Top Tweets (11/11/14)

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: Bite My Shiny Metal Badge, Breaking Badge, and Remote Controlled

Time to barricade yourself in with Netflix and snacks, because TV themed badges are here!

Futurama_1Bite My Shiny Metal Badge: Good news, everyone! You don’t have to deliver anything today! Instead, earn this badge by playing 25 Futurama games, thereby proving your worth as a Planetary Express employee.

BreakingBadge_3Breaking Badge: Pay tribute to Walter White and his schemes by getting 100% on Breaking Bad: Dead or Alive? and the Breaking Bad Criteria Quiz. We’d prefer it if you didn’t use your Sporcling knowledge to start a drug manufacturing business, though.

TV_Overdose_2Remote Controlled: You know those days when you turn on the Food Network just to see what’s on for the next five minutes, and then end up watching Iron Chef for the next three hours? This little badge is our version of that. Earn it by playing 25 games in Television in a single day.

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

Top Comments of the Week (11/07)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Holidays by Cake

Everblue: Having cake on Pi Day is blasphemous.


2. From: Famous Foursome Safe Cracker

cambyrdI like that it makes absolutely no difference whether you use the first names or the last names for The Beatles.


3. From: Rhymes With Jump

crazydiamond1to9What if you’re getting over the mumps and you just have a single mump? What? That’s a word! Like if you have a ricket or a single rubellum!


4. From: Really Bad Analogies

syzygysbI blazed through this quiz like a mastodon swimming in the La Brea Tar Pit.


5. From: Names That Sound Familiar

sunnyskates8I kept trying to figure out who someone named Falconking would be. Apparently, Atlanta has two sports teams named after birds of prey and I need to follow sports more closely.

21 Quizzes You Might Have Missed (October 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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Featured Game of the Week (11/5/2014)

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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Nine Number Logic Puzzle

by sparkey77

Featured October 30, 2014

 

About the Quizmaker

Nine Number Logic Puzzle is sparkey77′s first quiz to be published! He has contributed 11 other quizzes, all logic puzzles. He’s been a Sporcle user since August 2013 and has played almost 1,200 games since then. He has 14 badges and has left 71 comments.

What’s the Quiz About?

Nine Number Logic Puzzle is a quiz that asks you to figure out which number goes in which box. There are 25 boxes, and each of them has a number (1-9) in it. It’s up to you to figure out which number belongs in each box. Like with any other Logic Puzzle, there are hints to help you along the way to solving the puzzle. This quiz requires no guessing to know which number goes in each box. You also don’t need any prior knowledge to help you with the hints, just a basic understanding of arithmetic. This is a particularly tricky Logic Puzzle, with only 6.3% of people getting all the numbers right. Many users played this quiz multiple times in hopes of getting a higher score. Logic Puzzles are tricky to do but when you finally get 100%, it’s very satisfying. How many tries will it take you to figure out the logic puzzle?

What did Users Think?

el_bandito commented “managed to complete it first time :) really enjoyed it – thanks!”

Truvy wrote “loved the game! Needed to think and reread some clues many times, that’s the fun of the game :)”

And beletbon commented “one of the harder puzzles I’ve taken on this site, but really enjoyable! kudos!”

Nine Number Logic Puzzle was played 48,540 times while it was on the front page, and it ended up with a rating of 4.4.

Top Tweets (11/4/14)

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: The Great One, Frequent Flyer, and Adroit Olympian

Fly high with these new badges – whether it’s with a slap shot, an itch to travel, or an ancient Greek god.

TheGreatOneThe Great One: Calling all hockey fans…this is the badge you’ve been asking for! Wayne Gretzky is the only professional hockey player in history to have scored 215 points in one season. You might never make it into the NHL, but you can show your love of the sport by playing 215 NHL games and earning this badge.

FrequentFlyer_1Frequent Flyer: Travel a lot? We have a badge for you! Demonstrate your airport savvy by earning this badge – all you’ll need to do is get 50% on JFK International Destinations, Nonstop from the US to Paris, Countries with the Most Airports, and Which Flight is Longer?.

Mythology_3Adroit Olympian: We like mythological stories that involve people getting turned into trees and Zeus throwing lightning bolts everywhere. If you’re like us and ancient myths and creation stories float your boat, then pick up this badge by playing 25 games in the Mythology subcategory.

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

Top Comments of the Week (10/31)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Complete the Chuck Norris Joke

mutigerinky: Chuck Norris’s quiz on Sporcle is currently getting a rating of 8.4 Globes.


2. From: Most Spoken Languages in the USA

Marsupial_NinjaFor some reason I though there’d be more Klingon speakers in the US…


3. From: Songs That Get Their Facts Wrong

AzazelloWhat about “I can’t get no satisfaction”? I call BS. That dude got so much satisfaction.


4. From: British Desserts

JAMO_PeddlesI’m sad to inform that being British doesn’t guarantee getting a full score on this quiz.


5. From: America’s Favorite Sandwich Fillings

richard_trkThe fact that this list doesn’t include salami makes me weep for humanity. WEEP.

Greetings from Kyrgyzstan (Part II)

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Month two in Kyrgyzstan is drawing to a close, just in time for winter to really begin. I am all prepared for the snow (which has already begun to fall) thanks to a large, puffy “Russian” coat that I successfully haggled for and purchased recently from ‘Dordoi’ – the largest market in Central Asia.

If you loved corn mazes as a child, or have always wanted to be in ‘The Labyrinth’, I strongly recommend you make your way here. I’m fairly certain some people never find their way out of the sea of stalls and vendors. Want dishwashers? Check. Want fresh fruit and veggies? Check. Want a cart of cow’s feet? Oh buddy, you better believe they got it (I know this for a fact as I was almost ran over by said cart).

Outside of the cart incident things are going well, and this post is going to focus on what I’m doing, and where I’ve been since I’ve arrived.

A Tour of the East

DSC02302Throughout the week I continue to study Russian language (each grammatical construct mastered is an accomplishment), and learn about Central Asian history and politics. On the weekends I explore. Thus far my wanderings have taken me east to the base of the mountains that border China, just along side the region known as Issyk Kul. After the Caspian Sea, Issyk Kul is the 2nd largest saline lake in the world and it never freezes, essentially making it Kyrgyzstan’s version of Hawaii. While there we learned how to build the nomadic structures called yurts (hello future resume skill), rode horses and hiked up the mountains in search of elusive waterfalls. I also really enjoyed hearing all the folk tales on how Lake Issyk Kul originated.

My favorite is the story that says two young men fell passionately in love with a Kyrgyz woman, and asked her who she loved more. Unable to decide, she cried so hard she formed the lake from her tears and disappeared into it. The men, not having received an answer, turned into the north and south winds and battle to this day for her love.

It’s All About Manas

IMG_0527In the complete opposite direction, I also visited the region of Talas in the west. This trip entailed one of the most breathtaking, winding and treacherous mountain passes I have ever had the pleasure to drive through. Talas is most famous for being the reputed birthplace of Manas, the Kyrgyz hero.

The Epic of Manas has been sung and told for over a thousand years. If there is one word I can use to describe the culture of Kyrgyzstan is would be “Manas”. While there, we were taken in by a very friendly and hospitible Kyrgyz family and then spent the next day wondering the Manas burial complex, listening to the epic story told in pieces (it takes days to hear it all, but here is a cool excerpt from a famous Kyrgyz film), and getting stuck behind seemingly endless herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and horses.

Kymis to Meet You!

kymisIn Talas I decided to kick it Kyrgyz style and live it up with a large bowl of Kymis. What is Kymis? I’m glad you asked. Kymis the national drink of Kyrgyzstan and at this point the most interesting thing I have ever drank. Kymiz is mare’s milk that has been put into the stomach of a sheep (much like Haggis) and then left to ferment for a few days.

Traditionally, it was left to hang in a pouch outside of the yurt. It was considered polite for all passer-bys to take the stick called a “Bishkek” and hit the bag, stirring up the contents of the milk to keep it rich and smooth. After fermenting for a few days, it is served at room temperature. Words cannot accurately describe Kymis, all I can say that is tastes like very salty and sour yogurt. It reputedly has great health benefits and is slightly alcoholic.

Featured Game of the Week (10/29/2014)

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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Click a Kate

by trusting365

Featured October 23, 2014

 

About the Quizmaker

Click a Kate is trusting365′s 5th quiz to be published but she’s contributed 376 other quizzes. She’s been on Sporcle since November 2011 and has played almost 6,000 quizzes since then. She has 27 badges and has left 774 comments. Keep up the good work, trusting365.

What’s the Quiz About?

Click a Kate tests how well you know famous people named Kate (or Catherine, Katie, etc.). You are given a description of a Kate and you have to click their last name. First names are omitted since everyone in this quiz has the same (almost) name. There are 20 Kates in this quiz and you have 5 minutes to figure them all out. Kates mentioned vary from Katie Holmes to Catherine the Great.  No matter whether you know history, music, movies, or reality television, there’s a Kate in this quiz for you.

Click a Kate was played 32,591 times during its stay on the front page and finished with a rating of 4.1.