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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!

FreeParking_2Free Parking: No, we won’t validate your parking the next time you leave the house. But we can give you this badge if you play 25 Monopoly quizzes. Just don’t draw the Go To Jail card.

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.


New Badges: Earth Day, Blank Canvas, and Chatterbox

Spring has sprung! Celebrate with these shiny new badges.

EarthDay_3Earth Day: Time to stop for a moment and appreciate the world. Plant a tree, spend some time outside, recycle those cans. Then play Composition of Air, Continents by Forest Area, and Green Energy on Earth Day (April 22nd).

BlankCanvas_2Blank Canvas: Whether you’re a master craftsman or you can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, you’ll find something to like about art. Play 25 Art quizzes to earn this badge. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to create art (or quizzes) of your own.

Chatterbox_2Chatterbox: Can’t stop talking? Won’t stop playing Sporcle quizzes? We have just the badge for you! Play 25 Language quizzes in one day to get it, then be sure to tell your friends.

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/03)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Math Jokes

armadilloking: Q: Did you hear the one about the statistician? A: Probably


2. From: ‘Greatest American Hero’ Theme Song

CorellonLBelieve it or not, George isn’t at home!


3. From: Most Common Animals (ABC Books)

WredAguyWOctopus? No. Ostrich? Nope? Otter? Guess again. Ox? Still wrong. Orangutan? DAMMIT!!


4. From: Mufasa or Vader?

Probo11It’s kind of funny that both characters were voiced by James Earl Jones.


5. From: Numbers in Pop Culture

msuspartan1981I knew the Proclaimers would would walk five hundred miles, but I forgot they would walk five hundred more.

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) Thailand is a very popular destination for Chinese tourists. This is largely because traveling from China to Thailand requires no visa.

2) A car company whose name begins with ‘F’ has a more recognizable logo than Facebook. Find out which company by playing ‘F’ Logos.

jazz23) Catherine Zeta-Jones got her start on the stage before she began acting in movies. Other actors and stars have taken a turn in the limelight, too – check out Famous Celebrities on Stage to see who.

4) Zebras are the most commonly used animal in alphabet books. Biologists, that’s your cue to rename another well-known animal with a word starting with ‘Z’.

5) Song writers get really creative with their metaphors. Can you match the definition to the correct word in this quiz?

zebra6) Celebrities like to give their babies… unique… names. To be fair, we probably already knew that, but we couldn’t pass up the chance to feature the quiz on Octoquiz, Sporcle’s newest feature!

7) Most people can’t remember the capital of New York. Can you?

beatles-19648) The Beatles and the Clue board game have a common tie. Find out what it is by playing 30 Facts that Start with ‘R’.

9) There are some surprising animals on the Kosher list. We won’t tell you what – you’ll have to play Kosher Animals to figure it out – but at least one is a zoo animal.

10) All the ants in the world weigh as much as all the people in the world. Gross, weird, and true! 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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Math Jokes: 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 Math Jokes by Sporcle User kagomeshuko

About the Quizmaker

Kagomeshuko made the featured game this week, and it’s his 5th game to be published. He’s been on Sporcle since August 2008, making him one of our very first users! Since then, he’s contributed 107 games, and played over 25,000 games since then. He’s also earned 156 badges.

What’s the Quiz About?

These jokes will make you groan, but in a good way. These math-themed jokes are the kind of jokes your dad (or math teacher) will tell and everyone will roll their eyes. The task you’re given in this quiz is, given the beginning of the joke, can you figure out the punch line. It’s a clickable quiz, so you can see all the possible answers, and all you have to do is choose the correct one. You have 18 jokes to solve, which isn’t too overwhelming, especially when you’re given 4 minutes to do it. Just try not to laugh too hard, that’ll eat up your time quickly.

Math Jokes was played 34,931 times while it was on the front page, and it ended up with a rating of 4.3.