Top Comments of the Week (06/24)

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: Odd But True Facts IX

SowCrates: “‘…Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber spent two weeks in _____.’ There are two answers that you should definitely not pair with this.”


2. Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a College Student XXIX

WCRoentgen: ”I guess the Lone Ranger never shouted, ‘Hi-Ho Strontium!’”


3. Quiz: Find the Two-Word States

BamaRainbow: “Hmm. So Flo Rida isn’t a state, then?”


4. Quiz: Thomases that Changed the US

Tom_the_Terrible: ”… Your comment reminds me of the State House in Boston. One of the entrances is called the “General Hooker” entrance (named for Joseph Hooker). Anyway, the immature 13-year old in me was wondering if there is a “Specific Hooker” entrance as well…”


5. Quiz: Mis-Matched Slogans

strags11: “”Finger a tender chicken.” You just tanked KFC’s and Perdue’s stocks with one quiz answer.”


New Badges: When Sporcle Met Badges, Gold Standard, and Sporcle Book Club

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At Sporcle, our favorite type of clubbing is book clubbing. We’re not the best at dancing, but we’re certainly the most well-read.

Crazy Eights Badge IconWhen Sporcle Met Badges: Romance, comedy and trivia? I’ll have what she’s having! Score 50% or better on AFI Top 50 Romantic Comedies, 10-to-1: Romantic Comedies by Actress, and Romantic Comedy Movie Posters for this one.

Axis and Allies Badge IconGold Standard: You’ve seen the Millennium. You’ve seen the 10K Tycoon. You’ve even seen the Silver Platter. Well there’s a new gold standard in quiz plays, and here it is. All you have to do is play 50,000 quizzes to get it.

Niftier Fiftier Badge IconSporcle Book Club: A Sporcle book club? What a novel idea! Join and you’ll have this badge book, line and sinker. Play a quiz in the Literature category 30 days in a row to earn this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (06/17)

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: 5-Letter Ends in ‘O’

Bainbo: “A ‘popular’ explosive? You and I obviously move in very different circles.”


2. Quiz: Vowel-less Movie Titles V

ChristinaD: ”It doesn’t take ‘The Mutton Game.’ An independent film made in New Zealand about a girl who enters a fight to the death competition to win a sheep.”


3. Quiz: 5 by 5 Food 

markicon: “I barley finished that one in time.”


4. Quiz: Largest African Countries Per Letter Minefield

bcimmet: ”Apparently, the quiz I’d do really well on is the “Second Largest Country of Africa for Each Letter” quiz.”


5. Quiz: US Flag Facts

sgodwin: “Great quiz! And I was reminded of my childhood…. My grandmother’s birthday was June 14th. When I was six or seven, my dad was driving me to summer bible school and I asked him why all the flags were flying along the main street. He said it was to celebrate grandma’s birthday. An hour later when the teacher asked the class why the flags were flying, my hand shot up and I proudly repeated my new knowledge. Her amused response was “Well, OK…. and class, why else might the flags be flying?” :)”


New Badges: Unwind Time, Anime Everyday, and Cherry on Top

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Unwind Time? Treat yo self. Anime Everyday? Treat yo self. Cherry on Top? Treat yo self!

Crazy Eights Badge IconUnwind Time: Nothing says “treat yo self” like kicking your feet up and playing a few of your favorite quizzes. Play 15 quizzes between 8-10pm in one day to earn this badge. You deserve it.

Axis and Allies Badge IconAnime Everyday: If you really want senpai to notice you, you’d better be wearing this badge. 25 Anime quizzes will earn you not only the badge, but senpai’s affections.

Niftier Fiftier Badge IconCherry on Top: If you’re a flan of sweet things, doughnut delay to play s’more quizzes–you’ll want this badge a waffle lot. Score 50% or more on Desserts, Desserts by Picture (A-Z), and British Desserts for this one.

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

Top Comments of the Week (06/10)

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: 1-10 Letter N words

chase840: “10 letters: Nincompoop – mixing up narcolepsy with necrophilia and wondering why it won’t accept.”


2. Quiz: Graduating Dogs

Qaqaq: ”Who’s a good quiz? YOU’RE A GOOD QUIZ!”


3. Quiz: Missing Someone?

Numbuh9494: “Ah yes, my favorite trio. Blossom, Bubbles, and Balthazar.”


4. Quiz: 80s Rock Music Slideshow

El_Whizzo: ”The end of the 80s was a tragic time for manufacturers of striped spandex pants.”


5. Thread: The Band

DesertSpartan: “I am very musically talented as well. I can change the station with either hand, locate great live acts and work an MP3, MP4 and IPod as well as stream music and videos from many varied sites. BTW, I also can sing well enough to be on American Idol, but only the first day when those with similar pitch and inability to hit a note are on the show.”


New Badges: Crazy Eights, Axis and Allies, and Niftier Fiftier

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Badgier. Bloggier. Postier. The naming scheme doesn’t work for everything, but dang it, we tried.

Crazy Eights Badge IconCrazy Eights: Six may be afraid of Seven, but that’s a total misjudgement. The real psychos are obviously the Eights. Play 25 8-minute quizzes in one day to earn this badge.

Axis and Allies Badge IconAxis and Allies: The name ‘The Allies’ is a pretty good bit of branding – it sounds so friendly. It also comes off way better than synonymous options ‘The Associates’, ‘The Colleagues’, or ‘The Peeps’. Play 25 World War II quizzes for this one.

Niftier Fiftier Badge IconNiftier Fiftier: The Nifty Fifty badge is great and all, but this one’s shiny. Score 100% on Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield to get this even niftier, even fiftier badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (6/03)

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: Who’s Offscreen?

Lemonshark: “Such a shame that Wilson never got any other movie roles. He was great in Cast Away. Probably would’ve gotten type-cast, though.”


2. Quiz: Find the Family Guy Characters

Nothingman79: ”Leave it to a Family Guy quiz on Sporcle to make me find Jesus.”


3. Quiz: TV Fan Theories II

crouchingdomo: “I admit it, you got me to click “The Vampire Diaries” for the clue that had the word “vampire” in it. This is both because I don’t know jack about The Vampire Diaries, and because I firmly believe that Count von Count is innocent until proven guilty.

“NINE! Nine votes for acquittal! Ah ah ah!”"


4. Quiz: ‘AC’ Words

Felonious_Monk: ”I guess a parachute isn’t a necessity to skydive, unless, y’know, you think you might want to try it again someday.”


5. Quiz: Hogwarts Potions Exam

bhenderson79: “Photoshop is just like Hogwarts – it’s all about fiddling with the right settings for the Magic Wand tool.”


New Badges: Off to See the Wizard, Click it to Pick it, and Start Your Engines

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If we knew the Great Wizard of Oz was giving out Sporcle badges, we wouldn’t have asked for the race car. 

Off to See the Wizard: Good thing Dorothy didn’t fall asleep hungry–a Jello brick road would be much harder to follow. Score 100% on Wizard of Oz WishesWizard of Oz Cast, Over the Rainbow Lyrics and Follow That Line: The Wizard of Oz.

OhThankHeaven2011_2 (1)Click it to Pick it: Sure, it doesn’t sound quite as catchy as “Minute to Win It” but it also requires less exercise. Stretch out your clicking finger and play 25 Picture Click quizzes in one day for this one.

TheComposer_2 (1)Start Your Engines: NASCAR sounds fun until you realize it doesn’t stand for “Now A Sporcle Challenge About Racing.”  Bummer. Earn this badge by playing 25 quizzes in the Auto Racing category.

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

Top Comments of the Week (5/27)

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: State Border Chain Minefield

Captstig: “You know when your drunk friend says “road trip to NY”? This is the route they would take if they didn’t pass out right after saying that.”


2. Quiz: The Last Word: Movie Genres

seanswife: ”Ahhh, the benefits of owning a Honda Minivan: I can spell Odyssey. I knew there was an upside out there.”


3. Quiz: 3-Word ’70s Movies

Db99: “Zombie Flesh Eaters, I may never have heard of you, but there’s no way those words are going anywhere but together.”


4. Quiz: S’Mores Ingredients

mhershfield: ”You’re killing me Smalls.”


5. Quiz: 50 Flicks to Click (1985)

Maejyn: “Falcon goes particularly well with most of these. “Falcon to the future” – a 1985 teen action horror movie in which a cruel medieval lord, who has discovered the art of time-travelling falconry, uses his insidious art to hunt his prey: a group of high school students preparing for prom. Can they avoid death at the hands of the evil raptors? Can they come to terms with responsibility and the difficult transition to adulthood? Will they realise that the differences between their cliques are ultimately superficial and need to be put aside if they are going to time travel back to 1245 to get payback? Will it star Molly Ringwald? Probably…”


Memory and the NBA: The Power of Winning (& Losing)

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The relation between a team’s performance and people’s ability to remember that team’s name.

Sporcle is the web’s most popular trivia and quiz site. Since 2007, we have offered people a fun way to learn more and challenge their knowledge on virtually any subject, from sports, geography and television to things as esoteric as Pokémon characters and the birthdates of U.S. presidents.

People play these quizzes hundreds of millions of times a year on Sporcle. Each play reveals what one person remembers right now, and what they don’t; collectively, over thousands of days and millions of plays, they tell a story about the world’s knowledge on a topic. We can rank these quiz results to show which answers people remember most, and which are least-remembered. This ranking, which we call “memorability”, offers a unique lens on the prevailing cultural zeitgeist, helping us understand what is top-of-mind right now on any topic — and how that knowledge changes over time.

As we approach the NBA Finals, we thought it would be fun to look at the data from one of Sporcle’s most popular quizzes –the “NBA Teams” quiz, played more than 1.8 million times since 2008– to see which NBA teams are consistently the most memorable, which ones are most frequently forgotten, and how teams’ memorability changes from season to season. We also thought it would be interesting to compare our data with each team’s NBA regular season win-loss record, to see whether there’s any relation between a team’s performance (good or bad) and people’s ability to remember that team’s name. We found some interesting things, particularly about the Golden State Warriors.

Golden State: an unforgettable turnaround

The 2000s were a decade of futility for the Golden State Warriors. They had only two winning seasons, made the playoffs just once and in the 2001-2002 season had the worst record in the league. In 2010, the Warriors finished with a 26-56 record in the NBA regular season, 27th in the league in overall win-loss percentage. That year, they were also one of the least-remembered teams on our NBA quiz, placing 28th — meaning only two teams, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Memphis Grizzlies, were less memorable than Golden State. But a lot can change in six years.

Given that Golden State won the NBA championship last year and have had such a remarkable run in the 2015-2016 season, we thought surely their memorability would improve significantly. What we didn’t expect was how closely correlated winning would be to the team’s memorability. The chart below compares Golden State’s win-loss record in the NBA regular seasons from 2010 through 2016 with their memorability on our “NBA Teams” quiz in the same period.

As you can see, the data did not disappoint. As the Warriors moved from 27th in win-loss percentage in the 2009-2010 regular season to the league’s best record in the last two seasons, the team’s memorability changed remarkably. Golden State is now the third most memorable team in the NBA — ahead of storied franchises like the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls. That turnaround –from 28th in memorability in 2010 to third in 2016– is unique in its speed and its scale. Our data shows mild cross-season fluctuations in memorability for many teams (see chart C below), but Golden State’s dramatic shift in memorability is just as dramatic as the turnaround in the team’s on-court performance.

This should come as no surprise: winning a championship, setting an NBA record for regular season wins, having a well-liked superstar like Steph Curry, and an all-star supporting cast in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would bolster any team’s memorability1.  But in our data, no other team has seen such a dramatic shift in memorability.

But what about losing? Could a team with strong memorability become more forgettable, if they started to lose consistently year-after-year? According to our data, yes.

Orlando: losing impacts more than your standing

In 2009, the Orlando Magic made it to the NBA Finals, led by their dynamic star center, Dwight Howard. While the Magic lost in those Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers, the team followed up the next season with the NBA’s second-best regular season record. This success helped make the Magic the 6th most-remembered team on the “NBA Teams” quiz in 2010 (see below). By the 2012-13 season, however, Howard had moved on, and the Magic finished with the worst record in the league. They have placed last in their division every year since, and haven’t made the playoffs. Matching the team’s slump on the court, the Magic’s memorability on the “NBA Teams” quiz plummeted from 6th in 2010 to 16th in 20162.

Our data is consistent with Forbes’ annual estimates on NBA franchise values. Between 2010 and 2016, Golden State moved from the NBA’s 18th most-valuable franchise to its 6th (behind only powerhouse franchises like the Knicks, Lakers, Celtics and Bulls). In that same time, Forbes estimates that the Magic dropped from the league’s 13th most-valuable franchise to its 19th. When you lose big, it impacts more than just your place in the standings! 3

Memorability: size matters

In looking at which teams have the highest memorability (see below), it’s striking that the teams with the highest and most consistent memorability tend to be from the largest geographic markets, like New York and Los Angeles, or have an iconic history of winning and championships, like the Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics. These franchises, among the oldest in the league, have had up to 70 years to build large followings. Teams like the Lakers (2016’s most memorable team), Celtics and Knicks have reached a level of fame where memorability transcends winning or losing; their names are recognizable even to people who don’t follow basketball. Thus, the Lakers can remain the NBA’s most memorable team in 2016, and the Celtics, Knicks and Bulls can be the fourth, fifth and sixth most memorable, despite a string of lackluster seasons for each team.

The Grizzlies: making the playoffs isn’t enough

Our data also revealed that winning is not necessarily enough to make (or keep) your team memorable. When we looked at each teams’ regular season win-loss percentages between 2010 and 2016, the Memphis Grizzlies had the NBA’s fifth-best average. But as you can see from the chart below, the Grizzlies’ success on the court hasn’t translated into memorability. In fact, the Grizzlies have consistently been the least memorable team on the quiz, ranking last in every year but one since 2010. While making the playoffs (as the Magic did in 2011 and 2012) is nice, lack of success in the NBA’s second season and lack of Kobe- or Curry-level star power (quick, name the Grizzlies’ leading scorer in 2016!) have left Memphis stuck in place as the league’s least-remembered franchise.

Our conclusion is that being consistently good isn’t enough to improve memorability for smaller-market teams; to make a profound shift, they need to go deep in the playoffs and win championships. And for the largest-market teams, like the Lakers and Knicks, being consistently bad isn’t enough to be a drag on their high memorability.

We found this exercise interesting and hope you did, too. In the coming months, we plan to share more insights like these on other teams, leagues and topics; given the variety of quizzes on Sporcle, there’s a lot to share about the things the world remembers.

Until then, Sporcle on.

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1 – The correlation coefficient between Golden State’s memorability on the “NBA Teams” quiz on Sporcle and the team’s yearly win-loss percentage was -0.987. Winning was clearly a major contributor to the Warriors’ rapid increase in memorability.
2 – The correlation coefficient between Orlando’s memorability and their yearly win-loss percentage was -0.716.
3 – The correlation coefficient between rank in team memorability in 2016 and rank in Forbes franchise value was 0.728. Memorability and franchise value are highly correlated!