Meet Spottedtail! An Trailblazer!

Spottedtail is a real trailblazer.  One look at her profile page and it is obvious that she is a dynamic and enthusiastic contributor to our site.  She has over 100 missions as a WikiAnswers Influential Teen and was the winner of the 2010 Special Project Assistant award.  In addition, she has over 50,000 contributions, is a member of the Vandal Patrol and a graduate of the Mentoring ProgramSpottedtail is an outgoing and creative teen who plays the piano and works hard at her studies. She inspires others on and off

What is your first name?

My first name is Gabriella.

What is your occupation?

I’m currently a student.

What is your username and how did it come about?

My username is Spottedtail. The name Spottedtail was forged in the Fires of Mount Doom. I’m joking! My username is based on the Warriors book series by Erin Hunter. I’ve been a fan of the series since I was twelve, so my warrior name just stuck to me like glue.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I currently live in West Virginia. It is special because I have spent most of my life here with my family. I have moved a bunch in the past, but West Virginia is my home.

How did you discover

Like most people, I found through Google search. Eventually, I made an account and got hooked.

What is your favorite thing to do on

I like working in the categories that I supervise, and helping fellow contributors. I also love merging questions.

If you were inviting someone to join, what reason(s) would you give that person to become a part of our community?

First off, I would tell them that it is unlike any other site. You are part of a family on, and that family becomes really close to you as you spend more time on the site. At least that’s how I see it. I would tell the person about the thousands of categories on and that it is a place to share your knowledge and help other people find the answers they are looking for.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud that my piano teacher named me the most advanced student. I now feel that I am holding the torch for other students and it has truly been a humbling experience for me. I played “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” at Christmas last year, and it inspired all the kids to keep up with their piano playing. The feeling that you are inspiring people is indescribable!  Oh, and when I win the lottery, I will let you know.

What accomplishments on are you proud of?

I am very proud to be a Supervisor and Mentor. I love helping contributors on and enjoy teaching new Supervisors the ropes!

What is your favorite type of music?  What is your favorite band or artist?

I like CCM, Christian Rock, and some mainstream stuff too. My favorite band is Evanescence.

What was the last song you listened to?

Umm, should I share this? Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. It is catchy and stays in my head for hours. Drat! Now it is in my head again! “Everyday I’m shufflin. . ”

What is your favorite song?

My favorite is “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns. It is such a powerful song. The lyrics speak to me so clearly.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

1. I have some physical problems, so I would wish for those to go away.

2. For poverty, war, and animal and child abuse to end.

3. Either I’d let the Genie go free, or I would wish for more time to spend on!

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

Butterflies, because they are so purdy!!

What do you find most challenging as an Supervisor?

The most challenging thing would probably be dealing with vandals. I hate vandalism and sometimes dealing with vandals can be tough. At least I am the one with the block button.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

Music,, reading my Bible, spelunking, riding horses, and reading fiction and nonfiction. I love reading about US History and my favorite period is WWII.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My family and friends, my education, and!

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit Greece someday. That would be awesome. I am sure I would learn a bunch!

What Disney character would you be?

I have a large family. Sometimes we say that all of my siblings are each one of the dwarfs in Snow White. So, if I was any Disney character, I would be Sneezy.

If the Shoe Fits, Buy It!

The Shoe.

It’s a simple word and it has a simple purpose: To cover the foot and provide a rigid base on which the sole and heel can walk. Yet, this same word has the power to elicit squeals of joy and tears of happiness from women all over the world. The shoe has the ability to establish wealth and status. It can raise your height and correct your stature. But most of all, women love shoes because well, they are just so darn cute!  (Even  Cinderella fell in love with the prince because he found  her lost glass slipper). But this obsession with shoes is not new, it goes as far back as humanity itself…

caveman shoesThe oldest known shoe found, is a 5,300-year-old “Ice Man” shoe in the Tyrolean Alps made of animal hide and wood netting.  It was stuffed with straw and moss for padding (the caveman was a long distant relative of Dr Scholl’s).

Next we have Pharaoh and Cleopatra. Egypt is a hot country with a blazing sun. When these rulers walked around the sand  they preferred  to do it in golden, open-toed sandals. And really,  who wants to get a farmer’s tan on your feet?Romans

The Romans were not just great warriors, they were also great shoemakers. They are documented as the first to develop shoes fitted specifically for the left and right feet. Take a look around today, ‘Gladiators’ are the latest footwear trend, worn by top models and school children alike.

Who can forget the classic klompen ? The traditional all-wooden clogs were worn by factory workers in the Netherlands to avoid sharp objects, but were quickly prized for their fun clatter as the wood strikes the pavement. Dutch dancers are still clonking away today.

The ultimate winner in shoe comfort goes to the Native Americans. Sitting Bull and Pocahontas knew they were onto something when they put on those cozy warm moccasins. If I were John Smith I would’ve wanted to walk down the aisle in moccasins too.

bootsAdd some material around the calf, and poof – you get boots!  Whether you are in the Russian army or a cowboy in Texas: rough weather, war and animals meant  putting on your boots.

Remove some material  from the standard shoe and you get the highly versatile flip-flop. Slip it on for theflipflops beach and slip it off for the pool. Easy as 1, 2, 3! FYI: If you see a sign in front of a fancy restaurant in England or Australia that reads ‘No Thongs,’ they are talking about your footwear.

Alas! I save the best for last.  The high heel came into fashion with Elizabeth’s reign in the late 16th century.  Proper heels were worn by both men and women; often colorfully decorated with rosettes, lace, ribbon,  and embroidery. Even King Louis XIV of France was known for his red leather heels.

In fact, the shoe is so ingrained into our society and culture, some may argue the affinity to footwear is borderline unhealthy… How many pairs of shoes does the average woman own?

Answer: On average, a female from ages 13-16 may own about 15 pair of shoes including sneakers.
Older women 16-21, who perhaps have a job: 25-40 pairs
A mature woman 25-50, anywhere from 40-60 pair of shoes.

That is quite a lot of shoes. What about animals; they have shoes too. Why do horses wear shoes?

horseshoeAnswer: A horseshoe is a “U”-shaped item made of metal, steel, iron or a modern synthetic materials that is nailed or glued to the hooves of horses. In the wild, horses walk on meadows, dirt and other softer surfaces. But horses in captivity walk on gravel, roads, rocks plus they are carrying the extra weight of a person or supplies. The horseshoes provide protection to the hooves and maintains a relatively flat surface. Different types of horseshoes are available to match the types of activity.

So horses wear shoes for utility, while people decorate their shoes for a myriad of superficial reasons. Is this so wrong?  My pointy toed , jewel crested 4 inch suede heels may not have a lot of utility (in fact they are quite painful) but they do have a lot of sole!

How do you change the oil and filter on a 1982 Nighthawk 750?

It’s summer, gas prices are up and you still want to take a trip. Fair enough. Today’s WikiAnswers Wednesday will address travel and the vehicles we do that in.

Or not. It’s Jim’s week, so who knows what we’ll find out.

How do you change the oil and filter on a 1982 Nighthawk750?

One thing I’ve noticed about WikiAnswers is the lack of really good info on cars and vehicles.

Last year I was driving cross state, from the western end of Delaware to the eastern end on what I call the cross-Delaware rally. For those of you who have been to Delaware, you know that this is not an easy undertaking. I recommend a JiffyLube and a 60,000 mile checkup, regardless of the actual mileage on the vehicle. Once your car is ready for the road it’s best to get a map of Delaware. Yes, I know that from the western end of Delaware you can see the ocean as well as the eastern side, but still, you shouldn’t take too few precautions. Think about the possible consequences of getting lost while doing the cross-Delaware rally.

Let’s say you get lost, and head northeast until before you know it you’re in New Jersey. Did you know that you’re now in the state with the most dense concentration of highways in the entire United States? This fact on its own is not of any particular significance until you realize that New Jersey also has more race horses than Kentucky!

With millions of horses, and nowhere for them to run in the wild since the wild has been replaced by highway systems, you have a recipe for disaster. The moment you get to New Jersey from Delaware you’ll be having to avoid hitting race horses left and right.

This issue is of particular importance because New Jersey also has the highest auto insurance rates in the United States. So, you get to New Jersey by accident, all of a sudden you’re having to dodge race horses and you drive into a Jack in the Box restaurant by accident. Nobody dies, but your car sure is a mess.

You’re in New Jersey, so all of a sudden your car insurance payments are driving you to bankruptcy. You don’t have a enough money even to get back to Delaware, so you have to get a job in the same town with that Jack in the Box. Well Jersey also has the highest cost of living in the US, so now even though you have a job you can’t afford to eat at the Jack in the Box that you ran into. Its still closed undergoing repairs from the accident, but if it was open, you couldn’t afford to eat there. One thing leads to another, and you’re on the streets and maybe in jail. Proper planning is essential!

While my answer to this question about the Nighthawk may appear to not fully answer the question – or answer it at all – I want to bring up the following point: This question has led to this answer, which with any luck, may show up on this amazing no.stupid.answers blog.

If it does, the amount of car repair and maintenance awareness that will be raised is immeasurable. In addition, so many people will understand the dangers of going to New Jersey without proper planning and realize that the cross-Delaware rally is not something to be taken lightly. The world is better because of your question. I congratulate you.

~ Jim

What horses, McDonald’s and teeth have in common.

You mean you don’t know what horses, McDonald’s and teeth have in common? And, no, it’s not the secret sauce.

All three of those topics appeared as WikiAnswers references in the following entries:

Good use of WikiAnswers, guys! Keep up the sharing.