There seem to be two ways folks answer questions. First option — the quick and dirty cut and paste job. It’s effective (usually), but not particularly creative. Second option — writing a well-researched response that quotes sources and is 100% original content. Far more rare, but also, if you ask me, far more valuable.
During my daily trips to Yahoo! Answers, I come across both kinds. I prefer the original stuff to the cut and pasters, but I recognize that it can be difficult to make the time. So, as a thanks to all those who do write kick-butt answers for yours truly, I thought I’d call out some of my favorites.
About ten months ago, I asked the community how many U.S. presidents earned their Ph.D. Community member Sidd came back with a thoughtful, original, and (to the best of my knowledge) accurate answer. Gracias, Sidd!
For far too long I wondered what was the largest U.S. bill in circulation. Barkley Hound wrote an awesome answer that gave me all the info I needed. No links, but a great answer nonetheless.
Why doesn’t Johnson and Johnson’s baby shampoo bother the eyes? Thanks to a stellar answer from lololo_and_lalala, I now know the science behind the claim. No more tears of ignorance.
Finally, one of my absolute favorites occurred when I asked folks for their opinion on the greatest invention of the 20th century. A subjective question, but Christopher’s argument for the transistor was enough to sway me.
Those are just a few of my favorite responses. What about you? Do you have a favorite all-time answer? If so, what about it made it great? Leave a note below and let me hear your nominations for the (drum roll, please) “Greatest Answer Ever.”
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