*resists quoting Small World lyrics*

A few years ago, I received an email from a friend, asking me to forward it along in an attempt to get it to its target–a stranger to me–and to fill out a questionnaire for a worldwide study. I was fascinated, and duly forwarded the email to a friend in Australia. Here are the results at last. Turns out it’s really 5-7 degrees of separation (okay okay, saying six is close enough, and successful trials depended disproportionately upon business connections.

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