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.


Winter Olympics Are Here!

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

sochi-2014-logo-4It’s that time of the year. The Olympics are upon us, and it’s time to get excited.

Not everyone enjoys the Games, but I do. My name (well, my username) is nscox and I’m an Olympics fan. And the Sporcle Olympics curator. And a Canadian. I’ve been an avid Games follower since 1996 and have been pulled along ever since by the epic roller coaster of emotional highs and lows. From the thrill of the favourite being crowned, to the excitement of the upset winner, to the devastation of a legend failing to do well, the Olympics have it all.

The great thing about the Olympics is the focus on lesser appreciated sports. Downhill skiing, speed skating, snowboarding, etc. are all fun to watch. And over the next two weeks, fans will be getting a steady diet of winter action. Adding to the fun is the battle of nations. As we all know, the greatness of a country is measured by Olympic success, and so many questions will be answered in the coming weeks. Can Canada finally top the charts in total medals? Can the U.K. win more than 2 medals for the first time since 1936? Will the Norwegian curling team’s pants drive them to gold? Can Russia win Olympic hockey gold? Can Slovenia? Can Kyrgyzstan finally take a winter medal?

But this isn’t a sports blog. This is a Sporcle blog (insert musical fanfare here). And what better way to get ready for 2 weeks of winter sports bliss than some quizzes?

For quiz creators: Basketball and hockey (the ice variety) have been done to death. Keep that in mind when creating quizzes. If you want advice, help or a curator pick, send suggestions to nscox22@hotmail.com.

hockey_2010WinterOlympicsFor quiz players:

First, test your knowledge of the sports you’ll be watching with Winter Olympic Sports.

Next, see if you can remember the Olympic host cities. Special bonus points if you can remember how to spell the 1936 Winter host without looking it up: Olympic Cities.

Then, get ready for the Winter Olympics premiere event (yes, I said it) with Olympic Hockey Countries.

Take some time off, and remember the figure skating greats in Olympic Figure Skaters.

Finally, take a moment to remember the less fortunate countries with No Winter Olympics Medals.

So with all that being said, best of luck to all the athletes, and lets all hope for a clean and (most importantly) safe Olympics. Let the Games Begin!

 nscox

21 Quizzes You Might Have Missed (January 2014)

432004_10151382834450010_1179365295_nIt was a busy month here at Sporcle, and if you skipped a few days of Sporcling, you might just have missed one of the best quizzes of the month.

Instead of feeling bad about it, we thought we’d put together a monthly recap of all the most interesting games on Sporcle.

Take a look at our full list of top games below, and let us know about your favorites in the comments.
 
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Top Tweets (2/4/2014)

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.

Top Tweets (1/28/2013)

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.

Sporcle Top Comments (01/24)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Simpsons Surname Match-Up

sambell1550: Jasper’s the second least-guessed result? That’s a paddlin’


2. From: Movie Titles: Triple Translator

iceman1731Hooray, finally the odd mix of taking Spanish in highschool, majoring in English, and minoring in German pays off.


3. From: Movies by their Drinking Games

kidcanadaHow about I just get trashed and not have to watch Sex and the City?


4. From: 3-Part Historical Figures

ShepherdBookOh, this will be easy…ANDREW, LLOYD, d’oh!…JOHN, JACOB, where’s JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT?


5. From: Whatever Floats Your Boat!

TheFlyingBarneyAlas, Sloop Dog is not a possible answer


Better Know a Curator: montaukfd

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This is part of Sporcle’s long-running series highlighting our hard-working curators. Curators are editors for a specific subcategory, and their diligent work finding great quizzes from their subcategories (and sometimes others) helps to shape the site. We asked our curators to complete an interview of sorts, and we’re sharing their responses here on the blog. 

 This next post is from montaukfd, curator for Marvel.

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Top Tweets (1/22/14)

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.

Sporcle is on the Naughty List

Fun fact: A sequence of symbols used to represent a profane word is called a 'grawlix'.

Fun fact: A sequence of symbols used to represent a profane word is called a ‘grawlix’.

It’s tough to admit, but sometimes at Sporcle we make mistakes. Yeah, who would have thought? However, recently we made a mistake that was so interesting and trivia-related that we had to share the details.

Here’s a little background:

Like many sites, Sporcle uses a word filter we dubbed the ‘naughty list’ for words that we think are inappropriate for usernames and quiz content. Matt and Derek came up with it back when Sporcle HQ was located in whatever coffee shop would let the two of them stay the longest. That first naughty list was born of a discussion in which they publicly discussed each word out loud in their temporary ‘office’ before wondering if, perhaps, they were pushing the limits of common decency.  Awkward!

As the site grew, we added more features (Comments! Clickable quizzes!), and updates to the naughty list didn’t always apply to every new feature. A couple weeks back, we decided to change that, and apply the same rules across the board. Unfortunately, we soon found ourselves in an epic battle with something known as ‘The Scunthorpe Problem‘, along with a couple un-named problems we invented by ourselves.

The Scunthorpe Problem is an amazing computer science issue that we’d never heard of until this week, but it’s something we’d been dealing with since those early coffee shop days. It was first named in 1996 from an incident that prevented residents of Scunthorpe, UK from creating accounts on AOL. It continues to pop up whenever filters on the Internet incorrectly flag words that contain a string that matches a word on the banned list. You might never recognize that Scunthorpe contains a dirty word right in the middle, but when it appears on Sporcle as S****horpe or is completely blocked from being entered at all, it actually serves to highlight the banned word, instead of diminishing its use.

Here are a few other fun examples from that Wikipedia article linked above:

• In the months leading up to January 1996, some web searches for Super Bowl XXX were being filtered, because the Roman numeral for the game and the site (XXX) is also used to identify pornography.

• The filter of the free wireless service of the town of Whakatane in New Zealand blocked searches involving the town’s own name, because the phonetic analysis used by the filter deemed the “whak” to sound like the f-word. The town name is Maori, and in the Maori language ”wh” is most commonly pronounced as “f”.

• Gareth Roelofse noted in 2004, “We found many library Net stations, school networks and Internet cafes block sites with the word ‘sex’ in the domain name. This was a challenge for RomansInSussex.co.uk because its target audience is school children.”

• In July 2011, web searches in China on the name Jiang were blocked following claims on the Sina Weibo microblogging site that former president Jiang Zemin had died. Since the word “Jiang” meaning “river” is written with the same Chinese character, searches related to rivers including the Yangtze (Cháng Jiāng) produced the message “According to the relevant laws, regulations and policies, the results of this search cannot be displayed.”

In our own mini-Scunthorpe problem, we not only ran into a problem of censoring incorrect words, but also our code for determining a correct answer was actually flagging any answer that contained a naughty word as incorrect, which served to make the issue even worse. Not only were we filtering innocent words, but correct answers as well!

In short, we screwed up in ways both strange, and legendary, and we truly apologize to any user who was effected by any of these shenanigans in the last week.

At the end of the day, we did learn a few things about handling these issues in the future, some really interesting trivia involving a city in North Lincolnshire, England and a good lesson about the sometimes unsteady balance between censorship and community on the Internet. Not a terrible trade for a couple silly $#@$! mistakes.

Top Tweets (1/17/14)

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.