10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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

1) George Washington, Gandhi, and William Wallace share a common tie. Check out this quiz to find out what it is.

2) There’s more to the intestines than just “large” and “small”. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the Digestion Progression Challenge. Just don’t have any food around while you’re at it – the human body is completely disgusting.

3) Chicago has the 11th longest running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the US. Dying its river green is what helps keep Chicago’s parade particularly memorable.

111027276_da4da191024) UCLA has won March Madness more than any other team. Their controversial win this week means they might add another win to that number. The March Madness Minefield lists all winners of the NCAA tournament; can you pick them all?

5) The octopus is a master of disguise. Try your hand at Is That An Octopus? on Octoquiz, Sporcle’s newest feature!

hi-res-5d10fe5c665782cdbef8ca50a7f9d663_crop_north6) Languages spoken in the US aren’t just limited to English and Spanish. There are some surprising runners-up in the list of commonly spoken languages in each state – can you name them all?

7) It’s possible to represent entire movies using two pictures. Check out the 2-Word Movie Pictogram quiz for proof, then start asking why they spend millions of dollars on these stories instead.

c2fb4633dffbd8f43d9b1f9c306a3eb38) Telling the difference between Muhammad Ali and Captain Kirk is surprisingly tricky. They’re both the greatest: one at boxing, and the other at hammy acting.

9) Hockey and soccer share a name for a similar penalty. Can you prove your sports smarts – and your college level knowledge – and name it?

10) Maine is closer to Africa than Florida is. Surprised? We were too when we learned this while researching for one of this week’s #theresaquizforthat tweets. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!

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The Digestion Progression Challenge: 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 The Digestion Progression Challenge by Sporcle User sbme

About the Quizmaker

Sbme made The Digestion Progression Challenge, and it’s his 27th quiz to be published. He’s also contributed almost 200 more games. He’s been on Sporcle since July 2009, and has played over 10,000 games since then. Thanks for making so many great quizzes, sbme!

What’s the Quiz About?

Ever wonder where food goes after you eat it? This quiz asks you to pick the order by which food travels through your system. It’s trickier than it sounds, with your colon split into four sections. However, you’re able to skip to different parts of the quiz, so if you think you know the fifth part, but not the fourth, you can skip to it without getting a wrong answer. This quiz also happens to be a minefield, so be sure to think before you click, it’s not called a challenge for nothing. 

The Digestion Progression Challenge was played 50,628 times while it was featured on the front page, and it got a rating of 3.8.


New Badges: Joke’s On You, Map Schmap, and Go Green

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – don’t forget to earn your Luck of the Irish badge, then come right on back and get these badges too.

AprilFoolsDay_1.2Joke’s On You: Things are about to get ridiculous in here. Prove your dedication to silliness on April Fool’s Day by getting 100% on Countries of Antarctica, The Impossible Quiz, and Click the Correctly Spelled ‘K’ountry. Just don’t take things too seriously!

MapSchmap_3Map Schmap: A continuation in the series, all you need to do to earn this badge is play 1,000 Map quizzes. They don’t have to be geography, either – cast photo quizzes and lyrics maps are fair game, too!

GoGreen_1Go Green: It’s not always easy being green, but this badge might sweeten the deal a little. Get 50% or better on Green Characters, Foods That Are Green, Green Movies, and Going Green to earn it. Bonus points if you hum “The Rainbow Connection” while you’re at it.

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (03/13)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Musicians by Lego

rockgolf: Only in Legoland can Iron Maiden look like New Kids on the Block with Aaron Carter sitting in.


2. From: Asia (Redux)

armadillokingI didn’t realize why United Arab Empire was wrong for about five minutes. That decoy was too good.


3. From: Asia (Redux)

Pander88uk“Don’t click any non-Asian real countries… they’re bound to use that trick”.. *clicks Australia*.


4. From: Images that End in ‘B’

WyattsTorchI spent at least two minutes trying to come up with the name for Marley’s hat.


5. From: Click the Batman Villain

Scout_Number_4They might not be real Batman villains, but you don’t want to be around if The Tinkler takes on The Space Heater.

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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

1) Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13. It doesn’t have to be unlucky, though – just take a look at this quiz! Don’t forget to earn your Friday the 13th badge while you’re at it. If you don’t, you’re out of luck until the next Friday the 13th rolls around.

jeopardy212) A lot happened in the 1960s. People went to space, Jeopardy first aired, and a very famous country flag made its debut. Find out more about these and other history facts by checking out the 20th Century History Hodgepodge quiz.

3) Russia has a lot of borders. Understandable, given its size, but can you pick them all?

4) You can spell borscht many different ways. It’s tasty no matter how you cook it, though!

5267e0cebd4df5) Cartoon characters are recognizable even by their silhouettesIt’s like a logo quiz, but with funny people instead!

6) The word “volcano” comes from the name of the Roman god of fire. Check out more Roman gods and their Greek counterparts by playing the Roman to Greek Gods quiz.

7) March 12 has been an eventful date throughout the years. Find out what’s so important about it here.

-fffb12c5-5a93-4464-ba26-8126a789762c8) Batman villains have the funniest names. We really liked the decoy answers in this quiz, too – Shifty Nickels, Villain of All Spare Change, anyone?

9) Celebrities like NCAA sports just as much as regular people do. You might be surprised by some of these famous sports fans and who they root for!

10) J.R.R. Tolkien was not only a prolific author, but an accomplished artist as well. We learned this while researching for one of this week’s #theresaquizforthat tweets. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!

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Story-Altering Events: 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 Story-Altering Events by Sporcle User MovieGuru

About the Quizmaker

MovieGuru made the quiz this week, it’s his 173rd quiz to be published. He’s the curator for our Oscar and Doctor Who subcategories. He’s been on Sporcle since January 2010, and has earned 122 badges since then. Keep making great quizzes, MovieGuru!

What’s the Quiz About?

Everyone has events in their life that change their life forever. In this quiz, you’re given an event and you have to match it to the character it happened to. The characters range from SpongeBob SquarePants to Samwise Gamgee, so no matter what you’re interested in, there’s a character in here for you. And who knows, maybe this quiz will be the Story-Altering Event in your life.

Story-Altering Events was played 30,358 times while it was on the front page, and it received a score of 4.1.


New Page Alert: Date Page

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Want to find the oldest quizzes on Sporcle?

Today is your day! We’ve created a simple page for you to explore all of Sporcle’s published quizzes, sorted by the date they were published.

With the new ‘Date‘ page, you can search by year (and category) through Sporcle’s archive of published quizzes. Poke around and you’ll find that of the 22 quizzes published in 2007, not a single one was made by a user other than ‘Matt‘. Those 2007 quizzes include our favorite ‘Countries‘ quizzes, ‘US States‘, and the quiz that started it all, ‘US Presidents‘.

Where do I find this cool new page?

Easy! Look in the header under the ‘Home’ icon, and you’ll find all sorts of cool pages to explore. The ‘Date’ page is located in the subheader between ‘Length‘ and ‘Study Guides‘. You might have noticed a page titled ‘Popular‘ sneak its way into the header not too long ago. This page allows you to sift through hundreds of the most popular quizzes from the day, week, month, and all time.

Have fun exploring this new way to find Sporcle quizzes!

New Badges: Minefield Monday, Getting Warmer, and Reality Bites

Badges? We don’t need no… oh wait, yes we do.

MinefieldMonday_2Minefield Monday: Sometimes Mondays feel like a ticking time bomb. In this badge’s case, that’s not a bad thing! Play 25 minefield quizzes on a Monday, and make sure to watch out for those wrong answers!

GettingWarmer_2Getting Warmer: This is like those games of “Hot and Cold” that we played as kids, only instead of hiding your little brother’s favorite stuff, you’re being quizzed on country names. To earn the badge, get 100% on Find That Country: Hot or Cold I, IV, V, VI, and VII.

RealityBites_3Reality Bites: In the immortal words of Bowling For Soup’s hit single “1985″, “When did reality become TV?” It doesn’t matter if you’re into Survivor or Dancing with the Stars - just play 25 Reality TV quizzes to earn this badge.

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (03/06)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Sitcoms by T-Shirt

stormyclouds: Wow…..Archer t-shirt has not aged well.


2. From: 30 Facts that Start with ‘P’

armadillokingOf course, the exercise pioneer Joseph Pushup.


3. From: Famous TV Couples

ExcalWhen I got to JD from Scrubs, my first instinct was to look for Chris Turk.


4. From: Jenny’s Phone Number

koopa08What’s the area code? I’m not from around here.


5. From: Movie by Famous One-Liner

CanadianBaconAn Inigo Montoya quote over one by Vizzini?? Inconceivable!!

10 Things We Learned from Sporcle This Week

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

1) Movie critics liked Twilight more than they liked The Proposal. There are a few more surprising movies that did worse than Twilight – can you name them here?

Assistant-referee-0022) The “offside” rule in soccer is complicated, but understandable. The quiz explaining the rule will definitely give you things to yell at the ref when he makes a bad call!

3) James Cameron allegedly kept a nail-gun on the set of one of his movies. He used it to nail cell phones that went off to a wall above the exit sign. To find out which movie set this happened on, take a look at Almost Useless Movie Trivia III.

free-texting-app-14) Typing short words very quickly can be hard to do. Only 5% of quiz takers were able to complete the Tiny Word Typing Challenge.

5) Speaking of small clues, even a single word can be helpful sometimes. Most people can recognize famous songs from just one word in their opening line.

Seuss6) Esteemed children’s books author Dr. Seuss was also a political cartoonist. He was the chief political cartoon editor for a New York newspaper called PM for eight years! For proof, and more celebrities and their hobbies, check out Hidden Talents of Famous People.

7) Italians totally use Lamborghinis as police cars. Don’t believe us? Check out Police Vehicles Around the World.

8) The Goonies, Gravity, and Die Hard all share a common bond. And no, it isn’t that they’re all rollicking (or terrifying, depending on how you look at it) adventure stories.

9) Knives, forks, and spoons come in a wild variety. Who knew there was more than just one kind of spoon?

10) Brazil is the only nation that shares the same population and land area ranking number. We learned this while researching for one of this week’s #theresaquizforthat tweets. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!

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