Now showing: video answers on Answers.com.

There’s a whole new way to get answers on Answers.com… Watch them!

TechCrunch reports:

Exclusive: Answers.com Gets 200,000 Video Answers From 5Min

Every big publisher on the Web wants to be able to serve up ad-friendly videos, but creating them can be a pain. But there are already plenty of high-quality videos out there in every subject imaginable. With that in mind, Answers.com has quietly launched Video Answers with about 200,000 videos from video distribution network 5min on everything from home repair and fashion tips to cars and travel.

Answers.com Videos consists of up to 200,000 videos in over 200 categories. The videos come to Answers.com from 5min Media, which has syndicated videos on the site for over a year – you’ve probably seen them in ReferenceAnswers topic pages, embedded between other content sources.

This new video library, directly accessible at http://video.answers.com, includes tips, how-to guides and visual demonstrations from experts across hundreds of fields. Categories include the likes of Product ReviewsGreen LivingTravel Tips, and Diet & Nutrition.

We’re pretty sure Answers.com CEO Bob Rosenschein speaks on behalf of the entire content team when he says: “Our mission is to offer answers about anything, accessible on a range of platforms and formats. 5min Media provides us the opportunity to offer answers in video form in addition to our community-generated and reference content. Now Answers.com delivers the answers best displayed with instructional visuals – like how to create ringtones for your iPhone or how to make the perfect steak.”

Start watching!

Doditov – A Wiki Legend.

The last time we spoke with this one-of-a-kind, dedicated, amazing, caring, charming and about a million other positive adjectives to describe her Senior Supervisor it was 2008. That’s right. More than two years ago, Liz had the pleasure of checking in with Doditov who had joined Answers.com in November of 2007. Today, I get the pleasure of following-up with this dynamo of a lady. I actually remember the first conversation I had with Dodi, which was on Yahoo! chat many moons ago. We talked about the possibility of her becoming a Supervisor, flowers, dating and life in general. Sometimes you just know when you have discovered someone special. And on that day, I can say with confidence, that I discovered a real gem. Here’s more from the legend known as Doditov:

What is your Answers.com user name?

I’m Doditov, Dodi to my friends and acquaintances; in short, the entire community.

How long have you been with the community? What are some of the badges you hold? Awards won?

I’ve been here almost three years now. Of course, this is such a good fit for me, it seems like I’ve been here forever. Badges? I don’t keep up with those; I figure that whatever the community hands out they see on my bio…I don’t look that often. Kamuna says that I’m one of four that has the “extra mile” badge, but other than that, I simply don’t know! Maybe I should go look? On second thought, naaaa…I might get vain, and that’s the last thing we need, another vain blond.

Remind us of what brought you to Answers.com and what keeps you around.

What brought me here was research on an obscure religious point. Didn’t find it, but did find some intriguing questions. I hang out around here because I got me a big, shiny flush lever…and a wicked sense of humor. If I left, I think that folks would send out a posse!

Since you were last featured, have there been any changes in your life? Exciting new developments?

Any changes in my life? Hmmm…Mama died, I repaved the driveway, quit my job twice (I’m still there), got older, cut my hair, bought a new heat pump… Naa, nothing new, same ole, same ole. Like I said, very boring life.

Are you involved in any new hobbies or activities (outside of Answers.com)?

No new hobbies, can’t keep up with the ones I (nominally) have now.

What one feature on Answers.com are you directly responsible for suggesting?

Me? Responsible? I’m the most irresponsible person I know! but now that I think about it, I’m responsible for getting Improbable History in the tree. Fun little category, and I’m great friends with the super there, Y’eggs with Flowers. You could say that she’s the responsible one; I’m just along for the ride.

If you could sum up your experiences on Answers.com in five words, what would you say?

Just five words? For me, that’s not even getting started good! but here goes…”We make a difference!” Wait, that’s four words. Sorry, that’s the best I can come up with in so few words; which means of course, that I need a novella to say what I want to say.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Five facts about Slinky (fun for a girl or a boy!)

Doesn’t matter if you were a kid in the 60s, 80s or right now… or if you’re not a kid at all!

The Slinky is an all-time favorite – for kids, their parents, NASA, the U.S. Army… wait, what?

  1. During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers used Slinkys as mobile radio antennas.
  2. Slinky inventor Richard James was a Naval engineer who left his ex-wife to run the company after he became an evangelical missionary in Bolivia.
  3. NASA used the springy toy for zero-gravity psychics experiments in space.
  4. The Slinky song is the longest-running jingle in advertising history.
  5. Slinky was also known as ‘Lazy Spring.’

Check out more Slinky factoids on AllTop… or just go straight to the source, Answers.com!

What are your favorite toys from childhood?

Students, technology, t-shirts, and… Answers.com.

This week, Answers.com CEO Bob Rosenschein spent some time chatting with over 100 visiting students/campers from across the United States. They were visiting as part of Camp Ramah‘s summer seminar in Israel – a program for 11th and 12th graders from across the United States exploring the country for six weeks.

Among the historical, archeological and traditional perspectives, the program wanted to share with its participants the technological view of the country; who better to give the verbal tour than Answers.com?

Bob’s talk included an entertaining history of the company, an introduction to Israeli technology and an inspirational word about making a difference.

And what more would a visiting student at Answers.com want, than some fashionable t-shirt-wear?

Five presidential pets that make Bo look bland.

President’s best friend… As you’ve seen in photos, President Obama keeps Bo the Portuguese Water Dog around the White House for furry cuddle once in a while. Many past American presidents have found they needed a pet or two to get them by. But who knew past POTUS’s had such bizarre taste in pets… and in pet names?

In the historical paintings and black and white photographs, American presidents may look stuffy and serious, but if their animal friends are any indication, we can claim humor a political asset.

Here are our top five picks of interesting presidential pets:

  1. George Washington: Black and Tan Coonhounds named Drunkard, Taster, Tipler, and Tipsy (beverage problem, Mr. President?)
  2. Thomas Jefferson: Two bear cubs (wait, what??)
  3. Andrew Jackson: Pol, a parrot he taught to swear (Oh, Jackson, you old %#$#%)
  4. Benjamin Harrison: Opossums named Mr. Reciprocity and Mr. Protection (Feeling insecure, are we?)
  5. Calvin Coolidge: Canaries named Nip and Tuck (A man before his time…)

Oh, but there is more… An alligator? White mice? See the complete list of interesting U.S. presidential pets and resist the urge to go to the pet store.

Three Woofs for Pawzz!

Woof, woof hooray! Woof, woof hooray! Woof, woof hooray! Big cheers go out to our barkingly awesometacular Featured Contributor of the Week, Pawzz. A Category Supervisor of Dog Breeds (and the bulk of its subcategories), Pawzz aspires to volunteer at an animal shelter and own a dog of her own one day soon. Until then, you’ll find her digging up awesome things in the fields of Answers.com. Woof hoo!

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

I’m called Pawzz. It’s basic, simple, easy to remember and related to dogs.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I am the Category Supervisor of Dog Breeds, a majority of its subcategories, Dogs, Cats, Cat Breeds and Warriors Book Series.

Do you have any companion animals?

Yes, I have a tank of tropical fish at home including Platies and Harlequin Rasboras. I would love to have a dog or a cat, but I live in an apartment that does not allow them.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

My main interests include dogs and science. I’ve always been a dog lover and appreciate their strong devotion towards their owner and the way they give unconditional love and affection; hence the saying “dogs are man’s best friend”.

I wasn’t interested in science until last year. In fact, I used to think that it was boring for more than six years! I started to enjoy it when I did this topic on animals in science class last year, then I realized that this subject is actually very interesting. To me, science is like a dark, endless tunnel towards the understanding of the world around us.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I enjoy drawing, especially pictures of animals in digital media and paper. However, I’m terrible at digital art, and I don’t like art as a “formal” subject. I also collected stamps and shells although I haven’t added anything new to my collection for quite a while.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I am a great fan of books, so I am most likely to be reading. My favourite series includes Warriors and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. And of course, I use the Internet.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I love dark chocolate!

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Passionate, enthusiastic, energetic (though bad at sports) – and of course, constantly thinking and overanalyze everything!

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

To share knowledge, as they say, “knowledge is power!”

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Interesting question. I don’t have a favourite Answers.com activity! What I do here depends on the mood I’m in and what I come across.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

Four true things about HOLLYWOOD.

Hollywood – it’s a tough town; once you enter, you have to constantly wonder what’s fact and what’s fiction.

But one thing stays tried and true – the HOLLYWOOD sign, standing tall and welcoming aspiring actors since 1923.

Did you know? Hollywood sign fun facts from Answers.com on Alltop:

  1. The sign read HOLLYWOODLAND from 1923 to 1949.
  2. In 1932, Broadway actress Peg Entwistle committed suicide by jumping off the letter “H.”
  3. Alice Cooper led the 1978 donation drive to remodel the famous sign. The shock rocker contributed $27,000 of his own money to the project, and bought an “O” in memory of Groucho Marx.
  4. In the 1940s, the sign’s official caretaker, Albert Kothe, destroyed the “H” after crashing into it while driving drunk.

Get the rest the Hollywood sign fun facts from Answers.com on Alltop.

Tell us: What do you want to see on no.stupid.answers?

Polls: They’re often inaccurate, they’re often mis-worded, but gosh darn, are they fun!

We’d love to hear feedback from you, dear readers, on what you’d like to see here on no.stupid.answers. More company news? More videos? Well, I don’t know – that’s why I’m asking you…

Choose up to three answers and leave more feedback in the comments if you’ve got more to add.

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Stay tuned for the next poll, when I ask what kind of polls you’d like to see…

Aggie80: A Champion Among Champions.

This week, we are checking in with another of our awesome Senior SupersAggie80. Around since the days of FAQ Farm, Aggie is a true champion among champions. On his list of accolades is winner of our first ever AnswerThon (and winning or placing in almost most every contest that has followed), just shy of 4,000 Trust Points, a whopping 350,000 contributions and participant in just about every site program in existence today! Wow! The community would not be the same without our most cherished Aggie80. Read on to learn what he’s up to these wiki days:

What is your Answers.com user name?

Aggie80 (Let’s keep the real one out of it!) Aggie is because I am a Texas Aggie, a former student of Texas A&M University and a product of the Corps of Cadets. Yes, I was an officer in the US Navy. And not only is 80 the number in my Aggie ring, it was the year I graduated!

Most common question I am asked: Are you really 109?

Nope. In the early ages of time, as this board hauled itself out of the primordial ooze on its way to becoming the top Answer site on the World Wide Web, a year had to be entered with the birthdate. I didn’t care to share my birth year with the world, so rather than appear to be an infant, I put the oldest year possible, which at that time made me 107 years old. Since then two years have gone by! But I’m less than half that.

How long have you been with the community? What are some of the badges you hold? Awards won?

I joined FAQ Farm, the predecessor to WikiAnswers, in January of 2007 back when it was still being run by Chris Whitten. I have a note from Chris welcoming me as a Supervisor on January 10, 2007.

I won the very first AnswerThon with a paltry 552 answers in 48 hours. Since then I’ve been a top contender in just about every contest held on the site. According to the answer on the WikiAnswers site, I hold more badges than any other individual with ten.

Remind us of what brought you to Answers.com and what keeps you around.

I have a deep desire to be a college professor. Until that happens, I get some of that teaching drive out of my system by working on the site. I have a wide variety of interests, which can be fairly easily ascertained by reading the list of topics that I supervise. Answers.com helps keep me connected with all of them, something that can be hard to do!

The opportunity to learn is also a key draw. I know more now about marriage laws, postage rates, emancipation and military awards then I ever did before! Through some of my friendships on the site, I’ve learned about other countries. (Thanks, HyperX!)

I get frustrated with the nonsense and bad answers provided and want to fix it all! I’ve had to resign myself to the fact that there is only so much one person can do. I would say my first priority is to get as much of the nonsense off the site as possible. It helps that so much can now be done with single mouse clicks! It allows me to multitask while eating lunch or another task.

Since you were last featured, have there been any changes in your life? Exciting new developments?

Oh, just one or two. My daughters graduated high school last year and have now finished their first year of college. I lost a job with an auto company and after being out of work for about 3 months managed to land a very similar job with an IT company. I was lucky compared to many that live around me that have been out of work for much longer than that. I appreciate all the good wishes from my colleagues at WikiAnswers! They provided a lot of encouragement when it was really needed.

Are you involved in any new hobbies or activities (outside of Answers.com)?

I’m slowly (too slowly for my family!) learning the ukulele. I ran across a YouTube video of Julia Nunes (jaaaaaaa) last year and it sort of snowballed. Using the gift cards won on WikiAnswers in the various contests, I’ve purchased a ukulele, numerous instruction books and lots of CDs of ukulele music by Julia, Wade Johnston, Molly Lewis, Jake Shimabukuro and others. I’ve even gotten to see live concerts by Julia and Jake!

And there is the stop motion movie that my daughter and I put together; all of the props are things from WikiAnswers!

What one feature on Answers.com are you directly responsible for suggesting?

Wow! That would be hard to say. I’ve made many suggestions on the various features and certainly provided a huge amount of feedback to the staff on all sorts of items. I know I have often chimed in on things others have suggested.

One of the early contests was a Charity AnswerThon. My daughter, Xanthotrichious, suggested the idea and I pitched it to the Community Team and it became a reality! It was pretty neat and I was pretty proud of my daughter for the idea.

If you could sum up your experiences on Answers.com in five words, what would you say?

Community, learning, sharing, challenging fun!

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.

And ‘Dash’ they did: Answers.com takes Central Park.

As of this weekend, there’s a whole new meaning to ‘follow us for the answers…’

The Answers.com staff are very proud of our speedy colleagues, who made it across the finish line at NYC’s Dash & Splash yesterday. Denise (Graphic Design), Shaya (Product Management) and Julie (Answers.com Francais) ran the 10k race through Central Park, displaying Answers.com pride (and drinking plenty of water):

Shaya, Julie and Denise smile for the paparazzi post-race. After months of training, they did great time: 1:22, 1:19, 1:11 respectively.

Follow them for the answers… and people did! Well, it was a race.

Shaya says that post-Dash, she’s going to continue running; with such a great victory pose, why let it go to waste?

The weather was hot, the spray stations were refreshing, but Denise was the coolest of all – doesn’t she make it look so simple?

Feeling inspired? Get some running tips from Answers.com contributors:

An Ode to Answers.com

Answers.comOne of our contributors, Judy Florian, provides an interesting look inside this crazy ride called Answers.com in our featured poem this week. Answers.com has facts about the Battle of Waterloo and it also has the latest reality show gossip. But it all falls into place and we learn from each other while building the world’s leading Q&A site.

We Learn from YOU, by Judy Florian, July 8, 2010

Need quick answers to your problems?
Volunteers will reply to each of them.
From students’ to professionals’ wisdom
We give true answers to all who come.

Answers.com is the place to turn!
For any subject you wish to learn.
Type a question, see what’s there!
Celebrity to chemistry to polar bear.

Are you curious about Lindsay Lohan?
Database design? or the newest band?
Tracing of blood through your heart?
Give us a topic from which to start!

Ask the most trivial, the most obscure.
Ask about what makes you feel unsure.
We’ll do our best to explain it well,
Define, describe, in detail we’ll tell.

Studying the history of Women’s Lib?
Don’t understand parents? problem sibs?
Concerned about how your boyfriend acts?
Want to understand, know, get the facts?

Want help for your relationship stress?
How she could cheat, but not confess?
Are you figuring out personality types?
Want to understand what’s all the hype?

Test questions? Well, that’s not our goal.
Supplies of test answers creates a hole
In learning all that you will need to know.
But by explanation, Answers we’ll show.

Our directions will give you the source.
Show you ways to pass that school course!
And in the process, volunteers learn too.
From Bieber, to NASA, we learn from YOU!

It’s easy to register and to join the site,
Become a contributor, post Answers right.
Newbie to experienced Answers.com pro,
In your contributions, let knowledge show!

Earn Trust Points with answers written well.
Compassion, respect, and your grammar tells
That you’re one who will share all you know
For recent questions, or ones from long ago.

Then work your way up, if that’s what you want.
Consistency makes advancement an easy jaunt!
Come quick to www.answers.com to get it right.
Answers.com, The World’s Leading Q&A Site.

NYC’s Dash & Splash is gonna get Answer’d!

Here at Answers.com, we feel like we are constantly running and running (cue the Black Eyed Peas) – creating new ideas, releasing features, making answers happen…

So it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that our very own Denise (Graphic Design), Shaya (Product Management) and Julie (Answers.com Francais) decided to take that energy and apply it to… actually running – for the New York Road Runners Dash & Splash!

It’s a 10k ‘dash’ happening in New York City’s Central Park tomorrow morning, followed by the ‘splash’  at Lasker Pool. Post-race festivities will take place nearby. You can see more info here.

If you’re in the area, go check it out – and look for the ladies in the Answers.com shirts!

Curious? Nine million answers help with that.

Answers.com surpassed 9 million community-collaborated answers in the last couple days.

Go on, meet number 9 million and friends:

Thanks to all the community members, whose collective knowledge and collaboration make answers happen!

New milestone – millionstone? – for Moobot.

Cow-gratulations!

Moobot, the community tool created by the talented Mr. Moobler, helps staff merge, answer, and edit questions on Answers.com – and has a new milestone to mooooo-ntion:  It has now helped accomplish over one million contributions.

You can post ideas for categories and projects for Moobot to work on here or on Moobot’s message board.

Thanks Moobot – keep up the mooo-tiful work!

@AnswersDotCom at #140conf in Tel Aviv.

Wonder if I can keep this post to only 140 characters…

…nah.

Answers.com, or rather @AnswersDotCom, is hanging out with the Twitter community in Tel Aviv, sponsoring today’s 140 Characters Conference. The 140conf explores the ‘State of Now’ – a real-time look at real-time web. Speaking of real-time web – check out the conference live.

Bob Rosenschein spoke to the crowd on ‘Investing in the Real-Time Web’ earlier – take a peek (video to follow):

Bob Rosenschein addresses the audience at #140conf about sticking it out and evolving as a web start up.

Hearing from Jeff Pulver, the creator of the 140 Conference.

Answers.com is proud to sponsor the 140 Conference.

Answers.com Mobile gets community features.

New from the world of mobile answers: Answers.com’s Mobile version (for iPhone, Android and others) has rolled out with several community-related features.

Check out the highlights:

  • Sign in: You can now sign in on the mobile site with your Answers.com account (or your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo! or Google accounts).
  • Featured Questions: Yet another shortcut to a list of questions that need answering, directly from the home page.
  • Top Contributors: Are you the top contributor for the month of July? Keep track on the go, now that you can access the Top Contributors listings in one click from the home page.
  • My Watchlist and Contributions: Skim Q&As on your watchlist to find your next victim, I mean, question to answer. Review your (or others’) contributions easily from My Pages on the home page.
  • My Settings: Adjust your password, account IDs, watchlist, time zone, and more from the settings page.

Let’s be honest – screenshots and descriptions don’t tell the whole story… You just have to try it! Type ‘answers.com’ in your  iPhone or Android browser and see for yourself.

To Pun or Not to Pun, that is Mikipedia.

I have to admit: I love to punish content by nailing a good punchline or two. I also love to have pun when writing up posts here on no.stupid.answers.

So, naturally, I was excited to discover that this week’s Featured Contributor has a pun-oriented sense of humor: Meet Mikipedia!

How does Mikipedia spend his time on Answers.com? By never losing sight of the bigger picture: that sharing knowledge makes the world a brighter place!

Seriously…what goes around karmas around… Here’s more:

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

Mikipedia. It’s a portmanteau of Mike and Wikipedia, and reflects how (over the years) I’ve somehow managed to learn a little something about almost anything.

Are you a Floating or Category Supervisor?

I’m a Floating Supervisor; it best suits my limited time and general-knowledge bias.

What is your age?

I’m 43.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

I’m unmarried, with four nephews and a niece.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I’ve lived on Long Island my entire life; but I’ve been considering a change of scene. For one thing, my odd hobby (duckpin bowling; see below) is a good 2 hours’ drive each way, even when traffic is being kind.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I spent most of my childhood reading. I still read for fun; though these days it’s more likely to be wikis and websites than novels.

What educational information would you like to share?

I received my A.S. (Associate of Science degree) in Business, magna cum laude, in 1987. Not long after that, I left college to enter the real world.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

I’ve been a Taekwondo instructor and the assistant manager of a bookstore. Currently, I’m a professional movement director (which is like a gym teacher, but for preschoolers) and I help manage a bowling alley.

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

I’m the very definition of eclectic; it comes from four decades of reading anything and everything I could get my hands on. And that’s not even counting my addiction to documentary television.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

My personal library rivals some bookstores: at last count, it contains over 6,000 books, including nearly 500 manga. I also collect odd and unusual bowling pins; the oldest is from the 1920s.

What do you like to do for recreation?

I love to bowl: both standard tenpin bowling (in which I average over 210) and the much harder, and much less common, duckpin bowling (for which I travel to Connecticut once a week to bowl in a league there).

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I own my own business, the aforementioned movement program: my clients (preschools, camps, and daycare centers) hire me to come in once a week and engage the children in directed play, which helps them develop their motor skills – not to mention, showing them how much fun movin’ and groovin’ can be!

Do you have any special talents you’d like to share?

I can read at over 1,300 words-per-minute.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I have a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. And I have three perfect 300 games, the first of which was in 2001.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I’m working on my first novel, as well as a book of children’s poetry.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Quirky and something of a perfectionist; with a deep love of puns and a warped (though never malicious) sense of humor. Some of my friends call me the world’s tallest 5-year-old.

What brought you to Answers.com?

As a trivia buff, I’ve long been hooked on Answers.com’s Answer of the Day page. At the time, there was a small news feed in the corner with recently asked and recently answered questions. One day, one of the answers was so out-and-out wrong that it actually offended me; I registered to correct it, and the rest is history.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

I can share my love of general knowledge; I’ve been told I have a talent for explaining things clearly… and I even get credit for fixing any grammar and spelling mistakes I happen to spot!

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Providing correct information and correcting misinformation. Once a teacher, always a teacher, I suppose.

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.