I heard about ChaCha a few years ago, but I was recently reminded of them when my sister gushed about their services.
Basically, in a nutshell, ChaCha is a professional Googling service. You can email or text them a question (I personally prefer to text), and they’ll answer it, usually within an hour.
Now, why would you need this, especially if you have an iPhone or another phone with a browser? Well, you can ask them qualititative questions as well.
For example, I asked ChaCha what the best club in Boston is. (They told me Felt, and I strongly disagreed — I go to clubs a few times a week, and I think that Mantra, Saint, the Estate and Rumor are MUCH better than Felt.) I asked when Michael Phelps’s next races were being broadcast on the East Coast.
Then I asked, “Who is the grammar vandal?”
The answer? “A female superhero living in Boston that has is [sic] driven to eradicate grammar errors in public in Boston and elsewhere.” A superhero! Yay!
Then, “Who is Kate McCulley?”
The answer: “Kate McCulley is the grammar vandal!” Awesome.
Then it turned sour.
Because I couldn’t resist, I asked the following question: “How do you get a guy to notice you?”
The answer: “Well you could get done up very nice and make sure your near him a lot. Just go up to him and talk with him :)“
Make sure YOUR near him a lot?! No! NO!!!
It got worse.
I asked: “Do [certain] guys ever date girls [like me]?”
The answer: “Sure why not? There rather sexy don’t you think? I would encourage trying new things!“
Oh, my God.
Well, I enjoy their answers, so I’m going to keep using it.
But come on — is it REALLY that hard to hire people who know the proper forms of your and you’re and there and their and they’re?