Yes, Ask has joined Jeeves in retirement, officially bowing out of the search business last month in favor of concentrating on the question and answer service they returned to in July.
However, those questions asked on Ask.com are from users searching for answers to their most pressing questions...such as where to get the best coffee under $10 (answer: Dunkin' Donuts).
Plus, this list has become a yearly tradition at Search Engine Watch -- well, two years running anyway. So without further ado, here is the complete list of Ask.com's top questions of 2010.
Ask.com's Top 10 Questions (and Answers) of 2010
- What is the best coffee under $10? Dunkin Donuts
- Are the new mini net books any good? Go with an iPad
- Where should I propose to my girlfriend? Take her where you went on your first date
- What's the best cure for a stuffy nose? Hot shower and Vicks Vapor Rub
- What is the best child-friendly sushi? California Rolls, but Unagi and Ebi are also great choices
- As a beginner, is it worth paying for expensive ski boots? No, cut your teeth on some cheap ones
- What kind of dog should I get? Either a Boxer or a Lab
- What are the best websites for travel deals? Kayak.com and Travelzoo
- Do you have to peel apples when making homemade apple pie? Absolutely
- What's the best new TV show? "The Big Bang Theory"
Top Celebrity and Entertainment Questions
Want to know if Lady Gaga is a man? You aren't alone. Here's what was hot in celebrity and entertainment questions:
- How old is Justin Bieber?
- Who is Taylor Swift dating?
- Does Justin Bieber have a girlfriend?
- How old is Kim Kardashian?
- Who is the highest paid teen star?
- Is Lady Gaga a man?
- What is Slash's real name?
- Is Nicki Minaj gay?
- Is Beyonce pregnant?
- Is Demo Lovato in rehab?
Top Technology/Internet Questions
Apple was a popular topic in technology, with top questions about the iPhone and iPod Touch.
- What is the best brand of laptop?
- What is the best online game for iPod Touch?
- What is the best iPhone app?
- Is Apple coming out with the iPhone 5?
- Which is best: AT&T, Verizon or Sprint?
- What is an RSS feed?
- How do I create my own website?
- Is there a website where I can watch free movies online?
- What is the best available smart phone?
- Where can I download free music?
Top Health and Fitness Questions
Some old favorites returned in the health category. Here's hoping "How much should I weigh now that I've gotten pregnant?" doesn't crack the list next year.
- How much should I weigh?
- How do I get pregnant?
- What's the best treatment for a migraine headache?
- How long does it take to get out of shape?
- How long does marijuana stay in your system?
- What's the fastest way to lose weight and keep it off?
- How many calories are in a pound?
- Can men get breast cancer?
- What causes hiccups?
- What are the symptoms of the swine flu?
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