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Who is the coolest person you care to reach via Kevin Bacon's six-degrees-of-separation 'game'?

Asked by BronxLens (1539points) June 10th, 2008

“Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person he or she knows and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people he or she knows, then everyone is an average of six “steps” away from each person on Earth.” Definition by Wikipedia

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Allie's avatar

Quick clarification please – are you asking who the coolest person I want to be linked to is? Or who is the coolest person I’m already linked to?
I think you mean the first, but I’m not positive.

jrpowell's avatar

What Allie said. I’m a bit confused.

osullivanbr's avatar

I don’t know why but at the minute the best I can think of is Stephen Fry. I could imagine that conversations with that man would be immensely interesting.

jstringham21's avatar

I already am. My sister’s friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother is Jimmy Buffet.

Allie's avatar

Ah, Mr. Margaritaville.

I’d have to think about who I would want to be linked to. But I am linked to Nelson Mandela and the late Johnny Cash.

Dog's avatar

I know Tom Selleck, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney they are nice folk but who would I want to be linked to in 6 degrees? Maybe Billy Joel- or Bono from U2… There are a lot of people I really respect out there who I would love to connect with but they are not celebs. They are people who are heroes- making a stand and making a difference.

I think that it is the non- celebs I would really like to connect with.

esayexohen's avatar

it’s a trick question, because you always reach Kevin Bacon. haha. yea. I don’t get the question. but i think it’s supposed to be who’s the coolest to start with who reaches kevin bacon? and I’d have to say James Dean. maybe..? cause he’s cool and also because I don’t really think its even possible to link him to Mr. bacon…. so that’d be cool, huh?

esayexohen's avatar

ooh. I just read your explanation of your question. its wiki definition. But at least how I know it, 6 degrees of separation is when you name an actor and you try to name other actors they’ve worked with until you get to Kevin Bacon within 6 actors.
But with wikipedias definition I hope I’m not on the same chain as him. even when we’re separated by 6 links.

Me? I’d go with Paul Reubens then.

bulbatron9's avatar

My wife’s cousin dated this guy, that saw this one girl naked in a window, and her brother beat the $#!+ out of Kevin Bacon right before he filmed for Footloose!

wildflower's avatar

Oh this is easy: Jon Bon Jovi! And I would totally abuse all my contacts to get in touch with him!

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bluemukaki's avatar

My dad’s cousins husbands brother is Robbie William’s Manager. That is a few degrees of separation too few to keep me away from Robbie Williams.

wildflower's avatar

One of my old teachers was tennis partner with Lars Ulrich’s (of Metallica) dad.

BronxLens's avatar

My follow up to the question, to those who say they have someone who they would like to meet, is to consider giving this a try (weight pros & cons of succeeding (or not). Find out the people in between you and the person you would like to meet and ask for an intro. You should have a clear & specific question for your goal-person, the idea being to come out with a lesson/suggestion/comment to an issue that is of relevance to you. I guess if you just want to tell them in person how much you love their X (last album, book, political speech, etc.) that’s your prerogative, but this could be an opportunity for so much more!

As a discourse on this very idea, in Tim Ferriss’s book, The 4-Hour Workweek , he talks about how he challenged his class at Princeton to do just that, just without referencing the 6-degrees process. If I recall well, he offered a free trip around the world to the first person who tried. In a class of over 12 people, Princeton students not the less, not one took him on his offer. The next semester, he made the same offer and had various people achieve their meeting-goals.

If anyone actually accepts the challenge, please keep the list posted, or at least me.
Carpe Diem!

scamp's avatar

Brian Patrick Clark named his son after my brother because they were best friends in High School, and Halle Berry went to the same schools I did growing up. She lived within 5 minutes of me, but I never knew her back then.

margeryred's avatar

Shaker Heights OHIO representing!

scamp's avatar

WHOO HOO!! I lived in Shaker Square.

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