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10 Most Populous Countries in Order: 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 10 Most Populous Countries in Order by Sporcle User jackmerlin

About the Quizmaker

10 Most Populous Countries in Order was jackmerlin’s second quiz to be published, though he’s contributed 30 more, mostly in the Geography category. He’s been on Sporcle since March 2011, and has played almost 4,000 quizzes since then. He’s also earned 17 badges. Thanks for making great quizzes, jackmerlin!

What’s the Quiz About?

Every Sporcler knows the countries with high populations, but can you name them in order? That’s what the featured quiz this week asks you to do. You’re given the 10 countries with the most people, and you must click them in order of most populated to least populated. This quiz also happens to be a minefield, so think before you click.

The quiz will start off fairly easy, most people know the first few, but once you get down to the end of the list, you’ll start second guessing yourself. How many people does Japan have? It’s definitely smaller than some of the other countries, but isn’t it super crowded? Wait, what about Nigeria? It’s this kind of thinking that’ll be the end of you. Go with your gut, with only 2 minutes to answer correctly, you don’t have much time to think this through.

10 Most Populous Countries in Order was played 129,003 times during its stay on the front page, and it ended up with a score of 3.9.


Dancing with the Stars: Season 20 Cast Announced

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Dancing with the Stars has announced the cast for season 20!

This season marks the second decade of the show. It’s a diverse cast, filled with big names and fresh faces. Best of all, there are a number of musicians and athletes – people who should have a good sense of rhythm.

Noah Galloway - Noah is an Iraq war veteran and a double amputee. Now he’s a personal trainer, known for being named Ultimate Men’s Health Guy 2014 by Men’s Health. He’ll be dancing with Sharna Burgess.

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Robert Herjavec - Best known for as a judge on Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec is a Croatian businessman. He will be dancing with returning pro Kym Johnson.

Patti LaBelle - She’s a giant in the music world, with awards and accolades from Grammys to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s 70 years old, has plenty of soul, and will be dancing with Artem Chigvintsev.

Nastia Liukin - An Olympic gymnast should find it easy to dance already, right? Paired with five-time winner Derek Hough, she’s sure to be in medal contention.

Riker Lynch - One of the members of R5. His singing and songwriting skills might not make you think of dancing, but any musician worth his salt should be able to at least keep a beat. He’ll be dancing with Allison Holker.

Charlotte McKinney – Here’s a name most people won’t know. She’s best known for a controversial Carl’s Jr. ad that aired during the Super Bowl this year, and she’ll be paired with Keo Motsepe.

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RedFoo - He’s sexy and he knows it, and he isn’t afraid to sing about it. But can he dance? This half of the now-defunct music group LMFAO will be paired with pro dancer Emma Slater.

Michael Sam - The first openly gay NFL player will also be dancing this upcoming season. He’s been paired with Peta Murgatroyd, and since he’s an athlete in a game that requires precision timing, we’re hopeful about his ability to dance.

Willow Shields - Here’s one role that Jennifer Lawrence can’t volunteer as tribute for (at least, not this season). Willow Shields is an actress best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen’s little sister in the Hunger Games movies. After returning from the dystopian future that is Panem, dancing with Mark Ballas can’t be that hard, right?

somersSuzanne Somers - Three’s company, but Suzanne is going to have to be happy dancing in doubles with Tony Dovolani instead.

Rumer Willis - She’s another fresh face, but she is the daughter of Bruce Willis. That’s got to count as being a star, right? She’s also an actress and an artist, and she’ll be paired with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Whitney Carson, a returning pro, will be dancing with another celebrity who has yet to be announced.

Who do you think will win this year and join this quiz


What If Every Country In The World Had A Population Of 100 Million?

OK, go with us here. What if the world was made up of countries that had an equal population of 100 million? Borders get redrawn, larger countries get divvied up, the works! Well Reddit user DMan9797 thought it might look a little like this.

Check it out:

(Click the map to open a larger version in a new window)

For a little comparison, try this quiz that asks you to name the countries that rank in the top 30 in both area and population.


Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/20)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


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!

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) Jellyfish don’t have hearts. Weird, but true. Don’t believe us? Check out this quiz for more strange heart related facts.

2) Matt Damon made a lot of movies in 2011. Surprisingly enough, none of them were action movies!

Tycho-Brahe-nose3) Tycho Brahe, an astronomer and rival of Copernicus, had a brass nose and a pet moose. Apparently the moose died after drinking a lot of beer and then falling down the stairs. We learned this one while researching the Famous Scientist Match-up  - check it out for more fantastic names!

4) Every single Friends episode, except three, is titled “The One With…” One of those special cases is in the first season, and it happens to share a common title with episodes from a lot of other TV shows. Can you guess what it is?

5) It’s really hard, but still possible, to match 30 lead singers to their bands in a minute. That being said, Mick Jagger should probably be singing “Time is not on your side…” for this one.

6) After they’ve been cut in half, baseballs and cigars look nearly the same. Also, CT scanners are strange looking whether or not they’re whole.e1766a01d3ab63891b5e15eb3d65bd50

7) Leonard Cohen, Drake, and Avril Lavigne are more similar than you’d expect. It’s not just that they’re musicians… it’s that they all come from the same place.

8) “Don’t have a cow, man!” has been around since before The Simpsons, but Bart stole the expression and never gave it back.

9) Even though A Series of Unfortunate Events didn’t do so well in theaters, it still ended up being one of the highest grossing movies of 2004Wait, Shrek 2 came out nearly 11 years ago? We feel old now.

10) Octopuses are able to open child-proof bottles. They’re extremely intelligent and curious, get bored if there isn’t anything interesting happening around them, and live very short lives. We learned all this while researching for yesterday’s #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!

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Zack Snyder tweets Jason Momoa as Aquaman and he looks pretty awesome

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder dropped a bit of a bombshell today with a first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

The former Game of Thrones actor debuts as the character in the March 25, 2016 release and then gets his own standalone movie in 2018. “Unite the Seven” could refer to the seven seas or it might be a call to unite the original seven members of the Justice League.

Think you can name the members of the Justice league?  Try the quiz:


Absent Letter Countries II: 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 Absent Letter Countries II by Sporcle User mrsmith

About the Quizmaker

Mrsmith made the featured quiz this week, and it’s his 38th published quiz. He’s also contributed 629 other quizzes. He’s been a part of Sporcle since June 2010, and has played 5776 quizzes and gotten 44 badges since then. He is the curator for our United Kingdom subcategory.

What’s the Quiz About?

Absent Letter Countries II asks you to click countries in alphabetical order. The only problem is that the first letter of each country is missing, turning Uruguay into Ruguay. This means that you have to figure out what each country should be before clicking. To make it even more challenging, this quiz is a minefield and you only have 2 minutes to complete it.

Don’t get too overwhelmed, though. Each letter of the alphabet is only used once, so if you find the one that should have an ‘A’ at the beginning, there’s no need to worry about another ‘A’ country, you can just click it and start looking for ‘B.’ However, not every letter is used in this quiz, there are only 20 countries to alphabetize, so if you can’t find a specific letter, move on to the next one.

Absent Letter Countries II was played 35,233 times while it was on the front page and ended up with a rating of 4.3.


Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/13)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Absent Letter Countries II

HeGotGames: The 3.1% of people who got Apan but not Yrgyzstan, welcome to Sporcle.


2. From: Bugs Bunny or Joseph Stalin?

ImpromptuJ Hmmm…I KNEW I should have taken that left turn at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky!.


3. From: Music Fan Nickname Match

hazzbeard I’ve always thought they should be called “Bruno Martians”


4. From: 5-Letter Movies Slideshow

Anti_SpiralI saw this in a movie about a bus that had to SPEED around the city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down”.


5. From: General Knowledge Grab Bag II

Lostxanadu*salutes* General Knowledge

US President or Not?: 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 US President or Not? by Sporcle User ChargingTiger.

About the Quizmaker

US President or Not? is ChargingTiger’s 9th published game, and he’s contributed 246 more quizzes. He’s played almost 12,000 games since June 2013, when he joined Sporcle. He has 103 badges, and also happens to be the curator for our Sports Teams and Testament subcategories.

What’s the Quiz About?

Think you know your US Presidents? The featured quiz this week tests your knowledge in a different way. You’re given names, and you have to decide if that person was a US President. This quiz sounds much easier than it is. The decoy names are purposely tricky, other historical figures are there to throw you off. Additionally, there are people with similar names to actual presidents. This means that you can’t just look at the last name, as there are decoys with the same last name as a real US President. Finally, this quiz is a blitz, there are 88 names to get through in 2 minutes, which gives you 1.36 seconds per question. Don’t let these numbers overwhelm you, roughly 20% of people still get every answer right on this quiz. 

US President or Not? was played 22,681 times while it was published, and ended up with a rating of 4.5.


Top Comments of the Week (02/06)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: US President or Not?

Den: Dewey was too president! I’ve got the headline right here!


2. From: Finish the Children’s Game

Remember_snoodI knew I was gonna be Sorry if I played this. I had a lot of Trouble with it. But it was worth the Risk


3. From: Sports in Motion

theBCIHow exactly do you win at parkour? Not fall down and have to go to the ER?


4. From: Months in Alphabetical Order

tim0786Completely counter-intuitive to type “July, June.”


5. From: 25 Compound Words Visualized II

plumsirenNighthorse? Nighthorses? Moonhorse? Darkhorse? I KNOW THAT’S A HORSE!!!