SCOTT ELLMAN '15, Staff Writer

Into the Wiki-Wormhole #1

That time I almost broke the internet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

wiki wormhole |ˈwikē| |ˈwərmˌhōl|


When an insignificant curiosity starts on Wikipedia and becomes an involved series of following links within wiki pages to other pages, until you can no longer remember where you even began. Hence, the wiki-wormhole effect.

I don’t know when I first heard about Wikipedia wormholes (or wiki-wormholes as they’re called on Urban Dictionary). This inability to recall where I heard about them seems fitting, like the idea was born spontaneously within me. And once I possessed the knowledge of their existence, I could not remember a time when I did not about them. Before beginning this, I thought momentarily about searching for “Wikipedia wormhole” on Wikipedia, but I thought I might break the internet. The goal was to get lost but not irreparably so.

I found the process of tracing my steps through mysterious corridors and passageways of Wikipedia oddly poetic. I felt like a detective-turned-poet, searching for truth amid meaningless, utterly unconnected, tangential breadcrumbs. Was this a means of procrastination? A book report? I had no idea, but after a few clicks I became aware of how far I’d already traveled. And people say Middletown is in the middle of nowhere.

Please Note: I have a couple of rules for this game created mostly for my own convenience.

1) I will choose where I begin my departure into the depths of the internet.

2) I will copy out everything I read on a given page until the point when I click onto another page by way of hyperlink. This shift will be marked by an ellipsis.

3) I will not click on the first hyperlink I encounter on each page. Rather, I will choose one which I find particularly interesting in the moment. There will be no formula for determining this—just whatever strikes me in the moment.

I have kept all the hyperlinks, so you can follow my journey, or start on my path and then branch off, clicking on a different link than I did, for no two wiki-wormholes need look the same.

These wormholes can be unending, but we’ve only got so much time and space together, so let’s see where we end up.

Also, forgive any misreported facts. This is, after all, lifted from Wikipedia.


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Wikipedia (i/ˌwɪkɨˈpiːdiə/ or i/ˌwɪkiˈpiːdiə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a collaboratively edited, multilingual,free Internet encyclopedia that is supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Volunteers worldwide collaboratively write Wikipedia's 30 million articles in 287 languages, including over 4.5 million in the English Wikipedia. Anyone who can access the site can edit almost any of its articles, which on the Internet comprise[4] the largest and most popular general reference work.[5][6][7][8][9]In February 2014, The New York Times reported that Wikipedia is ranked fifth globally among all websites stating, "With 18 billion page views and nearly 500 million unique visitors a month..., Wikipedia trails just Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft and Google, the largest with 1.2 billion unique visitors."[10]

Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia on January 15, 2001, the latter[11] creating its name,[12] a portmanteau

A portmanteau (i/pɔrtˈmæntoʊ/, /ˌpɔrtmænˈtoʊ/; plural portmanteaux or portmanteaus) or portmanteau word is a combination of two (or more) words or morphemes, and their definitions, into one new word.[1][2] The word comes from the English portmanteau luggage (a piece of luggage with two compartments), itself derived from the French porter (to carry) and manteau (coat), which is a false friend

False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets)[1]that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning. An example is the English embarrassed and the Spanish embarazada, which does not in fact mean 'embarrassed' but rather 'pregnant'.

Often, there is a partial overlap in meanings, which creates additional complications: e.g. Spanish lima, meaning 'lime'…

Lime (from Arabic and French lim)[1] is a term referring to a citrus fruit which is typically round, green, 3–6 cm in diameter, and containing sour (acidic) pulp. There are several species of citrus trees whose fruits are called limes, including the Key lime, Persian lime, kaffir lime, and desert lime. Limes are a good source of vitamin C, and are often used to accent the flavours of foods and beverages. They are grown year-round and are usually smaller and less sour than lemons[citation needed].

Limes were first grown[when?] on a large scale in southern Iraq[2] and Persia,[2] and the fruit was first grown commercially in what is today southern Iraq[2] (Babylonia).

To prevent scurvy

Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C, which is required for the synthesis ofcollagen in humans. The chemical name for vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus, which also provides the adjective scorbutic ("of, characterized by or having to do with scurvy"). Scurvy often presents itself initially as symptoms of malaise and lethargy, followed by formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. Spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. As scurvy advances, there can be open,suppurating wounds, loss of teeth, jaundice, fever, neuropathy and death.

Scurvy was at one time common among sailors, pirates and others aboard ships at sea longer than perishable fruits and vegetables could be stored (subsisting instead only on cured and salted meats and dried grains) and by soldiers similarly deprived of these foods for extended periods. It was described by Hippocrates

Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos (/hɪˈpɒkrəˌtiːz/; Greek: Ἱπποκράτης; Hippokrátēs; c. 460 – c. 370 BC), was an ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is referred to as thefather of western medicine[2][3][4] in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field as the founder of the Hippocratic School of Medicine. This intellectual school revolutionized medicine in ancient Greece, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields that it had traditionally been associated with (notably theurgy

Theurgy (from Greek θεουργία) describes the practice of rituals, sometimes seen as magical in nature, performed with the intention of invoking the action or evoking the presence of one or more gods, especially with the goal of uniting with the divine, achieving henosis

Henosis (Ancient Greek: ἕνωσις) is the word for mystical "oneness," "union," or "unity" in classical Greek.

In Platonism, and especially Neoplatonism, the goal of henosis is union with what is fundamental in reality: the One (Τὸ Ἕν), the Source, or Monad.[1]

The Neoplatonic concept has precedents in the Greek mystery religions[2] as well as parallels inOriental philosophies.[3] It is further developed in the Corpus Hermeticum, in Christian theology,soteriology

Soteriology (Greek: σωτηρία sōtēria "salvation" from σωτήρ sōtēr "savior, preserver" + λόγος logos"study" or "word"[1]) is the study of religious doctrines of salvation. Salvation theory occupies a place of special significance and importance in many religions.

In the academic field of religious studies, soteriology is understood by scholars as representing a key theme in a number of different religions and is often studied in a comparative context; that is, comparing various ideas about what salvation is and how it is obtained.

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Starting Point: Wikipedia

Ending Point: Soteriology

Time Expired: 36 minutes

Number of Clicks: 9

We got from the encyclopedia to salvation. Looks like the internet is capable of producing miracles in more ways than one. Until next time…