Remember this [Wikipedia] SDMB game? Let's try it again!

Okay, I’m a little fuzzy on the details; but basically, it involved being given a set of two widely disparate Wikipedia pages, and then seeing if you could get from one to the other following links in the pages only. (in as few moves as possible.) I’m pretty sure it’s not cool to work backwards from the endpoint.

Honestly, I’m more about the mere possibility of getting from the one to the other… like that time I started out researching Puritans, and wound up at the page for Siouxsie Sioux… but that’s another story.

Each person posts their path, and gives the next person their start and finish points. Did I forget anything?

I decided to go from “Stargate Universe” to “Mata Hari”:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargate_universe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machiavellianism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huguenot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Huguenots
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Espionage
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Spies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Spies_by_nationality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:German_spies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:World_War_I_spies_for_Germany
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mata_Hari
And here is the next set: go from “Orbiting Frog Otolith” to "Sterno."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbiting_Frog_Otolith

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterno
hee hee hee!

I got there, but it took forever:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbiting_Frog_Otolith
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_fuel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_powder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_powder#Black_powder
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_(disambiguation)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denatured_alcohol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sterno#Cocktail

So do I get to pick two things to link now?

If so, then:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syphilis

Good luck!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyatlov_Pass_incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yekaterinburg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakov_Sverdlov
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolshevik
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_operations_of_the_NKVD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beria

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_Hampshire_Observatory

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_mortgage_crisis

ETA: I got from Puritans to Siouxsie Sioux, but not in the way I imagined. I thought it would be simple to go from Pilgrims to Native Americans to Sioux, but I couldn’t get from Sioux (the tribe) to Siouxsie. I had to backtrack and go through England:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puritan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_England
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gothic_rock
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siouxsie_%26_the_Banshees
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siouxsie_Sioux

In other news, I have too much time on my hands.

Whew, that was harder than I thought. I went through a couple dead-ends with the NH senators.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_New_Hampshire_Observatory
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Shaheen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Schumer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_lending
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subprime_mortgage_crisis

Hmmm, I think I’ll go with:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zahir

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Gosselin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Zahir
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_(disambiguation)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reality_television
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Gosselin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cauchero

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raga_language

Wow! I thought that would be a stumper for sure, and you did it in four clicks! Hmm, I did yours but I need a ruling. I’d never heard of Raga, so I clicked on the link to see what the heck it was. Does that count as working backwards? I generally think that is cheating, but what if we don’t even know what the word means? Perhaps it is allowable to look up the word in a source that’s not Wikipedia? At any rate, once I knew what it was, it was pretty straight forward:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cauchero
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ocean
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanuatu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Vanuatu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raga_language

How about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckold

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_(North_America)

That was a little weird. I picked “Ecclesiastical heraldry” because I thought it might mention herald angels which have horns. I did not expect it to reference license plates!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckold
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecclesiastical_heraldry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motor_vehicle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automobile


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Motor_Company
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_(Australia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Falcon_(North_America)

Now, let’s see one of you guys get from

Wilbur MacDonald

to

Romeo + Juliet

(If you figure out where I’m going in the first one, the rest is easy.)

Well, I looked and looked for something special about Mr. MacDonald, but I just couldn’t find it. What did I miss? Is he related to Baz Luhrmann or something?

My less elegant answer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilbur_MacDonald
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_13
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hitchens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_and_Juliet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romeo_%2B_Juliet

How about
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinoflagellate

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolcat
?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinoflagellate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eukaryote
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felidae
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_cat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolcat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trebuchet

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo-Hydramatic

The temptation to simply vandalize wiki to add turbo-hydramatic somewhere amusing on the trebuchet article was almost irresistible.

Anyway:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trebuchet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenfield,_New_Hampshire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passenger_vehicles_in_the_United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Motors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet_Corvette
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powerglide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turbo-Hydramatic

For mine:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandilion

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bose-Einstien_condensate

I took a circuitous path, but I still got there:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandilion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_(disambiguation)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_Wine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galileo_Galilei


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bose-Einstein_condensation
Next:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anabasis_(Xenophon)

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batdance

Aiee, this was harder than I thought it would be.








Next:

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerial_hoop
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_circus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Coast_of_the_United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Ocean
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellfish
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crustacean
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decapoda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anomura
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hairy_stone_crab

It seems like this thing, even though called a crab, isn’t considered a true crab which made this kind of tough. (Wow, i wonder how that could be misconstrued if heard out of context.)

How about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australopithecus

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenEye_007

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australopithecus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_human_evolution
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_world
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_history_of_Britain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_of_Great_Britain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_set_in_London
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(1967_film)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Bond
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenEye
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GoldenEye_007

wipes brow

Okay, somebody try…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T.the_Extra-Terrestrial(Atari_2600)
to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_shui

This was harder than I thought:








Here’s mine, for a Japanese theme:


to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Shitagō
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heian_period
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpei_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osamu_Tezuka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam

How about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenu
to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_(county_subdivision)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_colonization_of_the_Americas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_England
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Sussex
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sussex
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historic_counties_of_England
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rape_(county_subdivision)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_unit

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byssus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imaginary_unit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_engineering
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_turbine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ships
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molluscs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byssus

Amusingly, someone has vandalized the fishing page to read as follows:

I’m impressed that the mind that produced the above could still figure out how to edit the wikipedia page.

For mine, how about:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_hits_of_1989_(Switzerland)

to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latke

You’ve got to love the Swiss’s taste in music!

Four clicks!

[noparse]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_hits_of_1989_(Switzerland)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_(entertainer)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kabbalah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_cuisine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latke[/noparse]

How about

to