Back to Sporcle Ultimate Summer Playlist Voting

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Hello, Students, and welcome to orientation! This year, we’re preparing Sporclers for the rigorous school year ahead by reviewing some of the summer’s best quizzes you might have missed. As a very wonderful problem to have though, there are just too many great summer quizzes.

To prep for Back to Sporcle Week starting this Thursday, we need your help choosing the Top 15 quizzes of summer. The Deans of Sporcle U have chosen a list of great summer quizzes, and now it comes down to a student vote. The 15 you choose will end up in the Back to Sporcle Ultimate Summer Playlist for all posterity, so choose wisely.

Here is your selection of quizzes to pick from. Click the names to refresh your memory or play any of these great quizzes you missed. Voting is due by Wednesday September 7th, 2016 (the last day of Back to Sporcle Week) so be sure to have your choices in by then.

Ultimate Summer Playlist Candidates:

‘Harry Potter’ Start to Finish    •     Movie Quote Picture Click    •    What’s in a Female Name?
Movies by Emoji II     •    Language Speed-Picking    •     Let’s Draw the US Borders
Disney Characters Minefield     •    TV Show by Running Joke II    •    Find the Quadrilaterals
Africa: 20 Most Populous Countries    •    Amazon Movie Reviews III    •    Olympic Sports (A-Z)
Multi-Category Minefield Blitz XI    •    10 to 1: Asian Geography    •    Click a Bordering Country
European Countries with an ‘R’    •    Find Five ‘N’ Things    •    TV Timeline Picture Click
Pick-Up Sticks    •    Food Bunker   •    Sporcle Minesweeper II    •    Find that Movie!
Which Logo is NFL? (Blitz)    •    Honest Movie Titles   •    Questioning Movie Quotes IV?
Test Your Reflexes Again!    •     Minefield Map: European Capitals   •    Movies with Chocolate
Who Did it First?    •    4 Movies, 1 Thing in Common V    •    3-Letter Click Blitz
Spot the Difference VII     •     Oh, Again with the Irony   •   Historical People A-Z
Fix the Europe Map    •    Find the Primes and Perfect Squares!   •    Leaping Ladder
Risky Map Clicking: Next State Alphabetically    •     One Big 4 Team States & Provinces 

 

Back to Sporcle Syllabus 2016

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Sporcle University

Back to Sporcle Syllabus 2016

Course Overview:
The purpose of this course is to prime all our student Sporclers into well-rounded owners of the Back to Sporcle badge. Students will be given an engaging curriculum including math, literature, language, history and science. Extracurricular activities are very important to Sporcle U. Athletes, theater enthusiasts, and the musically gifted alike should have no problem finding an after school club for them.

Course Material:
•Daily Class Schedule
•Meme Contest
•Summer Quiz Voting
•Quiz Creation Competition
•Rare Badge Earning

Classroom Rules: 
Absolutely NO make-up work. All quizzes must be completed by September 7th for the badge.
There’s no bathroom pass. Just go.
No cheating off of other students. All quizzes and memes submitted must be your own original ideas.
As always, questions or comments should be directed to the Hall Monitor.
No throwing food. Derek will see you.

Grading Breakdown:
Quizzes (100%)

Grading Policy:
A - 25+ quizzes
B - 20-25 quizzes
C - 15-19 quizzes
D - 10-14 quizzes
F  – 9 quizzes and below

Only straight A students will earn their Back to Sporcle badge–thankfully, it’s not too hard.

Can’t wait to see you all bright and early on the first day of class–September 1st!

Top Comments of the Week (08/26)

Top Comments of the Week From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh. Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Movie Characters by Younger Self II

crow_t_robot: ”Cool quiz. I especially liked the part with the picture…of…um, sorry, I have no long term memory. What were we talking about?”


2. Quiz: Y-Ending Girl Names

strags11: “Forgot Amy. Oh well, it’s an honest mistake — there’s nobody I know with that name. Um, hang on, my daughter is on the phone and she’s ticked off about something….”


3. Quiz: Inaccurate TV Show Titles

DennisWoo: “I always considered “Everybody Loves Raymond” to be an inaccurate title.”


4. Quiz: Clickable Simpsons Quotes

ChuckRamner: Charles Burns? You mean C. Montgomery Burns? Smithers, release the hounds.”


5. Quiz: Country Sets III

1894: “Sporcle: Where more people remember that Kyrgyzstan’s second letter is a Y than that Prague starts with Pr.”


Top Comments of the Week (08/19)

Top Comments of the Week From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh. Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Whose View is it Anyway?

OwenHerring: ”… On other matters, I am delighted that proctologist was omitted.”


2. Quiz: Rhymes with ‘Aim’

LouisGilbrook: “I kame. I saw. I conquered.”


3. Quiz: Movie Fights: Round 1!

Bio: “Congratulations, quiz, you broke the first rule of Fight Club.”


4. Quiz: Olympics Race – With Olympic Fanfare

WeaselKing1000: ”I only missed one. Ohno!”


5. Quiz: Countries That Have it Going ‘On’

sweetlittledudes: “Where’s Stacy’s mom? *wink*”


Back to Sporcle Week 2016

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Welcome, Sporclers young and old, to Back to Sporcle Week 2016. Some of you might remember the Back to Sporcle days of yore, but to many of you, it’s just that secret “retired” badge. In a surprising come-badge, Back to Sporcle Week is back and better than ever for 2016!

Back to Sporcle week runs from  September 1 through September 7th, so you have plenty of time to prepare. If you haven’t yet, create an account, get some practice creating quizzes, and study up because this is a week you won’t want to miss.

Oh, and that badge? If you follow your class schedule, you should have no problem earning it.

Pokémon at 20: Who We Remember (and Who We Forget)

We ranked millions of Sporcle quiz results from 2010-2016 to reveal the most memorable Pokémon. Hint: it wasn’t Pikachu!

As the world’s largest trivia and quiz site, Sporcle has a lot of data at our disposal. Each time someone plays one of our quizzes, it reveals what they remember right now, and what they don’t. Together, these results –spanning hundreds of millions of responses every year– give us some unique insights into the world’s knowledge on virtually any topic.

One of the most popular topics on Sporcle is Pokémon. We have thousands of quizzes covering almost any aspect of the Pokémon universe, from the obvious (can you name the different types of Pokémon?) to the obscure (which Gen. I Pokemon have 7-letter names?). But the most popular Pokémon quiz, by far, is this one, challenging people to name the original 151 Pokémon –the ones introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue Versions– in 12 minutes or less. This quiz has been played more than 3 million times since it was created in 2008, and has proven so popular that thousands of fans (including a number of prominent video creators) have filmed YouTube videos of themselves taking the “Pokémon Original 151 challenge” on Sporcle.

This year, the Pokémon franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, we thought it would be fun to rank results from plays of the Original 151 Pokémon quiz between 2010 and 2016 to show which first-generation Pokémon people remember most, which are least-remembered, and how this knowledge –which we call memorability– has changed over time.

Pikachu Tails Off

Pikachu is one of the most beloved characters in the Pokémon franchise. The furry Pokémon has long served as the mascot for the sprawling Pokémon empire; you can find Pikachu’s likeness on trading cards and apparel, in manga and movies, and on TV. The electric Pokémon is so recognizable worldwide that it’s been compared to a Japanese Mickey Mouse.

Given Pikachu’s prominence, we assumed our data would rank Pikachu as the most memorable of the original 151 Pokémon. And we were right…..sort of. When we compiled our year-by-year data, we found that Pikachu had indeed held a spot as the #1 most memorable Pokémon in 2010, meaning that people who took the quiz that year were more likely to identify Pikachu than any other character.

But our data shows that Pikachu has seen a continuing slide in memorability since 2011, dropping in four of the last six years. Pikachu dropped to #2 in memorability in 2011, and to #4 in 2013; and in 2016, Pikachu is the fifth-most memorable Pokémon. It’s a stunning turnaround for a Pokémon once honored by TIME magazine as one of the year’s “best people”.

Charmander and Bulbasaur: Battling to the Top

Our data showed something else interesting: as Pikachu’s memorability was dropping, memorability for Charmander and Bulbasaur –two of Pokémon’s three original starters– was on the rise. In 2011, Charmander –the cute reptile with a fiery tail– first unseated Pikachu as the Pokémon fans were most likely to remember; in 2012, Bulbasaur –the amphibian Pokémon with a seed on its back (a favorite of Pokémon developer Junichi Masuda)– also overtook Pikachu, becoming the 2nd-most memorable Pokémon.

Our data shows that in every year since, Charmander and Bulbasaur have been the Pokémon characters fans are most likely to remember. And by 2015, Charizard and Squirtle had also surpassed Pikachu to become the 3rd- and 4th-most memorable of the original 151 Pokémon.

So what makes Charmander the most memorable? Why has the fiery starter seen such a surge in memorability? While it’s unclear what *exactly* drove the shift, we can make some educated guesses. Google Trends shows distinct spikes in searches for the term ‘Charmander’ in 2013 and 2015. The increase in searches in 2013 correlates with the October 2013 release of Pokémon X and Y, which marked the return of Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle as starter Pokémon. The 2015 spike appears to be related to a terrible tattoo of Charmander that went viral.

Lickitung: 2016’s Least Memorable Pokémon

Ranking people’s responses to the original 151 Pokémon quiz also shows which Pokémon people have the hardest time remembering. The answer: Lickitung. In 2016, only 35.5% of respondents were able to name Lickitung; that’s less than any other Pokémon. Exeggutor and Exeggcute were the 2nd and 3rd-least memorable Pokémon in our 2016 data. (You can see the full 2016 memorability ranking for all 151 original Pokémon at the end of the post.)

Why do fans have a harder time remembering Lickitung? One factor may be its appearance–and more specifically, its oversized tongue (which has been the subject of some truly weird fan art). Among other things, Lickitung has been described as “just gross” (by BuzzFeed), a “weirdo” (by Game Informer), “something straight out of a Lovecraftian nightmare” (by Vox), and as “…the Gene Simmons of the Pokémon universe” (by Entertainment Weekly).

No matter what the reason is, Lickitung has consistently been the most forgettable Pokémon in the franchise, followed by Exeggutor and Exeggcute; the three have held the same ranking since 2013, prior to which Exeggutor (a favorite of Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara) had been the least memorable.

Game Over

While we can’t settle the age-old debate over which Pokémon starter is the best, we’re excited to shed some light on which Pokémon are –literally– the most memorable. You can see how your favorite first-generation Pokémon ranked below. We hope this post helps you understand Pokémon in a new way. Sporcle on!

How do you think you’d do on the “151 Original Pokémon” quiz? Click here to take the challenge!

2016 Sporcle Memorability Ranking

Ranking Pokémon % Correct
1 Charmander 95.40%
2 Bulbasaur 95.10%
3 Charizard 93.90%
4 Squirtle 92.50%
5 Pikachu 91.50%
6 Charmeleon 91.40%
7 Ivysaur 91.00%
8 Blastoise 90.50%
9 Mew 89.50%
10 Raichu 87.10%
11 Wartortle 86.60%
12 Mewtwo 86.60%
13 Venusaur 85.90%
14 Caterpie 85.60%
15 Metapod 85.30%
16 Butterfree 84.90%
17 Pidgey 84.80%
18 Pidgeot 83.90%
19 Weedle 82.80%
20 Kakuna 82.80%
21 Beedrill 82.40%
22 Pidgeotto 81.70%
23 Zapdos 80.20%
24 Articuno 79.90%
25 Moltres 79.10%
26 Rattata 78.50%
27 Geodude 76.10%
28 Raticate 75.70%
29 Dragonite 74.90%
30 Ekans 74.70%
31 Eevee 74.40%
32 Arbok 73.90%
33 Spearow 73.80%
34 Fearow 73.10%
35 Nidoran♀ 72.70%
36 Nidoran♂ 72.70%
37 Nidoking 72.40%
38 Dragonair 72.30%
39 Abra 72.20%
40 Onix 72.20%
41 Nidoqueen 72.10%
42 Dratini 72.10%
43 Golem 71.10%
44 Kadabra 70.90%
45 Nidorina 70.80%
46 Vaporeon 70.70%
47 Nidorino 70.60%
48 Flareon 70.50%
49 Gastly 70.30%
50 Alakazam 70.30%
51 Gengar 70.30%
52 Graveler 70.10%
53 Haunter 70.10%
54 Jolteon 70.10%
55 Magikarp 70.10%
56 Meowth 66.30%
57 Oddish 65.80%
58 Zubat 65.70%
59 Machamp 65.20%
60 Jigglypuff 65.10%
61 Ninetales 65.00%
62 Machop 65.00%
63 Vulpix 65.00%
64 Gloom 64.90%
65 Machoke 64.40%
66 Snorlax 63.80%
67 Arcanine 63.70%
68 Persian 63.40%
69 Golbat 63.20%
70 Staryu 62.40%
71 Gyarados 62.20%
72 Diglett 61.80%
73 Clefairy 61.70%
74 Dugtrio 61.60%
75 Starmie 61.50%
76 Growlithe 61.30%
77 Lapras 61.30%
78 Vileplume 60.40%
79 Magmar 59.90%
80 Wigglytuff 59.50%
81 Bellsprout 59.20%
82 Clefable 59.20%
83 Ponyta 59.00%
84 Koffing 58.90%
85 Sandslash 58.90%
86 Voltorb 58.80%
87 Jynx 58.50%
88 Goldeen 58.30%
89 Sandshrew 58.10%
90 Kabuto 58.10%
91 Hitmonlee 58.00%
92 Weezing 57.90%
93 Rapidash 57.90%
94 Electabuzz 57.30%
95 Hitmonchan 57.10%
96 Electrode 57.00%
97 Muk 56.80%
98 Kabutops 56.30%
99 Magnemite 55.90%
100 Mankey 55.70%
101 Seaking 55.20%
102 Ditto 55.10%
103 Magneton 54.80%
104 Psyduck 54.30%
105 Weepinbell 53.90%
106 Scyther 53.90%
107 Venonat 53.60%
108 Mr. Mime 53.50%
109 Seel 53.30%
110 Grimer 53.30%
111 Venomoth 53.10%
112 Aerodactyl 52.70%
113 Golduck 52.30%
114 Victreebel 51.90%
115 Primeape 51.80%
116 Omastar 51.40%
117 Paras 51.30%
118 Tauros 51.20%
119 Omanyte 50.90%
120 Chansey 50.70%
121 Tentacool 50.30%
122 Poliwag 50.30%
123 Tentacruel 50.00%
124 Horsea 49.90%
125 Poliwhirl 49.60%
126 Dewgong 49.50%
127 Doduo 49.40%
128 Parasect 49.20%
129 Hypno 48.60%
130 Poliwrath 48.00%
131 Rhydon 47.90%
132 Cubone 47.40%
133 Seadra 47.40%
134 Porygon 47.40%
135 Rhyhorn 47.40%
136 Slowpoke 46.80%
137 Drowzee 46.50%
138 Dodrio 46.20%
139 Slowbro 46.00%
140 Pinsir 45.50%
141 Kangaskhan 45.30%
142 Marowak 44.60%
143 Tangela 43.70%
144 Cloyster 43.60%
145 Farfetch’d 43.10%
146 Krabby 41.70%
147 Shellder 41.50%
148 Kingler 40.30%
149 Exeggcute 38.00%
150 Exeggutor 37.40%
151 Lickitung 35.50%

Source: Sporcle, “Original 151 Pokémon” quiz results

Top Comments of the Week (08/12)

Top Comments of the Week From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh. Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Mis-Matched Movies II

kmeister16: ”‘Terminator 2: Christmas’ is the best of the Terminator series. “I’ll be back…to string up some festive lights.”"


2. Quiz: Test Your Reflexes Again!

Andrew_Tom: Brain: There’s a 2, don’t press 1!

Me: *immediately presses 1*

Brain: *sighs*

This happened more times than I care to admit.”


3. Quiz: Disney Film by End Credits

HeGotGames: “Mike Wazowski gets around. I’m telling Celia.”


4. Quiz: Three Letter ‘H’ Words

hbaker: ”Hmm. Who knew.”


5. Quiz: ‘E’ Food Pictures

crazydiamond1to9: “Never seen an elderberry before. I only know that your father smelt of them.”


Top Comments of the Week (08/05)

Top Comments of the Week From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh. Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Odd but True Facts X

EzrianBashirax: “A casual perusal of Twitter tells me that baby chicks are smarter than one-fifth of the world’s population.”


2. Quiz: True or False: Summer Olympics

strags11: ”Trivia should definitely be an Olympic sport, and the Republic of Sporcle should be marching in the opening ceremonies tomorrow. Mind you, with all the selfies we’d be taking with the Kyrgyzstan team, we probably wouldn’t make it through the parade.”


3. Quiz: Odd but True Facts X

Strummer174: “Seasick Steve and Kurt Cobain were once baby humans. That much is undeniable.”


4. Quiz: Tiny Almost Useless Trivia XIV

Lemonshark: ”Glad the quiz had a noticeable theme . . . taking a leisurely cruise down the Italian river of Tinky-Winky just doesn’t sound quite so romantic.”


5. Quiz: The Struggle is Real – Literary Characters

stormyclouds: “This quiz forgets the most serious of trials and tribulations faced by any literary character; the quest of a mere caterpillar to locate food, resolving the scarcity of energy that he faced, before finally blossoming into a butterfly. That is a serious difficulty that deserves more respect.”


Top Comments of the Week (07/29)

Top Comments of the Week From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh. Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Clickable Conspiracies

mvs: “Anyone who believes the Denver airport one is definitely a kook, because the true portal to hell is LaGuardia.”


2. Quiz: Weird-Looking Animals

hermione409: ”The black rain frog looks like an angry avocado.”


3. Quiz: Dean Scream States

El_Dandy: “YEAHAAHAHAHAAHAH!”


4. Quiz: Clickable Conspiracies

Maejyn: ”I can’t believe that anyone believes the one about the pyramids. Everyone knows that the pyramids were not built by aliens “or” dinosaurs but by aliens “and” dinosaurs. The aliens used Diplodoci for the heavy lifting and Tyrannosauri reges for security. After the Tyrannosauri went on strike they had to start using the Sphinx. How amusing that some people seriously believe the pyramids were built by just aliens or just dinosaurs.”


5. Quiz: Star Wars Characters by Pez Dispenser

Azazello: ”"You may dispense with the candies, Commander. I am here to put you back on schedule.” – Darth Vader

“When 900 years old you reach, taste as good you will. Because hey, you’re Pez.” – Yoda

“The dark side of the Pez is the pathway to many ingredients some consider to be… unnatural.” – Senator Palpatine

“These aren’t the dispensers you’re looking for…” – Obi Wan Kenobi

“The spring mechanism is strong with this one.” – Darth Vader”


Czechia

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For a while now, the Czech Republic has been petitioning to have Czechia as their common name. The UN has accepted their proposal and has recently began updating their databases. CIA World Factbook has also changed the country’s name on their site.

So, we began the big Czechia update of 2016. We went through all our published quizzes (over 600 of them!) and changed Czech Republic to Czechia.

On quizzes that require you to enter the answer, Czech Republic is still accepted, but the displayed answer is Czechia. And for quizzes that involve historical events, we didn’t change the name, since the country was called Czech Republic (or Czechoslovakia) when the event happened.

If you’ve made quizzes, it’s time to Czech whether they need updating. And if you find any published quizzes that we missed during our big Czechia update, report them and we’ll take care of it.

If you want more details, this is the Sporcle group thread about the change. Comment there if you have any questions/comments.