Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/19

By askdotcom // June 19th, 2013

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We’re still feeling the summer vibes around here, so for today’s photo of the day challenge we’re asking if you can tell which sunscreen this brand is…

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If you said Hawaiian Tropic…you were correct!

Back in 1969 Ron Rice founded Hawaiian Tropic with a $500 loan from his father. The first batch of product was concocted in a metal trash can and bottled it from his home garage. After rapid success, he became the largest private manufacturer of sun care products in the United States until it was finally acquired in May 2007 by Playtex Products, Inc. 

What’s your preferred sunscreen or tanner this summer?

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/18/13

By askdotcom // June 18th, 2013

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For today’s photo of the day challenge, we were just too excited for summer to come, so we had to ask…”What flavor of ice cream is this?

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If you said, Pralines n’ Cream…You were right!

But did you actually know what praline means? Praline can refer to confections made from nuts and sugar syrup, whether in whole pieces or a ground powder, or to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder or nuts. 

What flavors are your go-to during the summer?

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 6/17/13

By askdotcom // June 17th, 2013

For today’s Instagram photo of the day challenge we asked, “Do you know which gam these pieces belong to?”

If you said Bingo, you were correct!

Bingo can actually be traced back to a lottery game played in Italy around 1530 called Il Giuoco del Lotto d’italia. By the time the eighteenth century rolled around, the game had moved into France and evolved to include playing cards, tokens, and reading numbers out loud. In the nineteenth century, Bingo was being widely used in Germany to teach children spelling, animal names, and multiplication tables.

Le Lotte was created in France in 1778, which featured 27 squares in a unique layout of three rows and nine columns, which later became the basis for the modern day design. It was in the early 1920’s that Hugh J. Ward standardized the game we know today at carnivals around Pennsylvania. He went on to copyright the game, “Bingo” and author its rule book in 1933.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Top Place to Work – That’s Us!

By askdotcom // June 17th, 2013

Ask.com is pleased to announce that we’ve been selected as one of The Bay Area News Group’s Top Workplaces! The best part – this was based solely on employee feedback.

The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. WorkplaceDynamics conducts regional Top Workplaces programs with 37 major publishing partners and recognizes a list of 150 National Top Workplaces.  Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what’s on the minds of their employees.

It’s really a great to know that Ask employees are seeing and experiencing how much our executives and management teams focus on employee satisfaction and creating a healthy and happy work environment. 

The Bay Area News Group published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 16th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com.

Interested in joining our team? Check out the current job openings to see if there’s a fit for you!

-          Lisa Ross, VP, Human Resources, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/14

By askdotcom // June 14th, 2013

Today’s photo challenge of the day was in honor of both Flashback Friday and E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) we asked, which game is this? And, for extra credit, which game console was it played on?

If you said The Legend of Zelda for NES (Nintendo Entertainment System), then you are correct!

The Legend of Zelda was originally released on February 21, 1986, developed and published by Nintendo. It’s considered one of Nintendo’s most important franchises, with gameplay consisting of action, adventure, and puzzle solving. The story revolves around the playable character Link, who is given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda. As of December 2011, The Legend of Zelda franchise sold 67.93 million copies since the game’s release.

Have fun to all who are at E3 this week!

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/13

By askdotcom // June 13th, 2013

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Today’s photo of the day challenge came straight from our Ask.com homepage question of the day. What was the original ICEE flavor?

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If you guessed, Cola…you were correct!

The ICEE was invented in 1958 by a Kansas Dairy Queen own who had been placing bottles of soda in his freezer until frozen, because he didn’t own a soda fountain. The frozen drinks were popular and he soon realized that he needed a machine to make the product. Did you know he originally wanted the tasty treats to be called, "scoldasices"??

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/12

By askdotcom // June 12th, 2013

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For today’s photo challenge of the day we asked, “Do you know which iconic mountain peak this is?

If you guessed Mount Fuji, you’re correct!

One of Japan’s “Three Holy Mountains,” Mt. Fuji is the high mountain in Japan, located on Honshu Island, coming in at 3,776.24 meters (or 12,389 ft). It is an active stratovolcano, but it hasn’t erupted since 1707-08. It lies about 60 miles south-west from Tokyo and is visible on clear days. 

The peak has an exceptionally symmetrical cone that is snow capped many months of the year, which makes this natural wonder a well-known Japanese symbol.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/11

By askdotcom // June 11th, 2013

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For today’s photo challenge, we took a the question of the day right off our Ask.com homepage, “Which cartoon was used to sell the idea of income tax?”

Except on Instagram we were very nice and gave you the hint: It’s a Disney character…

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If you guessed Donald Duck, you were correct!

Earlier this year Huffington Post reported:

In 1943, the Treasury Department turned to the Donald — in technicolor! — to help communicate the importance of the income tax to the American people, most of whom had never paid income tax before (only the wealthy paid income taxes pre-World War II).

Entitled “The New Spirit,” in the video Donald Duck is brainwashed, er convinced, by the voice inside of a radio that it is his patriotic duty to pay an income tax.”

Watch the video for yourself!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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