Imagine this: You are standing at the portal separating you from infinite knowledge. All you have to do is knock and ask your question. Like the protagonist in Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, you can only ask objective questions of your portal. (He had black and white stones that provided him with answers to objective questions while he searched for answers to ultimate questions!)
That portal is the Wolfram Alpha Project and from what I can see, it appears to be the most interesting and powerful computational program on the web to date. Go to it. Test it. Ask it any quantifiable question you can dream of and then test the answer. It's simply breathtaking in its abilities to provide speedy and accurate answers. Next Wednesday, Oct 21st is its Homework Day Launch Project. Be a part of it!