publication date: Thursday, January 8, 2009 (part of Round XXXVII)
clue: Someone took this yahoo seriously enough to buy the firm, and he bought the farm by taking yahoo seriously.
explanation: Yang was the co-founder and CEO of online firm Yahoo!, who was courted by Microsoft in May 2008 at a high stock price. Yang turned it down, and when his company stock price had dwindled by November 2008, he found himself out of a job. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Tony Peters, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Samuel Franklin, and Peter Wilhelm
trivia: Scott tried to echo the name of Australian performer Yahoo Serious.