Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/27)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:

1. From: Odd But True Facts II

SynonymToast: It’s true that vaccinations don’t work on trumpets, but it didn’t count as correct.

2. From: Odd But True Facts II

aerodynamic:I kept incorrectly guessing syphilis and thinking, “Dang it, why can’t I get syphilis?”

3. From: Follow That Line: Mitch Hedberg

frenchfry1527I haven’t slept for ten days. Because that would be too long.

4. From: 2 Steps from Dangle

Limerick_ManWith my cat, one day I dangled
A piece of yarn til it got tangled
I laughed as she scratched
Til I saw it attached
To my priciest sweater, now mangled

5. From: Ending with ‘A’ Blitz

armadillokingA US president whose name ends with A? Hmm, I don’t know, better start at the beginning…

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week


Sporcle teaches us tons of stuff every day. If you share our thirst for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts.

TCTOPBK1) Tom Cruise sat on the very top of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and lived to tell the tale. He also climbed it, ran along its outer walls, and jumped out one of its windows, all in the name of filming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

2) People have spent four times as much time watching PSY’s Gangam Style music video as they have building the Great Pyramid. It really makes us wonder how much – or how little – the ancient Egyptians would have done if YouTube had existed back then.

3) Most people can name the three most populous countries in order, but after that, it gets much harder. 

4) “Obstreperous” is an actual word in the English language. That being said, it’s not often that you’ll hear that particular word being used in an everyday conversation.

5) You don’t need to be a botany expert to be able to recognize fruit from pictures of their insides.

6) Only one UK Prime Minister was ever assassinated. Find out who by playing the UK History Grab Bag.

7) It’s possible to recognize great works of art, even after they’ve been pixelatedNow if only it were possible to recognize colors on the internet properly… we’re looking at you, black and blue dress.


8) Manute Bol, a basketball player from South Sudan, was 7’7″. He wasn’t the tallest man to ever live, but he was definitely up there!

9) You can get from Nigeria to Israel by land and only have to travel through three other countries to do so. Want to test your navigational skills? Try the Border Chain Match-Up!

10) Llamas can run at speeds of up to 35 mph. No wonder the Sun City police force had a really hard time catching two llamas that got loose yesterday! We learned this while researching for yesterday’s #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!


10 Most Populous Countries in Order: 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 10 Most Populous Countries in Order by Sporcle User jackmerlin

About the Quizmaker

10 Most Populous Countries in Order was jackmerlin’s second quiz to be published, though he’s contributed 30 more, mostly in the Geography category. He’s been on Sporcle since March 2011, and has played almost 4,000 quizzes since then. He’s also earned 17 badges. Thanks for making great quizzes, jackmerlin!

What’s the Quiz About?

Every Sporcler knows the countries with high populations, but can you name them in order? That’s what the featured quiz this week asks you to do. You’re given the 10 countries with the most people, and you must click them in order of most populated to least populated. This quiz also happens to be a minefield, so think before you click.

The quiz will start off fairly easy, most people know the first few, but once you get down to the end of the list, you’ll start second guessing yourself. How many people does Japan have? It’s definitely smaller than some of the other countries, but isn’t it super crowded? Wait, what about Nigeria? It’s this kind of thinking that’ll be the end of you. Go with your gut, with only 2 minutes to answer correctly, you don’t have much time to think this through.

10 Most Populous Countries in Order was played 129,003 times during its stay on the front page, and it ended up with a score of 3.9.

Dancing with the Stars: Season 20 Cast Announced


Dancing with the Stars has announced the cast for season 20!

This season marks the second decade of the show. It’s a diverse cast, filled with big names and fresh faces. Best of all, there are a number of musicians and athletes – people who should have a good sense of rhythm.

Noah Galloway - Noah is an Iraq war veteran and a double amputee. Now he’s a personal trainer, known for being named Ultimate Men’s Health Guy 2014 by Men’s Health. He’ll be dancing with Sharna Burgess.


Robert Herjavec - Best known for as a judge on Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec is a Croatian businessman. He will be dancing with returning pro Kym Johnson.

Patti LaBelle - She’s a giant in the music world, with awards and accolades from Grammys to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s 70 years old, has plenty of soul, and will be dancing with Artem Chigvintsev.

Nastia Liukin - An Olympic gymnast should find it easy to dance already, right? Paired with five-time winner Derek Hough, she’s sure to be in medal contention.

Riker Lynch - One of the members of R5. His singing and songwriting skills might not make you think of dancing, but any musician worth his salt should be able to at least keep a beat. He’ll be dancing with Allison Holker.

Charlotte McKinney – Here’s a name most people won’t know. She’s best known for a controversial Carl’s Jr. ad that aired during the Super Bowl this year, and she’ll be paired with Keo Motsepe.


RedFoo - He’s sexy and he knows it, and he isn’t afraid to sing about it. But can he dance? This half of the now-defunct music group LMFAO will be paired with pro dancer Emma Slater.

Michael Sam - The first openly gay NFL player will also be dancing this upcoming season. He’s been paired with Peta Murgatroyd, and since he’s an athlete in a game that requires precision timing, we’re hopeful about his ability to dance.

Willow Shields - Here’s one role that Jennifer Lawrence can’t volunteer as tribute for (at least, not this season). Willow Shields is an actress best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen’s little sister in the Hunger Games movies. After returning from the dystopian future that is Panem, dancing with Mark Ballas can’t be that hard, right?

somersSuzanne Somers - Three’s company, but Suzanne is going to have to be happy dancing in doubles with Tony Dovolani instead.

Rumer Willis - She’s another fresh face, but she is the daughter of Bruce Willis. That’s got to count as being a star, right? She’s also an actress and an artist, and she’ll be paired with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Whitney Carson, a returning pro, will be dancing with another celebrity who has yet to be announced.

Who do you think will win this year and join this quiz

New Badges: Quotent Quotables, Mission to March, and That ’70s Badge

Send in the clowns and bring on the badges!

QuotentQuotables_3Quotent Quotables: Quick – come up with a clever quip! Or you can always peruse the Quote section for memorable speeches and movie lines. Play 50 quotes quizzes and you’ll earn this badge.

MarchBadge_1Mission to March: Sporclers! Boldly go where no quizmaster has gone before. Explore strange new categories and seek out new games and new ideas, and above all play 250 unpublished quizzes in the month of March.

That70sBadge_2That ’70s Badge: Time to bust out the leisure suits and disco beats – we’re going back in time to the 1970s! Get 50% or better on Faces on TIME (1970s), 1970s Blitz, and 1970s World History and pick up this groovy badge as a reward.

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

What If Every Country In The World Had A Population Of 100 Million?

OK, go with us here. What if the world was made up of countries that had an equal population of 100 million? Borders get redrawn, larger countries get divvied up, the works! Well Reddit user DMan9797 thought it might look a little like this.

Check it out:

(Click the map to open a larger version in a new window)

For a little comparison, try this quiz that asks you to name the countries that rank in the top 30 in both area and population.

Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/20)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:

1. From: Geography Humor

cardiff_martian: “My wife has gone to the West Indies”. “Jamaica?” “No, she wanted to go”. It had to be done. There just might be someone out there who hasn’t heard that before.

2. From: Most Visited Websites (2014)

chriskotx:Yawn: I just woke up from a ten-year nap. So what happened to AOL and MySpace?

3. From: Geography Humor

Fools_Overture…did you hear about the lonely chess grandmaster who went to Prague? – He was looking for a Czech mate!

4. From: ‘P’ Countries on a Map

Honest_John3 hours and 6 new comments in and no one has claimed that Palestine is not a country yet. Must be some kind of record.

5. From: Things Cut in Half

mcsheffreyI was confused by the label of “Atom” until I thought about it for a few seconds. Well done!

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week


Sporcle teaches us tons of stuff every day. If you share our thirst for knowledge, check out these 10 cool facts.

1) Jellyfish don’t have hearts. Weird, but true. Don’t believe us? Check out this quiz for more strange heart related facts.

2) Matt Damon made a lot of movies in 2011. Surprisingly enough, none of them were action movies!

Tycho-Brahe-nose3) Tycho Brahe, an astronomer and rival of Copernicus, had a brass nose and a pet moose. Apparently the moose died after drinking a lot of beer and then falling down the stairs. We learned this one while researching the Famous Scientist Match-up  - check it out for more fantastic names!

4) Every single Friends episode, except three, is titled “The One With…” One of those special cases is in the first season, and it happens to share a common title with episodes from a lot of other TV shows. Can you guess what it is?

5) It’s really hard, but still possible, to match 30 lead singers to their bands in a minute. That being said, Mick Jagger should probably be singing “Time is not on your side…” for this one.

6) After they’ve been cut in half, baseballs and cigars look nearly the same. Also, CT scanners are strange looking whether or not they’re whole.e1766a01d3ab63891b5e15eb3d65bd50

7) Leonard Cohen, Drake, and Avril Lavigne are more similar than you’d expect. It’s not just that they’re musicians… it’s that they all come from the same place.

8) “Don’t have a cow, man!” has been around since before The Simpsons, but Bart stole the expression and never gave it back.

9) Even though A Series of Unfortunate Events didn’t do so well in theaters, it still ended up being one of the highest grossing movies of 2004Wait, Shrek 2 came out nearly 11 years ago? We feel old now.

10) Octopuses are able to open child-proof bottles. They’re extremely intelligent and curious, get bored if there isn’t anything interesting happening around them, and live very short lives. We learned all this while researching for yesterday’s #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!


Zack Snyder tweets Jason Momoa as Aquaman and he looks pretty awesome

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder dropped a bit of a bombshell today with a first look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman.

The former Game of Thrones actor debuts as the character in the March 25, 2016 release and then gets his own standalone movie in 2018. “Unite the Seven” could refer to the seven seas or it might be a call to unite the original seven members of the Justice League.

Think you can name the members of the Justice league?  Try the quiz:

Meet the Staff: Holly Minshull

holly-2Name: Holly Minshull (minshkins)

Position: Associate Product Manager

Originally from: Seattle, Washington

Worked at Sporcle since: November 2012

About:  After studying Middle English at Western Washington University, Holly moved back to Seattle and joined the team at Sporcle. When she’s not Sporcling, Holly works with special needs kids, spends time with her friends, and plays in a rec soccer league. When SporcleHQ cast employees as Disney characters, Holly was chosen to be Belle.

Interests: Holly’s an avid fan of Seattle sports. (We recommend not asking her about the Sonics or the most recent Super Bowl.) She likes Indie Rock music, but she’s known around the office for being an enthusiastic Sam Smith fan. Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones are two of her favorite series – both the books and on-screen. She also regularly attends Sporcle Live trivia nights.

Her favorite Sporcle quiz is Oldest to Youngest Minefield. But she holds a special place in her heart for quiz that introduced her to Sporcle–Countries of the World.

Strange Fact: When Holly was young, she had a large Tasmanian Devil collection. It included stuffed animals, an eraser, piggy bank, and other knick-knacks. She proudly shared them at her 3rd grade show-and-tell. 

Here at Sporcle: Holly is passionate about creating and promoting fun quizzes. She schedules content for the homepage, Facebook and other social media platforms. She works with our engineers to develop new products and improve the site. And she’s helping develop Sporcle’s newest quiz platform: Octoquiz.

Favorite thing(s) about working at Sporcle: Holly likes that every day is different at Sporcle. She likes the people and the community. And she loves the opportunity to be creative–whether coming up with a new product idea or creating a new quiz.