Rembert Explains America: The Great American Scavenger Hunt Update!

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I’m ashamed of myself.

For the first half of this crisscrossing trip across the contiguous 48, I have dedicated the majority of my time to writing. Just revolting, when you consider the other half of this summer’s puzzle: THE SCAVENGER HUNT.

I don’t know what’s wrong with me. The outreach is there, the items exist, I just haven’t dedicated the time to retrieve them.

For that, I apologize. Not only to you, human being whom I want to find, hug, and then take from/trade with, but also to myself.

I used to stand for something.

Luckily for all parties, there’s still a month and a half left.


The successes:

• A key to a city
• A Jodeci T-shirt
• An issue of Highlights magazine with completed puzzles

That’s all. You see why I’m so disgusted in myself?

Partial successes:

• 50 different magazines with Selena Gomez on the cover (14/50)
• A jersey from every character in NBA Jam TE (I’m doing pretty well; all I have left are: Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, Danny Manning, James Worthy, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, Vernon Maxwell, Scottie Pippen, Shawn Bradley, Hersey Haw— EVERYONE BUT JIM JACKSON THIS IS SO BAD.)
• 15 pieces of Atlanta ’96 Olympics gear (7/15)
• Every issue of Jet magazine from ’85 to ’94 (I have 42. But once I stumble on an old-black-lady hair salon, this will immediately be taken care of.)

Strong leads/I know where they are:

• Three FUBU “05” jerseys in three different colors
• Tie-dye overalls
• A Steve Urkel string doll
• Authentic Rasheed Wallace Hawks jersey
• External bat hookup for Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
• A Bear Stearns duffel bag
• An Enron T-shirt
• A pink Skip-It
• Two Nike Challenge Court Andre Agassi tennis polos
• A signature of a woman named Phyllis on a picture of a different woman named Phyllis
• A 3-D printing of anything
• A Jeep Grand Wagoneer for sale for less than $2,000 (I’ll then buy it)
• A document proving that the Illuminati is real
• A solar system mobile that includes Pluto

Weak leads, but maybe:

• Tyler Perry’s business card
• A Roc-A-Fella chain
• A sousaphone
• A personalized date-night dish recipe from Patti LaBelle
• A football signed by Papa John
• Luther Vandross bedazzled concert tee


• Jalen’s bat
• Dave Chappelle
• A Justin Timberlake–Jay Z tour rider
• A piece of American flagwear from Lee Greenwood’s closet
• A VHS tape containing an episode of MTV’s Rock N’ Jock


• A pair of stiletto Jordans

If you have something that I’ve listed in the final three categories, and have e-mailed me, and I haven’t responded, feel free to resend and yell at me to your heart’s content. As we’ve established, I deserve nothing but attitude.

At the end, once I have all the items, each transaction will be detailed at length in one final, triumphant scavenger-hunt post. There will be pictures. And stories. And GIFs. And maps. And fireworks.

I thank you for your time, and, going forward, will try not to let you down.

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Rembert Browne is a staff writer for Grantland.

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