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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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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/16

By askdotcom // May 16th, 2013

It’s another Throwback Thursday photo challenge here on the Ask Instagram. The question today was, “Can you guess who this swingin’ sixties band we’ve been dreamin’ about is?”

Hopefully you picked up on the California Dreamin’ referenced, and guessed The Mamas and The Papas.

The group was together from 1965-168, and briefly reunited in 1971. They released five studio albums, and seventeen singles, six of which made it to the top ten charts. Worldwide, the sold close to 40 million records! Did you know that they were originally called the Magic Circle?

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/15

By askdotcom // May 15th, 2013

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Our photo of the day challenge came from the question of the day over on the ask.com homepage, “What was the first fully computer animated feature film?”

Did the above close up photo give you a hint??

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It was Toy Story! Some of you may remember when it came out in 1995, and were hooked, anxiously awaiting Toy Story 2 and 3. It was actually Pixar’s first full feature length film. Pixar, who had been producing short animated films to promote their computers, was approached by Disney to produce a computer-animated feature after the success of the short Tin Toy, which is told from the perspective of a toy. Even though Pixar’s technology has grown leaps and bounds, I think it’s safe to say that Toy Story withstands the test of time.

- 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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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/8/13

By askdotcom // May 8th, 2013

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The question today was, “Can you guess whose famous comedian’s mother this is?”

If you said, Ben Stiller, then you’d be correct! 

Ann Meara was funny long before Ben was born. Her and Ben’s father Jerry Stiller (George Costanza’s father on Seinfeld!) were part of the original improv group, The Compass Players, which later went on to become The Second City. In fact, their comedy duo, Stiller and Meara often appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Since then, Meara has gone on to play many memorable roles on television. Oh, and she raised Zoolander!

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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Instagram Photo of the Day Challenge 5/6/13

By askdotcom // May 6th, 2013

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If you started following us on Instagram (@askdotcom) then you already saw this obscure Photo of the Day Challenge. The hint was,”Iron Man may have stolen the box offices this weekend, but can you guess who this other #marvel superhero is?”

Did you guess right?

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It was Thor!

Fun fact: Did you know that Thor has 22 aliases?? He can also be known as:

Donald M. Blake, God of Thunder, Son of Odin, the Thunderer, Lord of Asgard, Jake Olson, Sigurd Jarlson, Donar, Donner, Hloriddi, Unhappy Hrungnir’s Playmate, Veur, Hrodr’s Foe-Man, Longbeard’s Son, Vingthor the Hurler, Siegfried, Siegmund, “Woe-King”; impersonated Hercules, Harokin, Freya; formerly bound to Eric Masterson

Be sure to follow us on Instagram to play our Photo of the Day Challenge. You can find all the answers right here at the end of the day.

 

- Suraya Akbarzad, Ask.com

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