09-Assignment-2-Six-Degrees

09-Assignment-2-Six-Degrees - CS107 Spring 2007 Handout 09...

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CS107 Handout 09 Spring 2007 April 11, 2007 Assignment 2: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Craving a little Oscar trivia? Try your hand in an Internet parlor game about Kevin Bacon’s acting career. He’s never been nominated for an Oscar, but he’s certainly achieved immortality—based on the premise that he is the hub of the entertainment universe. Mike Ginelli, Craig Fass and Brian Turtle invented the game while students at Albright College in 1993, and their Bacon bit spread rapidly after convincing then TV talk-show host Jon Stewart to demonstrate the game to all those who tuned in. From these humble beginnings, a Web site was built, a book was published and a nationwide cult-fad was born. When you think about Hollywood heavyweights, you don’t immediately think of Kevin Bacon. But his career spans almost 20 years through films such as Flatliners , The Air Up There , Footloose , The River Wild , JFK and Animal House . So brush up on your Bacon lore. To play an Internet version, visit http://oracleofbacon.org/ . Due: Wednesday, April 18 th at 11:59 p.m. How to Play The game takes the form of a trivia challenge. Propose two names, and your friend/opponent has to come up with a sequence of movies and mutual co-stars connecting the two. In this case, your opponent takes on the form of your computer, and the computer is exceptionally good. Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep? That’s easy: Actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Jack Nicholson Another actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Meryl Streep Jack Nicholson was in "Heartburn" (1986) with Meryl Streep. Mary Tyler Moore and Red Buttons? Hmmm… not so obvious: Actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Mary Tyler Moore Another actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Red Buttons Mary Tyler Moore was in "Change of Habit" (1969) with Regis Toomey. Regis Toomey was in "C.H.O.M.P.S." (1979) with Red Buttons. Barry Manilow and Lou Rawls? Actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Barry Manilow Another actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Lou Rawls Barry Manilow was in "Bitter Jester" (2003) with Dom Irrera. Dom Irrera was in "Man Is Mostly Water, A" (2001) with Lou Rawls.
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2 It’s the people you’ve never heard of that are far away from each other: Actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Carol Eby Another actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Debra Muubu Carol Eby was in "Bottega dell'orefice, La" (1988) with Burt Lancaster. Burt Lancaster was in "Scalphunters, The" (1968) with Tony Epper (I). Tony Epper (I) was in "Alien from L.A." (1988) with Debra Muubu. Is it true? Your buffoon of a lecturer has a Bacon number of 3? Actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Jerry Cain Another actor or actress [or <enter> to quit]: Kevin Bacon Jerry Cain was in "No Rules" (2005) with Dian Bachar.
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