Ask Jeeves marks 10th birthday with ‘unanswerable questions’ promotion
A decade and 1.1bn questions after Ask Jeeves launched in the UK, the website is asking the public to help answer its top 10 unanswerable queries – including Did Tony Soprano die? and Do blondes have more fun? .
As part of its 10th birthday celebrations, the site has signed up celebrities including hairdresser Nicky Clarke, TV presenter Sarah Beeny and astrologer Russell Grant to try to answer the queries.
To celebrate the anniversary the company is today launching a website, uk.ask.com/unanswerables to give members of the public the chance to shed light on some of the trickiest questions that have been asked over the last decade.
Ask Jeeves has also asked a range of celebrities to give their solutions to the supposedly unanswerable questions. Astrologer Grant will tackle Is anybody out there? ; Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O’Sullivan will answer Did Tony Soprano die? ; Beeny, who founded dating website mysinglefriend.com, will field What is love? ; and hairdresser Clarke will respond to Do blondes have more fun? .
The promotion comes ahead of Ask Jeeves launching a permanent interactive community section later this year that will allow users to get answers from real people.
For the first time users themselves can get involved, to share their thoughts and come up with answers, said Ask Jeeves spokeswoman Nadia Kelly. Now is the perfect time to extend our technology and enable our users to help answer questions as well.
Ask Jeeves first hit the UK in 2000, thanks to an ultimately ill-fated investment from TV companies Carlton and Granada. fronted by PG Wodehouse’s famous butler character.
The site has had a tumultuous time since then, struggling against the inexorable rise of Google, eventually being acquired in a 1bn deal by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp in 2005. with Jeeves himself being dropped for three years before being revived last year.
The top 10 unanswerable questions
1. What is the meaning of life?
2. Is there a God?
3. Do blondes have more fun?
4. What is the best way to lose weight?
5. Is there anybody out there?
6. Who is the most famous person in the world?
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