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Six degrees: Susan Boyle to Charles Darwin

November 25th, 2009
02:05 PM ET

Time to get your thinking caps on: it's time for the Connect The World Six Degrees game. [cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/25/sixdegrees2.jpg caption="What links Susan Boyle to Charles Darwin?"]Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six short steps.

This week we're asking you to take a giant leap because our newsmakers come from very different fields. We want you to link reality TV singing star Susan Boyle to evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin.

Up for the challenge?

Leave your submissions for this week's challenge in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and we'll announce the winner on Friday's show.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below. To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

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  1. David L

    They are not very attractive? Both from the UK? Both are revisionists?


    November 25, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Reply
  2. Susan

    Susan Boyle was discovered by
    Simon Cowell who appeared on SNL alongside
    Janet Jackson, who was a castmember of Different Strokes, the theme song of which was written by
    Alan Thicke, Growing Pains father of
    Kirk Cameron, who has recently spoken out against "The Origins of Species" written by
    Charles Darwin

    November 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  3. Brian C.

    Susan Boyle was judged by Simon Cowell (1) on Britain's Got Talent. Simon Cowell was also the judge on American Idol when Jordin Sparks (2) won. Jordin Sparks did her first interview after winning with Jay Leno (3) on the Tonight Show. Steve Irwin (4) was also a frequent guest on the Tonight Show. Steve Irwin was the caretaker of Harriet (5) the turtle at a zoo in Australia before they both died. Harriet was originally the pet of Charles Darwin (although historical accounts vary).

    ... not too creative, almost anybody can be tied through Jay Leno

    Brian in Berlin

    November 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  4. Matthew

    Susan Boyle was on Britain's got talent. Piers Morgan, a judge on that show was also on America's got talent (season 1). One of the Celebrity judges was Penn Jillette, a noted atheist. Penn has a partner in his magic act, William Joseph Teller, or now simply Teller. Teller is a very good friend of James Randi, a member of the Brights movement. Richard Dawkins is also a member of the Brights movement. Six degrees of separation.

    November 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  5. Matthew

    I realized I messed that up, so I'll do it again. Susan Boyle was on Britain's got talent. Piers Morgan was a judge on that show, and was a judge on America's got talent season 1. One of the celebrity coaches was Penn Jillette, a noted atheist. His partner, Teller, is a good friend with James Randi (he has appeared on their show a few times). James Randi is a member of the brights movement, as is Richard Dawkins, a noted evolutionary biologist. Darwin himself was also an evolutionary biologist.

    November 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  6. takamata

    Susan Boyle would not survive according to Charles Darwin

    there you have it. five words between Boyle and Charles

    November 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  7. Jason

    Susan Boyle – Met with Paul Potts
    Paul Potts – Former winner of Britain's got talent – met with the queen
    Queen Elizabeth II – Current Queen of the British Commonwealth
    King George VI – King of the British Commonwealth, father to Elizabeth
    Queen Victoria – Queen of British Empire
    John Lubbock – Fellow Naturalist & colleague to Darwin, knighted 1865
    Charles Darwin – Colleague of John Lubbock

    November 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  8. Talmon

    Charles Darwin

    ( 1 ) Horace Darwin (1851-1928) – Son of Charles Darwin

    ( 2 ) Horace Basil Barlow (Born 1921) – Grandson of Horace Darwin – must have known Horace Darwin – same name and died when his grandfather was 7. Also Winner of Australia Prize of 1993. Australia's highest prize (now known as the Prime Minister's prize)

    ( 3 ) Paul Keating – Australia Prime Minister 1991-1996 – delivered the prize

    ( 4 ) John Major – UK Prime Minister while Paul Keating was Australia Prime Minister. They must know each other.

    ( 5 ) Larry King – Interviewed John Major

    Susan Boyle – was interviewed by Larry King

    November 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  9. Mike

    Susan Boyle was a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, judged by Simon Cowell

    Cowell rolled his eyes and laughed when Boyle stated that she want to be as famous as British singer Elaine Paige

    In 1995, Paige was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II

    Queen Elizabeth is the great-great-great granddaughter of King George III

    George III offered Erasmus Darwin to be the official physician of the kingm, an honor he declined

    Erasmus Darwin is the grandfather of Charles Darwin

    November 26, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  10. Peter Gardiner

    Darwin and source of life synominous.

    November 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  11. Nicola

    Susan Boyle shot to fame singing 'I Dreamed a Dream'. The song from the famed musical 'Les Misérables' was composed by the French composer Claude-Michel Schonberg in 1980.

    Schonberg based his musical on the classic French novel, of the same name, written by Victor Hugo in 1862.

    In 1847, Charles Dickens paid a visit to Victor Hugo in Paris, a long-time inspiration and influence on Dickens.

    Dickens allegedly based the busybody character of Mrs. Jellyby, in his 1853 novel ‘Bleak House’, on a contentious English feminist writer and journalist by the name of Harriet Martineau.

    Martineau was an old flame of Erasmus Darwin.

    Erasmus Darwin was the brother of Charles Darwin. Charles once visited his brother in 1836 during the time his brother was "driving out Miss Martineau".

    November 26, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Reply
  12. costas

    This is detailed, so please pay attention: Susan Boyle became famous by singing "I dreamed a dream" from les miserables written by (1) Victor Hugo.
    The writer is buried in the pantheon together with (2) Alexander Dumas, who worked in 1822 in the office of (3) Louis-Phlippe, the future king of France. Louis-Philippe was king of France in 1848 when the French revolutions against him inspired (4) Karl Marx, based in Paris, to write the "Communist manifesto". Karl Marx then moved to London where he is buried at Highgate cemetary. Present at the funeral was (5) E.R. Lankester a prominent young british evolutionary biologist. (6) Charles Darwin liked Lankester's research writing to him in 1872 "What grand work you did at Naples [at the marine research station]! I can clearly see that you will some day become our first star in Natural History."

    -The above is all true, thank you

    November 26, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  13. Najee Williams

    Susan Boyle- first appeared on Britain's Got Talent singing "I Dreamed a Dream".

    which was also covered by

    Aretha Franklin – has starred at the famous Apollo theater for "Showtime at the Apollo"

    Which is located in New York City

    Kim Cattrall- starred in New York City set show "Sex and the City".

    She was born in Liverpool, England.

    William Patrick Hitler – was also born in Liverpool and was the nephew of Adolf Hitler

    they were related.

    Adolf Hitler- had a Chief Scientific Advisor

    For the study of eugenics

    Dr. Alfred Rosenberg- studied and practice eugenic based his studies off of....

    "Theory of Evolution"

    Charles Darwin- the creator of the theory of evolution

    November 26, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  14. Ray Genet

    Susan Boyle's popularity is comparable to a meme. A meme is a unit of culture that is selected and propagated in a way analogous to successful genes (some say it even follows the same algorithm see The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore). The meme concept is an evolutionary view of culture and is known as Universal Darwinism. So, the link between Susan Boyle and Charles Darwin is the meme.

    November 27, 2009 at 12:16 am | Reply
  15. Dave R

    Susan Boyle once sang on a talent show hosted by Michael Barrymore.
    Barrymore was housemate of Member of Parliament George Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother.
    On 24 Sep 2006 Galloway interviewed fellow anti-war politician Tony Benn on his radio Show.
    Tony Benn's Grandmother: Lily Pickstone named her son (Tony Benn's Father) William Wedgwood Benn, and claimed descent from industrialist Josiah Wedgwood.
    Charles Darwin, was a grandson of Josiah Wedgwood.

    November 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Reply
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    February 11, 2010 at 9:12 am | Reply
  17. Alexis Martin

    susan boyle can easily hit the high notes with ease, i like her~;.

    October 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Reply

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