What a year for news – iPads, volcanoes, an oil spill, and more. The Answers.com community was busy answering as quickly as the questions came in. So here we are at year’s end to share some of the Q&As from the most popular news events of the year. If you’ve got your own fond memories of a question on the site, please share in the comments below!
One of the top three questions on Answers.com in January 2010 was “Where is Haiti located?” Searches for the Caribbean nation exploded after a deadly 7.0-magnitude quake struck Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on January 12, killing approximately 230,000 people.
After only seven months on air, Conan O’Brien hosted his Tonight Show on January 22. NBC forced the quirky redhead out of his spot after Jay Leno’s ratings plummeted at the 10 p.m. spot. The debacle only emboldened Conan’s admirers who dubbed themselves Team Coco. He eventually moved his act to TBS.
Apple announced their anticipated tablet computer in January, calling it the iPad. Female hygiene jokes abounded on Twitter, but eventually the world came to love the touchscreen gadget.
Quarterback Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to their first Super bowl win in the franchise’s history. The victory revitalized a city downtrodden from Hurricane Katrina five years earlier.
Much of Washington, DC, was buried under snow during February 2010. Dubbed “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpocalypse” the series of blizzards dropped more than 55 inches of snow in the DC/Baltimore areas, an all-time record.
During the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, Beyonce Knowles became the first woman to win six awards in one night, including Song of the Year for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a sweeping health care overhaul, into law on March 23.
Twitter starts selling advertising on its site for the first time since its 2006 (?) founding. “Promoted tweets” bought by advertisers appear above other content.
Eruptions from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano created an ash cloud so huge, it grounded European flights for six days in April.
Lady Gaga reigned on YouTube in April 2010. With more than one billion views, the pop star broke the record for views from a single channel.
A BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded on April 20, killing 11 men and eventually leaking an estimated 185 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean ecosystem. The leak wasn’t completely capped until mid-September.
David Cameron became the youngest British Prime Minister in 200 years. He was elected on May 6.
And on the other end of the age spectrum, octogenarian actress Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live on May 9. Proving the power of social media, the Facebook page “Betty White to Host SNL (please?)!” gained several hundred thousand followers and campaigned to get the actress on the show.
The 2010 World Cup kicked off on June 11 in South Africa and football fans worldwide endured monthlong Vuvuzela-induced headaches.
What a year of Q&A! Stay tuned for 2011 – we wonder what will make the news then!