WIT – The WikiAnswers Influential Teens Program

You’ve probably seen the acronym and badges all around the site, but let me introduce you fully to the Answers.com WIT program.

WIT stands for The WikiAnswers Influential Teens. This program provides a safe place for teens to hang out online, ask and answer questions, and even gain the skills to assist the Answers’ Q&A community through special projects!  WIT is a great opportunity for teens to learn cooperation, understanding, and leadership skills.  It’s a fun program, a unique experience, and a terrific resume/college application builder!

WIT is divided into 4 divisions, allowing members to choose which tasks they enjoy most:

Keep an eye out for WIT Explorers! This division is for those members who would like to participate in all facets of the site rather than focus on one particular aspect. To name a few, missions may include answering questions, recategorizing, featuring, and working on flagged questions.

Our fearless WIT Warriors focus on new categories and unsupervised categories. Tasks include seeding new questions, recategorizing questions, cleaning up unsupervised categories, and jumping in to assist with categories that need extra help.

Watch out for those WIT Trailblazers! The Trailblazers focus specifically on answering questions. Their focus could be on newer categories, current event categories, specific categories of interest and featured categories.

Meep! Beep! Here come the WIT Roadrunners! They tackle special projects assigned to their division, clean up alternates and merges of various questions, help Supervisors clean up problem areas in their categories as necessary, remove personal information from answers, and various category clean-up.

And these awesome teens have been busy this year! So far in 2014, they have answered 460 questions, done 5,330 recategorizations, 1,410 edits, and edited and unflagged 250 questions flagged questions.  Membership has grown 20%, with 178 awesome teens in the program, and the number of missions completed is up 100% since August 2013.

The WIT program coordinator is Melissa aka Melbrown2013. WIT is currently open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18, have a few quality contributions on Answers.com, are in good standing on the site, and complete the WIT Membership Application.  The number of contributions isn’t as important as the quality, and desire to be involved in WIT!

If you’re a teen and would like to become a part of this amazing program, contact Gregg at: Ganderton at wikianswers.com. Replace “at” with “@” and omit the spaces.

2015 WAmmy Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2015 WAmmy Award winners (for questions and answers posted in 2014)!  The WAmmy Awards are a fun way to recognize questions, answers, contributions, and hard work.  This community is truly amazing – and these awards are just a small token of our appreciation!!

Lifetime Achievement Award


Acceptance Speech:
This WAmmy award came as a massive surprise. Thank you very much to those who felt I am worthy of this award and for voting for me.

I enjoy giving back to the Answers community in many ways. From assisting the contributors, helping fellow Supervisors, co-running The Initiates Program alongside Xnicola and Jsarino, mentoring new Supervisors and TIP members, kicking those vandals back out the door and so on.

I am proud of The Initiates Program, the work it does and the members of the program. Myself and Xnicola helped to build the program up from scratch, alongside a former Community Assistant, into the amazing program it is today. I am also proud of the community itself, especially the Supervisor community which puts so much work into making Answers the brilliant place it is. Kudos to every Supervisor on Answers.com, this community would not be possible without our awesome team of volunteers.

Special thanks goes to Stupid Little Genius for inspiring and encouraging me to become a Supervisor, Ganderton for inviting me onto the Supervisor team and Xnicola for mentoring (and putting up with) me.

The Lifetime Achievement is a big honour and one I didn’t expect to get, considering there are many fantastic Supervisors who deserve this award. Thank you again to everyone who voted.

Honorable Mention:



Most Answers



Acceptance Speech:  

On behalf of 4Jays, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:



Most Expert Answers



Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you all for this totally unexpected award.  Answering questions is a reward in itself, as it is great to spread knowledge.  To be noticed by your peers is an honour.  Everyone here deserves acknowledgement for what they do. So thanks for nominating me and thanks for all you do.  You are all winners.

Honorable Mention:



Most Contributions



Acceptance Speech:

Speech?  I’m wordless (quite unusual)– and a bit confused (not so unusual anymore LOL).  My wordless confusion is because I truly don’t keep track of how many or how much I contribute.  I even forget to turn in numbers to Robin for WikiReviewers’ missions.   I’m just not much into ‘keeping count’.  So any award for most contributions is extremely surprising—to me!

When visiting Answers, I just ‘do’ what I see needs done. One edit, one merge, checking one alt, leads me to another… and another.   I love tidying up and organizing.  But, there are always more edits to do!  I keep hoping to make even a small dent in one area…(temporarily, I forget how massive the Answers site has become).

I suppose I’m sort of like my cat when he endlessly chases his tail.  There’s a great satisfaction after a long round ‘n round ‘twirl’ through a chain of edits or alts.  Like my cat, I find myself doing another ‘twirl’…just because it’s there to do!   It’s hard to give an exact name to the feeling ‘twirling’ gives.  Looking at my cat after one of his blitzkrieg twirling dances, it’s very apparent that chasing one’s tail is simply quite pleasurable, for no other reason than the enjoyment of doing it.  Somehow the expenditure of thought and energy brings more than just tiredness at the end; it rejuvenates, before finding a soft spot to curl up and take a well-deserved nap.

Maybe Answers for the human brain is like catnip to a cat’s brain?  Or a mix of energizing epinephrine and soothing dopamine?  I asked my cat to share his wisdom on this, but he doesn’t seem to have any interest in answering “Why does chasing my tail ‘feel good’ to me?”  Perhaps like explaining a cat’s ‘midnight crazies’, there is no need to wax philosophical about why twirling on Answers produces this pleasurable effect.

I must say, though, I’m very glad that others focus on providing answers.  That gives me time for another editing ‘twirl’… and another…

I’d offer you a pinch of coveted catnip, but I think everyone deserves to have their own ‘stash’ so we can each do whatever kind of ‘twirling’ we most enjoy doing.  Come join me for the ‘midnight crazies’ or a long twirl on Answers.com!

Honorable Mention:



Premier Answerer of the Year


David Gambell

Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of David Gambell, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

Keith Blair


Most Trust Points Earned



Acceptance Speech:

What, a year gone by already – nah, can’t be.
And me, again – now that really can’t be.
On the other hand, who am I to doubt the collected wisdom of Answers.com participants?
Or it just goes to show what a bit of restlessness can do for you – particularly when it sets in within wi-fi coverage…
Anyhow, thank you all for this vote of confidence.
I’ll do my best to continue in the same manner.


Honorable Mention:



Most Vandals Blocked



Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for awarding me this WAmmy.

I would like to shout out to all the members of Vandal Patrol, an excellent anti-vandal team on Answers which is coordinated by An8thg. Every Vandal Patroller in the Answers community does an excellent job in identifying vandalism, cleaning up the vandalism, educating the vandals in the correct etiquette and permanently removing vandals from our fantastic community when they fail to take the education on board. Dealing with the bad apples that Vandal Patrol comes across requires a lot of patience and professionalism as well as the ability to work in a team. And everyone in the program does that brilliantly.

For some reason, certain immature individuals like to turn up and rain down on this fantastic community. Certain others believe they can do whatever they like in other people’s communities and blindly spam them with unwanted material. But they will very soon realise that Answers.com has the best anti-vandalism team in the online world. Hats off to my fellow Vandal Patrollers.

Watch out vandals.

Honorable Mention:



Most Category Changes



Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of Jam499, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:



Most Questions Improved



Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of Peakaytea, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

William Howe


Most Reverts



Acceptance Speech:

The hardest thing about reverting some answers is finding the best answer, as the answer to a popular or controversial question may have been vandalized multiple times. Fortunately, the vast majority of reverts were to new questions, or were first answers by IP’s. Unfortunately, some IP’s made a LOT of bad answers- I found more than most people ever want to find. I appreciate the somewhat belated award.

Honorable Mention:



Most Contributions by New Supervisor


Anjana Narayanan

Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you!! I am deeply honored to receive this award. Also, I am really proud to be a part of the WikiAnswers community.

Honorable Mention:



Most Trust Points by New Supervisor



Acceptance Speech:

It’s genuinely a surprise to be nominated never mind winning the 2015 Answers WAmmy Award for Most Trust Points by New Supervisor. Thank you to all those who nominated and voted for me. It’s nice to be appreciated!

Honorable Mention:



Best Profile



Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you very much for your votes, as you may know my profile is dedicated to Inca a beautiful blue Burmese, next time he visits my dreams I’ll be sure to tell him he won a WAmmy :)

Honorable Mention:



Best Advice Answer



How can you make life better?

Acceptance Speech:

I’d like to thank all the little people … no, seriously, the little orange fellows really do help me with my answers!

I’m honored to be chosen for a WAmmy award, and will strive to keep representing WikiAnswers to the best of my ability. We’ve got a great little community here, and I love working with all of you. Thanks for your votes and your support.

No Honorable Mention


Best How-To Answer



How do you become great?

Acceptance Speech:

To all those who voted for this answer, my grateful thanks. While I do not contribute as much these days, I do enjoy answering the unusual and quirky questions…and sometimes it pays off. To the inquiring mind, “how to” always leads to greater understanding of a subject, even philosophy!  Always keep questing for excellence, tilting at windmills, and occasionally…very occasionally…the wild and wonderful happens. Strive for greatness!!

Honorable Mention:



Best Researched Answer



Why are a majority of ancient swords found in river beds?

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for nominating me for the Best Researched Answer WAmmy.

I am glad that people have found the answer helpful. I enjoy researching topics to provide an accurate-as-possible answer, especially with history topics, which is difficult these days with so much outdated, conflicting and incorrect information floating about.

Thank you again.

Honorable Mention:


What body systems are being used while doing your homework?


Funniest Answer



What does it mean when a British person says “bite your arm off”?

Acceptance Speech:  

Wow, I am gobsmacked (in awe). I was not expecting to win this WAmmy as I am usually an unfunny person, so that was very jammy (lucky). But now I am so excited to have won it that I could bite your arm off!

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this nomination. You must be off your trolley (crazy/nuts), but thank you. I hope it at least put a jolly good smile on the faces of some people.

Any road (anyway), I’ll let you go. Pip pip cheerio (goodbye).

Honorable Mention:


What might racists on other planets say?


Funniest Question



When the compiler of crossword puzzles dies would he be buried six down and three across?

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for your votes, this is the second WAmmy I’ve won for funniest question (I won in 2007 too!) I guess my funny bone must be connected to my chuckle muscle :)

No Honorable Mention


Top Category Answerers

Animal Life

Winner:  Fwmh

Honorable Mention:  Cycling-rod

Business & Finance

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Robmixon

Cars & Vehicles

Winner:  Helpfull

Honorable Mention:  Sidewaysrob

Entertainment & Arts

Winner:  WNY007

Honorable Mention:  Dfoofnik

Food & Cooking

Winner:  Fixit895

Honorable Mention:  4Jays


Winner:  Dabac

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

History, Politics & Society

Winner:  Manlio Fahrni

Honorable Mention:  Dr.Q

Hobbies & Collectibles

Winner:  JayKay

Honorable Mention:  Uwecbrass09

Home & Garden

Winner:  Historikeren

Honorable Mention:  Topbuilder

Humor & Amusement Corner

Winner:  FiOS-Dave

Honorable Mention:  Snart Gurk

Jobs & Education

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  CuddlesnHugs Bear

Law & Legal Issues

Winner:  Reyn562

Honorable Mention:  Kluss

Literature & Language

Winner:  Notyouraveragedummy

Honorable Mention:  Dfoofnik


Winner:  ErinRess12

Honorable Mention:  Adamlance

Religion & Spirituality

Winner:  Splashen

Honorable Mention:  Dick Harfield


Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Ericbarnes


Winner:  SterlingHelperOne

Honorable Mention:  WNY007


Winner:  Fish247

Honorable Mention:  Harsh.Lahiri.gp2625


Winner:  PCForrest

Honorable Mention:  Eccles-Jordan Trigger

Travel & Places

Winner:  Ericbarnes

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Algolthedemonstar!

Her favorite food is cake and her favorite book is always the next good one. After discovering Answers in 2008, she’s been very active this past year. With over 26,000 contributions, this Floating Supervisor and recent AnswerThon winner is an Editor at Large in the WikiReviewers program and a Vandal Patrol Generalist. Allow me to introduce you to Answers contributor Algolthedemonstar, known to friends and family as Chris.

Q: Many of us here at Answers have stories behind our usernames. Is there anything special about yours?
A: I’ve always been interested in astronomy and it’s suitably anarchic.

Q: What can you tell us about your family pets?
A: In the family we have three dogs, a cat, a budgie, a bearded dragon and a tank of fish. The dogs are two young, boisterous labradors and a very old demented Yorkie.

Q: Where did you attend school, and do you hold any degrees?
A: My degree is in chemistry, I graduated from the University of Wales a long time ago. I then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Q: What were your influences in choosing your field of study?
A: Science is endlessly fascinating and never lets you down.

Q: What is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired teacher of nearly 40 years’ experience. I chose education because I’m more interested in the ideas than the lab work, and I wanted to pass them on.


Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, England

Q: From what part of the world are you hailing to us?
A: Liverpool, just down the road from Penny Lane.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Surviving!

Q: Do you have a special motto or belief in life?
A: Science is not a subject, it’s a philosophy.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve travelled widely in Britain and seen some fantastic places. I love Wales, Northumberland, Kent, Yorkshire and Shropshire, as well as my native
Lancashire. The most beautiful place I can think of is Wensleydale. Abroad, I’ve been to Paris, the west and south of France, Spain, Portugal, Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna. I also went to Jordan and Israel, but that was a very long time ago.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Petra in Jordan. That famous description: ‘That rose red city half as old as time’

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I’m a crochet addict though I also enjoy other needlecrafts such as needlepoint. I read mostly science fiction and fantasy but I also enjoy mysteries and occasional lighter novels. My TV interests are similar and also include medical dramas and some sitcoms. I don’t cook as much as I used to but still enjoy it if there’s no time pressure. I am completely lacking in the sporting gene and neither take part nor watch, a fact that limits my conversation in most company.

Q: Any other favorites you’d like to share with our readers?
Band or Artist: Leonard Cohen
Television shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Forever, Star Trek in all its incarnations, Stargate SG1, Law and Order SVU, Critical, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Pointless.
Movies: Trading Places; just brilliantly funny. Groundhog Day; an allegory without being preachy. About Time; sad and glorious together. The Holiday; pure escapism.
Poet: James Elroy Flecker. He just transports me to wherever he wrote about.
Poem: The Secret People by G.K. Chesterton: so real after so much time.
Authors: Too many to count: Kathy Reichs, Alexander McCall Smith, Ben Aaronovitch, Sheri S. Tepper, Anne McCaffrey

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and any goals you’d
like to achieve on the site?
A: Being part of Vandal Patrol and WikiReviewers. I intend to learn about writing articles.

Say hi to the girl with three names: Annora, Gabrielle or Mjkluio789


Q: What is your first name?
A: Annora, but some people also know me by my middle name which is Gabrielle.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: mjkluio789

Q: Is there a special meaning for your username?
A: When I joined Answers.com, I was on my grandfather’s laptop. Since I wasn’t feeling very creative, I went with mjkluio789 as those keys were also used as 0123456789. It was a great decision since it’s very fun to type in!

grenoble france at night near lake

Grenoble, France

Q: From what part of the world are you coming to us?
A: I live in Canada. And no, we don’t say “aboot.” Sorry!

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I’ve been bilingual in French and English since I was young. English is technically my second language.

Q: Do you have a special motto, quote or belief you always keep in mind or live by?
A: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin

Q: Do you have a favorite place you’ve visited?
A: One of my favourite places would be Grenoble, France. It’s such a beautiful place and you’ll always have a great view of the mountains.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I really want to visit Scotland and it may or may not be because of Outlander.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: When I’m home, I can usually be found reading or watching a documentary. I can also be found traveling during my breaks off school.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: I ate foie gras, which is duck or goose liver. Let’s just say I won’t ever be doing that again!

Q: Do you have a favorite television show?
A: My favourites are Downton Abbey, Outlander and the Cosmos. I’m also in the middle of watching the Borgia, but some episodes can be hard to watch.

Q: What do you enjoy studying most in school?
A: I love history! I think it would be so cool to travel back in time and see how everyone lived back then.

Q: What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I would love to teach in South Korea for a year or two.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: If I remember correctly, it was by random. I was bored and somehow landed on this site, so to pass the time, I made an account. Obviously, I don’t regret that moment one bit as I’m still an active member four years later.

Q: So, how long have you been a member of Answers?
A: Since 20 February 2011.

Q: What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
A: I love organization even if it’s more of a behind the scene job. I like feeling that I’m getting questions to their proper category so they can be found and answered.

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and are there any goals you’d like to achieve on the site?
A: I just passed the 50,000 Contributions mark this week! Most of it was organization, but I hope to answer more questions in the future.

Community Outreach Summer Run contest coming soon! Win an iPad Air!

Answers Community Outreach


Summer Run 2015


Who wouldn’t love to have an iPad Air?!

The Answers Community Outreach program is offering you a chance to win an iPad Air, simply for greeting new contributors via their Answers message boards in a contest called Community Outreach Summer Run!

The Community Outreach Summer Run is a two month long contest, rewarding participants who greet the most new contributors, with a 1st place minimum of 1200 greets, during the months of June and July 2015, spreading community awareness while winning prizes at the same time!

Summer Run Prizes

1st Place Prize:
iPad Air
(totally awesome!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 1st Place badge

2nd Place Prize
Cozy Sherpa Blanket with Answers logo (soft!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 2nd Place Badge

3rd Place Prize
Answers Leather Portfolio (nice!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 3rd Place Badge

4th Place Prize
Answers Light-up Computer Mouse (cool!)
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 4th Place Badge

5th Place Prize
CO or Answers tee (your choice!)
Summer Run 2015 5th Place Badge

Runners Up
10 Extra Missions Credits
Summer Run 2015 Runner-Up Badge

  • Registration is easy!
  • To join Community Outreach, just contact Robin on her message board HERE and say,  

“I Want To Win An iPad!”

You will have a running list of new contributors to greet, and all you have to do is message them via their message boards on the Answers website.

Summer Run begins at midnight June 1st EST and ends at midnight July 28th EST.

Come join us, meet new people, make new friends, and have lots of fun for a chance to win fabulous prizes!!

Hope to see you in the Summer Run!

All participants must be at least 13 years old and will receive a Community Outreach Summer Run 2015 participation badge on their Answers profiles.

Introducing Cloie Anne, from the Philippines

Here at Answers, we all love getting to know the members of our community.  This week, let’s get to know Cloieanne_26!  A member of the Answers community since 2010, Cloie Anne is a 2014 top mission leader for our teen program, WIT.


Q: What is your first name?
A: Cloie Anne

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: cloieanne_26

Q: What would you like to share about your education, and what influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: I am currently enrolled at a university taking up a bachelor degree in Biology. I am really interested in exploring nature and knowing the principles behind life.

Q: From what part of the world are you coming to us?
A: I’m from the Philippines. I grew up in the Province of Isabela.

Q: Who or what has been or is your main inspiration in life?
A: My family is my main inspiration in life.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: I always keep in mind that if other people can do things, then why can’t I? And whenever I feel afraid of failing and rejection of other people, I just try to remember that whatever happens, people will forget anyway.

Q: What are you most passionate about in your life?
A: I am most passionate about my field. I think I was never been so comfortable in something other than my field.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Besides biology, visual arts also interest me.

Q: Would you say the glass is half full or half empty? Why?
A: HALF EMPTY. I am a fan of pessimism. If always think negatively, I can work on improving the things that seems to be negative. Optimism can just boost my confidence up to the point that I couldn’t do things better anymore.

Q: What is your favorite book, and why is it special to you?
A: The Kite Runner. The book is very emotional and it really got me engaged. It shows the dark side of reality and at the same time, its bright side.

Q: How did you discover Answers.com?
A: It was a long time ago. I was still in high school and whenever there are homework questions that I couldn’t answer, I always searched it up in the internet. And that was when I encountered Answers.com

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I liked the idea that people around the globe can interact with other people while being driven by one goal. That’s why I joined. I would like to be a part of that community.

Q: If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?
(1) You can meet new people.
(2) You will appreciate the site more.
(3) You can learn.

The Lovely Life of Lindystar

She loves her Star Trek garden, has flowers with crazy names and had a unicorn on her wedding cake!  Read more to learn about the lovely life of Lindystar!

Lindy at the Dr. Who Museum

Q: What is your first name?
A: Lindalee. The priest refused to baptize me Linda Lee because there is no saint named Lee.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: LindyStar. Most of my friends call me Lindy. And I love science fiction.

Q: What can you tell us about your family?
A: Everyone in our family starts with L. My husband is Larry, daughter Lorelei and her cats Lannister and Lear.

Q: Tell us about your cats!
A: Lear looks like a Seal Point Siamese. He has ADD and juggles knives. Lannister is his litter mate and looks like a Birman with white mittens and is very fluffy.

Q: What about your education; where did you attend school?
A: Bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Masters in Education from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Masters in Library Science from Rosary College now called Dominican University.



Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: When I went into my high school library on the second day of school, the clerk typist said, “You’re smart, You can be the librarian.” My school district is over 100 square miles and we did not have a professional librarian. And everyone knew everyone in the county.

Q: So, what is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired librarian, storyteller and computer teacher. I love reading and stories. I also like computers.

Q: Where are you from, where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. When I was a young child, Sputnik IV crash landed on 8th street in Manitowoc. I moved to Mishicot, Wisconsin which has about 1400 people.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: I wrote a pamphlet for Paramount on Star Trek young adult novels. I am also proud of my Star Trek garden with 21 Star Trek daylilies, 2 Star Trek iris, and 10

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Star Trek hosta. So I have Spock’s Ears daylily, Klingon Princess iris. and Captain Kirk hosta.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: My husband is my inspiration.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I love flowers with crazy names such as A Moose Fishing On A Pond On Monday; I Have Issues; A Tick Kissing A Moose on a Wednesday and Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: Excelsior!

Q: What are your passions in life?
A: I am most passionate about my husband but after him, it would be my garden. I especially love my daylilies.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: Last year my husband and I spent a month in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We were in Ireland and Scotland in 2007 for 2 weeks. We honeymooned in Australia in 1985. Most of our trips have been scheduled around going to the World Science Fiction Convention which is in a different city every year. But these days we are more into touring gardens.

Lindy at the Giants Causeway

Q: Is there any place you’d love to visit, but haven’t yet?
A: A dream trip would be to New Zealand on a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit tour.

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: A special place would be Egg Clectic which is our favorite breakfast place. The servers all know us and bring our raspberry ice tea as soon as they see us come in the door. They save their coffee grounds and egg shells for my garden.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Special interests include my water aerobics class, gardening, butterfly monitoring, and crocheting. We have a lot of science fiction art and very special one of a kind knick knacks. Our Christmas tree is all unicorn ornaments. I made Larry a unicorn quilt in 1984. We had a glass blower make us a wedding cake topper with a unicorn. And we commissioned a unicorn, tiger and daffodil wood bed.

Lindy with Hugh O’Donnell

Q: What about special talents? Anything you are especially good at?
A: My special talent is storytelling. I love Irish legends and often tell them to children or church groups.

Q: If you had three wishes to come true, what would they be?
A: Three wishes, basically if we could have world peace, who needs any more wishes.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: The most daring and crazy thing I have ever done is to answer a personal ad. My husband put an ad for “Looking for a lady to help me find the last unicorn” in a magazine in 1983. A friend of a friend saw the ad in Madison and knew I wore a pair of unicorn earrings. So both of them forced me to write a response. My now husband replied with a unicorn bookmark and a computer graphic of a unicorn that he drew on his Atari computer. We corresponded for a while and finally had our first date at what is now Bristol Faire. And that year they did have a unicorn (yes it was a surgically altered goat.) We loved the costumes and the jousting. By January 1984, I moved in with him and we have been together ever since.

Q: Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of gal?
A: My glass is half full, I am an optimist.

Lindy, Winner of the Limerick ContestQ: What is your favorite kind of music and do you have a favorite song?
A: I like old fashioned rock n roll. Beatles, or Dan Fogelberg. I think the song Longer by Fogelberg says how I feel about Larry.

What are some of your other favorites:
Television. Well I am in mourning over Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. But my husband teases me about all the autopsy shows I watch like Bones, Forever, Castle, etc. And my Saturday morning garden shows like Midwest Gardening, Garden Smart and P. Allen Smith.

Movie. I love animation so all the Despicable Me / Minion movies make me laugh.

Poet. My favorite poet is Ogden Nash. But when I am serious, I love the poem Abou Ben Adam. It has great philosophy.

Book. How dare you limit me to just one! We have over 5000 books and about 2500 are autographed. My husband got me Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon and that was the first time he wrote I love you.

Subject in School. I love history and social studies. I graduated second in my class because a friend of mine could get 100 or 99 percent in Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. I was only one tenth of a point behind her in my overall average.

Foods. My favorite is spareribs and sauerkraut.

Q: How did you discover Answers?
A: I discovered Answers accidentally in 2009 but really didn’t do much because I was answering at Yahoo Answers. But I hated seeing all the people posting

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

illegal copies of books and movies. I think Answers is better because they care about the right answer and not the most popular answer.

Q: What do you enjoy doing on Answers most?
A: I like editing the best and I always try to answer a question when I remove a stupid or mean answer that someone posted. I think if you have a hobby, answering questions about that hobby on Answers is a fun thing to do, especially gardening because I can’t garden in winter. I have been searching questions on my favorite flowers and answering old questions or editing poor responses.

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I was born November 9, 1952. I don’t mind saying my age because my father told me that on my birthday I could get one kiss per year from whoever I asked. So it gets better every year.