Person Finder Tool – Uttarakhand Floods [Google]

Post by Alok Kumar:

Person Finder Tool – Uttarakhand Floods [Google]

An Important Mail from Google about Person Finder tool for Uttarakhand Floods
(Share it so that it can help someone in need.)

#Uttarakhand #Flood #PersonFinder #Google #India #FloodVictim #VictimSearch #Important

Hi Everyone,

Over the last few weeks, we have all been hearing about the flooding in Uttarkhand. Our Crisis Response team has swung into action and launched the Person Finder tool to help trace missing people in flood affected areas.
We just launched the tool through our blog and our Google India+ page. We need your help to spread awareness about this tool, so that it can help as many people as possible.

Here is a direct link to the tool:

Our Blog Post:

G+ Link:
Google India

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What answers on Quora have the most upvotes?

Answer by Oliver Emberton:

I wrote a script to find the most upvoted Quora answers, how quickly they're gaining votes, and some fun facts about them.

Updated: 17 June 2013.

13,000 – 13,999 votes

1. How do I get over my bad habit of procrastinating?Oliver Emberton – 13,687 upvotes (↑ 89 / day)

12,000 – 12,999 votes

2. What is the nicest thing you've ever done that no one knows about? – 12,157 upvotes (↑ 68 / day)

9,000 – 9,999 votes

3. If China, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attack India at the same time, how long will it take to defeat India?Pratyush Rathore – 9,227 upvotes (↑ 91 / day)
4. What does it mean when a girl smiles at you every time she sees you? – 9,120 upvotes (↑ 61 / day)

7,000 – 7,999 votes

5. How does it feel to have sex with your spouse on your wedding night when he/she is a stranger? – 7,855 upvotes (↑ 53 / day)
6. Why is it difficult to date an Indian girl in general? – 7,063 upvotes (↑ 52 / day)

6,000 – 6,999 votes

7. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?David Fry – 6,859 upvotes (↑ 74 / day)
8. What is one accomplishment you are most proud of?Rachit Pandey – 6,827 upvotes (↑ 53 / day)
9. What are some of the best rare natural phenomena that occur on Earth?Mayank Singh Shishodia – 6,824 upvotes (↑ 75 / day)
10. What is the difference between a girlfriend and a girl friend? Or a boyfriend and a boy friend?Mike Wilhelm – 6,715 upvotes (↑ 51 / day)
11. What are some of the most ridiculous startup ideas that eventually became successful?Michael Wolfe – 6,580 upvotes (↑ 56 / day)
12. Why is Dropbox more popular than other programs with similar functionality?Michael Wolfe – 6,499 upvotes (↑ 41 / day)
13. What are the biggest misconceptions that Indians have about India?Sonu Giri – 6,176 upvotes (↑ 82 / day)
14. What is the most heroic thing you have ever done?Drew Young Shin – 6,105 upvotes (↑ 63 / day)

5,000 – 5,999 votes

15. What is the best Google employee perk, and why?Paul Cowan – 5,944 upvotes (↑ 41 / day)
16. What are the best stories about people randomly meeting Steve Jobs?Tim Smith – 5,920 upvotes (↑ 19 / day)
17. How do Muslims in India view Pakistan? – 5,895 upvotes (↑ 50 / day)
18. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Martin Bennett – 5,845 upvotes
19. What is it like to always be the smartest person in the room? – 5,789 upvotes (↑ 15 / day)
20. Why are software development task estimations regularly off by a factor of 2-3?Michael Wolfe – 5,691 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
21. Why is it difficult to date an Indian girl in general? – 5,641 upvotes (↑ 43 / day)
22. What are some of the funniest and cleverest advertisements?Jessica Hui – 5,430 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
23. What has been the most embarrassing moment of your life? – 5,404 upvotes (↑ 60 / day)
24. How should I explain dynamic programming to a 4-year-old?Jonathan Paulson – 5,299 upvotes (↑ 23 / day)
25. In layman's terms, what are the major programming languages, and what are they used for?Isaac Lewis – 5,298 upvotes (↑ 13 / day)

4,000 – 4,999 votes

26. Can ants sense death?Matan Shelomi – 4,877 upvotes (↑ 54 / day)
27. What are the most famous computer passwords in history?Bulat Bochkariov – 4,705 upvotes
28. What is the latest fad among the youth of India?Lester Pereira – 4,600 upvotes (↑ 17 / day)
29. What would a modern-day evil genius have to do in order to take over the world?Oliver Emberton – 4,577 upvotes (↑ 28 / day)
30. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Guy Nesher – 4,465 upvotes
31. What are important things and advice to know that people generally aren't told about?Marcus Geduld – 4,376 upvotes (↑ 62 / day)
32. What is a good tagline for Quora?Alex Tamkin – 4,284 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
33. What if Ravan had won the war with Ram?Anonymous – 4,273 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
34. What was the right strategy for Abhimanyu to defeat the Padmavyuha formation from the Mahabharata?Navin Pai – 4,245 upvotes (↑ 37 / day)
35. What are some nice, beautiful stories? – 4,242 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
36. What are some things that you can do in India but not in the US?Balaji Viswanathan – 4,168 upvotes (↑ 35 / day)
37. What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?Joey Frey – 4,167 upvotes
38. How does Apple keep secrets so well?Anonymous – 4,144 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
39. How can one make the most of one's youth?Feross Aboukhadijeh – 4,109 upvotes (↑ 39 / day)
40. Who do you think is the best professor in the world and why?Saarthak Sachdeva – 4,095 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)

3,000 – 3,999 votes

41. What is the craziest experience you've had when a prospective groom/bride had come to see you for the first time (before the wedding)?Parul Dixit – 3,917 upvotes (↑ 94 / day)
42. What are some nice, beautiful stories?Greg Heynen – 3,757 upvotes (↑ 76 / day)
43. What is the latest fad among the youth of India? – 3,721 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
44. Is it racist that white gets the chance to make the first move instead of black in a game of chess?Diana Cretu – 3,702 upvotes (↑ 58 / day)
45. As of May 19th 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India?Lester Pereira – 3,659 upvotes
46. As of May 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India?Lester Pereira – 3,658 upvotes (↑ 31 / day)
47. At age 25, would you pursue a good paying corporate job that makes you unhappy or a hobby that makes you happy but has no guarantee to pay the bills?Oliver Emberton – 3,644 upvotes (↑ 35 / day)
48. Why do some people prefer to become professors or faculty when they can have a better life (or at least more income) outside academia?Antariksh Bothale – 3,612 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
49. What does this quote mean: "Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people."?Zach Baker – 3,572 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
50. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Roberto De Leon – 3,497 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
51. What's the craziest thing you ever said (or did) at an interview and still got the job?Gil Yehuda – 3,477 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
52. As of May 19th 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India? – 3,438 upvotes
53. As of May 2013, what is the latest fad among the youth of India? – 3,438 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
54. How can you overcome your envy of people who are your age but are far more successful than you?Anonymous – 3,381 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
55. Why is Quora better than Twitter?Zachary Davidson – 3,353 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
56. Why should I provide my knowledge to Quora for free?Ben Mordecai – 3,350 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
57. What does it feel like to be the CEO of a start-up?Anonymous – 3,266 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
58. What are the biggest misconceptions that Indians have about India?Ankit Sethi – 3,248 upvotes (↑ 27 / day)
59. What strikes you as unusual about your own culture?Anjishnu Kumar – 3,225 upvotes
60. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Vivekanandan Jai – 3,120 upvotes (↑ 42 / day)
61. What is the most beautiful equation?Tracy Chou – 3,085 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
62. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Jeff Weston – 3,071 upvotes
63. What are some things Americans should learn from the rest of the world?James Barnes – 3,030 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
64. What are some of the most mind-blowing facts about India?Gautam Maingi – 3,030 upvotes (↑ 27 / day)
65. What is the most beautiful number, and why?Ganesh M Raturi – 3,016 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)

2,000 – 2,999 votes

66. How does one manage time more effectively?Oliver Emberton – 2,975 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
67. Is it okay to lick the pasta sauce off my plate?Jonas M Luster – 2,907 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
68. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Odin Hole Standal – 2,866 upvotes
69. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Sai Kishore K – 2,810 upvotes (↑ 28 / day)
70. What are the best body hacks that people should know about?Tolu Manuwa – 2,805 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
71. Is it possible that CRIS(IRCTC) utilizes a special algorithm to keep young female travelers (say 18-24) away from the compartments of …Rachit Goel – 2,793 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
72. What are the most common tricks used by dumb people to seem smart? – 2,791 upvotes (↑ -1 / day)
73. How should a 22-year-old invest time?Neal Wu – 2,749 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
74. What have you wasted the most amount of time doing during your stay at IIT?Rahul Kapil – 2,725 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
75. Does the Apple logo really adhere to the golden ratio?David Cole – 2,725 upvotes (↑ 18 / day)
76. What are some English phrases and terms commonly heard in India but rarely used elsewhere?Pushpendra Mohta – 2,711 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
77. Is there any theory that was discovered or inspired during an examination, quiz or homework?Michael Ishigaki – 2,688 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
78. What are the best comments by Navjot Singh Sidhu heard by you?Narendra Singh – 2,665 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
79. What are some of the interesting ways to annoy Punjabis?Rajesh Gupta – 2,656 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
80. Who are the masters of irony, sarcasm, and wit? – 2,617 upvotes (↑ 29 / day)
81. What does it feel like to lose a lot of money (quickly)?James Altucher – 2,602 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
82. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Kent Miller – 2,597 upvotes
83. What is the wittiest/funniest original line YOU have ever said?Sandesh Agrawal – 2,594 upvotes (↑ 23 / day)
84. What is the most annoying situation in India? – 2,579 upvotes (↑ 47 / day)
85. What are the best examples of people cheating the system?Pranav Reddy – 2,578 upvotes (↑ 30 / day)
86. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Addy Satija – 2,564 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
87. What's the craziest thing you ever said (or happened) at an interview and still got the job?Gil Yehuda – 2,549 upvotes
88. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,523 upvotes (↑ 33 / day)
89. Should I be worried that my girlfriend texts her ex-boyfriend till 4 a.m., and if so, why?Zachary Davidson – 2,507 upvotes (↑ 14 / day)
90. Why do some people prefer to spend time on Quora rather than Facebook?Karen X. Cheng – 2,488 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
91. What explains Chetan Bhagat's success?Anonymous – 2,471 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
92. What does it feel like to murder someone?Tommy Winfrey – 2,462 upvotes (=)
93. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Isaac Lewis – 2,430 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
94. I have $5. What is the best way to invest and grow my money?Visakan Veerasamy – 2,395 upvotes (↑ 367 / day)
95. What distinguishes the top 1% of product managers from the top 10%?Ian McAllister – 2,374 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
96. What is the most mind boggling example of a time travel paradox?Ravi Bhoraskar – 2,371 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
97. Why are Nokia phones stereotyped for being indestructible?Christopher Reiss – 2,354 upvotes (↑ 48 / day)
98. Is it racist that white gets the chance to make the first move instead of black in a game of chess?Andy Warwick – 2,336 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
99. What is it like to understand advanced mathematics? – 2,335 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
100. What's the craziest thing you ever said at a job interview and still got the job?Gil Yehuda – 2,318 upvotes (↑ 276 / day)
101. Why isn't Microsoft 'cool'?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,301 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
102. Why do people hate Windows?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,295 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
103. If you injure a bug, should you kill it or let it live and not die?Matan Shelomi – 2,276 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
104. What are some things nearly everyone believes that actually aren't true?Sreeram N Ramasubramanian – 2,262 upvotes (↑ 28 / day)
105. Why aren't people repulsed by eating eggs, which (PETA claims) is actually the menstrual flow of a hen?Robert Frost – 2,224 upvotes (↑ 34 / day)
106. What is the most bizarre job interview you have ever been party to?Lee Ballentine – 2,220 upvotes (=)
107. What are some unusual ways by which people make money?Makarand Sahasrabuddhe – 2,196 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
108. What are some of the most ridiculous startup ideas which eventually became successful?Michael Wolfe – 2,179 upvotes
109. Which is the best joke about engineers that very few people have heard?Deepak Mehta – 2,174 upvotes (↑ 17 / day)
110. What do you like most about this world?Anonymous – 2,162 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
111. What was the funniest thing that happened to you while travelling in a BMTC bus?Lohith Nagaraj – 2,156 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
112. What are some of the most mind-blowing facts that sound like "BS" but are actually true?Alex Tamkin – 2,148 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
113. Have you ever been discriminated on the basis of caste in India's top universities and colleges? – 2,133 upvotes (↑ 16 / day)
114. What is the funniest joke you've ever heard or read?Samuel Martha – 2,099 upvotes
115. Who are the craziest/most awesome Indians ever? – 2,099 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
116. What life lessons are counter-intuitive or go against common sense or wisdom?Yishan Wong – 2,090 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
117. What was your most embarrassing airport/airplane experience?Tim Morgan – 2,079 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
118. Why weren't we warned about the meteor that struck in Russia?Robert Frost – 2,077 upvotes (=)
119. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business? – 2,067 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
120. What's the most bizarre thing you've ever had to explain to a third party?Erin Paige Law – 2,064 upvotes (↑ 77 / day)
121. What is the manliest thing you have seen somebody do?Brian Browne Walker – 2,063 upvotes (↑ 24 / day)
122. What did it feel like to be inside the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks?Jonathan Weinberg – 2,047 upvotes (↑ 18 / day)
123. Does someone who was born with a hearing loss "hear" an inner voice?Michele Westfall – 2,047 upvotes (↑ 50 / day)
124. Why is Abdul Kalam widely loved and respected by everyone?Balaji Viswanathan – 2,034 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
125. What are the best "_____ walked into a bar" jokes? – 2,010 upvotes (=)
126. What are some amusing or interesting things you liked in the 90s, that you miss now?Jugal Anchalia – 2,007 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)

1,000 – 1,999 votes

127. My girlfriend says that she will break up with me unless I stop using Quora. What should I do?Christopher Reiss – 1,999 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
128. How would you explain the plot of Game of Thrones in brief, from the beginning?Sandhya Ramesh – 1,998 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
129. Is there a science to picking the colors that work well together in a design, or is it just subjective?Colm Tuite – 1,992 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
130. What are some of the most mind-blowing facts that sound like "BS" but are actually true?Deepak Mehta – 1,991 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
131. How can Penny, who works as a waitress, afford to drink wine everyday?Robert Frost – 1,981 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
132. During an interview what's an appropriate answer when asked "where do you see yourself in 5 years?"Tom Allen – 1,980 upvotes (=)
133. What are the coolest startup culture hacks you've heard of?Jonny Miller – 1,979 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
134. What are some of the most epic photos ever taken?Julio Rodriguez – 1,978 upvotes (=)
135. What is the biggest waste of time in your life?Anuj Agarwal – 1,976 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
136. What is it like to be with a person who has the exact same name as yours?Nikhil Garg – 1,965 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
137. What are some animals that most people have never seen before?Mayank Singh Shishodia – 1,954 upvotes (↑ 11 / day)
138. Is paying Rs 100 for a cup of coffee a good idea when half the population is too poor to spend that much in a day?Anonymous – 1,943 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
139. What makes a good engineering culture?Edmond Lau – 1,927 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
140. What is the genesis of Instagram?Kevin Systrom – 1,926 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
141. What turns people off about Quora?Bradley Voytek – 1,916 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
142. What is 'OK' in 'Horn OK Please'?Sunny Upadhyay – 1,909 upvotes (=)
143. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Andrew Udell – 1,908 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
144. Would becoming homeless be a good strategy to cut costs?Kurt Varner – 1,894 upvotes
145. Can you cry in space?Robert Frost – 1,882 upvotes (=)
146. What are the most convincing bits of evidence which prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that the Holocaust occurred?Tim O'Neill – 1,840 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
147. What dead or fictional famous person would be a great Quora contributor?Krutikaa Jawanjal – 1,839 upvotes (=)
148. Why is U2 so popular?Daniel Rosenthal – 1,829 upvotes (=)
149. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Julien Vaché – 1,824 upvotes
150. What are some mind-blowing facts about Hinduism?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,798 upvotes (↑ 20 / day)
151. Why do we fall asleep during lectures?Robert Frost – 1,798 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
152. What's the single most valuable lesson you've learned in your professional life?Edmond Lau – 1,792 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
153. Why does Quora use MySQL as the data store instead of NoSQLs such as Cassandra, MongoDB, or CouchDB?Adam D'Angelo – 1,783 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
154. My ideal girl/boy is out of my reach, should I settle for what I can get?Oliver Emberton – 1,773 upvotes (↑ 13 / day)
155. What is the breakdown of a typical A-list actor's week when not shooting?Stephen Fry – 1,768 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
156. What is the craziest story you have heard from NIT Trichy?Nitish Krishna – 1,764 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
157. What are the most important soft skills to have?Jessica Su – 1,763 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
158. What are some time-saving tips that every Linux user should know?Joshua Levy – 1,762 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
159. What are some iconic quotes about Rahul Dravid?Arnab Chatterjee – 1,761 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
160. What is India's worst contribution to itself? – 1,752 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
161. What is the most important thing you have ever learned from a movie?Jordan Phoenix – 1,751 upvotes (↑ 55 / day)
162. What does it feel like to be stupid? – 1,747 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
163. Which is the best joke about engineers that very few people have heard?John Savidge – 1,729 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
164. What is the most awesome psychological fact(s) you know of?Varsha Iyer – 1,725 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
165. What do people outside India feel when Indians eat with their hands?Thomas Foster – 1,723 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
166. I want to become an entrepreneur, where do I start?Oliver Emberton – 1,717 upvotes
167. Did anyone decline an offer to work at Instagram?Robert Cezar Matei – 1,701 upvotes (=)
168. What are the highest leverage activities that are best for ensuring that you have a good life?Visakan Veerasamy – 1,699 upvotes (↑ 9 / day)
169. What is the smartest thing a child has ever said?Prarthana Bhat K – 1,681 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
170. What are some of the best harmless jokes on Wikipedia?Sribatsa Pathy – 1,679 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
171. What is it like to be exposed to new technology after a 20+ year prison sentence?Michael Santos – 1,656 upvotes (=)
172. What are some of the most interesting little-known things?Mourya Krishna – 1,642 upvotes (↑ 204 / day)
173. Given our current technology and with the proper training, would it be possible for someone to become Batman?Mark Hughes – 1,641 upvotes (=)
174. How should I explain a black hole to a 4-year-old?Robert Frost – 1,636 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
175. How far have you gone to show someone you're attracted to them? – 1,635 upvotes (↑ 110 / day)
176. What is so great about Warren Buffett?Anonymous – 1,627 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
177. What are the most important lessons of history?Daniel Kong – 1,625 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
178. Why does Superman wear red underwear over his costume?Ariel Williams – 1,591 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
179. Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi?Anonymous – 1,589 upvotes (↑ 26 / day)
180. What separates the top 10% of startup CEOs from the rest?Robert Scoble – 1,570 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
181. Should you get a PhD only if you're very passionate about your field of study?Anonymous – 1,566 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
182. What is the dumbest thing said by a bollywood actor/actress during an interview?Prakhar Singh – 1,564 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
183. When have you most successfully hacked some (non-computer) system to your advantage?Ankur Warikoo – 1,556 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
184. What is the sexiest thing about your job?Robert Frost – 1,531 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
185. What would happen if I jumped in a pool full of liquor?Ryan Carlyle – 1,510 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
186. What is Amazon's approach to product development and product management?Ian McAllister – 1,508 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
187. What are the most surreal places one can ever visit?Anne-Marijke Podt – 1,507 upvotes (=)
188. Who is history's greatest badass, and why?Anonymous – 1,503 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
189. What images will change the way a person sees the world after viewing them?Ryan Phung – 1,480 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
190. What did it feel like to be inside the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 attacks?Ashton Lee – 1,467 upvotes (=)
191. What are some of the most common false beliefs that some Hindus have?Amar Prabhu – 1,433 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
192. What are some of the most epic photos ever taken?Mark Hughes – 1,432 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
193. What is meant by the phrase "objectification of women"?Jen Almonte – 1,416 upvotes
194. Why do I always feel like I’m too late for all the startup trends, how can I be at the front of the trends, executing?Robert Scoble – 1,413 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
195. What would be a good use of Apple's $110.2+ billion in cash? – 1,400 upvotes (=)
196. What is the funniest thing you have ever coded?Rajat Khandelwal – 1,398 upvotes (↑ 21 / day)
197. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Neil Bhakta – 1,396 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
198. Why are some people more resilient than others?Sandra Liu Huang – 1,391 upvotes (=)
199. What is the best business to start with the lowest overhead?Andrew Bellay – 1,388 upvotes (=)
200. How does Oliver Emberton create the graphics for his Quora posts?Oliver Emberton – 1,382 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
201. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Shashank Jha – 1,378 upvotes
202. What advice would Jimmy Wales give to the young generation?Jimmy Wales – 1,374 upvotes (↑ 14 / day)
203. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Siddharth Nandecha – 1,373 upvotes
204. Why are email scams written in broken English?David S. Rose – 1,363 upvotes (=)
205. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Alexis Birkill – 1,360 upvotes
206. What's the friendliest/kindest/most humane (recorded) thing Hitler ever did, in a non-war situation?Rohan Pawale – 1,360 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
207. Why is it hard to scale a database, in layman’s terms?Paul King – 1,359 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
208. Why is it hard to scale a database, in layman’s terms?Yishan Wong – 1,358 upvotes (=)
209. What do people outside India feel when Indians eat with their hands?Thomas Foster – 1,358 upvotes
210. What are the most surreal places one can ever visit?Colin Suttles – 1,351 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
211. What if Ravan had won the war with Ram?Adi Shantanu – 1,342 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
212. I truly want to become another Steve Jobs. What should I do?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,336 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
213. How much money does Wikipedia cost on a yearly basis?Jimmy Wales – 1,333 upvotes (↑ 14 / day)
214. What's it like to be a drug dealer? – 1,328 upvotes (=)
215. What are the trickiest rules in English grammar?Anonymous – 1,328 upvotes (=)
216. Does Jimmy Wales hate Bill Gates, as so many Americans do?Jimmy Wales – 1,320 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
217. What is sarcasm?Archit Sachdeva – 1,318 upvotes (↑ 54 / day)
218. How much did it cost YouTube to stream "Gangnam Style"?Amar Prabhu – 1,315 upvotes (=)
219. How does it feel to have sex with your spouse on your wedding night when he/she is a stranger? – 1,309 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
220. How can I make my life simpler?Garrick Saito – 1,286 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
221. Is it true that Albert Einstein failed in mathematics many times during his school days?Robert Frost – 1,285 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
222. Whom should one follow on Quora?Marc Bodnick – 1,280 upvotes
223. What features do you wish Quora had?Mairaj Pirzada – 1,279 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
224. What are some useful technical skills I can learn within a day?Anonymous – 1,275 upvotes (=)
225. If there was an Oscar for "Best Line in a Movie," which line would win it?Deepak Mehta – 1,270 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
226. What are the last things an astronaut does before going into space?Robert Frost – 1,266 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
227. Off the top of your head, what is the most interesting fact you know?Anurag Singh – 1,263 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
228. As a startup CEO, what is your favorite productivity hack?Matt DeCelles – 1,259 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
229. How far have you gone to show someone you're attracted to them?Aniket Thakkar – 1,250 upvotes (↑ 289 / day)
230. How does Gilt's business model work?Matthew Carroll – 1,250 upvotes (=)
231. Why did Steve Jobs choose not to effectively treat his cancer?Ramzi Amri – 1,248 upvotes (=)
232. What are some of the most profound jokes ever?Akash Agrawal – 1,241 upvotes (↑ 10 / day)
233. Do doctors visit other doctors when they fall ill? Or do they prescribe their own treatment and medication?Drew Young Shin – 1,237 upvotes (=)
234. Do the people of Telangana have the right to ask for a separate state? – 1,236 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
235. What are some particularly awkward things that can happen to people at Harvard?Christopher Reiss – 1,236 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
236. What are some of the habits entrepreneurs have that other people don't?Oliver Emberton – 1,234 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
237. What was the biggest turning point in Jimmy Wales' life?Jimmy Wales – 1,234 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
238. What is the most annoying situation in India?Purvesh Bhokardankar – 1,231 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
239. What is the wittiest/funniest original line YOU have ever said?Hemanth Kumar Mantri – 1,219 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
240. How can one believe in science and religion at the same time?Jae Won Joh – 1,211 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
241. What does Dustin Moskovitz think of The Social Network?Dustin Moskovitz – 1,198 upvotes (=)
242. If I found a bundle of cash ($700k) hidden by a drug cartel, would I be able to keep it and spend it without getting caught by the IRS?Jon Mixon – 1,194 upvotes (=)
243. Does Jimmy Wales have nothing better to do than hang out on Quora all day?Jimmy Wales – 1,191 upvotes (↑ 15 / day)
244. What is it like when your Quora answer unexpectedly goes viral?Ramzi Amri – 1,186 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
245. As a startup CEO, what is your favorite productivity hack?Matt DeCelles – 1,186 upvotes (=)
246. How does one know if one is making excuses or having valid reasons not to begin one's entrepreneurial journey?Oliver Emberton – 1,179 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)
247. What is it like to be in a relationship with someone who has Asperger's?Laura Copeland – 1,179 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
248. What are some of the most common false beliefs that some Hindus have?Amar Prabhu – 1,176 upvotes
249. What does it feel like to be bitten by a black widow spider?Brad Porteus – 1,174 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
250. What should all first time entrepreneurs know before starting their very first business?Oliver Emberton – 1,171 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
251. Why did dinosaurs look so frightening, and why do living creatures today look so small and nice compared with dinosaurs?Ian York – 1,166 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
252. If you were allowed to ask only one question on Quora, what would it have been?Jimmy Wales – 1,164 upvotes (=)
253. What are some good tips on getting along well with kids?Diane Meriwether – 1,163 upvotes (↑ -1 / day)
254. Why is there not a single Indian university within the world's top 100 index list?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,154 upvotes (↑ 60 / day)
255. What practical gun control measures could have a realistic chance of reducing the risk of gun crime and mass shootings?Mike Barnard – 1,150 upvotes (=)
256. What negative things do you see looking at earth from space?Robert Frost – 1,141 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
257. What does the moon smell like?Robert Frost – 1,140 upvotes (=)
258. What happens to an ant that gets lost?Matan Shelomi – 1,136 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
259. Why do straight men want to have a girlfriend?Graeme Shimmin – 1,127 upvotes (=)
260. What were the biggest mistakes of Mahatma Gandhi?Tejasvita Apte – 1,125 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
261. What are the greatest stories of triumph over tragedy?Shikhar Agarwal – 1,121 upvotes (=)
262. What are bullied children like as adults?Oliver Emberton – 1,114 upvotes (↑ 45 / day)
263. Is it better to own a gun for self-defense, or is that more likely to cause problems?Jon Davis – 1,108 upvotes (↑ 4 / day)
264. Why are Indian men so handsome?Sribatsa Pathy – 1,107 upvotes (↑ 2 / day)
265. What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?Robert Fisher – 1,100 upvotes
266. Why should I quit Quora and go to the Himalayas for better knowledge?Jimmy Wales – 1,098 upvotes (↑ 43 / day)
267. Why is Barnes & Noble performing well as a business while Borders has filed for bankruptcy?Mark Evans – 1,094 upvotes (=)
268. Can an Indian working in an IT company ever buy a BMW 3 Series/Mercedes C Class?Gaurav Gupta – 1,092 upvotes (=)
269. What are some good ways to annoy extremely logical people?Michael Wolfe – 1,088 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
270. Which animal has been used most frequently for a band name?Erik Frey – 1,086 upvotes (=)
271. What is it like to be deafblind?Cristina Hartmann – 1,081 upvotes (=)
272. What does it feel like to be a well behaved Indian guy and be subjected to umbrella statements about your gender?Antariksh Bothale – 1,079 upvotes (=)
273. What does Jimmy Wales' CV/résumé look like?Jimmy Wales – 1,075 upvotes (↑ 7 / day)
274. Is life a game?Viraj Voditel – 1,058 upvotes (↑ 5 / day)
275. What images will change the way a person sees the world after viewing them?Faye Wang – 1,049 upvotes (=)
276. What is it like to date or marry a fashion model? – 1,046 upvotes (=)
277. Why has indian rupee devalued from around Rs 5 per $1 at independence to around Rs 55 per $1 today?Balaji Viswanathan – 1,042 upvotes (↑ 18 / day)
278. What are some quintessential Indian memes?Sudhir Srinivasan – 1,037 upvotes (=)
279. What's your lame superpower?Stanley Wong – 1,037 upvotes (↑ 20 / day)
280. What Quora user would make a great Bond villain, and why?Graeme Shimmin – 1,028 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
281. What's the shrewdest, smartest maneuver you've ever seen in business?Mohammed Chang – 1,021 upvotes (↑ 27 / day)
282. Why do most of the successful startups come out of the USA?Robert Scoble – 1,017 upvotes (↑ 1 / day)
283. What are the ingredients of a high-quality insult?Anonymous – 1,016 upvotes (↑ 8 / day)
284. How is being a billionaire better than being a millionaire?David S. Rose – 1,015 upvotes (=)
285. What are some of the best PR (public relations) spin jobs you've ever seen?Graeme Shimmin – 1,011 upvotes
286. What answers on Quora have the most upvotes?Oliver Emberton – 1,009 upvotes (↑ 3 / day)
287. How would man have spoken with himself inside his head before the advent of any language?Marc Ettlinger – 1,009 upvotes (↑ 12 / day)
288. What are best ways to use perfume?Sanjay Sabnani – 1,000 upvotes (↑ 6 / day)

Facts about these answers

  • In the past day, these answers have gained a total of 5,009 upvotes.
  • The fastest gaining answer was upvoted 367 times in a day.
  • On average 4.6% of people viewing a top answer vote it up.
  • The average top answer has been viewed by 53,271 people.
  • The most viewed answer has been seen by 367,652 people.
  • The least viewed answer has been seen by 9,077 people (show them some love).
  • 188 Quora users have an answer above 1,000 votes.
  • 67 Top Writers have an answer above 1,000 votes.

On maintaining this list

When I started, there were only a few answers with more than 1,000 upvotes. Now there are well over a hundred, and it's likely I'm missing some out. Quora doesn't provide access to their data, so everything here is gathered by my efforts (and that of my software) – we sample Top Writers feeds and many popular blogs to find and track new answers. If you see something is missing, please leave a comment below.

On the value of upvotes

The Backstreet Boys have sold more than Bruce Springsteen; that doesn't necessarily make them better. And so it is with upvotes. Bear in mind:

  • Older answers are favoured – they've been around longer to gain votes. The top answer, for example, still gains an average of 60 votes / day.
  • Quora's Valley era – from what I can tell, Quora enjoyed an early period of explosive growth where half of Silicon Valley signed up for it. The most popular users reveal the trend – like Robert Scoble (40k+ followers), Evan Williams (30k+ followers) and Kevin Rose (30k+ followers) – and so there's an understandable bias towards tech answers. This appears to be fading however.
  • India's ascent – since 2013, there's a notable increase in answers specific to India (where most of Quora's new users appear to be coming from). You can easily see this in the results above.

There's a lot of incredible content in this list. Looking into the quirkiness, the range, the effort and the wit within, I like to think of it as a microcosm of Quora as a whole.

For more fun Quora facts and figures follow the Quorabot blog.

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What is wrong with Advani?

Answer by Atul Kumar Mishra:

1. Plant a seed along with some senior gardeners
2. Water it, add fertilizers and guard it all day
3. See it transforming into a plant
4. Keep guarding it
5. See it transforming into a tree
6. Let the senior gardeners eat the first fruit
7. Become the only gardener but alas there is a storm
8. Wait for the storm to subside, keep holding onto the tree
9. Now newer and more capable gardeners arrive at the scene
10. They challenge your position of being the consumer of all the fruits

There are few gardeners who'll gracefully vacate their seats for the newer and more capable gardeners. That's human and Advani is an ordinary human being.

Since we expect politicians to be above petty issues and affairs, it seems like a bitter pill to digest but that's the only thing which is wrong with Advani. He is not great, caring or compassionate. He is a common man who wants to relish the fruits of his labor but he knows he can't and hence the drama.

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What do Indian men hate about Indian women?

Answer by Anonymous:

Indian Women is a big set, so I can't hate all of them in general. Also I do not hate, but there are certainly few things I despise among all the traits in Indian girls. Especially the ones that are quite ahead from rest of the women in the country due to their education, economic well being and opportunities etc. Following are the traits:

1. Self victimization: India is not by any means a safe country. Not for women and not for men. For example, I have been beaten up by goons not just once but twice in my life. I think of that as bad experience and try to remain safe. On the other hand there is a section of women if they get name called or even slightly discriminated in some way which doesn't affect their life / dignity much, will behave as if they have been living through hell in India.

2. Can't be criticized openly online: Unlike the real world, women have created a system online where they can't be criticized openly. For example, in the quoted question, both the answers are non anonymous, while in this question, almost all points have been made anonymously. For example, Indian girls will not care what their other guy friends have to say if in her opinion, but she can say "indian guys are chauvinistic, rapists, players, etc etc." In fact she will get heavily up voted for gross generalization, rant, or even abuse at times. On the other hand, if a guy says some girls are "gold diggers", "man users", "slutty", etc. etc. women will ensure that he gets the wrath of entire Quora.

3. Discriminatory (or at least vain) in marriage: For last two years, I was quite active on Indian matrimony websites to find an "educated Indian girl"and workout my life with her. My strategy was simple, I was only going to approach girls who have made their own profile, and are searching by themselves and not their parents. The truth as it got reveal Some samples (of self created profile):

exhibit A:

Girl's profile : QA Engineer in xyz software company, earning 6-8 lakhs. Educated in "my backside doesn't care" college of engineering, very attractive, fair, looks smoking hot from her picture.

Expected groom : Anybody who is working in US or Europe. (No other requirement )

Note: It is not about just this girl. There are many girls who don't have enough skills to qualify for a job in US, at the same time she is earning decently on her own in India. Since I work in this sector, I can easily claim that, more than 90% of girls in Indian IT/Software sector are _not_ looking to work hard and build their career. Most of them are looking to get lucky via marriage.

exhibit B:

Girl's profile : Student of Master of Surgery, Looks above average, Parents have their clinics,

Expected groom : IAS, IIT + IIM or Surgeon (No other requirement)

exhibit C:

Expected groom : 26-30, 5'11'' +, vegetarian, non smoker, teetotaller/social drinker, engineering graduate (preferably BE/Btech +MBA), currently placed in Mumbai. He should be rich in culture, ethics, morals, chivalry and etiquette, an environmentalist and animal lover, simple natured, with good communication skills. Plus he should earn more than 10lakhs (Actually this one is not very bad)

I have many more exhibits. And I know similar girls outside the online matrimony arena. I have no doubt in concluding that most eligible Indian girls are shamelessly selfish, vain and greedy about marriage. They look down upon those  guys who are equal to them in all respects or in fact they look down upon guys who are only slightly above them in earning potential or education background. In general a girl earning 6-8 seeks a guy earning 10-14. A girl earning 10-14 seeks, guy earning 20-25, and a girl earning 25-30 looks for a guy earning 40-60 lpa.

4. Extremely political / diplomatic :
Most Indian girls have a knack of avoiding unpleasant situations and are not straight forward. Often you will see that they will use parents, society as an excuse for breaking up, or other purposes. They have a strong sense of how they can be perceived as hypocrites and can be quite political or diplomatic (read scheming). And no such girls are not just found on Splitsvilla or Roadies. They exist right among all of us.

Conclusion :

I am purposefully cutting my answer short here. The point I am trying to make is that due to the scarcity of educated / earning girls in India, many educated and earning girls in India are much more privileged than men of equal worth and potential.

It must be noted that while most of the men who are criticized by these women as uncouthly are uneducated people doing non white collar job, or guys who are product of centuries of patriarchy, most of the regrettable women in India are from that section of the society who has opportunities and education. Just because other women with lesser rights are oppressed in India, you cannot say anything about these girls openly because, she will fuck your brains out while debating, calling you weird names, never being objective, and victimizing herself for being a girl by juxtaposing less fortunate girls than her.

Lastly I would say that not all women are like that. There are many wonderful, easy and self respecting women in various professional fields, driven by the passion of doing something / achieving something. In my personal opinion these girls are more found in non technical field. Because motivated women in technology mostly migrate.

Edit :-

I didn't imagine that this answer will get so much attention. I do not intend to go non-anonymous on this. But its surprising that even few ladies have appreciated this answer. And more than that its surprising that I have got more up votes than I normally get even when I am not anonymous. Life can be strange.

So far only one lady found my opinion unbalanced and gross generalization. I don't know, if I did that. I tried to avoid. BTW the person who asked this question wanted a mean answer 🙂

Edit -2 :-

I thought I would add little bit more based on some of the comments as well as answers that have made references to this answer.

0. Men are not clean:

This question was particularly about what is despicable among Indian women, so I described what I feel about it. May be after the recent anti rape protests women have become too difficult to bear especially the ones that are on social networks.  So I may have been tempted to give it back to them rather more aggressively. This doesn't mean that men have been good to women.

I am a staunch supporter of women reservation in education, in parliament, everywhere in India. I think we should give more opportunities for women to progress.

1. The society / culture / evolution / history argument :

A lot of people seem to justify based on biology or social pressure. I categorically deny that these arguments have any merit. Often its a case of moral turpitude. There are many girls which have been given equal or equivalent opportunities by their parents to be what they want to be. Its only after getting a degree and a job, these girls look out for men who can pay their bills etc.

If that can be justified by comparison to those ladies who never studied / had jobs then it can also be justified that its a right of a man to treat a woman like a property which can be bought by having money / house.

Edit – 3:-

This is going surprisingly strong for last two weeks. Most surprising is the fact quite a few girls have liked the answer, kudos to them. Really interested to know what is likable to girls in this answer. Also have had nasty ones. I guess criticism invites criticism, so that's ok. Some criticisms have been really mis founded. Honestly, evolutionary biology? Tit for tat? Is that a justification?

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Who would be a better Prime Minister: Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi?

Answer by Rahul Mahajan:

I will vote for Rahul if he can answer these questions which are on the mind of all Indian youth:

1. Other than winning the genetic lottery of being a Gandhi (nothing to do with the Mahatma Gandhi), what is your qualification for being our leader?

2. Is India a democracy or just a monarchy run by your family? Why don’t we make P Chidambaram as PM who has spent his lifetime working for party? Why you? Why you man? Who are you?

3. What can you possibly do to help Indians when you have failed to do in last 60 yrs of rule especially the last 10 years? Just look at Amethi and Rae Bareli…. these people have been dedicatedly voting for your family but …. are one of the poorest areas of India…. Oh yeah… you need them for poor roti shows on TV, right?? Staying at their one room home to show how much you care for them…. what a joke.

4. Where were you when the Indian youth were protesting and getting lathi charged in Delhi rape case agitation? Playing Playstation with your friends?We need to know if you wanna be our leader…Indians are out of their Slave Mentality.

5. I have cleared the toughest MBBS. MD entrance exams in general category studying hours and hours in complete discipline.Took loans to study ….I hv stood in long queues at Govt offices, bearing the stupidity and rudeness of Govt employees….Have you ever struggled to get anything??Have you ever stood in a queue?

6. What about the riches amassed by your Brother in Law Mr Robert Vadra? Do you think we are fools to assume that its not because of your political clout that he has become rich?Has he really worked hard to earn all that?Then he should be respected like Tata and Gates…

7. Would you throw some light on your personality? What have you achieved in your life by yourself? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Of course everybody knows about oneself…I know atleast 15 young men in my college who are much smarter, intelligent, practical, hardworking and real studs who would make a better leader than you.

8. What about the rising prices? 30% income tax,12% service tax,12 % VAT, Education cess, customs, Property tax? and still we have to pay Toll Tax ? Aren't you supposed to build roads for us? I can be sure that the income from Registration on property alone is enough to build a world class hospital in every district.
At least during Atal Bihari Vajpayees rule, every body could afford a mobile phone…and you are taking back small happiness from people's lives….Come on man, not everybody is rich like you….

9. Why cheat Anna Hazare? Your party and so called honest PM lied to the nation to bring Lokpal at Ramlila ground…later played wonderfull politics to scatter the agitation….Arvind Kejriwal is a hardworking, intelligent fellow. Do you think you can become a better leader than him? Honestly ?

10. Why do your party say "Minorities have the first right to national resources?" Why is scholarship given to Sihks, Parsis, Muslims on tax collected from Hindus even though parsis/sikhs are much richer communities…..Are not Hindus poor? Everybody is equal but it doesnt mean majority should be made secondary. Everybody has equal right on resources. Keeping the 80% majority poor is your idea of development?

11. Why does your party plays politics of Muslim appeasement openly? Why Haj subsidy? Why special quota? Why special status to minority institutes? Why dont you give a befitting reply to Pakistan? What have you done to tackle illigal immigration from Bangladesh? Batla house encounter….Obvioulsy scared of Muslim voters?

12. If Modi is held responsible for Gujarat riots, why is congress not responsible for Sikh massacre in Delhi, killing of 40,000 Hindus in Punjab militancy, Anti muslim riots in Assam??

13. Why your so called economist is unable to control prices, improve growth, check huge corruption? Are Indians not working hard enough? Why not make Swiss bank accounts public? Why not bring a bill to make foreigh bank accounts illegal like Putin has done in Russia?

I fail to guess why Montek Singh Ahluwalia  is made the Planner again and again? What has he done good to our nation? We as Indian youth think he is the biggest failure in Indian Administration….

Come live like a common Indian first for 5 years….. then we will happily make you our Prime Minister… Then we will buy your AAM AADMI slogan
Oh yeah….. What do you think of the Mango People Comment by your Jijaji?? Are we fools, buddy?

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