The Joy of June

June is here.  Wow.  We’re already almost halfway through the year.  Where has the time gone?

Coming up are some great reasons to celebrate:

June 11th is National Corn on the Cob Day, which is a good idea about what to take along camping or hiking or to one of those pot-luck picnics or other outdoor activities that seem to be Summer staples.

June 13th is Sewing Machine Day, which was interesting to discover.  I have never even heard of that day, but I know a lot of people whose favorite possession is their sewing machine, so it seems like a great, appropriate day celebrating the art form that is sewing, and the technology that made it so much easier.

June 14th is Flag Day, a day to celebrate the country where we live.  It is a US holiday, but I think it’s probably a good day for everyone to display whatever flag they love.

June 17th is Eat Your Vegetables Day… so, for once, clean your plate. 🙂

 

June 18th this year is both Father’s Day *and* Go Fishing Day.  I think that is a pretty massive hint about what to do with Dad this year.

The 21st is National Selfie Day.  Time to snap a picture and show us where you are.

June 26th is Forgiveness Day.  I really like the idea of having a day set aside for this.  It helps us remember and focus on letting go of resentments that can build up within us, so that we can move on with our lives and not be trapped in a cycle of hatred.

29th is Waffle Iron Day.   My favorite meal is breakfast, so I am all in favor of leaving the waffle iron out all day and getting creative with meals.  Perhaps burgers with waffles for buns?

June 30th is Meteor Day.  Hopefully that just means we should look up, and celebrates astronomy, rather than predicting any meteors headed straight for us.

Whatever happens this month, let’s remember to take the time to celebrate the little things in life… and of course, if you have any questions along the way, come on over and visit us at WikiAnswers / Answers.com!

Happy May!

Hello WikiAnswers friends.

Did you know that May is Global Civility Awareness month?  We could sure use some of that, both on the site and in the world in general.

Here are some ideas for treating others with care:

  • Smile.
  • Say Hello.
  • Make eye contact.
  • Listen.
  • Avoid interrupting.
  • Avoid profanity.
  • Be courteous when traveling.
  • Be courteous when driving.
  • Remember to thank others.
  • Find out (and remember) people’s names.
  • Introduce yourself.
  • Keep promises.
  • Be gracious and civil, even in writing.
  • Honor your commitments.
  • Set a positive example.
  • Don’t litter.
  • Respect others’ opinions.
  • Respond with understanding rather than judgment.
  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Treat others with kindness.

I think the one about being gracious and civil, even in writing, might be the most important one for us as internet users.  Unfortunately, even when you can use emoticons, people can’t tell if you are smiling or laughing or being sarcastic… and too often, when we aren’t in front of someone it becomes easier for us to be rude or cruel.

Let’s try to be nice to others in our questions, in our answers, and in our discussion comments–both on WikiAnswers, and everywhere.  Let’s get out there and make the world better.

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.