Wednesday, April 8, 2020

SearchResearch Challenge (4/8/20): What are the names?

Names aren't as simple as you'd think... 

As we know, having the right name for something can be very important in doing your online research. (We've talked about this before: terms, part names, geo and bio names. We'll probably talk about it in the future too.)    

This week's Challenges aren't that hard, but I hope you have fun with them.  

Here are some names (of people, places, and things) that might not be what you think!  

1. Who is Allison Guyot?  Why this is a memorable name?  What does Allison Guyot look like? 

2. Who is Franklin Dixon? 

3. Who wrote the Nancy Drew mysteries?

4. What is the name of this symbol?     ÷ 
      (yes, I know it’s the division symbol… what’s the REAL name of it?)

5. What's the name of this other symbol? 

6.  How about THIS character?  

6. What’s the difference between these two characters:     

                        /             \

Have fun while you keep your physical distance!  

And let us know how you figured it out!  

Search on!  


  1. Good Morning and good day!

    Started with

    3. Who wrote the Nancy Drew mysteries?

    [Nancy Drew mysteries writer] and [Nancy drew unknown facts]

    Ghostwriting: Published under the pen name of Carolyn Keene. Firsts, written by Mildred Wirt Benson

    "Even though she was just a fictional character, she was inspirational..."

    10 Surprising Facts About Nancy Drew

    Searched [Nancy Drew Mexico] Wikipedia mentions: First Nancy Drew in Spanish was on 1963 in Argentina, next Spain 1972 and Mexico 1993

    Very interesting so I'll SRS for more.

    Next tried 5: [ Ꮬ] and Wiktionary says: Letter of the Cherokee syllabary, transcribed as syllable dla.

    Tried [Cherokee dla] with no results and then [Cherokee script]

    The Cherokee syllabary is a syllabary invented by Sequoyah in the late 1810s and early 1820s to write the Cherokee language

    Next, [⌘]

    The Command key (⌘), also historically known as the Apple key The "looped square", mentions Wikipedia was chosen by Susan Kare.

    Looped square is the name and got recognition via computing. It has different names

    Spanish: El origen de las teclas Ctrl, Shift o Comando ⌘ del teclado I didn't know about many of what is mentioned. Specially the now unused ones.

    Next: ÷

    Searching the symbol was not good because brings different things, even using "" For example with [""÷" real name"] a result links to Meghan Markle's real name.

    Then [division symbol real name]

    A: Obelus or Óbelo in Spanish. Google translate, as me, didn't know. Therefore, I added it.

    The character "/" name Solidus or Virgule

    Was first used for subtraction...The first known use of ÷ to represent division was in the 1659

    About new Dr. Russell's YouTube Channel. My question is. Is there a way to get notifications or know when a new video is uploaded other than checking everyday for the blue dot in our subscriptions ? Yes, I know we receive Dr. Russell's email but for those who aren't subscribed to the email?

    1. Good Morning and good day!

      Searched [difference / \ -computing] and then [slash] and [backslash] and also in Spanish. On Wikipedia, learned some names or remembered: Pleca "|" also by reading understand that the differences are: Slash is used not just in computing also in writing and day to day life. Backslash and @ are famous due to computing and backslash is a mirror image of the slash. And that it indicates to go backwards.

      Also, out of topic. Today I learned that Krakatoa volcano is not longer among us. That the volcano is Krakatau Historically there has been a lot of confusion about the name and preferred spelling of this volcano. Some have incorrectly made a distinction between the pre-1883 edifice being called "Krakatoa" and then using "Krakatau" for the current volcano. Anak Krakatau is the name of the active cone, but the overall volcano name is simply Krakatau Thanks to Dr. Janine Krippner @janinekrippner

    2. I was reading the news on my Google Discover and that has been helping me to try the different tools Dr. Russell have shared with us on his 1MM.

      The article and the tools allowed me to discover Stanford Think Tank that is Hoover Institution

      Wikipedia and now, I am applying the tools to learn more about them.

      And how amazing is that with one news, many versions arrive. So it's great to have the help provided by Dr. Russell's videos

      Slate California Covid19

  2. 1. AG is a tablemount ( a guyout) unwater Pacific ocean. It is a trapezoidal flat mountain rising 1500m above the seafloor. Named after EC Allison an oceanographer.
    Wikipedia to the rescue here.

    2.FWD is the pen name of a variety of writers of the Hardy Boys books: wikipedia again.

    3. if you mean the tv show its in Wikipedia. If you mean the books they were owned by the Stratemeyer Syndicate which had a stable of pseudonymous writers. We have seen this previously I think.

    4. Obelus [selected symbol search in Google] finds a wikipedia page explaining it.

    5.same way: codepoint U+13DC CHEROKEE LETTER DLA in Unicode, is located in the block “Cherokee”. It belongs to the Cherokee script and is a Uppercase Letter.

    6. same again: Looped square in Wikipedia, also used in Europe for place of interest sign

    6/7.Same way: A good way to remember the difference between a backslash and a forward slash is that a backslash leans backwards ( \ ), while a forward slash leans forward ( / ).

    This was good clean fun. jon