Top Tweets (3/4/2014)

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: 10k Tycoon, Overdose & Board to Death

It’s an exciting month, folks! Right on the heels of last week’s release, we have a whole new set of badges. As always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

AnimalLover_510k Tycoon: Who doesn’t want to be a tycoon? All you have to do is play 10,000 total games on Sporcle.

 

HungerGamesOverdose: Have you ever played Sporcle so much you start to feel like you have super powers? Well, you might have a bit of a Sporcle Overdose. Play 25 games in a day to earn this badge.
 

ReduxBoard to Death: Most of our childhood board game playing ended in a fight with our siblings, but this is a much more peaceful way. Just get 100% on Monopoly (American), Risk, Cluedo (Clue) and Games by Cupcake

Top Tweets (2/25/2014)

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.

Winter Olympics: The Beginning of the End

Disclaimer: The Olympics curator is Canadian. He just finished watching an amazing women’s hockey game in which Canada scored twice with two minutes remaining to tie the United States, then scored again in overtime to win their fourth consecutive gold medal. We apologize for any unnecessary smugness.

women's hockeyTwo Minutes to Midnight

When I set Thursday as the deadline for Sporcle Olympics Blog IV, I knew I would be writing one of two ways. Most likely, it would either be in a depressed fashion in which I said “well, you can’t win them all” and congratulated the American team. Or it could be in utter jubilation as Canada once again vanquished our southern enemies. With two minutes to go, I was preparing my whiny rhetoric. Then, it happened. My satellite died (curse you freezing rain!). Yep, I missed the final two minutes of the game. I wasn’t depressed because I figured the Americans had it. After learning of the tie, I rushed to a neighbours house and watched the amazing overtime.

So Canada is again Olympic Champions in hockey. That is great. Tomorrow will come another epic battle as the Canadian men try to beat the Americans in the semi-finals. Can Canada repeat as champions, or will the Americans get some revenge (Note: By the time this blog is published, the game will be over).

What I liked the most about the game was… Wait, what’s that? This is a Sporcle blog? I can’t just write about the great Canadian comeback? Oh, you’re no fun any more.

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Winter Olympics: Germany, Unconventional Countries and More

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the Sporcle Olympics’ curator nscox. 

Hello Olympic fans! And Sporcle fans! Week 1 is officially in the books. And what a week it was. Triumphs, tragedies and, of course, figure skating judging controversies.

This week in the official Sporcle Olympics blog (insert musical fanfare) we’re going to take a look at two things:

Germany: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Guess Both East and West

map East West GermanyUp first is an issue that always comes up in quizzes that deal with countries at the Olympics. Someone always points out that Germany and West Germany are essentially the same entity. Or that “Germany” should be acceptable for both East and West.

In short: The issue is that East Germany, West Germany, the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia no longer exist. They either merged (Germany) or broke up. And many Sporcle users forget this when they play quizzes and think that Germany should work for the Germanies, Russia should work for the Soviet Union, etc., etc. Others suggest a merging of the totals.

There are all sorts of political arguments that figure into the debate, but to me the clincher is this: The IOC considers them separate and so should Sporcle. They all have different National Olympic Committees than their present day counterparts and don’t forget that three of them were made up of several nations. Besides, all five countries are pretty well known, so it’s not unreasonable to expect Sporcle users to know of them. There should be a note in quizzes which states that these nations are included, but I believe they should be separate.

There is also another Germany adding to the fun – the Unified Team of Germany, which was a combined East/West team that was around in the 50s and 60s. And the 1992 Summer and Winter Games saw the participation of the “Unified Team”. This was basically the Soviet Union, but since the USSR had broken up, a bunch of former Soviet countries participated together under this name. It is unrealistic to expect Sporcle users to know either of these facts, so I always accept Germany for the former and Soviet Union for the latter.

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Top Tweets (2/18/2014)

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.

Winter Olympics: Game On!

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Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the Sporcle Olympics’ curator nscox. 

The games have begun, and I am in full “Canada rocks, everyone else sucks” mode (I am from Canada for those unaware). Typically this involves using harmless slang terms that have been rarely used in the last 50 years. I’m not going to elaborate on this because the last thing I want is angry e-mails.

As I write this, Day 3 coverage has just ended and Canada is in the unusual position of being tied for overall medals. There hasn’t been too much in the way of huge surprises yet. Russia is slipping in a few medals they weren’t supposed to get, but that’s to be expected from the host.

The five nations with the best chance of finishing on top in golds or total medals – Russia, the US, Germany, Norway and a certain country that is home to a certain sporcle curator – are all pretty even.

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Top Tweets (2/11/2014)

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.

How to Make a Fantastic Map Quiz

usaMap quizzes, your day has come.

While they’ve been a big part of Sporcle since the beginning, we haven’t allowed Sporclers to create them. Until today. Everyone who has access to creating Slideshow quizzes can now create Map quizzes as well.

Below is a guide to help you get the best out of our map quiz tool, so you can create something that is truly fantastic.

Note: If you have yet to sign up for Map/Slideshow access, go to your Create Game page and click the Request Access link.

Jump to a Topic

1. The Basics
2. The Options
3. The Style

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Sporcle Top Comments (02/07)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Rhymes With ‘Stressed’

jefe_: After a long day of work, Kanye West goes to his Kanye Nest to take his Kanye Rest. He wakes up feeling his Kanye Best. Then he’ll get Kanye Dressed in his Kanye Vest to go on a Kanye Quest. He goes to church and becomes Kanye Blessed, then to a hotel room to be a Kanye Guest. Then to school to take his Kanye Test. He forgot to brush his teeth. Did he run out of Kanye Crest? His neighbor stole it, what a Kanye Pest.


2. From: 20 More Famous Celebrity Mug Shots

thirdheavenLet me forever help your plight. Do as I have done and you will never struggle again. Think of Matthew McConaughey as Matthew Mc – Co – Naughty, then just replace the t with an e and voila! It’s stupid, but you’ll never forget it. You’re welcome. May your Sporcle quiz scores sky rocket.


3. From: Complete the Disney Movie Title

SowCratesThree Amigos is a movie!…oh, crap


4. From: 31 Missing Novel Words

MandaandKrisHad a pretty strong feeling it wasn’t The Big Lebowski but had to try it anyway because after all, the Dude abides


5. From: 20 More Famous Celebrity Mug Shot

PoguesI’m old. I never knew what Bruno Mars looked like. But I watched the halftime show during the Super Bowl and now I know! Did this new found knowledge help me get him right in this quiz? Why, of course not.