Like everyone else in the Answers community, I answer interesting (and bizarre) questions every week. But, truth be told, I sometimes prefer the asking to the answering. Last week, I did both.
Who is winning the battle for your eardrums? I asked which MP3 player, after Apple’s iPod, is most popular with listeners. A few responders suggested second place belongs to the Microsoft Zune, but folks who included sources wrote that SanDisk is actually the runner up. Goes to show that a good link goes a long way toward accuracy.
That settles that, but what about that old legend that dogs can actually smell cancer? I asked the question not believing the rumor could be true. Joke’s on me, because some dogs do have the ability. According to K9 Magazine, “cancer cells are known to produce chemical compounds which are different from those made by normal healthy cells, and it is believed that some of these are likely to have distinctive odours.” (Note the fancy British spelling.)
My favorite question from last week was one I answered. Why do folks hold up their lighters at concerts? From what I can tell, the trend started at Woodstock. “Singer-songwriter Melanie was about to perform in the rain. The show’s announcer got on the public address system and asked the crowd to light candles to keep the rain away (or something to that effect). They passed out candles, folks lit them, and the trend was born.” Of course, nowadays, most people just hold up their cell phones.
What about you? Do you prefer to answer or ask? Asking is a way to start a great discussion. Answering provides, well, answers. Given a choice, what would you rather do?
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