In the hectic world of business-to-business journalism there is precious little time afforded for leisure.

Which is why when you find yourself with a few moments to spare, between breaking online news and laying out a magazine for a print deadline, it’s wise to make the most of them.

Deep in the catacombs of Leasing Life HQ, the team have devised an online game which is not only fun but educational and easy to play in snatches between the stuff you get paid for.

The name of the game is Six Degrees of Wikipedia and here is how it works:

You and number of colleagues (there is no real limit to the number of players but productivity tends to drop off if more than 20 people in one office play at once, we have found out) choose two entries on Wikipedia which are as far removed from each other in concept and content as possible and then you must get from one to the other in no more than six Wikipedia links.

These links, as any self-respecting internet idler will know, appear in their hundreds in every Wikipedia entry whenever a word or concept which has an entry of its own appears in the text.

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So let’s take, oh, I don’t know, the Wikipedia entry for Leasing as our start page and then, hmm, say Feminist Literary Criticism as our target, and go through the moves by way of example.

The two entries – one a financial product designed to support capital expenditure in business, and the other a branch of modern literary theory exploring the representation of women and the sexual politics of language in fiction – are at opposite ends of the most irregular of thought spectrums, I am sure the reader will agree.

The path from one to another must twist like a snake in a nightclub in 1961.

Nonetheless, this one I managed in five moves. Here is one way to do it (for there may be many) to get you into the swing of things:

From Leasing head straight to Personal Property. My thinking here was feminism, and therefore feminist literary criticism, grew from a long history of oppression of the female sex and part of that was the denial of personal property. This is not necessarily the mindset you need for this game, but I wholly recommend taking it way too seriously.

From Personal Property I threw all of that thinking out the window and leapt to Socialism. The rationale is clear: feminism is a socio-political philosophy as is socialism so there may be a connection on the page.

This lead me straight to Political Movement and from there, brimming with excitement, I clicked the link to Feminism.

From here there were a few wrong turns taken. I tried the entry for A Handmaid’s Tale in the tantalisingly close Literature sub-section, part of the Feminist Culture section, but with no luck.

Going with my basic secondary school French I then tried the link Écriture Feminine. But alas, I had just two moves left and could find no way reach Feminist Literary Criticism. I then tried the considerable less intellectual sounding Women’s writing in English page but again got nowhere.

Desperately, I scrolled back to the top of the page when I came across a big shiny link to Literary Criticism under the sub-heading of Feminist Theory – I was nearly there.

And lo! The link, showing as ‘Literary Criticism’, directed me to Feminist Literary Criticism.
Beware, Wikipedia is apparently on to this game and will sometimes have the wording of a link read differently from the actual link heading.

And I was there; from Leasing to Feminist Literary Criticism in five clicks of the mouse.
Leasing > Personal Property > Socialism > Political Movement > Feminism > Feminist Literary Theory

I experience a fleeting burst of triumph as my competitors fumble around the page for Truck (disambiguation).

And that, dear reader, is how you play Six Degrees of Wikipedia. You are encouraged, between reading fascinating articles on of course, to give it a go.

Here are some others which can be done in six moves or less to get you started:

Leasing to Varied Thrush
Leasing to Tennis Ball
Leasing to Time travel
Leasing to Pompadour (hairstyle)

Good luck!

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