Matt and Derek Show: Episode 1

Sporcle lore, history and inner workings baffle us all. In a recent Sporcle University thread, the site’s creator Matt welcomed all the burning questions you’ve been wanting to ask. What’s the tale of Sporcle’s meager beginnings? What has been the site’s most unexpected source of traffic? What does the Sporcle HQ team eat for lunch?

Today’s the day Matt and Derek answer all of your hard-hitting questions.

If you have any other questions or suggestions for further videos, feel free to leave them in the original thread or in the video comments.

New Badges: Math Magician, Badge-dad, and Double Feature

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Having a bunch of numbers in your hat is great for a math magic act, but those pointy corners definitely aren’t comfortable for day-to-day wear.

Math Magician Badge IconMath Magician: Any sufficiently advanced mathematics is indistinguishable from magic. And once you start adding letters and Latin, it starts looking like spell-work anyway. Earn this badge by scoring 100% on Simple Math Minefield (1-100).

Badge-dad Badge IconBadge-dad: If Mesopotamia is the cradle of civilization, Iraq’s history is humanity’s baby pictures. It’d still be weird to carry around in your wallet though. Earn 50% or more on Iraq’s BordersProvinces of Iraq, and Country Quiz: Iraq for this one.

Double Feature Badge IconDouble Feature: Even if you don’t know the latest box-office flicks, you can always just enter the movies you loved in the ’80s and ’90s with a “2″ after them. That’ll get a surprising number of hits. Play 50 box office quizzes to get this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (05/06)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: ‘C’ Vocabluary II

Felonius_Monk: “I suppose cannibals could be carnivores. I would avoid their barbecues, and definitely won’t try the chorizo.”


2. Quiz: Sporty Celebrities

jonnyplops: ”Didn’t recognize Reese without her spoon.”


3. Quiz: Famous People Born In May

Lemonshark: “The results of this quiz might finally answer the question, “Just how notorious is B.I.G.?”"


4. Quiz: ‘C’ Vocabulary II

Happ_Hazard: ”Not sure about that clue for controversy.”


5. Thread: Just for fun, perhaps

david6k: “Um, what do people at the Sporcle office do when they want to take a little “break” from work? Are there folks who are surreptitiously reviewing budget spreadsheets or editing powerpoint presentations, but then quickly minimize them when a manager walks by and pretend that they have been playing quizzes all along?”


New Badges: Triple Crown, Is It Lunchtime Yet?, and Coming Up Next

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The Triple Globe: Getting all three newly released badges the week they come out.

Triple Crown Badge Icon Triple Crown: One crown is enough for most people, but thoroughbred horses and popes go for a little extra. At least with the horses, the crowns are metaphorical. Score 100% on Triple Crown Winners to earn your own.

Is It Lunchtime Yet? Badge IconIs It Lunchtime Yet?: They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but lunch usually comes with a break from work, and that seems pretty important too. To get this badge, play 15 quizzes between 10AM and noon.

Coming Up Next Badge IconComing Up Next: Don’t touch that dial, we’ll be right back! Earn 50% or more on Narrated TV Show IntrosTV Show by Theme Lyric, and TV Shows by Opening Sequence to get this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (04/29)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Famous Jewish People

Yaxley: “I knew Alicia Silverstone’s name but I was clueless when I got to her. *Buh dum chhh*”


2. Quiz: Paradoxical Proverbs

EzrianBashirax: ”I have often been forced to choose between disparate proverbs. My own tried and true “Sporcle whenever you can, for the time may never come again” has often clashed with the much older proverb “Get to work, or you’re fired.”"


3. Quiz: Celebrity Man Buns

Qaqaq: “18 man-buns and not one looks good.”


4. Thread: Sporcle Jokes

Sssophie: ”If at first you don’t succeed… Give up. But only after 7 seconds.”


5. Thread: Congrats to NAPB, the Iron Man of Sporcle!

Hejman: “That’s right- neither ran, nor sleet, nor power outage, nor winter head cold, nor forgetting because you were watching football and gorging yourself on chips can stop napb! He’s made an Editor’s Pick in the History section every single day for 1,000 straight days.”

Extra little congrats to needapausebutton for 1,000 straight days of Editor’s Picks!


New Badges: Red, Red Wine, Map Time, Record Collector

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From box to bottle and from Bieber to Beethoven – there’s something for everyone.

Red, Red, Wine Badge IconRed, Red Wine: Practice your swirling, sniffing, and sipping for this one. You can earn your wine legs by scoring 50% or more on Wine Producing Countries, Wine Regions of France on a Map, and Red Wine or Not?.

maphatbadgeMap Time: Mapping at work will probably get you in significantly less trouble than napping at work, and it’s almost as refreshing. Play 25 map quizzes in one day to get this badge.

Record Collector Badge IconRecord Collector: Play all the quizzes for this badge backwards and you might find a secret message! Or at the very least, gibberish that sort of sounds like a secret message. Get this badge by playing 25 Album quizzes.

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

Top Comments of the Week (04/22)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Languages in Languages

MrChewypoo: “Hm… no uɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ ?”


2. Quiz: ‘R’ and ‘R’

qbruby: ”Without reading the entirely of the clue, for “A death defying game of bravado” I immediately typed Red Rover. Some of us had more traumatic childhoods than others I suppose…”


3. Quiz: Click the Alphabet

hbaker: “Glad kindergarten finally came in handy.”


4. Quiz: ‘When Doves Cry’ Lyrics

GilvearSt: ”On the upside, I bet Prince and Bowie are having the best jam session ever right now in heaven.”


5. Thread: Czechia

rockgolf: “Some editors are going to have a large number of quizzes… [puts on sunglasses] …to Czech. YEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!”

This comment was originally posted on Sporcle Groups. We’ve noticed some great stuff going on in Groups and want to share the puns, sarcasm and witticisms with everyone. Top Comments will include a mix of quiz comments and Group comments from here on out. 


New Badges: Coast to Coast, Silly Sixes, and Badge of the Century

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O Beautiful for spacious maps, and orange ladders of words, for minefield sorting galleries…

Coast to Coast Badge IconCoast to Coast: From sea to shining sea… and then some, because Alaska and Hawaii just have to complicate things. Earn this one by getting 100% on US Cities: North to South and US Cities: West to East.

Silly Sixes Badge IconSilly Sixes: This badge might be more formally known as hexa-preposterous, but what’s in a name? It’s pretty much six of one thing, half a dozen of another. Play 25 6-minute quizzes in one day to get this badge.

LOSTBADGEBadge of the Century: For this badge, play 1 history quiz a day for the next century. It’ll be like a family heirloom! Just kidding. Playing 25 Century quizzes will show off your history knowledge and earn you this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (04/15)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Confusable Countries: Cardinal Directions

EzrianBashirax: “Trying to picture directions in my head made me crazy. I am hereby declaring myself non compass mentis.”


2. Quiz: Tiny Almost Useless Trivia XII

Tinboy123: ”What thinks the unthinkable? An itheberg. I’ll show myself out.”


3. Quiz: Find the Four-Letter Countries

Azazello: “Spent 4 clicks blindly fumbling through Oceania looking for Fiji. I can’t find it on a laptop and yet some people can find it in a canoe from New Guinea. Fail.”


4. Quiz: Amazon Movie Reviews II

strags11: ”The reviewer is correct: Inside Out is not scientifically accurate. The five emotions that guide my brain are Joy, Sadness, Snark, Trivia, and Locate Beer.”


5. Quiz: Click the US States in Alphabetical Order

merino: “I guess being forced to memorize “Fifty Nifty United States” in 5th grade music class wasn’t such a waste after all.”


New Badges: Listen Up!, Cinco de Mayo, and Late Nite

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Abbreviations like ‘Nite’ aren’t really saving you many letters in the long run – it’s all  about style.

Listen Up Badge IconListen Up!: There’s always that one friend that skips a song or changes the radio station every ten seconds when they’ve got control over the music. They’ve really been preparing you for this badge. Earn this one by playing 25 Clip quizzes.

Cinco de Mayo Badge IconCinco de Mayo: Holidays that are named after their own date are so convenient; they’re basically impossible to forget. On May 5, earn 50% or more on Mexican Food, Beers of Mexico, and Cinco de Mayo to earn this badge.

Late Nite Badge IconLate Nite: Why count sheep when you can just tire your brain out with Sporcle quizzes? Play 15 quizzes between 10:00pm and midnight in one day to earn this badge. Plus, if you have that “taking a test” nightmare, you’ll actually nail it.

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