New Badges: Remember Remember, Everything is Awesome, and Quick Draw

We want either Morgan Freeman or Hugo Weaving to narrate these badge options for us.

8bXuNgMqkUH8eHitRv-oGEXdKWqG6hezLN1wKsYqIF0Remember, Remember: Time to get out the Guy Fawkes masks and start the bonfires. To earn this badge, rebel against oppression and score 75% or better on the V for Vendetta Opening Monologue on November 5th.

LegoBadge_1Everything is Awesome: The easy part about getting this badge? Getting 50% or better on Lego Landmarks, Movies by Lego and Gaming with Legos. The hard part? Getting the “Everything is Awesome” song out of your head.

QuickDraw_3Quick Draw: You’ve got to be speedy if you’ve set your sights on this badge. Earn it by scoring 100% on Drawing a Blank 1, Drawing a Blank 2, and Drawing a Blank 3. Bull’s-eye!

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

Top Comments of the Week (10/10)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Any Food but Vegan

Honest_John: I considered becoming a vegan, but could not bear the thought of giving up emu or dogfood.


2. From: Blitz: Does It Contain ‘P’?

performaxI’m glad ‘urinal’ wasn’t one of the choices. Not sure what the correct answer would be.


3. From: Countries Whose Capitals Contain ‘City’

armadillokingIf the country is called Vatican City, shouldn’t the capital be Vatican City City?


4. From: Animals Faster than Usain Bolt

ChileNoseJamA cat might be ABLE to run faster than Bolt, but most of the time it wouldn’t bother. Unless you put some food at the end of the track, it would still be sitting by the starting block licking itself when Bolt had finished.


5. From: 8-Letter Country Per Letter

Honest_JohnNever realised how many seven and nine letter countries there are until I did this quiz.

Hoarder Alert: New Badges Weekly

badgeHere at Sporcle HQ we’ve been cooking up new features, especially on the badge front. Who doesn’t like badges?

You may have noticed that the badge page on your profile has been streamlined. We’ve also started posting new badges and achievements weekly, rather than every other week. We have so many great badges coming up, and we can’t wait to share them with you. We’re going to start posting badges every Tuesday morning. Think of it as an early celebration of Hump Day!

Keep an eye on the Sporcle Blog to find out what new wonders we have in store, and as always, check the badge page for the latest updates.

New Badges: Happy Sporcleversary!, King of Pop, and The Fall Classic

Music and birthdays and baseball, oh my!

Birthday_3Happy Sporcleversary!: You’ve stuck with us through the years, and we want to celebrate that with cake and candles. Play 10 games on your Sporcle birthday to commemorate the day you joined Sporcle, then proudly display this badge.

KingOfPop_1King of Pop: Like earning badges? Don’t stop ’til you get enough! Get 50% or better on Michael Jackson Albums, Michael Jackson Singles, and Lyrics Map: Black or White, then moonwalk your way to another badge.

WorldSeriesBadge_1Fall Classic: The postseason is in full swing! Earn this badge by hitting 25 World Series games out of the park in the month of October, and make sure to root for your favorite team!

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

Featured Game of the Week (10/8/2014)

Over here in Sporcle-land, we’ve been writing a weekly blog post featuring a quiz published within the last 7 days that really wowed us. Here’s the pick of the week!

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A-B-C-D-E Quiz

by cwfuturewrestler

Featured October 6, 2014

 

About the Quizmaker

A-B-C-D-E Quiz was made by cwfuturewrestler, and is his first quiz to be published. He’s contributed 95 games, many of which have been editor or curator picks. He’s been a user on Sporcle since July 2011, and since then has played over 8,000 games. He has 101 badges total. Congrats on your first publish, cwfuturewrestler!

What’s the Quiz About?

The concept of this quiz is easy enough. You have 3 minutes to click A-B-C-D-E in that order, as many times as you can. There are 150 letters to click. Beware, if you make a mistake, the quiz will end. You’ll have to try again if you want 100%. The short amount of time and the large amount of letters made many users make mistakes in their clicking order. Starting off this quiz, you’ll feel confident, like you’ve got this in the bag. You’re going to get that 100%. But when you get to the halfway point, all the letters will start melting together. ‘Is that a B or an E? Maybe it’s a C? What am I even looking for?’ When you get to this point, you need to refocus your eyes and calm down a bit. Take your time, figure out if you’re looking at a B or an E. If you aren’t too frantic in your clicking, you should be able to get the coveted 100%.

What did Users Think?

Christus said ‘I like this unexpected quiz. Thanks for creating it and congrats on publishing.’

Paco777 commented ’100% with 4 seconds left…Who thought strategy could be used in this game?’

And butterfly_2011 commented ’12 seconds left! It really helps when you scroll down just enough to hide the clock, you’re more relaxed and focused :) Great quiz! I’d love to see one with lower-case b’s, d’s, p’s, and q’s.’

A-B-C-D-E Quiz had a great day on the front page. It was played 42,285 times and ended up with a rating of 3.6. It seems we Sporclers really know our A, B, C’s.

21 Quizzes You Might Have Missed (September 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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Greetings from Kyrgyzstan

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Привет из Бишкеке! (Greetings from Bishkek!)

My name is Rachel, and I am a content moderator at Sporcle. For the next three and half months I’ll be finishing my degree in Russian Studies by studying advanced Russian (and basic Kyrgyz) in the wonderful city of Bishkek. Since I know how much Sporcle loves Kyrgyzstan, I’ll be sharing my experiences in a series of blog posts.

First Impressions of Kyrgyzstan

Within hours of arriving, I was struck by how the people here are kind and caring. While smiling on the street and small talk is still not common (a holdover from Soviet times), Kyrygz are incredibly helpful when you have a question or need directions (a common experience– since many streets have multiple names.)

Kyrgyzstan is a relationship-centered culture, and the door to my host family’s house is constantly open to an endless stream of family members, neighbors and friends. I have given up trying to mentally keep tabs on who is who, and just assume everyone is family somehow – since even I’m introduced as the ‘American daughter’ of my Kyrgyz host ‘mother’.

Cookies, Intellectual Discourse and the World Nomad Games

Hospitality is an art here, and the Kyrgyz are experts. There is a never-ending supply of tea, cookies and other yummy food that make me feel at home (or, if not at home exactly, at least very well fed). Conversation is very important, and Kyrgyz are generally very interested in the world at large and love to discuss and debate current events.

Just recently, Kyrygz hosted the World Nomad Games, which featured such sports as falconry and Kok Boru (a sport similar to polo, but involving a goat). Football is also popular (note: soccer) and many bars are dedicated to clubs here. The faces of Pele, Ronaldo and Messi adorn many, many posters along the streets. The cinema is also big, and the largest budgeted Kyrgyz movie of all-time is currently playing in theaters.

A Bit o’ Kyrgyzstan History

As you probably know, Kyrgyzstan is located in Central Asia. Once part of the Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan has a history that is both unique and complex. Living in the former lands of the Huns, Turks and Mongols, Kyrgyz were traditionally nomadic peoples. They came under Soviet rule during the 20th century, and became fully independent in 1991. Since then, Kyrgyzstan has become the most democratic of all Central Asian countries, running four successful elections. Today it has strong political ties to Turkey and Russia, as well as a strong economic relationship with China.

People of Kyrgyzstan

The population of Kyrgyzstan is composed of primarily ethnic Kyrgyz, with a sizable community of Russians, Uzbeks, Dungans, Germans and other minority groups. Kyrgyz and Russian are the national languages, and it is not uncommon for a Kyrygz to be trilingual (to include either English, Turkish, Chinese or another ethnic language). Not only do they speak multiple languages, often these languages are from completely different language families. They make it look so easy.

The vast majority of the country is Muslim, which many communities adopted sometime between the 11th and 16th centuries. While Islam is dominant here, remnants of older pagan traditions still remain, such as ancestor worship. There is also a small community of Orthodox Christians here.

Up Next

Stay tuned to the next update, which features my encounter with Kymiz, a local delicacy that consists of horse milk that’s been fermented in a sheep’s stomach. Truly unique.

Top Tweets (10/7/14)

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.

New Badges: Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Science Overdose, and Silver Platter

New badges, coming right up!

StayPuftMarshmallowMan_1Stay Puft Marshmallow Man – You ain’t afraid of no ghosts! Giant marshmallow men aren’t too scary either. If preventing the apocalypse by crème brûlée is your thing, then play the Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, and Sigourney Weaver movie quizzes and collect this badge.

LabAssistant_3Science Overdose - We have so many overdose badges, we figured it was about time for a science one. Bust out your beaker and lab coat and play 25 Science quizzes in one day… for science!

SilverPlatter_6Silver Platter – Silence is golden, but Sporcle is silver. You’ll have to knuckle down and play 25,000 total quizzes for this badge. Now that’s dedication.

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