Friday 13th brings six millionth question to mobile answering service AQA

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aqa.gifAt 10.17pm on Friday 13th April, the mobile phone answer service AQA (Any Question Answered) answered its six millionth question.

Paul Cockerton, managing director of AQA, said that the Easter Weekend had been a very busy period for the company, with the combination of the good weather, high profile sporting events, and a few extra days off, meaning that customers were “in a very inquisitive mood”.

Some 60,000 questions were answered over the long holiday weekend.

And that six millionth question? The answer to “How tall is the 2nd tallest man in the world?” was “The second tallest man in the world is Pakistan’s Ajaz Ahmed, who is a towering 8’4″. The tallest man ever was Robert Wadlow, who was over 8’11”.

“When AQA launched back in 2004 as the first premium text question and answer service in the world, it took us 18 months to reach our first million questions. This last million took only 10 weeks. By the end of the year AQA will be answering a million questions every month.” said Cockerton.

The top 10 questions asked over Easter were:

1. What were the winning lottery draw numbers?
2. What’s the meaning of life?
3. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
4. Who won the Oxford – Cambridge boat race?
5. Why am i giving someone an egg?
6. How is Easter’s date set?
7. What was Man Utd’s score?
8. What was the result of the Calzaghe fight?
9. Why is the sky blue?
10. What was the England Australia cricket score?

Hmm, I wouldn’t like to have to answer question 2 in a short text message.

AQA offer a free question at their web site. Using the service from a mobile costs £1 per message, by texting the question to 83336.

Andy Merrett