New Badges: Shark Bait, Bastille Day, and Concentration Frustration

Time to sink or swim with these new badges.

SharkBaitShark Bait: Whether it’s Jaws, Bruce, or Katy Perry’s left shark, sharks can be kind of scary. Conquer your fears and earn this badge; you’ll need to get 50% or more on Shark Attack!, Shark Week, and Shark Anatomy.

LeQuatorzeJuilletBastille Day: The storming of the Bastille happened almost 226 years ago, in 1789. To commemorate this event, get this badge by playing French History Match-Up, Bastille Day, and Countries of the French Empire on July 14.

ConcentrationFrustrationConcentration Frustration: Try not to pull out your hair or bang your head on the wall, this badge may be a little bit infuriating. Get 100% on Clickable Concentration, and you’ll receive this badge.

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

Decreasing Pacific Coastline Challenge: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week


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 Decreasing Pacific Coastline Challenge by Sporcle User sproutcm.

What’s the Quiz About?

Summer is in full-swing now, it’s time to go to the beach, swim in the waves, and build a sandcastle or two. Not every state has a beach, but 5 US states border the Pacific Ocean, and this quiz asks you to put them in order from the longest Pacific coastline to the shortest. It’s a minefield, so be careful before you click. You’ll get the length of the coastline as a hint, which may help you out if you’re in a pickle. Don’t forget about Hawaii; there are more islands than you think! Just sit back, relax, and take a stroll on the sand.

New Badges: World Builder, Top of the Charts, and Give it a Try, July

Build up your badge count with these new badges.

WorldBuilder3World Builder: The world is kind of like a puzzle, with each country as its own puzzle piece. We need your help to put the world back together again. Get your World Builder badge by having 5 Geography quizzes published.

TopOfTheChartsTop of the Charts: You don’t have to be as talented as Beyoncé to make it to the top of the charts. Just play 50 Billboard quizzes and you’ll have your own claim to fame. Feel free to sing along while you play, though.

GiveItATryJuly2Give it a Try, July: During the summer, we like to take it slower. It’s summer, everyone deserves a bit of rest and relaxation. To get the July badge, all you have to do is play 250 quizzes and get more than 50% on them during July.

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

Word Ladder Contest: June Boon

Visual Word Ladder

Hello All!

It’s SproutCM, and it has been over 4 years since I blogged about word ladders at Sporcle. Since then, Sporcle has published over 1,500 word ladders on the site as part of the Daily Dose.

Why word ladders?

Word ladders must be published every day, so these quizzes are the ideal ‘gateway’ to start making quizzes at Sporcle and trying to get them published. I love word ladders because every one of them is different, they challenge your brain, and anyone can make them.

June Boon Contest

Last week I opened up a new Word Ladder contest on Sporcle University. The title of the Ladder Contest is called June Boon because all the ladders have to have two-word rhyming titles. (Note: The image at the top of the quiz is a ‘visual word ladder’ to connect JUNE to BOON for you.)

Already 32 different ladders have been submitted by 19 different users, five of whom have never made a word ladder before.

If you’re interested, visit the links below. You can contact me directly from there for help or if you have questions. There are still two weeks left until the contest ends at the end of June, so I expect many new ladders are still to come.

Contest Voting & Results

At the beginning of July, we’ll have a week of voting for people to pick their three favorite ladders. While being selected as a favorite is a ‘badge‘ honor, the real honor is we are going to work hard to get as many of these ladders published for new and old users alike. This is proud moment you can share with friends and family, or you can just be happy you’re working on your Published, Homepage Hero, Fun Supply or Crazy Ivan badges!

Extra Info

Also all of the information about the contest and entries can be found at Sporcle University (a Google group for people very interested in Sporcle things). So, if you’re interested in entering the contest, looking at the entries, or offering feedback to the ones that are there, all of that will be greatly appreciated.

Below are two links, one to the Sporcle University posting about the contest and another that is a list of all the entries so far in one easy place.

Sporcle U Contest Announcement and Thread
List of Word Ladder Entries

Is It in the USA?: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week


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 Is It in the USA? by Sporcle User EddieQ22.

What’s the Quiz About?

The USA is a big place, spanning over 3 million square miles, so there’s got to be a lot of sites to see in it. When given a list of famous locations, including both man-made and natural, can you click the ones that are located in the USA. You’re likely to have heard of many of these places, but knowing where they are is a whole other story. Rest easy though, in this quiz are some of the most famous sites in the world, and whether you’ve been to them or not, there are surely a few easy ones to get you started. And when you’re done, you’ll be left with a list of stops for your next road trip.

New Badges: Sunday Funday, Techie, and The Pontiff-icator

What a lovely day for more badges.

s9FpWrmtBtVad8PBWFvPhCfLnyPwARakZ-9iyhthXxwSunday Funday: If you like clowning around, or if you just like clowns, then we have a badge for you! Spend some time goofing off on Sunday – if you play 15 Just For Fun quizzes, this badge is your reward.

HJw7RWB5VVUN2TzjWOlysRAq3iKcx8X3CDgEItum9L4Techie: The first step to getting this badge is to get on your computer… which you already are, so you’ve got a head start! Earn this new badge by playing 25 Computer quizzes. Step aside, Bill Gates, the real techies are coming through!

qfW-gVj7sTHeVn661VKq5uZhhN6U6YcIhujD4fmBPxIThe Pontiff-icator: No, we don’t need you to talk a lot or even preach to earn this one. But you will need to earn 100% on Names of Popes. If you manage the feat, you’ll get a sweet hat… in badge form.

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

New Feature Alert: Connect With Google


We added a brand new feature today that should make those of you with a Google account happy. We’ve added a 1-click sign in with Google to our login page. Just click the big red button, approve the connection and it’ll be smooth sailing from then on. If you have yet to make a Sporcle account, clicking this button will get you signed up as well.

If you have any questions, comments, or issues using the new Google sign-in button. Let us know at our feedback page.

New Badges: Poetry Party, Shady Business, and The Vanquisher

Time to conquer a whole new group of badges!

PoetryParty_2Poetry Party: A raven may not be like a writing desk, but it sure is a party animal. Whether you like Shakespeare or Silverstein, you can join the fun and play 25 poem quizzes to get this badge.  

0eUlXhNBAmzAKZWZ_ajrt7xEoQKKtEjC5EjV0FZ0JckShady Business: You don’t need to wear shades to earn this badge, but it may help. Get 50% or more on Cartoon Silhouettes, Sports Logo Silhouettes, and Corporate Logo Silhouettes to earn this badge.

TheVanquisher_2The Vanquisher: We came, we saw, we vanquished. Time to defeat some games and if you get 100% on 100 quizzes that you’ve never played before for this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (06/05)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:

1. From: Click an Herbivore

bacheson: On Saturday, my caterpillar ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon. I think it’s an omnivore.

2. From: Are You Smarter Than a College Student? XXIII

crazydiamond1to9For a second, I read the clue as “What medical condition is characterized by brief attacks of deep sleep, often occurring uncontrollably while reading ‘Silas Marner’?”

3. From: Name Swap Match-Up

telcontar40371As a true Chicagoan, I have to wonder why the Sears Tower is on this quiz? What new name?

4. From: Overlapping Foursomes

ksteveYou don’t know you screwed up until you get to Disney.

5. From: Sporcle’s Easiest TV


5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Sporcle Account

If you haven’t created a Sporcle account, but you’ve been thinking about it lately, peruse this list to see why you should give it a shot.


1. It’s Free!

We don’t charge for an account, it’s totally free. That gives you plenty of money to purchase a batmobile or a money bin. Whatever you want!


2. You’ll earn SO many badges

There are badges for literally (LITERALLY!) everyone on the site. From the Newbie Badge (Create an account on Sporcle) to the Around the World badge (Get 100% on Countries of the World), you’ll have no problem building up a nice display of badges on your profile. Make your way up to Sporcle Scout in no time!


3. You can accept all the challenges

If you think you’re the fastest and smartest Sporcler around, there’s no better way to prove your mettle than by challenging other users. You can also get automatic challenges from the world famous Sporcle-Bot 9000. He’s much nicer than HAL, but still a tough son of a gun.


4. You can also track your stats

If you’ve been tracking all your Sporcle scores with a pen and paper, we salute you! But there’s a better way that avoids all those hand cramps and ink stains. We’ll track your scores automatically with computers and lasers. Yes, we absolutely use lasers to track your score. Why? Because lasers are cool.


5. You’ll never miss another quiz

If there’s one thing we hate, it’s forgetting stuff. We have you covered with our customizable email reminders. After you create your free account, just head to your settings page and get them set just like you like ‘em.

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