Farewell to Bishkek!

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Well, after four crazy and exciting months I’ve finally left Bishkek. Now that I’m back in the United States, I thought I’d use my final post to sum up just a few of the important things I learned while I was in Kyrgyzstan. It was an amazing journey, but I’m glad to home, and back at Sporcle HQ.

I thought I’d sum up my journey with some highlights of a few things I learned while in Bishkek.

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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 thirst 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.

Top Comments of the Week (01/30)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Passable General Knowledge Trivia

DixonMason: I once bought a girlfriend ruby earrings because her birthday was in July. Years later it would go on to help me with this Sporcle quiz.


2. From: Miss Universe 2014 National Costumes

boothedukeAs a Canadian, I’ll be over here, facepalming.


3. From: Cheesy Motivational Quotes

hustwitUnless life gives you lemons, water and sugar, your lemonade is going to be pretty bad.


4. From: Field of Dreams Messages

Sneuticles“Don’t make Waterworld.”


5. From: Miscellaneous Trios III

jefe_Freud’s Parts of the Psychic Apparatus? That’s easy, the Id, the Ed, and the SuperFacepalm.

Food Expressions: 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 Food Expressions by Sporcle User triviahappy.

About the Quizmaker

Food Expressions was made by triviahappy and it’s her 75th quiz to be published. She’s contributed over 200 more quizzes and has 172 out of 174 badges. She’s played over 30,000 games since she joined Sporcle in May 2009. Also, she’s our curator for the Begins and Ends and Catholicism subcategories.

What’s the Quiz About?

The English language has many strange expressions, especially when it comes to ones that are food-related. This quiz takes the _____ of the crop when it comes to food expressions. Each expression has the food missing and you have to enter the word that would make this expression whole. It’s in forced order, so you can’t just enter foods and hope one shows up. If you miss one, take it with a grain of _____, since expressions are largely regional. There’s no need to cry over spilled _____, just move on to the next one. Hopefully this quiz doesn’t make you too hungry!

Food Expressions was played 26,190 times while it was featured, and ended up with a rating of 4.4.


Top Tweets (1/27/2015)

toptweetsv65oai7fxn47qv9nectxWhen you see something you really like, sometimes retweeting and favoriting isn’t enough – that’s why @Sporcle has this weekly blog post. Congrats to the tweeters who made the cut this week!

Remember, you can always reach us on Facebook or Twitter with any questions or comments you have.

New Badges: Art Vandelay, Forever Young, and Last One Standing

I have a fever, and the prescription is more badges!

ArtVandelay_1Art Vandelay: Is your best friend Jerry Seinfeld? Have you saved a beached whale single-handedly? Even if this isn’t the case, you can still earn this badge about nothing by getting 50% or better on Profile: George Costanza, George Costanza: Marine Biologist, and Seinfeld: George’s Answering Machine

PgOGwg3xtNKGxksI3GxRqDLAOV8m_7OJqAItk7dObMQForever Young: This badge is a celebration of all things YA fiction, from the Hunger Games to the books you had to read in high school. It doesn’t matter if it’s Twilight or Percy Jackson – to earn this badge, all you have to do is play 50 quizzes in the Young Adult category.

LastOneStanding_4Last One Standing: This badge is simple – all you need to do is win 10 challenges against another user in one day. If you do, you’ll have bragging rights and a badge that shows you’re the champion!

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

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.

8 Things We Will Desperately Miss from SkyMall

SkyMall, everyone’s favorite way to shop while flying, filed for bankruptcy this morning. They cited competition with smart phones and the evolving relationship between flight and technology as factors.

We’ll be sad to see them go – how are we going to spend time waiting for takeoff now? To celebrate SkyMall and its impact on airline travel, we at Sporcle HQ put together a list of the eight things we’ll miss most about the quirky catalog.

B3ApJlyCUAAiDuD1) The Beard Hat

Beard lovers, unite! If your chin is always cold, or if lumberjacks are your thing, then this is the hat for you. You shouldn’t even need to worry about matching your hair and crocheted beard color, since you can hide your real hair under this cozy beanie.

 

 

HT_sky_mall_yeti_jtm_140428_16x9_6082) The Garden Yeti

It doesn’t matter if you live in the Great White North or the suburbs. This yeti will be happy to stalk your back yard or terrorize your neighbor’s dog for you no matter what the climate.

 

 

sumo-table-300x3003) The Sumo Table

Speaking of strange home and garden decorations, this table is terrifying. We’re not sure who would want to balance their house plants and reading lamps across the back of a table shaped like a person… although we’d love to meet them.

 

 

205673805dw4) The Compactible Foot Rest

This is for everyone who has to sit down a lot. Tired of not being able to put your feet up at your desk or on the bus? Simply bring along this convenient foldable piece of wood, and voila! Instant comfort! Although to be perfectly honest, we’d probably rather just buy all the extra airplane foot space featured in the picture.

 

203672747dw5) The Wand Remote Control

Yer a wizard, Harry! This remote control makes watching TV magical – instead of dealing with all those pesky buttons, you can simply change the channel with a wave of your wand. Movie night will never be the same.

 

 

203452921dw6) The Money Maze

This sounds like the perfect way to annoy any younger relatives you have. They’ll have to thank you for the gift, but they won’t be able to spend the money on anything until they’ve figured out how to solve the puzzle. Endless hours of entertainment for you, endless frustration for them.

 

205667318dw7) The Pushi Pushi Dog Raincoat

If your pet can’t stand the rain, or if it just wants to look like a colorful science fiction villain, then this is the thing for you. Puppies, rejoice!

 

 

205724190dw8) The Bouncy Ball for Adults

We want enough of these for everyone in the Sporcle HQ office.

 

 

 

From human slingshots to colorful LED showerheads, SkyMall has brought us the best and the worst of human invention, all in a convenient catalog tucked into the seat back pocket. We’ll miss you, SkyMall. So long, and thanks for all the laughs.

Whatever happened to American Idol’s Brian Dunkleman?

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Who is that guy standing with Kelly Clarkson and Ryan Seacrest?

That would be Brian Dunkleman. “Who,” you might ask, “is Brian Dunkleman?” Well, he could have been as well known as Ryan Seacrest, he could have been on TV and radio for years, he could have been crazy rich… he could have been a lot of things.

The first season of “American Idol” premiered in June of 2002. It was won by Kelly Clarkson and was co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman. When “American Idol” premiered in January of 2003, Seacrest was the lone host and the juggernaut of reality TV has never looked back.

Winners would come and go, judges have shuffled through, but one thing has remained constant. Ryan Seacrest has appeared in every episode of “Idol” and now hosts about every other special on the planet.

Brian Dunkleman, on the other hand, left the show after the first season ended and faded into relative obscurity.

He has since admitted that leaving “Idol” in its early days was not his smartest move, but he really wanted to be a comedian and actor.

“Listen, I’d like to say I was just young and stupid, but the truth is, I really wasn’t that young,” he said. “I mean listen, I was a comedian and an actor. What I wanted to do with my life is be an actor and that’s going great (gives a thumbs up).”

Since leaving “Idol” Dunkleman has had small guest roles in “Ghost Whisperer” and “NYPD Blue”, as shown here:

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He also left because he found it hard to watch the contestants get criticized and demoralized. The environment was toxic, to say the least, and it is hard to blame the guy for wanting to get out of a situation affecting his mental health. He’s also in good company. Ellen DeGeneres left the program after one season for basically the same reasons.

History is a cruel mistress and hindsight is always so clear, so Dunkleman gets the dubious distinction of joining the ranks of obscure founding members like Pete Best of The Beatles and Ronald Wayne of Apple, Inc.

But at the end of the day, there are worse fates than leaving “American Idol”. He had his “fifteen minutes” and hasn’t come out on top of the entertainment world, but these days Brian Dunkleman is a loving husband, committed father, and  an actor who continues to tour and take guest spots on a variety of shows. It isn’t “American Idol”, but it certainly isn’t bad.

As a refresher, here is a quiz on all the greats (and not-so-greats) who have come and gone from “Idol’s” stage:

How to Create a Classic Quiz

Have you always been interested in creating a Sporcle quiz, but weren’t sure how to get started? This guide is for you! Read through the instructions below, contribute a quiz, and you’ll be a great quizmaker before you know it.

Getting Set Up

If this is your very first time, you’ll need to accept our quiz creation terms of service before you can start making your quiz.

Once you’ve accepted the terms, navigate to the Game Creation Center and click the orange ‘Create a New Game’ button. You should see a screen like the one below.

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All you need to do is enter some basic information about the quiz you’re making.
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