Meet Rhyfor: A Christmas Miracle!

Rhyfor is a Christmas miracle and we couldn’t resist featuring him this week in the Contributor Corner as we come to the end of 2012! Based in Scotland, he is a top Supervisor who has earned many badges: Senior Supervisor, Mentoring Program Mentor, Category Supervisor for the iPhone, the iPad 2 and Technology, SPA Active Alumni, WikiGuide for Community Outreach, Bug Catcher, Senior Generalist for Vandal Patrol and Gold Contributor with over 89.000 contributions! He is a valuable contributor on our site and we are pleased to present him to our community. Read more to get to know him and learn about his miracle! Continue reading “Meet Rhyfor: A Christmas Miracle!”

The Questions and Answers that Defined 2012

2012-132012 was an election year, an Olympics year and the year a superstorm struck the Big Apple. The iPhone 5 was released, Whitney Houston died, and we all heard PSY’s “Gangnam Style” one too many times. Before we ring in 2013, or before the world ends, let’s review some of the top questions you searched for on Answers.com in 2012:

Election coverage dominated the news this year. You were most interested in how the number of electoral votes for each state is determined as well as what Mitt Romney’s real name is. The economy stayed stagnant in 2012, and as a result, job interview questions remained popular on Answers.com. Our top interview question: How do you answer ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses’ in a job interview?
In August, the world tuned into the Summer Olympic Games in London. How much Olympic gold medals are worth piqued your curiosity as did the symbolism of the Olympic rings. In the world of entertainment, you wondered what in the world “Gangnam style” is, how Whitney Houston died, and what the names of the One Direction boys are.

Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast this fall. How many people died from Sandy was one question you wanted answered about the so-called superstorm. On a lighter note, we finally updated our answer to the ever-popular query, Is Kate Middleton pregnant? Next year expect questions about the royal baby to top our list again.

Current events and pop culture aside, are you curious what was our most popular question of the year? Here you go: What is the easiest way to get rid of lower stomach fat? (Clicked more than 650,000 times!) Hmm, look’s like some New Year’s resolutions are in order.

The Newtown Tragedy: When There Are No Answers

holdinghandsHere at Answers.com we would love to believe there is an answer to every question. But why a young man would kill his mother, 20 first graders, six adults and then himself, we don’t know. And we may never know. Our hearts are broken over the senseless loss of life and innocence and our minds yearn for an explanation.

Many of the questions you searched for on Answers.com this past weekend were related to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. You wondered how many gun deaths are in the United States every year (around 30,000). You asked how many Americans own guns (nearly half). And you were curious which countries ban firearms (the UK has some of the strictest laws).

But those are just facts. And none of those facts can fully explain the evil that visited Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14, 2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy and we hope for a brighter future.

What are the names of Santa’s Reindeer? (and other Holiday Q&A)

xmastreeIf our traffic reports are any indication, you are excited about the holidays. Questions about Santa, Christmas trees and Advent are some of our most popular this month. Here are the holiday questions you’re searching for and clicking on most this season:

And just for fun, here’s one that made us laugh: What is Grinch Mean Time?

Happy holidays from the Answers.com team!

Meet Norvell Wisdom: Fan of Springsteen, Dylan and Joel and passionate about comfort!

Traveling Man

NorvellWisdom has been around the block and then some!  He has lived in at least different 14 places throughout the United States.  As a chemical patent attorney he has more than 350 US patents!  We are privileged to have this knowledgeable and seasoned contributor on the site.  We can just imagine him listening to “Jungleland,” his favorite song, while answering questions about stoichiometry!  Read on to learn more about Norvell.

What is your first name?  Norvell

What is your occupation?

I am currently retired but acting as an unpaid officer of a small company that some of my friends founded. My last full time job was as a chemical patent attorney.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

It’s just my first and last name run together: NorvellWisdom.

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

I have lived in many places: Oklahoma City, Muskogee, and Nowata, Oklahoma; Palestine (Texas), Houston, Harleton, Austin, and, most recently, Longview, Texas; Elizabeth, New Jersey; Watervliet and Albany, New York; Horsham and Blue Bell, Pennsylvania; and Warren, Michigan.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I discovered the site when I was doing a Google® search.

What enticed you to join our community?

I liked the idea of having an opportunity to review some things I am in danger of forgetting for lack of use.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

I like to answer questions about stoichiometry.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I have written more than 350 U. S. Patents!

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

I listen to folk or rock and roll with socially conscious lyrics: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Billy Joel are all good.

What is your favorite song?images

My favorite song is “Jungleland”, by Springsteen.

Who is your favorite poet?  

Shakespeare, Robert Frost, and Edwin Arlington Robinson are all very good.

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

I view it as “half empty,” because in the words of some medieval poet, “Indeed the world contains much good, yet still more ill than good” and of Edward Gibbon, “History is largely the record of the vices, crimes, and follies of mankind.”

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?

It is challenging to guess the intention behind a poorly phrased question.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Comfort. (I am 75 years old now!)

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

I am very interested in the schedules of passenger railroads, especially US ones before 1960.

Five Questions about Kate Middleton’s Pregnancy

williamandkateAfter months of tabloid speculation, it’s official — Kate Middleton is pregnant. St. James Palace announced the news on December 3 after the Duchess was hospitalized for morning sickness.

Questions about the highly anticipated announcement have been rolling in to Answers.com. Here are five popular questions about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy:

1. When is Kate Middleton’s due date?

2. Is Kate Middleton having a boy or girl?

3. Will William and Kate’s child be heir to the throne?

4. Can Kate Middleton’s baby inherit the throne if it is a girl?

5. Where will William and Kate live with their baby?

Ask and answer more questions about Kate Middleton in the comments or in our category about the Duchess here.