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!

Monday’s Marauder

Snakes on a Plane —> LPG

Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane is an action thriller film which was released in 2006. It is based on  events that take place when many snakes land on a passenger plane.

Directed by David R Ellis, the film was in the limelight even before its release.

Based on the response from the internet users, the film was re-shot for five days. The film made a profit of US$ 62 million worldwide.

United States Dollar  

US$ is also called United States dollar or American dollar. It is the currency of the United States of America. A dollar is divided into 100 units called cents.

The US$ is used in various countries for transactions. 

The symbol $ is generally written before the amount.  The p and s from the scribal abbreviation of the peso were written over each other, which lead to the dollar sign that we have today.  

A few believe that the dollar sign comes from the Pillars of Hercules on the Spanish Coat of arms on the Spanish dollars.

These spanish dollars were minted in the New World mints in Mexico City, Potosí, Bolivia, and in Lima, Peru.

Mexico City

This is the capital city of Mexico and it is a seat of power of the Mexican Union. Mexico City is not part of the Mexican states though it is part of the federation.

Mexico City has an prominent place in the map of the North America as its most important city in all aspects, be it political, cultural, educational or financial.  

Mexico City is not only the largest metropolitan in the Western hemisphere but also has the largest Spanish speaking population in the world. The city has had a World Bank approved project to curb air pollution in which trucks were asked to use only LPG for fuel. 

LPG

Liquefied petroleum gas is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases which is used as a fuel in both appliances and vehicles. When it is used in vehicle as fuel it is called autogas.  Different varieties of LPG are made from varied propositions of propane and butane.

LPG is also used as a aerosol propellant. It is seen as a replacement for chlorofluorocarbons in refrigerant.  LPG is sometimes also referred to as GPL, LG gas or propane or butane.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Snakes on a Plane —> US Dollar —> Mexico City —> LPG

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