The Great ‘Where’s Sporcle?’ Quiz

Come one, come all and be a part of the Where’s Sporcle? slideshow quiz.

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Sporcle is doing something a little different. We are putting together a new community based quiz we will evenutally feature on our home page. This quiz posts pictures of you, the Sporcler, in famous cities, near well-known landmarks, or by recognizable structures wearing Sporcle gear. We want to celebrate our users from around the world, so send us your photos and there is a good chance you can become a part of this quiz.

What we need:

  • A picture of you wearing or holding official Sporcle gear
  • A famous landmark or recognizable scene in the photo to help people make guesses
  • A link to the image or a copy of the image
  • Your Sporcle username
  • Note: The image should be 640 x 480

Send photos to admin@sporcle.com

Once we get 25 images in the quiz, we will feature this on our home page. BUT keep sending those pictures to us and we will keep updating the quiz.

What If Every Country In The World Had A Population Of 100 Million?

OK, go with us here. What if the world was made up of countries that had an equal population of 100 million? Borders get redrawn, larger countries get divvied up, the works! Well Reddit user DMan9797 thought it might look a little like this.

Check it out:

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For a little comparison, try this quiz that asks you to name the countries that rank in the top 30 in both area and population.


Zack Snyder tweets Jason Momoa as Aquaman and he looks pretty awesome

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder dropped a bit of a bombshell today with a first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

The former Game of Thrones actor debuts as the character in the March 25, 2016 release and then gets his own standalone movie in 2018. “Unite the Seven” could refer to the seven seas or it might be a call to unite the original seven members of the Justice League.

Think you can name the members of the Justice league?  Try the quiz:


Introducing OctoQuiz – a little something different from Sporcle

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Meet OctoQuiz.

What the heck is this you say?

OctoQuiz is a new quiz platform from Sporcle Labs that is intended to be a bit more personal. Where Sporcle is all about mentally stimulating diversions, OctoQuiz is about the lighter side of trivia. OctoQuiz offers multiple choice question formats as well as personality quizzes (with more quiz types to come).

OctoQuizzes are fun, bite sized, very shareable quizzes that now anyone with a Sporcle account can create. Just login using your Sporcle credentials (or create a new account on Sporcle) and you’re off and running.

The quizzes are easy to play (on your desktop or mobile device) and only take a minute of your time, so give em a whirl.

And now for your questions:

Why would you do this?

We thought this was fun and figured you would too. Add pictures, create silliness, search your soul. Trivia is educational but fun, go with it.

Why not just add all this to Sporcle?

If you recall, a little over a year ago, we tried to put a similar type format on Sporcle itself, and it just didn’t quite take. We learned that these quizzes needed a home of their own.

Does this mean that multiple choice questions will never come to Sporcle?

Well, never say never. This is certainly something we may do in time, but it would have to have its own Sporcle slant to it.

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. It 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, on the other hand, left the show after the first 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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He also left because 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 always so clear, so Dunkleman gets the dubious distinction of joining the ranks of obscure founding members like Pete Best of The Beatles and Ronald Wayne of Apple, Inc.

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

What If Every State’s Population Matched Its Physical Size?

Alaska, by land mass, is the largest state in the US but ranked 47th by population. It seems a touch unfair that the largest states with such small populations get so much space for such few people. Reddit user “alexthedinosaur” has created this map of the United States to show what it would look like if we gave the biggest states by physical size to the states with the largest population.

In this Bizarro version of the United States, Hawaii becomes Alaska, Alaska becomes California, New York becomes Iowa and so on. Missouri, Mississippi and Texas are the only states that would remain in their current positions on the map.

So check it out, here is what the map of the United States would look like if the population matched its physical size:

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It all kind of makes you wonder what the original thirteen colonies would have looked like. As a reminder, here is a quiz to refresh your memory.

Play over 2,400 of your favorite MS-DOS games in your browser for free

The Oregon Trail to Wolfenstein 3D, all in your browser

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Thanks to the Internet Archive over 2,400 MS-DOS games are now available to play for free in your browser. No plugins, no extensions, no extra work on your part, just good old fashioned fun from the 80s and 90s.

The Internet Archive notes that the browser-based emulation is still in beta, so your mileage may vary, make sure you use an updated version of Chrome or Firefox. And be warned, you can get lost in here.

We wouldn’t be Sporcle without throwing a quiz into the mix, once you have lost a few hours on the Oregon Trail, see if you learned anything:


NFL Week 4: 15 Facts You Didn’t Know

Five teams are now undefeated after four weeks, while four teams are still looking for their first win.

footballThe Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia tidbits. Here’s your NFL Week 4 fast facts:

San Francisco 49ers 35, St. Louis Rams 11

The Rams were held to 18 rushing yards, the fewest in a game by a team so far this season. The Rams hadn’t been held to 18 rushing yards or fewer as a team since week 12 of the 2008 season.

Detroit Lions 40, Chicago Bears 32

The Lions 40 points against the Bears is the most they’ve scored against the Bears since scoring 55 in 1997.

Buffalo Bills 23, Baltimore Ravens 20

Flacco’s seven interceptions are tied for the 2nd-most through the 1st four games of the season by the defending Super Bowl MVP.

Kansas City Chiefs 31, New York Giants 7

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants -85 point differential is their worst ever through the first 4 games of a season.

Minnesota Vikings 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 27

Thanks to the Vikings, the Steelers are 0-4 for the first time since 1968. Maybe now Adrian Peterson’s daughter will be happy.

Seattle Seahawks 23,  Houston Texans 20

This is the first time in franchise history the Seahawks have won a game in which they trailed by at least 14 points entering the 4th quarter; it is also the first time they have started the season 4-0.

 Indianapolis Colts 37,  Jacksonville Jaguars 3

Andrew Luck is tied with John Elway for the most wins (14) in his first 20 starts by a quarterback drafted No. 1 overall since 1970.

Arizona Cardinals 13,  Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10

This is the tenth 0-4 start in franchise history for the Buccaneers.

Cleveland Browns 17, Cincinnati Bengals 6

After trading Trent Richardson, the Browns are tied for first place in the AFC North.

Denver Broncos 52,  Philadelphia Eagles 20

The Broncos are averaging 44.8 points per game; that’s more than the Buccaneers or the Jaguars have scored all season.

Tennessee Titans 38, New York Jets 13

The Titans are only the 2nd team in NFL history without a turnover in the first 4 games, the other was the 1995 Rams.

San Diego Chargers 30, Dallas Cowboys 21

The Cowboys have three defensive TD this season, matching their total from last season.

Washington Redskins 24, Oakland Raiders 14

The Redskins won despite the fact that Robert Griffin III had a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 38.1.

New England Patriots 30, Atlanta Falcons 23

This is the 2nd time both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have started 4-0 in the same season.

New Orleans Saints 38, Miami Dolphins 17

The Saints are 4-0 for the 4th time in franchise history; the last time they started this strong was in 2009 on their way to a Super Bowl title.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 3: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballInteresting few days of football. The Dolphins are 3-0, the Steelers are 0-3 and Rashad Johnson will now get 10% off manicures for the rest of his life.

The Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia. Here are your NFL Week 3 fast facts:

Kansas City Chiefs 26, Philadelphia Eagles 16
The Eagles have lost 8 straight home games; that’s the longest active home losing streak in NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals 34, Green Bay Packers 30
Aaron Rodgers is 5-17 as a starting QB in games decided by 4 points or less; on the plus side, he has at least 3 passing touchdowns in five straight games.

Dallas Cowboys 31, St. Louis Rams 7
The Cowboys have now won nine straight Week 3 games.

Tennessee Titans 20, San Diego Chargers 17
The last time the Chargers lost to the Titans was in 1992 when the Titans were the Houston Oilers.

Cleveland Browns 31, Minnesota Vikings 27
Brian Hoyer was the 19th different starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999, the most in the NFL over that span. How many Browns quarterbacks can you name?

New England Patriots 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3
LeGarrette Blount, traded by the Bucs in the offseason, led the Patriots with 65 yards rushing.  Given the way the Patriots use RBs, this may have been his last game all season.

New Orleans Saints 31, Arizona Cardinals 7
The Saints’ defense has held its opponents this season to 17 points or less. Last season, New Orleans allowed 17 points or less in three games all season. The next 13 games for Saints opponents are gonna be a doozy!

Detroit Lions 27, Washington Redskins 20
After 21 games, the Detroit Lions have won their first ever game away at the Washington Redskins. It helps that the Redskins’ defense has allowed 1,464 yards through its first three games, most in NFL history,

Carolina Panthers 38, New York Giants 0
This is the first time since 1932 that both the Giants and Redskins have started 0-3 in the same season.

Baltimore Ravens 30 , Houston Texans 9
The Ravens are 6-1 all-time vs Texans (including the playoffs). Houston’s only win came last season, 43-13, the 3rd-worst loss in Ravens history.

Miami Dolphins 27,  Atlanta Falcons 23
The Dolphins have scored at least 20 points in each game, the first time they’ve done that since 2002. That is the last time they were 3-0.

New York Jets 27, Buffalo Bills 20
Geno Smith is the first Jets rookie with 300 yards passing in a single game. The Jets are the first team to win a game committing at least 20 penalties since the 1951 Browns.

Indianapolis Colts 27, San Francisco 49ers 7
Kicker Adam Vinatieri has made a field goal in 39 different NFL stadiums. Eleven more and he can finally retire.

Seattle Seahawks 45 , Jacksonville Jaguars 17
With Sunday’s win, the Seahawks are 3-0. The other 2012 NFC playoff teams have 3 wins combined.

Chicago Bears 40, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
The Bears have 10 interceptions returned for touchdowns since the start of last season, twice as many as any other team.

Denver Broncos 37, Oakland Raiders 21
Monday night’s matchup was the 17th meeting of the Broncos and the Raiders on MNF, breaking the record they already hold. Going into Monday’s game, Terrelle Pryor had 162 rush yards in 2 games this season. Peyton Manning had 167 rush yards in his last 10 seasons.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.

NFL WEEK 2: 16 Facts You Didn’t Know

footballA whopping twenty-two NFL games have been decided by 7 points or fewer in the 1st two weeks of the season.

The Sporcle Facts Teams is back for another week of trivia tidbits. Here’s your NFL Week 2 fast facts:

New England Patriots 13, New York Jets 10
The last time the Patriots scored 13 or less points was September 20, 2009. October 18, 2009 marked their highest scoring game ever with a score of 59-0 against the Titans.

Buffalo Bills 24, Carolina Panthers 23
EJ Manuel’s touchdown pass with 0:02 seconds left to win the game was one of 5 come-from-behind wins this week. He had 296 yards passing in the win, that’s the most by Bills rookie since Dennis Shaw in 1970.

Baltimore Ravens 14, Cleveland Browns 6
Just over an hour before kickoff, Joe Flacco’s wife gave birth to the couple’s second child.

Chicago Bears 31, Minnesota Vikings 30
For the first time in franchise history, the Vikings had a kick return touchdown and a fumble return touchdown in the same game.

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Dallas Cowboys 16
The Chiefs are 1st team to start 2-0 after winning two or fewer games the previous season since the 2002 Panthers.

Green Bay Packers 38, Washington Redskins 20
Running back James Starks is the first Packers RB with 100 yards in almost 3 years. That’s 44 straight regular-season games without a 100-yard rusher.

Houston Texans 30, Tennessee Titans 24
The Texans Titans game went into overtime after Texans’ kicker had 4 tries at a game-winning field goal; the first three didn’t count due to 2 timeouts and an offsides call.

Miami Dolphins 24, Indianapolis Colts 20
Andrew Luck had the NFL’s longest active streak with 165 straight passes without an interception before Brent Grimes picked him off. The NFL record is 358 passes set by Tom Brady during the 2010-11 season.

Philadelphia Eagles 31, San Diego Chargers 24
On Sunday, the Chargers and Eagles combined for 1,050 total yards. That’s just over a half a mile of offense.

Atlanta Falcons 31, St. Louis Rams 24
Osi Umenyiora’s 68-yard interception return is the longest interception return touchdown by a non-defensive back in Falcons’ history.

Arizona Cardinals 25, Detroit Lions 21
Cornerback Patrick Peterson both caught a pass and threw a pass in the Lions/Cardinals game.

New Orleans Saints 16, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14
According to advancednflstats.com, The Bucs have lost 2 straight games where they had a greater than 95% chance of winning inside of the 2 minute mark.

Denver Broncos 41, New York Giants 23
This week is likely the end of Manning Bowl. Currently, Eli and Peyton aren’t scheduled to meet again in regular season play until 2017 (Peyton will be 41). Peyton is 3-0 when the brothers face off.

Oakland Raiders 19, Jacksonville Jaguars 9
In the first two games of the season the Jacksonville Jaguars have more penalties (14), sacks allowed (11), and punts (19), than offensive points scored (9).

Seattle Seahawks 29, San Francisco 49ers 3
Fans at CenturyLink Field set the Guinness World Record for loudest stadium when the noise level reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. This broke the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set two years ago during a soccer game in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cincinnati Bengals 20, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
The Steelers are 0-2 for first time under Mike Tomlin. The last four times the Steelers started 0-2, they ended the season with a winning record.

For more facts and trivia, check out the NFL Weekly Leaders quiz on Sporcle.