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Back to Sporcle 2014: Summer Badges

We’ve been swimming in great new badges all summer long. Scan through this list – placed in alphabetical order for your convenience – and look at the fun to be had.

1000Entertainment3All That Jazz: If all of your friends consult you for all of their pop culture questions – on everything from celebrity selfies to cereal mascots – then this badge is for you. Just play 1000 total games in Entertainment.

BakersDozen_1Baker’s Dozen: To earn this badge, simply play at least one game for thirteen consecutive days. Not quite as demanding as the Century Club, but still satisfying. Victory never tasted so good.

BorderBandit_1Border Bandit: Want to travel the world? You can from the comfort of your desktop. Earn this badge by getting 100% on African Border BashAmerican Border BashAsian Border Bash and European Border Bash. It’s not quite the same as crossing all those borders on your own, but we’d like to think it’s still inspiring.

TheBoyWhoLived_2The Boy Who Lived: Harry Potter’s birthday is a holiday in its own right. We decided to celebrate it by releasing this badge, which can be earned by playing  Harry Potter: Close-Up!Hogwarts Wizard Training and Harry Potter Minefield on Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st).

EverythingsComingUpMilhouse_3Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse: You’re a Simpsons fan and you know it. Crack open a Duff, grab a donut, and play 50 Simpsons quizzes for the honor and glory of Springfield, USA.
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Back to Sporcle 2014: Haiku Contest

Welcome to Day 3 of Back to Sporcle Week! 

Summer-is-overSad to say goodbye to summer? Drown your sorrows in Sporcle quizzes. They’re sure to cheer you up, and the self-esteem boost from memorizing the Countries of Africa is a joy known by few.

During Back to Sporcle Week, we fill you in on what transpired at Sporcle over the summer. (If you’re just joining us, check out the posts from Day 1 and 2: New Features & Sporcle’s Top Summer Games.)

But Back to Sporcle Week isn’t just about us. It’s also about YOU, our users!

sporcle haikuSporcle Haiku Contest

Last year’s haiku contest was such a success, we’re goin’ for round 2. Show off your creative chops by submitting a Sporcle-themed haiku.

What is haiku?

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables (also known as on or morae). There are three lines, consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.  Haiku is known for juxtaposing–or placing next to each other–two  contrasting images.

There are numerous tutorials on how to write haiku, for example this one. There are no tutorials on writing a Sporcle haiku. But we’re quite friendly and accepting.

pen-and-paper-writing-9349790-2048-1536The not-so-fine print:

- Write an original haiku related in some way to Sporcle.

- Post your username and haiku in the comments section of this post

- The winning poems will be posted on the Sporcle Facebook page

Need inspiration? Check out the comments section from last year’s haiku contest.

Back to Sporcle: Top Games of the Summer

fall-leaves-treeThe leaves are getting crunchy and the air is getting crisp. It’s time to celebrate Back to Sporcle Week 2014!

Today we will be looking at a countdown of the top 10 Sporcle games of the summer. These games were some of our most creative and most played – have you played them all?
 
 

Top Quizzes of the Summer Countdown

10) Criteria Countries: World Cup Edition The World Cup is good for a lot of things: getting people excited about the world’s most popular sport, giving people a chance to cheer their country on, and giving us an excuse to play more soccer quizzes on Sporcle.

9) The Uncheatable Challenge We get a lot of creative quizzes on this site, but this is one of our favorites. It’s simple: just keep clicking buttons until you find the quiz-ending mine.

roadtrip8) Journey through the USA Summer is for road trips and travel. This quiz allows you to go on a tour of the continental United States without getting up from your computer. Now if only there was some way to drive to Hawaii…

7) Avoid the ‘A’ Countries Tricky minefields are the specialty of the geography section. All you have to do for this quiz is type in countries that don’t have the letter ‘a’ in their names.

6) Forced Order Logic Puzzle Sporclers love logic puzzles. This one is particularly tricky.

Earth_Eastern_Hemisphere5) Planets, Lakes, and Princesses Any quiz that involves Jupiter, Rapunzel, and Lake Superior as correct answers is a winner in our book. How fast can you find the correct answers in each category?

4) Pixar Bunker Think you know everything there is to know about The Incredibles? What about Finding Nemo? If you’re a Pixar fan, you need to check out this bunker of ever-increasingly difficult questions about this world famous animation studio.

3) FIFA World Cup Bunker Speaking of bunkers, here’s one from everyone’s favorite major sporting event of the summer. Soccer? Check. Tough questions? Check. Bragging rights for the winners of this quiz? Absolutely!

2) Anything But US States Most clickable games in this vein, such as Countries of the World (Redux), ask you to click on the correct answers in a given category. This one reverses that time-honored tradition and asks you to click on anything that is not a US state. This means that correct answers in this quiz range from ‘Nicholas Cage’ to ‘I find your lack of faith disturbing’. Check it out – and be prepared to lose your place laughing at the answers.

worldcup1) 2014 World Cup Stars This game was so popular, it got more plays than the next four games in our top 10 combined. The World Cup was undoubtedly the top event of the summer on Sporcle, and this game was the top game. It’s deceptively simple and quick, and it requires more than just passing knowledge of the beautiful game. We have our winner!

 

Next time on Back to Sporcle Week 2014: Contests!

Welcome to ‘Back to Sporcle’ Week 2014

sweater_weather_-9526It’s the first day of our 4th annual Back to Sporcle week. It’s a special time where we discuss our love of sweaters, look forward to fall, and talk about what Sporcle’s been up to over the last few months

Today we’re going to focus on some of the sweet new features we’ve released into the wild recently. Everything from new quiz types, to live theme nights, we’ve pretty much done it all.

Here’s some of the good stuff we’ve been working on:

Trivia Bingo

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The first real-time trivia game on Sporcle itself. Trivia Bingo uses our vast repository of Sporcle Live questions and lets you play them against your friends (and enemies online). It just takes a lot of trivia knowledge (and a little) luck to crown yourself a Trivia Bingo champion.

 


Live Theme Nights

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We’ve taken our usual Sporcle Live theme nights and expanded them as far as they can go. Every month we have new rounds on topics like Star Trek, The Simpsons and Arrested Development, so check back often.

 
 


Quiz Lab

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We’ve embiggened the noble soul of our Discover section and turned into Quiz Lab. Quiz Lab is the place to release new quizzes and get them played by other users. It’s the perfect place to test out your new ideas, and show other Sporclers your quizmaking chops. Unfortunately, we ran out of free labcoats, so you might have to make your own.

Tomorrow we’ll be back talking about our favorite quizzes of the summer, so stay tuned.

Back to Sporcle 2013: Wrap-Up

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Thanks for joining us for Back to Sporcle last week! We had a blast reading each Sporcle haiku, seeing so many people earn the Back to Sporcle week badge, following the Reddit quiz contest, and even celebrating Talk Like a Pirate day. We hope you had fun, and that you’ll be a Sporcle regular as we move into fall.

Haiku Contest

Quill-PenWe had an overwhelming turnout as you took poetic fingers to keyboards and shared Sporcle-inspired haiku. The themes ranged from Sporclitis to difficult badges, and from the addicting power of Sporcle to the general praise of knowledge. Oh, and of course Kyrgyzstan. We’ll be posting these on the Sporcle Facebook page over the next few weeks.

Here’s a few of our favorites:

A slip of the mind.
I can’t believe I forgot.
Sorry, Kyrgyzstan.

-lil2

Know every flag now
But I’m three days late for work
Thanks a lot, Sporcle

-maxgar

Improve your spelling
Expand your knowledge
Scream as the time expires

-ChargingTiger

Reddit Quiz Contest

sporcle redditThanks to everyone who participated in the Reddit quiz contest! We had many great entries, and users offered each other great advice and praise. The winning quiz was BR8NO3epsilon‘s European Countries, Capitals, and Flags. Head over to the Sporcle subreddit to see all the entries.

Where Do You Sporcle? Photo Contest

We had some good entries in the Sporcle photo contest. Thanks to MrChewypoo, amazingjosh, and Droxnar for their submissions. If it’s true that amazingjosh really Sporcled while on a chairlift…well, we’re impressed.

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Thanks again to everyone who joined us for Back to Sporcle week! Remember to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more of the Sporcle content you love. And if you ever have feedback, feel free to write to us at feedback@sporcle.com.

Back to Sporcle Day 4: Photo Contest

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Welcome to Day 4 of Back to Sporcle week! Whether you’re just joining us or you’ve been with us the whole week, we hope you’ve found Back to Sporcle fun and helpful.

Throughout the week, many of you have created new accounts. We’ve even received a few requests to add schools to the list of schools for your profile. (If this is you, write to us at feedback@sporcle.com.) There’s been a flurry of poetic activity going on in the comments section of Back to Sporcle Day 2. Join in the fun by submitting your original, Sporcle-inspired haiku. And yesterday we highlighted Sporcle Study Guides–the first-stop for all your study needs.

cameraToday we’re announcing a new contest: ‘Where do you Sporcle?’ Photo Contest!

We have Sporclers around the globe, of all ages and life stages. We’ve heard from users playing Sporcle at home, school, work, and who knows where else. That’s why we want to know, ‘Where do you Sporcle?”

Rules

-Take a photo of yourself playing Sporcle on your computer or mobile device. It can be taken in your regular environment, or somewhere more exotic or extreme (Any extreme ironing fans out there??) If you don’t want to include yourself, take a photo of your “Sporcle workspace.”

-Upload your photo(s) in the comments section of this post.

- We’ll pick some of our favorites to feature in Friday’s post, but you can submit photos throughout the weekend.

And don’t forget to earn your Back to Sporcle badge! All you have to do is play 25 quizzes by the end of Friday. Get it while you can!

 

Back to Sporcle Day 3: Sporcle Study Guides

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fall stock photo croppedWelcome to Day 3 of Back to Sporcle week! If you’re just joining us, we started the week talking about ways to become more involved on Sporcle. And yesterday we announced the first-ever Sporcle Haiku contest!

Today we want to talk about Sporcle Study Guides. This is a new section of the site, and we hope you’ll check it out. This section combines some of the most informative and academic Sporcle quizzes in each category.

sporcle study guide screenshotWe’ve heard from users–both students and teachers–about the educational value of Sporcle. Whether studying for a test or just gaining knowledge in a particular subject matter, users can find what they need in Sporcle Study Guides. Instead of having to search for a quiz to help you study for that Spanish or Chemistry test, you can start by checking out the Language or Science Study Guide.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Search the site to see if there’s a better quiz to fit your needs. You can always create a quiz of your own!

Back to Sporcle Day 2: Haiku Contest

back-to-sporcleFall-1Welcome to Back to Sporcle week! It’s Day 2 of our official kick-off to fall. If you joined us yesterday, we talked about making an account, creating quizzes, and earning badges.

Today, we want to announce our first contest: Sporcle Haiku!

Whether you consider yourself a poet or not, anyone can write a haiku. It’s a form of Japanese poetry consisting of 17 syllables (also known as on or morae). There are three lines, consisting of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.  Haiku is known for juxtaposing (or placing next to each other) two contrasting images. There are numerous tutorials on how to write haiku, for example this one.

Quill-PenThe rules:

- Write an original haiku related in some way to Sporcle

- Post your username and haiku in the comments section of this post

- The winning poems will be posted on the Sporcle Facebook page
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Back to Sporcle: Day 1

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fall-school-busWelcome to Back to Sporcle week!

Many of you are heading back to school, and even if you’re not, the summer days are winding down. The dark arrives sooner each day, and the summer memories are being retold enough times to become lore.

But don’t be too sad–Sporcle is still here! If you’ve taken a break over the summer, we hope you’ll return. Now that you have to spend more time inside anyway, why not check in to see the newest Sporcle quizzes each day?

Here’s some basic ways to become more involved at Sporcle.

Create an Account

Fall is a time of new beginnings. So why not try something new on Sporcle? Maybe you’ve never created account. Set one up, and start tracking your top scores. If you have friends on the site, you can follow one another and see how you match up.

Make a Quiz

Ever wished you could make your own Sporcle quiz?  You can! Check out our FAQ page to get started. And if you have further questions, check out the discussion on Sporcle University. You can always email us at feedback@sporcle.com with any additional quiz-making questions.

Earn a Badge

How’s your badge profile looking? A bit sparse? Now’s the time to get cracking! One badge you should definitely earn is the Back to Sporcle badge. All you have to do is play 25 quizzes throughout the week (ends Friday at midnight.) After you’ve earned a badge, you can share the news on Facebook or Twitter.

We have a great week ahead, so stay tuned to the Sporcle Blog for all the latest info! There will be contests, activities, and so much more.

In the meantime, check out the top Sporcle quizzes from the summer of 2013:

Criteria Countries (Europe) Almost Useless Science Trivia
European Cities: North to South Are You Smarter Than a College Student? XIII
The Classroom: A Logic Puzzle I Spy Challenge
Clickable Concentration Redux Restaurant Logos Close-Up
High School Election Logic Puzzle Misspelled Americas Blitz
Don’t Say the F-Word That Awkward Moment When… (Movies)
Head-to-Toe Blitz Figure out the Disney Lyrics XI
Movie Time II Famous Athlete Logos
Word Cloud Titles Name That Punctuation!
Cheese or Crackers? Popular Song Match (2000s)

 

Next Week: Back to Sporcle 2013!

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It’s time…

The weather is starting to cool off, you’ve noticed a few leaves on the sidewalk and that part of your brain that remembers all 197 countries of the world has started itching. It must be time to get back indoors and start playing some Sporcle quizzes. Every day next week (Monday, Sept 16 through Friday, Sept 20th), we’ll be celebrating your return to trivia with special quizzes, badges and contests.  So check back each day to see what we have in store.

Just looking at this pile of leaves makes you want to solve a logic puzzle, doesn't it?

Just looking at this pile of leaves makes you want to solve a logic puzzle, doesn’t it?