Getting Answers.com pinned down in IE9.

Have you tried IE9 yet? The new version of the Microsoft browser is available to Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, and if you have the opportunity to try it – and its new Pinned Sites and Jump Lists features – you also have the option of accessing Answers.com in a different way!

Pinned Sites are those sites you choose to ‘pin’ or link from the Windows task bar. Open IE9 and go to Answers.com. Then drag the Answers.com icon from URL in the browser (or from the browser tab) onto the task bar at the bottom of the screen. The blue ‘A’ icon will appear, and that will be your direct route to Answers.com from Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Customize further: Right-click the A icon and choose from your favorite pages within Answers.com to show in the Jump List. That way, you can go straight to any page you find valuable, whether it’s your profile, Watchlist, settings, Today’s Highlights, and more.

Tried the feature? Let us know what you think!

Heal what ails you: whether with words or medicine.

I’m delighted to announce two more licensed titles added to Answers.com’s reference collection. Which one speaks to you more?

Modern English Usage, the classic authority on grammar and style.

Should you use a split infinitive, or a preposition at the end of a sentence? Is it infer or imply? Who or whom? What are the main differences between British and American English? Here are clear recommendations on issues of grammar, pronunciation, spelling, confusable words, and written style. Includes examples drawn from classic and contemporary literary sources, newspapers and magazines, and the internet.

An A-Z of Medicinal Drugs, a reference source for the wide range of medicines available today.

This dictionary covers over-the-counter, pharmacy, and prescription medicines, listing side effects and interactions with other medicines; there are entries on conditions and the medicines used to treat them. See juniper berry oil, quinine, or abacavir.

Happy reading!

Final call for Answers.com Scholarship applications!

Today is the last day to apply for the $20,000 Answers.com Scholarship, for students planning to be enrolled in an undergraduate university program next year.

After you sign in on Answers.com (registration is quick and free), choose any 50 questions to answer (or create your own) and submit the answers using the application form which you can find here.

If you have any questions, email scholarship @ answers.com or review the rules on the scholarship page.

One last time: good luck! See you when we announce the winners.

Ilovecatz1234! And Answers.com? Yep!

This week the spotlight is on a young, bright minds – Ilovecatz1234. A cat lover (wouldn’t you know) and an Answers.com power user, Ilovecatz1234 discovered the community when looking for answers related to school. Although she originally used the site for fun, she soon became a Wikiholic and was hooked from there.

Read on to learn more about this Answers.com Super Star… Meow! (couldn’t resist)

How and when did you discover Answers.com?

I have been a user since October of 2009. I stumbled upon Answers.com looking for answers related to school. I found some very good answers. I decided to become a member, just for the fun of it. I didn’t intend on being here long, just to see what it was all about. I answered some questions, but not to the best of my ability, not thinking I’d be here for long. I later became a Wikiholic and learned about Community Roles. My participation has simply skyrocketed from thereon out. I intend on staying.

Do you have any pets?

As you may have guessed, I love cats. I have one furball of energy and his name is Sparkie. He is a 10 year old orange tabby who loves a good nap, a nice bowl of food, and a long string of yarn.

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

I live in a town very near to DC, in Northern Virginia. I love the town, since it has both modern and historical aspects. Whenever we’re bored on a weekend, we hop into the car and go to a Smithsonian or a park in DC, which is about 30 minutes away. I have lived where I am now, my whole life.

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

I am still in school, so I haven’t really learned about all life has to offer. I do know I am very good at science, in particular biology and astronomy. I also like learning about the elements. I am also an expert at cats and cat care.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I have many hobbies. My favorite is playing soccer. My friends tell me I am a new person on the soccer field, and I have been playing for practically my whole life. I love to draw as well as paint flowers and scenery; landscapes. I am a serious book worm, and a lightning fast reader. I am Barnes & Noble’s #1 customer. In my free time I like to do Answers.com, bike, read, etc.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I have been to 12 states in the US. I play the piano, but not Beethoven material unfortunately. My favorite colors are neon green, turquoise, and pink. I have never sprained, twisted, or broken any bone, despite my soccer. My favorite restaurant is Chipotle.

What are your special goals or dreams?

I aim to become ophthalmologist when I ‘grow up.’ :) I also would like to aim to be a Ruby Contributor in the future. (distant future) I would love to win first place in soccer tournaments. (near future) Next, I aim to continue my straight ‘A’ streak. Wikiwise, my second goal is to reach 100 Trust Points.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am an athletic, friendly, nice person. Friends describe me as smart, kind and wise. I think myself as a person who aims high and tries to smile/laugh when appropriate. So, smile!

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

My favorite Answers.com activity is answering questions. Ranging from humorous to Astronomical, I like answering with a wide variety of answers. I put my best possible knowledge into my answers. I also like monitoring the Recent Site Activity and editing questions.

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

Reminder: Scholarship application deadline is next Monday!

Hey, students!

Well, specifically university undergrads studying next year in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand: You’ve still got until this coming Monday to submit your 50 answers to apply for the 2011 Answers.com Scholarship. That’s March 28th, the deadline for applications.

Thirteen scholarships will be awarded – one $5,000 scholarship, two $2,500 scholarships, and ten scholarships valued at $1,000 each.

The 50 answers can be in any category on Answers.com. So why not kill two birds and answer questions in your major? Otherwise, stick with your hobbies, favorite literature, or any other topic you can give quality answers in.

Learn more about how to apply for the scholarship here.

The clock is ticking!

 

Neila222: Charismatic, Caffeinated, WAY Cool!

Here’s a riddle for you: What goes goo goo for human-sized dolls, spends starloads of bucks on yummy java concoctions and has more charisma than a Wal-Mart Greeter on New Year’s Day? It’s not a what, it’s a who! It’s Neila222!

If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet this dynamo of a lady, Neila is a member of the Answers.com Community Development Team. Part of the time, she is a diehard Community Assistant and the other part she is totally rockin’ it as the WIT Program Coordinator. When she’s not busy on Answers.com, Neila can be found supporting her favorite band, the Goo Goo Dolls, spending time with her beautiful children or picking up her favorite coffee-inspired drink at Starbucks.

Check out the interview we did back in 2007… and read on to learn more about this charismatic, caffeinated, way cool chicky-poo…

What is your user name on Answers.com?

Neila222 – It’s my first name plus my birthday (February 22). I should take this opportunity to mention that cash and Starbucks gift cards always make great birthday gifts.

How did you first learn about the site? When?

I learned about the site in 2004 back when it was FAQ Farm, before it joined the Answers.com family. Does this make me an old-timer? :-) I was pregnant with my daughter at the time so I couldn’t move around much. RoyR, my father-in-law (and Senior Supervisor on WikiAnswers), talked so much about FAQ Farm that I decided to check it out. Luckily for me, they were in need of assistance. Supervising and editing several categories kept my mind and fingers active!

What is your role on Answers.com and what does it entail?

I am lucky enough to have a double role at Answers.com. I am a Community Assistant as well as the WIT Program Coordinator.

In my role as Community Assistant, I do whatever is necessary to keep the site in tip-top shape. A few of my daily tasks include tracking analytics of popular questions to make sure the most viewed questions have the best answers; seeding and answering current events questions; vandal monitoring; and evaluating merge requests. I’m also ready to tackle whatever comes my way, whether it is helping with category creation or assisting in judging contests.

As WIT Program Coordinator, I work with teens on the site to find productive ways to channel their knowledge and energy. Currently, the WIT Program has almost 300 members, and it is continuously growing! I work with each WIT member on an individual basis to find missions that interest them and help improve Answers.com.

What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?

My favorite activity is answering questions on some of my favorite topics. If I need a “break” during the day, I’ll head over to Music, Movies, Soap Operas or Scattergories and answer a few questions. My least favorite activity is dealing with vandals on the site. It just bugs me that people can’t find more productive ways to contribute. It bugs me more that I can’t cyber-smack them.

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

My favorite category is Bands and Recording Artists. I love music, as you can probably tell by several of the categories I supervise (Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, The Fray, Pink, Bon Jovi). My least favorite categories are Football and Justin Bieber. Sorry, for you sports fans and Bieber-lovers. I don’t know much about football. I like sports, but basketball is more my thing. I have tried to get into football, but I just don’t find it interesting.

And what is there to say about the Biebs? I’m just not a fan. It doesn’t help that he has been way too overexposed. I can’t turn on the TV without seeing the teenage moppet!

Aside from Answers.com, what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?

I love music! My favorite thing to do in my spare time is attend concerts of my favorite bands. I attended 10 concerts last year and traveled to three of them. I took my children to their first two concerts last year, and we all got to hang out with our favorite band. (Hopefully, this increases mom’s coolness factor.) When I’m not attending concerts, I love mystery novels (when I have time to read) and scary movies!

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I have a birthmark shaped like Justin Bieber on my right hip . . . no, I’m just kidding. :-) I love to write, and I used to have a mommy blog! I blogged every day for more than three years. I started the blog after my daughter was born. It was very therapeutic! I stopped blogging when I went back to work full time (and the kids got older) because I got too busy to keep it up, but I am still friends with a lot of other bloggers whom I met during that time.

You’ve just been hired to a promotions position at a major food manufacturer. What would you put in a new breakfast cereal box as a gimmick?

My first thought to attract adults was cold hard cash. That’s right, put money in the box. It can be anything from a penny to $100 bill! Kids, however, might think a little differently. As the mom of two young kids, I have found that my children are fascinated with things that light up or glow in the dark. So, I’m going with a light-up spoon. The spoons would be available in several colors so you can collect them all. It would also help if the spoons have popular characters on them. I’m thinking SpongeBob and Disney Princesses!

What article of clothing most closely describes your personality?

Definitely my “concert” jeans. I have a pair of jeans that I love to wear to concerts. They’re a little bit stretchy, so they’re extremely comfortable. They’re strategically ripped, so they look cool, but they also have – dare I say it – flare! They’re adorned with sparkles and sequins! They’re awesome! Comfortable, cool, awesome, with flare! Does that describe me? Hmmm. . .

Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?

I’ve been on the site (FAQ Farm, then Answers.com) for more than six years now, and I have really enjoyed seeing how much it has grown. I think we have such an awesome community of wonderful people who are extremely intelligent and very friendly. I have made a lot of great friends over the years through Answers.com. Plus, I believe our site is the greatest information resource on the Web. My favorite thing is that I learn something new every single day! (I recently learned that the ‘G’ in the Green Bay Packers logo stands for ‘Greatness.’ Who knew?

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

SXSW coverage at Answers.com and beyond.

Are you attending SXSW this week? Are you wishing you were there? Are you wondering what I’m talking about?

Answers.com has an SXSW Q&A category just for you.

Learn all about South by Southwest, the annual Music + Film + Interactive event in Austin, Texas. This year the conference/festival started on March 11th and will run through March 20th.

You can get the ‘best of’ the Interactive part of SXSW by our very own Product Management greatness, Gil Reich. Check out his SXSW review: Best of SXSW Interactive 2011. You can also find out how last week’s SMX West stacked up.

Georgeoverton – A Talented Musician and Generous Answers.com Contributor.

In one of his first books, Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea, published in 1833, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the words “Music is the universal language of mankind.” I completely and emphatically agree. Music has the power to break down cultural and language barriers, unite the deepest of foes and instill in people values that transcend what it means to be truly good – generous and humane.

Such is the case with this week’s awesome Featured Contributor – Marcia (username Georgeoverton), a professional musician who is consciously aware that one good deed deserves another.

Let’s take a peek:

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

Georgeoverton.

What is your first name?

Marcia.

What is your age?

49.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

Just my husband/fishing partner/fellow star-gazer.

Do you have any pets?

An old Pom/Chihuahua mix named Baby, many birds, squirrels and rabbits complete our crew.

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

We live in outstate Minnesota, and have for virtually all of my life. I love it here because I have four seasons, a variety of forests, lakes, rivers and farm country, open sky and open water.

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

Special memories are of my time spent with extended family (grandparents, great grandparents, great aunts/uncles, etc. I am luckier than many people to really know from who and where I came.

What educational information would you like to share?

I have degrees in Organ Performance and French.

What are some of your past and present occupations?

Professional musician

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

Obviously, my primary area of expertise is music (I have played since age 5), and I enjoy American History – if you don’t remember the past you are doomed to repeat it.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I enjoy counted cross stitch, cooking, baking and gardening as well as reading.

What do you like to do for recreation?

We enjoy as much fishing as humanely possible from April-October, camp 3-4 days a month during the same period – bird/squirrel/deer watching are part of the adventures.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

Even though I am a classically trained musician, I can’t do housework without some classic heavy metal going on.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I have had the good fortune to perform in Falaise, France and to sing in performing groups at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Philadelphia’s Academy of Music.

What are your special goals or dreams?

Learn something new every day (my great grandmother’s credo) – keep busy and creative; keep all options open, you never know what will happen or where life may lead.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Quiet, quirky, old-fashioned

What brought you to Answers.com

My husband had a few questions, showed me the site, and I discovered I had a few answers.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

I like to believe I am giving back to others, as so many others have given to me.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Honestly, it depends on what mood I may be in at the moment, and what I run across when I am on the site.

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

Check stock quotes on your phone, from Answers.com.

Did you know? You can easily check company stock quotes, charts and news on Answers.com with QuoteMedia. Aim big and see how Google is doing, or find out the latest news and media for Ethan Allen Interiors.

But wouldn’t it be even better on the go? Yeah, we agree. Check the same data on your phone by going to answers.com in your browser on your Android, iPhone and other handheld devices. Look up the company on Answers.com and get your info, organized in expandable tabs:

Advice from a past Answers.com scholarship winner.

There are still three weeks to apply for this year’s Answers.com Scholarship, with $20,000 available broken down into thirteen individual prizes for students who answer 50 questions on Answers.com.

Our amazing Arkansas-based contributor (and student) Kharrima was one of the 2009-2010 scholarship winners, and has this to share with future applicants:

The Answers.com scholarship was an amazing benefit towards my tuition. These days it is hard to get scholarships when you are nearly done with your undergraduate degree and it was a very nice surprise. I used the scholarship to help pay my remaining balance toward an 18-hour semester at the University of Arkansas. It was a very unique way to gain a scholarship.

As a senior supervisor on WikiAnswers I contribute on a more-than-frequent basis. All I had to do was make a record of my answers I felt that were quality enough to be counted as the ones to be submitted for the application process to possibly win the scholarship. As the category supervisor of the pregnancy categories and sub-categories, I feel that it is important to answer pregnancy questions. It affects the possible outcome of the mother and unborn child’s health. I hope for the best for the mother and child when I am answering these questions and I felt so blessed that my answers were deserving of a scholarship.

I never expect anything in return when answering questions and doing my responsibilities as a volunteer supervisor on WikiAnswers and it was amazing for them to bless me with this scholarship. I would certainly do this contest again without a doubt and would encourage other to participate. It helps those who have questions submitted on the website and you gain benefits as well. Thank you, Answers.com!

By the way, you don’t have to be an existing contributor to enter for the scholarship. You can sign up for an Answers.com account right now and get going.

Ready to get started? More details about the application process here.

What is tiger blood, and why does Charlie Sheen have it?

Whether you’re into the gossip columns, entertainment blogs and celebrity news  – or not – the term ‘tiger blood’ may have seeped into your subconscious over the last few weeks. Specifically, in relation to Charlie Sheen, who aside from doing a lot of ‘winning’ lately seems to have coined quite a few crazy phrases.

Well, no need to look further than Answers.com: What is tiger blood?

Here’s a quick excerpt:

During his publicity tour in February and March 2011, American actor Charlie Sheen often compared himself to a tiger, claiming he has tiger blood running through his veins… When asked by Access Hollywood what tiger blood means, Sheen said, “I don’t know. It’s blood that flows through me that I can feel.”

So, are you willing to try the new cocktail named after Charlie Sheen’s free-flowing tiger fluids? Seems like bars across America are giving it a shot – even P. Diddy gave it his own twist. Find out how to make your own: What is in a Tiger’s Blood cocktail?

By the way, I don’t think it’s coincidental that when categorizing the cocktail question, I was repeatedly offered the same category:

Hmm…

 

 

Singin’ Sparrow? Nope. Rockin’ Robin!

Way back in 2007, I had the pleasure of meeting this week’s Featured Contributor – who also happens to head up our Community Outreach Program and the infamous WAmmys: It’s Robin!

Although our meeting was under unfortunate circumstances, our friendship has blossomed over the years. In fact, she has become someone very near and dear to my heart. And if you poll the pool of awesome people using the site today, you’ll find that she has had this effect across the Answers.com community – making casual contributors feel welcomed, bonding with dedicated Supervisors and inspiring members of her own CO program each and every day. She’s a singin’ sparrow; a gifted goose; and most importantly, a rockin’ Robin!

And this is why we love her!

Read on… (and check out her first Contributor Corner interview from 2008)

What is your user name on Answers.com?

My user name is simply my name; Robin. If you can’t remember it, just think of the bird. On second thought, I’ve had people do that quite often in my lifetime; I’ve been called Wren, Sparrow, and several others, including Goose and Chicken. I’ve also been called Rockin’ Robin all my life. So maybe you should just think of the song if you can’t remember my user name.

How did you first learn about the site? When?

In March of 2007, I was looking for the answer to a question about a car for my Dad when I found FAQ Farm. Five months later, my youngest brother Ryan, who was suffering from depression, attempted suicide and survived, after having brain surgery and losing his eyesight in one eye. A few weeks later, I was going through my favorites and ended up back on the site, which was by then WikiAnswers. The first question I saw was “When you shoot yourself in the head do you feel pain?” I may not have stopped if it hadn’t been for that question. The question was locked, and I had some things I wanted to add to the answer. It said to email Crystal if you’d like a question unlocked, so I did. That’s how I met Crystal. It took a few months for me to become familiar with the site, but I eventually became an addicted Supervisor. Less than a year later, I was fortunate enough to become an employee of Answers.com and the rest is history, as they say.

It breaks my heart to say my baby brother succeeded at committing suicide in August of 2009 at the age of 31. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss him and think of him, and remember that he is actually the reason I am with Answers.com now. He was aware of that, and even said once, “Maybe that was my purpose in life.” But I prefer to think his real purpose was to be the wonderful daddy he was to his three little boys, two of which are twins, and the precious son and brother he was. I’m so thankful for the time we had to love him and feel peace in knowing he is in a better place and no longer suffers from the terrible disorder they call depression. I feel it would be doing Ryan a disservice to tell the story of how I found WikiAnswers without mentioning him.

What is your role on Answers.com and what does it entail?

My role… oh my goodness. Let’s make that role(s). lol My primary role at Answers.com is being the Community Outreach Program Coordinator. I work with the volunteer program members called ‘WikiGuides’ to help maintain a warm and friendly environment in the community by performing various community actions including greeting new contributors and spreading well-wishes on special occasions. Just think of us as the Welcome Wagon Who Never Quits. Lol I also play the role of Supervisor interviewer for our No Stupid Answers blog posts for “Contributor Corner” written by Crystal and the supervisor profiles in the Supervisors Newsletter previously written by yours truly. I’m a Community Assistant, Mentor, Supervisor in lots of Food and Cooking Categories as well as Motorola Droid, and Kentucky categories and Platinum Contributor. I’m on the Community Development Team lead by our awesome Scott Moore and the MECOVA Team lead by our amazing Crystal. We all work together daily to help keep the site running smoothly and our community clean, healthy and happy. I am now the WAmmy Godmother for the first time and must say I thoroughly enjoy waving my magic wand and granting awards to our wonderful contributors. The WAmmy awards are given to supervisors and contributors who are voted for and elected by our Supervisors as the Best of the Best of Answers.com|WikiAnswers. Next year, the entire community will be involved in the WAmmy’s, and I am so excited about that! More nominations, more nominees, more voters, more FUN!

What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?

This one is very hard to answer! I tend to get involved in an activity and stay involved until I somehow oscillate to another. At the present, I’m really having fun polishing and shining new unanswered questions to feature on our home page. I like to feature a variety of question types to catch the eyes of a variety of contributors. I feature science questions for those who love science, math questions for “Math-heads,” simple easy-to-answer questions to attract cruisers who may otherwise keep on cruising, book questions for readers…you get the picture. I enjoy working in my cooking categories because I love all things to do with food and cooking. I absolutely love getting into a question with a gazillion alternates and digging out the “pearls,” polishing them up and setting them out in the sun to shine with all the other deserving questions. I am very OCD about alternates and merges – if they are the slightest bit different, even if they could have the very same answer, they don’t belong in the alternates. I feel as if I’m treasure hunting when I’m in the alternates. I always check the 2nd tier for gems, too. And only leave the best quality questions in the top tier. My least favorite activity…hmmm…uh…it doesn’t exist. There’s nothing I don’t love to do on WikiAnswers! My problem is finding the time to do them all!

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

Oh, my favorite category is definitely Food and Cooking. When I first became a Supervisor, there were way less sub-cats in Food and Cooking and all were taken, so I went to my next favorite which was Literature and Language, particularly the English categories, as I am an English major. When the new sub-cats began popping up in Food and Cooking, and I saw that Lit and Language was in good hands, I moved out of the classroom and into the kitchen, so to speak. My most despised category would be Religion and Spirituality, because it is such a controversial subject and I believe spirituality is a very personal thing and shouldn’t be bashed around. Just because I believe purple is the most beautiful color and you believe red is the most beautiful color, doesn’t mean I am right and you are wrong. Yes, Religion and Spirituality is one category I rarely wander into.

Aside from Answers.com, what do you like to do for fun? Hobbies?

I’ve played piano since 5th grade. I haven’t had a nice piano in years, and now have arthritis, so I’m not sure I could play as well as I used to. I did have an old honky-tonk piano someone gave me, but I couldn’t stand that hollow sound those pianos make so I got rid of it. I’d love to have a nice, newer piano. I also love to crochet, embroider, or cross-stitch when I have the time, which really isn’t that often anymore. And I love to read! I pretty much have a library in my office and I collect certain authors. I have periods of watching television in the evening for months, and then I switch to reading in the evenings for months. Right now, I’m on a TV kick. I also love to car travel, which I don’t do as often as I did when I was younger, but the love of seeing different places is still there and I’ll always in my heart be on Some-beach Some-where.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I once worked for a beauty pageant called Southern Belle Productions and was “discovered” on stage by a pageant judge who was also the President of the Modeling Association of America. After the pageant, she was bombarded by girls and mothers who wanted their girls to be “discovered.” I was on stage and noticed her beckoning me so I went down and made my way through the crowd to get to her. She told me she thought I was “striking” and should be a plus-size model. We exchanged contact information and she pursued me for a year, calling me nearly every day and constantly mailing me information and requests. We finally had a meeting in Louisville, KY, and I was actually considering becoming a model until she told me I’d have to move to New York City. Unwilling to leave my family and friends, I turned her down. My favorite poem is “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, and this is one of those crossroads I will always wonder about. Where would I be right now if I had taken the other road? I like to think I’d be a wealthy old woman living in Ireland in a castle!

If someone rented a billboard for you, what would you put on it?

On my billboard, in huge letters, I would put the word “KARMA.” I would surround that word with the following: You reap what you sow. You get what you deserve. What goes around comes around. It comes back to you like a boomerang. You get what you give. The full circle starts at your front and comes around to stab you in the back or pat you in the back; it’s up to you. What you cast out on the waters is what comes back with the tide. Others will do unto you what you do unto them. Give and you will receive. Take and you will be taken from. You determine your own future with your present deeds. It’s all up to you.

Name 3 things you think will become obsolete in ten years.

#1. The huge desktop computers. #2. The mail man. #3. Wires and cords. — Maybe not within ten years, but I believe my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will say, “I remember my Nanny said when she was a girl. They had things called telephones that were hooked up with a wire and a man delivered your mail by hand from a place called the Post Office. Everything had to be plugged into the wall with cords. And computers were so big they took up an entire desktop. Can you imagine living in those days?”

Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?

I am so happy to be here at Answers.com! I’m forever grateful to Chris Whitten for bringing his vision into existence, his dream to life and for passing the torch to Answers.com. I’m thankful to our amazing CEO Bob Rosenschein for seeing the potential and running with that torch; opening up the community and allowing us to participate in bringing Answers.com|WikiAnswers to where we are now. And most of all, I take great pride in being a part of the community that made it all happen and to the community for allowing me to be that part. I believe we’re still in the beginning stages and the thought of what we, the community, can do in the future and the success we will achieve is staggering. My dad always said you can break one stick, but if you put a whole bunch of sticks together, you can’t break ‘em. That’s how I see our community, my Answers.com family. Unbreakable and unstoppable. Onward and Upward!!! Here’s a question for you: Who first said onward and upward?

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

Slang, popes and molecular biology: It’s all here.

We’re proud and pleased to announce that we now have live on Answers.com six new reference titles. We dare you to come up with a common theme for all of them; but even if you don’t, you’ll still enjoy learning to rhyme popes, using modern slang, in British places while pretending to peruse biochemistry textbooks (but really reading Australian literature).

So here they are for your browsing convenience:

As always, we aim to answer. Happy reading.

5 fantastic Dr. Seuss facts.

Oh, the words you’ll read!

The pictures you’ll see!

For yesterday was the anniversary

of the wonderful, whimsical Seuss!

Yesterday, March 2nd, was the birthdate of Theodore Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. Who, as a kid, didn’t love being read the rhyming lines of his imagination? And who as an adult doesn’t cherish reading his books to younger folks?

Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and died in 1991 at age 87 in San Diego, California. His birthday was made the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading.

Find out more about the one doctor kids love to see:

  1. Commonly known as Dr. Seuss, Geisel had other pen names, including Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone, and Theophrastus Seuss.
  2. Talk about serving your country! During World War II, he served as the commander of the Animation Department of the First Motion Picture Unit of the United States Army Air Forces.
  3. Seuss’ first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by publishers 27 times.
  4. Dr. Seuss’s honors include: two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Pulitzer Prize.
  5. While at Dartmouth, Geisel was caught drinking gin with friends, violating national Prohibition laws of the time; as a result, he was resigned from his extracurricular activities, including the college’s humor magazine. However, Geisel continued to write for it under the pen name “Seuss.”

Find out more on Answers.com, with Dr. Seuss quotes on Holy Kaw.