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

Madame Tussauds—> Hiroshima

Madame Tussauds

One of the famous tourist attractions in London would be Madame Tussauds wax museum, which contains waxworks of film stars, sports stars, royal families and celebrities. There is an interesting story of how the museum was found.

The museum's founder Marie Tussaud was born in Strasbourg in France. Her mother worked as a housekeeper for a physician in Bern, Switzerland by name Dr. Phillippe Curtius, who was skilled in wax modelling. Marie learnt the art of wax modelling from Dr. Curtius and inherited his wax models after his death in 1794 after which Marie travelled through Europe displaying her collections alongside other artists. Finally in 1831, she leased a place near Baker Street in London to establish a permanent home for her collections.

Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital city of Alsace region, one of the 27 regions in France, and is located on the France-Germany border.

It is the seat of important institutions like the Eurocorps, European Parliament and the European court for Human Rights. Strasbourg is also known for several parks which are prominent historical and cultural places of visit. Some of these parks include castles, zoos and open-air museums.

Open-air museums

An open-air museum is a special kind of museum that displays its exhibits out-of-doors. These museums are situated outdoors on a vast expanse of land and usually depict or retell the history of a place through their exhibits.

The exhibits are usually rebuilt wooden structures that depict landscapes from the past. The idea behind using wooden structures for exhibits is that they are easy to shift and lend authenticity.

Living museums, known as living farm museums or living history museums, is a type of open-air museum where actors enact the daily lives of people from a different period. They perform everyday tasks like cooking on open hearth, churning butter, spinning or weaving. There are also transportation museums which move from one place to another.

The Hiroshima City transportation museum is a street railway museum.

Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the capital of Hiroshima prefecture in western Honshu, Japan. It was one of the sites targeted by nuclear weapons during World War II.

The atom bomb nicknamed ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 by US Armed Forces. The bombing killed an estimated 80,000 people in the city. The death toll rose considerably to 90,000 – 140,000 following the war due to the after effects from the radiation.

Oleander is the official flower of Hiroshima as it was the first to bloom in the destroyed city following the nuclear attack.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Madame Tussauds—> Strasbourg—> Open-air museums —> Hiroshima

Three clicks!

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Monday’s Marauder

Elephant bird —> Bill Gates

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