El_Dandy, El Jeopardy! Champion

Congratulations to Jason Sterlacci: Jeopardy! champion, Sporcle user

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At Sporcle, we’re huge fans of Jeopardy! — as is anyone who’s a fan of trivia. Last week was the conclusion of the show’s annual Teachers Tournament; the winner this year was Jason Sterlacci, a middle-school English teacher from Somerset, New Jersey.

We know Jason better as Sporcle user El_Dandy. He’s one of Sporcle’s most passionate users, holding the #20 spot for most plays of all time –and, incredibly, the #9 spot for plays of the most unique quizzes. (In case you’re curious, that means he has played more than 49,500 unique quizzes on Sporcle….wow!!)

Sporcle has a strong community of trivia-lovers, and a long history of community members both competing and winning on Jeopardy! Sam Deutsch, a junior at USC who won the 2016 Jeopardy! College Tournament in February, said he used Sporcle to practice.

Among others, our users Nathaniel Barnes (NJSB on Sporcle), sproutcm, phil_quiz, podpod, Propellerhead, LL3rd, jpahk, and maggie882 are all previous Jeopardy! contestants. And Ken Jennings, who holds the all-time record for Jeopardy! victories (a winning streak of 74 consecutive games in 2004), has called Sporcle “the only trivia site I visit regularly.”

Jason’s victory in the Teachers Tournament means that he’ll be competing in Jeopardy!’s annual Tournament of Champions later this year. We’re excited to tune in for that. In the meantime, congrats, Jason, from all of us at Sporcle HQ.

Getting Published: Daily Dose Edition

Getting your daily dose quiz published…a love story.

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Time and time again when getting Daily Dose quizzes (Missing Word, Word Ladder, and Quick Pick) ready for publish, we find that we have to make many of the same changes. So if you have learned how to create a classic quiz and have reviewed these musings on getting published, it might be time to use the checklist below to get your quiz one step closer to the Sporcle home page.


Title:

If making a Missing Word, add ‘Missing Word:’ to the front of the title, same goes with Word Ladder and Quick Pick.

Category:

Set this to ‘Just for Fun’. We might add some more functionality to the tools here around this in the future. For the time being, all Daily Dose quizzes should be categorized as JFF.

Tags:

Make sure the appropriate Daily Dose tag (e.g. Missing Word) is applied. Also add any relevant or interesting tags to the quiz.

Crosslink:

Set this to another published, related Daily Dose quiz. If you make a ‘Missing Word: 90s Boy Bands’ and we published ’Missing Word: 80s Boy Bands’, link to that.

Comments:

Be responsive to comments and make changes as necessary. If the community has pointed out errors and flaws, be sure to review those comments and update as you see fit.

Duplicate Check:

Check to make sure your quiz hasn’t been done before. Do a search on the site or spend some quality time reviewing quick picks, word ladders, and missing words.

Game Description:

The Game Description (Can you name…) should be something like – ‘Can you name the four-letter words in this song title-themed ladder?’ not like ‘Can you name the four-letter words in this super awesome ladder about music and song titles yay baby!’


Those are the basics. For every Daily Dose we publish we use this checklist. Do you have any suggestions or other best practices? Let us know in the comments.

Ray Romano and Jimmy Kimmel Talk Sporcle

We’ve always loved Ray Romano.

Last night Ray Romano was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and it turns out, he is quite fond of Sporcle as well. We have the clip down below.

Ray is a bit worried about keeping “sharp”. Seems like he is doing just fine and hey we are always happy to help him have a happy Uber experience.

All that is left for him is to master the Countries of Asia.

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: