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10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

linguistic-treeSporcle quizzes teach us tons of stuff every day. If you share our quench for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts. 

1) The sauces offered with Chicken McNuggets are completely different in each country. Who knew that curry was an option in the UK? Time to start a petition for curry sauce to be added to the American McDonald’s menu.

Pomoxis_nigromaculatus12) There’s a type of fish called a “crappie“. Crappies are part of the bass family and are popular with game fishermen. We hear they taste delicious, too, if you’re into that thing.

3) Canada has excellent taste in fashion. This realization comes to us from the annual Miss Universe beauty pageant. Keep an eye out for bedazzled hockey sticks – they just might be all the rage in accessories next season.

4) Vince Young never won the Super Bowl. If you’re ever feeling down, just remember you can be great at something without having to win it all.

5) Amy Poehler, JFK, and Matt Damon all share a common bond. And no, being featured in South Park cameos doesn’t count.

6) Language family trees exist… and they’re more complicated than you’d expect. For example, English and Afrikaans are related, but English and Irish aren’t.

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7) Beyoncé and Tina Turner have been in the same room together. Surprisingly, their combined diva powers didn’t make the world explode.

8) UK television rips off American television almost as often as American television copies the UK. So the next time you hear a hipster complaining that the UK version of The Office was better than the US version, you can point out that the UK stole The Jersey Shore and The Price Is Right.

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9) The US has never formally declared war on any countries in the Middle East.

10) Macho Literature has been declared the “weirdest quiz on Sporcle”. Enough said.

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us so many awesome things every day, and we don’t want to forget them! Here are 10 new facts we learned in the past week to keep us sounding smart.

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1. In 2013, nine babies born in the UK were named Cheese. Learn more Odd But True Facts.

 

 

2. We learned what the word epigram means. Don’t know? Play this quiz to learn for yourself.


3. The Bell Jar was written 18 years after The Catcher in the Rye. Learn what else was Written First?

4. A Chance card can send you to 13 different places on the Monopoly board. How many of them do you know?

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5. Justin Bieber likes his hard hats bedazzled. How do other celebrities wear their hard hats? Find out at Famous… with a Hard Hat.

 

6. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are a couple, just like they were in That ’70s Show. What other couples stuck it out through 2014?

7. At almost 11,000 square miles, the Solomon Islands are the 4th largest country in Oceania. Learn what the other Largest/Smallest Countries Per Continent are.

8. In Office Space, people can go to Chotchkie’s for a burger.krabby patty1

Learn about other fictional restaurants, like the one in Office Space, by playing Fictional Fast Food.

 

 

9. The largest European Football Stadium is Camp Nou, where FC Barcelona can host 99,354 people. Find out what the other Largest European Football Stadiums are.

10. Fog may be as thick as pea soup, but it’s definitely not as tasty. Learn more Food Expressions, hopefully they don’t make you too hungry.

Featured Game of the Week (1/7/2015)

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. Here’s the quiz of the week!

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The Main Character Dies!

by DarkPhalanx

Featured January 4, 2015

 

About the Quizmaker

DarkPhalanx made the featured quiz this week, and it’s his 75th game published. He’s been on Sporcle since December 2008, which makes him one of the first people to make an account! Since then, he’s contributed 168 games, gotten 96  badges, and has played over 8,000 games. Thanks for making great quizzes, DarkPhalanx.

What’s the Quiz About?

Spoiler Alert: The Main Character Dies! gives away the ending to many iconic movies.

This quiz is all about movies where main characters die.The question is, do you remember how they died? You’re given the way the character died, and you have to match it with the movie. Try reading all the movie titles first, so that you can keep an eye out for hints to movies you’ve seen. Otherwise, you might not realize that your favorite movie is even an option. There are 26 movies and you have 6 minutes to complete the quiz, so you should have plenty of time to read through all of the answers to this spoiler-tastic quiz.

The Main Character Dies! was played 18,746 times on the day it was featured, and it ended up with a rating of 4.5. 


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”.