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!

Thursday’s Trekker

Marathon —> Hopscotch

Marathon

A road race run for a distance of 42.195 kilometers is a marathon. More than 500 marathons are run every year and it is an integral part of the modern Olympic games. The story behind the marathon makes for an interesting read. It is run in the memory of the Greek hero Pheidippides, who ran from Marathon to Athens in 490 BC to convey the news of the victory of the Greeks at the Battle of Marathon. It is said that Pheidippides, exhausted from the run, delivered the message, collapsed and died.

Battle of Marathon

Fought in 490 BC among the Greeks and the Persians, the Battle of Marathon was perhaps the first attempt made by the Persians to subjugate the Greeks. The Persians however, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of the Greeks in the battle. While the loss did not cause a significant dent in the resources of the powerful Persians, it was considered a landmark moment for the Greeks who defeated the Persians for the first time. According to the English philosopher, John Stuart Mill, the Battle of Marathon was a more significant event in history for the British than the Battle of Hastings was.

John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill is widely considered as the ‘most influential English philosopher of the 19th century’. He advocated utilitarianism, an ethical theory developed by Jeremy Bentham. The concept of utilitarianism is that an action is right if it benefits a majority of people and promotes happiness. It also states that promoting happiness among a large section of people must be the guiding principle of any action.

While Bentham observed that all forms of happiness were equal, be it a child playing hopscotch or attending an opera; Mill was of the opinion that moral and intellectual pleasures such as listening to the opera was superior to physical pleasures.

Hopscotch

A popular playground game, you might have had the opportunity to play it during recess time at school. The game consists of hopping over a set of rectangular squares drawn on the ground. The layout is usually drawn in dirt or from a piece of chalk and consists of rectangles drawn next to each other. A stone (a marker) is thrown in each square of the layout and the player has to hop on the squares, without entering the square where the marker is. The player has to hop till he/she reaches the home base, turn around, continue the journey, retrieve the marker and then exit the layout.

So the path that we have traversed today is:

Marathon —> Battle of Marathon —> John Stuart Mill —> Hopscotch

Three clicks! Hop over. It’s time for the next question:

Friday’s Free rider

Humayun's Tomb —> Tony Abbott

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Kudos!

K.S.Achala of class 9, St.Joseph’s English School, Kurnool was able to find an alternate path for yesterday’s Wednesday’s Wanderer. Here it is: Saudi Arabia —> Desert —> Temperature —> Thermometer