Meet Lindaloulou: Lass from Yorkshire

Yorkshire, England

Yorkshire, England

In one short year Lindaloulou has had some impressive accomplishments on our site: she became a Silver Contributor – though she is already on her way to becoming a Gold Contributor with over 15,000 contributions. She is a TIP graduate, having passed through all the TIP missions with flying colors. Her success with TIP made her a Supervisor. You will frequently find her sending out friendly greetings as a Community Outreach Wikiguide. This Yorkshire lass is proud of her English heritage and with her expertise in Nursing, she makes valuable and informative contributions to the site. Read more and get to know Lindaloulou!

What is your first name?  Linda

What is your occupation?

I am a Senior Nursing Health Care Assistant Practitioner working in Palliative Care.

What is your username and how did it come about?

My username is Lindaloulou. Whilst I was looking after my friend’s children, I made up a story and called one of the characters ‘ Loopy Lou’ The Rabbit. The next time I saw the children they came running up calling ‘Hello, Lindaloulou’ and asked for more stories. Although the children have grown, they still call me Auntie Loulou.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?Beach huts on the North Yorkshire coast

I am a “Yorkshire Lass Born and Bred” and proud of it. Yorkshire, England is a county full of beautiful scenery and landscapes from rolling hills to sunny beaches. What makes it special to me is that it holds all my family history.

How did you discover

I found like many other members. I was researching a project for work and the site kept coming up at the top of the Google search page. Eventually I had to take a look. I found an unanswered question I could answer, then another and I was hooked.

What enticed you to join our community?

Every time I switched the computer on I found myself checking out the site so I joined. It was addictive!

What is your favorite thing to do on

I love to answer questions. I enjoy researching the answers because it gives me an excuse to learn and update my knowledge and to provide informative and unbiased answers. I also love to help people.

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

You gain great satisfaction from answering questions and helping others. There are also many other things to do: for example supervising and mentoring. The site also gives you the chance to meet people from around the world.

What accomplishments on are you proud of?

I have only been a member of the team for around a year and – in that space of time – I have reached 10,000 contributions and become a Supervisor with the expert tuition of my fantastic mentor Skullcandy88.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?Pot Holing

I went pot holing (a sport practiced by exploring local caves) in the Derbyshire Dales just to impress a boyfriend.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?

I view the glass as being “half full.” Why? Because I am an optimistic sort of person. I don’t believe I could do my job if I viewed things the other way round.

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

I would choose the babbling brook because I think that represents my life the best. As the sun shines, it is full of sparkle as it trickles and flows over the stony ground, but it also has its dark muddy times. It is forever gurgling as it meanders along its life path, or gushing as it forces its way past obstacles nature placed in its way.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love to read and will read anything and everything. At the moment I’m reading Revelation by C.J.Sansom. I believe a book should be a book not a ‘tablet.’ There is nothing like curling up with a good book,a mug of steaming coffee or tea and then turning the pages. I also think that once opened, the book should be read from cover to cover, not begun and left unfinished.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

My family and my two dogs: an Irish Setter called Murphy, and an Italian Spinone called Maximus.

Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands

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

I would love to visit the Galápagos Islands because they are one of the last unspoilt regions of the world. I would love to see their dramatic scenery and wildlife and explore the islands, just like Charles Darwin did when he first set foot there.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

Once I start something I have to finish it – however long it takes, and it has got to be done well.

Meet SummerMaple: Veterinarian from Nebraska!

SummerMaple, such a fitting name for this time of year!  She now has more than 27,000 contributions since starting on the site in 2010 and she was an AnswerThon runner up.  This very knowledgeable contributor from Nebraska is a veterinarian who works for the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. She is an excellent Category Supervisor for Veterinary Medicine who truly improves the quality of information on our site.  Not only does she work in the field, but SummerMaple also raises her own steer, pigs, chickens and turkeys!  Her hobbies include cross-stitching, quilting, and doing word and logic puzzles.  Read more and get to know SummerMaple.

What is your first name? My first name is Jessica.

foodinspectionWhat is your occupation?

 I am a public health veterinarian and food safety inspector.

How did you discover

I found the website through a random search result a couple of years ago. I started answering some of the questions in Veterinary Medicine and have been hooked ever since.

What enticed you to join our community?

I liked having the opportunity to really connect with people and have respectful conversations back and forth about topics.  By investing time in one category, I’m able to see how others update or view my answers, and I usually end up learning more about how non-veterinarians see issues and problems.

What is your favorite thing to do on

I like to finish reviewing a page of answers in my category (Veterinary Medicine) and feel comfortable that the questions belong in the category and the answers are accurate and balanced.  It takes 2-3 weeks for me to make it through one page, but I’ve managed to clean out a lot of bad answers.  That includes: gibberish, disrespectful posts, not answering the questions, wrong or outdated information and more.

What accomplishments on are you proud of?

I’m getting very close to having 27,000 contributions which will make me very happy.  I also came in as a runner-up in a previous AnswerThon, which was a complete surprise.  I was just working on questions in my spare time during the AnswerThon.

Who is your favorite poet?   shel-silverstein

My favorite poet is Shel Silverstein because he has such a range of work published for young people and adults. Take a look at The Devil and Billy Markham, one of Silverstein’s books for grown-ups.

Raven3What is your favorite poem and why? 

My favorite poem is The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe because it’s such a powerful poem to hear recited aloud. A skilled orator could bring a room of teenagers on the last day before summer break to a respectful silence with this poem.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

I view ‘the glass’ as having sufficient reserve capacity to be assured of handling the anticipated volume, mostly because I’m a government employee.

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

I would choose a babbling brook because I love the sound of running water and find it very soothing.

What do you find most challenging as an Supervisor

The hardest part to me is to find the balance between preserving credit for a good answer and merging questions that need to be merged.  I often find a really good answer to a poorly written question (bad grammar, misspellings, etc) and it’s hard to keep the author information intact for that good answer after cleaning up the question and merging it into another question.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?  

Outside of Answers, I spend a lot of time on

It’s a virtual pet site with the added bonus of having accurate animal and health information and a mission to support animal rescue groups with their profits.  Shameless self-promotion: if someone makes an account on PowerPets, can you put me (SummerMaple) down as the person who recommended you?  It’ll get me closer to completing a conquest on the site.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

In my professional life I tend to be very diplomatic and sensitive to others’ emotions and beliefs.  To vent my spleen after almost always being considerate, I play Diablo III and prefer the Barbarian and Monk because they are the toe-to-toe hack-and-slash characters.

Check out some of Summer Maple’s favorite answers:

Where would you buy vanilla extract to rub on a dog’s nose?

When should you put a pet to sleep?

What are the pros and cons of being a veterinarian?

Meet Sukotto: Lover of languages and TV!

Since 2010 Sukotto has been enthusiastically contributing to the site. One of his biggest accomplishments was this year when he became a Supervisor. He has won numerous awards and badges: AnswerThon Runner Up, TIP graduate, Site Guardian for Vandal Patrol, Noble WikiGuide for Community Outreach and Mentoring Program Mentor! Sukotto has seen and done it all on the site. His favorite categories are in the Language and Music and Drama (Kpop) categories. He is a hardworking university student who is devoted to learning languages – especially Japanese – and psychology. He loves his native country, Australia, and he is an inspiration on the site. Read more to find out why!

What is your first name?

My name is Scott.

What is your occupation?

I’m currently studying at the university to become a psychologist. I’m also studying linguistics!

What is your username and how did it come about?

My username is Sukotto, which is the Japanese transliteration of my first name. It’s written as スコット in Japanese and is pretty much pronounced like “Scotto.”

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?Australia11

I’m a born and bred Aussie! I’ve lived in Sydney, Australia my whole life, apart from brief stints of travelling. There’s so much about Australia that makes it special and that’s why I love it! Australia is home to 20 of the 25 most venomous snakes in the world. (I hope that didn’t scare you away.) Our wildlife is incredible and so diverse. It’s truly a beautiful country, and that’s why I’m so happy to live here.

slothIf you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I’d be a fennec fox because they’re just so cute! Actually, no. I wanna be a sloth! They’re cute too, and they have the most appealing lifestyle ever! Who wouldn’t want to be a sloth for at least a day?

What is your favorite thing to do on

I have a pretty short attention span, so this varies from day to day. I mostly like to monitor Recent Site Activity and welcome new members. I used to enjoy answering questions, especially in the language categories, but I’ve recently discovered that I love the organisation side of as well.

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

It’s because of the community, definitely. The people who use the site are an amazing group of people. They’ve all been nothing but friendly and helpful, which is why I’m so glad to be a part of this fantastic group. I would also sell the fact that you can enrich other people’s knowledge and understanding of the world by contributing to That would inspire anyone!

What accomplishments on are you proud of?

I am proud of becoming a Supervisor, as well as graduating from TIP (The Initiates Program). I was also extremely happy to graduate from the Mentoring Program. I have an awesome mentor, Skullcandy88, to thank for the transition from ordinary contributor to Supervisor.

What is your favorite song?

Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf

This is a really hard question to answer because it changes almost daily. Some of my favourite songs would have to be “Happiness” by AI, “Love Story” by Namie Amuro, “National Anthem” by Lana Del Rey, “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran, “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf and “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto.

What makes you unique?

I’m absolutely crazy about languages. My obsession shifts from one language to the next each week, too. For example, this month I’ve gone from Swedish to Greek and now to French. This cycle usually repeats itself all year long with a few random languages thrown in every so often. Once I even tried to learn Macedonian!

The only one of my lingual obsessions that I’ve always kept up with is Japanese, which I’ve been studying for quite a few years and still love.

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

  • Unlimited time and money to travel
  • Decisiveness
  • A world where Hogwarts was real!

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

I’d probably have to go with babbling brook. Why? Because it’s so much fun to say the words:  babbling brook, babbling brook, babbling brook, babbling brook…

What do you find most challenging as an Supervisor?

The most challenging part of being a Supervisor would most definitely be dealing with people who are intentionally disruptive and rude, although, the opportunities to help truly appreciative users outweigh the former entirely. One of my biggest pet peeves on the site is answers that end with “durrr” and “duh”, so I’m usually more than happy to edit out those comments.

What do you find most challenging as an contributor?

My biggest challenge is knowing when it’s time to log off. Seriously.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? 

I wouldn’t really count it as a hobby, but I’m crazy about TV. When I’m not at the university (also referred to as uni), on or with my friends, I’m watching TV. My all-time favourite TV show would have to be Friends, followed closely by The Big Bang Theory. I don’t like to show people my DVD collection because it shows just how much TV I actually watch.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

The idea that each day I can better myself – and the world around me – has always inspired me.

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

I’ve always wanted to visit Greece because I find its extensive history fascinating. It also looks like such a beautiful and exotic country.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I have an odd fascination with physics, despite understanding very little about the subject!

Do you want to add anything?


Thanks for reading, everyone!

Check out some of Sukotto’s contributions on the site!

What is the English word ‘and’ in Japanese?

How do you say ‘how can I help you’ in Japanese?

What does Otanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu mean in English?

Acts of Random Kindness: Meet Least Duck

A member of since 2009, LeastDuck has over 132,000 contributions and of those, more than 15,800 answers and 4106 Trust Points – quite impressive. He wears many hats on the site: Supervisor, Noble WikiGuide, Senior Generalist on Vandal Patrol and Platinum Contributor. You will find him frequently in the Example Sentence category on in Animal Life. On a personal note, he loves to read to the elderly and to the young. Learn more about this respected and time-honored member of our community.


What is your username and how did it come about?

California Least Tern, endangered species

California Least Tern

My username LeastDuck came about in honor of the California Least Tern. It is an endangered subspecies that I’ve been fortunate enough to see nesting along the Pacific Flyway.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from partial careers in carpentry and customer service.


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

I was raised in the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles, California where the ground itself occasionally rocks and rolls and we have 10,000-foot high mountains to the south and east, the deserts just past them, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Case closed!

How did you discover

I came here looking for some answers, and found more questions!

What enticed you to join our community?

Like most people, I like to be of some help and this is a great way of building an ARK- that is: Acts of Random Kindness.

What is your favorite thing to do on

As a Supervisor, I merge redundant questions. As a Vandal Patrol member, I stop vandals in their tracks. As a WikiGuide, I welcome new users and steer them toward more meaningful participation.

If you were inviting someone to join, what reason would you give them to become a part of our community?

I would tell them that WikiAnswers lets them tap into a worldwide network of information, and just possibly their answers will help someone that they may never meet.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am mildly proud of having been in the right place at the right time so many times, and of just being myself. Life happens, if you let it.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

While doing about 55 mph in the fast lane on the freeway, I once dodged a cartwheeling 4-foot by 4-foot panel of particle board, skidded, lost control of the skid, and then did a complete 360-degree spin while going under an overpass –effectively slowing a pack of about 15 cars. When I brought the car to a stop, I was safely in the shoulder lane. Shaken, not stirred! Whew; that was close! It’s a wonder we all missed it.

Atlantic CrossingWhat is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a 10-meter motor-sailboat with my father, and my eldest brother. It took 44 days, 36 of which were without sight of land. Prior to embarkation, our last port of call was Ceuta, Spain on the African continent. We stopped there for a hull-scraping to remove barnacles.

What were some of the highlights of the trip?

According to ancient maritime tradition, if your ship is escorted at the beginning of your voyage by dolphins, your crew will survive the trip. The ship and the cargo may not make it, but the crew will survive. We were escorted out of the Mediterranean by seven pods of dolphins that were heading into the Mediterranean Sea. They changed direction to escort us a short way before continuing their journey eastward. That was quite moving.

Six days later we docked at Funchal in the Madeira Islands. After a brief visit, we headed west by southwest, running wing and wing all the way. We arrived at St. John’s Harbour in the British Virgin Islands 38 days later. It took me four days to get my land legs back!

Did you have any incidents along the way?

We were followed by a an unidentified, possibly dangerous amorous 35-foot long whale for a day and a half. Boats that get ‘whaled’ often go underwater within 30 seconds. Then, when we were 1,000 miles out we picked up a hitchhiker: a very winded small bird that rested for about 25 minutes before bravely heading eastward again.

Land ho! occurred 30 minutes before it was obscured by fog. Sombrero Island, with its highest point at 39 feet above sea level, was our landmark into the Caribbean Sea. The saying, “What a trip” has had special meaning for me ever since!

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to undertake a similar trip?

The only advice I would proffer to other hardy souls who want to undertake a trip like this  is to choose a bigger boat and a larger crew.

What is your favorite type of music?  

There’s just something I like about a screaming guitar. Classical, Spanish, bass, steel, electric… they’re all good. And I am awed by the multiplicity of talents of the members of The Moody Blues.

What was the last song you listened to? (***Spoiler alert!)

The best part of the YouTube version of Act Naturally by Buck Owens and Ringo Starr is at the very end when Mr. Owens walks up and tells Mr. Starr that it’s time to go…

What is your favorite song?

Though there are many, I do like the lyrics to Collision of Worlds by Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley. Adele’s fantastic and she’s got some great songs. I’d love to see her in concert.

Who is your favorite poet?  

My ‘favorite poet’ is the good doctor himself, Dr. Seuss. His works inspired me (and a few others) to enjoy reading, from a very early age.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Be Helpful or Be Gone!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

WikiAnswers Supervisor Lazarus has inspired me to keep smiling, and just keep rowing!

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

I would love to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, because only a few people have ever been there.

Do you have any special talents?

I’ve had people tell me that I paint pictures inside of their head, so it must be true. I don’t know how, I just do.


Check out some of Least Duck’s Q&A on the site:

Why does Chicago mean wild onion?

What is a sentence using the word octopi?

Meet Prioktan918: Master StoryTeller and Seeker of Knowledge

Prioktan918 is a storyteller by nature and many will enjoy his interview for the sheer pleasure of reading a well-told story. He has broad knowledge, eclectic taste, and he specializes in the Middle East. Thanks to his attention, we now have organized categories for Middle Eastern History and related topics. He calls his sense of humor horrible, yet he is quite amusing. Though he is currently busy studying law, he still finds time to devote to and we are lucky to have him! Since January of 2012, he has more than 120,000 contributions, making him a Platinum Contributor. He has already passed through the Special Project Assistant (SPA) Program and he is a Mentoring Program Graduate. Read more and get to know this intellectual and imaginative young man who will one day be a great lawyer and most likely, more than that!

What is your first name?  Richard.

What is your occupation?

I used to be a paralegal working in defense of liability insurers and reinsurers. Currently, I am at law school, studying to become a lawyer.

What is your username and how did it come about?

It is Prioktan918. The “918” is a personal thing. “Prioktan” comes from an exchange between my brother and me when we were younger. My brother used to have this imaginary friend “Johnny” who lived on Pluto and I would sit down and ask him very critical questions of Johnny and his surroundings. After asking all these questions, I began to imagine a world on Pluto populated with numerous different people. They were all led by a singularly gifted woman named Prioktan who made a valiant last stand against the invading and colonizing forces of Earth in the 2600s. In the “Internet Age” when every useful username is used, Prioktan has just the set of characters to avoid causing problems in making a username or email address. It has proven relatively successful. Perhaps, eventually, more people will learn about Prioktan, if I ever finish writing her story.

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

I come from everywhere, really. I lived the majority of my life in New York City and its environs, but I have also lived in Washington DC, London, Seville, Fez, and Tel Aviv: four continents, six cities, bloody nightmare. Each of those cities is special in its own way, but the general effect was to make me a Post-American, as my friends like to say. I am American, but I do not let that define my personality or outlook.

How did you discover

I was eating lunch at work one day and I figured that I could contribute to the overall good of the world by clarifying a few issues or answering a few questions. So, I registered and answered. What was nice was that as opposed to Wikipedia, I did not have to cite my information, meaning that I could address issues without painstakingly writing a research essay. So, I just kept at it, especially when it came to categories that I knew well, such as the Middle East, and that had few major contributors.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?Ditto Pokemon

I was always enamored with the Pokémon “Ditto”, which is something like an animal. What I found interesting was that Ditto did not have a persona or identity, save when it stole one by copying another form. It was whatever it wished itself to be and had no remnant of itself when it copied. It creates this interesting question of whether a person’s will can truly exist outside of the manifest experience of living that life. I would find the experiment of being a Ditto to be a wonderful and exciting conundrum.

What is your favorite thing to do on

I enjoy answering a “why” question that seeks real analysis or exposes strongly held feelings. More often than not, people have serious questions that they cannot address with anyone in their life. This could be because communities are insular, or it could be because there is a stigma against asking certain questions of certain people. I feel that if I can clarify something that bothers or confuses someone, perhaps, that person might be able to pay it forward.

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

I am not a salesman. When I ask people to contribute, I ask them from the perspective that they have expertise in a subject and they should share it with those less knowledgeable. I have not been that successful as my friends are busier than I am.

What accomplishments on are you proud of?

I am proud of having organized the Middle Eastern History Category, as well as submitting category requests for the Caliphate and Kurdistan categories that now exist. Prior to my arrival on, the Middle East area was a mess; it is much tidier now.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

A friend from the UK was visiting me in Morocco (while I lived in Fez), so I told him to meet me at the Casablanca train station. It was around midnight, and he had not slept for nearly 36 hours as a result of finishing finals. He arrived, barely lucid and completely exasperated. We boarded a 0:45 train to Tangier which takes about six hours. We packed into a train car (like in the Harry Potter movies) and because the hour was so late, we had the car to ourselves. I took watch and my friend went to sleep. At around 2:30, we were in the Sidi Qasem Junction where the train had to hold for about twenty minutes while the track was switched. A man then came  hobbling into our car and slurred out, “I…I…I…like…I don’t have a ticket. Is that OK?” I responded to him in French that I didn’t care and he should be fine. He proceeded to fall to the ground in a crumpled heap and clawed his way under the banquet. Just then a train conductor passed by the outside of the car and saw the drunken man’s legs peering out from under the banquet. He yanked the drunken man out from under the banquet, readjusted his grip so that he could haul the man upright, rotated the man 180 degrees and slammed him against the far side wall, before dragging the man out of the train altogether. The noise of the man colliding with the far side of the wall woke my good friend whose eyes widened immensely. I turned to him and said, “Welcome to Morocco, you should pay for your tickets here.”

What is your favorite type of music?  

I like music from the eastern Mediterranean, such as modern Greek (Paparizou and similar), modern Turkish (Tarkan and similar), Arab Pop (Ajram, Diab, and similar), and Israeli (Haza and similar).

Who is your favorite poet?  What is your favorite poem and why?

My favorite poem is Canción de Jinete (Song of the Rider) by Federico García Lorca. It’s the story of a patrolman who knows that he lacks the supplies to make it safely to Córdoba, which was his original destination. To me it represents the meaning of true heroism. In most films and literature, heroes die ceremonious deaths and are pined for, if they must die at all. In reality, many heroes give their lives without accolades, rotting namelessly in prison cells, dying without a hope that what little good they tried to achieve will progress to anything, and most importantly, they die without ceremony and without climactic cause. Lorca portrays this singular un-mourned loss in a way that makes us care about him, too. Additionally, it serves as a mirror to Lorca’s own life since he was killed by Fascist tyrants in 1936 for the crime of being gay. He was given no ceremony nor blessing in Spain for nearly forty years afterwards, dying as namelessly as the Rider.

What makes you unique?

I am absurdly honest and blunt.

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

Assuming that the wish-giver was not intentionally duplicitous and would grant the wishes as intended, as opposed to the common trope in literature where the wish granting agent grants the wish in a way that the wisher does not wish to receive the wish:

  • World Peace – A realistic peace that allows people to actually embrace each other and realize their rights and freedoms to self-determination. This does not require that people cease to argue, but it does demand a mental shift across the world that violence and hatred are not viable ways to do this.
  • Super-Teleport – I would like to be able to teleport myself, and anything I carry, to any point in the universe at any point in time. Additionally I would be able to teleport into works of both fiction and non-fiction with any “story” content in which I could acquire attributes of that world or even take over characters and play the story out differently. Any death caused by being outside of normal time would just revert me back to where I made the original jump from with the memories of everything that happened – like waking from a nightmare.
  • Investment in Space Colonization – I would like governments around the world to invest in building a space elevator and start building space colonies to reduce the strain on our planet as well as colonizing the moon and Mars. I wouldn’t wish that these things already existed but that there was the will the world-over to see these missions through.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  Why?

I don’t waste my time with the glass. I evaluate the problem, pick the best viable solution and execute it by rationally evaluating all component parts and actors. Optimism and pessimism both distort a person’s ability to think critically.

What do you find most challenging as an Supervisor?

It is most challenging to deal with irrational or problematic contributors who I need to reprimand for their conduct.

What do you find most challenging as an contributor?

It can be a challenge to understand what the questions are that are being asked when people form their questions vaguely.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Tao PeopleContext: In 1890 in southern Tanganyika (current Tanzania), the German commander Hermann von Wissman was fighting against the Yao People, ruled by Chief Macemba. When Wissman demanded subordination by Macemba, the African ruler replied by way of a letter written in Kiswahili:

Translation of the Quote: I have listened to your words but can find no reason why I should obey you—I would rather die first… I look for some reason why I should obey you and find not the smallest. If it should be friendship that you desire, then I am ready for it, today and always; but not to be your slave, that I cannot be. If it should be war you desire, then I am ready, but never to be your slave. I do not fall at your feet, for you are God’s creature just as I am. I am sultan here in my land. You are sultan there in yours. Yet listen, I do not say to you that you should obey me; for I know that you are a free man. As for me, I will not come to you, and if you are strong enough, then come and fetch me. ~ Macemba

Reason: It’s my favorite quote because it shows Macemba’s willingness not to capitulate merely because defeat is inevitable. A person should be willing to defend everything they hold dear instead of forfeiting it for mere survival. A mind without a heart would make us no different than computers or animals.

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

I would like to visit Iran and Iraq to see where my family came from.

Do you have any special talents?

I can speak in a voice resembling Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks completely naturally. (It is not my natural voice, though; that would be a curse, not a talent.)

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I have a horrible sense of humor. Some people get it, but most do not.

Meet Soulcist: A Georgia Poet who Loves His Home and Family


Yusemi and Soulcist

Yusemi and Soulcist

Soulcist has been on the site for close to a year now, and he has certainly made his presence felt with over 54,000 contributions. He’s a Senior Mentor, a Vandal Patrol Generalist, a Community Outreach WikiGuide and a Category Supervisor in six categories! He is most active in Teen Dating and Xbox Live. In his free time he teaches himself to build software-based webites. He is devoted to a few very special people, including Yusemi and his grandmother, but get to know him and you will see he is sensitive and considerate of everyone in his life and on our site. To find out more about Soulcist, visit his profile where he shares some of his own beautiful poetry and more. We are lucky to have such a genuine person as a member of our community and we can only wish him the best. Continue reading

Meet Garethfx: Proud Welshman and Trusted Supervisor

Meet Garethfx: a proud Welshman from the Cardiff area. He knows his history, loves his family and has quite a creative bent. He is also a valued Supervisor on the site who strives to give clear and accurate answers as a service to the community. For that he has earned over 2000 trust points. He is most active in the Rugby category, one of his favorite sports. Read on and get to know Gareth! Continue reading

Meet C.Hainsaw: He’s out of this world!

Meet C.Hainsaw. He’s one of the most cherished and longstanding members of our Community. In trust points alone he’s over the 2600 mark. Overall, C.Hainsaw has almost 248,000 contributions! His knowledge is broad which qualifies him to supervise many categories, especially those related to the US Military, Law and Legal Issues, and Jobs and Education. He participates enthusiastically in our contests and programs, and has won many awards. Among them, he was the top Mentor for the Most Outstanding Performance Overall in the 2011 WAmmy and he won the Best How-To in the 2010 WAmmy. Read more to learn about this wise and thoughtful member of who is also, by the way, passionate about his family! Continue reading

Meet Fixit895: Crossover from Scotland!

Born on the other side of the Atlantic in Scotland, he now makes his home in Canada. This very week Fixit895 (aka Charlie) reached 10,000 answers on the site! He supervises the Glue and Adhesives and Manufactured and Mobile Homes categories (a clue to his username) and he is also a WikiGuide for Community Outreach and a TIP member. He can figure out how to fix anything and loves to answer questions on the site. On a personal note, he has an admirable military background. We are proud to have him with us! Read on to learn more about this well-travelled and seasoned Supervisor. Continue reading

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

A Q&A category doesn’t have to exist on 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… 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!

SXSW coverage at and beyond.

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

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 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:




Love your answers? A look at Valentine’s Q&A. [INFOGRAPHIC]


Flowers? Candy? Heart attack?

So… you’re still thinking about what to get your beloved for Valentine’s Day.

Check out our colorful take on the ultimate gift-giving question. Read on for ideas, especially if you’re stumped… or if you’re just wondering what kind of ‘heart attack‘ is appropriate for  Valentine’s Day.

Been there, done that? Here’s the full 9-yards: What should you get your girlfriend for Valentine’s Day? And if you don’t have a girlfriend – because you have a boyfriend – this answer is for you: What should you get your boyfriend for Valentine’s Day?

Click the infographic to view a larger image (and get some answers before it’s too late!):

For more ideas, insight and answers, check out’s Valentine’s Day Q&A and Valentine’s Gift Giving Q&A. And of course, read up on the history of Valentine’s Day.

MediaPost finds Answers (.com)

What’s behind MediaPost’s Online Media Daily has the details as explained by Bob Rosenschein, founder and CEO  of the questions and answers site: Searching For Answers (.com)

Here’s a summary from this weekend’s article about – what’s been happening and where we’re going in 2011:

  • The company provides licensed content from 250 encyclopedias and dictionaries for free. Two weeks ago, the company added the Random House Word Menu containing related words — not only synonyms, but concepts.
  • Both the user interface and the backend system will get an overhaul this year. An automatic reputation management system is in the works. It measures statistical factors such as capitalization and spelling to estimate the quality of a community-contributed answer.
  • A new user interface dubbed “Project Aqua” will roll out in the coming months. New social features will help users tie their activity into their social graphs.

Read the full article at MediaPost.

Peek-a-boo! I see video!

For a while now you’ve been able to get all kinds of content on reference articlescommunity-written Q&Asbite-size trivia, and of course, videos.

The unique element of is the way the site works to combine those kinds of content, so that  no matter what you look up or ask, you’ll get the best possible answer from all worlds.

Part of that is bringing you relevant videos, no matter what topic you’re looking up. You can find suggested videos at the bottom of reference articles and Q&As, as well as on category pages for both kinds of content.

See it displayed on Q&A category pages, like Cars & Vehicles:

Here it is embedded on reference library pages, like Food & Cooking:

Explore the full category listings for the reference library and Q&A content, as well as the full library of videos.

Year in review: Q&A from the news.

What a year for news – iPads, volcanoes, an oil spill, and more. The 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 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!

An even better Q&A source than

Not gonna lie – has a pretty extensive and well-answered Relationships Q&A category. Not too shabby in the Spelling category, either.

But, admittedly, there is one guru who does it better than we could ever hope to. And he even has his own Questions and Answers show: Ask Oscar.

That’s Oscar the Grouch, the lovable curmudgeon with ‘all the answers to all your questions!’ Give it a watch (and learn about the letter X).

Tell us: What do you want to see on no.stupid.answers?

Polls: They’re often inaccurate, they’re often mis-worded, but gosh darn, are they fun!

We’d love to hear feedback from you, dear readers, on what you’d like to see here on no.stupid.answers. More company news? More videos? Well, I don’t know – that’s why I’m asking you…

Choose up to three answers and leave more feedback in the comments if you’ve got more to add.

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Stay tuned for the next poll, when I ask what kind of polls you’d like to see…

How do you fry your pants so you can eat them?

You’re hungry. You have a frying pan. You have pants. So what’s the question?

How do you fry your pants so you can eat them?


  • 1 pair of pants
  • 10 cups vegetable oil
  • Flour for dusting
  • 3 cups milk
  • 5 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoon oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Chill or freeze pants for several hours or overnight.
  2. Heat 10 cups vegetable oil in deep fryer to about 375 degrees.
  3. Mix together milk, vinegar and oil.
  4. In another bowl, blend flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. Whisk wet ingredients into dry and continue mixing until smooth. Refrigerate while oil heats.
  6. Dust pants with flour and dip into the batter. Rotate pants until batter covers them.
  7. Place carefully in hot oil. The Pants will float, so hold them under with a utensil to ensure even browning. They should turn golden in 3 to 4 minutes. Depending on the size of your deep fryer, you might be able to fry only one pair at a time, two at the most.
  8. Remove pants to paper towel and let drain. Allow Pants to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 1 pair. Serves 6.