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Sporcle Wrap-Up 2014: Geography

2014 has been awesome at Sporcle. If you missed out on any quizzes from one of our favorite categories, look no further! Here are 10 of the most popular Geography games from 2014.

Top Geography Quizzes

10. Tricky State Capital ClickAh, decoys, how we love and detest thee. If you’re like most Geography nuts, you probably have spent some quality time memorizing this familiar list. But, how do you fare under pressure? Let’s just say, we don’t call it ‘Tricky’ for nothin’…

9. ‘A’ Countries on a MapMap quizzes make us happy, and this one is no exception. All you need to do is answer the 11 countries that start with ‘A’ based on their location on the map. To all your friends who think that you spend too much time on Sporcle, challenge them to this and watch them fail miserably.

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8. Countries & Capitals Sorting BlitzDon’t play this with friends in the room, you will embarrass yourself. You’ll start talking out loud, clicking frantically, and probably groan at the screen more than once. But at the end, you’ll be so satisfied with yourself that it will all be worth it.

7. Avoid the ‘A’ CountriesPesky ‘A’! After this quiz it will soon become your most-hated letter.



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6. Continents by Forest Area: Now, forest area might not be something that had tickled your fancy before this quiz, but you’ll be DAMNED if you don’t figure it out!

5. 13 US States that Border Canada: O, Canada! This quiz is what Sporcle is all about. These 13 states were just waiting to be made into a quiz, and we were more than happy to oblige.

4. US States (Redux): This is a quiz that makes you go, huh, shouldn’t we have already published that?  And on November 17, that all changed. This glorious game hit the homepage, and left users either laughing all the way home, or crying because something willed them to click ‘Massachoosetts’.

3. Geography Bunker V: Bunkers are to Sporcle as ice cream is to cake. You don’t get them together very often, but when you do, it’s a magical experience. In 2014, not only did we get Geography Bunker V, but we also got Geography Bunker VI. Can you say spoiled?

2. Most Populous US Cities Minefield: If you want something that’s evil, you’ve come to the right place. This quiz is for the ultimate geography buff. As MTwhiz put it, ‘This was a fun (and really frustrating) quiz for geography nerds. I still can’t figure the final 3 answers after 11 tries.’ If that’s not success, we don’t know what is.

1. Largest to Smallest: Most Populous Countries: Who doesn’t love sorting? That’s probably why the most-played 2014 geography game was ‘Largest to Smallest: Most Populous Countries’. Published on April 9th, it’s a quiz that infuriates you all the way to the end. At only 12 answers, it is a short little quiz that packs a punch. And we loved it.

Top Comments of the Week (09/12)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Cities In Movie Titles On A Map

WyattsTorch: Apparently there are no towns named “Kindergarten” or “Robo” in California.


2. From: Movie Title Bar and Line Graphs: The Sequel

bachesonI guessed “100 Days of Summer” for “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Turns out axes labels are important. As is reading.


3. From: Yellow Logos

GoldenWhat kind of a logo is written on post-it notes? Oh well, I’ve no idea, no point guessing, I’ll just give up…


4. From: NFL Teams (Redux)

mustangoI hope that if Washington is forced to change their nickname, they choose from one of the decoys on this quiz. Preferably the Unicorns.


5. From: Those Awkward Teen Years

chronoObama in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan for the sake of avid Sporclers? Please make it happen Mr. President

Sporcle Map Updates

As you might have noticed, the internet is a constantly changing beast. Well, Sporcle is jumping on that bandwagon with some of our nearest and dearest. Starting today, we put into motion a process that will change (for the better!) many of the oldest map quizzes on the site.

We’re going from ‘eek!’ to ‘chic’, and starting with the worst offender of them all. Today the former Capitals of Europe map was replaced after 6 ½ years of existence.

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We can bet you’ve already played that quiz (maybe even more than once), as it has over 1.19 million plays. If you haven’t taken a peek at our new look, now’s your chance!

Be on the lookout for other map games to receive the same treatment in the near future. Bye bye, old maps! Hello, beautiful…

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American Music Awards

The American Music Awards (AMAs) aired Sunday night. Now that the results are out, we thought it’d be fun to see how the winners measure up when it comes to Sporcle quizzes.  

We know Sporclers love music because, quite frankly, there are thousands of contributed music quizzes on our site. Music is one of our biggest categories, and we know that you all love to stretch your brains to remember those long past one-hit wonders, favorite artists, and the newest acts. Today, in honor of the AMAs, we’re giving the spotlight to current artists.

Below, you’ll find a summary of some of the big winners from the AMAs, along with their share of Sporcle quizzes. 

The big news for this year is Justin Bieber, who won Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album. Be sure to refresh your memory and take our Justin Bieber Songs quiz.

The other big winner of the night was Nicki Minaj, featured in many hit songs and now becoming quite popular on her own.  Check out or Nicki Minaj songs or Superbass Lyrics if you’re looking for a test.

Winning Favorite Country Female Artist for the fifth year was Taylor Swift. Who doesn’t love a good T.Swift song? This solid country/pop star has made a name for herself on Sporcle, too. She has her own Taylor Swift trivia subcategory, with quite a following. Be sure to check out one of her most recent hits, “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Beyoncé won Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, alongside Usher, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist. And Linkin Park is still going strong, winning Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist.

Another familiar star is Adele, who won Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist. If you’ve recovered from her best songs being overplayed, you may want to check out the Lyrics quizzes for Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You.

Whatever your musical preference, there’s probably a Sporcle quiz out there to quench your thirst for good music. And we just want to say, to all the artists, that even if you don’t have a Sporcle quiz devoted to you, that doesn’t mean you’re not on some quiz out there. Or that you won’t get a published quiz down the road. Just keep up the good work. Keep making good, memorable music.

Comments of the Week (10/05)

We always love to read all the funny and insightful comments you leave throughout the week, so much so that we’ve decided to highlight our favorite five each and every Friday. Check out our favorite witty comments below:

1. From: Are You Smarter Than a College Student? VII

strags11: The definition of mixed emotions on Sporcle: missing a perfect score because you had no clue on the Twilight question

2. From: Did They End Up Together?

zalkon2004Ten year old Fred Savage called and said this quiz was full of too many kissing parts.

3. From: No Second Guess Trivia II

EquiumAh. Zirconium, once again you have made a fool of me and my good friend zinc.

4. From: Just Read the Map III

flyersYou should have used pictures from apple maps. Now that would be challenging.

5. From: Animal Adjective Match

melamoA combination of astrology, common knowledge & Pokemon helped me on this quiz…

Comments of the Week (09/14)

We always love to read all the funny and insightful comments you leave throughout the week, so much so that we’ve decided to highlight our favorite five each and every Friday. Check out our favorite witty comments below:

1. From: Actors (A-Z)

RonBThere is a mistake. This is an actors’ quiz and you included Adam Sandler.

2. From: Is That a Disney Sequel?

enomo67I still don’t believe “Leroy and Stitch” is a real movie.

3. From: World Border Minefield ‘A’

save_ferris15Uzbekistan! I trusted you! I thought you would be safe! And when I needed you the most, you let me down!

4. From: Elements by any 3 Letters

sennomuloI had no bismuth attempting this quiz. I feel like a total boron. I was really sulfuring there, since all the elements without “-ium” that were once in my brain now argon.

5. From: Country by Unique Starting Letters

harvey68When GREE came up. I started to type GREENLAND, my brain yelling at my fingers “It’s not a country!!! STOP typing”.

Sporcle’s New “Joy Factor”

You might have noticed a small change to the leaderboards in our User Created section. We’ve replaced the old ‘Most Commented Last 7 Days’ with a new board that displays quizzes with the highest ‘Joy Factor‘.

So what is the Joy Factor? It’s a magical combination of fancy math and fairy dust based on data from our user created section (Special kudos to Rockgolf for the idea). In the past, we’ve had complaints that quizzes on the most played board have low ratings, and quizzes on the highest rated board are easily downvoted with just a single bad rating. The Joy Factor solves these issues and presents only the best of the best that the User Created section has to offer.

Have an opinion on the Joy Factor board? Let us know in the comments.

Comments of the Week (08/24)

We always love to read all the funny and insightful comments you leave throughout the week, so much so that we’ve decided to highlight our favorite five each and every Friday. Check out our favorite witty comments below:

1. From: Drink Up!

stephmoxieYou mean there’s other ways to drink besides a red solo cup?

2. From: States in Sentences

FiopBaby Coco was just weaned off her bottle. The little miss is sipping her cup now.

3. From: That Movie Was Terrible…

jrstockerThe most difficult thing for me was finding the correct terrible Eddie Murphy movie. I tried Norbit, Harlem Nights, Vampire in Brooklyn, Daddy Day Care…

4. From: Swapped Logos

tighe: Doing well on logo quizzes makes me feel like such an obedient little consumer. It’s quite depressing really.

5. From: 4 Letter Girl Names by Decade

unamunoMissed my girlfriend’s name & my mother’s name. Other than that I did terrible.

Quizzes You Might Have Missed (June 2012)

It was a busy month here at Sporcle, and if you skipped a few days of Sporcling, you might just have missed one of the best quizzes of the month. Instead of just feeling bad about it, we thought we’d put together a monthly recap of all the most interesting games on Sporcle in June.

Take a look at our full list of top games below, and let us know about your favorites in the comments.

Top Featured Quizzes

Fun Non-Featured Gems

Top Blog Posts