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.”

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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.