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Wikipedia relay

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As I’ve said before, I love Wikipedia. It’s replaced Google as the site I first go to for most information. And I like playing with Wikipedia too. I enjoy seeing how far I can get away from subject X by just clicking on linked words. Sometimes I set myself Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon-style tasks, for example: get from subject X to subject Y in less than ten clicks.
So I thought I should share my little Wikipedia Relay game with you.
Give it a go: from Jon Bon Jovi to Napoleon. You can only click your mouse on links within the page; no using your keyboard. I did it in five clicks. Anyone do it quicker? Anyone got any good Wikipedia Relay challenges?

Written by Craig

March 14th, 2006 at 4:38 pm

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  1. I did it in three clicks!

    Jon Bon Jovi > June 15 > Joseph Bonaparte > Napoleon I of France

    Now, try and beat this:

    From Napoleon to Ben Affleck in 2 clicks.

    alberto romero

    14 Mar 06 at 5:57 pm

  2. I did it in four.

    March 2
    # 986 – Louis V becomes King of the Franks. Click Franks
    Click France
    Napolean Bonaparte…

    Do I win a prize ;-)


    14 Mar 06 at 5:59 pm

  3. Good work.
    My route was Jon Bon Jovi to Power Station (Avatar) recording studio to Bruce Springsteen to Vietnam War to France to Napoleon.

    Napoleon to Affleck is via 15 August (I tried a few of those dates before I found the right one!)


    14 Mar 06 at 6:03 pm

  4. four..italian ancestry, sardinia, corsica, and wahey NAPOLEON…



    15 Mar 06 at 12:47 am

  5. Going through a date feels a bit like cheating. Thus my four click route: Jon Bon Jovi > U-571 (film) > Decapitation > Louis XVI of France > Napoleon

    andrés ingi

    15 Mar 06 at 2:08 am

  6. Yes, Andrés, I agree. Whilst not cheating exactly, it’s the spirit of the game…

    Okay, random challenge off the top of my head: Bishop Muzorewa to the sperm whale.


    15 Mar 06 at 10:37 am

  7. 5 clicks via Sardinia with a detour (“Italian”, then “Italy”).
    3 clicks via “1995”… using dates IS cheating.


    15 Mar 06 at 11:53 am

  8. Btw… 7 clicks: Abel Muzorewa -> Robert Mugabe -> South Africa -> Continent -> Antarctica -> Blue Whale -> Cetacae -> Sperm Whale ;)


    15 Mar 06 at 12:02 pm

  9. I did it in six: > Zimbawe Rhodesia > Zimbabwe > Africa > Antarctica > Blue whale > Sperm whale


    15 Mar 06 at 12:04 pm

  10. You should also ban clicking on countries because that way you can do most famous people in three: eg Jon Bon Jovi > American > France > Napoleon Bonaparte

    I like Andres’ route best – anyhting that goes via U-571 has got to be good

    Robert Mugabe – homosexuality – sexual desire – Biological reproduction – sperm


    15 Mar 06 at 12:52 pm

  11. on the jon bon jovi challenge: i did it in four, too:
    italian, italy, napoleonic code, napoleon

    what a great game to play! :)


    15 Mar 06 at 1:22 pm

  12. Four’s the best I could do as well.

    JBJ – Young Guns II – Billy the Kid – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – Napoleon

    I’m just sorry that Young Guns II needed to be involved. Or produced.


    15 Mar 06 at 8:14 pm

  13. ha ha! this is great! another one…

  14. Okay, try this one: Robbie Fowler to Aung San Suu Kyi.


    15 Mar 06 at 9:25 pm

  15. 4 clicks
    italian > italy > napoleonic code > napoleon


    16 Mar 06 at 1:48 am

  16. 4

    my route is;

    Democratic Party (United States)>Democratic-Republican Party(United States)>French Revolution>Napoleon


    16 Mar 06 at 9:13 am

  17. That was a tough one!!!

    British Empire
    Aung San Suu Kyi.


    16 Mar 06 at 11:36 am

  18. Did Jon Bon Jovi in four as well:

    American Red Cross -> International Federation of the Red Cross -> Napoleon III -> Napoleon


    16 Mar 06 at 1:35 pm

  19. Four steps: Italian=>Italy=>France=>Napoleon.

    Lovely game. :)


    16 Mar 06 at 1:53 pm

  20. The ‘right-on’ route:
    Robbie Fowler > Liverpool Dockers’ Strike > Reclaim the Streets > Nonviolence > Mahatma Gandhi > Aung San Suu Kyi
    And all very interesting too.


    16 Mar 06 at 2:39 pm

  21. Good route, that one. That was great when he wore that dockers strike t-shirt..


    16 Mar 06 at 3:10 pm

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