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!

Saturday’s Surfer

Nefertiti —> Shashi Tharoor


Did you read our stories on Signpost yesterday? Even if you’d just glanced through, there is no chance you would have missed the one on Nefertiti. Berlin’s Neues Museum is going on overdrive to celebrate 100 years of Queen Nefertiti’s discovery. The 3,400 year old bust of Nefertiti is its most priced possession.

The Great Royal wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, they are remembered for the revolution they brought about in religion as they worshipped only one god: Aten, or the sun disc. The mummy of this famous beautiful queen, however, has not yet been found or at least identified. Few false claims have been ruled out on the basis of DNA testing and CT scan analysis.

X-ray computer tomography

If that sounds too convoluted, I’m sure you must have heard of the short form, CT scan. A medical imaging procedure, it uses computer processed X-rays to produce tomographs (imaging by sectioning). Cross-sectional images of specific areas of the body thus produced are used both for diagnosis and therapeutic purposes.

Sir Godfrey Hounsfield from Hayes, United Kingdom, is credited with the invention of the first viable CT scanner. Allan McLeod Cormack of Tufts University came up with a similar process during the same period, independently. Hounsfield and Cormack shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1979 for their contributions.

Tufts University

A private research university, the Tufts University is located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It has four main campuses, three in the Boston area and one in southern France. With its motto of Pax et Lux (latin for peace and light), the university has emphasised in all its disciplines for public service and active citizenship.

While Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Martin J. Sherwin and Nobel Laureate Allan M. Cormack are prominent faculty members, former Prime Minister of Greece Kostas Karamanlis and Shashi Tharoor are notable alumni.

Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor is the Indian Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development (HRD) and a Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. After his stint with the United Nations, his active foray into politics dates back to 2009. Apart from his political career, he has authored many books and has also been a columnist with leading English dailies.

While delivering the 18th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, he reiterated the importance of educating girls while stressing the fact that one in three girls are illiterate even in this day and age.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Nefertiti —> X-ray computer tomography —> Tufts University —> Shashi Tharoor

Three clicks!

Hop over. Its time for Monday’s question:

Monday’s Marauder

Angry Birds —> Richter Scale

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