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.

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


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:



Most Answers



Acceptance Speech:  

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

Honorable Mention:



Most Expert Answers



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:



Most Contributions



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:



Premier Answerer of the Year


David Gambell

Acceptance Speech:

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

Honorable Mention:

Keith Blair


Most Trust Points Earned



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.


Honorable Mention:



Most Vandals Blocked



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:



Most Category Changes



Acceptance Speech:

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

Honorable Mention:



Most Questions Improved



Acceptance Speech:

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

Honorable Mention:

William Howe


Most Reverts



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:



Most Contributions by New Supervisor


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:



Most Trust Points by New Supervisor



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:



Best Profile



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:



Best Advice Answer



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


Best How-To Answer



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:



Best Researched Answer



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:


What body systems are being used while doing your homework?


Funniest Answer



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:


What might racists on other planets say?


Funniest Question



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


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


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


Winner:  ErinRess12

Honorable Mention:  Adamlance

Religion & Spirituality

Winner:  Splashen

Honorable Mention:  Dick Harfield


Winner:  4Jays

Honorable Mention:  Ericbarnes


Winner:  SterlingHelperOne

Honorable Mention:  WNY007


Winner:  Fish247

Honorable Mention:  Harsh.Lahiri.gp2625


Winner:  PCForrest

Honorable Mention:  Eccles-Jordan Trigger

Travel & Places

Winner:  Ericbarnes

Honorable Mention:  4Jays

The Lovely Life of Lindystar

She loves her Star Trek garden, has flowers with crazy names and had a unicorn on her wedding cake!  Read more to learn about the lovely life of Lindystar!

Lindy at the Dr. Who Museum

Q: What is your first name?
A: Lindalee. The priest refused to baptize me Linda Lee because there is no saint named Lee.

Q: What is your Answers.com username?
A: LindyStar. Most of my friends call me Lindy. And I love science fiction.

Q: What can you tell us about your family?
A: Everyone in our family starts with L. My husband is Larry, daughter Lorelei and her cats Lannister and Lear.

Q: Tell us about your cats!
A: Lear looks like a Seal Point Siamese. He has ADD and juggles knives. Lannister is his litter mate and looks like a Birman with white mittens and is very fluffy.

Q: What about your education; where did you attend school?
A: Bachelors from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Masters in Education from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Masters in Library Science from Rosary College now called Dominican University.


Q: What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: When I went into my high school library on the second day of school, the clerk typist said, “You’re smart, You can be the librarian.” My school district is over 100 square miles and we did not have a professional librarian. And everyone knew everyone in the county.

Q: So, what is your occupation, and what do you find most meaningful about your job?
A: I am a retired librarian, storyteller and computer teacher. I love reading and stories. I also like computers.

Q: Where are you from, where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. When I was a young child, Sputnik IV crash landed on 8th street in Manitowoc. I moved to Mishicot, Wisconsin which has about 1400 people.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: I wrote a pamphlet for Paramount on Star Trek young adult novels. I am also proud of my Star Trek garden with 21 Star Trek daylilies, 2 Star Trek iris, and 10

Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens
Lindy at the Irish Botanical Gardens

Star Trek hosta. So I have Spock’s Ears daylily, Klingon Princess iris. and Captain Kirk hosta.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: My husband is my inspiration.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I love flowers with crazy names such as A Moose Fishing On A Pond On Monday; I Have Issues; A Tick Kissing A Moose on a Wednesday and Rama Lama Ding Dong.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?
A: Excelsior!

Q: What are your passions in life?
A: I am most passionate about my husband but after him, it would be my garden. I especially love my daylilies.

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share?
A: Last year my husband and I spent a month in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland. We were in Ireland and Scotland in 2007 for 2 weeks. We honeymooned in Australia in 1985. Most of our trips have been scheduled around going to the World Science Fiction Convention which is in a different city every year. But these days we are more into touring gardens.

Lindy at the Giants Causeway

Q: Is there any place you’d love to visit, but haven’t yet?
A: A dream trip would be to New Zealand on a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit tour.

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: A special place would be Egg Clectic which is our favorite breakfast place. The servers all know us and bring our raspberry ice tea as soon as they see us come in the door. They save their coffee grounds and egg shells for my garden.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Special interests include my water aerobics class, gardening, butterfly monitoring, and crocheting. We have a lot of science fiction art and very special one of a kind knick knacks. Our Christmas tree is all unicorn ornaments. I made Larry a unicorn quilt in 1984. We had a glass blower make us a wedding cake topper with a unicorn. And we commissioned a unicorn, tiger and daffodil wood bed.

Lindy with Hugh O’Donnell

Q: What about special talents? Anything you are especially good at?
A: My special talent is storytelling. I love Irish legends and often tell them to children or church groups.

Q: If you had three wishes to come true, what would they be?
A: Three wishes, basically if we could have world peace, who needs any more wishes.

Q: What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
A: The most daring and crazy thing I have ever done is to answer a personal ad. My husband put an ad for “Looking for a lady to help me find the last unicorn” in a magazine in 1983. A friend of a friend saw the ad in Madison and knew I wore a pair of unicorn earrings. So both of them forced me to write a response. My now husband replied with a unicorn bookmark and a computer graphic of a unicorn that he drew on his Atari computer. We corresponded for a while and finally had our first date at what is now Bristol Faire. And that year they did have a unicorn (yes it was a surgically altered goat.) We loved the costumes and the jousting. By January 1984, I moved in with him and we have been together ever since.

Q: Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of gal?
A: My glass is half full, I am an optimist.

Lindy, Winner of the Limerick ContestQ: What is your favorite kind of music and do you have a favorite song?
A: I like old fashioned rock n roll. Beatles, or Dan Fogelberg. I think the song Longer by Fogelberg says how I feel about Larry.

What are some of your other favorites:
Television. Well I am in mourning over Stephen Colbert’s Colbert Report. But my husband teases me about all the autopsy shows I watch like Bones, Forever, Castle, etc. And my Saturday morning garden shows like Midwest Gardening, Garden Smart and P. Allen Smith.

Movie. I love animation so all the Despicable Me / Minion movies make me laugh.

Poet. My favorite poet is Ogden Nash. But when I am serious, I love the poem Abou Ben Adam. It has great philosophy.

Book. How dare you limit me to just one! We have over 5000 books and about 2500 are autographed. My husband got me Marion Zimmer Bradley‘s Mists of Avalon and that was the first time he wrote I love you.

Subject in School. I love history and social studies. I graduated second in my class because a friend of mine could get 100 or 99 percent in Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus. I was only one tenth of a point behind her in my overall average.

Foods. My favorite is spareribs and sauerkraut.

Q: How did you discover Answers?
A: I discovered Answers accidentally in 2009 but really didn’t do much because I was answering at Yahoo Answers. But I hated seeing all the people posting

Lindy, At a Castle in Wales
Lindy, At a Castle in Wales

illegal copies of books and movies. I think Answers is better because they care about the right answer and not the most popular answer.

Q: What do you enjoy doing on Answers most?
A: I like editing the best and I always try to answer a question when I remove a stupid or mean answer that someone posted. I think if you have a hobby, answering questions about that hobby on Answers is a fun thing to do, especially gardening because I can’t garden in winter. I have been searching questions on my favorite flowers and answering old questions or editing poor responses.

Q: And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A: I was born November 9, 1952. I don’t mind saying my age because my father told me that on my birthday I could get one kiss per year from whoever I asked. So it gets better every year.