Absent Letter Countries II: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week


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 Absent Letter Countries II by Sporcle User mrsmith

About the Quizmaker

Mrsmith made the featured quiz this week, and it’s his 38th published quiz. He’s also contributed 629 other quizzes. He’s been a part of Sporcle since June 2010, and has played 5776 quizzes and gotten 44 badges since then. He is the curator for our United Kingdom subcategory.

What’s the Quiz About?

Absent Letter Countries II asks you to click countries in alphabetical order. The only problem is that the first letter of each country is missing, turning Uruguay into Ruguay. This means that you have to figure out what each country should be before clicking. To make it even more challenging, this quiz is a minefield and you only have 2 minutes to complete it.

Don’t get too overwhelmed, though. Each letter of the alphabet is only used once, so if you find the one that should have an ‘A’ at the beginning, there’s no need to worry about another ‘A’ country, you can just click it and start looking for ‘B.’ However, not every letter is used in this quiz, there are only 20 countries to alphabetize, so if you can’t find a specific letter, move on to the next one.

Absent Letter Countries II was played 35,233 times while it was on the front page and ended up with a rating of 4.3.

New Badges: Call of the Wild, EGOT, and The Criteria Collection

You’ll go wild for the new badge releases this week.

CallOfTheWild_5Call of the Wild: You just can’t be tamed, and neither can this badge. You won’t need to be howling mad to get it, but you will need to play 50 animal quizzes. Then celebrate with all the happy animals!

EGOT_1EGOT: It’s award season, so naturally we had to get in on the action. Play 10 quizzes each in the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and Tonys categories to earn this badge. Then you’ll be prepared to argue about whether or not this year’s Oscar winner deserved it!

TheCriteriaCollection_1The Criteria Collection: If you like geography and logic puzzles, this is the badge for you. You’ll want to earn 100% on Criteria Countries: Europe, Africa, South America, and North America, then check this one off your list of badges to earn.

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/13)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:

1. From: Absent Letter Countries II

HeGotGames: The 3.1% of people who got Apan but not Yrgyzstan, welcome to Sporcle.

2. From: Bugs Bunny or Joseph Stalin?

ImpromptuJ Hmmm…I KNEW I should have taken that left turn at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky!.

3. From: Music Fan Nickname Match

hazzbeard I’ve always thought they should be called “Bruno Martians”

4. From: 5-Letter Movies Slideshow

Anti_SpiralI saw this in a movie about a bus that had to SPEED around the city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, the bus would explode! I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down”.

5. From: General Knowledge Grab Bag II

Lostxanadu*salutes* General Knowledge

Introducing OctoQuiz – a little something different from Sporcle


Meet OctoQuiz.

What the heck is this you say?

OctoQuiz is a new quiz platform from Sporcle Labs that is intended to be a bit more personal. Where Sporcle is all about mentally stimulating diversions, OctoQuiz is about the lighter side of trivia. OctoQuiz offers multiple choice question formats as well as personality quizzes (with more quiz types to come).

OctoQuizzes are fun, bite sized, very shareable quizzes that now anyone with a Sporcle account can create. Just login using your Sporcle credentials (or create a new account on Sporcle) and you’re off and running.

The quizzes are easy to play (on your desktop or mobile device) and only take a minute of your time, so give em a whirl.

And now for your questions:

Why would you do this?

We thought this was fun and figured you would too. Add pictures, create silliness, search your soul. Trivia is educational but fun, go with it.

Why not just add all this to Sporcle?

If you recall, a little over a year ago, we tried to put a similar type format on Sporcle itself, and it just didn’t quite take. We learned that these quizzes needed a home of their own.

Does this mean that multiple choice questions will never come to Sporcle?

Well, never say never. This is certainly something we may do in time, but it would have to have its own Sporcle slant to it.

US President or Not?: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week


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 US President or Not? by Sporcle User ChargingTiger.

About the Quizmaker

US President or Not? is ChargingTiger’s 9th published game, and he’s contributed 246 more quizzes. He’s played almost 12,000 games since June 2013, when he joined Sporcle. He has 103 badges, and also happens to be the curator for our Sports Teams and Testament subcategories.

What’s the Quiz About?

Think you know your US Presidents? The featured quiz this week tests your knowledge in a different way. You’re given names, and you have to decide if that person was a US President. This quiz sounds much easier than it is. The decoy names are purposely tricky, other historical figures are there to throw you off. Additionally, there are people with similar names to actual presidents. This means that you can’t just look at the last name, as there are decoys with the same last name as a real US President. Finally, this quiz is a blitz, there are 88 names to get through in 2 minutes, which gives you 1.36 seconds per question. Don’t let these numbers overwhelm you, roughly 20% of people still get every answer right on this quiz. 

US President or Not? was played 22,681 times while it was published, and ended up with a rating of 4.5.

New Badges: The Empire Strikes Back, Lunch Break, and Wilt Chamberlain

Badges? We love badges!

TheEmpireStrikesBack_1The Empire Strikes Back: Conquer the world from the comfort of your computer chair. Get 50% or better on Countries of the British Empire, Countries of the Roman Empire, Countries of the Ottoman Empire, and Countries of the Spanish Empire, then sit back and survey your domain.

LunchBreak_2Lunch Break: This one is as easy as making a sandwich - just play 10 games between noon and 1 on a weekday. With a can of Diet Coke in one hand and your mouse in the other, you’ll desperately try to remember who played Janet on Three’s Company.

WiltChamberlain_1Wilt Chamberlain: A badge to honor the man himself! Wilt played a perfect game, scoring 100 points and setting an apparently unbreakable record. To repeat the feat, play 100 NBA quizzes. You’ll pick up this badge as a reward.

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

Top Comments of the Week (02/06)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:

1. From: US President or Not?

Den: Dewey was too president! I’ve got the headline right here!

2. From: Finish the Children’s Game

Remember_snoodI knew I was gonna be Sorry if I played this. I had a lot of Trouble with it. But it was worth the Risk

3. From: Sports in Motion

theBCIHow exactly do you win at parkour? Not fall down and have to go to the ER?

4. From: Months in Alphabetical Order

tim0786Completely counter-intuitive to type “July, June.”

5. From: 25 Compound Words Visualized II

plumsirenNighthorse? Nighthorses? Moonhorse? Darkhorse? I KNOW THAT’S A HORSE!!!

10 Most Memorable Tom Cruise Movies


Tom Cruise is one of the most well-known actors of our time. In this post, we’re taking a look at which of his movies people remember most.

The order is based on the results from the Sporcle quiz Tom Cruise Movies.  Play it below, or play it on the site to see where you stack up! (For the purposes of this blog post, movie series are combined.)

mission impossible

1. Mission: Impossible Series (1996- )- No surprises here, the most remembered Tom Cruise movies are the Mission: Impossible series. Based on the TV series of the same name, Mission: Impossible casts Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, an IMF agent who’s framed for the murders of his team. The first movie was wildly successful, making over $450 million in Box Office worldwide. This success allowed Cruise to reprise his role for a total of 4 movies in the series (so far). For many people, when they think of Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible is the first movie that pops in their head.

2.  Top Gun (1986)- This movie turned Tom Cruise into a household name. Tom plays Lieutenant Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell, an aviator aboard the USS Enterprise. Inspired by the article “Top Guns” from California Magazine, the movie follows Maverick as he starts training at the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School. With one of the most popular movie soundtracks ever, Top Gun popularized the song ‘Take My Breath Away.’ This song would go on to win the Best Original Song award at the 1987 Academy Awards.

3. Risky Business (1983)- A 21-year old Tom Cruise plays a high school student in the suburbs of Chicago. Risky Business has one of the most memorable dance scenes of all time. We will never be able to forget the image of Tom RiskyBusinessCruise dancing in his underwear to the tune of ‘Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll.’ This scene surely helped put Risky Business at #3 on this list.

4. Jerry Maguire (1996)- Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is a sports agent working for Sports Management International. He writes a mission statement about dishonesty in his business, which leads to his termination at the company. Jerry Maguire was inspired by sports agent Leigh Steinberg, and it went on to be the top-grossing film of 1996. Full of cameos and quotable quotes, this movie had us at hello.

5. Vanilla Sky (2001)- In a remake of the Spanish movie ‘Abre los Ojos’ (Open Your Eyes), Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz shine. From a prison cell, Tom Cruise tells his life story to a psychologist. The rest of the movie is told via flashbacks, as we find out how Cruise ended up in jail. The movie will leave you guessing, with an ending that’s open to interpretation, you’ll have to watch the movie for yourself to find out what it’s really about.

WOTW6. War of the Worlds (2005)- Aliens are attacking the world in this movie that’s loosely based off of the classic novel with the same name. Tom Cruise is a father fighting to protect his children from an unknown threat. You’ll be at the edge of your seat as Dakota Fanning screams and Tom Cruise runs through a world being destroyed.

7. Days of Thunder (1990)- Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in their first movie together, as Cruise plays a car driver hoping to make it to NASCAR and Kidman is his love interest, Dr. Claire Lewicki. This movie jumpstarted Kidman and Cruise’s real-life relationship, which lasted until 2001. Spawning 2 video games, Days of Thunder proves that the Tom Cruise movie formula is a successful one.

8. Cocktail (1988)- Based on the book of the same name, Tom Cruise works as a bartender to make ends meet in New York City. Brian Flanagan (Cruise) is a business student by day, bartender by night. Though this movie was a financial success, it received mostly negative reviews from critics, including a 5% from Rotten Tomatoes. The movie soundtrack was also successful, peaking at #2 on the Billboard 200.

9. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)- In Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Tom Cruise plays Dr. Bill Harford, who finds out that his wife almost had an affair during the previous year. This leads him to a night-long adventure, complete with masks and a secret society. Winning 2 awards, and nominated for many more, this film will go down in history as part of the legacy that the great Kubrick left behind.

a few good men

10. A Few Good Men (1992)- Filled with the star-studded cast of Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and Jack Nicholson, to name a few, A Few Good Men tells the story of two marines charged with the murder of a fellow marine. One of the top movies of the year, A Few Good Men will keep you biting your nails as you find out if you can handle the truth.



Tom Cruise has been in 37 movies, these are just the Top 10. How many more can you name?

Don’t Say the 4-Letter Words: The Sporcle Featured Quiz of the Week

four letter words

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 Don’t Say the 4-Letter Words by Sporcle User Remember_snood.

About the Quizmaker

Don’t Say the 4-Letter Words is Remember_snood’s second quiz to be published, and he’s contributed 7 more. He’s been on Sporcle since November 2012, and has played almost 2,000 quizzes since then. He has 40 badges. Thanks for making a great quiz, Remember_snood!

What’s the Quiz About?

To get 100% on Don’t Say the 4-Letter Words, all you have to do is count correctly. You’re given phrases, and you have to click all of them that do NOT have a word that’s 4-letters long. Sounds easy enough, but this quiz is made harder by the short amount of time and the fact that it’s a minefield. You have only 30 seconds to correctly click 12 phrases. There are decoys, so if you start randomly clicking, you’re sure to trigger a mine. All of these phrases are common English phrases, but the short time means that you don’t necessarily want to read all of them. It might be better to look at individual letters rather than read the word as a whole. Take a deep breath, get your clicking finger ready, and remind yourself how to count to four.

Don’t Say the 4-Letter Words was played 49,942 times on Feb. 2, and has a rating of 3.5.

New Badges: Fun Supply, Badge-san, and Slideshow Schmideshow

When new badges are released, fun is never in short supply.

FunSupply_2Fun Supply: We know your type. You were the class clown, you’ve always got a good joke to tell, and we’re pretty sure you have at least one rubber chicken lying around your house. Prove your dedication to fun by having 10 games published in the Just for Fun category. If you do, you’ll get this shiny new badge.

BadgeSan_1Badge-san: Japan is one of the world’s leading technological powers, known also for its distinctive culture. Show your appreciation for this beautiful country by getting 50% or better on 20 Largest Japanese Cities, Prefectures of Japan, and Country Quiz: Japan.

SlideshowSchmideshow_1Slideshow Schmideshow: This is the next in our series of badges dedicated to each type of game. All you need to do to earn it is play 1000 slideshow games – it’s that simple! Just sit back, click play, and enjoy all the pictures.

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