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!

Wednesday’s Wanderer

Wallaby —> Arabian Nights


A wallaby is a macropod or a marsupial belonging to the kangaroo family and is mostly found in Australia. Smaller than the Australian kangaroos, wallabies are usually found in the remote and rugged areas of the island and also in islands like New Guinea. In fact, the term ‘wallaby’ is a general reference to any macropod smaller than a kangaroo.

While adult male wallabies are referred to as bucks, jacks or boomers, an adult female wallaby is called a doe, flyer or jill. Young wallabies are called joeys. Many species of wallabies have been introduced and bred in different parts of the world including the United Kingdom where you can find them in Devon and the Ashdown forests in East Sussex.

Ashdown Forest

Ashdown forest is a vast stretch of heathland (or an open, uncultivated area) located in the county of East Sussex in England. It is part of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – a stretch of 1450 sq.kms of land in England comprising of small farms, woodlands and parks.

Ashdown forest has a rich archaeological heritage and has been the site where evidence relating to prehistoric human beings have been found. It is also the location for the story of the popular cartoon character Winnie the Pooh written by A.A. Milne.

In fact, the artist E.H. Shepard is said to have visited Ashdown forests and drawn most of his pictures for the cartoon over there, taking inspiration from the actual location. Some of the rare birds in Britain are also found in this heathland and therefore it has been given the Special Protection Area tag. The Eurasian Sparrowhawk, a common bird of prey, is found here.

Eurasian sparrowhawk

The Eurasian sparrowhawk is a bird of prey that eats smaller woodland birds and garden birds in cities and towns. It is one of the most common birds of prey in Europe. There was a significant drop in their population during World War II owing to the excessive use of organochlorine insecticides used to treat seeds before sowing. Following a ban on the insecticide, their population recovered considerably.

The bird is mentioned in several books and plays written by notable authors including The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare and One thousand and One Arabian Nights by Richard Francis Burton.

One thousand and one nights

One thousand and one nights is a collection of stories and folktales in Arabic from West and South Asia and is popularly known as Arabian Nights.

The stories originate from Arabian, Persian, Indian, and Mesopotamian cultures. Alladin and his magic lamp, Sindabad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the forty thieves are part of the collection, though they were not included in the original Arabic version.

Thursday’s Trekker

Groundhog Day —> Timbuktu

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