XKCD is a truly remarkable web comic. It has the right mixture of intellectuality and humor and is a constant delight for those of us seeking witty delights. A very cool feature of each comic is the roll-over fine text which contains sometimes additional layers of wit, and sometimes just downright interesting trivia.
In a recent comic humoring many of our dependencies on Wikipedia to appear knowledgeable and intellectual, the roll-over text also gives this gem of trivia: ” Wikipedia trivia: if you take any article, click on the first link in the article text not in parentheses or italics, and then repeat, you will eventually end up at ‘Philosophy’. “
Try it out for yourself, it’s quite fun! I was able to go from Brighton, Iowa to Philosophy after 17 link clicks. I’ve tried this out a few times now, and philosophy somehow always turns up. I wonder what interesting mechanism lies behind this (I doubt it is mere coincidence).
Don’t forget to leave a comment with the starting wiki page and how many clicks you needed to get to philosophy!