6 quotes from Carol Burnett

Comedian Carol Burnett celebrated her 78th birthday this week.  The Texas native is best known for her variety show on CBS, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 278 episodes. Interestingly enough, the redhead was always insecure about her appearance, causing her mother to say: “You can always write, no matter what you look like.” Ouch. Even so, we’re glad she stuck with TV!

Here are some of our favorite Carol Burnett quotes over the years:

“Comedy is a tragedy plus time.”

“I think we’re here for each other.”

“Because nobody goes through life without a scar.”

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”

“Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.”

“I was once asked to do my Tarzan yell at Bergdorf Goodman, and a guard burst in with a gun! Now I only do it under controlled circumstance.”

Of course, you can learn more about Carol Burnett at Answers.com.

Five fun facts about animal crackers.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! No matter your age, animal crackers are a fun snack to eat. But how much do you know about these slightly sweet treats? Check out five deliciously interesting facts:

  1. The original purpose of the string on the Animal Crackers box was so that it could be hung as a Christmas ornament on the tree.
  2. A box of Animal Crackers sold for 5 cents in 1902.
  3. Animal Crackers originated in England where they were known as animal biscuits.
  4. 54 different animals have been transformed into animal crackers. The most popular brand, Barnum’s Animal Crackers, has featured 37 different animals since 1902.
  5. Shirley Temple’s 1935 song “Animal Crackers in My Soup” was used by different companies advertising their brands of animal crackers.

Discover more about animal crackers on Answers.com.

All your Royal Wedding questions answered.

Are you as excited as we are for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton? Judging on the number of questions we’re getting about the big event, we think you are. In case the coverage of thousands (yes, thousands!) of journalists who have descended on London for the nuptials doesn’t satisfy your appetite, you can always turn to Answers.com for more. We’ve set up a new category for all your burning questions about royal weddings, past and present. Check out the new Royal Weddings category here.

There you’ll find queries such as:

What TV channels will broadcast the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton?

Where can you watch the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton online?

What will Kate Middleton’s royal title be after she marries Prince William?

Who has been announced as Prince William’s ‘Best Man’ for the Royal Wedding?

Who is the flower girl at the Royal Wedding?

Q&A not enough? Check out the royal wedding coverage on Video Answers.

Here’s a look back at the 10-year romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton:

Chew on this: 6 facts about jerky.

Jerky is a popular snack enjoyed by adventurers of all kinds: hikers, astronauts and road trippers. But even if you aren’t scaling a mountain or planning a trip to the moon, you can enjoy this chewy meat treat anytime. Jerky comes in all flavors ‒ smoky, sweet, spicy ‒ and types ‒ beef, ostrich, even alligator.

Here are six more jerky facts to gnaw on: 

1. The word “jerky” comes from the Quechua term charqui, meaning “to burn (meat).”
2. Types of meat “jerkied” include: bovine, pork, goat, mutton or lamb, deer, elk, caribou, kudu, springbok, kangaroo, bison, moose, turkey, ostrich, salmon, alligator, tuna, emu and horse.
3. Most fat must be removed from the meat before the jerky process can begin because fat won’t dry and can become rancid.
4. Many European Union countries currently prohibit the importing of meat products like jerky, requiring extensive customs documentation and inspections.
5. In Ethiopia jerky is known as qwant’a.
6. Astronauts have packed jerky for space flights since 1996, citing the snack’s high nutrition level and light weight.

Read more about this road trip staple on Answers.com.

Wildrosebeef: The best of Canada and good eatin’!

I love doing Contributor Corner posts when a contributor’s user name is somewhat (or totally!) quirky, whimsical or mysterious – which happens to be the case this week. Our featured contributor has a name that has always made me think of something very strange – wild rose-flavored beef. Until I received this interview back, I was certain I had missed a new eating trend or some homemade delicacy that was all the rage. Not the case I am happy to report! Wildrosebeef happens to be an amazing Answers.com Supervisor and brings to the site the best of Canada and good eatin’! Read ahead to find out how this fanciful user name came to be…

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

My Answers.com username is Wildrosebeef. In short, the “wild rose” part of it is about where I come from: the great province of Alberta, Canada. The provincial flower of Alberta is the Wild Rose, and it is one of my favorite wild flowers that grows around here every June. The second part is about what I like to raise and talk about: Beef cattle.

How and when did you discover Answers.com?

I believe I discovered the site by sheer boredom and by accident. I was just paroozin’ around the Internet for some questions and answers about cattle and cows from pretty well any site that will keep me from getting bored, and on Ask.com I found some questions about such things as “How many stomachs does a cow have” or “What do cattle eat” or something like that that was linked to WikiAnswers. I found the answers to either be false or too ambiguous for the questions asked, so I decided to go to the site, sign up so that I could correct them. Not surprisingly, I found even more questions that needed answers and more answers that needed to be edited, and, well, I’ve been hooked ever since!

Would you care to share some information about your family?

We’re a more quiet, private bunch that ain’t all that fond of sharing too much information on a public website, but I can tell you that my family is a farm family. Both sides (my mom and dad) have relatives that have been or are involved in the farming business in some way shape or form, past or present.

Do you have any pets?

Yes I do! I have four cats: two outside and two inside. The outside cats are siblings that were born and raised on the farm, and the inside ones are adopted strays we took in a couple years ago from a local veterinary clinic. All four get lavished with lots of attention!

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

I currently live in the “northern” area of Alberta, Canada, and have been raised there since before I was born. That area is truly home to me, my old stomping grounds, and a place where I learned about life, love, responsibility, and hard work.

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

I remember being exposed to various animals when I was knee-high to a grasshopper: cats, dogs, and cattle. My first animal encounter was with a neighbor’s kitty cat when I was around one years of age and I remember being happier than a pig in mud! Guess I’ve been a bit of an animal-lover since then.

What educational information would you like to share?

I have a four-year Bachelor of Sciences degree majoring in Animal Science from the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture. I’m hoping that I will be able to get back to my studies this fall so that I can finish my studies and officially graduate with a BSc from the U of A. I’ve been taking a bit of a break, but now I’m willing to go back and put my nose to the grindstone once again. I’m mainly focused on the cattle and forages/range and pasture management part of the program. Just a note: Animal Science is kind of a pre-veterinary program, but it’s not, even though 90% of the courses taken in this program are the same as the pre-vet one. It’s for those who want to study the sciences behind livestock production yet either don’t want to or can’t get into the pre-vet program.

What are your past and/or present occupations?

I used to work at a local veterinary clinic, but now I’m in-between jobs, being here and there.

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

I love talking about agriculture and cattle. My main knowledge and expertise lie in the categories I Supervise Cows and Cattle, Cattle Breeding (including weaning, gestation, calving, and post-calving management), Cattle Feeding and Pasture Management (includes ruminant physiology and digestion, and forage/plant physiology and soil studies that has to do with range/pasture management.), Cattle Health (everything from vaccinations to diseases and injuries), Agriculture and Ranching.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I admit I have a rock collection hidden somewhere. Just some pretty rocks I found around home and decided to squirrel away. Actually they’re prettier than you can imagine…

As for hobbies, besides WikiAnswers (which is painfully obvious from my contributions), I like to read, play piano, sketch/draw, go berry picking, go hiking, biking and skiing. I am also a bit of an avid amateur photographer. When I’ve got nothing else (or better) to do I’m on Answers.com.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I’ve been bit by a dog (30 stitches to my face) and charged at twice when I was little (on two separate occasions) by a bull (first encounter) and a steer (second encounter). But haven’t been scared of either species since, oddly enough. I love working with cattle and, if I get the chance, I would also love to work with horses a bit more than I have in the past.

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

Other than I can play piano and draw pretty good, no not really. Except the fact that I can make a friend out of pretty well almost every dog and cat (and occasionally horse) that I meet. The one time that I got bit by a dog was when I didn’t understand the meaning of “respect a dog’s space,” or “let the dog come to you, not you to him.” Hence the lesson from the School of Hard Knocks.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

If you can call this an accomplishment, it’s getting nominated and made into a Supervisor the 3rd or 4th day after I joined Answers.com! But other than that…

What are your special goals or dreams?

The most obvious is that someday I would love to start a cow-calf herd of my own using sustainable environmental and economic practices to make the actual career a conservation effort in terms of the environment and being economically sound (i.e., not lose money in it). If I could start on the farm I live and grew up on that would be just great. But if I have no choice but to start somewhere else, well that’s just fine, too. Oh, and I would also love to have a dog (or two) someday.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Lazy, yet a hard worker; polite and kind, yet firm and stubborn as a mule. I am a bit blunt, too, and normally don’t like to sugar-coat things, be it in conversation with a user I’ve warned or in the answers I give on the wiki site.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Editing answers and answering questions, organizational activities like recategorizing and batch splitting, and catching and warning/blocking vandals. My favorite group that I’m a part of is Vandal Patrol. I also love being a part of the Mentoring Program as well.

Five fun facts about jellybeans.

Jellybeans. Do you eat them one at a time or grab a handful? Either way, these chewy candies are quite yummy and often show up in Easter baskets. Brush up on your jellybean trivia with these five fun facts:

  1. In the 1910s and early 1920s, the word “jellybean” referred to a young man who put a lot of great effort in to dressing stylishly. The word later became synonymous with the term pimp.
  2. Jellybeans have made a trip in a space shuttle.
  3. A series of Harry Potter jellybeans featured flavors like dirt, earwax, pepper, and vomit. Mmmm.
  4. A precursor to the jellybean was advertised as early as 1861 as a candy gift for soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
  5. The blueberry-flavored Jelly Belly jellybean was created especially for President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1981.

Read more about jellybeans on Answers.com.

Where my Peeps at?

Easter is next Sunday, but it’s highly likely most of you have been noshing on some Easter sweets already, are we right? Although chocolate takes the cake as Easter’s most popular candy, Americans eat 700 million marshmallow Peeps every spring. The Chicago Tribune has a great slideshow that goes into the Just Born factory to see just how Peeps are made.

Leave it to our Answers.com contributors to fill us in on these brightly colored treats:

Where were Peeps invented?

How many colors do marshmallow peeps come in?

Why are Peeps made out of marshmallows?

How many calories are in one marshmallow peep?

Kids, don’t try this one at home: Why do marshmallow peeps explode when heated?

Hosting an Easter dinner this weekend? Check out these creative centerpieces (including one made out of Peeps!) in this clip from Video Answers.

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Flagging down those bad answers.

With a community of more than six million contributors, bad answers are bound to happen. One way to combat the crud is to flag a question for improvement. When you flag a question it not only alerts casual users that an answer might be sub-par, it also helps other community members focus their editing energy on the questions and answers that need it the most.

Flagging is a feature that’s been around for awhile, but have you noticed the new design that went live last week? It’s much more streamlined and clean, thanks to our wizard designer, Denise. The new flag is placed just below the question bar and no longer clutters the answer box. Take a look:

So who can flag questions? Well, you, for one! Supervisors also love to wave the flag when they see questionable content. And then there’s our workhorse, Dingobot. Dingobot is a bot created by our team of engineers that automatically flags questions for gibberish, plagiarism and other low quality answers. Here’s a question Dingobot recently flagged. Such a smart bot, isn’t he?

To find a list of recently flagged questions to improve, click Flagged Questions under Site Tools. You can also browse by category and see flagged questions in a particular topic area.

It’s a quick way to boost those contribution points. And remember, every flag you raise (or drop) helps us clean our ever-growing database of 11 million answers. We can’t do it without you!

Need more guidance? Check out this tutorial on flagged questions for more information.

Ricky23 – Squashing bugs on Answers.com!

There are a lot of awesome people working behind the scenes at Answers.com. Our Featured Contributor this week happens to be one of these cooler than cool individuals and it’s a name you might recognize. Does Ricky23 ring any bells? It should! As a member of our technical support team, you probably see him most often in the Bug Reports section of the Super Forum. He’s always there ready to assist and lend a helping hand (foot?).  Bugs don’t stand a chance when Ricky is around — which is a good thing for all of us! Read on to learn more about talented Ricky.

What is your user name on Answers.com?

Ricky23

How did you first learn about the site? When?

I first learned about Answers.com when I interviewed for a job there. This was before the days of WikiAnswers.

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

I guess you could call me a “bug killer” or “bug informant.” What that means is that I do technical support on the website. As technical support, I man the Bug Reports portion of the Super’s Forum and either give helpful suggestions to resolve a bug or enter into our Bug tracking system. I also supervise the Questions about ReferenceAnswers category. It’s a very popular place to put unrelated questions.

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

Recategorizing is my favorite. It gives me hope that one of our users will then be able to see the question and know the answer. Merging questions is my least favorite. I find it frustrating to see that a user can’t take a moment and see that their exact question is already there, just spelled or written a bit differently.

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

Nope.

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

I am an amateur actor. I’ve been in several musicals as well as dramas and comedies, although, no Shakespeare yet.

Use one word to describe your computer ability.

Technical

How can you tell if someone is a nerd?

I don’t know, ‘cause I might be one.

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

Answers.com is a great resource for everything. As a bug killer, I find it very satisfying when someone’s bug gets resolved or if I can reproduce it and get it fixed for them. But, users do need to be patient. Things aren’t always as easy to fix as they seem. Luckily, we have some very knowledgeable users who can find work arounds and brilliant engineers who can squash anything they get the keyboard on.

All your Passover questions answered.

Passover begins tonight at sundown and lasts seven days. Passover commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  Jews celebrate this important holiday with a traditional two-night feast, called a Seder, meaning “order.” At a Seder, friends and family gather, a variety of dishes are prepared, songs are sung and the story of passover is told.

Other interesting facts about Passover:

  • To produce Passover matza, flour must remain in contact with water for no longer than 18 minutes before it is baked.
  • Coca-cola makes a kosher Coke for Passover version, substituting pure sugar for corn syrup in its recipe (Ashkenazi Jews customarily refrain from eating corn on Passover).
  • Moses, the leader who was central to the biblical account of the Exodus, is notably absent from the Haggada, the rabbinic retelling of the story. This is to emphasize the divine, miraculous nature of the event.
  • Some believe that Jesus’ Last Supper was a seder.

To learn more about this important Jewish holiday, read some Passover questions and answers here and check out this clip from Video Answers.

La RispostaTona di Answers.com Italiano

Signore e signori…vi presentiamo il primo concorso di Answers.com Italiano! La RispostaTona 2011 si svolgerà dal 13 al 16 Maggio, 2011. L’obiettivo del concorso è di rispondere a piú domande possibili nello spazio di 4 giorni. Ci saranno dei fantastici premi per i vincitori. Per partecipare, registrati qua.

10 Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes.

Forty-three years ago this month, the iconic civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Rey on the balcony of a motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The son of a Baptist preacher, MLK was the most visible and celebrated symbol of the civil rights movement.

He is perhaps most famous for his “I have a dream” speech, delivered to more than 200,000 people in Washington on August 28, 1963. That March on Washington was influential in the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

His memory lives on with inspirational quotes like these:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

“The quality, not the longevity, of one’s life is what is important.”

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

“Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”

“We must combine the toughness of the serpent with the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

Learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr. at Answers.com.

RespuestaTón de Answers.com Español

Answers.com Español realiza su primer concurso.  RespuestaTón 2011 tomará lugar del 13 al 16 de mayo del presente.  El objetivo del  concurso es responder la mayor cantidad de preguntas durante un periodo de 4 días.  Habrá premios para los ganadores.  Para participar, inscríbete.

Novedades en Answers.com Español: ¡Ya estamos en Facebook y Twitter! Síguenos y compartan preguntas favoritas con tus amigos.  En la página principal, verán todas las opciones. Hagan clic para elegir la forma en que quieran compartir.

 

Answers.com Announces Successful Completion of Acquisition by AFCV Holdings, LLC

Answers.com, (NASDAQ: ANSW), creators of the leading answer engine Answers.com®, today announced that AFCV Holdings, LLC, a portfolio company of growth equity investor Summit Partners, has consummated the previously announced merger to acquire Answers.com.

On April 14, 2011, Answers.com’s stockholders approved the merger at a special meeting of stockholders. Pursuant to the definitive merger agreement between Answers.com and AFCV Holdings, dated as of February 2, 2011, Answers.com common stockholders will receive $10.50 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes, for each share of common stock they owned immediately prior to the effective time of the merger, other than shares owned by stockholders who have properly exercised appraisal rights. The holders of Answers.com’s Series A and Series B convertible preferred stock will receive cash consideration based on the number of the common stock into which those shares were convertible at the time of the merger.

Answers.com’s common stock will cease trading on The NASDAQ Capital Market at the close of market today and will be delisted.

Stockholders of record will receive a letter of transmittal and instructions on how to surrender their shares of Answers.com stock in exchange for the merger consideration. Stockholders of record should wait to receive the letter of transmittal before surrendering their shares.

UBS Investment Bank has acted as exclusive financial advisor and Kramer, Levin, Naftalis and Frankel, LLC as legal advisor to Answers.com. Jefferies and Company, Inc. has served as financial advisor and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, Professional Corporation as legal advisor to AFCV Holdings.

Original press release here.

Reaching for Ruby: Quantity and Quality

As of this week, 10 Answers.com contributors have reached Ruby status tallying up half a million contribution points or more! Contribution points include answering, editing, organizing and messaging. Learn where to find your number of points here.

Dfoofnik is our newest contributor to reach Ruby. To those budding contributors who want to reach the top, he says, “If you are consistently in the top 20 or 30 each month, that 500,000 will arrive before you know it. I remember how hard it seemed to go from Silver to Gold!”

So who else in the community has this shiny red gem on their profile? Here’s the list, as of April 12, 2011. Congratulations to our prolific rubies!

  1. Rudiful2
  2. HisPowr4U
  3. Steven Keyman
  4. Keats
  5. Mrkbh
  6. Stanzz123
  7. Ginezumi
  8. Peterc14
  9. Mr. Mystery
  10. Dfoofnik

Tax Day Delayed! (You still have to pay them though.)

If you woke up last night in a cold sweat realizing April 15th is fast approaching and you haven’t filed your taxes yet, we have some good news for you. Your tax return isn’t due until next Monday! Why did Uncle Sam cut us Americans some slack this year? You can thank a little known holiday, Emancipation Day, celebrating the abolition of slavery. This year it falls on a Saturday but will be officially observed in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 15th, closing many federal buildings. As a result, the IRS pushed the income tax deadline to Monday, April 18th.

Haven’t filed yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. The IRS estimates “20 to 25 percent of all taxpayers file in the final two weeks of the tax season.” The average individual spends upwards of 14 hours on his tax return, so an extra weekend should be plenty of time, right? Check out this clip from Video Answers for tips on how to prepare your tax return this year.

Angry that you had to cough up more cash to the government? Hey, at least America’s tax rate isn’t close to 50 percent like other countries!

Some more helpful answers to prepare you for Tax Day:

Yaofamily: Better than basketball, royalty and good food combined!

Here’s the lowdown…The NBA has Yao Ming. China had Emperor Yao. Plano, Texas has Yao Fuzi. But Answers.com has the best of them all…Yaofamily. Never heard of them? Where have you been! Hailing from down under, Yaofamily, a serious Wikiholic, Category Supervisor, Bronze Contributor and WikiReviewers Editor at Large, believes “nothing is impossible” and strives to achieve Ruby Contributor status one day very soon. This is a milestone they are destined to achieve! Read on…

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

My Answers.com user name is Yaofamily. The history is a mystery.

How and when did you discover Answers.com?

I discovered Answers.com a lot earlier than my join date, November 30, 2009. Just like all those other contributors, I found the site via Google while I was searching for the answer to a question. The first match to pop up was an Answers.com one. I had a look at it, and it was totally perfect! Then… a few clicks and I was officially addicted!

Do you have any pets?

No, however I would love some!

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

I live in Sydney, Australia. It is my hometown and

I have lived there all my life.

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

I’m quite interested in words. I call it “word science”. I supervise categories that have some relation to words. That kind of gives you the idea that I’m hooked on words.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

Here’s a random fact about myself: I really can’t think of a random fact! That’s something for you to remember, ha ha.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I’m proud of what I’ve done so far for Answers.com. I know it’s working – slowly, slowly…

What are your special goals or dreams?

My number one goal is to reach Ruby Contributor! I believe I can do it! And I’ve never given up – and I never will!

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I’m a person who believes in myself and knows I can do everything. “Nothing is impossible”, as they say. And then on the other side, I’m the type who likes to LOL and joke around and have a bit of fun, especially on Answers.com. And the third side, I’m helpful and love to contribute to Answers.com! So that’s me, threefold.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Editing and answering questions and answers definitely wouldn’t beat anything. It’s something great to do, especially when it’s a rainy day, or your TV is broken, or you’re just bored… Then again, I love to message people and help them out. It’s something vital on Answers.com. But really, I don’t exactly have a favourite, I do everything!

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

The latest Q&A categories for your asking, answering pleasure.

A Q&A category doesn’t have to exist on Answers.com for you to ask a question about it! That’s why this is a site where you can ask about… anything.

But it sure does help keep the Q&As organized, doesn’t it? The team behind the scenes is constantly adding new categories to make it easier to find questions in your favorite topics. We’re up to nearly 8,000 cats (that’s a lot of mewing).

Here is a sampling of the latest Q&A categories on Answers.com… which, in themselves, fall under all kinds of categories!

TV, for all tastes:

Celebrities, now and then:

Hobbies, crafts and interests:

Edibles (or just barely):

And for the purely practical among us, who just need to get it done:

Check out the full list of Q&A categories and suggest one you don’t see!

New trivia added to blufr!

There are thousands of blufs (or trivia bits) that make up Answers.com’s social trivia game blufr, and in the past couple months we’ve added hundreds more. So if you were worried about reaching the end of a category – or the entire game – get back into it!

Also stay tuned for more categories coming. Discover fun facts and pick up trivia to share next time you find yourself in an awkward conversation. Hey, blufr has many uses!

Here are some of the newbies; way or no way (click to get the answers):

Wanna play blufr? Get it on the web, iPhone or Facebook.

 

 

Banana-Fana Fo… It’s Liz!

I’m super-duper incredibly totally excited to be welcoming Liz (Eliesheva) to the Contributor Corner this week. Why, you ask?

Well first off, she is the reason I am able to spotlight so many awesome contributors here on the blog (it’s kinda her domain).

And second, Liz makes me smile. In fact, just seeing her name pop up on Skype makes me want to break out in song… Liz, Liz, bo-Liz, banana-fana fo-Liz, feel-fi mo-Liz! She is always energetic, happy and ready to tackle anything with a take-no-prisoners attitude.

Here’s more on our resident Social Media Queen and valued member of our Answers.com Community Development team:

What is your user name on Answers.com?

My user name is Eliesheva, which is also my real name (it’s the Hebrew origin of Elizabeth).

How did you first learn about the site? When?

I first learned about the site when I was called for an interview to Answers.com in 2005. It was perfect timing – I was just starting grad school in my second language and knew I’d need an English-language resource to support my studies. Ta-da!

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

I do lots of things here, but my core role is social media and marketing. Do you follow our Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel, this blog, or play blufr? Samples of what I do.

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

I love to answer questions in a random range of categories. Especially when I think it will help desperate teens or panicking lovers (ahem, teen dating and could I be pregnant if…). I also feel the need to feed my inner neurotic editor and clean up questions and answers when I see spelling or grammar mistakes.

Do you have a favorite category? Most despised category?

Truth is, my category activity is as random as my interests in real life. Categories that make me laugh? Camel racing, Sexting, Who would win.

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

I’m a writer, and for nearly seven years I’ve been blogging on my own personal site to ‘exercise’. I write short stories and used to write a lot of poetry. It’s always been my aim to get into writing for children, and I think I’m closer than ever to actually sitting down and doing it. Which leads me to my main source of fun these days: my almost two-year-old son.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

If I could take off a year and pick any career to pursue, I’d be a car mechanic.

If you moved to Sesame Street, who would you want as your neighbor? Why?

Grover, hands down. I know he gets himself into trouble, but he is so underrated. And Oscar would probably be another. Nothing like a neighbor who just wants to be left alone! On the other hand, I‘d live as far away as I can from Elmo. Imagine lending that guy sugar?

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

I feel lucky to work here with our team and our community. And the site itself settles my ridiculous curiosities. I never go a single movie-viewing without looking up info about it after. Working at Answers.com has taught me as much as the site itself has, and contributing with the community continues to be an inspiration.

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