The AnswerThon starts tonight – are you ready?

We’ve announced it, discussed it, announced it again, and been discussed elsewhere, and finally we are at the final hour: The first-ever WikiAnswers AnswerThon starts tonight!

Have you signed up yet? All I know is it’s going to be quite a competition, especially with the likes of this guy practicing before the big event.

On your marks, get set and go at midnight (EST) tonight. The event ends 48 hours later, at midnight (EST) on Monday (late Sunday night).

Only answers that are posted within this time frame will be counted as part of the contest, so do your math, set your alarms and lock your doors.

Looking forward to announcing the winners next week!

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New widget! Get hungry! Food Word of the Day.

Here’s an equation I’d like you to ponder:

Words + food + new day = get hungry every morning with a new food word every day

Not good at math? That’s ok, I’ll spell it out instead:

L-e-a-r-n a n-e-w f-o-o-d w-o-r-d e-v-e-r-y d-a-y.

It can all be yours with our brand new widget, Food Word of the Day, accessible from Facebook, our RSS listing and the Widget Gallery. Feed your Facebook profile, personal homepage or RSS reader with gourmet words and then show off when you cook dinner (or order in).

Get ready to get hungry!

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If a dog rolled around on a carpet and gets staticy and a flea jumps on it will the flea get electrocuted?

Once, when I had a dog, I used to watch her and wonder what she was thinking. I wonder if it was this:

If a dog rolled around on a carpet and gets staticy and a flea jumps on it will the flea get electrocuted?

In short, yes.

In long, yes, and then the flea, assuming it survived the trauma, would continue on to limp towards the nearest phone booth and call a good big-city lawyer. The lawyer would come collect the flea and take notes on what exactly happened. Once those details have been hashed out, the lawyer would draft the conditions over which the flea is suing the dog.

After waiting about two years for the case to be heard in a court, the flea finally concedes to participate in mediation, which the dog suggested about a year and a half ago and the lawyer refused to advise on. Through the mediation they resolved their differences and actually became friends.

The mediator – a cat – actually got a good laugh and walked away with a nice paycheck.

Be comfortable in your genes…

banner-eatingdis.gifBeing comfortable in your genes is part of the theme of this year’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Did you know that in the US, eating disorders are more common than Alzheimer’s Disease? According to the National Eating Disorders Association, five to ten million people suffer from some kind of eating disorder and the numbers continue to grow. It’s no laughing matter — eating disorders can cause major health issues like kidney failure, diabetes and heart problems.

Get comfortable in those genes…wear jeans that fit the true you…

Now take a moment to ask or answer questions about this important topic.

What I would do as AnswerThon champion…

orange dudeAs someone whose bread is paid for by the hamsters who churn the gears at Answers Corp, I cannot officially participate in the upcoming AnswerThon.

My colleagues and I have been daydreaming about what we’d do with the winnings if we could officially participate (because obviously we would; we are that awesome). I thought I’d share what some of us would do with a $500 Amazon gift certificate… in case you need ideas:

Crystal, Supervisor of AnswerThon Superness

We can’t enter? Are you serious!?!? Who came up with these rules? I demand to speak to management. I’ve been studying for the past weeks in preparation. What a bummer, dude. What a waste of 9,562 hours of intense research to answer questions like, “Is there a deodorant that smells like new computers?” and “What is so gross about the national product?”

And I had such big plans for my winnings. There goes that new paperweight, calendar, mouse pad, and book.

Hey, wait! There’s always next year, right? Duh! Should of thought of that before I complained! I’ll get started on those ANSWERS now… 100,000 here we come! ;-)

Jay, Director of Telling People About the AnswerThon

I’d have to go with this. I mean, it’d pay for itself in weeks… months… years… You see, I have no idea because I don’t know how often people carelessly toss valuable silver, coins or other metal objects right into the kitchen trash. That would leave me with $100, with which, of course, I’d grab a ‘Pata Negra’ Restaurant Grade Paella Pan -60cm With Free Gifts! Because hey — one morning you’re answering questions, eating, well, not paella. And then, BOOM. Paella. And I love mysterious free gifts. It says that it’s not dishwasher safe; I hope the free gift is a good-natured, well-muscled guy to wash it for me.

Pnina, Coordinator of Wiki Wossibilities Amazon Kindle

I’d definitely get a Kindle. Not that I believe books of cloth and paper are dead – but I HAVE to try it out. And since I already read my newspapers online, maybe it’s time to make the jump to books as well.

Danny, Manager of Making It All Happen

$500 on Amazon? I’d buy my kids all the Math Tricks books I could find!

Shara, Facilitator of Facilitations in the Facilities

Because of my obsession, I would totally buy Stomp the Yard (widescreen, full screen AND Blu-ray, baby) and all the paraphernalia that goes with it — posters, booklets, soundtrack, whatever.

And with the left over money, I’d probably buy a copy for all my friends!

Oh… and since I don’t have a Blu-ray player, I’d get one of those too.

Jim, Purveyor of Wit and Wisdom

It’s quite obvious when you consider the potential: seventy-three copies of Paris Hilton’s book, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose.

I’d also get the Havahart Live Animal Door Cage Trap for Mice and Chipmunks and 1500 live ladybugs

Because everyone needs ladybugs in their life.

The evolution of Q&A (in short).

Remember when you actually called relevant friends and family members when you had a question about something? You’d call Aunt Harriet when you wanted party-planning advice, or Joe from your old office when you were looking to buy a new car. We relied on the people around us who knew everything about something; those are the people we looked to for guidance.

I love it how WikiAnswers is kind of that on a global scale. Have a question about bathing your cat? Formatting a hard drive? The absolutely powerful thing about WikiAnswers is that all those everyday experts are doing their best to give good, solid, useful answers – and they are doing it 24/7. Real questions, real people, real expertise. It’s like a global Q&A village… spanning thousands of topics and dozens of countries on one site.

This post was inspired by… Question Shop.

A big week for WikiAnswers bloggers.

This past week bloggers have been busier than usual in their WikiAnswers research for the sake of their posts. It’s nice to see such a wide variety of topics being covered, too. Shockingly, this time, I didn’t find any fears about animal takeovers.

Total eclipse of the…crab!?

Did you, by chance, catch the full lunar eclipse on Wednesday night? Talk about an AMAZING natural phenomenon. It is so cool to me how planets and stars can align and just like that…you get an eclipse. Isn’t nature so cool!?

It’s also cool to think about how the sun and moon affect life here on earth. They say that a full moon brings out the werewolves and makes some people go a little crazy. High and low tides come in and out according to the gravitational pull of the moon and life, in general, is only possible with a little help from the sun.

One curious Contributor was interested to know how a lunar eclipse might affect not werewolves, but fiddler crabs. Luckily Jim was around to share his expertise. His knowledge is just so varied! We’re lucky we have him around!

To answer this question I did some on site research. I visited the Astronomy Marine Science Center in Chesapeake Bay, France. Dr. Francois Gerard gave me a fascinating tour of the facilities. I saw the zero gravity center where scientists put endangered marine life in a zero gravity oxygen-less, waterless environment to see what happens. To date their success is extraordinary.

After the gravity center I saw the breeding on the moon simulator. They have recreated the exact conditions of the surface of the moon, and they try to cross breed endangered marine life. Dr. Gerard said the experiments were going particularly well.

Finally, he showed me the lunar eclipse wing of the facility. At that moment they had just received a shipment of fiddler crabs. For those of you who don’t know a fiddler crab is the one with the one huge claw. This oversized claw is used to better play coral and other natural marine instruments. Hence the name fiddler.

Dr. Gerard oversaw putting the crabs in the eclipse tank. He than blocked the moon from the crabs consciousness and observed what happened. At first nothing happened, but after a few minutes the crabs became agitated. They started attacking one another. They formed differed ethnic groups based on the color of their claws. Soon they have developed advance crab weapons and were arranging battle formations. One group of crabs started a bombardment of heavy artillery fire, while a second group of crabs advanced upon the enemy crabs. The enemy crabs used their superior air power to cripple the artillery fire, but were unprepared for the commando crabs.

The commando crabs attacked with their crab weapons and took out the enemy crabs almost to the last one. Having prepared every detail of the attack they even arranged with a deal with some of France’s top seafood restaurants. Within minutes some chefs showed up to pick up the dead crabs which be used for tonight’s assortment of crab dishes.

Dr. Gerard told me the experiment was a qualified success and he was excited to the do the next eclipse experiment with endangered dolphins. He said he had secured a lucrative deal with Japanese sushi restaurants.

My plea to you my fine WikiAnswers friends is to donate to the Astronomy Marine Science Center. Their work is crucial for future breakthroughs in space/marine research, which we all know deeply affects on a day to day basis. Let’s all make a point to think more about space and dolphins in the same sentence this year. We’ll make a better world through this.

Thanks for enlightening us, Jim!

Can I have the envelope, please?

oscarsI cannot WAIT for Sunday night. My friends are coming over to watch the Academy Awards — for us, it’s even bigger than Super Bowl Sunday! We love a little Oscar in our lives. Who doesn’t!?

This year, I was browsing WikiAnswers to see what the latest Oscar gossip has been. You know…to get me in the right frame of mind. I’ve missed some of the year’s blockbusters and sometimes find myself obsessing over movies that no one has ever heard of. Like Stomp the Yard, for instance. I think I watched it eight times in one weekend. I’m not ashamed.

Have you ever heard of it? Didn’t think so. In my opinion…you’re missing out because it’s definitely worthy of recognition.

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the blockbusters. I saw Atonement on a recent transatlantic flight and found myself wiping my tears on the guy who was asleep in the seat next to me. I think I’ll be rooting for it to win big on Sunday.

What is everyone else buzzing about? I checked the WikiAnswers vault and found these unanswered questions:

Perhaps you can help out and share what you know. Or maybe you have some of your own questions to ask. Regardless, check out all the Oscars questions on WikiAnswers…and be prepared for Sunday!

How do you cross a river with many trees by the river bank and it’s infested with crocodiles using ropes?

Hello, and good afternoon from the offices of WikiAnswers Wednesday.

I received an interesting question in my inbox from my colleague Crystal; upon reading it, I felt the gears in my brain start revolving (dusty, yes, but well-oiled) and then it hit me… Let’s see if the same happens to you. Here’s the question:

How do you cross a river with many trees by the river bank and it’s infested with crocodiles using ropes?

Wait for it… Wait for it…

You got it: Pitfall!, one of the most awesome (and best-selling) games ever made for Atari, making it to WikiAnswers! People are playing this and asking about it, in 2008! I couldn’t contain my excitement and had to answer this one.

Then I realized I haven’t actually played the game since the late ’80s and my memory is cloudy concerning the very primitive graphics and simplistic story line. Trees in 2-D? Some dude named Harry with a square head? And how does land stand on brick platforms? And how are the scorpions as big as the crocodiles?

Yeah, that’s all I got. More questions than answers at this point. Although I did discover this with a little researching: Pitfall: The Lost Expedition. Released in 2004 by Activision, at least it takes care of my graphics-related questions.


Aaa-CHOO!

cold fluBless me!

Wow. I don’t know about you all, but I know I’ve been sick for what seems like months now. All this sneezing and coughing…fevers and chills. I never remember the rules of nursing my illness. Do I feed the fever? Does chicken soup really help? I am always asking 100 questions when I get sick. Now I turn to WikiAnswers where I can ask anything! Check it out…one contributor even wanted to know if he was guilty of murder for passing on his cold to someone who died! Poor guy must be laden with guilt.

Luckily, we here at WikiAnswers have a growing database of cold and flu questions and answers just in time for the season.

Snuggle up under your blankets! Grab your tissues, your cough syrup…and most importantly, your lap top! Ask and answer questions about colds and the flu…find out what other people are talking about…and for goodness sake, cover your mouth next time you sneeze!

We can overcome the flu season together!

Heeere’s Johnny.

Senator John McCain PortraitI’ve been noticing in the last week that WikiAnswers is being consulted a lot for questions about Republican presidential front runner Senator John McCain.

Not to get into politics, but I can see why: He’s such a cutie. Don’t you want to just hug him and ask him to tell you a story?

Ok, maybe that’s not why. Maybe it’s because there are loads of questions about him in WikiAnswers.

Lately, I’ve come across quite a few John McCain-WikiAnswers mentions, including this blog post from The Washington Post, which researches the heights of the Republican candidates. WikiAnswers was asked How tall is John McCain? Interesting that WikiAnswers, along with many other reputable sites, lists him as 5’7” while his campaign folks are saying he is 5’9”. Maybe he’s just standing tall – super extra tall – for change.

Then there is Buzzflash.com, which wonders how far we should go into knowing about presidential candidates’ families (and finds out a bit about McCain’s on Answers.com).

Well, it’s important to educate ourselves before we vote… Here are a couple of John McCain appetizers:

Now specializing in ants, acceleration and rickrolling.

Last week was another wonderful wiki one for the world wide web. That’s a lot of w’s, but it doesn’t compare to how many ants there are in this world… Huh? Just read below for the mentions:

Flex your fingers, oil your keyboard and work your mouse…

I’m sure we’ll be chatting about this a lot in the next couple weeks, but we’re really excited to announce a brand new, never-done-before awesomeness from the makers of WikiAnswers: The AnswerThon.

It’s going to be an intense challenge, lasting 48 hours over March 1-2, to answer as many questions on WikiAnswers as possible. There are rules to follow, of course, and they can be memorized, printed, and hung on your bathroom wall from the middle of the official AnswerThon page.

Flex your intellectual muscles, promote worldwide knowledge sharing and win great prizes! Share what you know and be named the first-ever WikiAnswers AnswerThon Champion.

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More to come soon…

How do you design a masculine Valentine’s Day box?

Tomorrow is what? Valentine’s Day? Isn’t the whole ‘love’ thing an outdated concept from the 19th century, i.e., Jane Austen novels?

Alright, alright, I suppose this week’s WikiAnswers Wednesday question ought to answer something related to the most hated love day of the year. And I suppose of all people, Jim ought to answer it.

How do you design a masculine Valentine’s Day box?

When someone you love goes for a month it’s not easy to deal with. Your head is full of thoughts and emotions. Will she come back from New York? Will she and Ralph get married while she’s there?

I recently underwent a similar situation when a dear friend of mine stabbed me in the heart with an ice pick. At least that’s what it felt like when this friend went to New York and stayed with her former flame, coincidentally named Ralph.

At first I think I was in shock and I didn’t think about it too much. However, after a few days I noticed a few physical changes. I formed huge welts on my back, although those could have been related to the paintballs shot into my back at a close distance.

Still, the paintballs could not explain the blue pigmentation I noticed in my skin. Nor could it explain the massive kidney failure I experienced last week. However, my decades-long high sugar diet and not having drunk any water last week might have resulted in the kidney complications.

In short, if a lover friend does to you what I described above, odds are they are not your lover friend. In fact they are most likely a two-timing backstabber who only wants to suck your blood, in the case your friend has vampiric tendencies. My advice to you, my wikicommunity friends, is to close yourself off from the world, and eat lots of cookies. Cookies always make you feel better.

Finally to answer the question posed above… not sure you can. ‘Masculine’ and ‘Valentine’s’ are not complete opposites, but they don’t go together like PB and J, either.

-Jim

Nothing says “I love you” like…

Nothing says “I love you” like…Whoa! It’s already mid-February!? That means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. For singles, Valentine’s Day is just an annoying Hallmark holiday that makes us feel like crap. But for you cute lovebirds out there, it’s a day to celebrate the love between you and your Valentine.

Hmmm…maybe us single folk could just focus on celebrating all the OTHER love in our lives! Like our love of chocolate, for example. The day AFTER Valentine’s Day is, after all, an excellent time to buy great chocolate on sale! All those truffles the couples spend a fortune on will suddenly be half price for the rest of us!

What about you? Have you found the perfect gift for your Valentine? How will you be saying “I love you” this year? With flowers? Candy? A car?

Join in the WikiAnswers love fest… ask and answer questions about Valentine’s Day gift giving now! Share that love!

WAmmy Awards 2007: The only awards that matter!

WAmmy Awards 2007

Last week, Crystal announced the 1st Annual WAmmy Awards winners here on no.stupid.answers. In this season of constant awards shows, I thought I’d take a step back and explain why we at WikiAnswers wanted to show our appreciation through an online awards ceremony of our very own.

First of all, the WAmmys concept was developed by no other than Brave3, one of our most involved Supervisors. The idea was to share our appreciation so that everyone on and off WikiAnswers can see and understand all the hard work our dedicated group of Supervisors do throughout the year.WAmmy badge

This is not your ordinary awards show, either; we’re not bogged down by writers’ strikes or heavy ball gowns. Instead, our winners wear their user names with pride as well as their own award badges.

In addition, winners got to leave their ‘acceptance speeches’ on the awards page – without having to worry about time running out!

It was a fun process to get these awards up and running, and, of course, you can see all the winners here.

Click on the names of the winners to see their bio pages and award ribbons.

Meanwhile, start racking up the answers for next year. Congratulations, all!

The chickens are taking over… and other nuggets of intelligence.

Over the weekend, we’ve had plenty of bloggers sharing the info they’ve learned on WikiAnswers. From singers to snowstorms, cars to chickens and the ever-tasty (yet calorific) New York bagel:

And, lastly, Answers.com was listed on Myke’s Weblog as one of the 20 Web References Beyond Wikipedia… Which is perfect, since Answers.com proudly includes Wikipedia as part of its resources, along with over 200 other titles… Thanks for the recognition, Myke!