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Zoophilia->Metafilter: 19 paths, 3 degrees.

Felching->CNN: 2 paths, 2 degrees.

This is the new best thing.
posted by meehawl at 8:29 PM on February 28, 2018


Elim Garak to David Garrick: 13 over 3
posted by mwhybark at 8:34 PM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]




Benjamin Lee Whorf to Worf, son of Mogh: 4 over 3
posted by mwhybark at 8:38 PM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]


I can’t find any pair more than 3 degrees away.
posted by Grandysaur at 8:44 PM on February 28, 2018


It feels like being able to use the References section is cheating, but aunno.
posted by KChasm at 8:45 PM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]


Whew! I got my first four-degree-er. Bokononism to Kenton Grua.
posted by Grandysaur at 8:51 PM on February 28, 2018 [1 favorite]


4 degrees! Polyurethane>>Exo (band)
Best game? Best game.
posted by q*ben at 8:57 PM on February 28, 2018


I got a 5! Yes best game.
posted by Grandysaur at 9:01 PM on February 28, 2018 [3 favorites]


Napoleon -> Drake (musician) was surprisingly short.
posted by simra at 9:12 PM on February 28, 2018


This is awesome.

Can anyone find 5 degrees with only a single path? Haven't managed that yet but I did find a 1/4:
Erdős–Faber–Lovász conjecture -> Diamond Bar High School

...which uses the surprising fact that Hank Aaron and Paul Erdős once autographed a baseball together
posted by equalpants at 9:18 PM on February 28, 2018 [4 favorites]


I managed to find a 7-degree connection (582 paths!) by hitting up the random article page and looking for stubs:
O-phosphoserine sulfhydrylase to Gunnar Knudsenfjella (mountain in Svalbard)
posted by Lirp at 9:34 PM on February 28, 2018 [2 favorites]


equalpants: Here's a six-degree single path!
Larry Christman (American politician) to Gunnar Knudsenfjella (mountain in Svalbard)
posted by Lirp at 9:39 PM on February 28, 2018 [1 favorite]


Oh wow, nice!

Another challenge: find a pair where the degree from A->B is much greater than the degree from B->A.

A difference of 1 isn't hard. I haven't found a difference of 2 yet...
posted by equalpants at 9:39 PM on February 28, 2018


Fun! I got a 6.
posted by transient at 9:40 PM on February 28, 2018


Oh, and it goes 4 in the other direction.
posted by transient at 9:42 PM on February 28, 2018




A—B: 1 path, 3 degrees.
B—A: 156 paths, 4 degrees.
posted by Grandysaur at 10:07 PM on February 28, 2018 [3 favorites]


Isn't there some aphorism about how nothing's more than two links away from the Second World War?

Oh look:

Found 6 paths with 2 degrees of separation from MetaFilter to World War II
posted by pompomtom at 10:14 PM on February 28, 2018 [1 favorite]


Heh... one of the paths is "Metafilter->Peer Pressure->World War II".

Anyway, I'm off to invade Manchuria. All the cool kids are doing it.
posted by pompomtom at 10:15 PM on February 28, 2018 [7 favorites]


aw come on guys i was just about to go to bed

Anal cleansing -> Metafilter
5 / 3

If there weren't links to "public domain" in the references section, we'd be harder to find!
posted by numaner at 10:16 PM on February 28, 2018


4 / 339 for Rezz -> The Book of Five Rings
Only 4/8 the other way
posted by poe at 2:05 AM on March 1, 2018


Found 27 paths with 4 degrees of separation from Butts to LOL
posted by EndsOfInvention at 5:07 AM on March 1, 2018


apples to oranges
posted by moonmilk at 7:28 AM on March 1, 2018


My son likes to play "Wiki Races" where you compete on who can get from one Wikipedia page to another the quickest. The rules are:
  • At the start, someone chooses a Wikipedia page to start on, and another person chooses the one to end on.
  • After the first race, start from the last Wikipedia page in the previous race and a non-winner of the previous race gets to chose the next page to race to.
  • You can only go forward by clinking links to other Wikipedia pages in the text of the page you're on.
  • No back arrow allowed.
  • No use of the "Find" key.
  • No use of any Wikipedia tools like "What links here?"
Last night we had "Air Canada" => "six gill shark" => "Word of Warcraft" => "whale louse"
posted by ShooBoo at 7:45 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


I wish this would show where the actual link is. For instance, I put in "penguin" and "flamingo," and it says they're directly connected, but ctrl+f "flamingo" on the "penguin" page reveals nothing.
posted by zeusianfog at 10:08 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


I viewed page source and then ctrl+f for "flamingo" and the word was "Phoenicopteriformes"
posted by numaner at 11:23 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


Welp, this is awkward...

No path of Wikipedia links exists from Larry Storch to Anal leakage.


HA!
posted by Splunge at 11:47 AM on March 1, 2018 [1 favorite]


Damnit, can't get more than 4 with even things like "Continental drift" => "A.1. Sauce"! That one actually included Bill Gates in one path... *sheesh*
posted by TigerMoth at 1:03 PM on March 1, 2018


"Benazir Bhutto" => "Estrone sulfotransferase": 4 paths, 4 degrees of separation
"Estrone sulfotransferase" => "Benazir Bhutto": 253 paths (!), 4 degrees of separation
posted by haltingproblemsolved at 4:48 PM on March 1, 2018


Putin -> Trump

1 degree of separation

FINALLY PROOF
posted by mcstayinskool at 7:08 PM on March 1, 2018 [3 favorites]


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