Rube Goldberg Meets Wikipedia

For those who have ever played the game "Mousetrap," you have been introduced to a "Rube Goldberg device." For those who haven't and are too lazy to click on the link, a Rube Goldberg device is a machine designed to perform a simple task in a complex way. For example, it might use 17 steps/mechanisms to drop a lump of sugar in a cup of coffee. Well, if you enjoy doing things the hard way, I have a little game for you.

I'm not sure where I got the idea from, but I think part of the origin is from the "Random Article" button on Wikipedia's website. I believe any Wiki-type site has such a feature, and it can be fun to keep hitting it and seeing where you end up.

Somehow, that evolved into this little game. Basically, if I want to find something on Wikipedia, I'll hit the "random article" button. Whatever page I land on, I click on the link (in the article) that I think will get me closest to my ultimate destination. On that page, I do the same thing- click on whatever link will get me closer to my destination. And the process continues.

Let me illustrate, in case it still (likely) doesn't make sense.

- Okay, I want to read about Robbie Coltran, the guy who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies. So I go to Wikipedia's search page and hit "random article."

- I end up on the page for Sasha Pokulok, a Canadian hockey player. From here, I decide my best next step will be "Canada."

-On Canada's page, I choose "1988 Winter Olympics."

-Then I choose "Cool Runnings."

-That takes me to "John Candy" which leads to "Steven Spielberg" to "Gremlins" to "Chris Columbus" to "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" movie...

-...which ends in "Robbie Coltrane." Wasn't that fun?

Here's another one for funsies:
- Target: Bobby Bonilla (baseball player)--> C.D. Jalapa --> Guatemala --> Mexico --> Baseball --> List of Organized Baseball Leagues --> Major League Baseball --> New York Mets --> Bobby Bonilla

Good times (good waste of time, too)!


Beckie said…
okay, now I HAVE to try out this time waster. I love time wasters, and this one sounds perfect.

I'll let you know how it goes.
this sounds like a version of the 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon...but, no time to try it out this week. Maybe next week
Tamara said…
that sounds like it takes up lots of time for those silly games this week...but maybe next! ha ha

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