What’s Your All-time Favorite Summer Movie?

By askdotcom // June 10th, 2013

We recently released our take on the hits – and misses – at the box office this summer, including the actors Ask users can’t get enough of and the sequels you wish had never been made. While we were mining through all those questions, it made us a little nostalgic for the summer blockbusters of our past. Ah, memories of beating the heat to enjoy a slushy and popcorn in front of a chilly theater big screen. We asked you what your favorite past summer movies were across a number of categories, check out the results:

·         Action: Americans voted superhero flick The Avengers as their favorite summer action movie (beating out The Dark Knight, Spider-Man and Die Hard).

·         Comedy: American Pie was a big time favorite, taking the top spot for summer comedy blockbuster. It beat out second place Animal House, followed by Coming to America and Clueless.  

·         Romance: A majority of Americans love to see Patrick Swayze say the famous line, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” Dirty Dancing was voted best past summer romance blockbuster, followed by tearjerker The Notebook and musical sensation, Grease.

Speaking of the big screen, we also got feedback on where celebs are most likely to catch a flick themselves. Leave a comment below if you’ve experienced a celeb sighting at the movies!

·         Celeb Spotting:Keep your eyes peeled ArcLight-goers! This theater got the top pick as the spot where you’re most likely to spot a celeb standing in line for popcorn (beating out other hot spots including Tribeca Theater in NYC, TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Ziegfeld in NYC).

Happy movie watching!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com 

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/7

By askdotcom // June 7th, 2013

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For today’s photo of the day challenge we took our questions straight from today’s homepage poll, “What is Prince’s real name?”

If you guess Prince Rogers Nelson…You’re correct!

Prince was born ion June 7th, 1958…Happy Birthday Prince, err…The Artist Formerly Known As Prince…err that symbol thing…err PRN…err….

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/6

By askdotcom // June 6th, 2013

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For today’s Throwback Thursday photo challenge we asked fans, What is this book? And yes…it was definitely made into a movie.

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If you guessed The Grapes of Wrath, you were right!

Most everyone has read The Grapes of Wrath, but not many people remember it from their high school required reading list. It was written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. Steinbeck not only won the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for this novel, but in 1962 he was awarded with the Nobel Prize!

If you had the misfortune of attending a school where this book was not in the curriculum, or you’ve just plum forgot the whole thing, go check out this American realism classic about a family migrating west during The Great Depression. Or, just watch the movie starring Henry Fonda.

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/5

By askdotcom // June 5th, 2013

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Today’s photo of the day challenge asked, “Do you know which famous U.S. mountain this is?”

If you guessed Mt. Rainier in Tacoma Washington, then you are correct!

Mt. Rainier is actually not just a mountain; it’s a stratovolcano located just 54 miles east of Seattle. Part of the Cascade Volcanic Arc, it is the most topographically prominent mountain. It’s also considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. Even though the last known evidence of eruption was 1894, you never know…

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 6/4/13

By askdotcom // June 4th, 2013

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Today’s Tech Tuesday photo challenge asked: Do you know what this household robot is called?

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It’s a Roomba!

Introduced in 2002, the Roomba is an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner sold by iRobot. Under normal conditions, the Roomba is able to autonomously vacuum the floor while navigating obstacles. It’s able to change direction upon impact, detect dirty spots on the floor, and is able to sense drops to prevent it from falling down the stairs. If you’re feeling extremely creative, you can assign it more diverse tasks via an embedded computer in conjunction with Roomba Open Interface.

Also, it will most assuredly confuse your cat to no end.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 5/30/13

By askdotcom // May 30th, 2013

Today’s photo challenge on Instagram asked you guys, “Can you name Mickey Mouse’s movie debut?”

The answer is “Steamboat Wililie!”

Mickey Mouse made his debut in the short animated film, “Steamboat Willie” in 1928. Steamboat Willie was one of the very first animated films with synchronized sound, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. It was also the first animated movie to feature a fully post-produced soundtrack.

Mickey was introduced as a mischievous mouse, but over the years gained so much popularity that he became an icon for the everyman!

Follow us on Instagram to make sure you’re playing along with our daily photo of the day challenges. Find us at @askdotcom!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/29/13

By askdotcom // May 29th, 2013

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Today’s question of the day was taken right from our Ask.com homepage poll today. Which late night talk show host is this?

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It’s Jimmy Fallon! 

Fallon, who had plenty of experience as SNL’s co-host of Weekend Update, took over Conan O’Brien’s role as host of Late Night on NBC in 2009, when O’Brien left to take over for Jay Leno. Unfortunately for Conan, that gig didn’t pan out as planned, and Leno came back to his post. No sweat for O’Brien though, he has his own successful show on TBS now.

However, last month iIt was announced that this comedian turned talk show host sensation will replace Jay Leno as the host of the Tonight Show. He will take his new post next February at the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Proud of Our Local Students!

By askdotcom // May 29th, 2013

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This morning, Ask’s very own, David Amato, was a judge at the Northern California Junior Achievement Be Entrepreneurial® Business Plan Challenge. The JA Be Entrepreneurial Program, who puts on the challenge, teaches high school students the process, value, risks and rewards of entrepreneurship.

This year, 10 student finalists from McClymonds and Skyline High Schools presented business plans at the Council Chambers at Oakland City Hall - three of which won first, second and third place for cash scholarship awards. 

Congratulations to all the winners and participants!

Follow @askdotcom on Instagram to see what else the Ask team is up to!

-          Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo Challenge of the Day 5/28/13

By askdotcom // May 28th, 2013

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Today’s photo challenge for Tech Tuesday we asked, “When was the first Apple Macintosh released?”

The answer is…1984! And it looked like this:

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Steve Jobs had been working on the “Apple Lisa” in 1978, after a visit to the XEROX offices where he was convinced that the future of all computers would use a graphical user interface. In 1982 he was pushed off the project due to internal disputes, and he took over Jef Raskin’s low-cost computer project, The Macintosh.

The debut was announced by the now famous dystopian George Orwell inspired commercial directed by Ridley Scott, which aired during the third quart of Super Bowl XVIII on January 22, 1984. 

Retrospectively, it is considered a watershed for Apple’s current success.

How many of you read this blog post on a modern day Mac?

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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