Wikipedia pages that are recognizable (but not trivially) from their ToC
September 16, 2020 9:17 AM   Subscribe

I got this idea for a puzzle genre: Given the table of contents of a Wikipedia page, identify the subject. What are some Wikipedia pages for which this is an interesting challenge, neither too easy nor too hard?

An example of what I'm looking for is this page (I won't type the title out here in case you want to try the puzzle!), for which the ToC is
    1 Deletions
    2 Reception and criticisms
        2.1 Permissiveness
        2.2 Ain't
    3 Revisions and updates
    4 References
    5 Further reading
    6 External Links
Crucially, there's an entry (2.2) that is specific enough to be telling, but only if you know enough about the subject, and it takes some piecing together. This particular example is on the hard/obscure side; my ideal example would be a page on a subject familiar to most high schoolers (or at least nerdy ones).
posted by aws17576 to Grab Bag (22 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
I LOVE THIS IDEA. I just started looking at a few pages on my Watchlist and this may be almost too simple for some biographies. Let me know what you think of this one.
    1 Early life
    2 Career
    3 Post-standup career
    4 Personal life
    5 Activism
        5.1 Political activism
            5.1.1 Anti-Apartheid
            5.1.2 Civil rights movement
            5.1.3 Feminism
            5.1.4 Health
            5.1.5 Martin Luther King, Jr.
            5.1.6 Native American rights
            5.1.7 Political career
            5.1.8 Pollution
            5.1.9 US Embassy Hostage Crisis in Iran
            5.1.10 Vegetarianism and animal rights
            5.1.11 Warren Commission
    6 Death
    7 Discography
    8 Books
    9 Filmography
    10 See also
    11 References
    12 External links

posted by jessamyn at 9:28 AM on September 16, 2020 [3 favorites]


Here's a quiz with a few dozen of these: https://noahveltman.com/wiki/
posted by teraflop at 9:31 AM on September 16, 2020 [3 favorites]


now I'm hungry.

1 Etymology
2 History
3 Development of regional varieties
3.1 Mexico
3.2 San Francisco
3.3 San Diego
3.4 Los Angeles
4 Variations and similar dishes
5 Research
6 See also
7 References
8 Further reading
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:54 AM on September 16, 2020 [3 favorites]


Here's one.

1 Early life
2 Broadcasting career
2.1 CBC
2.2 Game show career
2.3 Other appearances
3 Personal life
3.1 Health
4 Philanthropy and activism
5 Awards and honors
6 Television and film appearances
6.1 Shows hosted
6.2 Acting
7 References
8 External links

(I think it basically boils down to "name a Canadian game show host".)
posted by madcaptenor at 10:10 AM on September 16, 2020 [1 favorite]




I would think most bands with multiple records could do this, as long as you know the titles of the records. E.g.
posted by kevinbelt at 11:08 AM on September 16, 2020




This was a game people played on alt Facebook group Cool Freaks Wikipedia Club. I doubt it's very easily searchable to find examples though.
posted by little onion at 11:35 AM on September 16, 2020


1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 1964–1972: Early years
2.2 1972–1974: Initial struggle for success
2.3 1975–1983: Breakthrough
2.4 1984–1991: Commercial and popular phenomenon
2.5 1992–1998: Ups, downs, and soundtracks
2.6 1999–2007: Return to success
2.7 2008–2011: Transitions
2.8 2012–present: Autobiography and Broadway show
3 Lyrical themes
4 Personal life
4.1 Relationships
5 Politics
6 Discography
7 Concert tours
7.1 Headlining tours
7.2 Co-headlining tours
8 Achievements, awards, and nominations
9 See also
10 Notes
11 References
11.1 Sources
12 External links

(spoiler)
posted by General Malaise at 11:57 AM on September 16, 2020


1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 1964–1976
2.2 1977–1997
2.3 1998–2014
2.4 2015–present
3 Personal life
4 Aviation
4.1 Incidents
5 Activism
5.1 Environmental work
5.2 Political views
5.3 Archaeology
5.4 Star Wars: Force for Change
6 Awards and filmography
7 References
8 External links

(source)
posted by yuwtze at 12:36 PM on September 16, 2020


Jessamyn: Joan Baez?

I feel like I've seen this game before - perhaps here on MF? In any event, I love it!!
posted by sundrop at 1:15 PM on September 16, 2020


Sundrop: here's the WP page.
posted by jessamyn at 1:19 PM on September 16, 2020


This is my favorite but you'd have to be a classical music or death nerd to get it.

1 Life and career
2 Skull
3 Notable compositions
4 References
5 Bibliography
6 External links
posted by in278s at 3:06 PM on September 16, 2020 [1 favorite]


Thanks, everyone! I enjoyed all of these, but marked as Best Answer the ones I thought would be most accessible to my high school students.
posted by aws17576 at 11:09 PM on September 16, 2020


Skull? Skull? I wish it wasn't all celebs!!
posted by MiraK at 6:46 AM on September 17, 2020


Ask and ye shall recieve! Actually works pretty well I think
1 Structure
1.1 Humans
1.1.1 Bones
1.1.2 Cavities and foramina
1.1.3 Processes
1.2 Other vertebrates
1.2.1 Fenestrae
1.2.2 Bones
1.2.3 Fish
1.2.4 Birds
1.2.5 Amphibians
2 Development
3 Clinical significance
3.1 Injuries and treatment
3.2 Transgender procedures
4 Society and culture
4.1 Osteology
4.2 Sexual dimorphism
4.3 Craniometry
5 Terminology
6 History
7 Additional images
8 See also
9 References
10 External links

posted by nebulawindphone at 6:48 AM on September 17, 2020 [1 favorite]


    1 Plot summary
    2 Characters
        2.1 Pigs
        2.2 Humans
        2.3 Equines
        2.4 Other animals
    3 Genre/Style
    4 Background
        4.1 Origin
    5 Publication
        5.1 Publishing
        5.2 Preface
    6 Reception
    7 Analysis
        7.1 Animalism
        7.2 Significance and allegory
    8 Adaptations
        8.1 Films
        8.2 Radio dramatizations
        8.3 Stage productions
        8.4 Comic strip
    9 See also
        9.1 Books
    10 References
        10.1 Notes
        10.2 Citations
        10.3 Sources
    11 Further reading
    12 External links
Assuming this is still being assigned as part of HS curriculum.
posted by mhum at 9:51 AM on September 17, 2020 [1 favorite]


And for more of a pop culture thing, there's this:
    1 Format
        1.1 Mini and maxi challenges
        1.2 Judging
        1.3 Companion series
    2 Series overview
        2.1 Seasons 1–8 (2009–2016): Logo TV
        2.2 Seasons 9–13 (2017–present): VH1
    3 Contestants
    4 Specials
    5 Spin-offs
        5.1 International versions
    6 Home media
    7 Awards and nominations
    8 Critical reception
    9 Relationship with trans community
    10 Broadcast
    11 See also
    12 References
    13 External links

posted by mhum at 9:54 AM on September 17, 2020


I wish it wasn't all celebs!!
It's harder than it looks. There has to be a facet of their life that's different from the core that it merits its own heading. I went for a bunch of non-humans, and the article title ends up appearing in the ToC more often than not.

If you allow for censoring the article title, here's a few:
1	History
1.1	Mass motorisation
1.2	_____s in the Soviet Union
2	Design
3	Effects on child development
4	Funding
5	Safety
5.1	Regulation
5.2	Prevention strategies
5.3	_____ injury
5.4	Unintended consequences
6	Types
6.1	Inclusive _____s
6.2	Natural _____s
6.3	_____s for adults
7	See also
8	References
9	External links
(source)
1	Background
2	Astronauts and key Mission Control personnel
3	Mission insignia and call signs
4	Launch vehicle and spacecraft
5	Training and preparation
6	Experiments and scientific objectives
7	Flight of _____
7.1	Launch and translunar injection
7.2	Accident
7.3	Looping around the Moon
7.4	Return to Earth
7.5	Reentry and splashdown
8	Public and media reaction
9	Investigation and response
9.1	Review board
9.2	Changes in response
10	Aftermath
11	Popular culture, media and 50th anniversary
12	Gallery
13	Notes
14	References
15	Sources
16	External links
(source)
1	Characteristics
1.1	Color
1.2	Isotopes
1.2.1	Synthesis
2	Chemistry
2.1	Rare oxidation states
2.2	Medicinal uses
3	Origin
3.1	_____ production in the Universe
3.2	Asteroid origin theories
3.3	Mantle return theories
4	Occurrence
4.1	Seawater
5	History
5.1	Etymology
5.2	Culture
5.2.1	Religion
6	Production
6.1	Mining and prospecting
6.2	Extraction and refining
6.3	Consumption
6.4	Pollution
7	Monetary use
7.1	Price
7.2	History
8	Other applications
8.1	Jewelry
8.2	Electronics
8.3	Medicine
8.4	Cuisine
8.5	Miscellanea
9	Toxicity
10	See also
11	References
12	External links
(source)
posted by yuwtze at 11:27 AM on September 17, 2020


By the way, here's the classical musician with the notable skull. It has appeared onstage in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet.
posted by in278s at 4:18 PM on September 17, 2020


This might be a bit out of the range of most high schoolers, but maybe not if they went to, say, a Jesuit school?
    1 History
        1.1 Beginnings
    2 First Council of Nicea (325)
        2.1 Ariminum, Seleucia, and Constantinople (358–360)
        2.2 The controversy in the 360s
    3 Sides
        3.1 Homoousian
        3.2 Marcellus of Ancyra and Photinus of Sirmium
        3.3 Homoiousian
        3.4 Homoian
        3.5 Heteroousian
        3.6 Other critics of the Creed of Nicaea
        3.7 Unclassified
    4 See also
    5 References
    6 External links

posted by mhum at 6:30 PM on September 17, 2020


Collecting these is sort of a fun challenge.
1	Physical characteristics
1.1	Internal structure
1.2	Atmosphere
1.3	Magnetosphere
2	Orbit and rotation
3	Natural satellites
3.1	Planetary rings
4	History of observation and exploration
4.1	Ancient observations
4.2	European observations (17th–19th centuries)
4.3	Modern NASA and ESA probes
5	Observation
6	Notes
7	References
8	Further reading
9	External links
(source)
1	History
2	_____ headings
2.1	Naming
2.2	Letter suffix
2.3	Renumbering
3	Declared distances
4	Sections of a _____
5	_____ markings
5.1	National variants
6	_____ lighting
6.1	Technical specifications
6.2	Control of lighting system
7	_____ safety
8	Pavement
8.1	Pavement surface
8.2	Surface type codes
9	_____ length
10	See also
11	References
12	External links
(source)
1	Design and configuration
2	History
2.1	US mandate, international adoption
3	_____s around the world
3.1	Asia
3.2	Europe
3.3	Latin America
3.4	Canada
3.5	Other countries
3.6	Historical gallery
4	Application
4.1	North America
4.1.1	On school buses
4.2	Europe
4.2.1	United Kingdom
5	Compliance requirements
5.1	Bicyclists
6	Disadvantages
7	See also
8	References
9	External links
(source)
1	History
1.1	Invention
1.2	Later history
1.3	Nestlé marketing
1.4	Present day
2	Composition and variants
2.1	Common variants
3	Popular brands
4	See also
5	References
6	External links
(source)
posted by yuwtze at 12:30 PM on September 18, 2020


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