WikiAnswers: offering tasty information, even if…

At WikiAnswers, we pride ourselves on our hundreds of categories: Cars, Computers, Collectibles… and those are just the ones that start with ‘C’. We’re especially proud of our Food & Cooking section, which is chock full of tasty tips and resplendent recipes.

Apparently, that category in particular has served up something else, which helped out the bloggers at Gateway Skepticism, a blog kept by “The St. Louis Skeptical Society, which was founded on October 11, 2007 by a handful of physics graduate students in order to promote skepticism, science, and critical thinking.”

This past Tuesday, on their search to find out, ahem, how to get better tasting semen (honestly, they’re just curious) they checked out quite a few internet research hot spots, and WikiAnswers was one of their last steps. Well, what do you know, in the Nutrition section we had just what they were looking for.

And there you have it. WikiAnswers, helping our most curious users, every step of the way…

(Whew. I hope I managed a tasteful post out of that!)

What rhymes with cheeks?

Special guest today! I’m pleased to present this week’s edition of WikiAnswers Wednesday, written by no other than the Rhyme Master. Ok, I don’t actually know who that is, and the rhyming is questionable at best… But who doesn’t love a good, creative answer once in a while?

What rhymes with cheeks?

“I see you have a problem with rhyming,

I certainly hope that I have replied with good timing!

I am the rhyme master,

I rhyme and eat pasta,

no one can rhyme faster!

To rhyme with ‘cheeks’

the following words

may be used on

any day of the weeks,

words like:





and beak…


So just use your ears

and the rhyme master will

call to you in the wind,

do not fear!”

Super Bowl Math

300x250-superbowl.gifThe upcoming Giants/Patriots game is the talk of the town. If you don’t know what game I’m talking about then you don’t deserve to read the rest of this entry…so stop right here.

We had to get in on the action so the latest featured topic over at WikiAnswers is, of course, the Super Bowl. Our special guest columnist, Jim, tuned in with some Super Bowl math to help us out today. Jim always comes through when we need him…he seems to know something about everything!

What are the expenses for both teams in the Super Bowl?

According to Jim…

The expenses for both teams in the Super Bowl can be answered by using simple Dionysian geometry. Take the mean number of players for each team and put them in a differential algorithm that calculates the basic cost of each player. Once you have this number, you can find out the expenses for each team.

I’ll save you the time and tell you what the results are. For the Patriots, it is 1.2 million dollars before taxes. For the Giants, it is 1.6 million dollars.

Don’t read any more if you don’t want to know the result of the Super Bowl. Patriots win 49-26!!!

While calculating expenses it’s also important not to forget that the Super Bowl means so much to so many countries, not just the US. For example, in Micronesia the Super Bowl is celebrated by reciting Homer’s Iliad and a nationwide Israeli folk dance. The Super Bowl brings out the best in cultural sharing throughout the world.

I hope this helps, and I’m always here for any super bowl questions you might have.
Finally, Meital, will you marry me?


Huh? Is that a marriage proposal? I guess she’s the only who can answer THAT question…how about YOU go ahead and answer some of the other Super Bowl questions now!


A Little Bit of Nice…

Our fantastic, wonderful Supervisor WikiWand posted a series of questions and answers on the site this past week that all have something to do with communicating and wiki-ing effectively with other Supervisors.

One of the questions I really like is: Are there rules of courtesy between WikiAnswers Supervisors?

The simple answer is, no. There are no written rules, as we have always tried to maintain a fun, community-driven site; a site built on collaboration and free from endless policies and guidelines. Boxing gloves have never been required and we certainly don’t plan on promoting any ring action in the near future. So remember to keep it real… On and off WikiAnswers, a little bit of nice goes a loooooong way.

WikiAnswers: Your Super Bowl source…

The biggest game of the year is quickly approaching… And plenty of Patriotic people are already starting to ask questions about this Giant event. Like this blogger, who asks:

What happens if the football team of the host city of the Super Bowl makes it to the Super Bowl?

Glad to read he got his answer… Looking for Super Bowl answers yourself? Stay tuned…

Remembering Challenger and Columbia

RememberanceWe chose our most recent featured topic to honor the brave astronauts who lost their lives aboard the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. The nation watched in disbelief as the Challenger space shuttle exploded on live television 73 seconds after lift-off over the Atlantic Ocean on January 28, 1986. Seventeen years later, on February 1, 2003, Columbia disintegrated over Texas as it reentered the Earth’s atmosphere.

In all, 14 lives were lost and the impact of the tragedies can still be felt around the world.

The WikiAnswers community invites you to honor the memories of Michael J. Smith, Dick Scobee, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis and Judith Resnik from the Challenger and Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, Michael P. Anderson, Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla, David M. Brown and Laurel Clark from Columbia.

Ask and answer questions about these two missions on WikiAnswers now.

Calling All WikiAnswers Contributors

There’s a little ole’ category on WikiAnswers that goes by the name of Miscellaneous. And boy, does it need to clean up its act! Or rather, would you help us clean it up? As explained in a previous post, Miscellaneous is often used as a last (and first) resort for question placement. Unfortunately, most questions that go into this area could be better categorized somewhere else. Because we now feature over 2,300 categories (and growing each day!), there are very few questions that would truly qualify as Miscellaneous.

Currently this rough and tough area features over 13,500 Q&As. Wow! If each of us could spend just 15 minutes a day moving some of these into better categories, we’d have Miscellaneous cleaned up in no time at all. Together, this outlaw doesn’t stand a chance!


Recategorizing is easy. Simply click on Miscellaneous under Browse Categories on WikiAnswers home page. Select a question from this area and choose ‘Recategorize’ which is located on the left under Question Tools. Remove the checkmark from Miscellaneous and place a checkmark in the more appropriate category or categories. Select ‘Save’ and you’re good to go. One down, only a few more to go (give or take).

When correctly categorized, questions and answers are much easier to find. And more questions have a chance of getting answered. So won’t you help us out? It’s a great way to boost your contributions and get your name on WikiAnswers Top Contributors list.