like many of you I am sure, I had received the MTS texts on my cell retweeting theHighRoller5 article, which is why I decided it meant something.
Now in all fairness, and before I get yelled at by the get-your-facts-straight-police, the first person who spotted something was going on was Ian McAllistair aka @therealianmca who tweeted last night at 9h30pm PST
TheHighRoll5 tweet was two hours later , at 11h15pm, and MTS retweeted it at 1am PST.
From 7am to 11am, I just stayed on the loop with the usual group of Happy Helpers, trying to figure out what it meant. To no avail, evidentemente.
We all agreed that this was just the first clue of a series and that we had to wait for more of them to understand what was going on. Of course, hours were passing, and nothing was happening, and hope was deserting. The video that was on Youtube was unlisted, which meant you could only find it through the ad banner or when you knew the url, but it also meant that there might have been more videos like this one with other pictures.
At 11h35 PST, Mouth Taped Shut finally posted a new picture:
with the word TIMES tagged under it.
And what was I doing after I saw MTS picture?
Well, I was not looking at the comments on MTS, nor on my twitter. I was on Photoshop, candidly trying to understand what was going on with the flowers. For some reason, I glanced at my twitter feed and saw:
The box was on the ground, but well hidden. We took it out and then I remembered we should take pictures, so I asked Djak to take a picture of everything and as he obliged, I saw a guy with a Canon 7D coming toward us and taking pictures of us. (I’m pretty sure he has a picture of me looking at him as if he was a communist and I was McCarthy)
**To read a recap of everything written about TGWTDT marketing campaign, click here**