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The Wikipedia Game

  1. Jun 16, 2007 #1

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    Has any body here ever played this game when you were bored? First you go on Wikipedia and select some random article. Then, you find a link on the page and go to the article it links to. Continue this process for long enough and you'll eventually end up at some article which you would never believe to have been connected to the original post!

    Now try to have other people see if they can figure out how to get from one article to the other. First one to get from one to the other, using only internal Wikipedia links gets a point. Also, 2 bonus points are awarded for getting there using a quicker(less intermediate pages)route. This is assuming the author of the challenge is honest on how he got from one to the other. Honor system people! Most points wins! The game stops whenever you decide it does!

    It's similar to that game where you pick a movie star and try to relate him to another celebrity via other people. It's a humorous way to pass free time.

    Here's a funny chain I got. It's not too hard to get from one to the other, and it'll be a good starter question. The first person to get it gets the points. Once the current challenge is answered, anyone feel free to post another challenge.

    Wikipedia Challenge #1:

    (Name of Article)
    Start: Elvis Presley
    End: Queen Elizabeth II
     
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  3. Jun 16, 2007 #2
    Once I got to the beetles it was over.
     
  4. Jun 16, 2007 #3
    Sounds fun.

    edit... Saturday night, playing the "wikipedia game" :cry:

    edit2... Wait I have a question. Is an internal wikipedia link, a wikipedia link that is located in the "Body" of the Article. Or is an internal wikipedia link, a wikipedia link that is "See Also" section of the Article?

    Also, we should probably post the actual sequence taken?
     
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  5. Jun 16, 2007 #4
    How about Queen Elizabeth II to dislocations (materials science)?
     
  6. Jun 16, 2007 #5
    OK here is one:

    Start: Britney Spears
    End: E = mc^2
     
  7. Jun 16, 2007 #6
    Are lists off limits? I would think yes, since a lot of these would probably become much easier.
     
  8. Jun 16, 2007 #7
    OK, this is probably not the best route but here we go.

    Queen Elizabeth II
    St. James' Palace
    Palace
    The Crystal Palace
    Glass
    Crystal
    Materials science
    Dislocation


    A better one.

    Queen Elizabeth II
    Italy
    Rome
    University of Rome La Sapienza (in the article the link is just displayed as "La Sapienza")
    Vito_Volterra
    Dislocation
     
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    Nice moose, that was the exact path I had in mind :smile:
     
  11. Jun 16, 2007 #10

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    Yes to both.

    EDIT:

    My path for the first one was: Elvis-Scottish-Scotland-Queen Elizabeth II
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2007
  12. Jun 16, 2007 #11

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    Yeah, I agree. Good idea!
     
  13. Jun 17, 2007 #12
    how many points if i can guess the correct way without using wiki?
     
  14. Jun 17, 2007 #13

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    [tex]\infty[/tex] points :wink:
     
  15. Jun 17, 2007 #14
    Start: Chess
    End: Sex
     
  16. Jun 17, 2007 #15

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    Got it!

    Chess--->India--->Gender Ratio---->Female---> Sex


    How about this one:

    Start: Sex
    End: Global Warming
     
  17. Jun 17, 2007 #16

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    Sex -> Sexism -> United States -> Global Warming.

    How about:

    Start: Global Warming
    End: Ping Pong / Table Tennis.

    (Actually, this one isn't too hard apparently!)
     
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  18. Jun 17, 2007 #17
    Nice solution, I hadn't thought about that one.

    Sex -> Biology -> Natural Environment -> Global Warming

    Start: Global Warming
    End: Wooden iron

    edit... Looks like I was beat!

    Note to self: ExxonMobil, Shareholder, Volunteer, Oxymoron, Wooden iron
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2007
  19. Jun 17, 2007 #18
    its a silly game, every single article has so many embedded links
     
  20. Jun 17, 2007 #19

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    It would be better to try to find two articles that were as far apart as possible.
     
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