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April 21, 2003

Six Degrees of Uday Hussein

Six Degrees of Uday Hussein

I've decided to alter Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game. He is, after all, a gregarious movie star. It's probably hard to not be within three or four links of him, even if you aren't also a gregarious movie star. What about people who aren't as accessible, people who through some choice or happenstance are not in the public eye as often, yet are still well known? According to the six degrees theory even notoriously reclusive dictators should be reachable in six steps or less.

So I spent an inordinate amount of time this weekend trying to document a six degrees connection to Uday Hussein, who I figured would would be a slightly tougher test than his father. I was mowing the lawn, so it wasn't as if the time I spent doing this was a complete time waster.

This is the only chain I've been able to document to my satisfaction:

When I was a Freshman at UNC, my fencing class partner was Rachel Hunt, daughter of perennial N.C. Democratic governor Jim Hunt. Jim Hunt has probably met with Jimmy Carter numerous times, but here's a picture of him and Carter in 1983. Zbigniew Brzezinski was Carter's national security advisor, and met Saddam in 1977. Saddam is the father of Uday.

My score (based on a system I just made up, which consists of total years needed to complete the connection times the number of links in the chain, with an ideal or perfect score being 1 or less): 156* No idea how good of a score that is, there's not enough data available for comparison. I'd like more data, so leave me your chains in the comments below if the bug bites you.

I shook Jim Hunt's Hand once as a Boy Scout, but I've decided that encounters with politicians pressing the flesh cannot count. The only two politicians I've met that I felt I could count were Terry Sanford and David Price, but Terry's dead and I've yet to find a Uday chain that includes David Price.

Coming soon: Six degrees of Mullah Omar.

*Theoretically my Uday chain should be five or less, or the Sainted Wife's should be. How else would one's children be accounted for under the six degrees theory? As they get older, other chains should form, but the only chains available to a newborn are those of its parents. Obviously a child born in a hospital would have other chains available, notably those of the ob-gyn doctor and nurses, but not all children are born in hospitals. If the six degrees theory is going to hold up, it should cover children who are born without benefit of a delivery staff.

Posted by Bigwig at April 21, 2003 03:41 PM | TrackBack
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