Word Ladder Contest: June Boon

Visual Word Ladder

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???

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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.

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us tons of stuff every day. If you share our thirst for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts.

sharknado-2-the-second-one-trailer1) FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) recognizes 13 different kinds of natural disaster. Sadly, Sharknado and Godzilla are not on the list.

2) There are rabbits that live in the Brazilian rainforest. Find out what they’re called by playing the Animal Name Game.

3) A sightseeing trip to Europe can be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Colosseum. Check out Hidden Tourist Spots of Europe to see what we mean.

4) English is the most prolific, most translated language of all time. Other languages don’t even come close! Take a look at the rankings here.

FN8ItqM5) CandyLand’s characters aren’t the tokens, but the people that appear on the board artwork. See if you can remember them by playing the Board Game Grab Bag.

6) North being up is just a mapmaking convention. Test your ability to tell directions with the Which Way Is North? quiz. It’s trickier than you might think!

7) The Masters Tournament is the only major golfing tournament to be held at the same place every year. Test your Masters knowledge on Octoquiz, then check out the rest of Sporcle’s newest feature!

8) If you know your US states, it’s possible to place them based on their relative position without the aid of a map. Try your hand at it by playing US States Without a Map.

856-deporting-dracula_19) Bram Stoker’s Dracula can be easily read by 12 year olds. Don’t look at us – we’re not saying all middle schoolers should be reading horror! This fact is based on the Flesch Reading Ease Score, which calculates how difficult a book can be to read. Find out where other well-known books stack up by playing Books by Reading Level.

10) England, which has over 50 million residents, is smaller than the state of Louisiana, which has less than 5 million residents. We learned this while researching for a #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts! Don’t have Twitter? Check out our Instagram instead!

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Movies Bunker III: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

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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 Movies Bunker III by Sporcle User indianadisney.

What’s the Quiz About?

Whether you consider yourself a movie buff or a movie rookie, this quiz will test the limits of your knowledge. It’s a bunker, so the further you get in the quiz, the harder the questions are. Additionally, it’s multiple choice, so if you don’t know right away, you might be able to use the choices to figure out which one is right. This quiz is full of interesting trivia about movies, and with a variety of movies from Zombieland to James Bond, you’re sure to learn something new. Can you make it through the bunker? Grab some popcorn, take a seat, and test your luck.


New Badges: The Unsinkable Badge, The Conqueror, and Free Parking

Nothing can stop a Sporcler who wants to earn more badges!

TitanicBadge_1The Unsinkable Badge: The Titanic sank 103 years ago. To commemorate the tragedy, we’ve released a badge: to earn it, get 50% or better on Nationality of Titanic Passengers, Follow That Line: Titanic, and How Much Do You Know About The Titanic?.

Conqueror_3The Conqueror: A new challenger has appeared for all you achieving types. Get 100% on 10 quizzes you have never played before. In doing so, you’ll earn this badge. Go forth and conquer all you survey!

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/10)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


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.

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us tons of stuff every day. If you share our thirst for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts.

1) A movie critic for Time magazine wrote, “More than 24 hours has passed since I watched the new Adam Sandler movie…and I am still dead inside.” Find out which movie they were talking about by playing Clickable Critical Thrashings.

2) The Taj Mahal was built in 17 years by over 22,000 workers. We learned this while reading about some of the locations featured in the Is it in Asia? quiz.

EMEA-Stockholm3) Swedish and Norwegian are so closely related, it’s possible for Swedish and Norwegian speakers to understand each other without actually speaking the same language. The languages are 90% mutually intelligible, meaning that a Swedish person will understand 9 of every 10 words a Norwegian person says. If you speak Norwegian, Language Basics: Swedish should be easy!

4) If you’re a well known senator, you might just get an airport named for you. Check out Airports Named for Famous People and see if you can recognize each person!

5) 1991 was a really good year for Nickelodeon. Don’t believe us? Check out TV Debuts: 1991 and see for yourself.

grant_g_fhernandez3_sy_640116) Only 23 pitchers have ever pitched a perfect game in Major League Baseball. A perfect game happens when the opposing team doesn’t make it on base once – the pitcher can’t allow the other team’s batters to hit the ball, walk, or reach base by any other means. Find out who managed the feat here.

7) Some of the largest US states by area are also the smallest by population. Don’t get the two mixed up – try your hand at the Largest States Per Letter Minefield, and remember that the criteria here is land area!

Beyonce-Jay-Z-Best-PDA-Moments-Pictures8) Beyoncé and Jay-Z were prolific in the 2000s. If they didn’t record a song, you can be almost certain they were featured on it! See if you know the decade by playing Artist/Song Match (2000s).

9) The Titanic had just 20 lifeboats on board. They certainly weren’t prepared for disaster. Test your knowledge about the ship by playing this quiz.

10) Despite running about 3 hours, the average baseball game has about 18 minutes of actual play time. We learned this while researching for a #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts! Don’t have Twitter? Check out our Instagram instead!

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

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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: MLB Teams by Sporcle User LTH

About the Quizmaker

This week’s featured quiz was made by LTH. He’s one of our most published users of all time, with 368 publishes to his name. He’s been on Sporcle since April 2009, and has played over 22,000 quizzes since then. He’s also earned 190 badges. Keep making great quizzes, LTH!

What’s the Quiz About?

This quiz has a simple enough concept. All you have to do is click the letters that start the nicknames for MLB teams. As baseball season is starting, you’ve probably been hearing these names everywhere. Don’t click too fast, though. Like the title says, this quiz is a minefield, so if you click a wrong letter, the quiz is over. However, should you get through the whole quiz, reward yourself with a hot dog and some peanuts.

Letters Minefield: MLB Teams was played 24,377 times while it was on the front page, and it got a rating of 4.5.