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Philosophy

According to XKCD, you can start at any Wikipedia article, and by continually clicking on the first non-italic, un-parenthesised link in the article text, eventually end up at “Philosophy.”

Let’s see how that works:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Document
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-fiction
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrative
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italic_language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-European_languages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_family
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meaning_(philosophy_of_language)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle     <-----   Oh, so close!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greeks
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sovereign_state
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_(polity)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_sciences
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbrella_term
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superset
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Property_(philosophy)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_philosophy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy     <-----   Achievement unlocked.

25 Steps from Wiki to Philosophy. Next step is to write a script to test the generalised case.

Or go out for a nice walk.

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