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

Diamond —> Jazz

Diamond

The word diamond is derived from the Greek word for “unbreakable”, and indeed diamond is the hardest natural material known. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness which ranges from 1 to 10, talc is a 1, and diamond is a 10. Diamonds are usually formed 140 – 190 km under Earth’s surface.

It takes 1 – 3.3 billion years to form and is brought close to the surface of the earth during volcanic eruptions. Among the most famous and expensive diamonds are the Koh-i-Noor, the Hope, and the Tiffany Yellow diamond. How much a diamond is worth depends on their cut, colour, carat and clarity.

Volcanic eruptions

Volcanic eruptions involve flowing lava which can reach temperature of 1250 degrees Celsius melting whole towns in its path. The ash and the toxic gases can cause lung damage. National Geographic says that more than 260,000 people have died in the past 300 years from volcanic eruptions and their aftermath. Ninety per cent of the 1,900 active volcanoes on Earth today are located on the Ring of Fire along the edges of the Pacific ocean. Mount Etna in Italy is one of the most active in the world today. Did you know that the volcanic rock pumice is the only rock that can float on water?

Italy

Italy is more than Pasta, Pizzas, and the Tower of Pisa. Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world! This is probably why more than 50 million tourists visit the country every year. However, Venice, one of Italy’s most popular cities has a problem. It is literally sinking into the mud! As a result, frequent floods have proved to be a bother. Music is an important part of Italian culture. Classical music instruments like the piano and the violin were invented here. Other genres of music like jazz have also become very popular.

Jazz

Have you heard of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and John Coltrane? They are all jazz musicians. Jazz is a genre of music that originated in the early 20th century in Southern U.S.A by African-American communities who lived there. A constantly evolving genre, there are dozens of different jazz styles including blues, ragtime, swing, soul, smooth etc.

No wonder, trombonist J.J. Johnson once said "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will." 

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Diamond —> Volcanic eruption —> Italy —> Jazz

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

Monday’s Marauder

Instant noodles —> Gorilla glass

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