“What Day Is…” Feature Compared

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“What Day Is…” Feature Compared

This morning I couldn’t for the life of me remember when Mother’s Day was, so I decided to ask a search engine, and then it just snowballed from there. First, Google. You can ask the “what day is…” question of Google up to a point:

But there are no instant results for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or New Years. It’s kind of hit and miss; you might get lucky, you might not.

Ask did a good job, and they even gave me cute little pictures (probably Gary Price’s handiwork!):

Yahoo had no instant answers for any of the “what day is…” queries I threw at it, but they did very kindly correct my spelling and punctuation. MSN and AOL did the same thing, and since A9 is now powered by Windows Live their results were the same as MSN Search.

It would be nice to see this feature expanded to include all sorts of holidays, including international and/or lesser-known special days, such as Secretary Day, Speak Like a Pirate Day, or Take a Nap Day, which I believe might be coming up very soon.

Wendy Boswell is the Editor for About Web Search and part of the New York Times Company.

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  • mani

    My son (9yrs) asked me to look for “who invented calculus” in the net.
    I got my answer in bold at ask.com and better answer in msn.com.
    I tried first google. I did not get the answer in links.
    In yahoo, the first link is yahoo answers. Though answer is available in the link http://answers.yahoo.com/question/?qid=1006040417849. Not all answers are professional.
    Surprizingly MSN got better results and more advanced topic links related to my search and also got the answer.

  • http://www.sokolowski.org/blog/ Joachim

    Searchengineresults are like Xmasgifts…
    …They are almost surprising ūüėČ