If you haven’t joined the trendy location-based game Foursquare it’s about time — even Gossip Girl is casually referring to it these days. For the uninitiated, Foursquare allows you to check-in at different venues on your smartphone, both to let friends know the coolest places in town and to rack up badges. Some of the badges are pretty self-explanatory and easy to get, while others are slightly more… creative. Click through to see 10 of the strangest badges in Foursquare’s brief history.
CNN Healthy Eater
How to get it: Follow CNN on Foursquare then check-in at a local farmer’s market (you can find a market near you at the USDA Farmer’s Market page).
Quote: Onions, peppers and pears, oh my! Thanks for supporting your local farmers. Tune in to CNN all this week or visit Eatocracy.com for more healthy eating tips!
How to get it: Follow Team Coco on Foursquare, spot the big orange blimp and check-in to it. Finding the blimp isn’t as hard as you might think: just follow Team Coco on Twitter.
Quote: You’ve spotted The Conan Blimp! A big orange bag of slow moving gas has never looked so pretty. Visit http://www.teamcoco.com for more Conan!
How to get it: Follow TLC on Foursquare, then check-in at two venues listed on their Foursquare page as having to do with cupcakes.
Quote: A true cupcake connoisseur, you know the goods when you see (and taste) them! TLC’s Cake Boss would be proud.
How to get it: Collect the business cards of six Foursquare employees. On the back of the cards are six different badges. Entering them at foursquare.com/bizcard and you’ll get the badge. (Hint: the correct badges are listed here.)
Quote: “The Backstreet Boys of tech! The Menudo of the interne…. OMG! @NAVEEN JUST TOUCHED MY SHIRT!”
How to get it: Check-in at the North Pole. (This badge was made just for Parker Liautaud for his trip to the Pole.)
Quote: Congrats on making it to the North Pole! Take a deep breath, plant your flag and be sure to get home safe!
How to get it: Follow RunKeeper on Foursquare, and then run a marathon.
Quote: You finished a marathon (that’s twenty-six point two miles, friend), and all you got was this badge. Oh wait… and that INCREDIBLE feeling of accomplishment! Way to go!
How to get it: Follow NASA on Foursquare… then check-in in space.
Quote: You are now 220 miles above the Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and unlocked the NASA Explorer Badge! Show this badge and get a free scoop of astronaut ice cream.
Pee-wee Herman Show
Status: Active until January 2, 2011
How to get it: Check-in at a venue that Paul Reubens is currently checked-in at… twice.
Quote: Good morning boys and girls! Welcome to the Pee-wee parade! Bring this badge to the Sondheim Theatre box office @ 124 West 43rd and SCREAM REAL LOUD for a surprise from Pee-wee (while supplies last).
How to get it: Check-in at the Today Show Plaza in New York three times before 6 am.
Quote: That’s 3 check-ins before 6 AM! Just like Al Roker – you’re becoming a regular in his “neck of the woods.”
How to get it: Check-in at 10 different galleries.
Quote: That sure is a nice collection of art gallery check-ins (10 different galleries!)