Top Comments of the Week (08/28)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Banned Around the World

GameelaNever in a million years are those CURVY mannequins – they’re sticks! I was frantically typing ‘mini skirts”, ‘short skirts’, ‘skirts’, ‘sleeveless tops’, ‘western clothing’, etc etc…


2. From: Top 10 Richest US Presidents

InsertCleverNameI’m sensing a theme here. Apparently one should work hard, study, and be related to rich, dead people.


3. From: Quickly Click a ‘Quick’

PappaTWhat’s interesting is that by about the halfway point, the letters stop looking like letters. It’s trippy. Am I alone in this?


4. From: Sporcle’s Easiest Religion

crouchingdomoPoor old Deuteronomy. I have to believe it’s left off this list because it’s just so tricky to spell.


5. From: Sporcle’s Easiest Religion

ShepherdBookIt appears that naming a planet after a Roman god greatly increases their popularity.

Capital of Palau Updated on Sporcle

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After many years of requests, and research, we’ve finally updated the capital of Palau on Sporcle. For many years, we displayed/accepted the region of Melekeok as the nation’s capital, but as of today, we’ve officially switched the answer to Ngerulmud. However, we’ll continue to accept Melekeok for the time being as everyone gets used to the change.

If you have any questions/comments, let us know on our feedback page.

Meet the Staff: Traci Fortier

traciName: Traci Fortier (Traci)

Position: Finance Manager

Originally from: New Hampshire

Worked at Sporcle since: May 2012

About: Traci describes her life like this: I’m 28, I live with my boyfriend and my dog, and I love my small little family. She’s an animal person, with a special love for dogs. Outside of work she’s goofy and sarcastic, but at work she’s the picture of professionalism.

Interests: Traci likes to sit and watch TV for hours on end…or go for a hike. She likes a mix of the indoor and outdoor, and made it her goal this year to do more hiking. She also likes playing board games with friends.

Her favorite Sporcle quizzes are in the genre of Clickable 1-100 Mines and the Spacebar Challenge. Also, she’s a huge Walking Dead fan. (Our insider investigation found out that she’s played ‘The Walking Dead’ Episodes quiz 6 times, with a 100% score.)

Strange Fact: After college Traci traveled to Guatemala where she lived and volunteered in an animal shelter for a month. In her words, she is “weirdly obsessed with weird dogs.” She volunteers at a Seattle animal shelter, and her favorite dogs are the neurotic, nervous dogs.

Here at Sporcle: Traci spends her time in numerous spreadsheets, handling financial reports and administrative tasks. As she puts it “a lot of things come through me.”

Favorite thing about working at Sporcle: Traci likes that everyone works really hard, while maintaining their sense of humor. She adds “I laugh at something at least once a day.” Beyond the mix of hard work and fun, she loves getting to wear jeans to work everyday.

Top Comments of the Week (08/21)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Equator Countries

UbbiebubbieSo, Equatorial Guinea… you’ve been lying to me this whole time.


2. From: Rhymes with ‘SEEK’

strags11Where I come from, ‘steak’ rhymes with ‘seek’. Well, OK, no, it doesn’t, but this is a rhyming quiz so I feel kind of obligated to make a comment like this. I think it’s in Sporcle’s terms of service.


3. From: ’90s Song Title Match Up

dlauthorSo I guess “Smells Like My Pocket” was more of a regional hit, then.


4. From: MLB Teams (Redux)

El_DandyOne day you’ll be back, Expos. One day…


5. From: 6-Letter Geography Alphabet Blitz

hbakerOh, hello timer. Didn’t see you there.

Top Comments of the Week (08/07)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Comically Obvious Brand Knock-offs

kbw3141592: See, they’re McDonald’s… I’m McDowell’s. They got the Golden Arches, mine is the Golden Arcs. They got the Big Mac, I got the Big Mick. We both got two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, but their buns have sesame seeds. My buns have no seeds.


2. From: Passable General Knowledge Trivia III

CottlestonPieI too am outraged this quiz featured questions that I did not know the answers to.


3. From: Separated Large Cities (USA) II

EstoniaI saw Taco and my mind just wandered away.


4. From: Easier ‘C’ Images II

sgodwinImages that start with C4? I expected this to be much more explosive! :)


5. From: Amazon.com International Websites

hodgetigerOf course there’s an amazon in Brazil……..!

New Badges: Grand Master, Line by Line & Happy Hour

Time for more badges! This week it’s a chance to learn some things about chess, remember your favorite movies, and enjoy a Sporcle-themed happy hour! 

GrandMasterGrand Master: In chess, there’s always more to learn. Brush up on the basics and add to your chess-knowledge by getting 50% or better on Chessboard SetupChess Trivia Chessboard and World Chess Champions. Your move.

LineByLine2Line by Line: Be it songs, movies or jokes, some dialogue is best heard a second time (or third or fourth.)  This badge is devoted to those who follow the lines. Now go play 50 total Follow That Line quizzes, and report back when you’re finished.

HappyHour2Happy Hour: At Sporcle HQ, happy hour means a trek down to the local brewery. (After earning a badge, of course!) Join in the fun by playing 10 quizzes between 4 PM and 6 PM in one day.

As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

Word Ladder Contest: June Boon

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Hello All!

It’s SproutCM, and it has been over 4 years since I blogged about word ladders at Sporcle. Since then, Sporcle has published over 1,500 word ladders on the site as part of the Daily Dose.

Why word ladders?

Word ladders must be published every day, so these quizzes are the ideal ‘gateway’ to start making quizzes at Sporcle and trying to get them published. I love word ladders because every one of them is different, they challenge your brain, and anyone can make them.

June Boon Contest

Last week I opened up a new Word Ladder contest on Sporcle University. The title of the Ladder Contest is called June Boon because all the ladders have to have two-word rhyming titles. (Note: The image at the top of the quiz is a ‘visual word ladder’ to connect JUNE to BOON for you.)

Already 32 different ladders have been submitted by 19 different users, five of whom have never made a word ladder before.

If you’re interested, visit the links below. You can contact me directly from there for help or if you have questions. There are still two weeks left until the contest ends at the end of June, so I expect many new ladders are still to come.

Contest Voting & Results

At the beginning of July, we’ll have a week of voting for people to pick their three favorite ladders. While being selected as a favorite is a ‘badge‘ honor, the real honor is we are going to work hard to get as many of these ladders published for new and old users alike. This is proud moment you can share with friends and family, or you can just be happy you’re working on your Published, Homepage Hero, Fun Supply or Crazy Ivan badges!

Extra Info

Also all of the information about the contest and entries can be found at Sporcle University (a Google group for people very interested in Sporcle things). So, if you’re interested in entering the contest, looking at the entries, or offering feedback to the ones that are there, all of that will be greatly appreciated.

Below are two links, one to the Sporcle University posting about the contest and another that is a list of all the entries so far in one easy place.

Sporcle U Contest Announcement and Thread
List of Word Ladder Entries

Top Comments of the Week (06/05)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Click an Herbivore

bacheson: On Saturday, my caterpillar ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. I think it’s an omnivore.


2. From: Are You Smarter Than a College Student? XXIII

crazydiamond1to9For a second, I read the clue as “What medical condition is characterized by brief attacks of deep sleep, often occurring uncontrollably while reading ‘Silas Marner’?”


3. From: Name Swap Match-Up

telcontar40371As a true Chicagoan, I have to wonder why the Sears Tower is on this quiz? What new name?


4. From: Overlapping Foursomes

ksteveYou don’t know you screwed up until you get to Disney.


5. From: Sporcle’s Easiest TV

ChimakwaHOW ME FORGET COOKIE???

5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Sporcle Account

If you haven’t created a Sporcle account, but you’ve been thinking about it lately, peruse this list to see why you should give it a shot.


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1. It’s Free!

We don’t charge for an account, it’s totally free. That gives you plenty of money to purchase a batmobile or a money bin. Whatever you want!

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2. You’ll earn SO many badges

There are badges for literally (LITERALLY!) everyone on the site. From the Newbie Badge (Create an account on Sporcle) to the Around the World badge (Get 100% on Countries of the World), you’ll have no problem building up a nice display of badges on your profile. Make your way up to Sporcle Scout in no time!

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3. You can accept all the challenges

If you think you’re the fastest and smartest Sporcler around, there’s no better way to prove your mettle than by challenging other users. You can also get automatic challenges from the world famous Sporcle-Bot 9000. He’s much nicer than HAL, but still a tough son of a gun.

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4. You can also track your stats

If you’ve been tracking all your Sporcle scores with a pen and paper, we salute you! But there’s a better way that avoids all those hand cramps and ink stains. We’ll track your scores automatically with computers and lasers. Yes, we absolutely use lasers to track your score. Why? Because lasers are cool.

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5. You’ll never miss another quiz

If there’s one thing we hate, it’s forgetting stuff. We have you covered with our customizable email reminders. After you create your free account, just head to your settings page and get them set just like you like ‘em.


Ready to Sign Up?

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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.