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

Van Cliburn —> Tuna

Van Cliburn

Harvey Lavan “Van” Cliburn was an American pianist who achieved worldwide recognition even when he was only 23. He was born on July 12, 1934 and passed away on Feb 27, 2013. When he was 23, he won the international Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and shot to fame. His mother was also a pianist and used to teach people. When he was only three, his mother spotted him mimicking her students and trying to play the piano. She immediately started teaching him music as well.

He was the first classical recording artist to have an album. His recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 sold over a million copies.

Moscow

Russia is a federation which since March 1, 2008, consists of 83 federal subjects. Moscow is the most populous federal subject and also the capital. It is a major economic, scientific and cultural centre in Russia.

According to the survey Forbes list of billionaires done in 2011, Moscow has the largest number of billionaires in the world. Moscow is the northernmost megacity in the world. The Moscow-Vladivostok Trans Siberian railway line is the longest one in the world. This is a railway line that stretches over 9300 kilometres starting from Moscow in the West to Vladivostok in the East which is on the Pacific coast. Vladivostok is the largest Russian port on the Pacific ocean.

Pacific Ocean

This is the largest ocean in the world. It extends from the Arctic in the north to Antarctica in the south. It is bound by Asia to the west and the Americas to the east. The ocean was first discovered by the Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa in the early 16th century. In 1513, he crossed the Isthmus of Panama and barely touched the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean. He called it the Mar del Sur which means South Sea.

It was left to Magellan who lead an expedition that sailed around the world to appreciate the full size of the Pacific Ocean. He was the one who gave the name Ocean Pacifico to this body of water, because he encountered only peaceful waters on his journey. While the exploitation of the Ocean’s mineral wealth is hampered by its great depth, it is an excellent location for fishing. It is rich in herring, salmon, swordfish, sardines, tuna and also shellfish.

Tuna

This is a variety of fish. Specifically, it is a saltwater finfish. It is among the fastest swimming pelagic fish. (By pelagic, we refer to the zone of the seas that are neither close to the top or the bottom.) Some species of Tuna can swim upto speeds of 75 km per hour.

Tunas have a physical mechanism by which they maintain their body temperature at a convenient warmth by physically generating heat. They achieve this by conserving the heat generated through normal metabolism. An intertwining of arteries and veins helps to transfer the heat from warm blood in the veins to the blood in the arteries.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Van Cliburn —> Moscow —> Pacific Ocean —> Tuna

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Monday’s Marauder

Bluetooth—> Jupiter

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