Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/10)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Animal Puns

dlauthor: Using the same animal twice in the same quiz? What a cheetah.


2. From: Holiday by Greeting Card

bulletproofkolOh, Guy Fawkes night, the stacks of cards I get for that should have reminded me. All I could think was book burning night, which had me worried.


3. From: Geography Vowel Grab Bag

happybunnyfunnyFor North American Country, I typed Antigua and Barbuda. I live in the United States.


4. From: Let’s Dance! Disney Edition

hm95Can we agree that The Emperor’s New Groove is the greatest thing ever?


5. From: Holiday by Greeting Card

sufradleyI haven’t sent or received, or even seen, a Guy Fawkes card but they would double up as handy kindling.

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) A movie critic for Time magazine wrote, “More than 24 hours has passed since I watched the new Adam Sandler movie…and I am still dead inside.” Find out which movie they were talking about by playing Clickable Critical Thrashings.

2) The Taj Mahal was built in 17 years by over 22,000 workers. We learned this while reading about some of the locations featured in the Is it in Asia? quiz.

EMEA-Stockholm3) Swedish and Norwegian are so closely related, it’s possible for Swedish and Norwegian speakers to understand each other without actually speaking the same language. The languages are 90% mutually intelligible, meaning that a Swedish person will understand 9 of every 10 words a Norwegian person says. If you speak Norwegian, Language Basics: Swedish should be easy!

4) If you’re a well known senator, you might just get an airport named for you. Check out Airports Named for Famous People and see if you can recognize each person!

5) 1991 was a really good year for Nickelodeon. Don’t believe us? Check out TV Debuts: 1991 and see for yourself.

grant_g_fhernandez3_sy_640116) Only 23 pitchers have ever pitched a perfect game in Major League Baseball. A perfect game happens when the opposing team doesn’t make it on base once – the pitcher can’t allow the other team’s batters to hit the ball, walk, or reach base by any other means. Find out who managed the feat here.

7) Some of the largest US states by area are also the smallest by population. Don’t get the two mixed up – try your hand at the Largest States Per Letter Minefield, and remember that the criteria here is land area!

Beyonce-Jay-Z-Best-PDA-Moments-Pictures8) Beyoncé and Jay-Z were prolific in the 2000s. If they didn’t record a song, you can be almost certain they were featured on it! See if you know the decade by playing Artist/Song Match (2000s).

9) The Titanic had just 20 lifeboats on board. They certainly weren’t prepared for disaster. Test your knowledge about the ship by playing this quiz.

10) Despite running about 3 hours, the average baseball game has about 18 minutes of actual play time. We learned this while researching for a #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts! Don’t have Twitter? Check out our Instagram instead!

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Letters Minefield: MLB Teams: 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 Letters Minefield: MLB Teams by Sporcle User LTH

About the Quizmaker

This week’s featured quiz was made by LTH. He’s one of our most published users of all time, with 368 publishes to his name. He’s been on Sporcle since April 2009, and has played over 22,000 quizzes since then. He’s also earned 190 badges. Keep making great quizzes, LTH!

What’s the Quiz About?

This quiz has a simple enough concept. All you have to do is click the letters that start the nicknames for MLB teams. As baseball season is starting, you’ve probably been hearing these names everywhere. Don’t click too fast, though. Like the title says, this quiz is a minefield, so if you click a wrong letter, the quiz is over. However, should you get through the whole quiz, reward yourself with a hot dog and some peanuts.

Letters Minefield: MLB Teams was played 24,377 times while it was on the front page, and it got a rating of 4.5.


New Badges: Earth Day, Blank Canvas, and Chatterbox

Spring has sprung! Celebrate with these shiny new badges.

EarthDay_3Earth Day: Time to stop for a moment and appreciate the world. Plant a tree, spend some time outside, recycle those cans. Then play Composition of Air, Continents by Forest Area, and Green Energy on Earth Day (April 22nd).

BlankCanvas_2Blank Canvas: Whether you’re a master craftsman or you can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, you’ll find something to like about art. Play 25 Art quizzes to earn this badge. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to create art (or quizzes) of your own.

Chatterbox_2Chatterbox: Can’t stop talking? Won’t stop playing Sporcle quizzes? We have just the badge for you! Play 25 Language quizzes in one day to get it, then be sure to tell your friends.

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (04/03)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Math Jokes

armadilloking: Q: Did you hear the one about the statistician? A: Probably


2. From: ‘Greatest American Hero’ Theme Song

CorellonLBelieve it or not, George isn’t at home!


3. From: Most Common Animals (ABC Books)

WredAguyWOctopus? No. Ostrich? Nope? Otter? Guess again. Ox? Still wrong. Orangutan? DAMMIT!!


4. From: Mufasa or Vader?

Probo11It’s kind of funny that both characters were voiced by James Earl Jones.


5. From: Numbers in Pop Culture

msuspartan1981I knew the Proclaimers would would walk five hundred miles, but I forgot they would walk five hundred more.

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) Thailand is a very popular destination for Chinese tourists. This is largely because traveling from China to Thailand requires no visa.

2) A car company whose name begins with ‘F’ has a more recognizable logo than Facebook. Find out which company by playing ‘F’ Logos.

jazz23) Catherine Zeta-Jones got her start on the stage before she began acting in movies. Other actors and stars have taken a turn in the limelight, too – check out Famous Celebrities on Stage to see who.

4) Zebras are the most commonly used animal in alphabet books. Biologists, that’s your cue to rename another well-known animal with a word starting with ‘Z’.

5) Song writers get really creative with their metaphors. Can you match the definition to the correct word in this quiz?

zebra6) Celebrities like to give their babies… unique… names. To be fair, we probably already knew that, but we couldn’t pass up the chance to feature the quiz on Octoquiz, Sporcle’s newest feature!

7) Most people can’t remember the capital of New York. Can you?

beatles-19648) The Beatles and the Clue board game have a common tie. Find out what it is by playing 30 Facts that Start with ‘R’.

9) There are some surprising animals on the Kosher list. We won’t tell you what – you’ll have to play Kosher Animals to figure it out – but at least one is a zoo animal.

10) All the ants in the world weigh as much as all the people in the world. Gross, weird, and true! We learned this while researching for a #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts! Don’t have Twitter? Check out our Instagram instead!

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Math Jokes: 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 Math Jokes by Sporcle User kagomeshuko

About the Quizmaker

Kagomeshuko made the featured game this week, and it’s his 5th game to be published. He’s been on Sporcle since August 2008, making him one of our very first users! Since then, he’s contributed 107 games, and played over 25,000 games since then. He’s also earned 156 badges.

What’s the Quiz About?

These jokes will make you groan, but in a good way. These math-themed jokes are the kind of jokes your dad (or math teacher) will tell and everyone will roll their eyes. The task you’re given in this quiz is, given the beginning of the joke, can you figure out the punch line. It’s a clickable quiz, so you can see all the possible answers, and all you have to do is choose the correct one. You have 18 jokes to solve, which isn’t too overwhelming, especially when you’re given 4 minutes to do it. Just try not to laugh too hard, that’ll eat up your time quickly.

Math Jokes was played 34,931 times while it was on the front page, and it ended up with a rating of 4.3.


New Badges: James and the Giant Badge, Biology Buff, and The Night Owl

Whether you prefer children’s literature or science, there’s a badge for you in today’s update!

JamesAndGiantBadge_2James and the Giant Badge: Ever dreamed of winning your own Golden Ticket? Indulge your inner child by getting 50% or better on Roald Dahl Books by Cover, Dahl Book by Opening Line, Roald Dahl Character Match-Up, and Roald Dahl Adaptations.

BiologyBuff_1Biology Buff: If you like looking at amoebae through a microscope, learning about taxonomy, or simply going to the zoo, then this is the badge for you. Play 50 Biology quizzes to earn it.

TheNightOwl_1The Night Owl: If you can’t sleep, and counting sheep doesn’t help, try playing Sporcle quizzes! To earn this badge, make yourself a nice cup of tea, wrap yourself in a blanket, and play 10 quizzes between midnight and 3am.

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

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) Not all meat-eating animals are part of order Carnivora.  And not all members of Carnivora are strictly carnivores, either – some are extremely omnivorous, to the point that they’ll eat just about anything they can find.

galp2) Galileo Galilei died the same year Isaac Newton was born. Both men did incredible things for the field of astronomy.

3) A general in the U.S. Army was given the unfortunate nickname “Iron Butt”. Find out who it was by taking the Famous Military Leaders quiz.

4) Nine of the world’s busiest airports are in the United States. None are in South America. If you’re tired of tedious waits in crowded airports, you might want to move to Brazil.

Ivy_Hedera_Red_Brick_Wall_2892px5) Not all Ivy League schools are universities. Some are colleges! See how well you know higher education by taking the College or University? quiz.

6) “Forbidden fruit”, “salt of the earth”, and “my brother’s keeper” are all phrases taken from the Bible. Test your knowledge of Bible influenced idioms with the Common ‘Religious’ Phrases quiz.

027) The FDA officially recognizes 36 different spices (and herbs). Name them all here.

8) Greece is not the world’s leading producer of olive oil. Find out who it is by taking 8 Geography Questions to Prove Your Superiority. Then check out the rest of Octoquiz, Sporcle’s newest feature!

9) Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of Doctor Who’s return to television. The show has been around since 1963, making it the oldest running ongoing science fiction show ever.

10)  At any moment, clouds cover about 60% of the earth’s surface. (Unless you live in Seattle – then it feels closer to 95%). 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! Don’t have Twitter? Check out our Instagram instead!

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WrestleMania 31

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Spring is an important time of the year for wrestling fans. It’s when WWE brings us WrestleMania. WrestleMania 31 will happen in Santa Clara, California, the first time the San Francisco Bay Area has hosted the event.

I’m nscox, and I am both a wrestling fan and for nearly five years the curator of Sporcle’s WWE subcategory (as well as Canada and the Olympics).

Wrestling Explained

The WWE has several weekly shows, most notably Raw. These programs help build up feuds which are then settled at big events and watched on pay-per-view (ppv). Historically, the WWE and other companies made a lot of their money from these ppvs, but a lot of this has changed in the last year thanks to the introduction of the WWE Network.

There are 12 ppvs a year, and the biggest and most important is WrestleMania (followed by the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam). What makes WrestleMania different? Most ppvs are held in arenas, while WrestleMania gets the full stadium treatment. The WWE pulls out all the stops, featuring the biggest stars, presenting the most anticipated matches, bringing in outside celebrities and having a different set every year.

Yes, wrestling is “fake” (better descriptions include “staged” and “predetermined”) but it takes skill and work to do safely. The foundation of training is learning to perform these moves with minimal risk, but even then accidents happen or damage adds up over time.

WrestleMania 31: This Time, It’s Personal

andre-the-giantThis year there will likely be a Tag Team Championship match.  The women of the WWE are represented in a tag team matchup. The second annual Andre the Giant Battle Royal features a weaker lineup than last year (which was one of the best battle royals in years) but should still be good. And finally the undercard is topped off by a seven-man ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship.

The Undertaker will face (and probably beat) Bray Wyatt. Rising star (and recent Daily Show foil) Seth Rollins will face Randy Orton. WCW legend Sting will have his first (and probably only) WWE match, facing Triple H.

The United States Championship will be defended at ‘Mania for the first time in a while with Rusev defending against John Cena. Rusev should win, but it’s John Cena so he’ll win. Finally in the main event, Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Title against Roman Reigns.

10 Things You Should Know About WrestleMania

1) A Bit of History

The first WrestleMania was in 1985 at Madison Square Garden. In the main event, Hulk Hogan teamed with Mr. T to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. This is the sixth WrestleMania to emanate from California (the previous ones were 2, 7 & 21 in L.A. and 12 & 16 in Anaheim) but the first in San Francisco.

2) 9.99: The Anti-3:16

Last year WWE launched their own TV network! Response to the network has been underwhelming so far, but the advantage is that pay-per-views, which used to cost around $60 each, can now be bought for $9.99 (US) per month (it’s more in just about every other country). Amazingly, the WWE created a villain out of “9.99” promoting the number so much fans became sick of it. Not surprisingly, the “Austin 3:16” craze was not recreated.

3) Wrestling With Superlatives

brock-lesnarThe champion heading into this year’s show is Brock Lesnar, who won the title back in August, but has defended it only a handful of times. Bruno Sammartino is the longest reigning WWF Champion, holding the belt twice for a combined 4040 days (over 11 years) including one reign that lasted for more than 8 years.  Lou Thesz held the NWA Championship for a combined 3,749 days. And the record for longest reigning world champion is held by Verne Gagne, who held the AWA Title 10 times for a combined 4,677 days.

4) Hall of Fame

A big part of the WrestleMania festivities is the WWE Hall of Fame. This year will be headlined by the legendary “Macho Man” Randy Savage, as well as Rikishi, The Bushwhackers, Alundra Blayze, Tatsumi Fujinami and Diesel. Rounding out the group is the Kyrgyzstan of wrestlers: Larry Zbyszko. Also going in is Arnold Schwarzenegger. The WWE typically inducts one celebrity per year.

5) Family Business

There are a lot of families in the wrestling business: Hart. McMahon. Von Erich. Guerrero. But the most successful is the Anoa’i Family. Originating in American Samoa, this group includes The Wild Samoans Afa & Sika, WWF Champion Yokozuna and brothers Rikishi, Umaga and the Tonga Kid. Currently in the WWE you have the Uso Brothers (sons of Rikishi) and Roman Reigns (son of Sika). The patriarch had a blood brother named Peter Maivia. Though not actually related, the current crop considers his grandson their cousin. His name? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

6) Russians and Iranians and Canadians, Oh My!

One of the main matches this year is John Cena vs. That dastardly evil Russian Alexander Rusev. At one point a common wrestling villain was the evil foreigner who hated America. The business has changed and today there are wrestlers from over a dozen different countries. But before 2000, most of the evil stereotypical foreigners were not from the countries they claimed to be from. Nikolai Volkoff? Croatian. Nikita Koloff? American. Abdullah the Butcher? Canadian. Every now and then, they were actually citizens of the country they claimed to be from. The Iron Sheik? Iranian.

7) Women in Tights

The Divas Division is in an odd place with the rise of the NXT women. The problem is simple: For years women’s matches in the WWE were treated as filler. Most have no wrestling background and were hired for their looks, so the matches tended to be short and bad. Some fans are starting to want change, thanks partially to the rise of Ronda Rousey in UFC, and the “Give Divas a Chance” hashtag is starting to catch on.

8) Celebrity Magic

LENO WRESTLINGOne of the main draws of the first WrestleMania was the celebrity presence, which included Mr. T, Muhammad Ali, Cyndi Lauper and Liberace. This trend has continued and throughout the years a lot of celebrities have appeared in WWE or WCW. Some have participated in matches, including Mr. T, Snooki, Drew Carey, Jay Leno, and Dennis Rodman. Kevin Federline once faced John Cena, the WWE Champion at the time, and won. And David Arquette won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship (in 1999).

9) The Dead Man Goes Streaking

Everyone knows that wrestling has a silly side. Wacky characters include a wrestling plumber, an evil clown and a guy in a turkey suit. But the amazing part of wrestling is that an idea that seems dumb on paper can work. Take Mark Calaway for example. In 1990, he was given the gimmick of an undead wrestler who was controlled by an urn. Calaway made it work and 25 years later The Undertaker is still around. He made his Mania debut in 1991 against Jimmy Snuka, and began “The Streak”, winning 21 straight WrestleMania matches. Last year The Streak was ended by Brock Lesnar in a legitimately shocking moment.

10) A Sizeable Detour

The tallest person who ever engaged in professional wrestling was Edouard Beaupré (1881-1904) a French-Canadian who was 8 ft. 3 when he died. The tallest WWE wrestler was Giant Gonzalez, who was 7’7 but billed at 8 feet tall. Andre the Giant has many legends about his drinking ability. He is said to have drank 156 bottles of beer in one sitting, as well as often drinking several bottles of wine before matches.

Heaviest wrestler is a tricky because weights can change. According to WWE, Happy Humphrey (1926-1989) was the heaviest, averaging 750 pounds over his career, and at one point weighing in at 900. Amazingly, after his retirement he entered a program at a medical clinic and lost 570 pounds in 2 years. There’s also Haystacks Calhoun, possibly the heaviest WWF wrestler at a billed 630 and Yokozuna, the heaviest WWF champion at around 500 pounds.

Final Thoughts

And there you have it. Thanks for reading and hopefully some of the things you learned will help you in your future Sporcle endeavors.

If you want more WrestleMania quizzes, here’s a listing of every one with an appropriate tag. Check out the Sporcle WWE Facebook page for more great quizzes, and you can always email me (nscox22@hotmail.com) for feedback or suggestions for curator picks!

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