Happy Thursday. Ready to write? First an announcement:
Six degrees of separation is a theory first put forward in 1929 by Austrian author Frigyes Karinthy, that everyone in the world is connected to each other through six or fewer ‘friend of a friend’ connections. The theory was first published in Karinthy’s short story, Chain-Links, where the characters propose an experiment:
We should select any person from the 1.5 billion inhabitants of the Earth – anyone, anywhere at all. He bet us that, using no more than five individuals, one of whom is a personal acquaintance, he could contact the selected individual using nothing except the network of personal acquaintances.
By far the most important (read fun) application of the theory is the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, where the aim is to connect any movie actor to Kevin Bacon (who celebrated his 57th birthday yesterday) with as few connections as possible. Julie Andrews, for example, has a Bacon Number of 2:
- Julie Andrews and Steve Carell appeared in Despicable Me.
- Steve Carell and Kevin Bacon appeared in Crazy, Stupid, Love
Even Google have joined in. Enter any actors name followed by ‘bacon number’ and it returns the shortest connection. Try it, it’s fun. And very addictive. Bacon has said that he initially disliked the game as he thought it was mocking him, but he has since embraced it and has launched the charity, SixDegrees.org, described as social networking with a social conscience.
Let’s wish Kevin Bacon a very happy (and belated) birthday with this week’s photo prompt:
A story of between 90 and 110 words starting with SIX and ending with DEGREES and incorporating the photo prompt.
Anyone, but especially you!
Why not! Because it’s fun. Because it’s a challenge. Because the winner will receive their own winner’s page, their story on the winning stories list, a ‘Who is the author?’ feature to be posted next week, entry into the ‘Micro Bookend of the Year’ competition, and a copy of this year’s winning stories compilation.
Now! Get your entry in BEFORE 5:00 am Friday (UK time: http://time.is/London).
Post your story in the comments section. Include the word count and your Twitter username (if you’re Twitterized). Don’t forget to read the full rules before submitting your story.
Please give your story a title. It will not be included in the word count.
Please try to leave comments on a couple of other stories. It’s all part of the fun, and everyone likes feedback!
Remember, only stories that use the bookends exactly as supplied (punctuation, including hyphens and apostrophes, is allowed) will be eligible to win.