Fun with Wikipedia: Click to Jesus


Working between Christmas and New Year's? Still with relatives for the holidays and looking for a Christmas-themed way to pass the time till your flight home? You can play a game with coworkers or family called Click to Jesus.†

1. Go over to Wikipedia.
2. Click "Random Article" just below the Wikipedia unfinished Death Star logo.
3. Choose the link in the article you think will get you closest to the Jesus article.
4. Keep track of the articles. Continue step 3 until you arrive at Jesus.

1 point for Random page
1 point for each click
1 point for Jesus page

Tally and compare with friends!
† Fun variants include Click to Buddha, Click to Muhammad, Click to Hitler, or Click to Cher. Sadly, Click to Raptor Jesus can no longer be played, since that article was merged to "internet meme" after heated debate.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 7 point run:

    University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (Random article)

    University of South Florida

    United States

    Christianity in the United States




  5. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. 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)

    1. #13
      > 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!

    2. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. My random page: Silk Satin Fetishism
    sexual fetishism
    Jesus Christ

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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)

  16. Four or five points!

    FA Challenge Cup (Botswana)
    Santa Claus

    or from Santa Claus to Baby Jesus for four.

  17. Fun!

    Random article: “Faklen”
    Score: 4

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

  18. Jesus to KB in four clicks:

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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)

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

    I wonder if that means anything?

  25. 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.

  26. 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.]

  27. 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

  28. Back to the world

    Back to the world (Curtis Mayfield album)

    Christianity in Vietnam

    Society of Jesus


  29. This is fun.

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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. I think we need to exclude country pages.

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

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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 ;)

  39. 4 Clicks on my first try!

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

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

  41. 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)

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

  43. Three!

    Achilles, Kansas ➝ Methodism ➝ Jesus

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

  44. 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.

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

    though the second one was better

    yeshua name > jesus

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

    5 clicks, no countries or people…

    1. 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!)

  47. 3 clicks:

    Assumption Of Mary
    Last Supper

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

  48. woo-hoo!

    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!

  49. 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

  50. Just for the fun of it:

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

    Those two seem pretty close :)

  51. 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.

  52. 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?

  53. Fun journey!

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

  54. 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. :)

  55. Let’s See:

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

    5 links

  56. 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.

  57. 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)

  58. 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.)!

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