New Badges: Think Greek, Greatly Stately, and Stay Classic

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Style points if your Classic quizzes this week tackle classic rock, classical music, or Classical Greece.

Think Greek Badge IconThink Greek: Greece brought us the Olympics, the Hippocratic Oath, and the marathon. Say thanks by earning this badge – just get 50% or more on Country Quiz: Greece, Largest Islands of Greece, and Most Populous Cities in Greece.

Greatly Stately Badge IconGreatly Stately: Ohio, how are you? Iowa-s going to make some state puns, but I’m afraid Illinois you. Anyway, the Maine idea here: Play 250 State quizzes to show off your stately skill.

Stay Classic Badge IconStay Classic: The new, hip thing may be fun for a while, but there’s nothing quite like going back to the originals. Play 25 Classic quizzes in one day to earn this badge.

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

WrestleMania 32

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

On Sunday April 3 I will be in attendance at one of the greatest spectacles in live entertainment. A show that sells tens of thousands of tickets based on the name alone and is a massive draw around the world despite getting little mainstream support.

I am referring, of course, to Iron Maiden.

Meanwhile, while I am rocking out, another big show will be taking place in Dallas, Texas. Its name? WrestleMania 32.

This is the third time I have written a WrestleMania blog for the good folks at Sporcle. Will this be the equivalent to WrestleMania III, which is one of the most important WWE shows ever? You be the judge.

I am nscox, and I am a wrestling (and Iron Maiden) fan. Since 2011 I have been the curator of the WWE subcategory (as well as Canada and the Olympics).

A Brief Guide to Wrestling

The WWE has several weekly shows, most notably Raw. These programs help to build up feuds which are then settled at big events and watched on pay-per-view (ppv). Historically, the WWE and other companies made a lot of their money from these ppvs, but a lot of this has changed thanks to the introduction of the WWE Network. There are usually 12 ppvs a year, and the biggest and most important is WrestleMania (followed by the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam). What makes WrestleMania different? Most ppvs are held in arenas, while WrestleMania in recent years gets the full stadium treatment. In other words, the WWE pulls out all the stops, featuring the biggest stars, presenting the most anticipated matches, bringing in outside celebrities and having a different set every year. Yes, wrestling is “fake” (but better descriptions include “staged” and “predetermined”) but it does take a lot of skill and work to do safely. The foundation of training is to learn how to perform these moves with minimal risk but even then accidents happen or damage adds up over time.

This is the third WrestleMania to emanate from Texas. The previous ones were in Houston: 17, which is widely considered to be one of the best WWE shows ever, and 25, which was the site of Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, another one of the best-ever WWE matches. Will this show live up to those standards? Time will tell.

WrestleMania 32: Negativity Reigns

It’s easy to be negative about this year’s card, which has featured a somewhat lethargic build and has matches that are hard to care about. Unfortunately, WWE has been bitten hard by the injury bug in the last year. Missing out on this show will be major stars such as John Cena, the now-retired Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and a number of other great wrestlers. The result of this is that the top two matches feature only one regular wrestler, and three others who are part-timers in their late 40s or early 50s.

Rather than use this as a chance to complain, I will try to be positive. As usual you can split the show into the top half, which are the meaningful matches that most people buy the show to see, and the bottom half, the matches that cram in as many wrestlers as possible so they can get a big payoff.

The pre-show will feature The Usos facing off against the legendary duo of The Dudley Boyz. The third annual Andre the Giant Battle Royal features a weak lineup but should be good, if given time. A non-title handicap match will pit the popular trio The New Day (who are Tag Team Champions) against the considerably less popular quartet of the League of Nations. The United States Championship match will feature the masked Kalisto defending his title against the larger (and hungrier) Ryback. The women of the WWE are represented in a three-way match for the Divas Championship featuring Charlotte Flair (daughter of Ric) defending against Sasha Banks (cousin of Snoop Dogg) and Becky Lynch (no notable relations). And finally the undercard is topped off by a seven-man ladder match where Kevin Owens defends his Intercontinental Championship. Ladder matches are good, and this should be no exception.

In what could be the match of the night, Chris Jericho faces off against A.J. Styles, who debuted earlier this year amidst much fanfare. WWE, in their infinite wisdom, dubbed this 15-year veteran who has wrestled all over the world “The Rookie Redneck”. Brock Lesnar is back and he faces Dean Ambrose, who is gaining popularity. Expect Lesnar to win a good match. In what has been the most heavily promoted match (and could be the main event), The Undertaker will face Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match for what basically amounts to control of the company. Shane returned earlier this year to a hero’s reaction but it is very weird seeing a 46-year-old non-wrestler face The Undertaker, who at one point had a 21-0 win streak. And the really weird thing is that most figure Shane will win. Finally, in what could be the main event, Triple H defends the WWE Title against Roman Reigns, who will likely win.

The Post-Match Promo
Another year, another blog. Thanks for reading and hopefully some of the things you learned will help you in your future Sporcle endeavors.

I’ll end this with a few inspiring words…

“Assume the controls, Hulk Hogan. Shove that control into a nose dive Hulk Hogan! Push yourself to total self-destruction. As you realize Hulk Hogan, you are about to enter a world close to Parts Unknown.”

And that sums it all up.

If you want some more WrestleMania quizzes, here’s a listing of every one with an appropriate tag. Check out the Sporcle WWE Facebook page for more great quizzes, and you can always email me (nscox22@hotmail.com) for feedback or suggestions for curator picks!

nscox

Top Comments of the Week (04/01)

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: 20 Country Snapshot II

EzrianBashirax: “Oman, I was hoping Iran to the comments section to post something witty and entertaining before some Turkey ruined it with the old Palestine argument, but I see Egypt me out of that privilege. I don’t know what goes through the Bahrains of these people, but Israeli getting old.”


2. Quiz: Sesame Street Characters

Eskimoed: ”Can no one else see Snuffleupagus?”


3. Quiz: Four Artist Song Sort

LisaSimpsonOH: “The mental image of Jay-Z performing “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” from “Annie” makes this quiz about 4 acts I know nothing about totally worth it.”


4. Quiz: Batman Villain Match-Up

Cooldude9000: ”Man-Man was bitten by a radioactive man and gained all the powers of a man.”


5. Quiz: Animal Cakes

Esme: “BRB, gotta go draw that cow like one of my French girls.”


New Badges: Best 2 Out of 3, Space Cadet, and Loco Logos

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Is it even possible to be good at rock, paper, scissors without cheating?

Best 2 Out of 3 Badge IconBest 2 Out of 3: You have to take it on faith that paper beats rock. Maybe the rock is claustrophobic. Maybe the rock is solar powered. Maybe the paper is sandpaper. Anyway, earn this badge by getting 100% on Click-Paper-Scissors.

Space Cadet Badge IconSpace Cadet: Put the word ‘space’ in front of anything cool and it’s instant sci-fi gold. Other options include ‘Star’ and ‘Earth’. Get 50% or more on Sci-Fi Movies by Tagline, Greatest Sci-Fi Movies, and Sci-Fi Movie Posters for this badge.

Loco Logos Badge IconLoco Logos: Logos are designed to be memorable, so if you do poorly on these quizzes, you have someone else you can blame. Play 100 Logo quizzes to earn this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (03/25)

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: Fifty Funny People

EzrianBashirax: “I had a little difficulty. I thought “Adam” and “Sandler” matched up, but then I remembered that the title of this quiz was “Funny” People, so I figured there had to be a different name combination…”


2. Quiz: Strange Safety Warnings

Limerick_Man: ”You know I would never endorse
Killing dumb people by force
But remove or disable
All warning labels
The problem gets fixed in due course.”


3. Quiz: What If Those Brands Were French?

BonnieH: “Are you telling me “tar-jay” is NOT Target in French?”


4. Quiz: Is It That Canadian Province?

BetterThanKate: “I didn’t get 100%, but I’m glad I new Some of It rather than Nunavut.”


5. Quiz: TV By Coasters

AKAPseudonym: ”70 years from now your grandchildren are clearing out some old boxes from your attic “Why did grandpa have these meth coasters?”


New Badges: Gangsta’s Paradise, When in 2010, and Not Like the Others

Some of the rappers you’ll see this week have a Shakespeare-sized vocabulary already.

Gangsta's Paradise Badge IconGangsta’s Paradise: Pop in a mixtape and earn this badge by getting 50% or more on Rappers By Birth Name, Rap Music Artists Slideshow, and Rap Lyrics in More Scholarly Language.

When In 2010 Badge IconWhen in 2010: 2010 was the beginning of the end for those year-themed New Years glasses. You can still try with the two-thousand-teens, but it’s just not the same. Play 100 quizzes created in 2010 to earn this badge.

Not Like The Others Bagde IconNot Like the Others: We’re hoping we don’t have to update these quizzes too often… but who knows with presidents anymore? To earn this badge, get 100% on Anything but ElementsAnyone but US Presidents, and Anything but Europe.

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

Top Comments of the Week (03/17)

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: I Hate St. Patrick’s Day Jokes Too!

Limerick_Man: “St. Patrick’s Day is the best!
Some advice for you all to digest:
Don’t drink at the bar
Then post poems from your car
I’d say more but I’m under arrest”


2. Quiz: Sporcle Roulette

BestLoser: “I won and it only took me 25 tries! It’s like I’m really at a casino!”


3. Quiz: Find That Junk Food!

Cuatrodosocho: “Find That Fruit! -Okay, missed a few. Find That Vegetable! Same thing. Find That Junk Food! 17/17 in 35 seconds. I think it’s time to go on a diet.”


4. Quiz: States By Most Populous City

Snazzypants7: “Its really kind of a jerk move on Kansas City’s part to be in a state that it’s not named after.”


5. Quiz: Oh, Even More Irony

NY_MOB: The “freedom to choose” display with one item made me laugh. It reminded me of the time my wife was working for SaraLee and they gave all the employees tee-shirts that said “Be an original” and then expected everyone to wear them the following casual Friday. True story. We still have the shirt.”


New Badges: Who Are You?, Shoot for the Stars, and Jack of All Trades

Jack of all trades, master of trivia.

Who Are You? Badge IconWho Are You?: They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these quizzes show that you can paint a portrait with just three. Earn this badge by getting 50% or more on Guess Who in 3 Words and Guess Who in 3 Words II.

Shoot for the Stars Badge IconShoot for the Stars: If you wish to make a badge from scratch, you must first invent the universe. Truthfully, we went with a pre-made universe for this one, but you can’t tell the difference. Get this one by playing 25 Astronomy quizzes.

Jack of All Trades Badge IconJack of All Trades: The spork may seem like the least practical of Swiss army attachments, but you never know when you’ll run into a utensil shortage. To earn this badge, get 5 Miscellaneous quizzes published.

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

Top Comments of the Week (03/11)

 

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: Country Sorting Blitz III

Socraticmethod: “Dahomey was not my homie on this quiz…”


2. Quiz: Batman Typing Challenge

BogPoet: “I was hoping this would simply be “Nanananana… BATMAN!” over and over again.”


3. Quiz: The World Ladder

Cuatrodosocho: “I saw “golf ball’s destination” and did a double take because “pond” was more than one step away from “pole”.”


4. Quiz: Sliced Movies III

EzrianBashirax: “I recognized Will Smith’s eyes, then I had to focus and think, “is that a German Shepherd or Tommy Lee Jones?” Luckily, I guessed correctly.”


5. Quiz: 30 in 60: US Presidents

Floydpink: ”Wait. Are you absolutely certain George Jefferson wasn’t president? I thought he was movin’ on up.”


Ray Romano and Jimmy Kimmel Talk Sporcle

We’ve always loved Ray Romano.

Last night Ray Romano was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and it turns out, he is quite fond of Sporcle as well. We have the clip down below.

Ray is a bit worried about keeping “sharp”. Seems like he is doing just fine and hey we are always happy to help him have a happy Uber experience.

All that is left for him is to master the Countries of Asia.