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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 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 5/9/13

By askdotcom // May 9th, 2013

Today’s Throwback Thursday photo challenge of the day was sort of hard, but that’s why it’s called…a challenge!

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We asked, “When was this picture taken?” And the hint we gave was that it was related to your laptop.

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The answer is 1944. This is a picture of Colossus, the first electric digital  computer that was all programmable. The Colossus computers were first used by British intelligence during WWII to decode encrypted telegraphic messages between the German High Command and their scattered European occupancy. Something tells us, this didn’t come with a mouse and keyboard…

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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