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) Movie critics liked Twilight more than they liked The Proposal. There are a few more surprising movies that did worse than Twilight – can you name them here?

Assistant-referee-0022) The “offside” rule in soccer is complicated, but understandable. The quiz explaining the rule will definitely give you things to yell at the ref when he makes a bad call!

3) James Cameron allegedly kept a nail-gun on the set of one of his movies. He used it to nail cell phones that went off to a wall above the exit sign. To find out which movie set this happened on, take a look at Almost Useless Movie Trivia III.

free-texting-app-14) Typing short words very quickly can be hard to do. Only 5% of quiz takers were able to complete the Tiny Word Typing Challenge.

5) Speaking of small clues, even a single word can be helpful sometimes. Most people can recognize famous songs from just one word in their opening line.

Seuss6) Esteemed children’s books author Dr. Seuss was also a political cartoonist. He was the chief political cartoon editor for a New York newspaper called PM for eight years! For proof, and more celebrities and their hobbies, check out Hidden Talents of Famous People.

7) Italians totally use Lamborghinis as police cars. Don’t believe us? Check out Police Vehicles Around the World.

8) The Goonies, Gravity, and Die Hard all share a common bond. And no, it isn’t that they’re all rollicking (or terrifying, depending on how you look at it) adventure stories.

9) Knives, forks, and spoons come in a wild variety. Who knew there was more than just one kind of spoon?

10) Brazil is the only nation that shares the same population and land area ranking number. 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!

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New Badge Alert Email

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Ever forget to earn badges? 

We release a new round of badges each week (on Tuesdays.) But if you’re like us, you already have too many things to keep track of. That’s why we put together the new badge alert email.

No more checking your badge page, scouring the Sporcle blog, or missing the release of a new holiday badge. Start earning badges right away, just by checking your email.

How do I sign up?

You may have already received one of these emails in your inbox. If you haven’t, go to your email settings, and make sure to check the box under Badges that says “ .”

Note: If you’re getting this email, but don’t want to be, go to your email settings and uncheck the box. 

 

Almost Useless Movie Trivia III: 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 Almost Useless Movie Trivia III by Sporcle User RyanM

About the Quizmaker

RyanM made the featured quiz this week, and it’s his 7th quiz to be published. He’s been on Sporcle since May 2010, and has played 1,230 quizzes since. He has also contributed 17 more quizzes and collected 6 badges.

What’s the Quiz About?

This quiz offers a random fact from IMDb about each movie, and asks you to match the fact to the correct movie title. Some facts mention the main actors, others the plot, and some are just weird. Don’t  worry if you haven’t seen all the movies, you can use context from the trivia to help figure it out.

Almost Useless Movie Trivia III was played 27,631 times while it was on the front page, and it received a score of 4.4.


New Badges: Le Badgé, Level Up, and Friday the 13th

Can we offer you Brie and baguettes with your badges?

LeBadge_1Le Badgé: France has left its mark on the world, especially in the realms of art, language, and philosophy. Celebrate it by getting 50% or better on Country Quiz: France, Populous French Cities, Monarchs of France, and Regions of France.

LevelUp_3Level Up: Time for another overdose! This time, you’ll be playing gaming quizzes. Advance to the next level by playing 25 quizzes in this category in one day. Background music not included.

gF4OxatATmghMEXrEU5swi0Z3lkQnM1YIArlArLWpdUFriday the 13th: This day can’t be unlucky if you can get a Sporcle badge out of it, right? Play Friday and 13: The Clickable Love Story, Numbers That Equal 13, and Common Superstitions on Friday the 13th, then collect your badge.

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

Top 5 Comments of the Week (02/27)

Check out our favorite witty commenters below:


1. From: Odd But True Facts II

SynonymToast: It’s true that vaccinations don’t work on trumpets, but it didn’t count as correct.


2. From: Odd But True Facts II

aerodynamic:I kept incorrectly guessing syphilis and thinking, “Dang it, why can’t I get syphilis?”


3. From: Follow That Line: Mitch Hedberg

frenchfry1527I haven’t slept for ten days. Because that would be too long.


4. From: 2 Steps from Dangle

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A piece of yarn til it got tangled
I laughed as she scratched
Til I saw it attached
To my priciest sweater, now mangled


5. From: Ending with ‘A’ Blitz

armadillokingA US president whose name ends with A? Hmm, I don’t know, better start at the beginning…

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.

TCTOPBK1) Tom Cruise sat on the very top of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and lived to tell the tale. He also climbed it, ran along its outer walls, and jumped out one of its windows, all in the name of filming Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

2) People have spent four times as much time watching PSY’s Gangam Style music video as they have building the Great Pyramid. It really makes us wonder how much – or how little – the ancient Egyptians would have done if YouTube had existed back then.

3) Most people can name the three most populous countries in order, but after that, it gets much harder. 

4) “Obstreperous” is an actual word in the English language. That being said, it’s not often that you’ll hear that particular word being used in an everyday conversation.

5) You don’t need to be a botany expert to be able to recognize fruit from pictures of their insides.

6) Only one UK Prime Minister was ever assassinated. Find out who by playing the UK History Grab Bag.

7) It’s possible to recognize great works of art, even after they’ve been pixelatedNow if only it were possible to recognize colors on the internet properly… we’re looking at you, black and blue dress.

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8) Manute Bol, a basketball player from South Sudan, was 7’7″. He wasn’t the tallest man to ever live, but he was definitely up there!

9) You can get from Nigeria to Israel by land and only have to travel through three other countries to do so. Want to test your navigational skills? Try the Border Chain Match-Up!

10) Llamas can run at speeds of up to 35 mph. No wonder the Sun City police force had a really hard time catching two llamas that got loose yesterday! We learned this while researching for yesterday’s #theresaquizforthat tweet. If you haven’t yet, head on over to the Sporcle Twitter feed for more daily facts!

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10 Most Populous Countries in Order: 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 10 Most Populous Countries in Order by Sporcle User jackmerlin

About the Quizmaker

10 Most Populous Countries in Order was jackmerlin’s second quiz to be published, though he’s contributed 30 more, mostly in the Geography category. He’s been on Sporcle since March 2011, and has played almost 4,000 quizzes since then. He’s also earned 17 badges. Thanks for making great quizzes, jackmerlin!

What’s the Quiz About?

Every Sporcler knows the countries with high populations, but can you name them in order? That’s what the featured quiz this week asks you to do. You’re given the 10 countries with the most people, and you must click them in order of most populated to least populated. This quiz also happens to be a minefield, so think before you click.

The quiz will start off fairly easy, most people know the first few, but once you get down to the end of the list, you’ll start second guessing yourself. How many people does Japan have? It’s definitely smaller than some of the other countries, but isn’t it super crowded? Wait, what about Nigeria? It’s this kind of thinking that’ll be the end of you. Go with your gut, with only 2 minutes to answer correctly, you don’t have much time to think this through.

10 Most Populous Countries in Order was played 129,003 times during its stay on the front page, and it ended up with a score of 3.9.


Dancing with the Stars: Season 20 Cast Announced

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Dancing with the Stars has announced the cast for season 20!

This season marks the second decade of the show. It’s a diverse cast, filled with big names and fresh faces. Best of all, there are a number of musicians and athletes – people who should have a good sense of rhythm.

Noah Galloway - Noah is an Iraq war veteran and a double amputee. Now he’s a personal trainer, known for being named Ultimate Men’s Health Guy 2014 by Men’s Health. He’ll be dancing with Sharna Burgess.

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Robert Herjavec - Best known for as a judge on Shark Tank, Robert Herjavec is a Croatian businessman. He will be dancing with returning pro Kym Johnson.

Patti LaBelle - She’s a giant in the music world, with awards and accolades from Grammys to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She’s 70 years old, has plenty of soul, and will be dancing with Artem Chigvintsev.

Nastia Liukin - An Olympic gymnast should find it easy to dance already, right? Paired with five-time winner Derek Hough, she’s sure to be in medal contention.

Riker Lynch - One of the members of R5. His singing and songwriting skills might not make you think of dancing, but any musician worth his salt should be able to at least keep a beat. He’ll be dancing with Allison Holker.

Charlotte McKinney – Here’s a name most people won’t know. She’s best known for a controversial Carl’s Jr. ad that aired during the Super Bowl this year, and she’ll be paired with Keo Motsepe.

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RedFoo - He’s sexy and he knows it, and he isn’t afraid to sing about it. But can he dance? This half of the now-defunct music group LMFAO will be paired with pro dancer Emma Slater.

Michael Sam - The first openly gay NFL player will also be dancing this upcoming season. He’s been paired with Peta Murgatroyd, and since he’s an athlete in a game that requires precision timing, we’re hopeful about his ability to dance.

Willow Shields - Here’s one role that Jennifer Lawrence can’t volunteer as tribute for (at least, not this season). Willow Shields is an actress best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen’s little sister in the Hunger Games movies. After returning from the dystopian future that is Panem, dancing with Mark Ballas can’t be that hard, right?

somersSuzanne Somers - Three’s company, but Suzanne is going to have to be happy dancing in doubles with Tony Dovolani instead.

Rumer Willis - She’s another fresh face, but she is the daughter of Bruce Willis. That’s got to count as being a star, right? She’s also an actress and an artist, and she’ll be paired with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Whitney Carson, a returning pro, will be dancing with another celebrity who has yet to be announced.

Who do you think will win this year and join this quiz


New Badges: Quotent Quotables, Mission to March, and That ’70s Badge

Send in the clowns and bring on the badges!

QuotentQuotables_3Quotent Quotables: Quick – come up with a clever quip! Or you can always peruse the Quote section for memorable speeches and movie lines. Play 50 quotes quizzes and you’ll earn this badge.

MarchBadge_1Mission to March: Sporclers! Boldly go where no quizmaster has gone before. Explore strange new categories and seek out new games and new ideas, and above all play 250 unpublished quizzes in the month of March.

That70sBadge_2That ’70s Badge: Time to bust out the leisure suits and disco beats – we’re going back in time to the 1970s! Get 50% or better on Faces on TIME (1970s), 1970s Blitz, and 1970s World History and pick up this groovy badge as a reward.

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

What If Every Country In The World Had A Population Of 100 Million?

OK, go with us here. What if the world was made up of countries that had an equal population of 100 million? Borders get redrawn, larger countries get divvied up, the works! Well Reddit user DMan9797 thought it might look a little like this.

Check it out:

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For a little comparison, try this quiz that asks you to name the countries that rank in the top 30 in both area and population.