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*What is Qwikipedia?*
Ever been on Wikipedia to look up an article? More often than not, we start
with one topic, click a few links and within no time are reading about
Qwikipedia is a game that tries to quench this curiosity in us. The
objective is to get to a particular wiki page, starting from a specific
article, using minimal clicks. There is no single correct answer, so we
might surprise ourselves by finding new routes each time!
Ambulance —> Christopher Reeves
We're all familiar with the ear-piercing siren that accompanies an
ambulance passing by. Though we usually associate the ambulance with
emergency situations, there are also a class of vehicles called non-urgent
ambulances which transport patients without an urgent acute condition. A
class of ambulances called 'Quick response vehicles' are used reach a
patient quickly and provide on-scene care. These may even be motorcycles or
bicycles and may not have the capacity to transport the patient from the
scene. Today ambulances have advanced so much that most have two-way radio
systems and air-conditioning.
Defined as the process of altering the conditions of air to make it more
favourable, air-conditioning has become something many people in cities
around the world take for granted. It includes any kind of technological
cooling, heating, ventilating or disinfecting. Usually this is done using a
simple refrigeration cycle but sometimes the principles of evaporation is
used. Cornell University graduate Willis Carrier invented the first modern
electrical air-conditioning unit in 1902. The brand Carrier is named after
him. As comfortable as life with an AC is, constant exposure to air
conditioned environments can make you sick especially if the AC is not well
This American Ivy league University is located in New York. Cornell
University was founded in 1865 on the farm of U.S. Senator Ezra Cornell. It
was inaugurated in 1868 with 412 men who enrolled. Their website claims
that today their main campus has 20,000 students representing 120 countries
who choose from among 4,000 courses in 11 undergraduate, graduate, and
Among the famous alumni of Cornell University are Nobel Laureate Barbara
McClintock, Tata Group's Ratan Tata, pacemaker inventor Wilson Greatbatch
and Superman actor Christopher Reeves.
Most famous for his portrayal of the 1978 Superman film, Christopher Reeves
did not lead an easy life. In 1995, he was thrown off a horse during a
competition and damaged his spinal cord.
He became a quadriplegic meaning he was paralysed from neck down. This did
not mean that Reeves gave up on life however. He went on to become an
activist standing up for the needs of people with spinal cord injuries and
founded a research center to further the cause. He died in 2004.
*So the path that we have traversed today is:*
Ambulance —> Air-conditioning —> Cornell University —> Christopher Reeves
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Dickie Bird —> X-Men
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