11 Facts About “Netflix” To Tell Your Friends At Parties

1. Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix after racking up a $40 late fee on a VHS copy of Apollo 13.

2. Netflix become the first original online programming service to earn a Golden Globe.

Robin Wright won Best Actress in a Drama Television Series award for her portrayal of Claire Underwood in House of Cards.

3. Netflix is watched more than any cable network in the United States with more than 40 million streaming members.nf

Almost 30% of US Homes with a TV subscribe to Netflix

4. Netflix launched a contest with a prize of $1 million dollars in October 2006 to improve the Netflix movie recommendation system by 10 percent.benj

It was awarded 3 years later to three teams — an AT&T Research Team called BellKor, commendo’s team BigChaos, and Pragmatic Theory – who joined forces to win.

5. Netflix considers Canada as “Third World” in Broadband Internet rating.

6. Netflix streaming accounts for almost 1/3 of all internet traffic (downstream traffic) in the US.

That’s more than YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Video, and Facebook.

7. Breaking Bad is the most watched show on Netflix.
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8. Blockbuster turned down an offer to buy Netflix for as low as $50 million in 2000.


Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and closed the last of its remaining stores in November of 2013.

9. There’s more British stand-up on US Netflix than on UK Netflix.

10. In March of 2013, Netflix announced a Facebook sharing feature to the Netflix interface.

This lets subscribers in the U.S. see “Watched by your friends” and “Friends’ Favorites” once they agree to share. This was not legal until the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act was modified at the beginning of 2013.

11. In 2011, Netflix announced it was going to split the company into two businesses, with Netflix being the streaming movie business and the DVD-by-mail service would be renamed Qwikster.

They abandoned plans do to this the following month after an outcry from customers.

Broncos vs Seahawks Mascots in This Is SportsCenter Ad

Tensions run high as the Super Bowl approaches.

At SporcleHQ we have many a Seahawks fan (being based in Seattle and all), but there is a Bronco fan in our midst as well. This SportsCenter commercial captures the tension quite nicely.


Trivia factoid for ya: The Broncos’ mascot is named Miles, while the Seahawks’ mascot is named Blitz.

‘Why Did I Get This Tattoo Of A Mustache?

NFL Bad Lip Reading: Back And Better Than Ever!

The folks at Bad Lip Reading are back at it again with a new NFL version. With Peyton Manning, Dez Bryant, Jim Harbaugh, and many more in this installment.

Our favorite might be Colin Kaepernick describing his secret agent mission abroad. These are so spot on it’s hard to tell which is true or false.

12 Oddball Facts About Movies That You Probably Didn’t Know

1. Jonah Hill contracted bronchitis from snorting so much fake cocaine The Wolf of Wall Street.

2. Frozen was the first animated Disney film directed by a woman.

3. If the runway in the final action scene of Fast & Furious 6 were real, it would be at least 26 miles long.

4. To get ready for their roles in Fight Club, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton took lessons in Tae Kwon Do‎, boxing‎ and making soap.
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5. Barkhad Abdi, the actor who played the head pirate in Captain Philips, ad-libbed the films most famous line – “Look at me. I’m the captain now”.

6. Jamie Waylett who played Crabbe in the Harry Potter series was arrested for growing cannabis, participation in the 2011 England riots, and possession of a Molotov cocktail.

6. Sean Connery wore a toupee in every James Bond film.

8. The first American film to show a toilet flushing on screen was Psycho.
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9. The actor who plays ‘Ming Ming’ in the movie ‘Elf’ is played by Ralphie from A Christmas Story.
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10. The “Royale with Cheese” as famously explained in the film Pulp Fiction is not in fact a name for the Quarter Pounder with Cheese anywhere in the world.

11. Charlie Sheen stayed up for 48 hours to achieve the wasted look for his cameo in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off as a drugged-up felon.
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12. The line “I’m the king of the world!” from the movie Titanic was ad-libbed.
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This Could Be The Greatest Sports Commercial Of All Time

Foot Locker, which promoted the brand’s “Week Of Greatness 2013” in November, released this incredible commercial including appearances by Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Dennis Rodman and Brett Favre.

The ad spoofs several memorable sports story-lines and is more than a little hilarious for even the passing sports fan. Check it out:

Common Everyday Uses for a Lightsaber

Yep, we’ve all been there – standing in line at Starbucks and thinking, “If only I had a Lightsaber to help clear this long line, I could get home quicker to watch the game.” In fact, we thought there were probably a few more handy ways a simple Lightsaber could help in the course of a normal day.

Here are some other things that would be much easier to do, if you simply owned a lightsaber:

1) Carve a pretty amazing Jack-O-Lantern


Think of the possibilities

2) Trim the hedges

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No that is not a euphemism for something, hedge work is tough!

3) Slice and toast your bread at the same time

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Mmmmmm sliced bread

4) Miscellaneous crowd control


Particularly when finding General Admission seating at concerts, rushing to catch a departing flight at the airport, or during holiday shopping.

5) Camping

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You’ll feel much safer going to the bathroom in the middle of the night with a sturdy lightsaber by your side.

If you have other everyday uses for a lightsaber, be sure to add them in the comments!

This House Looks Just Like Any Other House. What it Really Is Will Amaze You.

The house at 3215 Wade Avenue is wholly unremarkable. It is minutes from downtown Raleigh, NC. It recently got a new roof. It’s got a nice front porch, well kept lawn, and thousands of people drive past it everyday without giving it another thought.

But trick-or-treaters don’t go there on Halloween. You won’t see a Christmas tree in the window around the holidays. There are no curtains, no mailbox, and no driveway.

That’s because the lovely little house between Dixie Trail and Dogwood Lane is not a house at all. It is something else entirely:

Credit: NPR and Reddit

They Told Him It Couldn’t Be Done, That He Was A Lost Cause

Fullback Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks has been deaf since the age of three. That has not stopped him from achieving his lifelong goal of playing in the NFL (in the loudest stadium on the planet no less).

Today he is the first legally deaf offensive player in NFL history. Now he is sharing his inspiring life story in an inspiring new Duracell commercial

Surprise! Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Perform for Passengers On NYC Bus

Grammy-nominated artist Macklemore (along with partner-in-crime Ryan Lewis) surprised New York City bus passengers with a performance of “Can’t Hold Us” as they rode along Broadway.

A few passengers are visibly confused when the duo began their performance, but it doesn’t take long for them to get into the groove.

The performance was a part of the Grammy’s “Music Unleashes Us” ad campaign. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are nominated for seven awards at the upcoming Grammy Awards.