Meet the Staff: Reid Weber

Reid

Name: Reid Weber (reidzor)

Position: iOS Developer

Originally from: St. Paul, Minnesota

Worked at Sporcle since: March 2015

Here at Sporcle: Reid builds the Sporcle Flagship app for iPhone and iPad. Basically, he stares at code all day and plays around with iPads.

About: Reid describes himself as a mix between a “total geek and a total jock.” As he puts it, “I like football and I like Pokémon.” He’s a big Seattle sports fan who loves the University of Washington Huskies, the Seahawks, and the Mariners.

He also enjoys going to see live music and playing music with his friends (he plays the bass guitar.) And when he was in middle school, he and some friends formed a cover band that continued through their high school years. They had weekly gigs, played at anniversaries and birthday parties, and it sounds like they were pretty well organized for a bunch of adolescents.

Favorites: On the quiz front, Reid’s favorites include Literary Characters Sorting Blitz, 151 Original Pokémon and Word Ladders. Some of his favorite movies are The Lion King, The Matrix, and–more recently–Interstellar.

Strange Fact: Reid was 10 1/2 pounds when he was born. On a similar subject, he shares a birthday with Bill Gates.

Best part about working at Sporcle: In his words, “I love how [Sporcle] is both oddly fast-paced and laid-back.” He describes how the team likes to get things done fast but also likes to tinker. There’s always people asking “what if we tried it this way” and continually working to improve the product. 

Anything else? “Sporcle’s better on mobile.”

Dr. Sporcle is Changing Your Dose

Dr. Sporcle will see you now

If you can’t resist our Daily Dose quizzes, prepare yourself for a whole new treat!

Introducing a new way to get your Sporcle fix: Quick Pick Quizzes.

Quick Picks recently became a subcategory on Sporcle, and they’ll soon be featured as Daily Dose quizzes. Alongside the usual Word Ladders and Missing Words, one of our favorite Quick Picks will be shown on the front page every day. When we make something front page material, we’re serious about it. The quizzes themselves, though? Not too serious.

Here are the criteria for a Quick Pick Quiz:

•Clickable quiz type
•Time limit of 1:30 mins or less
•20 answers or fewer
•A topic with wide appeal

The ideal Quick Pick should be playable by most people, even without deep knowledge of the subject. These are more about the crazy low time limit than about reasoning through answers.

With a new quiz on the front page every day, these quick quizzes are one the best ways to get yourself published on Sporcle. Check out a Random Quick Pick for some inspiration on your next quiz!

Disclaimer: Doctor Sporcle is not an M.D. and thus isn’t certified to write prescriptions. Any medical advice given here is probably unfounded in science and has a 90% chance of having been written by a narwhal named Sharpy.

Thank You For Being a Friend

Actress Betty White turned 94 this week, making her older than Kyrgyzstan (1991), the Slinky (1943) and even sliced bread (1928).

White’s career started in the 1940s and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Not unlike her Golden Girls character, she likes to be in on the action. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary,” White said after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Emmys. The Guinness Book of World Records recognizes Betty White for having the longest TV career of any female entertainer.

Since she’s been acting longer than most of us have been alive, we’ll give you a little refresher of the amazing things she has contributed to the world:

1) Golden Girls

Who knew that a group of four retirement-aged women could steal our hearts as much as they did? White played the part of Rose–the spacey friend with a trove of funny stories.

The show tackled some serious issues of the time like AIDS, gay marriage and teen pregnancy, but never lost its lighthearted atmosphere. You see, Rose had a knack for finding sticky situations to get herself into. These strange circumstances gave inspiration for many of the TV tropes still seen in shows today.

Golden Girls captured the idea of women living it up regardless of their age, which couldn’t have been more refreshing.

 

2) Later Roles

Between her roles in the Proposal, Lake Placid and Hot in Cleveland (along with a GREAT many cameos), Betty White established her personal character–an old woman so incredibly witty and fun you’d wonder if she was actually senile.

3) Everything Else

She crushed her appearances on late night talk shows:

And cracked us up on her own Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. 

She gave us perfect excuses for our favorite activities:

And helped us understand that, even at our worst times, we’re not alone.

Happy birthday, Betty! And always remember…

The Great ‘Where’s Sporcle?’ Quiz

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

sporcle gear

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.

Letters Minefield: NFL Teams: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

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 Letters Minefield: NFL Teams by Sporcle User LTH.

What’s the Quiz About?

Even if you don’t know every player and their stats, you should at least know your football teams. In this minefield quiz, just click on all of the letters that begin NFL team nicknames. If there were an NFL team called the “Sporclers”, you’d click on “S”. Thirteen of the letters are correct, so there’s room for guessing if needed. But as with every minefield, only one wrong answer will end the game!


Top 15 Quizzes of 2015

top-quizzes-20152015 has been an incredible year for Sporcle. We introduced tons of great new features, published nearly 6,000 new quizzes and even introduced a store.

In this post, we’re highlighting the best of the best: The 15 most popular new quizzes of 2015. Check ‘em out below and let us know of your favorites in the comments.

  1. Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield
  2. Harry Potter Logic Puzzle
  3. 1-20 Clickable Mines
  4. 10 Most Populous Countries in Order
  5. Classroom Grades Logic Puzzle
  6. 10 Most Populous US States in Order
  7. 10 Largest Countries in Order
  8. Europe (Redux)
  9. Star Wars Bunker
  10. US States Trivia Logic Puzzle
  11. Multi-Category Minefield Blitz II
  12. 10 Most Populous U.S. Cities In Order
  13. Criteria NFL Teams
  14. 10 Largest US States in Order
  15. Clickable 1-10 Mines

By Popular Request, we’ve also added the 15 most popular non-minefield quizzes of 2015:

  1. Almost Useless Movie Trivia V
  2. League of Legends Champions By Ultimate
  3. 30 in 60: Music Artists
  4. 30 in 60: TV Characters
  5. US Citizenship Test: Would You Pass?
  6. Movie Quotes: Jeopardy Style
  7. 50 Flicks to Click (1995)
  8. Passable General Knowledge Trivia
  9. Almost Useless Trivia IX
  10. Vocabulary Blitz XI
  11. Disney Character Movie Match
  12. 30 in 60: World Capitals
  13. Almost Useless Movie Trivia III
  14. 30 in 60: State Capitals
  15. Odd But True Facts III  

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: 28 Ways Not to Drink ‘Wine’

BoudChanging wine into vine seems a bit counterproductive.


2. From: 28 Ways Not to Drink ‘Wine’

AK_WDBOn the other hand, changing wine into wino makes perfect sense.


3. From: Christmas Song Slot Machine

evergreennghtmreAre you telling me “christmas christmas christmas” isn’t a real song?


4. From: Celebrities in Old Commercials

LinuxLinusI was 100% sure that Jack Black was a woman.


5. From: Where’s My Border Gone? (Europe)

supera8yOh yeah, this quiz made me remember my trip to Portspafranswitaustrovenia

 

Top Comments of the Week (12/11)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Highest Grossing Non-Franchise Films

GoldnI
1. Make a movie with either Will Smith, Tom Hanks, or Ben Affleck.
2. ???
3. Profit


2. From: 20 More Anti-Jokes

jh05013Argon walks into a bar. Nobody notices because argon is a tasteless, colorless, odorless, and nontoxic gas.


3. From: Seemingly Unrelated Trivia

HeGotGamesAnd look, if you take the 21 letters that don’t belong in the NATO-phonetic words, and rearrange them, it spells WOODEN DEMON RENTS GLOVE. What a weird person I must be, to have bothered figuring that out.


4. From: Bad Wheel of Fortune Answers

El_Dandy‘Fish Love?’ Was Troy McClure a guest on that episode?


5. From: ‘I’ Symbol Blitz

mrawesome1234qThe whole time through I was thinking “What if that’s a lowercase L?”

 

Top Comments of the Week (12/04)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Find the Countries of Asia

EzrianBashiraxOman, this quiz was pretty difficult, but Iraqed up a decent score anyways. It can be such Japan in the butt sometimes, though I will probably Taiwan or two more times until I get 100%. No matter what, win or Laos, the fun I have Israeli the only important thing, right?


2. From: Foreign-Citizen Population: Greenland

fnurtIt must be a pain to update this quiz every time someone has a baby.


3. From: Artists on the Christmas Album Coverz

RJMurphyThat awkward moment when you get a different answer right, having mistaken Barry Manilow for Rod Stewart…


4. From: Famous People Born in December

Exodiafinder687I came for the quiz, but I’m staying for the epic staring contest going on between Samuel L Jackson and Stalin.


5. From: European Capitals of the USA

performaxHmmm… Can’t decide whether to complain that this quiz is too US-centric or too Eurocentric!

 

Multi-Category Minefield Blitz VI: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

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 Multi-Category Minefield Blitz VI by Sporcle User MSpitzig.

What’s the Quiz About?

Do you do well under pressure? You only have one minute. You’ll be given one of five categories and simply click the item that matches it. The matching isn’t difficult – you can easily find the item that matches the category, ‘NFL Team‘. That being said, do your best to blitz against the time without making an error. If you do, the quiz will explode and end. Be sure to check out the previous minefields in the series too!