Farewell Of The Week

So, it’s goodbye to Yahoo Answers, that treasure house of bewildering questions and astonishing answers. It is moving to read-only mode on April 20th and being shut down entirely on May 4th.

Where else could you find the note of despair that prompted one user to ask “HOW DO I TURN OFF CAPLOCK? For those of a more philosophical or scientific bent you could exercise your grey cells over “if I ate myself would I become twice as big or disappear completely?” and “do you think human will ever walk on the sun?” Then there is the perennial “will my laptop get heavier if I put more files on?”

Perhaps the most disturbing ever query posted was “what if the girl that thinks I’m the dad isn’t the mom?”  

Yahoo Answers gave a fascinating if often unwelcome insight into the deeper recesses of the minds of its users and will be missed. I assume they will now gravitate to Twitter.

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