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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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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/23

By askdotcom // May 23rd, 2013

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Since it’s Throwback Thursday, we decided to take it WAY back today. Were you able to figure out who this US president was?

James Garfield!

Garfield was the 20th president of the United States, with the second shortest term at only 200 days, March 4, 1881 - September 19, 1881. He was the second of four presidents to ever be assassinated.

Garfield served the Union during the Civil War, and entered politics shortly after as a Republican. During his political career Garfield advocated a bi-metal monetary system, agricultural technology, an educated electorate, and civil rights for African Americans. 

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/22

By askdotcom // May 22nd, 2013

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Today’s photo challenge of the day on Instagram was taken right from our Ask.com homepage question of the day. Do you know which is the only human bone without joints?

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It’s the hyoid bone, a horseshoe shaped bone that sits in the neck between the chin and thyroid cartilage  Like we said, it’s the only bone in the human body without any joints! Instead, it connects to other bones with muscles and ligaments. 

It helps with tongue movement and swallowing. The hyoid bone provides attachment to the muscles of the floor of the mouth and the tongue above, the larynx below, and the epiglottis and pharynx behind.

The name is derived from the Greek word hyoeides meaning “shaped like the letter upsilon" (υ).

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/21

By askdotcom // May 21st, 2013

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The question of the day on Instagram was for TechTuesday, “When was the first Blackberry (RIM at the time) model released?”

It was fourteen years ago in 1996! The first model was a simple two-way pager with a thumb keypad and thumbwheel for scrolling the monochrome text display. Within a year, the devices were in use by fewer than 400k people and expected two-way wireless messaging services to attract 51 million users by 2002.

They provided email and WAP capabilities with limited HTML access provided by third party software. 

Needless to say, Blackberries have come a long way, and remain competitive in the smartphone market.

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/20/13

By askdotcom // May 21st, 2013

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Yesterday’s photo challenge came straight from the Ask homepage’s question of the day! So if you’re a super Ask user, this one should have been no problem. Can you guess what type of car it is? The hint was that it is foreign. 

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If you guessed Lamborghini…you’re correct! 

Manufacturing magnate Ferruccio Lamborghini’s mechanical mind got into tractor manufacturing in 1948, when he founded Lamborghini Trattori, which quickly became an important manufacturer of agricultural equipment in the midst of Italy’s post-war economic reform. He later went on to produce air conditioners until he eventually founded Automobili Ferruccio Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963 with the objective of producing a refined grand touring car to compete with Ferrari.

The company’s first models were released in the mid-1960s and were noted for their refinement, power and comfort. Lamborghini gained wide acclaim in 1966 for the Miura sports coupé, which established rear mid-engine, rear wheel drive as the standard layout for high-performance cars of the era.

Today the Italian manufacturer of luxury sports cars is part of Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary Audi. Lamborghini’s production facility and headquarters are located in Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. 

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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A Blast From Our Past

By askdotcom // May 20th, 2013

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A few days ago under particularly gorgeous skies, a few dozen intrepid Ask staffers split into groups to take part in a scavenger hunt around downtown Oakland, with the focus being to explore more of our great city. Twenty-four clues awaited each team, and not all were that easy!

Clue number 17 had an unexpected payoff. The clue itself took us to Bittersweet, a chocolate and coffee cafe located on Broadway in the heart of downtown. But beyond the coffee and chocolate, the most delicious discovery was chancing to meet Bittersweet’s owner – none other than Penny Finnie, who was the chief creative officer at Ask Jeeves 20 years ago. In fact, Penny is credited with coming up with the concept of Jeeves, himself!

We could’ve stuck around and visited with Penny the rest of the afternoon, but she had work to do and we had more clues to uncover. The few minutes we had with her were great, though, and all of us plan to go back for another visit soon.

Eric McKirdy, Worldwide Customer Care and Technical Support Manager

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