The best answer to any question.

Nov. 12 2015 7:22 AM

Are Political Campaigns’ Twitter Hashtags Still Valuable, Even If They Can Go Awry?

Answer by Carter Moore, senior policy adviser:

They're still incredibly valuable as a way of organizing supporters across the platform and quickly pushing out information. The issue with #JebCanFixIt isn't the abuse of a slogan or hashtag. It's with the slogan itself; and the slogan just ... sucks.

Video Advertisement

Nov. 11 2015 7:07 AM

How Far Are We From Developing Self-Sufficient Space Stations?

Answer by Robert Walker, writer on Mars and space issues, software developer:

Truly totally self-sufficient space stations? Nowhere near—not if you mean able to make and repair all the complex machinery, space suits, life-support systems, computers, modules, and so on. Nobody is attempting that either.

Nov. 10 2015 7:18 AM

How Do You Become One of the World’s Top Chess Players?

Answer by John Fernandez, 2133 FIDE:

According to the World Chess Federation (FIDE), I'm ranked No. 34,299 in the world, so I'm probably not the best person in the world to answer this, but let me tell you about the Polgár sisters: Zsofia, Zsuzsa, and Judit Polgár.

Nov. 9 2015 7:12 AM

How Do You Become More Assertive?

Answer by Steven Mason, brand strategist and ideator; patent claims strategist; patent broker:

The result of assertiveness is respect. So how do you get it?

Be calm. Speak firmly but more softly. Don't yell. Don't beg. State things as they are. And don't ask permission or apologize! For example:

Nov. 8 2015 7:49 AM

How Do Men Achieve “Dad Bods”?

Answer by Sanjay SabnaniCEO and dad:

A defining characteristic of the “dad bod” is the ability to detect musculature underneath a consistent layer of adipose insulation in a way that suggests fitness is an option that could easily be achieved if hedonism wasn't a manlier and more compelling pursuit.

Nov. 7 2015 7:29 AM

Are Modern Classic Children’s Books Becoming Less Relevant?

Answer by Marti LaChance:

If classic children's books are read less frequently today, it is because parents worry about topical relevance.

Perhaps parents fear their kids won't like to read if stories don't mimic their lives, which is an incredibly misplaced fear. A good story is a good story!

Nov. 6 2015 7:13 AM

What’s the Biggest Challenge Artists Face?

Answer by Michelle Gaugy, art gallery owner, author, art consultant:

“Artists” is an immense category, as pointed out in this answer. I don't believe anyone can answer this question for all artists, because there are so many different kinds, working at so many different kinds of art, at so many different levels.

Nov. 5 2015 7:11 AM

What’s It Like to Have an Extremely High IQ?


Answer by Steven Mason, brand strategist and ideator, patent claims strategist, patent broker:



I was reading the newspaper (the news, finance, and sports sections) before I entered kindergarten (4 years, 10 months old). I also could add, multiply, and divide any numbers. I “discovered” the Fibonacci sequence when I was around 7, and when I was in first grade, I tested past eighth grade (the limit on the test) on both math and English. So did school bore me? Yes, to the nth degree. Almost everything I learned I learned myself. I read one to two books per day. Does this make some things easy? Sure—learning most things. I hear new ideas and new technologies I've never seen before and am able in a matter of hours or days of immersion not only to understand what's going on but to explain them to others. I think faster, and I formulate thoughts whole. I barely need to edit anything I write; I barely need to break a sweat solving many difficult problems. Lawyers have asked me where I went to law school (I didn't); doctors have asked me about my medical training (I don't have any). If I'm interested in something, I learn it. But if I sit on my ass, that won't make any difference, will it?


Nov. 4 2015 7:11 AM

How Has Survivor Managed to Stay On-Air for So Long?

Answer by Adrienne Gomer, mom of three, avid TV watcher:

The genius of Survivor is that it's self-reflexive. It's ever-evolving. This newest season, contestants explain it best when they describe the old-school way of playing and the new-school way of playing.

Nov. 2 2015 10:44 AM

Do Astronauts Need Passports When They Travel to Space?

Answer by Clayton C. Anderson, two-time ISS astronaut; six spacewalks, 30-year NASA employee (retired 2013), author:

Astronauts do not need passports or visas when they leave Earth and travel into outer space—at least they don't at this time in our history.