SMS/text answer services are becoming more popular. Essentially for a premium text message cost of Â£1 you can text a question (160 characters) to one of the various companies who promise an answer within half an hour or so. If they can’t find an answer there is no charge.
82ASK (82275) and AQA (63336) are two of the UK’s biggest providers, however Google has it’s own SMS answer service (US only at the moment), Yahoo Answers has launched, Microsoft are testing their version, and there are other websites, such as www.askmenow.com available.
A friend has tried 82ASK (82275) a couple of times to settle arguments or to find answers to a question a Google internet search cannot provide. Both times the replies have been impressively quick.
However they could not answer the question, “Why are raspberry flavoured foods sometimes blue? And don’t just say because strawberry is red” (as that explains why raspberry is not red, not why it is blue). There was no charge us for trying, so I was still very impressed. Let us know if you know the answer!
Update: Read the comments for the answer!