# The Wikipedia Game

1. Jun 16, 2007

### G01

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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2. Jun 16, 2007

### scott_alexsk

Once I got to the beetles it was over.

3. Jun 16, 2007

### mattmns

Sounds fun.

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

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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4. Jun 16, 2007

### scott_alexsk

How about Queen Elizabeth II to dislocations (materials science)?

5. Jun 16, 2007

### mattmns

OK here is one:

Start: Britney Spears
End: E = mc^2

6. Jun 16, 2007

### mattmns

Are lists off limits? I would think yes, since a lot of these would probably become much easier.

7. Jun 16, 2007

### mattmns

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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8. Jun 16, 2007

### moose

9. Jun 16, 2007

### mattmns

Nice moose, that was the exact path I had in mind

10. Jun 16, 2007

### G01

Yes to both.

EDIT:

My path for the first one was: Elvis-Scottish-Scotland-Queen Elizabeth II

Last edited: Jun 17, 2007
11. Jun 16, 2007

### G01

Yeah, I agree. Good idea!

12. Jun 17, 2007

### ice109

how many points if i can guess the correct way without using wiki?

13. Jun 17, 2007

### G01

$$\infty$$ points

14. Jun 17, 2007

### mattmns

Start: Chess
End: Sex

15. Jun 17, 2007

### G01

Got it!

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

Start: Sex
End: Global Warming

16. Jun 17, 2007

### morphism

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

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

(Actually, this one isn't too hard apparently!)

Last edited: Jun 17, 2007
17. Jun 17, 2007

### mattmns

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
18. Jun 17, 2007

### ice109

its a silly game, every single article has so many embedded links

19. Jun 17, 2007

### Alkatran

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

20. Jun 17, 2007