10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us tons of stuff every day. If you share our thirst for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts.

1) Not all meat-eating animals are part of order Carnivora.  And not all members of Carnivora are strictly carnivores, either – some are extremely omnivorous, to the point that they’ll eat just about anything they can find.

galp2) Galileo Galilei died the same year Isaac Newton was born. Both men did incredible things for the field of astronomy.

3) A general in the U.S. Army was given the unfortunate nickname “Iron Butt”. Find out who it was by taking the Famous Military Leaders quiz.

4) Nine of the world’s busiest airports are in the United States. None are in South America. If you’re tired of tedious waits in crowded airports, you might want to move to Brazil.

Ivy_Hedera_Red_Brick_Wall_2892px5) Not all Ivy League schools are universities. Some are colleges! See how well you know higher education by taking the College or University? quiz.

6) “Forbidden fruit”, “salt of the earth”, and “my brother’s keeper” are all phrases taken from the Bible. Test your knowledge of Bible influenced idioms with the Common ‘Religious’ Phrases quiz.

027) The FDA officially recognizes 36 different spices (and herbs). Name them all here.

8) Greece is not the world’s leading producer of olive oil. Find out who it is by taking 8 Geography Questions to Prove Your Superiority. Then check out the rest of Octoquiz, Sporcle’s newest feature!

9) Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Doctor Who’s return to television. The show has been around since 1963, making it the oldest running ongoing science fiction show ever.

10)  At any moment, clouds cover about 60% of the earth’s surface. (Unless you live in Seattle – then it feels closer to 95%). We learned this while researching for one of this week’s #theresaquizforthat tweets. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts! Don’t have Twitter? Check out our Instagram instead!

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WrestleMania 31

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Spring is an important time of the year for wrestling fans. It’s when WWE brings us WrestleMania. WrestleMania 31 will happen in Santa Clara, California, the first time the San Francisco Bay Area has hosted the event.

I’m nscox, and I am both a wrestling fan and for nearly five years the curator of Sporcle’s WWE subcategory (as well as Canada and the Olympics).

Wrestling Explained

The WWE has several weekly shows, most notably Raw. These programs help build up feuds which are then settled at big events and watched on pay-per-view (ppv). Historically, the WWE and other companies made a lot of their money from these ppvs, but a lot of this has changed in the last year thanks to the introduction of the WWE Network.

There are 12 ppvs a year, and the biggest and most important is WrestleMania (followed by the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam). What makes WrestleMania different? Most ppvs are held in arenas, while WrestleMania gets the full stadium treatment. The WWE pulls out all the stops, featuring the biggest stars, presenting the most anticipated matches, bringing in outside celebrities and having a different set every year.

Yes, wrestling is “fake” (better descriptions include “staged” and “predetermined”) but it takes skill and work to do safely. The foundation of training is learning to perform these moves with minimal risk, but even then accidents happen or damage adds up over time.

WrestleMania 31: This Time, It’s Personal

andre-the-giantThis year there will likely be a Tag Team Championship match.  The women of the WWE are represented in a tag team matchup. The second annual Andre the Giant Battle Royal features a weaker lineup than last year (which was one of the best battle royals in years) but should still be good. And finally the undercard is topped off by a seven-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship.

The Undertaker will face (and probably beat) Bray Wyatt. Rising star (and recent Daily Show foil) Seth Rollins will face Randy Orton. WCW legend Sting will have his first (and probably only) WWE match, facing Triple H.

The United States Championship will be defended at ‘Mania for the first time in a while with Rusev defending against John Cena. Rusev should win, but it’s John Cena so he’ll win. Finally in the main event, Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Title against Roman Reigns.

10 Things You Should Know About WrestleMania

1) A Bit of History

The first WrestleMania was in 1985 at Madison Square Garden. In the main event, Hulk Hogan teamed with Mr. T to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. This is the sixth WrestleMania to emanate from California (the previous ones were 2, 7 & 21 in L.A. and 12 & 16 in Anaheim) but the first in San Francisco.

2) 9.99: The Anti-3:16

Last year WWE launched their own TV network! Response to the network has been underwhelming so far, but the advantage is that pay-per-views, which used to cost around $60 each, can now be bought for $9.99 (US) per month (it’s more in just about every other country). Amazingly, the WWE created a villain out of “9.99” promoting the number so much fans became sick of it. Not surprisingly, the “Austin 3:16” craze was not recreated.

3) Wrestling With Superlatives

brock-lesnarThe champion heading into this year’s show is Brock Lesnar, who won the title back in August, but has defended it only a handful of times. Bruno Sammartino is the longest reigning WWF Champion, holding the belt twice for a combined 4040 days (over 11 years) including one reign that lasted for more than 8 years.  Lou Thesz held the NWA Championship for a combined 3,749 days. And the record for longest reigning world champion is held by Verne Gagne, who held the AWA Title 10 times for a combined 4,677 days.

4) Hall of Fame

A big part of the WrestleMania festivities is the WWE Hall of Fame. This year will be headlined by the legendary “Macho Man” Randy Savage, as well as Rikishi, The Bushwhackers, Alundra Blayze, Tatsumi Fujinami and Diesel. Rounding out the group is the Kyrgyzstan of wrestlers: Larry Zbyszko. Also going in is Arnold Schwarzenegger. The WWE typically inducts one celebrity per year.

5) Family Business

There are a lot of families in the wrestling business: Hart. McMahon. Von Erich. Guerrero. But the most successful is the Anoa’i Family. Originating in American Samoa, this group includes The Wild Samoans Afa & Sika, WWF Champion Yokozuna and brothers Rikishi, Umaga and the Tonga Kid. Currently in the WWE you have the Uso Brothers (sons of Rikishi) and Roman Reigns (son of Sika). The patriarch had a blood brother named Peter Maivia. Though not actually related, the current crop considers his grandson their cousin. His name? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

6) Russians and Iranians and Canadians, Oh My!

One of the main matches this year is John Cena vs. That dastardly evil Russian Alexander Rusev. At one point a common wrestling villain was the evil foreigner who hated America. The business has changed and today there are wrestlers from over a dozen different countries. But before 2000, most of the evil stereotypical foreigners were not from the countries they claimed to be from. Nikolai Volkoff? Croatian. Nikita Koloff? American. Abdullah the Butcher? Canadian. Every now and then, they were actually citizens of the country they claimed to be from. The Iron Sheik? Iranian.

7) Women in Tights

The Divas Division is in an odd place with the rise of the NXT women. The problem is simple: For years women’s matches in the WWE were treated as filler. Most have no wrestling background and were hired for their looks, so the matches tended to be short and bad. Some fans are starting to want change, thanks partially to the rise of Ronda Rousey in UFC, and the “Give Divas a Chance” hashtag is starting to catch on.

8) Celebrity Magic

LENO WRESTLINGOne of the main draws of the first WrestleMania was the celebrity presence, which included Mr. T, Muhammad Ali, Cyndi Lauper and Liberace. This trend has continued and throughout the years a lot of celebrities have appeared in WWE or WCW. Some have participated in matches, including Mr. T, Snooki, Drew Carey, Jay Leno, and Dennis Rodman. Kevin Federline once faced John Cena, the WWE Champion at the time, and won. And David Arquette won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (in 1999).

9) The Dead Man Goes Streaking

Everyone knows that wrestling has a silly side. Wacky characters include a wrestling plumber, an evil clown and a guy in a turkey suit. But the amazing part of wrestling is that an idea that seems dumb on paper can work. Take Mark Calaway for example. In 1990, he was given the gimmick of an undead wrestler who was controlled by an urn. Calaway made it work and 25 years later The Undertaker is still around. He made his Mania debut in 1991 against Jimmy Snuka, and began “The Streak”, winning 21 straight WrestleMania matches. Last year The Streak was ended by Brock Lesnar in a legitimately shocking moment.

10) A Sizeable Detour

The tallest person who ever engaged in professional wrestling was Edouard Beaupré (1881-1904) a French-Canadian who was 8 ft. 3 when he died. The tallest WWE wrestler was Giant Gonzalez, who was 7’7 but billed at 8 feet tall. Andre the Giant has many legends about his drinking ability. He is said to have drank 156 bottles of beer in one sitting, as well as often drinking several bottles of wine before matches.

Heaviest wrestler is a tricky because weights can change. According to WWE, Happy Humphrey (1926-1989) was the heaviest, averaging 750 pounds over his career, and at one point weighing in at 900. Amazingly, after his retirement he entered a program at a medical clinic and lost 570 pounds in 2 years. There’s also Haystacks Calhoun, possibly the heaviest WWF wrestler at a billed 630 and Yokozuna, the heaviest WWF champion at around 500 pounds.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it. Thanks for reading and hopefully some of the things you learned will help you in your future Sporcle endeavors.

If you want more WrestleMania quizzes, here’s a listing of every one with an appropriate tag. Check out the Sporcle WWE Facebook page for more great quizzes, and you can always email me (nscox22@hotmail.com) for feedback or suggestions for curator picks!

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Sporcle’s 8-Question Quiz Contest

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It’s been waaaaaay too long since we’ve had a quiz contest. So we thought, let’s change that! This contest is different from those in the past, because it’s an OctoQuiz Contest.

What’s OctoQuiz? It’s a new site we’re developing, that features 8-question quizzes. (You can read more about it in this blog post.) The Sporcle Staff have been having an OctoQuizmaking contest for the whole month of March. And we’re inviting you to join us for the final week.

The Rules: 

medal1. Go to the Create section, and click the ‘Create an Octoquiz’ button. (Or go directly to OctoQuiz here.)

2. Login with your Sporcle credentials.

3. Click ‘Create a Quiz’ and choose whether you want to make a Multiple Choice or Personality style quiz.

4. Experiment with the quiz format and add some images. When it’s ready to go, click the green ‘Publish Quiz’ button.

5. Come back to this blogpost and post your quiz in the comments.

Multiple entries are accepted, and you have until the end of March to submit them.

We’ll review all the quizzes, and the winning one will be promoted on the Sporcle homepage and the OctoQuiz Facebook page. Even if your quiz doesn’t win, there’s a good chance it will be published on OctoQuiz in the coming days and months.

And the most fun part is sharing these quizzes with family and friends. Share your quiz on Facebook or tweet it at someone you think will really enjoy it.

 

March Madness Minefield: 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 March Madness Minefield by Sporcle User 14bball21

About the Quizmaker

March Madness Minefield is 14bball21′s second published quiz, but he’s contributed 61 more, mostly about sports. He’s been on Sporcle since April 2011, and has played 3,622 quizzes since then. He’s also earned 18 badges. Thanks for making such great games, 14bball21!

What’s the Quiz About?

March Madness is called ‘Madness’ for a reason; people go crazy about the teams they follow. This quiz asks you to click the champions of the NCAA basketball tournament without clicking a school that hasn’t won. It’s a minefield, so it’d be good to be careful about which teams you click. It might be a good idea to go through all the schools once, only clicking the ones you’re sure about. Then you can take a second run-through of the schools you’re more iffy about. You should have more than enough time to take this quiz, with 8 minutes and only 35 teams to click. As March Madness continues this year, maybe we’ll have a new team to add to this quiz.

March Madness Minefield was played 38,178 times while it was featured on the front page, and it got a rating of 4.1.


New Badges: Space Invader, Beatlemania, and April Adventure

Sporcle… the final frontier…

SpaceInvader_1 (1)Space Invader:  This one is for anyone who ever wanted to be an astronaut. Test your knowledge of space exploration by taking the Smallest-to-Largest Planets, Phases of the Moon, Countries in Space, and Space Mammals quizzes. If you get 50% or better, you’ll earn this badge.

Beatlemania_2Beatlemania: Screaming rock and roll fans, rejoice! Get 100% on Beatles Albums to earn this badge. It’s going to be bigger than the Beatles’ fateful appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.

AprilAdventure_2April Adventure: Time for another monthly badge – for this one, play 25 quizzes from each of the following time limits: 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute, 4 minute, 5 minute, 6 minute, and 7 minute.

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

New Feature: Copy Your Quizzes

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Have you ever made an amazing quiz, and wanted to make a sequel with all the same settings and style? Now is your time. You can copy any of your own quizzes whether they are a draft, contributed or published. All you have to do is navigate to your game management dashboard, look for copy icon (right next to the edit game link), and you can start happily cloning quizzes all day long.

Just remember: Game play data, ratings and favorites are not copied along for the ride, but all other info, including answer data, and map marker locations, will be preserved in the new quiz.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (03/20)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Parts of a Circle

oli_by: Who was the roundest knight of the ‘Knights of the round table’? Sir Cumference of course. How did he get so round? He at too much pi…Happy pi day everyone!


2. From: 5-Letter Country Match-Up

PomonaI can’t believe I guessed Nauru before Italy, India, or China. Wow, I have spent a lot of time on Sporcle.


3. From: SNL Celebrity Impressions

ashbeekI guessed Justin Bieber for Ellen and I’m not ashamed to admit it.


4. From: Common ‘Other’ Language per State

mimsy137In a moment of weakness, I nearly typed in Canadian.


5. From: ‘S’ TV Shows by Picture II

WyattsTorchThat awkward moment when “Flipper” doesn’t apply, so you try “Slipper” out of desperation.

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us tons of stuff every day. If you share our thirst for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts.

1) George Washington, Gandhi, and William Wallace share a common tie. Check out this quiz to find out what it is.

2) There’s more to the intestines than just “large” and “small”. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the Digestion Progression Challenge. Just don’t have any food around while you’re at it – the human body is completely disgusting.

3) Chicago has the 11th longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US. Dying its river green is what helps keep Chicago’s parade particularly memorable.

111027276_da4da191024) UCLA has won March Madness more than any other team. Their controversial win this week means they might add another win to that number. The March Madness Minefield lists all winners of the NCAA tournament; can you pick them all?

5) The octopus is a master of disguise. Try your hand at Is That An Octopus? on Octoquiz, Sporcle’s newest feature!

hi-res-5d10fe5c665782cdbef8ca50a7f9d663_crop_north6) Languages spoken in the US aren’t just limited to English and Spanish. There are some surprising runners-up in the list of commonly spoken languages in each state – can you name them all?

7) It’s possible to represent entire movies using two pictures. Check out the 2-Word Movie Pictogram quiz for proof, then start asking why they spend millions of dollars on these stories instead.

c2fb4633dffbd8f43d9b1f9c306a3eb38) Telling the difference between Muhammad Ali and Captain Kirk is surprisingly tricky. They’re both the greatest: one at boxing, and the other at hammy acting.

9) Hockey and soccer share a name for a similar penalty. Can you prove your sports smarts – and your college level knowledge – and name it?

10) Maine is closer to Africa than Florida is. Surprised? We were too when we learned this while researching for one of this week’s #theresaquizforthat tweets. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!

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The Digestion Progression Challenge: 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 Digestion Progression Challenge by Sporcle User sbme

About the Quizmaker

Sbme made The Digestion Progression Challenge, and it’s his 27th quiz to be published. He’s also contributed almost 200 more games. He’s been on Sporcle since July 2009, and has played over 10,000 games since then. Thanks for making so many great quizzes, sbme!

What’s the Quiz About?

Ever wonder where food goes after you eat it? This quiz asks you to pick the order by which food travels through your system. It’s trickier than it sounds, with your colon split into four sections. However, you’re able to skip to different parts of the quiz, so if you think you know the fifth part, but not the fourth, you can skip to it without getting a wrong answer. This quiz also happens to be a minefield, so be sure to think before you click, it’s not called a challenge for nothing. 

The Digestion Progression Challenge was played 50,628 times while it was featured on the front page, and it got a rating of 3.8.


New Badges: Joke’s On You, Map Schmap, and Go Green

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – don’t forget to earn your Luck of the Irish badge, then come right on back and get these badges too.

AprilFoolsDay_1.2Joke’s On You: Things are about to get ridiculous in here. Prove your dedication to silliness on April Fool’s Day by getting 100% on Countries of Antarctica, The Impossible Quiz, and Click the Correctly Spelled ‘K’ountry. Just don’t take things too seriously!

MapSchmap_3Map Schmap: A continuation in the series, all you need to do to earn this badge is play 1,000 Map quizzes. They don’t have to be geography, either – cast photo quizzes and lyrics maps are fair game, too!

GoGreen_1Go Green: It’s not always easy being green, but this badge might sweeten the deal a little. Get 50% or better on Green Characters, Foods That Are Green, Green Movies, and Going Green to earn it. Bonus points if you hum “The Rainbow Connection” while you’re at it.

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