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.

New Badges: Lucky Number 7, Swallowed the Dictionary, and Loose Change

This week, learn sesquipedalian expression options for every colloquy and repartee.

Lucky Number 7: Your lucky number can say a lot; 7 is for those who like the classics. It’s also fit for dad joke connoisseurs, Harry Potter fans, gamblers, and now Sporclers! Play 25 7 Minute quizzes in 1 day to earn this badge.

Swallowed the Dictionary: When you’re cramming for a test, it may become tempting to take “you are what you eat” at face value. We suggest earning this badge instead. Get this one by playing 100 Vocabulary quizzes.

Loose Change: It’s odd that the usual interpretation of a “pool of money” involves coins. It’d be much easier to dive into paper. Get 50% or more on People on US Currency, World Currency Match, and Euro Replaced Currencies for this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (03/04)

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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: Punny Business

brimtown: “I wonder how many kids would be horrified to see ‘Frying Nemo’.”


2. Quiz: Superheroes Without ‘Sporcle’

CGMFan1: “I didn’t see Invisible Woman, is she there?”


3. Quiz: Complete the Groups of Seven

EzrianBashirax: “Once I got past the temptation to click “Kyrgyzstan” for every answer, it went well! I was disappointed to find out that Kyrgyzstan was neither a wonder of the world nor an essential virtue.”


4. Quiz: More Badly Misspelled Signs

snazzypants7: “This must have been before spell Czech.”


5. Quiz: Star Wars Smugglers’ Exam

bhenderson79: “If you’re trying to find the planet where Leia was raised in this quiz, you’re looking in Alderaan places.”


New Badges: Camera Roll, Ides of March, and Oh, the Places You’ll Sporcle

If there’s a wocket in your pocket, you really should watch out for yorcles in your Sporcle.

Camera Roll Badge IconCamera Roll: For a true camera roll experience, set your computer monitor up to invert the colors and play in film negative. Play 25 Picture Box quizzes in 1 day to earn this badge.

Ides of March Badge IconIdes of March: March 15 is one of the only days of the year with an ominous alter-ego. Earn this badge by playing Historical Murder Match-Up, In Plain English: Julius Caesar, and Emperors of Rome all on the Ides of March. Et tu, Sporcle?

Oh the Places You'll Sporcle Badge IconOh, the Places You’ll Sporcle!: Author, illustrator, and honorary doctor: Dr. Seuss was certainly a man of many hats. And many pen names – which makes this badge a bit trickier. Score 100% on Dr. Seuss Books to earn this one.

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

New Badges: Border Guard, Paris, je t’aime, and The Cardiologist

Warning: this week’s badges may induce wanderlust, Paris syndrome, or hemophobia.

Border Patrol Badge IconBorder Guard: Out of context, borders are just squiggly lines. Get 100% on Russia’s Borders, Iran’s Borders, Germany’s Borders, Brazil’s Borders and Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Borders to earn this badge.

Paris je t'aimeParis, je t’aime: This badge pairs well with Bordeaux, Beaujolais, and Rhône wines. To get this one, score 50% or more on Tour of Paris Landmarks, Paris in Films, and International Paris Métro Stations.

CardiologistThe Cardiologist: You can’t stop for directions in the middle of the tricuspid valve, so you better know where you’re going… just in case of a Magic School Bus situation. Earn this badge by getting 100% on the Heart Stopping Challenge.

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

12 Things You Could Do Before the 2020 ‘Leap Day’ Badge

Opportunities like this only come once every 4 years. There are some of you out there who won’t get the Hey, it’s Leap Day! badge this February 29th. And that’s okay. There are plenty of things you can do to bide your time until your next chance for the badge. Here are some of our personal suggestions:

1. Get your Master’s degree.

Apparently, some employers aren’t accepting PhDs from Sporcle University. It’s not an “accredited university” they say. Well this is your chance to prove to them you have what it takes.

2. Potty train a child

We didn’t say these were all FUN things.

3. Learn a foreign language

Some languages are more difficult than others, but chances are you can get yourself around a country pretty well with 4 years of language study.

4. Listen to André 3000 say “alright” 9,660,255 times

If you thought Matthew McConaughey was the only king of “alright, alright, alright” you’d be al-wrong. André 3000 makes a strong challenge in the 2003 Hit of the Year “Hey Ya!”. If you listened to this song constantly for 4 years, you’d have been serenaded with 9,660,255 alrights.

5. Walk halfway to the moon

Supposing there was a road from Earth to the moon, you could make it 49.16% of the way there before getting another chance to earn your Leap Year Badge.

6.  Forge a 1/206,515,384,615,385 scale model of the Death Star entirely from your blood

Who doesn’t want a little Death Star made from their own bodily fluids? Unlike the unrealistic suggestions on this list (looking at you, potty training) we think you guys might actually do this one, so here’s the math:

365 days in a year × 4 years ÷ 56 days between donations × 1 pint per donation = 26 pints of blood. There’s about 250mg of iron in a pint, so that leaves you with 6.5 g of iron.

The Death Star has a volume of 17.16 quadrillion cubic meters. Given a 1:9 ratio of outside:inside volume, that would require 1.71 Quadrillion cubic meters of iron. That’s approximately 13,423,499,999,999,999,082,496 g of iron. With your 6.5 g, your scale model would be 1/206,515,384,615,385 the size of the real thing.

Pinterest tutorial coming soon.

Afraid of needles? You can also watch the entire new set of Star Wars movies. Episode IX is slated to come out in 2019, so you’ll even have an extra year for making your own movie: Darth Vader’s Dance-Off.

7. Print out 143,671,981 pictures of Kanye West’s face

Here’s your chance to love Kanye almost as much as he loves himself. The fastest printer, according to Guinness World Records, is able to print 500 pages in 7 min. 19 sec. Find a good picture of ‘Ye, set the printer to 143,671,981 copies and you’ll soon be able to swan dive into your ever-growing pool of Kanyes.

8. Make the trek from Hobbiton to Mordor 7.89 times

It took Frodo and company 185 days to reach Mordor. Hobbits have tiny legs, so we’re confident you could make it in even less time.

If that sounds like too much effort, you can also read about Frodo and Sam‘s journey 50 times.

9. Run out of time on the Countries of the World quiz 140,133 times.

That said, by the time you hit 3,092 plays you should probably have them all memorized.

10. Complete 227 marathons… in the body of a tortoise

The giant tortoise is excruciatingly slow. With 4 years, though, you could walk 227.36 tortoise marathons.

11. Serve the prison sentence for liberating 5,888 garden gnomes

In 1997, three men from the Garden Gnome Liberation Front were arrested under possession of 184 stolen garden gnomes. They were given prison sentences of 1-2 months for their actions. Given a prison sentence of 1.5 months per 184 gnomes, you could serve the sentence for liberating 5,888 gnomes in your 4 years of waiting.

12. Make 105,120 cups of guacamole

According to Alton Brown, the best guac takes 1 hr 20 minutes to make. It has an hour of downtime, but since we haven’t let you sleep in any of the other calculations, you can sleep between guac batches. Each batch makes about 4 cups of guac. We *hope* that 105,120 cups of guac will hold you over for a while.

If you don’t need 105,120 cups of guacamole, of course, there’s an easier option: get your Leap Day badge this year! Mark your calendar now or spend the next 4 years kicking yourself in your badge-less behind.

New Badges: Time Warp, Fun, Fun, Fun, and Editor Pick

Editor positions are a BYOP kind of thing (bring your own pickaxe).

Time Warp Badge IconTime Warp: Time can stretch and jump when you’re experiencing a really good piece of media… or a really bad one. To earn this badge, get 100% on TV Time, Song Time, and Movie Time.

Fun, Fun, Fun: A cat with a ball of yarn, a dog with a stick, and a Sporcler with a quiz – fun can be simple. Play 25 Just For Fun quizzes in one day to get this badge. It’ll be fun.

Editor Pick Badge IconEditor Pick: These quiz-mines are chock-full of golden games! Luckily, our editors are trained to mine ‘em out. Earn this badge by receiving an Editor Pick on one of your quizzes.

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

Meet the Staff: Reid Weber

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Name: Reid Weber (reidzor)

Position: iOS Developer

Originally from: St. Paul, Minnesota

Worked at Sporcle since: March 2015

Here at Sporcle: Reid builds the Sporcle Flagship app for iPhone and iPad. Basically, he stares at code all day and plays around with iPads.

About: Reid describes himself as a mix between a “total geek and a total jock.” As he puts it, “I like football and I like Pokémon.” He’s a big Seattle sports fan who loves the University of Washington Huskies, the Seahawks, and the Mariners.

He also enjoys going to see live music and playing music with his friends (he plays the bass guitar.) And when he was in middle school, he and some friends formed a cover band that continued through their high school years. They had weekly gigs, played at anniversaries and birthday parties, and it sounds like they were pretty well organized for a bunch of adolescents.

Favorites: On the quiz front, Reid’s favorites include Literary Characters Sorting Blitz, 151 Original Pokémon and Word Ladders. Some of his favorite movies are The Lion King, The Matrix, and–more recently–Interstellar.

Strange Fact: Reid was 10 1/2 pounds when he was born. On a similar subject, he shares a birthday with Bill Gates.

Best part about working at Sporcle: In his words, “I love how [Sporcle] is both oddly fast-paced and laid-back.” He describes how the team likes to get things done fast but also likes to tinker. There’s always people asking “what if we tried it this way” and continually working to improve the product. 

Anything else? “Sporcle’s better on mobile.”

New Badges: What a Cartostrophe!, Arcade Addict, and Hey, it’s Leap Day!

Pre-Caesar, they had an extra month every two years, which just sounds messy.

What a Cartostrophe!: It’s a worldwide roll call – from ‘A’ to ‘OQYZ’. We’d say Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, but that actually doesn’t cover a lot of ground. To earn this badge, get 100% on all the featured A-Z World Map quizzes.

ArcadeAddict (1)Arcade Addict: Button mashing is great for many games; not so much for Minesweeper. Earn 50% or more on Classic Microsoft Games SlideshowClassic Arcade Games Slideshow, and 20 Classic Fighting Games for this badge.

Hey, it’s Leap Day!: It might fall on a Monday this year, but it’s an extra Monday and that’s pretty magical. Seize the day and play 29 quizzes on Leap Day to earn this badge.

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

New Badges: Vince Lombadgi, What Rhymes with Badge?, and Keep Calm and Sporcle On

Tadge? Sadge? It’s trickier to rhyme with than you’d expect.

Vince Lombadgi Bade IconVince Lombadgi: A championship game, arena concert, and advertising spectacle all in one. To win the Vince Lombadgi, get 50% or more on NFL Super Bowl Winners, NFL Super Bowl MVPs, and NFL Super Bowl Halftime Shows.

Rhyme Time Badge IconWhat Rhymes with Badge?: If you need a rhyme for a children’s book, just make one up! If you need a rhyme for a Sporcle quiz… well, you actually have to know them. Play 25 quizzes with the Rhyme tag for this badge.

Keep Calm and Sporcle On Badge IconKeep Calm and Sporcle On: Get your zen on and earn this badge by scoring 50% or more on Keep Calm and Go to the Movies, Keep Calm and Watch TV, and Keep Calm and Play Video Games.

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