The Encyclopaedia Game

I saw a cool TED talk that explained “The Encyclopaedia Game”. It’s really simple:

  1. Pick a starting page on Wikipedia
  2. Read it
  3. Find a fact that you didn’t know before (“Preferably one that your Dad doesn’t know either”)
  4. Click on a link to another page, repeat from Step 2 until you get back to the original page.

I tried it. It was fun. I might see if I can get the kids interested in it.

Here the results of my first game:


The world’s largest frog is the Goliath frog. It is 30cm long and lives in Cameroon.

Molecular Clock

A Molecular clock uses the amount of protein changes in haemoglobin to estimate how old “evolutionarily” it is. Relative ages, approximate. You can date really old fossils.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin didn’t like medical training and instead learned taxidermy from a freed slave.


Some people practise “Rouge Taxidermy”, combining animals to make mythical creatures like Griffins. There’s one in the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen.



Griffin breeding with a mare produces a Hippogriff.


There is a frog with claws; the African clawed frog.

African Clawed Frog

Several African clawed frogs were present on the space shuttle Endeavour (which was launched into space on September 12, 1992) so that scientists could test whether reproduction and development could occur normally in zero gravity.

Anura – Frog

Frogs absorb oxygen through blood vessels near their skin while underwater.