Fun with Wikipedia: Click to Jesus


107 Responses to “Fun with Wikipedia: Click to Jesus”

  1. Anonymous says:

    5 clicks to jesus
    Tom Zarek
    Lucifer (Battlestar Galactica)
    Temptation of Jesus

  2. petezombie says:

    Back to the world

    Back to the world (Curtis Mayfield album)

    Christianity in Vietnam

    Society of Jesus


  3. Anonymous says:

    Let’s See:

    Ingemar (random page) > Ingemar Vanerlov > Christian Democrats > Free Church > Christian Denomination > Jesus

    5 links

  4. Snowtred says:

    Pretty fun. Although Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha are all pretty easy. In most cases an random article has a hotlink for a country. Click that, go down to religions, and you are usually done in 4 points.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Eric Cohn

  6. robotrevolution says:

    1st Try:
    Shap (village in England)

    2nd Try:
    Mark Walters

    3rd Try:
    Intraspecific antagonism

    Seems pretty easy to get to Jesus in 4-5 steps using the Europe/Christian angle.

  7. dbarak says:

    Four clicks from “Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men’s 200 metres”

  8. Bevatron Repairman says:

    This is fun.

    Random: History of the Pittsburg Pirates–>Roberto Clemente–>Puerto Rico–>Roman Catholic Church–>Jesus.

  9. Xenu says:

    It’s more challenging if you try to get a link to the Kevin Bacon article.

  10. Anonymous says:

    2nd try. Wanted to go for Buddha.

    Dancing_The Dream


  11. Bevatron Repairman says:

    One more: Catanese surface →Surfaces of a General Type→ Algebraic Geometry→Cassini Oval→Giovanni Cassini→Pope Clement IX→Pope→Catholic Church→Jesus

    I don’t know anything about math beyond first year college calculus, so it took a few steps to get out of deep advanced geometry. I think the surest path is to head for the tall grass of geography, since that will usually get you a country and then a religion section.

  12. tuckels says:

    We have “wikipedia races” as we call them at school, whenever we should be doing something more productive. One person elects a starting and finishing page, and the winner is the first one on the last page.

  13. Antinous / Moderator says:

    This is pretty much how I clear my cache when it’s being obstreperous.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Nourlangie > Incest > Jewish bastards > Separation of church and state > Gospel of John > Jesus

  15. Anonymous says:

    My first two were a five and a four:
    Eleanor Bartlett> Cannabis> Spain> Christianity> Jesus
    Eastern Mosquitofish> United States> Christianity> Jesus

    Both done with links in the text, but I agree with an earlier poster and think the greater challenge would be to do it without using a country.

  16. Chainring says:

    This is fun!

    Cleveland E. Dodge, Jr.

    3 clicks!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Franklin, Tasmania > John Franklin > Cannibalism > Christian > Jesus

  18. Anonymous says:

    I got the impossible set:

    1. Anachalcos
    2. Scarabaeidae
    3. Egypt
    4. Christianity
    5. Jesus

    … Wow, I was not expecting that to be so easy.

  19. Cowicide says:

    Heh… love how my random link started with a dinosaur…

    1) Random link goes to a dinosaur called an Indricotheriinae.

    2) The beast lived in what is now known as China.

    3) Christianity in China.

    4) Jesus Christ!

  20. Anonymous says:

    A mate and I actually used to play that with the “hacker” entry of the German Wikipedia about three years ago. But I didn’t know it was that common.

  21. jonesey says:

    51 comments, and nobody has linked to the Wiki Game article on Wikipedia? The regular commenters must be on vacation.

    Note variation #5, “Find Hitler!”

    Oh crap, Godwin’s Law. Sorry, folks.

  22. TEKNA2007 says:

    Is it just me, or does He look like Richard Reed, a.k.a. the Shoe Bomber, in that mosaic/picture?

    Nah, that can’t be right.

  23. chryss says:

    I think we need to exclude country pages.

    Rick_Wakeman’s_Criminal_Record (random page) -> Switzerland -> Christianity -> Jesus ==> 4 pt.

  24. bkad says:

    That’s funny, my friend and I were playing this game just last weekend (only we were trying to click to “Aquatic Ape Theory’ instead). I didn’t realize other people wasted time the same way.

  25. edwinx2 says:

    Monkey Fun! Reminds me of a game we played a long time ago called “Web That Smut!” (“I can web that smut in 5 clicks, Alex!”)

    Here’s my first try:

    Random Article = “B²FH” +1
    => “Carl Sagan” +1
    => “History of the Jews in Russia” +1
    => “Christianity” +1
    => “Jesus” +1
    = 5 points

    Scoring is confusing, though. Adding 1 for each click as well as +1 for the “Random” and “Jesus” pages seems at odds with the intuitive goal of reaching “Jesus” with the fewest clicks. I suppose it is “low score wins,” then?

    That works out to:

    Very unlikely: Random page is “Jesus” = score of 2 points (+1 for random, +1 for “Jesus”, no clicks)

    Unlikely: Random page directly links to “Jesus” = score of 3 Points (+1 for random, +1 for “Jesus”, +1 for clicks)

    Likely: Two or more pages are between the random link and “Jesus” = score of 4+ Points (+1 for random, +1 for “Jesus”, +1 each for at least two intermediary clicks)

    So, it may make more sense to discard the points for the “Random” and “Jesus” pages and just track the in-between clicks, with 0 points being a perfect score.

    Anyway, neat idea and welcome to Boing-Boing, Andrea!

  26. Ehkzu says:

    Random click –> Sanrio (Japanese marketing company that does Hello Kitty & has rights to Peanuts characters)

    Click to Peanuts.

    Click to Charley Brown Christmas.

    Click to Gospel of St. Luke.

    Click to Jesus of Nazareth.

    So–5 points.

    But another poster was right. The boring efficient thing to do is go to the country. In this case:

    Random: Sanrio.
    Click to Japanese.
    Click to Christianity.
    Click to Jesus of Nazareth.

    Only four clicks. But a little bo-ring.

    Ditto everything else I guess.

    Random: Eddie Worth (infielder)
    click on Pennsylvania (birthplace)
    click on Catholic Church
    Click on Jesus.

    4 points.

    Bored now. (to quote Willow when she becomes a vampire)

  27. Sef says:

    7 point run:

    University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (Random article)

    University of South Florida

    United States

    Christianity in the United States




  28. hacky says:

    Essentially the same thing

  29. Anonymous says:


  30. glamaFez says:

    3 clicks:

    Assumption Of Mary
    Last Supper

    I feel cheated because there was no clickable Jesus link in the first article.

  31. Anonymous says:

    this is way fun!

    I got:
    1) Linda Hamilton
    2) Cleveland, Ohio
    3) Polish American (see what I did there?)
    4) Catholic Church
    5) Jesus Christ

  32. Anonymous says:

    5 clicks

    Bob Connely
    Congleton Town FC


    I didn’t know how I would go from the guy to Jesus, but I figured that going to a broader university (club > city > country) would do the trick.

  33. asterisk says:

    using words found within the text of the article…


    random page >>>
    gunilla (a swedish female name) >>>
    gunilla johansdotter bielke (2nd spouse and queen consort of John III of sweden)>>> catholicism >>>


    random page >>>

    N3krozoft Ltd, previously N3krozoft Mord or N3kr0z0ft (pronounced /ˈnɛkroʊsɒft/), is a transnational electronic art group founded in the early 1990s. The group has experimented with the intersection of technology, information and arts, exploiting the creative potential of, what was then, the new media technologies of CD-ROM, multimedia, live audiovisual jamming[1], and computer-generated video installations. >>>

    kabbalistic (redirecting to kabbalah)>>>

    Creator (to creator diety)>>>


    random page>>>

    +1 Aislinge Meic Con Glinne (Middle Ir.: The Vision of Mac Conglinne) is a Middle Irish tale of anonymous authorship, believed to have been written in the 11th century.[1] A parody of the “Vision” genre of religious text, it has been described as the “best major work of parody” in the Irish language.[2] >>>

    +1 psalms >>>

    +1 Jesus.

    3 points for that last one?… or does ‘random’ count as a click?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Wow, first attempt, got it in two clicks:

    Juju Music
    Bob Marley
    Jesus Christ

  35. SamSam says:

    Six Degrees of Wikipedia

    (A pretty silly article, and one that I imagine will be cleaned up pretty soon)

    Also: Six degrees of Wikpedia Tool for automatically making the links.

  36. Anonymous says:

    hehe, okay, how about a conceptual one?

    1) Open Archival Information System
    2) Digital Preservation
    3) National Archives and Records Administration
    4) Census
    5) Kingdom of Jerusalem
    6) Christianity
    7) Jesus

    more steps than many, but come on… ’tis the season and all ;)

  37. ciacontra says:

    Hmmm my first five tries took only four steps, so I think that’s probably what most often will happen (especially if you can link to a country, then religion/Christianity/jebus. I am assuming you have to get to the actual Jesus Christ page, not just ‘Christianity’ or ‘Catholic Church’.

    The one time so far it hasn’t been 4 steps was: Individually Ventilated Cages/Sterilization/Middle Ages/Catholic Church/Jebus. But I tried a few ways on that one, also made it in five by going Individually Ventilated Cages/Sterilization/Israel/Church of the Nativity/Jebus. Finally, my favorite and I kid you not: Individually Ventilated Cages/HEPA/Feces/Profanity/Jesus Christ!

    • cowtown says:

      Yeah, this seems to be a par-4 course. For instance, Sef’s 7-point run could have been:
      University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
      Tampa, Florida
      Catholic Church
      Jesus Christ (auto-redirects to Jesus)

  38. Anonymous says:

    10 points. I had a tough draw starting with W80 Nuclear Warhead.

    • 3eff_jeff says:

      10 points. I had a tough draw starting with W80 Nuclear Warhead.

      You can at least halve that score. W80->LANL->New Mexico->Catholic Church->Jesus (playing by strict, only-links-in-the-text rules). As another anonymous pointed out, Jesus and Nuclear Warheads are closer than one might think.

    • Anonymous says:

      > 10 points. I had a tough draw starting
      > with W80 Nuclear Warhead.

      I would think that nothing would get you to Jesus quicker than a Nuclear Warhead!

  39. Daneel says:

    5 here.

    Jannice Pennington
    Jesus in Islam

  40. Anonymous says:

    Another fun variant is to click to Hitler and measure how long it takes to get to something completely unrelated and back.

  41. binky79 says:

    I play a game where (if i have free time) I will attempt to get to the Wikipedia article i am looking for by starting at the homepage and not using the keyboard.

  42. dotytron says:

    4 clicks

    Einars Repše > Painting > Bible > Jesus

    I think that using the links on the side of the page is cheating…should be limited to links in the article only.

  43. IshmaeLeaver says:

    First try:

    Random Article: “Peter Donolo”
    First Click: Milan
    Second Click: Christians
    Third Click: Jesus

    4 points!

    Second try:

    Random Article: “MSID”
    Random Article: “Castle Law”
    First Click: “Historic Scotland”
    Second Click: Scotland
    Third Click: Christians
    Fourth Click: Jesus

    6 points!

  44. Anonymous says:

    SMBC did a comic about this but the target article was sexual intercourse. Chewbacca to sex in 3 clicks . . . think you can do it?

  45. skeptacally says:

    Rue Saint-Louis

    dang. i thought with Rue Saint-Louis i could get it in 3.

  46. skeptacally says:


    2nd time is the charm:

    Kelly Miller Smith (had never heard of her — we canadians don’t often come across american baptist preachers…)

    if i can get 2, i’m retiring a champion!

  47. IshmaeLeaver says:

    Kevin Bacon:

    First try:

    Random Article: “Network (mathematics)”
    First Click: “Network theory”
    Second Click: social networks
    Third Click: six degrees of separation
    Fourth Click: “Kevin Bacon”

    5 points! Pretty lucky!

  48. Anonymous says:

    Fun journey!

    Roxann Dawson
    Broadway theatre
    White Christmas (musical)
    Musical Theatre
    Jesus Christ Superstar

  49. KDBryan says:

    4 Clicks on my first try!

    1. White-Sided Jackrabbit
    2. Mexico
    3. Roman Catholicism (which redirects to “Catholic Church”)
    4. Jesus!

  50. anachronismo says:

    My random page: Silk Satin Fetishism
    sexual fetishism
    Jesus Christ

  51. Anonymous says:

    “Night Call”, The Twilight Zone, Republican Party, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jesus Christ. Pretty win.

  52. Avram / Moderator says:

    When I saw this random pick I was sure it’d take me more than four clicks, but no:

    • PCDHGC3 ➝ Gene ➝ Gregor Mendel ➝ Priest ➝ Jesus (5 pts)

  53. Anonymous says:

    1. The Live Desk
    2. Fox News Channel
    3. Adolf Hitler
    4. Jesus!

  54. Anonymous says:

    Maybe a rule could be to NOT go through an article of a Country/Nation…

  55. Anonymous says:


    1. Trailer Trash
    2. Redneck
    3. Church of England
    4. Jesus

  56. RainyRat says:

    Reminds me of Google roulette; collect a few colleagues, stand around a PC and type increasingly risqué phrases into Google. Last one to get fired wins.

  57. Anonymous says:

    My path:
    Filbert’s Old Time Root Beer (That’s the random page)

  58. Avram / Moderator says:

    It always seems to come down to four or five points:

    • Tigran L. Petrosian ➝ Armenia ➝ Christianity ➝ Jesus (4 pts)

    • Barclay Church (disambiguation) ➝ Barclay Viewforth Church ➝ Church of Scotland ➝ Eucharist ➝ Jesus (5 pts)

    • Ramon Frade ➝ Santo Domingo ➝ Society of Jesus ➝ Jesus (4 pts)

    • Neva Jane Langley ➝ Wesleyan College ➝ Category:Universities and colleges affiliated with the United Methodist Church ➝ Methodism ➝ Jesus (5 pts)

    • Shika, Ishikawa ➝ Japan ➝ Christianity ➝ Jesus (4 pts)

  59. oh not anymore says:

    ok, I started small…
    Ancient Greek
    Koine reek
    Son of God

  60. MelSkunk says:


    Achilles, Kansas ➝ Methodism ➝ Jesus

    Ouch! I think that would be hard to beat with anything short of a Christianity or religion related random

  61. Anonymous says:

    Four or five points!

    FA Challenge Cup (Botswana)
    Santa Claus

    or from Santa Claus to Baby Jesus for four.

  62. Anonymous says:

    I actually created a version of this game that let’s you earn points and badges for playing:

  63. Anonymous says:

    Random: Okan Koç
    1: Turkish people
    2: Israel
    3: Bible
    4: Jesus

  64. Anonymous says:

    Magic_(Robin_Thicke_song) -> Philippines -> Christianity -> Jesus

  65. Caroline says:


    Random article: “Faklen”
    Score: 4

    Second try:
    Random article was “Eastpoint, Florida”
    United States
    Christianity in the United States
    Score: 4

  66. mattruben says:

    Jesus to KB in four clicks:

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
    Salt Lake City
    Lehi, Utah
    Kevin Bacon

  67. Anonymous says:

    I got there in three clicks:

    Started at HDR PhotoStudio.
    Clicked on Visual Arts, which led me to Michaelangelo then to Jesus.

    Whee! Fun stuff!

  68. Anonymous says:

    I think this should be made into a drinking game… every click is a drink until you get to “jesus” or whoever then everyone else drinks… just a thought

  69. jeligula says:

    Yes, let’s just hoover Wikipedia’s bandwidth when they are hurting for money, why don’t we?

  70. JohnBerry says:

    Every time I see a picture like this I think Jesus is giving us his gang sign.

  71. Sam says:

    4 clicks from “southpaw engine”
    Southpaw engine –> Doom II –> Hell –> Christianity –> Jesus

  72. Anonymous says:

    Three points for me, went from New Boston-Morea, Pennsylvania —> Marriage —> Jesus

  73. saywhatagain says:

    This reminds me of a Wikipedia game I play with my friends.

    1) Player 1 names any topic at random
    2) Player 2 names any second topic at random
    3) Starting at topic 1, both players attempt to reach topic 2 as quickly as possible, using only in-article links.

    voila, wikiracing, one of my favorite pass times.

  74. The Sando says:

    Nickelodean theatre > problem plays > shakespeare’s religion > Protestantism > jesus christ

    though the second one was better

    yeshua name > jesus

  75. tubacat says:

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group->
    Sony Pictures Classics->
    Quinceañera (film)->
    Virgin (disambiguation)->
    Mary (mother of Jesus)->

    5 clicks, no countries or people…

    • tubacat says:

      I think I counted wrong – are you supposed to count every page? Then it was 7 points.

      Plus I guess Jesus and Mary were people (I wasn’t there!)

  76. siliconsunset says:

    I have to agree with “jeligula | #29″.

    This game is a unnecessary hog of Wikipedia’s bandwidth, and at a time when they are in need of money… poorly-timed, if anything. Wikipedia really is an important resource, something that sadly too many people take for granted.

  77. kc0bbq says:

    Is it cheating to use disambiguation links?

    Random: Extension (metaphysics)
    Click: Mass
    Click: Mass (Liturgy), one of two disambiguation links along with Mass (Disambiguation)
    Click: Jesus

    I feel dirty, like I cheated baby Jesus out of something.

  78. Alan says:

    Hmm, I started with “Cardassian” from Star Trek, thinking it’d be tough, but it was easy enough.

    William Shakespeare

    Didn’t click on a country or religion/denomination to do it, either.

  79. Talia says:

    Joaquim Gomes > Portugal > Christianity > Jesus.


  80. utt73 says:

    Woot! Scored a lucky birdie with only 3 pts: > Weddings > Jesus

  81. kc0bbq says:

    I would have thought My Little Pony and Friends would have been tougher, but it’s only 4 points.

    My Little Pony and Friends -> Syndication -> The Lawrence Welk Show (redirects to Lawrence Welk) -> Universal Life Church -> Christ (redirects to Jesus)

  82. Antinous / Moderator says:

    That’s What I’m Talking About > 2004 in Music > Madonna > Stigmata > Jesus

  83. Anonymous says:

    Dang. Getting from my random page (T-nut) to Jesus took nine steps. I was amazed it could be done at all; thank goodness for Newton. :)

  84. kc0bbq says:

    Haha, My Little Pony and Friends is the same distance from Jesus as it is from Adolph Hitler.

    I wonder if that means anything?

  85. hollimer says:

    random = Mark McKinney +1
    clicked to Mel Gibson +1
    clicked to Jesus Christ +1

    3 points!

  86. Anonymous says:

    Just for the fun of it:

    Adolf Hitler > Jesus Christ (1 Click)
    Jesus Christ > Jew > Adolf Hitler (2 Clicks)

    Those two seem pretty close :)

  87. Anonymous says:

    We used to play a version of this with the allmusic guide, clicking to the Beatles.

  88. Anonymous says:

    I know this game, but you have to get to Fat Joe. :D

  89. Anonymous says:

    Two clicks:
    1. Olympe-Philippe Gerbet ->
    2. Eucharist -> Jesus

  90. Feenicks says:

    Nicholas Mayall
    Observational astronomy
    Galileo Galilei
    Catholic Church

  91. Anonymous says:

    Random article:
    click to New Testament
    click to jesus

  92. opinionated&free says:

    7 clicks from Gary Gottlieb. This is fun! I’m shareing this article with my minister friends (that is, my friends that happen to be ministers. I’m not one of them.)!

  93. hbl says:

    I went from random: Diptheroides to
    Kingdom (biology)
    Roman Catholic Church

    You’d be surprised how few instances of ‘jesus’ are actually hyperlinks on the RC entry. Also, I’m gonna claim extra credit for only using links found in the entry’s main body of text.

  94. Anonymous says:

    Random: Pekka Halonen -> Paul Gauguin -> Vision after the Sermon -> Angel -> Jesus; didn’t realize until reading dotytron’s posting I could do Random: Pekka Halonen -> Painter -> Biblical -> Jesus.

    Also, try the recaptcha on your posting:

    Nahuatl -> Jesuits -> Christianity -> Jesus

    [That's right, there's no direct link from the Society of Jesus article to the Jesus article, which suggests a fun game: the largest number of occurrences of a proper noun (not the name of the subject of the page) on a Wikipedia page with no link to the page for whatever the proper noun names. But the folks concerned about Wikipedia's bandwidth probably won't like that, as it's more difficult.]

  95. Anonymous says:

    4 points

    Random: The Story of the Youth Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
    Click 1: Fairy tale
    Click 2: Religion
    Click 3: Jesus of Nazareth

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