Question Answerer 2

Have a question? Put it in the email body and send it to q@askforcents.com (leaving the subject line blank) and you'll get an answer. Actually, you'll get at least 2 answers. And you'll usually get them in mere seconds. This forms the alpha testing of a service Ask For Cents, clearly meant to have a cost associated with it eventually.

I had a lot of fun asking random questions. About how the service works, tech questions, what the future holds, social policies, love tips, and more. The answers I got back ranged from funny to informative to literal to snooty to wrong. It's like a magic 8 ball, except you get a real human answer. Try it out now while it's free.

The service is run by Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk service. It allows computers to send work packets to humans to be filled in exchange for money. Pretty awesome idea IMHO. Answerers are currently making 3 cents per question, but inform me they are hoping for more valuable ones in the future.

Posted by dustin on February 13, 2006 with category tags of

104 comments
"Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender"

Sigh...
   comment by Mariana (#35) on February 13, 2006

Hi, I'm the developer of AskForCents. I came across this post while doing a blogsearch.

My apologies to Mariana - our systems were temporarily down this morning. Such is the craziness of alpha testing. But, everything is up and running now, so I hope you'll try it out.

At this point we are trying to test our systems, so the more questions the better, but please no random words or script generated questions.
   comment by AskForCents on February 13, 2006

Holy crap, this is the best toy ever!
   comment by alice (#60) on February 13, 2006

Whoa! Thanks for the reply AskforCents person! I will try again.
   comment by Mariana (#35) on February 13, 2006

This is pretty fun. The best answers have been about gift ideas and places to visit. Of course, they can't all be gold (best restaurants in Montreal were: Annie's in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue and 2=1 Pizza) but by and large the answerers are certainly earning their 3 cents.
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on February 14, 2006

Q: How would you describe the Kelly Clarkson song "Since U Been Gone", if you were to describe it as if it were a fish?

A: Flatfish
   comment by Sean on February 15, 2006

2=1 Pizza!?! That place is r*tarded, the name makes no sense!
   comment by Chronomorph (#11) on February 16, 2006

Hey developer guy, I got this in a bounce back:
Parse error: parse error, unexpected '\"' in /var/www/askforcents.com/Cliaview.class.php on line 296
   comment by dustin (#1) on February 16, 2006

Chrono is apparently not a spice girls fan. "When 2 become 1..."
   comment by dustin (#1) on February 16, 2006

Thanks for pointing out the email bounceback. We've fixed the problem. Hopefully we'll work out all these alpha-test kinks soon.
   comment by AskFoCents on February 19, 2006

The internet is filled with experts to answer your questions, but there are some that can only be answered at:

www.askaninja.com

Ninja!
   comment by Alex (#118) on February 20, 2006

Q: If you had to hunt for Osama bin Laden in the tribal regions of Western Pakistan with a television B-list celebrity, which television B-list celebrity would you choose?

A: Gary Coleman, because he's small enough to fit into caves and stuff
   comment by chrisdye on March 16, 2006

My boyfriend broke up with me for no reason. What should I do?
   comment by Weezy Licious on March 19, 2006

How many types of cancer is there?
   comment by anonymous on April 11, 2006

how & when was obesity discovered?
   comment by anonymous on April 23, 2006

how many teeth do sea urchins have
   comment by Brandon on May 4, 2006

Who were the judges for each season of American Idol?
   comment by Chief on May 20, 2006

You people leaving comments here should re-read the post. Send your questions via email to q@askforcents.com and they will reply with an answer.
   comment by dustin (#1) on May 20, 2006

will they bring out a final fantasy game on to psp
   comment by brad on June 14, 2006

sir,
i would like to know that what is the sexuel method of peacock.one of my friend said that the male peacoke spitting sexuel organs and having female peacoke(very strange) is it true...?!
   comment by favas on July 18, 2006

who is the music by on that advert for the tv with all the bouncy balls going down the hill?
   comment by shawny on October 7, 2006

who is the music by on that advert for the tv with all the bouncy balls going down the hill?
   comment by shawny on October 7, 2006

What (in detail) is the best way to make my girlfriend have an orgasm, including manouvers?
   comment by BLANK on November 23, 2006

Dear BLANK,

Give this to your girlfriend: vinny9@hotmail.com.

I'll take care of the rest.
   comment by vinny on November 24, 2006

Is it safe to smoke Marijuana 4 days after a concussion?
   comment by BOB on January 5, 2007

I'm going to have to say yes.
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 5, 2007

how do you ask a questiuon on this website
   comment by adam on February 11, 2007

What is better an American badger or an Eurasian?
   comment by Aaron on March 6, 2007

Love the website.
   comment by Aaron on March 6, 2007

Some people shouldn't talk about weird things on this website right?
   comment by Aaron on March 6, 2007

"how many teeth do sea urchins have?"

They have a mouth structure with the wonderful name of Aristotle's Lantern. Within that structure they have 5 calcium caronate teeth.
   comment by Dude on March 7, 2007

"How many types of cancer is there?"

Quick answer: How many body parts do you have?

Cancer occurs when cells divide uncontrollably due to damage to genes which control the process of cell division. All the cells in your body have the same genetic material (save your gametes which have only half) and so can be induced to become cancerous. Some cells are more vulnerable than others because of location and function. Some cells would require quite a bit of fiddling to become cancerous.
   comment by Dude on March 7, 2007

"how do you ask a question on this website?"

You've just done it...
   comment by Dude on March 7, 2007

"how & when was obesity discovered?"

Obesity was discovered by Dom Deluise in the 60's. He was working the lab late one night when his eyes beheld an eerie sight. For his monster from his flab began to rise and suddenly to his surprise...

He did the mash.
   comment by Dude on March 7, 2007

is lois anoying?
   comment by bill on April 4, 2007

Sometimes.
   comment by dustin (#1) on April 5, 2007

whats after making out with your girlfriend?

   comment by cloud. on April 16, 2007

was counter rfrmation art desined to boast catholicisms wealth
   comment by MURANDA on April 17, 2007

which state has the highest average of webkinz per-person?
   comment by alexa lucchesse on April 28, 2007

from the movie SPIRIT STALLION OF THE SIMARRON, what is spirit's mom's name?
   comment by kikyo on May 1, 2007

how did the earth get its nuclear energy?
   comment by Bohio on September 6, 2007

how did the earth get its nuclear energy
   comment by Bohio on September 6, 2007

I am in desperate need of some data!!!!
I need to do a collage paper on graphs and my teacher already hates me as it is because he doesn't approve of my Rockonese origin (i was named after my rockonese grandmother). He thinks it is very peculiar and treats me like an alien.

ANYWAYS

please help me collect this data:

how many cows are in each continent?

YOUR HELP WOULD BE AMAZING!!!!
my professor sucks
ill get an F if my paper isnt done by the end of the weekend
heeelllppp
   comment by Blesh Cocova on September 21, 2007

you rockonese are all the same, trying to get others to do your work for you. go back where you came from
   comment by anonymous on September 22, 2007

what was the purpose of the mayflower compact?
   comment by khalid on September 26, 2007

To compact mayflowers.
   comment by dustin (#1) on September 26, 2007

"how many cows are in each continent?"

In Asia there are approximately 400 moollion.
In South America there are approximately 250 moollion.
In Africa there are a little less than 200 moollion.
In North America, there are about 180 moollion
In Europe there are about 130 moollion.
There are none in Antarctica, but if there were, they would be a great source of ice cream.



   comment by anonymous on September 27, 2007

1.Describe the three basic types of symbiosis. Give two examples of each

2.What does survival of the fittest mean? Explain.

3.How do organisms adapt to competitors? Give three examples.

4. How do organisms adapt to symbiosis? Give one example.

Thanks`:) Please tell me because this is my HW. and I am having very much trouble. :)
   comment by Taylor on October 10, 2007

Survival of the fittest means you are going to fail.
   comment by anonymous (#1) on October 11, 2007

Taylor,
This sounds like a homework assignment. You'd better look that stuff up yourself...
   comment by Dude on October 14, 2007

Taylor,
This sounds like a homework assignment. You'd better look that stuff up yourself...
   comment by Dude on October 14, 2007

how is composition and texture used by scentists to classify rocks?
   comment by evan Thurwachter on October 16, 2007

Can someone answer my question today!?!
   comment by evan Thurwachter on October 16, 2007

Composition is essential to rock classification. Although it is a tremendously emotional exercise, scientists must remain composed at all times when classifying rocks.
   comment by anonymous on October 17, 2007

which releases more active transport energy: aerobic or anaerobic respiration?
   comment by julia on December 5, 2007

What is a current and direct formula for the tiles pattern describe in the table below.Explain the answer.


left colum right colum
1 7
2 12
3 17
4 22
5 27
   comment by Noelle on December 6, 2007

Anyone going to send me the answer cause I don't I don't know how to do formulas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And this needed Tomarrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment by Noelle on December 6, 2007

Here's a question for you, Noelle: if the left column could equal zero, what would the right column be?
   comment by Helper on December 6, 2007

Noelle, where are you? This question is due today!!!
   comment by Helper on December 7, 2007

hi, wat are 7 rivers that flow through the 13 colonies (in around 1700's) and 3 bodies of water(such as lakes and oceans) that border the region? please answer back because i have a big project on this, thank you!
   comment by bob on December 16, 2007

Which English buccaneer won a royal pardon and became deputy governor of Jamaica?
   comment by Alex on December 17, 2007

what do I want to eat for dinner?
   comment by doug on January 20, 2008

food
   comment by dustin (#1) on January 21, 2008

i have not tried it.
   comment by GuyB on February 2, 2008

Goto Youtube and search cheese paste
   comment by GuyB on February 2, 2008

does anyone know how many pillers go around each level of the leaning tower of pisa
   comment by spencer on February 15, 2008

not enough.
   comment by dustin (#1) on February 15, 2008

should i meet up with sue friday
   comment by imok on February 27, 2008

yes
   comment by dustin (#1) on February 27, 2008

1. How did the East India Company influence India's history?

2. What was Mohandas Gandhi's contribution to India's independence?

3. What kinds of governments do the nations of South Asia have?

4. What rights did India's 1950 constitution give some people?

5. How re the economies of South Asian nations changing?

6. What is being done to improve the economies of South Asia?

7. What languages are spoken in India and why?

8. What role does family play in the lives of most Indians?

9. What was the Muslim League, and what did it accomplish?

10. How has Pakistan taken advantage of its natural resources?

   comment by evan Thurwachter on March 26, 2008

9. The Muslim League was the highest level of baseball for muslims until Sammy Khalifah broke the Religion Barrier in 1982 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on March 27, 2008

3. What kinds of governments do the nations of South Asia have?

Bad ones.
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on March 29, 2008

7. What languages are spoken in India and why?

To answer the second part of your question, languages are spoken in India for the same reason they are spoken in most places: for ease of communication. For instance, it is easier to ask for a glass of worder by using spoken words than, for instance, pointing to a water faucet. For more information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on March 29, 2008

Yeah Thanks................


That will sure help me................




   comment by evan Thurwachter on March 30, 2008

Do we breath nitrogen or oxygen more?
   comment by Dalton Trinh on April 3, 2008

There is more nitrogen in the air than oxygen so you could say that we breathe nitrogen more. However, hemoglobin molecules on our red blood cells take oxygen out of the lungs and bring it into the blood. So the gas we're really trying to get is oxygen (and also dispose of carbon dioxide).
   comment by Chronomorph (#11) on April 8, 2008

How Far Away is Earth From the Sun?
   comment by Ohio Guy on April 28, 2008

1 AU.
   comment by dustin (#1) on April 28, 2008

speed of light is 300,000,000 m/s
it takes 8 minutes (480 secs) for the sun's ray to reach earth
approximately 144,000,000 kilometers
and dustin is right, it's more or less equal to 1 Astronomical Unit (AU)
   comment by amanda on April 29, 2008

More or less...I thought the DEFINITION of AU was the distance from the Earth to the Sun...?
   comment by Gbrowdy (#55) on April 29, 2008

Yup, AU is the distance from the Earth to the Sun...i was referring to the 144,000,000 km (more or less) :)
   comment by amanda on May 2, 2008

Dustin, jokes are no longer welcome here.
   comment by Chronomorph (#11) on May 2, 2008

What are the teeth desighned for grinding food
   comment by Dane on May 4, 2008

Molars
   comment by Gbrowdy (#55) on May 6, 2008

Hmm... This is a trick question, Gil. It depends on whether you believe that teeth were designed or if they evolved. The less controversial answer is the teeth of a manual grinder. They were definitely designed to grind food.
   comment by Marc on May 6, 2008

Marc, if Dane wanted to hear that, he would have specified, "Please give me the godless answer."
   comment by Gbrowdy (#55) on May 7, 2008

Dane, the fate of your soul hinges on this one question...
   comment by Marc on May 9, 2008

What is a large molecule composed of repeating smaller molecules
   comment by Camille Dade on May 15, 2008

what was the power of the people to make an elected official stand for election at any time during his term?
   comment by Tyler Bailey on June 5, 2008

It's the power of recall.

(I'm not giving a smart-alecky answer because of the May 2 dictat of Cronomorph.)
   comment by chrisdye (#15) on June 5, 2008

has vannessa hugens been taking nude pictures of herself
   comment by martha on June 22, 2008

_________ cells have internal compartments that are enclosed by a membrane, while ________ cells do not.
   comment by joe on July 13, 2008

Vanessa - yes

Joe - Prison Cells have internal compatments that are enclosed by a membrane, while holding cells so no
   comment by registeredname (#141) on July 13, 2008

it was wrong
   comment by aj on July 24, 2008

Should I take dance next year or yoga as an alternative to Physical Education at school?
   comment by Caroline on August 19, 2008

Take dance. It will be the most valuable for you long-term in your life imho.
   comment by dustin (#1) on August 19, 2008

Emily takes a trip, driving with a constant velocity of 83.5 km/h to the north except for a 22 min rest stop. If Emily's average velocity is 68.8 km/h to the north, how long does the trip take?
   comment by anonymous on October 6, 2008

83.5 * (x-[22/60]) = 68.8 * x
83.5x - 30.617 = 68.8x
14.7x = 30.617
x = 2.083 hours or about 125 minutes
   comment by Gbrowdy (#55) on October 7, 2008

Using a specific domestic or foreign policy issue describe the roles played by the three branches of government - the Executive the Legislature and the Judiciary?
   comment by Monique on January 27, 2009

why do men have nipples??
   comment by z on April 19, 2009

Audemars Piguet
   comment by zeng on July 22, 2009

A Plane has a thrust of 150N
A Banner that the plane is dragging has a drag of 98N

Whats The Unbalanced Force? = ____________

What Happens?? __________________________________________________________________________________________
   comment by Daisy on November 2, 2010

Emily takes a trip, driving with a constant velocity of 81.5 km/h to the north except for a 22 min rest stop. If Emily's average velocity is 76.8 km/h to the north, how long does the trip take?
   comment by Mikem on January 24, 2012

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