As if Wikipedia wasn’t addictive enough…

Micek’s Tumblelog points out the fun and addictive nature of playing 6 degrees of separation using Wikipedia. The object of the game is to pick two random articles and see who can connect them using the fewest links. The game makes sense, since the nature of Wikipedia is to start looking up avacados and ending up reading about the bubonic plague. My friend and I have been playing against each other. For example:

Robert Hawkins > Pennsylvania > Lehigh University > Anthropology > Paleoanthropology > GHR von koenigswald > NG 6

For shits and giggles, let’s see who can get from Avacado to Bubonic Plague in the shortest amount of steps.

EDIT: Holy crap you guys are too good. That’s what happens when I don’t pick truly random articles. Ok, have a challenge:

Battle of Montreal to Barangay Health Volunteers, Phillippines


  1. says

    That’s a hard one. Not too hard for my wikipedia ninja skills, mind, but it requires a long route running through wikipedia system pages and other near-cheating techniques. :-)

    Battle of Montreal War of 1812 Category:Wars involving the United StatesPhilippine-American WarTalk:Philippine-American WarWikipedia:Tambayan Philippines Wikipedia:Tambayan Philippines/Cleanup listingBarangay Health Volunteers, Philippines


  2. says

    This is unfair!! This is /exactly/ the kind of thing you don’t blog about as a courtesy to other bloggers. I’m never gonna be able to post on a regular basis now… damn, I was just getting into a good habit there.

    lol, jk. I love your blog, keep it up. :)

  3. says

    The true victory in this game would be to edit the origin page in some plausible fashion to include a direct reference to the destination page.

  4. Josh says

    I think going through the talk pages is slightly cheating, personally.

    Also, I agree with Paul totally that the best win is to edit in a plausible direct link. :)

  5. says

    Ha – beat this:

    Battle of MontrealRandom articleBarangay Health Volunteers, Phillippines

    Doesn’t seem to work very often though…

  6. says


    Less the 6, booya!

  7. Anonymous says

    another funny one is translating into a script you can’t understand (farsi, chinese, hebrew, etc) clicking on several links… then translating back to see where you are.

  8. says

    I just noticed wikipedia pages have a toolbox that contains a “what links here”. I feel very very silly searching for my 6 degrees the hard way now.

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