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Your Degrees Of Separation From Celebrities / People You Know, Calculator

Put in your info, the info of a particular celebrity or somebody you know and see how many degrees of separation you are away from them.
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Simple database in which you put in celebrities or people you've met that uses the same algorithm as a venereal disease exposure database, except slightly more fun.

So Bakerman35 might be 6 degrees of separation away from Quarterbaker6 since one's dad met Neil Armstrong, who was interviewed by Walter Cronkite who's lawyer was the other's uncle.

NOTE: This was changed from being only for Halfbakers to being for the general public. Put in your celebrity that you met, got an autograph from etc then see how you're linked to a friend, family member, coworker etc.

doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2022


       What if you don't know anyone and have never met anyone at all interesting?
pocmloc, Apr 17 2022

       Well duh, make it up like I do.   

       Somebody has to have done this though, it's friggin' basic no?   

       A1? Can I employ your talents here for a sec? Has this been done?
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2022

       There is a tool which uses celebrity family trees to show you how closely you're related to celebrities or politicians.
4and20, Apr 17 2022

       Figured there had to be something like that. Link?
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2022

       Possibly "famouskin" or "familysearch". "Famouskin" makes it sounds like you're looking for relatives who were pornstars.   

       On the other hand, it might be funny to do searches for people who've slept with your old girlfriend. The BBC wrote a piece about 3 women who discovered they were all sleeping with the same boyfriend, so they dumped him and just travelled the world together.
4and20, Apr 17 2022

       Eh, I'm sure those websites are more of the modern scam of gathering personal data selling the idea that knowing everything about somebody is useful to sell them products.   

       "Doctorremulac3 searched for toothbrushes, so we'll sell all his info to every toothbrush company on Earth so we can bombard him with popup ads that he'll never click."   

       "Hi doctorremulac3, we hear all you ever think about is toothbrushes, 24/7, 365. We share you're absolutely insane obsession. Click here to see the truth that the toothbrush industry doesn't want you to see, or here to see old toothbrush advertisements that showed "a bit too much"."
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2022

       I used a toothbrush once. Does that get me into this "connections" thing?
pocmloc, Apr 17 2022

       I know a guy who used a toothbrush once. Thinking of trying it myself. Might be a good way to to save my last tooth.   

       Kind of a fancylad move though. Where do they sell them? Same section of the store with tuxedos and top hats maybe?
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2022

       Oh I didn't use it for teeth, I was trying to get some dirt out of a corner of a piece of machinery. I found it in the gutter.
pocmloc, Apr 17 2022

       Cool, sounded a little braggadocios, didn't want to say anything.   

       If you're done with it maybe I'll buy it from you. I've seen pictures of people brushing their teeth. Looks simple enough.
doctorremulac3, Apr 17 2022

       You wouldn't be able to afford it.
pocmloc, Apr 17 2022

       //Put in your info//   

Voice, Apr 17 2022

       The graph of connections would show some dense clusters around halfcons and a couple of zoom calls, and everyone else scattered to the winds.
pertinax, Apr 18 2022

       Had our picture taken at my kids' swim school With Olympian Ryan Murphy while older son got to hold the gold medal.   

       Wife's church youth group boasted Jason Hanson as a member when she was just entering into it.   

       Wife also went to same high school as Madonna.   

       Distantly related to crazy Mary Todd Lincoln.   

       Had a colonel in the Civil War as an ancestor.   

       Knew this halfbaker called Paul Dear who nearly backed over Stephen Hawking in the parking lot...   

       I think that's about it.
RayfordSteele, Apr 18 2022

       //Put in your info//   


       Not like name and address, just like what Ray did. You'd just put in a name of the person and a brief story of how you're related somehow and the database would do the rest.   

       So the database with me and Ray in it would come up with this: (degrees of separation)   

       >>>> Ray:   

       1- Wife went to same high school as Madonna
2- Who knew and had a feud with Lady Gaga
3- Who some guy played keyboards for on tour
4- Who is friends with a guy who made an album Lady Gaga listened to obsessively on that tour
5- Who is doctorremulac3's friend.

       >>>> doctorremulac3   

       I think that's kind of interesting. But no, wouldn't have any personal information, just your link to a famous person, the database would do the rest.   

       You literally just buy an off the shelf venereal disease exposure tracking database program and replace "gonorrhea" with "Madonna".
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2022

       Changing this from Halfbakers only to general public.   

       So to clarify, you'd put in your user name, no other info, the celebrities you've got some kind of association with, you'd find another person you know who's on that site, they'd tell you their user name which you'd put in and it would pull up your degrees of separation chart.   

       Doctorremulac3 would put in his brushes with celebrity with the various links, degrees of separation, then type in "RayfordSteel" and the above chart would pop up automatically.
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2022

       Just glanced at it, looks pretty identical.   

       24hr death watch in place. Deletion at dawn.
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2022

       Wait, or is it? How to connect to somebody on instagram? Does it specify how the people are linked or just show people who are linked? Like "doctorremulac3 likes Lady Gaga, Mombasementbob also likes Lady Gaga?"   

       Mine has why and how the people are associated, it's specifically the stories that are the whole point. Does this do that? If not it's completely different, and pretty pointless.
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2022

       //Madonna had a feud with Lady Gaga//   

       Didn't you just know our connection had to involve a feud somehow?
RayfordSteele, Apr 18 2022

       //That's the downfall of several of these schemes (including yours)//   

       No downfall, people relate who they met and compare stories. Unless they're lying, don't think that ever would be a problem. Be kind of weird to day "I saw Clint Eastwood at a restaurant and asked for an autograph." if you didn't actually do it. Possible I guess, but it's just a fun website, don't see why anybody would make that up.   

       Except all my stories about celebs, but that's very rare.   

       But to be clear, you're not accepting connections, you're establishing a point A and a point B and the program just looks at the connection path to get from A to B. You're offering up who you've met with a little anticdote, it puts that celeb into the database.
doctorremulac3, Apr 18 2022

       //Be kind of weird to day "I saw Clint Eastwood at a restaurant and asked for an autograph."//   

       Are you stalking me Dr. R?   

       That is exactly what I was about to post.   

       And I'm not making it up. It was in Afghanistan yesterday lunchtime.
pocmloc, Apr 18 2022

       -Mom's best friend dated Allan Thicke in highschool.
-Got dragged up on stage by Bobby Curtola when I was like six.
-Once saw Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver walking around Tofino while being completely ignored.
-Worked with a guy once who dated Alanis Morissette in school and got to hear the first demo album she made just after her Go For Gold tune made it on the charts.
-I regularly see the dude who sang Tokyo Rose when he comes through town.
-An ex-friends' wife says she once screwed Johnny Depp.
-I used to learn from and unintentionally aggravate someone who worked and interacted with Stephen Hawking...
...and unless you just made your first account here recently, so have you.

       That's about it for fame brushes.   

       Couple of thoughts:   

       it could be harder if the link only included one celeb, linked through the common people that they interact with.   

       Are there bonus points if Kevin Bacon is not involved?   

       These kinds of random coincidences and links are precisely the same sort of phenomena that we see in general data and factoids and is precisely the stuff that conspiracy theories thrive on. The same nuts who went all-in for Q I'm sure played 7 Degrees of Kevin Bacon 20 years prior and thought nothing of it. I'm wondering how easily you could link a Q conspiracy tidbit to Kevin Bacon in order to show a Q nut precisely how foolish they are. Maybe I'll post that.   

       Concerning lies and truths: people's memories tend to optimize the truth a bit regardless. There's the truth, and then there's the stretching we tell ourselves and kinda believe because we have told the story so often that way that becomes the more colorful way we remember it happening.
RayfordSteele, Apr 19 2022

       I think this would just be for lack of a better word, "fluff". Something to do while your burrito is heating up in the microwave.   

       If anybody took this information as anything other than coincidence maybe I'd have a post at the top explaining that this is simple math. In a country of 350 million people, millions of them interacting every day, there's going to be some chain style linkages over the decades. Me and you are linked by 5 degrees of separation Ray, maybe even 4 if you take out the keyboard player. Lady Gaga was obsessively listing to my buddy's album. Does the keyboard player even need to be in there? I think that's quasi, semi, sort of kind of interesting.   

       And to be clear, these could be weak links. Seeing a famous performer's concert wouldn't count but getting an autograph would. But of course, the more interesting the interaction, well, the more interesting the whole link story would be. Get you through that painfully dull 2 minutes until your burrito dings.
doctorremulac3, Apr 19 2022


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