Introducing: AnswerHours!

How many questions do you think you can answer in three hours? That’s right, three short hours. Try your best and you could win a prize in our newest contest, AnswerHours, coming up this week!

You’ve probably heard of our popular AnswerThon, an annual event that pits our prolific community members against each other, all in the name of answering people’s questions. AnswerHours works the same way, just in a shorter time frame. Whoever posts the most answers in three hours will be crowned the winner. This AnswerHours event is open to all registered Answers.com Community members, both volunteer Supervisors and Non-Supervisors.

Be one of the top six contributors who answer the most questions and share in prizes valued at over $1,000. In order for your answers to be counted and to be eligible for prizes, you must read the rules and sign up for the contest.

When: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 8 to 11 p.m. ET (Note: The UK is typically 5 hours ahead of Eastern Time. If you are unsure you can convert Eastern Time to your time zone.)

Who: All registered Answers.com community members (both supervisors and non-supervisors)

What: Answer the most questions in a three-hour time frame and you could win one of the following prizes:

  • Two FIRST PLACE winners (one volunteer supervisor and one non-supervisor contributor) will receive a $150 Amazon.com gift card
  • Two SECOND PLACE winners (one volunteer supervisor and one non-supervisor contributor) will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card
  • Two THIRD PLACE (one volunteer supervisor and one non-supervisor contributor) will each receive a Radica 20 Questions Handheld Game ($25 value) and Answers.com merchandise
  • Two FOURTH PLACE winners (one volunteer supervisor and one non-supervisor contributor) will each receive Answers.com merchandise

Please read the rules carefully before signing up and participating. We wish everyone the best of luck!

GregorS: A Swedish Gem

I love learning new bits of trivia and word meanings, which is why I thoroughly enjoyed this week’s spotlight interview with Supervisor, GregorS. First off, he mentioned that he went to “folk high school”. For those of you not familiar, it’s a type of education designed to “stimulate the intellectual life of young adults to foster patriotism and strengthen religious conviction, and to provide agricultural and vocational training.” Very cool! I also learned what a “besserwisser” is – and I’m not talking about the beer. Generally accepted, a besserwisser is a self-proclaimed know-it-all; however in some languages the word literally means a “better knowing person.” Either way, let’s learn more about GregorS

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

GregorS (first name last initial)

What is your first name?

Gregor

What is your age?

59

Would you care to tell us about your family?

Wife (a psychiatric nurse) and three children (26, 23, 21)

Do you have any pets?

A 12 -year-old female mongrel, Labrador X bearded collie

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

Halmstad, Sweden, 20 years. Sweden is great!

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

Suburb of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States

What educational information would you like to share?

Attended private school in Boston suburbs, “folk high school” in Sweden and university 26 years later in Sweden.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

Wool spinner, Luthier (Norwegian folk fiddles), farm hand, aid to university dean, simulation software engineer, tester, technical writer.

What are your key area(s) of knowledge, interest or expertise?

Science, Technology

What do you like to do for recreation?

Draw vector graphics

What are a few random facts about yourself?

I lost two joints of right ring finger in a woodworking machine in 1972.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

I used to be able to format Microsoft Word documents.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

“Besserwisser” (German taken into Swedish for “someone who thinks they know everything”)

What brought you to Answers.com?

Don’t remember, but probably a Google search.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

My feeling of self-importance

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

Answering questions

GRALISTAIR – The Travelin’ Man

Skynyrd, Nelson, Seger…They’ve all claimed to be “the” travelin’ man. Nelson even claimed, “I’m a travelin’ man. I’ve made a lot of stops all over the world. And in every port I own the heart of at least one lovely girl.” Ummm, jerk? But seriously, we at Answers.com have the true travelin’ man – GRALISTAIR. This worldly contributor and Supervisor of complete awesomeness has visited and slept overnight in every state of the USA and hopes to set foot on every continent in the world. You might think this is a lofty, indulgent goal. But considering that GRALISTAIR has traveled in and out of more than 120 airports worldwide, it’s just a matter of time before this goal is realized. Watch and see! In the meantime, learn more about this trekker…read on!

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

My real name is Graham Alistair Howarth. My father calls me Graham Alistair rather than Graham – so GRALISTAIR is just a “contraction” of that.

What is your age?

53

Would you care to tell us about your family?

Wife is wonderful; three daughters (all English) one married (to a Scotsman) and they live in Ireland; three grandchildren – all Irish.

Do you have any pets?

NO – wife is asthmatic and pets trigger an attack.

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

Dalton, Georgia – lived there one year. Mountain View, close to Atlanta but also close to Chattanooga, Tennessee and about two hours from Smokey Mountain National Park. Only five hours to Savannah, Georgia and six hours to Florida. Add to that sexy southern women and great southern food and what is not to like? Before that 10 years in Kansas City, Missouri and before that 42 years in Northwest England.

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

Grew up in Preston, Lancashire, Northwest England. All memories are special but waving my father off to work when I was two is good.

What educational information would you like to share?

First degree in Chemistry, 2nd degree in Material Science and Engineering with Mathematics and Technology, Master of Science with Distinction with prize for student of the year from Imperial College London and Diploma.

What are some of your past or present occupations?

Basically a scientist/chemist some college teaching of Masters students at Imperial and then senior management of chemical companies.

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

Chemistry, Materials Science, Technology, Corrosion Science and Engineering; some physics and mathematics and computing.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

Reading history books. TRAVEL, TRAVEL AND MORE TRAVEL. Trying to visit every US national park, every state capital and many more plus European and other cities. Traveled in or out of more than 120 airports worldwide.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Travel – mainly by plane but also by car and boat.

What are a few random facts about yourself?

In early 2011, I will have visited and slept overnight in every state of the USA. I absolutely love public speaking with a passion.

What accomplishments are you proud of?

That I am a technical editor of two scientific journals and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. I am also a guest lecturer at Imperial College London, a world class university.

What are your special goals or dreams?

To set foot on every continent and to fly over both the North and South Poles – that won’t be easy.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

Outgoing, quite extrovert – a people person. I like people.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I was doing some research for something at work (chemistry) and I came across the site; sadly a wrong answer, but it was eventually corrected. I answered certain questions and my online demeanor must have attracted the attention of other Supervisors who nominated me.

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

I have acquired a huge amount of knowledge across a range of disciplines, and I love sharing this with the community.

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

It was answering questions but these days I do quite a bit of editing and also deleting obscene and other stupid inflammatory answers as soon as I see them.

Presidential Elections 2012: Republicans in the Running

Presidential election season is once again upon us. The Republicans are rounding up their best to compete against Barack Obama and nine nominees have given an official announcement of their candidacy. So, just who are the 2012 GOP presidential candidates? Get ready for the 2012 election by learning more about each of these politicians:

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is currently being considered the frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination. As former governor of Massachusetts, he helped pioneer divisive healthcare law that some call “RomneyCare” in the likes of “ObamaCare.” Romney is also a Latter-day Saint, or Mormon, which was seen as a major obstacle to his 2008 presidential run.

Jon Huntsman

Jon Huntsman is former governor of Utah and former ambassador to China. He is son of billionaire Jon Huntsman, Sr. and is fairly new to the Republican race. Challenges he could face include: name recognition, having a moderate stance on social issues, and his religion (he is also a Mormon).

Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich is the former Speaker of the U.S. House from Georgia. He helped lead a Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and has built name recognition through his many speeches, books and policy positions.

Tim Pawlenty

Tim Pawlenty is a former governor of Minnesota and is known for being consistently conservative on social and economic issues. He has visited many of the primary states recently while doing a book tour and built name recognition when he was selected as a potential running mate for Sen. John McCain in 2008.

Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann is a current US representative for the state of Minnesota and a Tea party favorite. She was the first Republican woman to represent the state of Minnesota in Congress and made headlines when she said in an interview that Barack Obama “may have anti-American views,” during his 2008 presidential run.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza from Atlanta, Georgia and is highly backed by Tea Partiers. His bid for the Senate seat of Georgia in 1994 was unsuccessful and many wonder if he can pull off a national campaign.

Ron Paul

Ron Paul is a fiery Congressman from Texas whose libertarian views have built a large grassroots following.  He has spoken out about US foreign policy, specifically ending the war in Iraq and on fiscal policy.

Gary E. Johnson is a former governor of New Mexico. He is a libertarian with small government and anti-tax ideals, although he supports gay marriage, abortion rights and looser immigration rules. He does not have a lot of name recognition and may have trouble appealing to the Republican base.

Rick Santorum is a former US Senator of Pennsylvania.

Turn to Answers.com to learn more interesting facts about the candidates such as:

What religion is Michele Bachmann?

Where did Mitt Romney go to college?

What are Ron Paul’s views on abortion?

How old is Newt Gingrich?

Where is Tim Pawlenty from?

How old is Rick Santorum?