The best answer to any question.

Sept. 2 2015 7:04 AM

If the World Isolated the U.S. With Sanctions, Could the U.S. Survive?

Answer by Dan Holliday, I am an American:

Of course the U.S. could survive, but it wouldn't be easy, and it would require a rewrite of how the U.S. does business and makes money. It would cause the U.S. to go through a complete economic collapse and rebuild as an isolated economy. 

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Sept. 1 2015 7:14 AM

Why Should People Care About the Greek Crisis?

Answer by Judith Meyer, German who speaks Greek:

Do you want serious reasons or fun reasons? I will provide both.

Apart from the enormous humanitarian impact, the Greek crisis is important far beyond Greece because the future of European democracy and the euro is being written there. The crisis is forcing us to consider important questions that have been cheerfully ignored until now.

Aug. 31 2015 3:24 PM

What’s It Like to Work at a Traveling Circus?

Answer by Megan O'Malley, musician with Ringling Brothers, goofball on a train:

For some really good insight on this topic, check out Big Apple Circus’ documentaryCircus, a six-episode documentary that follows the troupe in their daily lives, covering performances, what it's like to live on the road, how children are raised, problems faced, drama abounding, etc. It's a really good glimpse into the life of a circus worker. Best of all, you can view the entire thing for free on PBS.

Aug. 29 2015 7:17 AM

How Do You Get People to Trust You?

Answer by Evan Asano, founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company:

I sell for a living. A better way to describe that is to say: I get people to trust me for a living.

Regardless of industry, sales is about approaching complete strangers and, shortly after meeting them, asking them for money. There may be not better test of whether people trust you. Sales skills are people skills. After more than 10 years of sales, I had an experience that I never dreamed of could happen when I started working in sales.

Aug. 28 2015 7:10 AM

What’s the Best Way to Pet Someone Else’s Dog?

Answer by John Buginas, SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers, instructor, 2006-2009, CTC 2005:

All dogs are different. Like people, most dogs will “tell you” if they don't like what you are doing. They can't talk, so they will tell you by flinching or moving away, punching you with their noses, or growling. As with people, your relationship will go best if you respect their boundaries and respect their personal space. And, as with people, once a dog is familiar with you, the two of you will learn how you can interact and have fun together.

Aug. 27 2015 7:46 AM

How Did Early Explorers Find Small Islands?

Answer by Stephen Tempest, qualified amateur historian:

Many islands went undiscovered until relatively modern times. In some cases, a mariner might report the presence of an island in a particular region, but subsequent voyages to the same part of the ocean might fail to find it again, and it might be several centuries until the island was rediscovered.

Aug. 26 2015 7:09 AM

Do Parrots Make Good Pets?

Answer by John Buginas:

This applies to macaws and other large parrot-like birds.

My wife has a macaw she got about 30 years ago as a baby bird. The bird adores her. The bird is pretty and has some charm. It is very cute, especially when she and my wife interact. I met my wife six years ago. I've tried for about six years to win her bird over. It's not working.

Aug. 25 2015 7:25 AM

Why Do Public Schools Have a Teacher Shortage?


Answer by Judy Levy Pordes, retired teacher, school leader for 40 years:


Teaching is not a particularly well-respected position. Many people do not want to be a part of a profession that is often looked down upon. Too many of today's politicians and corporate leaders talk about the poor quality of teachers without having any idea of what they are talking about. They've never been in a classroom.

Aug. 22 2015 7:02 AM

What’s It Like to Get a Ph.D. in Science?

Answer by Tom McNeill, Ph.D., director of scientific computing, Virtual-Rx, Inc.:

It will be lonely, and you are on your own without a net.
Unlike business, medical, or legal education, a Ph.D. in a hard science is an individualized apprenticeship. No two Ph.D. experiences are identical; your program is unique to you. You and your fellow students will share similar ups and downs in your development, but the content and context will be different for each of you. You will be diving into areas of study that few people will understand. In truth, the number of people who will be able to discuss your work as peers world wide will probably be able to fit in your office. This means you need to have the skills to assimilate what you know and apply them to expanding your chosen field. The best bit of advice I can give you is to look to other fields for answers to your questions. For example, systems biologists need to look to electrical engineering and certain branches of math for solutions to problems. Learn to think by analogy. But, most importantly, understand this, your successes will be shared with your larger group, your failures are only yours.

Aug. 19 2015 2:03 PM

How Do You Access the Deep Web?

Answer by Kat Lightman, student of biology:

Exploring the deep web is something you should not do without careful planning and consideration. First of all, anything you see you will never be able to un-see. That's just a brief psychological warning.