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Gosh, I’m So Thankful!

thanksgiving-turkeyHappy Thanksgiving!

Here at Sporcle, we have a lot to be thankful for. We’re thankful for you, our users, who have a thirst for knowledge, unbelievable creativity, and fun-loving attitudes. We’re also thankful for the Sporcle Live team that joined us a year ago, gathering people in restaurants and bars around the country with great live trivia contests.  And, of course, we’re thankful for our friends and families, who journey through life with us.

What about you? Post a comment sharing something you’re thankful for. 

 

All About Pi Day

Happy Pi Day, Everyone!

Pi Day pie

The History

Pi Day is a day to celebrate the mathematical constant Pi (π), used in geometry, number theory and calculus. Pi is the name given to the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, approximately 3.14159. The earliest known celebrations of Pi Day occurred in 1988 at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, where the public and staff walked around in a circular path, while eating fruit pies. The museum continues to celebrate the day each year, and in 2009, the US Congress officially designated March 14th as National Pi Day.

I Like Pi

The Badge

We were so excited about this, that we wanted to have a Pi Day Sporcle exclusive. To earn the badge? You just have to play Kinds of Pie, and get at least 10 correct on the Digits of Pie quiz. Sweet Sporcle success goes well with anything, but especially with numbers and pie.

The Tutorial Sing-a-Longs

We realize that it might be hard to memorize the digits of Pi, especially if you want to really excel. So we’ve included a couple of videos to get you started:

New Badges!

 New badges are here!

After the huge success of the first few rounds of Sporcle badges, 3 new badges have now been unveiled. Read about them below, and be sure to get them while you have the chance!

Feliz Navidad: The holidays are a great time for quality Sporcling. To get the Feliz Navidad badge, you must play Finish the Christmas SongSanta’s Reindeer, and Buddy the Elf Food Groups on Christmas Day. If you miss the 24-hour window of opportunity, you’ll have to wait a whole year to get a second chance.

Social Butterfly: Social butterflies always know the latest news and trends, and social Sporclers are the same way. To get the Social Butterfly badge, you must connect your Sporcle profile to both Facebook and Twitter. It’s simple really, as easy as softly landing on a flower petal.

World Traveler: You might not be able to travel the world by playing Sporcle, but you sure can learn a lot! Play 1000 total games in Geography, and you’ll be considered a World Traveler. At least in the eyes of Sporcle.

If you have questions or suggestions, write to us at feedback@sporcle.com. Or join the discussion on Sporcle University.

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.

April Fools Day Pranks

The origins to April Fools day are hard to track. Possibly the most credible association can be found from a misreading of a line in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Regardless of its origins, the big day is upon us.

Are you ready?

The key is to start planning in advance, you want to be the fooler – not the foolee.  If you’re unsure what pranks to pull, then find inspiration from one of the best prankster’s around: Jim Halpert from The Office. He’s done everything from putting Dwight’s office supplies in Jell-O  to sending Dwight letters from the “CIA” and asking him to go on secret missions.

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