The Wikipedia Game

I don’t think he’d qualify as famous - even by Northampton standards. Judging by his wikipedia page he’s a fringe county cricket player - I guess the US equivalent would be a someime AAA baseball player.

Mark Wolstenholme > English People> United States > Superhero > Batman > Batman:_Cataclysm

Next:

Batman: Cataclysm > Royal Auxiliary Air Force

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman:_Cataclysm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arkham_Asylum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her_Majesty's_Prison_Service
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_the_United_Kingdom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Armed_Forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Auxiliary_Air_Force

now
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Auxiliary_Air_Force--->http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poke_yoke

Royal Auxiliary Air Force -> Second World War -> Japanese post-war economic miracle -> Lost Decade (Japan) -> Toyota -> Toyota Production System -> Poke yoke (Poka-yoke)
Next: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poka-yoke to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokey_pokey_(ice_cream)

Pokya-Yoke->Manufacturing->Food Processing->Meat Packing Industry->Cattle->Dairy Product->Ice Cream->Ice cream around the world->Hokey Pokey.

Ice cream around the world to Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

Ice cream around the world -> Hydrogenation -> New York City -> Entertainment industry -> Film studios -> Warner Bros -> Merrie Melodies -> Lady, Play Your Mandolin!

Next: Lady, Play Your Mandolin! to Higgs boson.

Lady, Play Your Mandolin! -> Warner Brothers -> Warner Bros. Animation -> Pinky and the Brain -> Internet -> World Wide Web -> CERN -> Higgs boson.

Went to Pinky & the Brain hoping to go via Physics or something, but you take what you can get. I suspect one could cut a few links in the chain between Lady and Internet; also if photo captions are permitted, there’s a direct link from Internet to CERN.

ETA - in fact you can go Lady to IMDB to World Wide Web to CERN to Higgs boson; doubt there’s much shorter.

Next - Higgs boson to Athanasius I, Bishop of Naples.

Trying to avoid going back to CERN and thence to Italy:

Higgs Boson > Babel > Tower of Babel > Giovanni Villani> Santissima Annunziata>Naples> Duchy of Naples > Athanasius of Naples > Athanasius I, Bishop of Naples

Which almost certainly isn’t optimal and includes a link through a disambiguation statement - which I’m not sure counts as an in-text link.

Athanasius I, Bishop of Naples> Sean Keating

Higgs Boson
Large Hadron Collider
European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
Italy
Naples
Dukes of Naples
Sergius I of Naples
Athanasius I (Bishop of Naples)
Athanasius I (Bishop of Naples) to Basketball https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball

ETA: d’oh! got Ninjaed!

Basketball’s big in Italy:

Athanasius I (Bishop of Naples)>Rome>Pallacanestro Virtus Roma>Basketball

Basketball > Tremella

Basketball > Maple > Fungus > Agaricomycotina > Jelly Fungus > Tremalles > Tremella

How about Tremella > Flagstaff (Amtrak Station)

Tremella> Carl Linneaus > Pehr Kalm> New Jersey > Amtrak > Southwest Chief > Flagstaff, Arizona > Flagstaff (Amtrak Station)

Flagstaff (Amtrak Station) > G-code

Flagstaff (Amtrak station) > Atlantic and Pacific Railroad > United States > Personal computer > Computer-aided design > Computer-aided engineering > Category:Computer-aided engineering > G-code

G-code > Petersen matrix

Ok, just noticed now that the links have to be from the body of the text so here goes:

Flagstaff (Amtrak station) > Atlantic and Pacific Railroad > United States > Personal computer > Computer-aided design > Computer-aided manufacturing > G-code

G-code > Petersen matrix

Too good a game to let die - picking up where it left off:

G-code > Massachusetts Institute of Technology > Physical sciences > Nuclear chemistry > Chemical reaction > Reaction rate > Rate equation > Petersen matrix

Others could do it more briefly and directly, I’m sure, but I’m no scientist.

Next up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petersen_matrix > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_national_football_team_2001

The latter is the first Wiki Random Article that came up.

Petersen Matrix -> Decomposition -> Knoxville, TN -> National Premier Soccer League -> Association Football -> List of Association Football Clubs -> List of Men’s National Association Football Teams -> Netherlands National Football Team -> Category: Netherlands National Football Team -> Category: Netherlands National Football Team Results -> NETHERLANDS NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM 2001

That was brutal. Getting to the specific team record made it a lot more difficult.

Let’s do:

NETHERLANDS NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM 2001 -> Bag of Holding.

NETHERLANDS NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM 2001 -> Amsterdam -> Americas-> United States -> Culture of United States -> Video Games ->MMORPGs-> Dungeons & Dragons -> Magic of Dungeons & Dragons -> Magic Items (Dungeons & Dragons) -> Bag of Holding.

Bag of Holding -> Polyphagia

Thanks for resurrecting this game! It’s so much fun :slight_smile:

Doh. I posted an answer, then thought I did it backwards. And then realized I didn’t. So redoing it’ll be my next post.

Here we go:

Bag_of_holding-> Discworld->Death_(Discworld) -> Skeleton-> Organism-> Digestive_system-> Food-> Obesity-> Eating_disorder-> Polyphagia

Polyphagia-> Freon

That was a bit easier:

Polyphagia > Tarrare > Paris > France > French people > French American > Éleuthère Irénée du Pont > DuPont > Freon

Next up:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freon > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemimyzon_sheni

Again, the Random Article which Wiki gave me.