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Author Topic: In search of a site much like answers.com ...  (Read 1035 times)

barney

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In search of a site much like answers.com ...
« on: December 21, 2010, 02:26:26 AM »
Folk,

Once upon a time, in the early days of the Web, there was a site whose URL I've lost.  This was back in the days when there were few TLDs, mostly .com, .edu, & .gov.  It was probably a .edu, but I really do not recall.  It was like unto ehow.com, answers.com, coolquiz.com, straightdope.com, didyouknow.org ...

It provided information such as

  • the mayday emergency call is a bastardization of the French word maidez (sorry, I don't have accenting capability right now)
  • the morse code SOS was not an abbreviation of save our souls or save our ship, but the shortest morse message that was unlikely to be confused with static, yet easy to remember
  • various and sundry why is it and how to do it and how does it work gems.

For the time - mid- to late-nineties - it was a gargantuan site, so I'd not expect that it has gone under.  At least, I'd be very disappointed if it has gone under, although the Web doesn't seem too concerned about my disappointments  :P.

Anyway, considering the breadth of knowledge extant at DC, I thought that perhaps one of you might still recall that URL.  I'd be most grateful - for whatever that's worth  :huh: - to have it again.

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Re: In search of a site much like answers.com ...
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 05:51:50 AM »
questionhub.com indexes a lot of answers site maybe you can search from their index. Look for which site they're supporting as of now and see if the site you are looking for is there.

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Re: In search of a site much like answers.com ...
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2010, 08:03:21 AM »
Hope it wasn't hosted on Geocities.  :(

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Re: In search of a site much like answers.com ...
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 08:39:02 AM »
May be RefDesk http://refdesk.com/ can be useful in your search. An oldie with tons of links to reference stuff.