What is Whacking Day All About?

wacking-dayWhen we choose which holidays to create badges for, we usually decide on those that are either really well-known, or just make us laugh. Whacking Day is definitely the latter, and might be the most obscure holiday we’ve chosen so far.

Whacking Day is based on an early episode of The Simpsons, where the town celebrates May 10th by driving snakes to the center of town in order to whack them with sticks. In the episode, Bart and Lisa decide (rightly!) that the holiday is barbaric, and instead attempt to lure the snakes to safety with the help of singer Barry White. In the end, everyone learns a valuable lesson about tolerance (probably).

Here at Sporcle, Simpsons quotes are a perfectly cromulent occurrence. Once we discovered the date officially fell on May 10th, we absolutely had to create the badge. Once our mysterious badge artist Skylar drew it, it immediately became one of our favorite badges. All you have do to earn it is play the Whacking Day HymnThe Simpsons Minefield, and Venomous or Not? on May 10th.

Of course, this year Whacking Day perfectly coincides with Mother’s Day. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate motherhood than by making obscure Simpsons references. Also, you should call your mom.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/17)

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1. From: Types of Natural Disasters

McSack: FEMA thinks there’s only thirteen, but one day they will have to acknowledge Godzilla.

2. From: True or False: The History of Time

LisaSimpsonOHI’d even go so far as to say that every two minutes we take as many pictures of cats as were taken of anything in the entire 19th Century.

3. From: Song Title Endings III

JesbyThought I could just leave the ones I didn’t know until the end. You got me there!

4. From: Types of Natural Disasters

eyes355“Space weather” certainly includes meteor strikes, which is what gave me that one. It appears that FEMA doesn’t count zombies or plague as natural disasters though….

5. From: Animal Name Game

ChileNoseJamI was wondering what a “Godfatherkey” was.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/10)

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1. From: Animal Puns

dlauthor: Using the same animal twice in the same quiz? What a cheetah.

2. From: Holiday by Greeting Card

bulletproofkolOh, Guy Fawkes night, the stacks of cards I get for that should have reminded me. All I could think was book burning night, which had me worried.

3. From: Geography Vowel Grab Bag

happybunnyfunnyFor North American Country, I typed Antigua and Barbuda. I live in the United States.

4. From: Let’s Dance! Disney Edition

hm95Can we agree that The Emperor’s New Groove is the greatest thing ever?

5. From: Holiday by Greeting Card

sufradleyI haven’t sent or received, or even seen, a Guy Fawkes card but they would double up as handy kindling.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/03)

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1. From: Math Jokes

armadilloking: Q: Did you hear the one about the statistician? A: Probably

2. From: ‘Greatest American Hero’ Theme Song

CorellonLBelieve it or not, George isn’t at home!

3. From: Most Common Animals (ABC Books)

WredAguyWOctopus? No. Ostrich? Nope? Otter? Guess again. Ox? Still wrong. Orangutan? DAMMIT!!

4. From: Mufasa or Vader?

Probo11It’s kind of funny that both characters were voiced by James Earl Jones.

5. From: Numbers in Pop Culture

msuspartan1981I knew the Proclaimers would would walk five hundred miles, but I forgot they would walk five hundred more.

New Feature: Copy Your Quizzes


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)

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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.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (03/13)

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1. From: Musicians by Lego

rockgolf: Only in Legoland can Iron Maiden look like New Kids on the Block with Aaron Carter sitting in.

2. From: Asia (Redux)

armadillokingI didn’t realize why United Arab Empire was wrong for about five minutes. That decoy was too good.

3. From: Asia (Redux)

Pander88uk“Don’t click any non-Asian real countries… they’re bound to use that trick”.. *clicks Australia*.

4. From: Images that End in ‘B’

WyattsTorchI spent at least two minutes trying to come up with the name for Marley’s hat.

5. From: Click the Batman Villain

Scout_Number_4They might not be real Batman villains, but you don’t want to be around if The Tinkler takes on The Space Heater.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (03/06)

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1. From: Sitcoms by T-Shirt

stormyclouds: Wow…..Archer t-shirt has not aged well.

2. From: 30 Facts that Start with ‘P’

armadillokingOf course, the exercise pioneer Joseph Pushup.

3. From: Famous TV Couples

ExcalWhen I got to JD from Scrubs, my first instinct was to look for Chris Turk.

4. From: Jenny’s Phone Number

koopa08What’s the area code? I’m not from around here.

5. From: Movie by Famous One-Liner

CanadianBaconAn Inigo Montoya quote over one by Vizzini?? Inconceivable!!

Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/27)

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1. From: Odd But True Facts II

SynonymToast: It’s true that vaccinations don’t work on trumpets, but it didn’t count as correct.

2. From: Odd But True Facts II

aerodynamic:I kept incorrectly guessing syphilis and thinking, “Dang it, why can’t I get syphilis?”

3. From: Follow That Line: Mitch Hedberg

frenchfry1527I haven’t slept for ten days. Because that would be too long.

4. From: 2 Steps from Dangle

Limerick_ManWith my cat, one day I dangled
A piece of yarn til it got tangled
I laughed as she scratched
Til I saw it attached
To my priciest sweater, now mangled

5. From: Ending with ‘A’ Blitz

armadillokingA US president whose name ends with A? Hmm, I don’t know, better start at the beginning…

Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/20)

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1. From: Geography Humor

cardiff_martian: “My wife has gone to the West Indies”. “Jamaica?” “No, she wanted to go”. It had to be done. There just might be someone out there who hasn’t heard that before.

2. From: Most Visited Websites (2014)

chriskotx:Yawn: I just woke up from a ten-year nap. So what happened to AOL and MySpace?

3. From: Geography Humor

Fools_Overture…did you hear about the lonely chess grandmaster who went to Prague? – He was looking for a Czech mate!

4. From: ‘P’ Countries on a Map

Honest_John3 hours and 6 new comments in and no one has claimed that Palestine is not a country yet. Must be some kind of record.

5. From: Things Cut in Half

mcsheffreyI was confused by the label of “Atom” until I thought about it for a few seconds. Well done!