Friday, February 9, 2007

Six Degrees of Jazzeration

Originally posted: April 24, 2006

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon: where did it come from? And where did it go? Well, incidentally, I'm about to jazz up your Monday with the 411 you've been waiting for on two of your favorite entities: Kevin Bacon and Parlor (Parlour?) Games. We have so many traditions like this that we just know about, but no one really knows where they heard about them--like saying Bloody Mary in a dark bathroom, or using money. Well, now we have all the answers to all your questions about SIX DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON.The first people to ever do Six-D-Bacon were 3 frat dudes from Allbright College in Pennsylvania--Craig Fass, 22, Brian Turtle, 22, and Mike Ginelli, 23 who invented the game one wintry eve in 1994. They, like the founders of google and myspace, had no idea at the time that their wacky brainstorm would snowball into a global phenomenon of such magnanimous proportions. So magnanimous, in fact, that in 1996, when the internet was first emerging from the nest to stretch its spindly legs, two techy students created the website "The Oracle of Bacon," which calculates the Bacon Number of any actor listed in IMDB. A person's "Bacon Number" is the number of links they are away from Kevin. And the website does it for you! Click Here to Play!

**More fun facts about Six-D-Bacon!** *Contrary to popular belief, Kevin Bacon is not the most linkable actor. ACTUALLY Rod Steiger (who?) has an average linkage factor of 2.679, while the average Bacon linkage factor in the acting community is 2.955!*William Rufus Shatner is the actor with the highest known finite Bacon Number: 8.*As of December 2005, there were 9,692 actors in the IMDB who could not be linked to Kevin Bacon at ALL out of the total of 418,468.

*The funnest fact of all? "Seriously Jazzed"'s very own Joanna Schochet has a Bacon number of 3!!! Here's Proof!!


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