On July 1, 2008 at 9am Pacific/12pm Eastern, participants with cell phones receive the following message:
|Wake up, clown! You have *one hour* to reply to be a part of today's fun. /operator|
This leads to Whysoserious.com/Operator, which is a site featuring a dimly-lit stage with five switches wired around. The switches contain a sign - "Waiting for Relay." On the stage are five small metal weights attached to chains suspended from the ceiling. There is also a submission field on the bottom of the page, but it is inactive.
Upon replying to the original phone message via a text, the following response is received by cell phone participants:
|Good. Do not reply again. I'll be in touch....|
Once the hour deadline was up, cell phone participants who responded received the following text messages depending on their assignment:
|Work together, clowns. Your code-word: XXXXXXXX. Your partner: XXX-XXX-XXXX. Do NOT call until told to. Do not publicize this number.|
|Wait for a call - you will receive one or more code words. Relay these words to your partner.|
|You're the first in the chain. Call your partner and relay your code-word NOW.|
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.
For each completed relay, a new word is revealed in place of the chained weights. The words are:
At the conclusion of all 5 relays, the following text message is received by participants:
|All relays are complete. 35 minutes... not bad. Now you have what you need for the next sideshow.|
All five revealed words have "-house" in common."
Submitting "HOUSE" in the field leads to Whysoserious.com/Punkdrop