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!

Tuesday’s Traveller

Navi Pillay —> Concorde

Navi Pillay

Navanethem Pillay is a South African of Indian origin who is currently serving her second term as the High Commissioner for Human Rights with the United Nations. She was the first non-white woman to open her own law practice in Natal Province, South Africa and also the first non-white woman in the High Court of South Africa.

On Friday, she called on Israel and Hamas to step back from the brink following Israel’s aerial attacks on the Gaza strip and rockets fired by Hamas militants into southern Israel; both incidents leading to the death of many innocent civilians.

United Nations

Remember World War II? It’s hard to forget once you know about it. Well, the League of Nations was an organisation that was set up at the end of World War I to prevent another worldwide war. Obviously, it failed and hence the United Nations was born. As an international organisation of countries set up in 1945, it aims at promoting international peace, security and cooperation. With 193 member states, including all internationally recognised sovereign states, it facilitates cooperation by providing a platform for dialogue.

Charles de Gaulle

As is the case with any such large scale organisation, United Nations has had its fair share of controversy and criticism, right from its inception. Charles de Gaulle is famously known for calling the UN the “le Machin” (contraption) as he was convinced that direct treaties between countries were a better method to maintain world peace than an international organisation set up for the same.

So who is Charles de Gaulle? A French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces in World War II, he was the highest ranked French military officer to reject the 1940 armistice (a situation in war when the warring parties agree to stop fighting; not necessarily the end of war) of Nazi Germany. He founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and also served as its first President from 1959 to 1959. His tenure saw France became the fourth country to become a nuclear power, high-profile projects including the extension of Marseilles harbour, promotion of Caravelle passenger jetliner, expansion of the French auto industry and the decision to begin building Franco-British Concorde airliner.

Concorde

Concorde is a retired turbojet powered supersonic passenger airliner. Produced in accordance to a Franco-British treaty, it was manufactured jointly by Aerospatiale and British Aircraft Corporation. Considered by many as a marvel in engineering, it remains one of only two SSTs (supersonic transport) to enter into commercial service (the other one is Tupolev Tu-144 or Charger, which was the first SST aircraft).

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Navi Pillay —> United Nations —> Charles de Gaulle —> Concorde

Three clicks!

Here’s tommorrow’s question:

Wednesday’s Wanderer

Snakes and Ladders —> Pablo Picasso

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