[[quoteright:350:[[Webcomic/{{xkcd}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wiki-walk_xkcd_3560.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:[[ItsTheJourneyThatCounts It's not the destination, it's the journey.]]]]

->'''Liquid:''' I've been up all night doing research.\\
'''Ocelot:''' Research? On what?\\
'''Liquid:''' Well, it was supposed to be on the current geopolitics of modern nuclear weaponry.\\
'''Ocelot:''' This is a [[ThatOtherWiki Wikipedia]] page about [[Music/TheRollingStones Mick Jagger]].\\
'''Liquid:''' I got slightly sidetracked.

A trope we can all relate to, and one of the most prominent reasons behind why TVTropesWillRuinYourLife. You're probably doing it right now, or if you aren't you will be by the time you finish this article.

A Wiki Walk is a train of thought that left the track and is RidingIntoTheSunset. When going for a Wiki Walk you know where you begin, but no one knows [[HilarityEnsues where you'll end]]. Are you a MadScientist building an [[KillSat orbital death ray]]? Well, too bad, inspiration struck and now it's [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot the world's biggest dancing dish washer with a fully adjustable cup holder]]. You want to have a {{serious|Business}} talk about the Middle East? Within ten minutes you'll be arguing whether [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny could take]] [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]] [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny in a fight]]. Just want to check the RuleOfCool page? Before you know it you're adding examples to BunglingInventor. You, my friend, have just had a Wiki Walk.

The key feature of a Wiki Walk is that if someone were to see only the beginning and end of the Wiki Walk it would seem [[LeftFielder completely random]], while in fact there was a series of thoughts that connected the beginning and end result, or it is at least implied that this is the case.

Despite the name, the phenomenon itself has existed since long before wikis -- computers and hyperlinking simply made it faster and easier. For example, in the days of paper book encyclopedias, a person would get distracted and sidetracked by articles they paged past on their way to what they were actually looking for.

If in a mystery, it could easily cause a EurekaMoment, or possibly a BatDeduction depending on how out-of-nowhere it feels.

A common version of this trope is when a Wiki Walk is still in progress at the end of a scene, and then we catch the end of the conversation, which usually takes the form of a NoodleIncident, in the beginning of a later scene.

A CloudCuckooLander is particularly susceptible to these, though we mostly only hear the end result. This is most likely responsible for the stranger half of any AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering moment.

If there is a database involved it will usually overlap with an ArchiveBinge, and is one of the reasons TvTropesWillRuinYourLife.

A SubTrope of this is the HalfwayPlotSwitch, when the plot seems to do this.

Refers to how you could, in two or three links, end up at a trope seemingly unrelated to the page you started from. Definitely an example of TruthInTelevision. Often cannot be recreated, as anyone who has spotted an interesting trope en route, planned to come back to it, and then forgotten what it was, will attest. Doing it intentionally for fun is known as "playing Wiki Tag."
Thankfully however there is the ever helpful [[BrowserNarcotic "open in new tab" function on your browser...]]

People have turned this into a game! It's called ''VideoGame/TheWikiGame'', and the objective is to get from one article, to a completely different article in the fewest number of clicks.

For an academic paper on the subject (although possibly not a peer-reviewed one -- there is no title of an academic journal displayed), [[http://nlp.stanford.edu/pubs/wikiwalk-textgraphs09.pdf go here.]]

Here on Wiki/TVTropes, {{troper}}s are asked to not leave [[Administrivia/WeblinksAreNotExamples links to pages on or off the wiki in place of contextualized examples]] because (among other reasons) tropers are incredibly prone to the Wiki Walk.

See also BrowserNarcotic and SchmuckBait.



* Bing.com's series of commercials show people [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAwUUgnBhCU suffering from this condition]].
** It's also [[ScareEmStraight damn creepy]] and makes you question [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife the safety of the Internet]].
* Google.com's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/searchstories Search Stories]] ad campaign is something like this.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Aki in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' does this several times, the most notable one being in the second OVA. The viewer is shown a long series of thoughts - none of which makes any sense - while the other characters are left wondering how Shimada saying that [[CuteBruiser Himeji]] might change schools has anything to do with whether [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi]] would still love [[BookDumb Aki]] if he had a mohawk.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** The title character will occasionally fall into one of these.
** One episode of ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' opened with Haruhi watching cherry blossoms fall and mumbling to herself about "hiding the bodies," and ended with an idea for a field trip/treasure hunt (mostly an excuse to have Kyon dig a hole). Luckily Itsuki was on hand to describe each stage in Haruhi's thought process, just from knowing the starting and ending points.
--->(Sub) '''Haruhi:''' Hmm... cherry blossoms... petals falling... blood splattering... dig a hole... bury... under the cherry blossom...
---> (Dub) '''Haruhi:''' Hmm... cherry blossoms. Cherry blossom petals fluttering to the ground... blood spraying... digging a hole... burying... under a cherry tree.
* In ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Miu had a train of thought that started with baseball and culminated with the realization that Nobue's birthday was the next day. It went something... like this (direction changed to limit confusion):
--> Baseball > Broken bones > Skeleton > Ghosts > Things that disappear > David Copperfield > Burned out on magic > Reveals how tricks work > Birthday
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Osaka doesn't just Wiki-walk, she Wiki-pole-vaults.
* Orihime Inoue's daydream in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' begins with her and the main character, Ichigo, on a romantic walk in the park, which turns into a race against an African-American athlete, ending in her victory (in a ''boxing match''), and immediately followed by an attempted assassination.
** She is shown doing so from time to time. Example: once during the Rukia rescue arc, Ishida saw her crying, and she explained she was just looking at the sun, proceeding to compare the sensation to many other unrelated things - in order, sneezing, feeling like going to the bathroom while in a bookstore and feeling the gums bleeding while biting on an apple.
** By far the best is when she has to say goodbye to a sleeping Ichigo:
--> "Ichigo... there were so many things I wanted to do. Become a teacher... or an astronaut... or open a pastry shop... or go to Mr. Donuts and say 'Give me one of each!'... or go to Baskin Robbins and say 'Give me one of each!' If only there were five of me! Then I could be born in five different towns, and eat five different meals, and have five different jobs. And all five of me... [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming could fall in love with the same guy.]] ... Ichigo. Thank you. [[TearJerker Goodbye.]]"
* Yuuki from ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'' at one points starts rambling about sneezing caused by curses, straw dolls and wood shortage, indicating that something is not quite right with the usually quiet woman -- and she indeed collapses from high fever shortly after.
* [[OccidentalOtaku Patty]] from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' mentions [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otome_Road Otome (Maiden's) Road]] and launches into a description. The screen then [[SplitScreen splits]] to show the Wiki Walk one of her ([[TheIngenue naive]]) classmates took when she heard her say "Otome Road" and interpreted it literally.
* An old man in ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' manages an impressive one about how miserable his life is starting with how nobody came to his online chat party, to people leaving the bus when he got on, to a goof up on a school trip, to insomnia, to gaining weight, and ending on how his last birthday present was a roll.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Shizuo decides to ask his new Russian [[SempaiKohai Kohai]]/human encyclopedia, Vorona, about Siberia. This somehow morphs into a lecture on cakes.
-->'''Vorona:''' Siberia. The correct pronunciation of which is Сибирь ([sʲıˈbirʲ]), may denote a Federal District of Russia or a wider area. The meanings are many-layered. And in Japan they also call a certain kind of dessert Siberia. Explanations vary as to how the name originated, among which a theory exists that it comes from the delicious fillings inside the Castella resembling the tundra and railways in Siberia. The Castella is said to be the first cake variety to be introduced to Japan. After that the Japanese developed their unique cake culture under various influences from different countries. The variety called the shortcake is also uniquely Japanese. At Christmas the Japanese are especially big on cakes, and on the streets all kinds of cakes send tantalizing smells to my nasal cavity.
* ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'' is basically WikiWalk: The Anime with the three title characters forming a club to randomly look up words or phrases on the internet and following where their train of thought takes them.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, a villain actually gets started on a HeelFaceTurn from "wiki-walking" through a captured ship's computer core, exposing them to new concepts that begin to break down their simple view of the universe.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Captain B. [=McCrea=] from ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' receives some major character development using one of these. He starts by asking the computer to define "Earth," and ends on "Dancing," after passing through "Sea," "Farms," "Pizza," and "Hoedown."
* In ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', Dory starts to go down this path several times, but she is usually stopped.
* At one point in Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}},'' Tarzan views a slide show of elements of modern (in 1882) British life. It is implied that he views ''every single slide'' Jane and her father brought, because there's a dissolve to Tarzan still looking through slides while they're asleep.

%%[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''. The narrator at the beginning of "Scene 24."

* Literature/{{Discworld}} has Leonard of Quirm, whose inventions are rarely what he initially intends because he gets distracted along the way.
** The man sketched instructions for a nuclear weapon in the margins of a sketch of a flower. He thought it might make a good mining tool, but had no military application because no-one would be willing to use it (a ShoutOut to Nobel and dynamite).
** Lord Vetinari has, in fact, spent many a long afternoon speculating on the fate of the world if Leonard should ever maintain his focus on any one thing for longer than an hour.
** "Bloody Stupid" Johnson had the same habit, except he tended to mix up his links mid-Walk and end up with stuff like a pipe organ that interlocks with a bathroom's plumbing.
** The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'' supplement has a special character advantage to reflect this sort of thing: it usually gives you a bonus to creative work, but every time you try for something original, there's a chance you might actually come up with something revolutionary but unrelated.
* Creator/BruceCoville's ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series perfectly describes the Wikipelunking phenomenon, [[OlderThanTheyThink many years before wikis existed]]. In it, aliens have developed an integrated virtual reality that is perfectly realistic, and used entirely for research purposes, showing the user whatever they want (basically, Wikipedia meets a LotusEaterMachine). The aliens have learned to [[AntiPoopSocking put time limits on the technology so that no one ''starves to death'']].
* The Icelandic monk Sulien, in Dorothy Dunnett's ''King Hereafter'', takes {{Wiki Walk}}s across the world. For example, in a simple trip from Scotland to Rome, he makes it to Russia, among other places across Europe. And it all seems logical at the time.
** Lampshaded by one of his friends, who notes that "Only Sulien could be shipwrecked on the east coast while sailing from west to further west."
* Richard Meeker's ''Better Angel'' (written in the early 1930s) shows its bookish protagonist taking a Wiki Walk through a paper encyclopedia:
--> It was like a tantalizing game. One word would lead to another, and that to a third, until he would have a half dozen of the heavy volumes piled on the floor around him. It was disturbing, and not very satisfactory -- whetting his curiosity rather than appeasing it.
* Literature/LordPeterWimsey's mother is famous for constantly going off on a tangent, whenever she speaks - and then on a tangent to the tangent, and so on. Back when the books were written, it was probably great fun to read, [[ViewersAreGeniuses if you were reasonably educated and followed the news.]] These days, it's mostly confusing.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The main character of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', JD, experiences daydreams that cause him to go on three-part wiki walks. The trigger comment, the daydream, and his verbal response.
** Amusingly lampshaded in later seasons, where they show the trigger comment but the camera stays "in the real world", where JD's friends comment on how he's about to snap out of it with a completely off-the-wall comment. He doesn't disappoint.
*** "We're gonna need a whole lotta gnomes!"
* Doug the drug rehab man does this frequently with names of drugs in ''Series/LittleBritain''.
* Creator/StephenColbert goes on purposeful {{Wiki Walk}}s on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' using [[http://wikiality.wikia.com/The_DaColbert_Code The DaColbert Code]] for purposes ranging from predicting Oscar winners to solving the murder of JFK.
** To date, things the [=DaColbert Code=] has [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight been right about]] include ten correct Oscar picks and a Presidential election.
* An episode of StepByStep had Cloudcuckoolander Cody give advice for dealing with a hickey through a crazily meandering chain of word associations, before finally coming back around to "Wear a turtleneck!".
* ''Series/{{QI}}'' is more a televised, bloody funny Wiki Walk than anything else.
* Constable Frank Gladstone from ''Series/TheThinBlueLine'' is a master of this, often omitting the intervening steps and just announcing his seemingly random conclusions to his perplexed comrades. For example: His theory behind rampant graffiti?...[[InsaneTrollLogic Fridge magnets and the parents who use them to put their toddler's childish drawings on the fridge as adorable mementos, which causes the now teen kids to use graffiti as a method of gaining that familiar adoration from standing around the fridge.]]
* In a flashback episode of ''Series/TheWestWing'', Press Secretary C.J. Cregg uses this to remember a reporter's name.
* An example that predates the Web would be James Burke's BBC series ''Connections'' and it's succesor series which would take two seemingingly unrelated facts or inventions and through a fascininating chain of thought demonstrate how they were inextricably linked. For example, the show detailed precisely how the creation of the credit card lead inevitably to the invention of the nuclear bomb.
* Phillip, TheWatson of ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' goes on litteral Wiki Walks. He also reacts this way when he's introduced to a concept with which he isn't familiar. Minutes later, you can expect the whiteboards all around Double's ElaborateUndergroundBase to be covered in random snippets of information about the subject, in various languages.
* In ''Series/TheOffice'', Michael Scott uses this to demonstrate his technique for memorizing names in "Lecture Circuit".
** "Baldy. Your head it bald. It is hairless. It is shiny. It is reflective, like a mirror. M. Your name is Mark."
*** Well, a common technique for remembering names is to associate the name with a prominent physical characteristic. And for some names, that takes considerable mental gymnastics.

* The subject of Whitney Avalon's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc-BEc7SMXk "Going Down the Rabbit Hole."]] Wiki/TVTropes gets a mention.

* Of course the folks over at ''VideoGame/TheWikiGame'' have made a sport of exactly this phenomenon.
* In the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', files on Grunt reveal his web searches, in which he started looking for information on Urdnot Wrex and wound up reading about dinosaurs.

* [[http://xkcd.com/214/ This]] Webcomic/{{xkcd}} shows us the danger of falling into these. (The image is reproduced above, but, as usual with Munroe, the punch line is in the alt-text.)
** And as if that weren't enough... [[http://xkcd.com/609/ he made the point again regarding a certain other Wiki]].
** He makes the point again in the alt-text of [[http://xkcd.com/903/ this]] comic. Apparently if start with any article and click the first non-italicized link not in parentheses in every subsequent article, you'll eventually end up at philosophy. One route that works is to start with ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy_%28radio_series%29 radio series]].
%%** If that's not enough, there's the matter of [[http://xkcd.com/1051/ being embarrassed by what you have and haven't Wiki Walked to]].
%%** The phenomenon of accidentally getting into one of these just before bed -- repeatedly -- is mentioned in [[http://xkcd.com/1501/ this one]]'s mouseover caption.
* The BunglingInventor of ''RPGWorld'' started repairing a broken appliance and ended up building a time machine.
%%* [[http://wondermark.com/420/ This]] Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}.
* [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1128/ This]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' teaches a lesson on why one should not look up time-sensitive matters such as preventing blood loss on ThatOtherWiki.
* ''TwistedKaijuTheater'' [[http://neomonsterisland.com/tktarkv/vol4/031/1550/1.html makes an actual plot point out of this.]]
* [[http://www.sheldoncomics.com/archive/051106.html Sheldon's]] grandfather goes from canola oil to Montana mountain goats.
* [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=355 Happens to Liquid]] in ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''.
* In ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' Macy goes on a "public registry" walk [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1193.php when looking up Abel]], then manages to stop herself on [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1193.php the fourth entry]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Curvy}}'', Susie gets lost in the depths of wikipedia ''in the middle of a gunfight''. She actually started by looking up how to fix a sucking chest wound. An unknown amount of time later, the victim is still bleeding out and Susie is reading up on turkish oil wrestling and headbutts...

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Thanks to Website/YouTube's "related videos" section occasionally popping up strange choices, it is entirely possible to do this there. Going from Johann Strauss to Joe Satriani via Yosemite Sam, for example.
* Certain adult video websites that function in a similar way to Website/YouTube can also cause this effect. Not like you would notice.
* A website, [[http://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/~mu/wiki/ the Six Degrees of Wikipedia]], has been coded that will allow you to put in two pages in Wikipedia, and find the shortest path from one to the other. thus taking a Wiki Walk for you.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDemYnCLDpA this]] Natalie Tran video, one of the featured comments from the previous video claims it takes three clicks to get from the Wikipedia page about her to the one about [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]]. She says she'd like to see proof of this. Viewers were only too happy to oblige. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife You are hereby challenged]] to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalie_Tran try]] without first looking at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OHm_W8Qf9Q the multiple solutions]].
* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has a gorgon in "Armageddon" (Book 1 of 3) learn of the "invocations of 'goo gul' and 'wiccan pee-dee-ah'" only to fall victim to this effect:
-->"The last was protected by an insidious spell that caused her to constantly lose track of what she was looking for, flipping from page to page until she was reading irrelevant nonsense about 'collectible card games' and 'sonic the hedgehog'."
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' has its own name for this phenomenon: [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-6646-wikipedia-freefall/ Wikipedia Freefall]].
** ''Cracked'' itself, despite not being a wiki, can very easily become one of these due to links in the text as well as "recommended" pages at the end of the text.
** #5 of [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-emotions-invented-by-internet/ 6 New Kinds of Anxiety the Internet Gave Us]] is "The Irresistible Impulse to Follow a Link Chain".
* ''WebAnimation/ExtraCredits'' suggested invoking this as a method to get students to link ideas together in their "Gamifying Education" episode. Of course, they also suggested making sure the students explain why each leap in the walk was valid.
* Blog/LessWrong is one of these for those who are interested in being rational. There are links in the text of posts to other posts.
* {{Imageboards}} can have a similar effect. You open up a discussion you like, then you go through all the discussions on that board. By the time you're done new threads have started and you have to check all those. Then you have go back to see if anyone has added to discussions you have already been in, and then you just keep hitting the refresh button until new threads start.
* Browsing the Wiki/SCPFoundation wiki can sometimes lead to this.
** Be warned, that site can turn creepy ''fast''. It's quite possible to go from "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-458 A never-ending pizza box?]] That's pretty cool." to "[[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-610 Oh, eww, what is that?! Aagh!]] much quicker than you might think.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Mr Muddlefoot does this several times through the show.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' shown from Pinky's perspective (complete with his nose in the center of the camera view) reveals that his random responses to Brain's CatchPhrase, "AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering?" are the end result of Wiki Walking. [[note]] Though technically it's the result of Rob Paulsen [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny ad-libbing.]][[/note]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', "Chairman of the Bored" a character goes on a long and boring Wiki Walk, he even manages to scare the titular characters with it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Canceled", the scientist (a parody of Jeff Goldblum's character from ''Film/IndependenceDay'') who helps the characters discover the purpose of the probe in Cartman's anus (which is a transmissions satellite) makes all his deductions by having an unrelated word or phrase pop into his mind, then [[BatDeduction linking seemingly arbitrary ideas together to form the correct solution]].
--> '''Chef:''' Who's havin' buttsex?
%%* This is how the ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends'' used to solve the Riddler's riddles. Make of that what you will.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby joins a school club specializing in pop culture studies, and everyone quickly realizes he's a master of pop culture quizzes. But as pop culture study becomes work rather than play, he becomes more distressed. Then, during one moment while in a shopping center, his mind suddenly starts topic-linking lots of trivia in a continuous Wiki Walk tree of thought that doesn't stop, and this triggers a panic attack that causes him to pass out.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Marge is trying to find a way to bring culture to Springfield:
-->'''Marge:''' Think Marge think. Culture, vulture, birds of prey, pray in a church, The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, ghosts are scary, scary rhymes with Gary... That's it, Architect Frank Gehry!
* Some ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons wind up as something like this. One example is ''The Rabbit of Seville'', where Bugs & Elmer Fudd's EscalatingWar starts with axes and ends with Fudd putting on a bridal dress and marrying Bugs.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is good at this. One good example is the episode "I Dream of Jesus," which begins with lunch at a 1950s style diner, moves on to Peter becoming obsessed with a Trashmen song, and winds up being about the return of Jesus Christ.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creating one of these is more or less the point of [[http://wiki.swil.org/index.php/Telephone_Oracle Telephone Oracle]]
* If you keep clicking on the first non itallic, unbracked link on any page of the TheOtherWiki you'll normally end up on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy Philosophy]]
* The game Wikiball (starting at random page and getting to another) is basically one giant Wiki Walk. Nabhani (disambiguation) to ''WesternAnimation/{{AvatarTheLastAirbender}}''? Nabhani → Oman → Education → Humanities → Internet → BBC → Broadcasting → DVD → Video → Film → Animation → Anime → [[{{Animesque}} Anime-influenced animation]] → ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Variants on this game put restrictions on what you're allowed to click on. It is also known as wikiracing, when it is played in a competitive form, with the aim being to get from one page to another either in less time or less clicks than your competitors.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_association Free association]] is a form of psychotherapy that, at least in one form, is essentially a mental Wiki Walk. (The game "word association" is a multi-player version of this.)
* [[http://www.imaginaryyear.com/raccoon/wikipedian_tag.html Wikipedian Tag]], which is what happens when you combine Wiki Walking with the game of Tag. Considering the rules have leeway as far as "victory conditions" for the runner(s) go, one could easily append a [[GodwinsLaw runner victory for reaching Hitler]].
* In the [[SoCalization SoCal]] region, this is generally referred to as "Wiki Surfing."
* This combined with a tabbed browser is one cause of what could be called Wikitabs: tabs so tiny that they're completely indistinguishable (A problem solvable by using the firefox extension "Read it later" instead).
* ''Wiki/TVTropes''. It's a wiki, what else would you expect? Let's face it, you're probably in the middle of one right now. And that is why TvTropesWillRuinYourLife.
** Tabbed Browsing is the bane of everyone with [[AttentionDeficitOohShiny ADHD]]. You open a bunch of tabs and then promptly forget about half of them, only to vaguely remember them several hours later when you've long since got off the computer to do something else.
** However it is also a savior, as tossing the interesting link into a tab helps you focus on what you're actually looking for.
* This is older than the Internet. "Birdwalking" is something teachers always have to avoid; "jumping to subjects away from the intended subject." The term is at least 25 years old, if not more so.
** And like Wiki Walking, it's created its own game, but more for the spectators than the participant. The goal is to get your teacher to tell stories about their past for the remainder of the class. Some teachers are more cooperative than others, creating a range of difficulties from EasierThanEasy (new teachers trying to connect to students) to NintendoHard (usually old ladies that actually think they're teaching you something useful).
* To celebrate TheOtherWiki's tenth anniversary Creator/TheBBC sent one of its reporters to do a Wiki Walk against the clock in [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12172367 this article]].
** British entertainer Creator/BobMonkhouse also did this weekly on one of his later shows. Audience members would shout out two subjects at random, and he would improvise a flawless chain of connections every time.
* It's been said that "A dullard is someone who can open a dictionary and look at the definition of only the word he was looking for."
* BBC Radio One runs Jo Whiley's Tenuous Link and Dave's Tedious Link.
* Back when the internet was young, around early 90's, this was hyped as a feature. The thought process is that you can find everything, even the most random information.