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Goodbye to Hostess, Hello to the Holidays

Congrats! You’ve made it to Friday, the final day of the traditional work week. And just as people in your office might be in-and-out throughout the day, there’s a few big names that are arriving and departing from our lives.

Hostess closes its doors

After an extended Baker’s Union strike, Hostess made the decision Friday to shut down. There’s plans to sell its products, but everyone knows the Twinkie will never be the same. As the nation mourns this loss, prepare for a lot of Hostess tributes. Even if you didn’t really like those snack cakes, you have to admit that they were pretty iconic. 

Here’s some quick links to fill you in:

Final Twilight film hits theaters
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 has finally been released to theaters, ending the long-lasting saga of vampires, werewolves, and teenage love. As the final installment arrives to theaters, the series’ fans face the end of the franchise.

Check out Entertainment Weekly’s field research from the opening night (‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn–Part 2′: On-the-scene for fan reactions)

And don’t forget about Sporcle’s Twilight Quizzes:

Holiday season here again

Let’s face it, the holiday season has already arrived. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, the real countdown to the holiday shopping season is here. We’ve just said goodbye to political ads, and now we’re saying hello to holiday shopping ads. Check out the following links as you get in the holiday spirit.

Sporcle Links of the Day: Better with a Beard Edition

It’s been a while since we did one of these, but we know Sporclers love the rest of the internet just as much as we do, so we thought you might want to see some of the links we’ve been passing around at Sporcle HQ. Let us know about anything awesome we might have missed in the comments.

  • If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, you should definitely visit Sporcle.com on your mobile phone. We have a brand new site fully optimized for your mobile browser. [Sporcle Mobile]
  • As big Seattle sports fans, we were excited to see a new website appear for a new Seattle Arena. [Sonics Arena]
  • We love Buzzfeed, and this story about fictional conspiracy theories has our mind completely blown. [15 Insane Theories About Movies And Television]
  • The Scripps National Spelling Bee is this week, and includes the youngest contestent ever, a six year old girl. [Yahoo News]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected the Movie Beards. This quiz is beard-tastic, its beard-riffic, and really needs no further beard-puns to sell it. Play it, love it, beard it.

Sporcle Links of the Day: March Madness Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we thought you might want to see some of the links we’ve been passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just be sure to let us know about anything awesome we might have missed in the comments. Good luck!

  • If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out our recent blog featuring the stars of The Hunger Games. It’s quite an adventure. [Sporcle at The Hunger Games]
  • President Obama referenced our least-guessed president Rutherford B. Hayes earlier. We’re hoping for a Chester A. Arthur shout-out soon.[ABC News]
  • March Madness begins today! At Sporcle, we set up an open bracket with over 400 entries. [March Madness]
  • We’re big fans of this Tron Dance Party video we saw today. We could go for a future where everyone is dressed like this. [Kottke]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected the NCAA Tournament #1s Quiz. Play it, and then get right back to watching the madness.

Sporcle Links of the Day: Boomshakalaka Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we thought you might want to see some of the links we’ve been passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just be sure to let us know about anything awesome we might have missed in the comments. Good luck!

  • You may have noticed we added a new feature to the site called Sporcle Arcade. It’s an experiment for us, so be sure to give the game a try and let us know what you think. [Sporcle Arcade]
  • This post on Buzzfeed titled ’40 Pictures Of Maddie The Coonhound Standing On Things’ is exactly what it says, and it is wonderful. [BuzzFeed]
  • One of our favorite baseball blogs, Lookout Landing, posted a Seattle Mariners quiz yesterday. If you’re an M’s fan, be sure to check it out. [Lookout Landing]
  • Our favorite late night talk show host Conan O’Brien is staying on TBS for 2 more years. More proof that even with a debilitating name like ‘Conan’ you can still be successful. [Newsday]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected NBA Jam Players. It’s pretty much the safest way to be ‘on fire’.

Sporcle Links of the Day – Blackout Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we thought you might want to see some of the links we’ve been passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just be sure to let us know about anything awesome we might have missed in the comments. Good luck!

  • As you may have noticed, we didn’t go dark today like Wikipedia and other sites, but we did oppose the controversial SOPA/PIPA bills in our own way. [Sporcle Blackout]
  • We loved Google’s simple and effective ‘Take Action’ page today. Last we heard they’ve had over 4.5 million people sign their petition.[End Piracy, Not Liberty]
  • On a less serious note, we couldn’t help but love this video of a baby Sloth taking a bath. The cute level is off the charts.[Bath Time for Baby Sloths]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected Movies Dogs Like. There’s no pun like a dog pun.

Sporcle Links of the Day – Car Wash Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we think you might want to see some of the links that we’re passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just make sure to let us know about any links we might have missed in the comments. Good luck!

  • We recently added a new Hunger Games category to Sporcle. It’s the best way to find out all there is to know about the acclaimed book series. [Hunger Games Trivia]
  • We’ve been watching this video of how to wash your car with only one bucket of water. We hope you like convertibles. [YouTube]
  • With our headquarters only a long bike ride away from Portland, we can’t help but recommend the show Portlandia. We wish our mayor was in a Reggae band. [Portlandia]
  • We have no idea how this works, but this science article mentions something called a Time Cloak. We’re listening… [CNET]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected the Still Alive quiz. Never forget, the cake is a lie.

Sporcle Links of the Day: Mission to Mars Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we think you might want to see some of the links that we’re passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just make sure to let us know about any links we might have missed in the comments. Enjoy the clickable carnage below!

  • We’ve updated the contributed games section of your user profile. You can now sort by category and Editor Picks. Perfect for the user who likes things just-so. [Sporcle Profile]
  • YouTube revealed some seriously awesome updates to their interface and options today. Over it’s lifetime, YouTube has become a serious cultural phenomenon, and it’s good to see it continue to grow. [YouTube]
  • The Republican presidential race has taken more twists and turns than a tornado, and it’s showing no sign of letting up. In a new poll today, Newt Gingrich has pulled way out in the lead. [Boston.com]
  • We recently came across the EmergencyPuppy twitter account, that is described as: “For those moments when you really need to look at a puppy”. It’s as awesome as it sounds. [Twitter]
  • NASA launched the new Mars rover Curiousity into Space today. The latest Martian rover’s mission is to discover organic life on Mars. It should reach the red planet in a little over eight months. [Wall Street Journal]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected a Mars inspired quiz: Fewest Water Resources tasks you with guessing the countries that have a short water supply. Better bring your own.

Sporcle Links of the Day: Cyber Monday Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we think you might want to see some of the links that we’re passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just make sure to let us know about any links we might have missed in the comments. Enjoy the clickable carnage below!

  • Check out the popular tag cloud on our Sporcle tags page. 2010 was a popular year on our site tag-wise.[Sporcle Tags]
  • Today is Cyber Monday which is exciting for any retailer out there. Though it does sort of leave us wondering if anyone ever used the word Cyberspace besides the local news. [Cyber Monday]
  • Of course, we haven’t yet mentioned Black Friday, where in the linked video, a group of adults can be seen fighting over a $2 Waffle Maker. This can’t be good for the human race as whole. [Waffle Maker Riot]
  • A few head coaches received the axe today in college Football. Rick Neuheisel and Dennis Erickson were both fired for what seems like the 15th time each. [LA Times]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected the Same Movie, Different Name. When Hollywood runs out of ideas, it just makes the same movie over and over again (Sometimes at the same time).

Sporcle Links of the Day: Do a Barrel Roll Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we think you might want to see some of the links that we’re passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just make sure to let us know about any links we might have missed in the comments. Enjoy the clickable carnage below!

  • We’ve been giving away prizes via Twitter contests lately. Follow us on Tuesday and keep an eye out for #triviatuesday [Sporcle on Twitter]
  • This Jimmy Kimmel video shows what happens when you tell your children you’ve eaten all their candy. It’s hilarious, but there is a lot of crying. [Twitter]
  • The most awesome easter egg to hit Google in a while, just try Googling ‘Do a Barrel Roll’ or ‘Tilt’ and watch the fun roll in (literally).[Google]
  • Today is National Sandwich day and we could not be more excited. We spent the entire day thinking about sandwiches and playing our Sandwich Time! quiz. [Sandwich Time!]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected the Things That May ‘Cross’ Your Mind. We can’t help but wonder if chickens are somehow involved, and if they came before or after the egg.

Sporcle Links of the Day – Bohemian Rhapsody Edition

We know our readers love the internet just as much as we do, so we think you might want to see some of the links that we’re passing around at Sporcle HQ. Just make sure to let us know about any links we might have missed in the comments. Enjoy the clickable carnage below!

  • The NFL is in full swing and there is no better way to follow the season than in our NFL Trivia category. Just remember…Vinny Testaverde is always lurking. [Sporcle NFL Trivia]
  • The World Series starts today, and though this ‘global’ series has only ever featured teams from two countries, it remains an exciting fall event watched by millions. [MLB]
  • Just a week after the release of the iPhone 4S, Android has released the latest version of their mobile platform nicknamed ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’. We think Apple should start nicknaming their devices after breakfast foods. We’d definitely buy something named after maple syrup. [eWeek]
  • Researchers at MIT have developed a device that allows you to see through walls. We can’t imagine something like this being misused in any way. [DigitalTrends]
  • For your random and amazing Sporcle quiz of the day, we’ve selected the Bohemian Rhapsody quiz. After seeing Wayne’s World dozens of times, we can’t resist having a furious headbanging session while listening to this song. It may be the most over-the-top song ever recorded, and that’s just the way we like it.