With the first day of December over and done with, our inbox is starting to fill up with links to best of 2009, with first one being search engine Ask.com with most common asked questions…
According to the "Search engine Formerly Known as AskJeeves"
, 2009 has been an interesting year full questions. People asked the tough questions this year such as this year’s most asked question, "How much should I weigh"
and even harder questions for example, "Is Lady Gaga a man?
" along with the timeless philosophical query, "What time is it?"
What better website to tackle these challenging questions than Ask.com
? Looking at Ask.com’s portal page, the big question we’re asking ourselves is, "Where’s the Jeeves?" After a long, arduous and tumultuous foray into the worldwide web we found the Jeeves
looking as reassuring as ever at residing on a UK server. With the Jeeves by our side and our trusty Magic 8 Ball
in hand we venture to bring some closure to this year by answering the tough questions. Ask.com's Top Questions of 2009
1. How much should I weigh?
A: Probably less.
2. How do I get out of debt fast?
A: Make more money and pay your bills.
3. How do I get pregnant?
A: Do you really have to ask? Ask Darwin
4. What is Twitter?
A: Take a look
yourself. If you still can’t figure it out it’s a social networking site.
5. What is Miley Cyrus' phone number?
A: Ha-ha we’re not giving that one away. Go stalk someone else.
6. What is the meaning of life?
A: Watch for yourself in this enlightening feature film
7. When will the world end?
A: When the fat lady sings.
8. How long does marijuana stay in your system?
A: Now why would you need to know?
9. What are the symptoms of Swine Flu?
A: An acute desire to squeal following by prodigious eating and sweating and a severe inclination to wallow in the mire
10. What time is it?
A: Right now.
Apparently, "Consumers are taking a pass on the expensive, all-inclusive gym memberships and turning to the Internet as their personal trainer."
It’s anyone’s guess to see how this trend impacts the nation’s waistline.
Top Fitness Questions:
1. How many calories should I eat a day?
A: Probably less
2. How do I get a six-pack fast?
A: Go to a beer distributor and show your ID.
3. What is the best exercise to burn calories?
4. How much should I be able to bench press?
5. What is Pilates?
A: A Roman governor
. Oh, you asked what?
6. How many calories do you burn running a mile?
A: Well, that depends
7. What are the benefits of jogging?
A: You can outrun the police longer.
8. How long does it take to tone muscle?
A: Can you? Interesting read
9. Is yoga better for you than Pilates?
A: Maybe, but Brussels sprouts are better for you.
10. How do you boost your metabolism?
A: Consume a balanced diet and exercise.
Reflecting the economic wake-up call the world has received over the past two years, Americans sought to resolve their financial woes and improve their financial acumen in 2009. Or did they?
Top Personal Finance Questions:
1. What is a good credit score?
A: Most likely not yours after the foreclosure. Experian explains the nuances of credit
2. How do I file for bankruptcy?
A: Get a lawyer, but unfortunately at this point, you probably can’t afford to
3. How do I start my own business?
A: Ever heard of eBay? The real answer is any way you want to. Just don’t ask us to invest.
4. What is a short sale in real estate?
A: Ouch, we’re sorry you’re asking this question
5. Who owns the Federal Reserve Bank?
A: Good question. For a mouthful of weasel words straight from the Fed
6. How much is minimum wage?
A: Where? The U.S. Federal Gov’t sets it at $7.25 per hour
7. How do savings bonds work?
8. What can I deduct on my taxes?
A: Anything you want to but be sure to follow these few guidelines
9. What is a trust fund?
A: As the name states
10. What is a hedge fund?
A: A fund for hedgehogs
Twitter wasn't the only technology that consumers sought to understand in 2009, as Americans are still seeking to understand Internet basics.
Top Technology Questions:
1. How do I make a website?
A: Clearly Quackit.com has the answers
2. What does URL stand for?
A: Uniform Resource Locator
3. How do I find my IP address?
A: Huh? Why do you need help finding that? It’s right between your…oh, right we get it now. We were worried for a moment. Here’s how to find that IP address
4. What is an RSS feed?
A: Really Simple Syndication Service
5. How many megabytes are in a gigabyte?
A: Technically, 1024 MB
6. How do I delete my cookies?
A: Eat them
, we really don’t want to explain…
8. What does FTP stand for?
A: File Transfer Protocol
9. What is a 3G network?
A: A mobile communications standard
10. What is a PDF file?
A: Adobe's Portable Document Format
"No doubt about it; consumers want to know the latest gossip on their favorite celebrity personalities. While some of the Top Celebrity Rumors of 2009 proved to be nothing more than sensational tabloid headlines, others proved to be true."
Top Celebrity Rumors of 2009:
1. Is Miley Cyrus pregnant?
2. Is Adam Lambert straight?
3. Is Lady Gaga a man?
A: Yes. In her band, she wears the pants [figuratively].
4. Is Michelle Obama pregnant?
5. Is Robert Pattinson dating Kristen Stewart?
A: Yes, according to the Magic 8 ball.
6. Did Chris Brown get Rihanna pregnant?
7. Are Jon and Kate getting a divorce?
A: Who? They’re still in the news? We wish.
8. Is Michael Phelps using marijuana?
A: Boys will be boys.
9. Who is the father of Michael Jackson's children?
A: Only God knows and we’d like to think it will stay that way.
10. Did David Letterman keep a secret bedroom is his studio?
A: We’re not telling.
We hope that as we look forward to 2010, we have provided you with some insight and have pulled back the veil, even if so slightly, to inform and enlighten you. Solemnly, we pause and ponder what might be some of the most asked questions of 2010. What will people want to know? Will people still question Lady Gaga’s gender? Will "How much should I weigh?"
be next year’s top question? We’re predicting that people will still want to know what time it is. We at BSN*, like you, won’t stop asking questions. What time is it?
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