Sunday, March 4, 2012

Nerd Wars T4R2 - Nerd Culture (Oracle of Bacon)

This round of Nerd Wars has a bunch of really fun challenges.  The first one I completed was inspired by Kevin Bacon.  Yes, the actor.  So...cut loose, Footloose, kick off those Sunday shoes.

When someone says something they believe to be factual or even semi-factual, whether or not they are joking, nerds seem to take it as a personal challenge -- and a fun game/mental exercise -- to try to either prove or disprove this statement. We nerds cannot just let an unsupported statement go; we demand proof and will find it for ourselves if need be.
A few years ago Kevin Bacon claimed he was the center of Hollywood and had worked with so many people that he was connected to everyone in the business. Even though he was probably joking while saying this, some very smart nerds took this as a challenge and created the site The Oracle of Bacon. This website allows a user to type in any famous person’s name and see how many degrees away they are from Kevin Bacon. If you have ever used this site you probably have already discovered that joking or not, he was, in fact, correct. Turns out Kevin Bacon is the center of Hollywood.
Your challenge is to show how many degrees away from Kevin Bacon your finished item is. You can use Oracle of Bacon to do this. Please make sure to tell us how many degrees away it is, and how it is connected.

Here was my response:
Rav Handle: wonderwhygal
Team: Team Precious
A photo of the completed project
Nerdwars TeamPrecious T4R2 NerdCulture.jpg
What craft was used? (Knitting, Crochet, Spinning, Weaving)
A written description of how your project answers the challenge
Elijah Wood has a Bacon number of 1.
Elijah Wood was in Beyond All Boundaries (2009) with Kevin Bacon
Kevin Bacon is the star of the 1984 movie, Footloose, where he danced his way through the movie. His character, Ren, said, “From the oldest of times, people danced for a number of reasons. They danced in prayer… or so that their crops would be plentiful… or so their hunt would be good. And they danced to stay physically fit… and show their community spirit. And they danced to celebrate…”

Elijah Wood is one of the stars in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is the Hobbit Frodo Baggins. Hobbits love to celebrate and dance and pretty much live by the words that Kevin Bacon’s character said. My knitted hat is called Bandwidth written by Stephen West. A bandwidth has many meanings but one of them is to measure the width of a range of frequencies in signal processing known as hertz (typically found in radios that broadcast music). It helps to have music playing while dancing.


  1. Very cute hat!

    None of the actors in Supernatural have a Bacon number of 1. They're all within 2, though... :)

  2. Bacon number of 1 - that's impressive. I love the hat, and your tie in!