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!

Friday’s Free rider

Lego —> Cadbury

Lego

You’re right, it’s Lego and not Le’ggo! Who has not been fascinated by building blocks in their childhood? And Lego is nothing but the brand of construction toys based in Billund, Denmark. The company’s most popular product is a set of interlocking bricks that you can use to build several forms of your choice. You can use them to build vehicles buildings and even working robots. Ole Kirk Chirstiansen started making wooden toys in his carpentry workshop. He started the company which was called Lego after the Danish phrase “leg godt” which means “play well.” In 1947 they moved to making plastic toys and in 1949 they started producing an early version of the interlocking building bricks which are now so famous. Lego also has the license to reproduce themes from famous cartoon characters and movies such as Avatar, Indiana Jones, Bob the builder, Harry Potter and many more. 

Bob the Builder

You will be curious to know who Bob the builder is. Bob the builder is an animated television show for children created by Keith Chapman.  Bob is a character who is a building contractor specialising in masonry. He and friends and set of work-vehicles and equipment (fashioned similar to humans) get down to fixing various problems that keep cropping up.

When faced by a problem Bob would ask “Can we fix it?” and the other characters would respond with “Yes we can!” and the story would go on. Recently Marc Silk a voice actor from Birmingham has dubbed for the voice of Bob for USA viewers.

Birmingham

Birmingham is the name of a city in England. It is the most populous city outside of London, the capital. It used to be a medium-sized market town in the medieval period (middle ages). In the 18th century it shot up to prominence because it was in the middle of the so-called Midlands Enlightenment and the subsequent Industrial revolution.

This saw the town at the heart of international developments in science, technology and economic organisation. Today Birmingham is ranked a Beta-World City. Despite the eventual decline in manufacturing, some units still remain, one of which is the famous manufacturer of Chocolate, Cadbury’s. 

Cadbury

This is a world famous confectionary company originally located in Bournville (where do you think the name “Bournvita” comes from?).   The headquarters of this company is in Uxbridge, London and it operates in more than fifty countries worldwide.  In 2010 it was taken over by Kraft, a food product producer.

It all began when John Cadbury, in 1824 started selling tea coffee and drinking chocolate which he himself made. John Cadbury and his brother Benjamin, known as the Cadbury Brothers from Birmingham, went into a partnership. In 1873 they started manufacturing chocolates. Our favourite Dairy Milk bar was launched in 1905 with a higher proportion of milk than is usual.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Lego —> Bob the Builder —> Birmingham —> Cadbury

Three clicks! Hop over. Its time for the next question:

Saturday’s Surfer

Virender Sehwag—> Bolshoi theatre

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