What is Qwikipedia?

Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start with one topic, click a few links and within no time are reading about something else.

Qwikipedia is a game that tries to quench this curiosity in us. The objective is to get to a particular wiki page, starting from a specific article, using minimal clicks. There is no single correct answer, so we might surprise ourselves by finding new routes each time!

Friday’s free rider

Solar eclipse—> Yoshihiko Noda

Solar Eclipse

As seen from the earth, a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. Solar eclipses have fascinated people and we can imagine how ancient humans must have taken fright to see their sun being slowly darkened . The earliest record of a Solar eclipse is a clay tablet found in 1948 in the ruins of Ugarit in what is now Syria. It was believed to describe a solar eclipse thattook place in 1375 BC, but newer studies put the date mentioned in the tablet as 1223 BC. So far the maximum number of solar eclipses that have taken place in one year is five. According to the Gregorian calendar, the next year that will have five eclipses is 2206.

Gregorian Calendar

The Gregorian Calendar is the most commonly used calendar in the world. It is also called the Western calendar or Christian calendar. It was introduced in the year 1582 by the pope Gregory after whom it is named. Still different countries have different calendars. For example, in Japan, it is common to use Nengo or reign names. The current reign name or era is Heisei.

Heisei Era

This era started on 8 January 1989 following the death of the last emperor Hirohito. The emperor died on 7 January 1989. Thus 1989 corresponds upto 7 January to the era Showa and 8 January 1989 was the first day of the Heisei Era. To convert a western era year after 2000 to Heisei era subtract 1988 from the year. For example, Japan got a new prime minister – Yoshihiko Noda in the year 2011. What is this in Heisei Era? 2011 – 1988 = 23. Thus, year 2011 in the western era would be Heisei 23.

Yoshihiko Noda.

Thus we arrive at the last link in qwickipedia today – The Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda.

He was appointed Prime Minister in 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Japan. He is in the news because he has announced that he will dissolve the parliament on November 16. With this, he and his party will be ousted from power and Japan will go in for another regime change. This will be the seventh regime change in seven years.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Solar eclipse —> Gregorian calendar —> Heisei era —> Yoshihiko Noda

Three clicks!

Here’s tomorrow’s question:

Saturday’s Surfer

Galapagos Islands —> Ford Model T

Do send in your paths for the above question to school@thehindu.co.in with the subject “Qwikipedia”. Do include your name, class and school!


Raviteja Jagadish of class VIII, Venkat International Public School and

Binu Muraleedharan Nair of class 11, Nehru Memorial Model School, Kadakkal have found a path for Friday’s Free rider. The route they traced was Solar eclipse —> Indian Ocean —> Japan —> Yoshihiko Noda.