10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us so many awesome things every day, and we don’t want to forget them! Here are 10 new facts we learned in the past week to keep us sounding smart.

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1. In 2013, nine babies born in the UK were named Cheese. Learn more Odd But True Facts.

 

 

2. We learned what the word epigram means. Don’t know? Play this quiz to learn for yourself.


3. The Bell Jar was written 18 years after The Catcher in the Rye. Learn what else was Written First?

4. A Chance card can send you to 13 different places on the Monopoly board. How many of them do you know?

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5. Justin Bieber likes his hard hats bedazzled. How do other celebrities wear their hard hats? Find out at Famous… with a Hard Hat.

 

6. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are a couple, just like they were in That ’70s Show. What other couples stuck it out through 2014?

7. At almost 11,000 square miles, the Solomon Islands are the 4th largest country in Oceania. Learn what the other Largest/Smallest Countries Per Continent are.

8. In Office Space, people can go to Chotchkie’s for a burger.krabby patty1

Learn about other fictional restaurants, like the one in Office Space, by playing Fictional Fast Food.

 

 

9. The largest European Football Stadium is Camp Nou, where FC Barcelona can host 99,354 people. Find out what the other Largest European Football Stadiums are.

10. Fog may be as thick as pea soup, but it’s definitely not as tasty. Learn more Food Expressions, hopefully they don’t make you too hungry.

8 Things We Will Desperately Miss from SkyMall

SkyMall, everyone’s favorite way to shop while flying, filed for bankruptcy this morning. They cited competition with smart phones and the evolving relationship between flight and technology as factors.

We’ll be sad to see them go – how are we going to spend time waiting for takeoff now? To celebrate SkyMall and its impact on airline travel, we at Sporcle HQ put together a list of the eight things we’ll miss most about the quirky catalog.

B3ApJlyCUAAiDuD1) The Beard Hat

Beard lovers, unite! If your chin is always cold, or if lumberjacks are your thing, then this is the hat for you. You shouldn’t even need to worry about matching your hair and crocheted beard color, since you can hide your real hair under this cozy beanie.

 

 

HT_sky_mall_yeti_jtm_140428_16x9_6082) The Garden Yeti

It doesn’t matter if you live in the Great White North or the suburbs. This yeti will be happy to stalk your back yard or terrorize your neighbor’s dog for you no matter what the climate.

 

 

sumo-table-300x3003) The Sumo Table

Speaking of strange home and garden decorations, this table is terrifying. We’re not sure who would want to balance their house plants and reading lamps across the back of a table shaped like a person… although we’d love to meet them.

 

 

205673805dw4) The Compactible Foot Rest

This is for everyone who has to sit down a lot. Tired of not being able to put your feet up at your desk or on the bus? Simply bring along this convenient foldable piece of wood, and voila! Instant comfort! Although to be perfectly honest, we’d probably rather just buy all the extra airplane foot space featured in the picture.

 

203672747dw5) The Wand Remote Control

Yer a wizard, Harry! This remote control makes watching TV magical – instead of dealing with all those pesky buttons, you can simply change the channel with a wave of your wand. Movie night will never be the same.

 

 

203452921dw6) The Money Maze

This sounds like the perfect way to annoy any younger relatives you have. They’ll have to thank you for the gift, but they won’t be able to spend the money on anything until they’ve figured out how to solve the puzzle. Endless hours of entertainment for you, endless frustration for them.

 

205667318dw7) The Pushi Pushi Dog Raincoat

If your pet can’t stand the rain, or if it just wants to look like a colorful science fiction villain, then this is the thing for you. Puppies, rejoice!

 

 

205724190dw8) The Bouncy Ball for Adults

We want enough of these for everyone in the Sporcle HQ office.

 

 

 

From human slingshots to colorful LED showerheads, SkyMall has brought us the best and the worst of human invention, all in a convenient catalog tucked into the seat back pocket. We’ll miss you, SkyMall. So long, and thanks for all the laughs.

Whatever happened to “American Idol’s” Brian Dunkleman?

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Who is that guy standing with Kelly Clarkson and Ryan Seacrest?

That would be Brian Dunkleman. “Who?” you might ask is Brian Dunkleman? Well he could have been as well known as Ryan Seacrest, he could have been on TV and radio for years, he could have been crazy rich, he could have been a lot of things.

The first season of “American Idol” premiered in June of 2002, was won by Kelly Clarkson and was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. When “American Idol” premiered in January of 2003, Seacrest was the lone host and the juggernaut of reality TV has never looked back.

Winners would come and go, judges have shuffled through, but one thing has remained constant. Ryan Seacrest has appeared in every episode of “Idol” and now hosts about every other special on the planet.

Brian Dunkleman left the show after the 1st season ended and faded into relative obscurity.

He has since admitted that leaving “Idol” in its early days was not his smartest move, but he really wanted to be a comedian and actor.

“Listen, I’d like to say I was just young and stupid, but the truth is, I really wasn’t that young,” he said. “I mean listen, I was a comedian and an actor. What I wanted to do with my life is be an actor and that’s going great (gives a thumbs up).”

Since leaving “Idol” Dunkleman has had small guest roles in “Ghost Whisperer,” and “NYPD Blue” as shown here:

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Another factor in his departure was that he found it hard to watch the contestants get criticized and demoralized. The environment was toxic to say the least and it is hard to blame the guy for wanting to get out of a situation affecting his mental health. He’s also in good company, Ellen DeGeneres left the program after one season for basically the same reasons.

History is a cruel mistress and hindsight is alway so clear, and so Dunkleman gets the dubious distinction of joining the ranks of Pete Best of The Beatles and Ronald Wayne of Apple Inc.

But at the end of the day there are worse fates. He had his “fifteen minutes” and hasn’t come out on top of the entertainment world, but these days is a loving husband, committed father and continues to tour and take guest spots on a variety of shows. It isn’t “American Idol” but it isn’t bad.

As a refresher, here is a quiz on all the greats (and not-so-greats) who have come and gone from “Idol’s” stage:

How to Create a Classic Quiz

Have you always been interested in creating a Sporcle quiz, but weren’t sure how to get started? This guide is for you! Read through the instructions below, contribute a quiz, and you’ll be a great quizmaker before you know it.

Getting Set Up

If this is your very first time, you’ll need to accept our quiz creation terms of service before you can start making your quiz.

Once you’ve accepted the terms, navigate to the Game Creation Center and click the orange ‘Create a New Game’ button. You should see a screen like the one below.

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All you need to do is enter some basic information about the quiz you’re making.
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Criteria Animal Species: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

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We think all our featured quizzes are great, but once a week we find a quiz published within the last 7 days that went the extra mile.

This week’s quiz is Criteria Animal Species by Sporcle User mic747.

About the Quizmaker

Mic747 made this week’s Featured Quiz, and it’s his 12th game to be published. He’s been on Sporcle since January 2013, and has played over 23,000 quizzes since then. He is the curator for the Blitz and Lord of the Rings subcategories, and has 163 out of 169 badges. Keep making great quizzes, mic747!

What’s the Quiz About?

Criteria Animal Species tests your knowledge about animals. There are 12 animals to choose from, with a range from walrus to hummingbird. As with all criteria quizzes, this is a minefield. At first, you’re given a list of 12 characteristics (1 for each species), and you have to click the one animal that has all those characteristics. After you click the first one, the bottom characteristic disappears. Now you have 11 characteristics and 11 animals to choose from. And so on and so forth. For this quiz, it’s very important to read all of the characteristics before beginning. With 8 minutes to complete the quiz, you have more than enough time to think through your options. Additionally, it’s not a forced order quiz, so if you’re not sure about the current question, you can skip ahead to one you do know.

Criteria Animal Species was played 49,937 times on the day it was featured, and ended up with a rating of 3.9.


Top Tweets (1/20/2015)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

New Badges: Frantic February, Badge-ly Drawn, and Bikini Bottom

This week’s badges have been brought to you by the letter “A” for “alliteration”.

FranticFebruary_1Frantic February: When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout… then take some time to relax on Sporcle! To earn February’s badge, play 40 games on each day of the week. You’ll reach the end of February in no time, and you’ll have a shiny new badge to show for it!

BadgelyDrawn_2Badge-ly Drawn: You’re going to want to get good at identifying people who have been badly drawn. To earn this badge, get 100% on Famous Faces (Badly Drawn), Famous Faces (Badly Drawn) II, and Famous Faces (Badly Drawn) III.

BikiniBottom_1Bikini Bottom: Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? And who plays trivia on the internet? This badge is where the answers to those questions intersect. Play 25 SpongeBob quizzes to earn it, and be sure to watch out for jellyfish!

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

The US Citizenship Test: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

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We think all our featured quizzes are great, but once a week we find a quiz published within the last 7 days that went the extra mile.

This week’s quiz is the US Citizenship Test by Sporcle User Jupy.

About the Quizmaker

US Citizenship Test is Jupy’s first published quiz, and it’s the only quiz he’s made. He’s been on Sporcle since September 2013, and has gotten 13 badges since then. He’s played just over 300 games. Congrats on your first publish, Jupy!

What’s the Quiz About?

To become a citizen of the United States, you must take a test. This test asks questions about the government and history of the US. This quiz takes some of the practice questions for the test, and asks whether you’d be able to pass it. This quiz is for everyone, whether you’re not a US citizen and want to see how hard the test it, or you are already a citizen and you want to see how much you remember from US History. In the real test, you’re asked 10 questions and you must answer at least 6 of them correctly (60%). The average Sporcler got 77% of these practice questions right, so most Sporclers would pass the US Citizenship test. Would you?

US Citizenship Test: Would You Pass? was played 31,769 times while it was on the home page and got a rating of 4.7.


Top Tweets (1/14/2015)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

New Badges: That’s No Moon, The First Folio and Jam Session

We’ve got a good feeling about these badges…

UseTheForce_4That’s No Moon: You know you’ve always wanted to be a Jedi Master. We can’t transport you to a galaxy far, far away, but we can promise you an afternoon full of lightsabers and The Force. Play 50 Star Wars games and earn this badge to show off your knowledge of all things Star Wars.

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The First Folio: How well do you think you know The Bard of Avon? Prove your knowledge of Shakespeare by getting 100% on Shakespeare Plays, then display this badge. We promise you won’t even have to say “hath” a single time.

badges_jamsessionJam Session: Get those earbuds in, and warm up your fingers. It’s time for a Sporcle music jam like never before. Play 25 Music quizzes in one day, and this badge will be an everlasting sign of your musical achievement.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.