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People in and around the Indianapolis area will appreciate the latest update to Smart Answers at Ask.com. As for Bears fans like our managing editor Mike McDonald, maybe you should stick to searching for Shakespearian tragedies instead.

Just don’t expect to find The Quarterback Of Chicago among Francis Bacon’s William Shakespeare’s comedic works. No matter how much you think otherwise. Sorry, Mike.

Finding details about Super Bowl XLI is as close as the nearest search box on Ask. It’s another contribution to what director of online information services Gary Price calls the “information at your fingertips” approach.

We discussed the latest updates to Ask’s Smart Answer capabilities, when we weren’t comparing the merits of various delicatessens that aren’t located in New York or Chicago. He gives Shapiro’s a thumbs-up, and I’ve got good memories of Chick & Ruth’s. (Hey Gary, does Shapiro’s have a 112-oz milkshake?)

Along with the details of the just-completed Super Bowl, Ask has Smart Answers for the other interesting part of game day – the commercials. Some people find them more fascinating than the game, and a query on Ask for Super Bowl ads brings up a Smart Answer connected to a page at iFilm listing commercials and advertisers.

While Indy fans enjoy their day in the warmth of the Super Bowl victory sun (hey Mike, did you catch Peyton Manning picking out his MVP Cadillac? He wrote in “loaded” above Escalade after he checked that off as his choice. Man, that was a hoot.), Bears fans probably wanted to get as far away from the game as possible.

The other Ask Smart Answer updated in the mix should do that quite nicely. Gary noted a couple of resource additions to the Smart Answer for Shakespeare now have a couple of new supplementary resources available.

One connects to the library at the University of Victoria in Canada. (Look, Mike, they’ve got The Comedy of Errors, how appropriate. I wonder if “2nd and 1″ is in there.)

As a nod to the upcoming President’s Day holiday (if you’re a government worker that is), Ask also tweaked the Smart Answer for Abraham Lincoln to include a link to a new collection of digitized works about and by the 16th President. Gary provided some context for the Open Content Alliance’s collection of Lincoln works at his Resource Shelf website.


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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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