April Anticipation

April is National Humor Month, which got a great start with that great Alien Interview, but I may have gotten a little distracted, because I didn’t address all of the other great things going on this month.  Let’s catch up:

In addition to National Humor Month, it is *also* National Poetry Month.  Poets.org offers us 30 ways to celebrate, and if you want to read my Brain Transplant Day poem from an April Fool’s Day of the past, you can find it here.  If you don’t like humor or poetry, that’s sad, but there are also other things that you might appreciate more:

  • Arab American Heritage Month
  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • Frog Month
  • Global Astronomy Month
  • Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Mathematics Awareness Month
  • National Occupational Therapy Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • National Kite Month
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Welding Month

By Day, here are some more things we can anticipate:

  • April 5 — National Caramel Day and National Deep Dish Pizza Day.  Mmm.  Deep dish caramel pizza…
  • April 6 — Plan Your Epitaph Day.  How do you want to be remembered?  For me, I am thinking of putting something like “Queen of Eloquence” on my tombstone, but I might have to get a little better first.  Right now I am more like the doorkeeper or maybe the gardener of eloquence.
  • April 7 — International Pillow Fight Day and International Beaver Day.  Maybe have a pillow fight with your favorite beavers. 🙂
  • April 9 — Palm Sunday
  • April 10 — National Siblings Day.  Also, Passover begins at sundown, lasts 8 days.
  • April 11 — Eight Track Tape Day and National Barbershop Quartet Day.  Ideally, you could listen to a barbershop quartet on your 8-track player, but that might be hard to do these days.
  • April 12 — Drop Everything and Read Day.  Also National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day and National Licorice Day.  Maybe don’t try to combine these ones.
  • April 13 — National Scrabble Day and National Peach Cobbler Day.  Not a bad combination, as long as you use your napkin before taking your turn.
  • April 14 — Reach as High as You Can Day
  • April 15 — Husband Appreciation Day (Note that April 15 is NOT tax day this year, so you can appreciate your husbands even more.)
  • April 16 — Easter.  Also, National Librarian Day and also National Stress Awareness Day, so be extra nice to the stressed out Librarians while you are celebrating Easter.
  • April 17 — National Haiku Poetry Day.  Perfect, since it is National Poetry Month already.  Start counting your syllables. 🙂
  • April 18 — Tax Day.  This year Tax Day has been rescheduled to Tuesday because April 15th is a Saturday and the Washington D.C. Emancipation Day holiday is observed on April 17.
  • April 20 — Volunteer Recognition Day and National High Five Day, which go remarkably well together.  So, high fives all around for all of you awesome volunteers! And a personal heartfelt thank you to all of the people who volunteer their time to make WikiAnswers a better place. 🙂
  • April 22 — Earth Day
  • April 23 — National Zucchini Bread Day.  Also, Holocaust Remembrance Day starts at sundown.
  • April 25 — National Zucchini Bread Day.  (I know, right?)  Zucchini bread gets TWO holidays.  Some sources say it is celebrated on the 23rd, and some on the 25th.  I absolutely love zucchini bread, so I thought we could just celebrate it twice. 🙂
  • April 26 — National Pretzel Day
  • April 27 — Tell a Story Day
  • April 28 — National Superhero Day and Arbor Day.  Be a Superhero–plant a tree. 🙂
  • April 30 — Hairstyle Appreciation Day and also National Honesty Day… so make sure you are telling the truth when you compliment someone’s hairstyle.

Enjoy the month, and tune in next month for another exciting adventure.

Alien Answers

No AliensEarly this morning at about 2 am, Donald Trump, the current President of the United States, tweeted about the existence of aliens.  Not undocumented or illegal aliens, mind you, but space aliens.  He indicated that he had just declassified documents that show that government insiders have had proof of their existence for decades.

As if this were not shocking enough, for those of us who are Star Trek fans, and who like the idea of a friendly, welcoming universe, it gets worse. A White House spokesman later confirmed the rumor that the money they have been trying to get to use for a wall purportedly to bar Mexican immigration is actually going to be used to build a “space wall” (what we might call an energy field or deflector shield) to protect us from the hostile intent of the aliens.

Now, of course, there were diverse opinions about all of this at first, and many people didn’t believe or even bother to attend the press conference where they were going to offer proof, due to the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” effect that has been prevalent in Washington, but surprisingly, proof was supplied to the satisfaction of everyone present, and the alien threat is bringing the country together like never before.  The majority of both Democrats and Republicans are now behind the Space Wall, and other countries are joining with us to make a whole-earth protection plan possible.

Those attending the press conference not only got to hear from impressive eyewitnesses, but a very few vetted attendees got to see a captured alien in person.  I was of course not one of those people, and pictures were not allowed, but luckily my niece, an intern for Senator Dean Duraka, was one of the people allowed in the room, and was one of the few able to record the answers to a few questions (the questions and answers were in Russian, as this alien was “on loan” from Russia, apparently first having landed in Siberia and able to communicate in that language).

Anyway, being the premiere answer site on the internet, we are sharing the translated Alien Answers she was able to record with you exclusively:

Q: Why have you come here?

A: I was captured and forced to come.

Q: I mean, why have you come to this planet?

A: I am doing my job.

Q: What is your job?

A: My job is to find places for our people to live.

Q: Why can’t you live on your own planet?

A: Because I am a prisoner.

Q: No, I mean why can’t your people stay on their planet?

A: They can.

Q: Why do your people want to live here?

A: I told them it was a good planet.

Q: Are they coming here then?

A: Yes.

Q: Why?

A: You are a baby.  They are coming here to live, to enjoy.  We expand so that we do not die, so that we can continue to live.  As do all creatures.

Wow, right?  Sounds like we are going to have visitors soon, though we aren’t sure exactly when.  I, for one, welcome our new Alien Overlords.

We hope you enjoyed this exclusive Alien Interview.  Keep coming back for more excitement on Answers.com!  And happy April Fool’s Day. 🙂

Magnificent March

Here at WikiAnswers, we’re gearing up for a month of magnificence.

Even though we don’t all celebrate Lent (March 1-April 13), the ideal of the 40 day challenge of practicing self control, giving things up that aren’t good for us, and decluttering our lives can apply to everyone.  I’m planning on taking the time to gather all the things that I don’t need in my life and and giving them away to people who *do* need them.  Call it Lent, call it Spring Cleaning… the idea is that we’re all working together to make our lives better and help others.

Daylight Saving Time is coming up on March 12.  Those people living in areas that practice Daylight Saving Time (ignore this you Arizonans) should “Spring Forward” at 2:00 am.

If you are into men’s college basketball, the NCAA March Madness is March 12-26 this year (Final Four April 1 and 3).

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17, and right after that is the First Day of Spring on March 20.

We also found some other interesting things to celebrate this month:

March is also a month where severe weather can pick up, so be prepared.  The end of March (on various dates) is Tsunami Preparedness Week in Alaska, California, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There are also various Flood Safety weeks this month in many areas.  Be careful out there!

Celebrate February With Us

It’s cold outside, and sometimes we wish that Spring would come a little faster. But really, what would we do without February? We would be missing out on so much:

Today is Groundhog Day, adopted in the United States because of a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition, which in turn was carried over from the European tradition of Candlemas. Apparently, if the groundhog sees his shadow today we are in for 6 more weeks of winter. Personally, I hope he doesn’t notice.

Did you know that Elmo from Sesame Street has a birthday on February 3rd?

This weekend is Super Bowl 51 (LI in Roman Numerals). This year it will be a contest between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.

Over 111 million people will be watching. Many people watch the game for the football, and others watch for the commercials.

Nintendo is fielding a commercial for its new console out in March: the Nintendo Switch. Google will be showing us Google Home. Comedian Melissa McCarthy will star in a commercial for Kia, and Justin Timberlake will be advertising for Bai drinks… in addition to many, many others, of course. After the game, let us know in the comments what your favorite one was.

Other exciting things that have happened in February:

  • The Monopoly board game originally went on sale on February 6th, 1935.
  • Hershey’s Chocolate was founded on February 9th, 1894.
  • February 14th is Valentine’s Day, which is quite a popular day to get married. And if you, like many others, prefer not to celebrate that holiday, the 14th is also Ferris Wheel day, and Ferris Wheels aren’t prone to public displays of affection, so that would be a pretty safe one to look forward to.
  • The toothpick was patented on February 20th, and hey, if you don’t like toothpicks, you could also celebrate President’s Day.
  • On February 26, people in South America and Africa will get to see an Annular Solar Eclipse (the moon will pass in front of the sun, but a “ring of fire” will still show around it).
  • Finally, February 27th is International Polar Bear day.

So, hey… let’s forget the cold and get out there and celebrate.  And if you want to know more, drop by WikiAnswers for some nice, toasty answers.

WIT – The WikiAnswers Influential Teens Program

You’ve probably seen the acronym and badges all around the site, but let me introduce you fully to the Answers.com WIT program.

WIT stands for The WikiAnswers Influential Teens. This program provides a safe place for teens to hang out online, ask and answer questions, and even gain the skills to assist the Answers’ Q&A community through special projects!  WIT is a great opportunity for teens to learn cooperation, understanding, and leadership skills.  It’s a fun program, a unique experience, and a terrific resume/college application builder!

WIT is divided into 4 divisions, allowing members to choose which tasks they enjoy most:

Keep an eye out for WIT Explorers! This division is for those members who would like to participate in all facets of the site rather than focus on one particular aspect. To name a few, missions may include answering questions, recategorizing, featuring, and working on flagged questions.

Our fearless WIT Warriors focus on new categories and unsupervised categories. Tasks include seeding new questions, recategorizing questions, cleaning up unsupervised categories, and jumping in to assist with categories that need extra help.

Watch out for those WIT Trailblazers! The Trailblazers focus specifically on answering questions. Their focus could be on newer categories, current event categories, specific categories of interest and featured categories.

Meep! Beep! Here come the WIT Roadrunners! They tackle special projects assigned to their division, clean up alternates and merges of various questions, help Supervisors clean up problem areas in their categories as necessary, remove personal information from answers, and various category clean-up.

And these awesome teens have been busy this year! So far in 2014, they have answered 460 questions, done 5,330 recategorizations, 1,410 edits, and edited and unflagged 250 questions flagged questions.  Membership has grown 20%, with 178 awesome teens in the program, and the number of missions completed is up 100% since August 2013.

The WIT program coordinator is Melissa aka Melbrown2013. WIT is currently open to teens between the ages of 13 and 18, have a few quality contributions on Answers.com, are in good standing on the site, and complete the WIT Membership Application.  The number of contributions isn’t as important as the quality, and desire to be involved in WIT!

If you’re a teen and would like to become a part of this amazing program, contact Gregg at: Ganderton at wikianswers.com. Replace “at” with “@” and omit the spaces.

2014 WAmmy Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2014 WAmmy Award winners (for questions and answers posted in 2014)!  The WAmmy Awards are a fun way to recognize questions, answers, contributions, and hard work.  This community is truly amazing – and these awards are just a small token of our appreciation!!

Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner:
Skullcandy88

Acceptance Speech:
This WAmmy award came as a massive surprise. Thank you very much to those who felt I am worthy of this award and for voting for me.

I enjoy giving back to the Answers community in many ways. From assisting the contributors, helping fellow Supervisors, co-running The Initiates Program alongside Xnicola and Jsarino, mentoring new Supervisors and TIP members, kicking those vandals back out the door and so on.

I am proud of The Initiates Program, the work it does and the members of the program. Myself and Xnicola helped to build the program up from scratch, alongside a former Community Assistant, into the amazing program it is today. I am also proud of the community itself, especially the Supervisor community which puts so much work into making Answers the brilliant place it is. Kudos to every Supervisor on Answers.com, this community would not be possible without our awesome team of volunteers.

Special thanks goes to Stupid Little Genius for inspiring and encouraging me to become a Supervisor, Ganderton for inviting me onto the Supervisor team and Xnicola for mentoring (and putting up with) me.

The Lifetime Achievement is a big honour and one I didn’t expect to get, considering there are many fantastic Supervisors who deserve this award. Thank you again to everyone who voted.

Honorable Mention:

JoyceP

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Most Answers

Winner:

4Jays

Acceptance Speech:  

On behalf of 4Jays, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

Ericbarnes

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Most Expert Answers

Winner:

Flukey

Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you all for this totally unexpected award.  Answering questions is a reward in itself, as it is great to spread knowledge.  To be noticed by your peers is an honour.  Everyone here deserves acknowledgement for what they do. So thanks for nominating me and thanks for all you do.  You are all winners.

Honorable Mention:

Mehtamatics

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Most Contributions

Winner:

Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:

Speech?  I’m wordless (quite unusual)– and a bit confused (not so unusual anymore LOL).  My wordless confusion is because I truly don’t keep track of how many or how much I contribute.  I even forget to turn in numbers to Robin for WikiReviewers’ missions.   I’m just not much into ‘keeping count’.  So any award for most contributions is extremely surprising—to me!

When visiting Answers, I just ‘do’ what I see needs done. One edit, one merge, checking one alt, leads me to another… and another.   I love tidying up and organizing.  But, there are always more edits to do!  I keep hoping to make even a small dent in one area…(temporarily, I forget how massive the Answers site has become).

I suppose I’m sort of like my cat when he endlessly chases his tail.  There’s a great satisfaction after a long round ‘n round ‘twirl’ through a chain of edits or alts.  Like my cat, I find myself doing another ‘twirl’…just because it’s there to do!   It’s hard to give an exact name to the feeling ‘twirling’ gives.  Looking at my cat after one of his blitzkrieg twirling dances, it’s very apparent that chasing one’s tail is simply quite pleasurable, for no other reason than the enjoyment of doing it.  Somehow the expenditure of thought and energy brings more than just tiredness at the end; it rejuvenates, before finding a soft spot to curl up and take a well-deserved nap.

Maybe Answers for the human brain is like catnip to a cat’s brain?  Or a mix of energizing epinephrine and soothing dopamine?  I asked my cat to share his wisdom on this, but he doesn’t seem to have any interest in answering “Why does chasing my tail ‘feel good’ to me?”  Perhaps like explaining a cat’s ‘midnight crazies’, there is no need to wax philosophical about why twirling on Answers produces this pleasurable effect.

I must say, though, I’m very glad that others focus on providing answers.  That gives me time for another editing ‘twirl’… and another…

I’d offer you a pinch of coveted catnip, but I think everyone deserves to have their own ‘stash’ so we can each do whatever kind of ‘twirling’ we most enjoy doing.  Come join me for the ‘midnight crazies’ or a long twirl on Answers.com!

Honorable Mention:

Jam499

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Premier Answerer of the Year

Winner:

David Gambell

Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of David Gambell, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

Keith Blair

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Most Trust Points Earned

Winner:

Dabac

Acceptance Speech:

What, a year gone by already – nah, can’t be.
And me, again – now that really can’t be.
On the other hand, who am I to doubt the collected wisdom of Answers.com participants?
Or it just goes to show what a bit of restlessness can do for you – particularly when it sets in within wi-fi coverage…
Anyhow, thank you all for this vote of confidence.
I’ll do my best to continue in the same manner.

Cheers,
Dabac

Honorable Mention:

RajivK

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Most Vandals Blocked

Winner:  

Skullcandy88

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for awarding me this WAmmy.

I would like to shout out to all the members of Vandal Patrol, an excellent anti-vandal team on Answers which is coordinated by An8thg. Every Vandal Patroller in the Answers community does an excellent job in identifying vandalism, cleaning up the vandalism, educating the vandals in the correct etiquette and permanently removing vandals from our fantastic community when they fail to take the education on board. Dealing with the bad apples that Vandal Patrol comes across requires a lot of patience and professionalism as well as the ability to work in a team. And everyone in the program does that brilliantly.

For some reason, certain immature individuals like to turn up and rain down on this fantastic community. Certain others believe they can do whatever they like in other people’s communities and blindly spam them with unwanted material. But they will very soon realise that Answers.com has the best anti-vandalism team in the online world. Hats off to my fellow Vandal Patrollers.

Watch out vandals.

Honorable Mention:

Emrey35

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Most Category Changes

Winner:  

Jam499

Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of Jam499, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

4Jays

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Most Questions Improved

Winner:

Peakaytea

Acceptance Speech:

On behalf of Peakaytea, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:

William Howe

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Most Reverts

Winner:

Dfoofnik

Acceptance Speech:

The hardest thing about reverting some answers is finding the best answer, as the answer to a popular or controversial question may have been vandalized multiple times. Fortunately, the vast majority of reverts were to new questions, or were first answers by IP’s. Unfortunately, some IP’s made a LOT of bad answers- I found more than most people ever want to find. I appreciate the somewhat belated award.

Honorable Mention:

Theprismgroup

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Most Contributions by New Supervisor

Winner:

Anjana Narayanan

Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you!! I am deeply honored to receive this award. Also, I am really proud to be a part of the WikiAnswers community.

Honorable Mention:

Lugia2453

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Most Trust Points by New Supervisor

Winner:

Sarahsastro

Acceptance Speech:

It’s genuinely a surprise to be nominated never mind winning the 2015 Answers WAmmy Award for Most Trust Points by New Supervisor. Thank you to all those who nominated and voted for me. It’s nice to be appreciated!

Honorable Mention:

Kanika.khattar.52.3831

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Best Profile

Winner:  

IncaBlue

Acceptance Speech:  

Thank you very much for your votes, as you may know my profile is dedicated to Inca a beautiful blue Burmese, next time he visits my dreams I’ll be sure to tell him he won a WAmmy 🙂

Honorable Mention:

Awaketonight

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Best Advice Answer

Winner/Question:  

Darksyde

How can you make life better?

Acceptance Speech:

I’d like to thank all the little people … no, seriously, the little orange fellows really do help me with my answers!

I’m honored to be chosen for a WAmmy award, and will strive to keep representing WikiAnswers to the best of my ability. We’ve got a great little community here, and I love working with all of you. Thanks for your votes and your support.

No Honorable Mention

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Best How-To Answer

Winner/Question:

Doditov

How do you become great?

Acceptance Speech:

To all those who voted for this answer, my grateful thanks. While I do not contribute as much these days, I do enjoy answering the unusual and quirky questions…and sometimes it pays off. To the inquiring mind, “how to” always leads to greater understanding of a subject, even philosophy!  Always keep questing for excellence, tilting at windmills, and occasionally…very occasionally…the wild and wonderful happens. Strive for greatness!!

Honorable Mention:

Darksyde

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Best Researched Answer

Winner/Question:

Skullcandy88

Why are a majority of ancient swords found in river beds?

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for nominating me for the Best Researched Answer WAmmy.

I am glad that people have found the answer helpful. I enjoy researching topics to provide an accurate-as-possible answer, especially with history topics, which is difficult these days with so much outdated, conflicting and incorrect information floating about.

Thank you again.

Honorable Mention:

Darksyde

What body systems are being used while doing your homework?

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Funniest Answer

Winner/Question:

Skullcandy88

What does it mean when a British person says “bite your arm off”?

Acceptance Speech:  

Wow, I am gobsmacked (in awe). I was not expecting to win this WAmmy as I am usually an unfunny person, so that was very jammy (lucky). But now I am so excited to have won it that I could bite your arm off!

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in this nomination. You must be off your trolley (crazy/nuts), but thank you. I hope it at least put a jolly good smile on the faces of some people.

Any road (anyway), I’ll let you go. Pip pip cheerio (goodbye).

Honorable Mention:

Lakeshia_Plum

What might racists on other planets say?

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Funniest Question

Winner/Question:

IncaBlue

When the compiler of crossword puzzles dies would he be buried six down and three across?

Acceptance Speech:

Thank you very much for your votes, this is the second WAmmy I’ve won for funniest question (I won in 2007 too!) I guess my funny bone must be connected to my chuckle muscle 🙂

No Honorable Mention

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Top Category Answerers

Animal Life

Winner:  Fwmh

Honorable Mention:  Cycling-rod

Business & Finance

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Robmixon

Cars & Vehicles

Winner:  Helpfull

Honorable Mention:  Sidewaysrob

Entertainment & Arts

Winner:  WNY007

Honorable Mention:  Dfoofnik

Food & Cooking

Winner:  Fixit895

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

Health

Winner:  Dabac

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

History, Politics & Society

Winner:  Manlio Fahrni

Honorable Mention:  Dr.Q

Hobbies & Collectibles

Winner:  JayKay

Honorable Mention:  Uwecbrass09

Home & Garden

Winner:  Historikeren

Honorable Mention:  Topbuilder

Humor & Amusement Corner

Winner:  FiOS-Dave

Honorable Mention:  Snart Gurk

Jobs & Education

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  CuddlesnHugs Bear

Law & Legal Issues

Winner:  Reyn562

Honorable Mention:  Kluss

Literature & Language

Winner:  Notyouraveragedummy

Honorable Mention:  Dfoofnik

Relationships

Winner:  ErinRess12

Honorable Mention:  Adamlance

Religion & Spirituality

Winner:  Splashen

Honorable Mention:  Dick Harfield

Science

Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Ericbarnes

Shopping

Winner:  SterlingHelperOne

Honorable Mention:  WNY007

Sports

Winner:  Fish247

Honorable Mention:  Harsh.Lahiri.gp2625

Technology

Winner:  PCForrest

Honorable Mention:  Eccles-Jordan Trigger

Travel & Places

Winner:  Ericbarnes

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

Look! Up in the sky! It’s Algolthedemonstar!

Her favorite food is cake and her favorite book is always the next good one. After discovering Answers in 2008, she’s been very active this past year. With over 26,000 contributions, this Floating Supervisor and recent AnswerThon winner is an Editor at Large in the WikiReviewers program and a Vandal Patrol Generalist. Allow me to introduce you to Answers contributor Algolthedemonstar, known to friends and family as Chris.

Q: Many of us here at Answers have stories behind our usernames. Is there anything special about yours?
A: I’ve always been interested in astronomy and it’s suitably anarchic.

Q: What can you tell us about your family pets?
A: In the family we have three dogs, a cat, a budgie, a bearded dragon and a tank of fish. The dogs are two young, boisterous labradors and a very old demented Yorkie.

Q: Where did you attend school, and do you hold any degrees?
A: My degree is in chemistry, I graduated from the University of Wales a long time ago. I then did a Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Q: What were your influences in choosing your field of study?
A: Science is endlessly fascinating and never lets you down.

Q: What is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired teacher of nearly 40 years’ experience. I chose education because I’m more interested in the ideas than the lab work, and I wanted to pass them on.

Wensleydale
Wensleydale, in Yorkshire, England

Q: From what part of the world are you hailing to us?
A: Liverpool, just down the road from Penny Lane.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Surviving!

Q: Do you have a special motto or belief in life?
A: Science is not a subject, it’s a philosophy.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: I’ve travelled widely in Britain and seen some fantastic places. I love Wales, Northumberland, Kent, Yorkshire and Shropshire, as well as my native
Lancashire. The most beautiful place I can think of is Wensleydale. Abroad, I’ve been to Paris, the west and south of France, Spain, Portugal, Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna. I also went to Jordan and Israel, but that was a very long time ago.

Q: Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Petra in Jordan. That famous description: ‘That rose red city half as old as time’

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: I’m a crochet addict though I also enjoy other needlecrafts such as needlepoint. I read mostly science fiction and fantasy but I also enjoy mysteries and occasional lighter novels. My TV interests are similar and also include medical dramas and some sitcoms. I don’t cook as much as I used to but still enjoy it if there’s no time pressure. I am completely lacking in the sporting gene and neither take part nor watch, a fact that limits my conversation in most company.

Q: Any other favorites you’d like to share with our readers?
A:
Band or Artist: Leonard Cohen
Television shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Forever, Star Trek in all its incarnations, Stargate SG1, Law and Order SVU, Critical, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Pointless.
Movies: Trading Places; just brilliantly funny. Groundhog Day; an allegory without being preachy. About Time; sad and glorious together. The Holiday; pure escapism.
Poet: James Elroy Flecker. He just transports me to wherever he wrote about.
Poem: The Secret People by G.K. Chesterton: so real after so much time.
Authors: Too many to count: Kathy Reichs, Alexander McCall Smith, Ben Aaronovitch, Sheri S. Tepper, Anne McCaffrey

Q: What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of and any goals you’d
like to achieve on the site?
A: Being part of Vandal Patrol and WikiReviewers. I intend to learn about writing articles.