Here's something you'll find incredibly interesting if you don't already know about it.

Take any article on Wikipedia. *Any article*.

Then follow these instructions:

$1)$ Click on the first link on that article text *not in parentheses [brackets] and/or italics*.

$2)$ Repeat step $1$

You'll eventually end up in Philosophy.

This is however not full-proof. As of May 26, 2011, this happens with 94.52% of all articles on Wikipedia. The rest of them either link to pages with no other links or lead to pages that do not exist. Some of them get stuck in loops.

As an example, I started with 'Asian Cuisine' and eventually got to Philosophy.

$\text{Asian Cuisine} \rightarrow \text{History of China} \rightarrow\text{Yellow River}$$\rightarrow \text{River} \rightarrow\text{Watercourse} \rightarrow\text{Water} \rightarrow\text{Chemical Compound}$$\rightarrow \text{Chemical substance}\rightarrow \text{Chemistry} \rightarrow\text{Outline of Physical Science}$$\rightarrow\text{Physics} \rightarrow\text{Natural Science} \rightarrow\text{Science} \rightarrow\text{Knowledge} \rightarrow\text{Fact}$$\rightarrow\text{Proof} \rightarrow\text{Necessity and Sufficiency} \rightarrow\text{Logic}\rightarrow \text{Reason}\rightarrow$$\text{Consciousness} \rightarrow\text{Quality} \rightarrow\text{Philosophy}$

I came to know of this awesome fact from xkcd.

And the picture is taken from Wikipedia itself!

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TopNewestCompare with the Collatz Conjecture :)

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MIND = BLOWN

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What happens when you continue after Philosophy ?

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You probably just wind up back at Philosophy.

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Finn is right. I checked.

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That is awesome.

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Awesome!

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I made it fro Google to Philosophy.

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from Richard Rusczyk to Philisophy

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Seriously awesome man....!

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Srsly! From Natural Science even mine is the SAME as yours! I started with D-day naval deceptions :D

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What strikes me about this is the fact that one could try this thing with any link of Wikipedia, not just the first one, and as the next page is an article in itself, there always remains a statistical probability of ending up in 'Philosophy' if one is willing to carry on indefinitely. However, the chance is incredibly small and it would take a hell lot of time to reach the destination.

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What are you trying to say can be formalized by using a simple probabilistic machinary called Markov Chain. In fact it is a very special Markov Chain called random walks over graphs (whose nodes are the set of all wiki pages and there is an edge between node a to node b if the page a contains a hyperlink to page b). Given sufficient "niceness" property on the underlying graph, you can even derive expected time to revisit a certain page etc and surprisingly this quantity is dictated by another graphical property called "equivalent resistance" of the graph (mathematically the same thing that you study in electrical networks).

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e(mathematical constant) to Philosophy..........And the last few steps( starting from Science ) were exactly the same as Mursalin's!

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Nice!

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till ''logic'' , its different for many, Logic comes up for all that i tried and from there its same..

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Reached Philosophy from Fifa Football World Cup

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reached from prime

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sprb!!!!!! (Y)

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Is there any reason behind this?

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I opened an article on Wikipedia about Wikipedia(LOL) and started: $\text{Wikipedia}\rightarrow \text{Gratis}\rightarrow\text{Remuneration}\rightarrow\text{Compensation(Wikitionary)}\rightarrow\text{Old French}\\ \rightarrow\text{Gallo-Romance Languages}\rightarrow\text{Romance Languages}\rightarrow\text{Vulgar Latin}\rightarrow\text{Sociolinguistics}\\ \rightarrow\text{Society}\rightarrow\text{Human}\rightarrow\text{Hominini}\rightarrow\text{Tribe(Biology)}\\ \rightarrow\text{Biology}\rightarrow\text{Natural Science}\rightarrow\text{Science}\rightarrow\text{Knowledge}\\ \rightarrow\text{Awareness}\rightarrow\text{Consciousness}\rightarrow\text{Quality(Philosophy)}\rightarrow\boxed{\text{Philosophy}}$

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Really an amazing truth

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this is awesome mind blowing

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