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Google Answers

Google, in its tireless quest to become The Best Thing Ever (the title currently held by coffee), is trying out a new feature entitled Google Answers. Users submit a question and a dollar amount; then one of the crack Google Answer Superstars (such as all-around superstar Jessamyn West) will do the research and provide an answer. If the asker feels the answer was up to snuff, he coughs up the specified dough.

Take a gander at some of the submitted questions. They range from the specific (What is the statute of limitations on civil suits in Pennsylvania?) to the general (What's the best cell phone?) to the downright philosophical (What is the answer to this question?). And some of the questions posted are clearly jokes. One guy, for instance, wrote "I like girls. Do you like girls?" But did this facetiousness prevent Dr. David from providing an exhaustively detailed answer? No. It did not.

Posted on May 10, 2002 to