Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

09 Dec 2006, 9:05 a.m.

Nerdy Party Game

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2006 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

Possibly the new Googlewhacking! One person looks at a Wikipedia entry that's in several categories and reads them off. The other person has to guess the person, place, or thing. Example:

Articles with large trivia sections | English actors | English film actors | English stage actors | English Americans | English American actors | Best Actor Academy Award nominees | Bisexual actors | People from Bristol | Naturalized citizens of the United States | 1904 births | 1986 deaths | People known by pseudonyms | Hollywood Walk of Fame

I think I'd have to hear about eight of those to correctly guess.

A few other good candidates: here, here, here, here, and here.


09 Dec 2006, 10:12 a.m.

As promised, a comment.

If one of the categories is the actual name of the page (eg. "Thomas Jefferson", you can omit that one.

09 Dec 2006, 10:13 a.m.

Also you can play by reading a sentence from the entry itself, which was how I thought this game would work when you were first talking about it.