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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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 6/10

By askdotcom // June 10th, 2013

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Today’s photo challenge had fans wishing for a rainbow during June Gloom. Can you guess which movie star this is?

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If you said Judy Garland, you’re correct!

Miss Garland was actually born Frances Ethel Gumm today, June 10th, 1922. Fred Astaire once described Garland as the greatest entertainer who ever lived, with a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. She signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager after performing vaudeville with her two older sisters. Of course, she is best know for her role as Dorothy in the 1939 classic, The Wizard of Oz. Happy Birthday Judy!

-Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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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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