Category Archive: GeoTheory

A Real-Life Geocaching Puzzle

American geocacher Shelley Mitchell is trying to solve the ultimate puzzle – whether there is a link between who we are and our geo-statistics. The Stillwater resident is currently studying for a PhD at Oklahoma State University and this semester has created a questionnaire on geocaching for her multiple regression statistics class. “We have to …

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Proof It’s Not About The Numbers

Here at It’s Not About The Numbers we’ve always maintained that geocaching was, well, not about the numbers. And now we have proof to back up what we’ve all known all along. Geocaching blog, PROGEOCACHING – whose tag-line is ‘improving the quality of geocaching’ – has surveyed 1000 people to “understand what people like and …

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The New Virtual Caches: A Vision Of The Future?

There has been a lot of talk about the reintroduction of virtuals in a new format since Jeremy Irish (from this point to known as J-Dog, Big J or simply J-Rish) made his now infamous comments on the geocaching.com forums: In the UserVoice updates I never said that virtuals were coming back in their previous …

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Could Political Correctness Kill Caching?

Our local paper here, the Otago Daily Times, ran this column from 13-year-old student Sarah Mosley. What she wrote really resonated with me and what is amazing is that she is only 13! I wish I could communicate my thoughts so clearly 😉 Political correctness. Is it a well-meaning initiative, or an attempt to undermine …

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A New Geo-Sign

How do you sign the word ‘geocache’? It’s a pretty common question on Groundspeak’s forums and now It’s Not About The Numbers has an answer – at least for Kiwi cachers. Yesterday, local organisation Deaf Aotearoa sent this video showing its newly-created ‘geocache’ sign in response to our query. . According to spokeswoman Kathryn Heard: …

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Be A Muscle Mann

  Geocacher Todd Elliott is challenging you to bulk up – not your muscles but your daily finds rate. To celebrate his second geo-anniversary, the New Zealander (GC handle: TMANN421) recently placed GC2WZAD The Great Bulk Finding Challenge, a premium member-only mystery hide in his hometown of Waikanae. In reality, it’s an easy find at the …

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Random Thoughts…

Pondering all the important geo-questions Sitting in a hospital room killing time with my son and had the following random thoughts… If a geocache in the woods is muggled does anyone hear it scream? Is a no longer active geocacher a lapsed-cacher? And are their caches then geo-orphans? When does a muggle cease being a …

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R.I.P Common Decency

Recently I commented on the unwelcome addition to geocaching, the Cache Troll. Today I am sad to report that the CO has been unable to continue managing the harassment and threats in this matter and has elected to archive the cache. To make it clear – the CO did not archive the cache because they were convinced …

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(Rotten) Food For Thought

It seems to be political week here but I had a random thought to share. With Bin Laden now out of the picture is this going to leave Geocaching as the number one cause of terrorist scares in the United States? Worse still – will Obama announce a ‘war on geocaching‘? This could be a …

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Are you a Cache Troll?

For some months I’ve been wanting to write about the controversy over a cache and in particular the behaviour of the main antagonist in the saga. I’ve avoided doing so because blatantly drawing attention to the problem is only going to give the antagonist what they want and not actually help resolve the problem. And …

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