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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?

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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


Absent Letter Countries II: 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 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.


US President or Not?: 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 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.


Don’t Say the 4-Letter Words: 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 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.


Food Expressions: 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 Food Expressions by Sporcle User triviahappy.

About the Quizmaker

Food Expressions was made by triviahappy and it’s her 75th quiz to be published. She’s contributed over 200 more quizzes and has 172 out of 174 badges. She’s played over 30,000 games since she joined Sporcle in May 2009. Also, she’s our curator for the Begins and Ends and Catholicism subcategories.

What’s the Quiz About?

The English language has many strange expressions, especially when it comes to ones that are food-related. This quiz takes the _____ of the crop when it comes to food expressions. Each expression has the food missing and you have to enter the word that would make this expression whole. It’s in forced order, so you can’t just enter foods and hope one shows up. If you miss one, take it with a grain of _____, since expressions are largely regional. There’s no need to cry over spilled _____, just move on to the next one. Hopefully this quiz doesn’t make you too hungry!

Food Expressions was played 26,190 times while it was featured, and ended up with a rating of 4.4.


Top Tweets (1/27/2015)

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.

10 Things We Learned From Sporcle This Week

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Sporcle teaches us so many awesome things every day, and we don’t want to forget them! Here are 10 new facts we learned in the past week to keep us sounding smart.

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1. In 2013, nine babies born in the UK were named Cheese. Learn more Odd But True Facts.

 

 

2. We learned what the word epigram means. Don’t know? Play this quiz to learn for yourself.


3. The Bell Jar was written 18 years after The Catcher in the Rye. Learn what else was Written First?

4. A Chance card can send you to 13 different places on the Monopoly board. How many of them do you know?

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5. Justin Bieber likes his hard hats bedazzled. How do other celebrities wear their hard hats? Find out at Famous… with a Hard Hat.

 

6. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are a couple, just like they were in That ’70s Show. What other couples stuck it out through 2014?

7. At almost 11,000 square miles, the Solomon Islands are the 4th largest country in Oceania. Learn what the other Largest/Smallest Countries Per Continent are.

8. In Office Space, people can go to Chotchkie’s for a burger.krabby patty1

Learn about other fictional restaurants, like the one in Office Space, by playing Fictional Fast Food.

 

 

9. The largest European Football Stadium is Camp Nou, where FC Barcelona can host 99,354 people. Find out what the other Largest European Football Stadiums are.

10. Fog may be as thick as pea soup, but it’s definitely not as tasty. Learn more Food Expressions, hopefully they don’t make you too hungry.

Criteria Animal Species: 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 Criteria Animal Species by Sporcle User mic747.

About the Quizmaker

Mic747 made this week’s Featured Quiz, and it’s his 12th game to be published. He’s been on Sporcle since January 2013, and has played over 23,000 quizzes since then. He is the curator for the Blitz and Lord of the Rings subcategories, and has 163 out of 169 badges. Keep making great quizzes, mic747!

What’s the Quiz About?

Criteria Animal Species tests your knowledge about animals. There are 12 animals to choose from, with a range from walrus to hummingbird. As with all criteria quizzes, this is a minefield. At first, you’re given a list of 12 characteristics (1 for each species), and you have to click the one animal that has all those characteristics. After you click the first one, the bottom characteristic disappears. Now you have 11 characteristics and 11 animals to choose from. And so on and so forth. For this quiz, it’s very important to read all of the characteristics before beginning. With 8 minutes to complete the quiz, you have more than enough time to think through your options. Additionally, it’s not a forced order quiz, so if you’re not sure about the current question, you can skip ahead to one you do know.

Criteria Animal Species was played 49,937 times on the day it was featured, and ended up with a rating of 3.9.


Top Tweets (1/20/2015)

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.