New Badges: Red, Red Wine, Map Time, Record Collector

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From box to bottle and from Bieber to Beethoven – there’s something for everyone.

Red, Red, Wine Badge IconRed, Red Wine: Practice your swirling, sniffing, and sipping for this one. You can earn your wine legs by scoring 50% or more on Wine Producing Countries, Wine Regions of France on a Map, and Red Wine or Not?.

maphatbadgeMap Time: Mapping at work will probably get you in significantly less trouble than napping at work, and it’s almost as refreshing. Play 25 map quizzes in one day to get this badge.

Record Collector Badge IconRecord Collector: Play all the quizzes for this badge backwards and you might find a secret message! Or at the very least, gibberish that sort of sounds like a secret message. Get this badge by playing 25 Album quizzes.

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

Top Comments of the Week (04/22)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Languages in Languages

MrChewypoo: “Hm… no uɐᴉlɐɹʇsn∀ ?”


2. Quiz: ‘R’ and ‘R’

qbruby: ”Without reading the entirely of the clue, for “A death defying game of bravado” I immediately typed Red Rover. Some of us had more traumatic childhoods than others I suppose…”


3. Quiz: Click the Alphabet

hbaker: “Glad kindergarten finally came in handy.”


4. Quiz: ‘When Doves Cry’ Lyrics

GilvearSt: ”On the upside, I bet Prince and Bowie are having the best jam session ever right now in heaven.”


5. Thread: Czechia

rockgolf: “Some editors are going to have a large number of quizzes… [puts on sunglasses] …to Czech. YEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!”

This comment was originally posted on Sporcle Groups. We’ve noticed some great stuff going on in Groups and want to share the puns, sarcasm and witticisms with everyone. Top Comments will include a mix of quiz comments and Group comments from here on out. 


New Badges: Coast to Coast, Silly Sixes, and Badge of the Century

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O Beautiful for spacious maps, and orange ladders of words, for minefield sorting galleries…

Coast to Coast Badge IconCoast to Coast: From sea to shining sea… and then some, because Alaska and Hawaii just have to complicate things. Earn this one by getting 100% on US Cities: North to South and US Cities: West to East.

Silly Sixes Badge IconSilly Sixes: This badge might be more formally known as hexa-preposterous, but what’s in a name? It’s pretty much six of one thing, half a dozen of another. Play 25 6-minute quizzes in one day to get this badge.

LOSTBADGEBadge of the Century: For this badge, play 1 history quiz a day for the next century. It’ll be like a family heirloom! Just kidding. Playing 25 Century quizzes will show off your history knowledge and earn you this badge.

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

Top Comments of the Week (04/15)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Confusable Countries: Cardinal Directions

EzrianBashirax: “Trying to picture directions in my head made me crazy. I am hereby declaring myself non compass mentis.”


2. Quiz: Tiny Almost Useless Trivia XII

Tinboy123: ”What thinks the unthinkable? An itheberg. I’ll show myself out.”


3. Quiz: Find the Four-Letter Countries

Azazello: “Spent 4 clicks blindly fumbling through Oceania looking for Fiji. I can’t find it on a laptop and yet some people can find it in a canoe from New Guinea. Fail.”


4. Quiz: Amazon Movie Reviews II

strags11: ”The reviewer is correct: Inside Out is not scientifically accurate. The five emotions that guide my brain are Joy, Sadness, Snark, Trivia, and Locate Beer.”


5. Quiz: Click the US States in Alphabetical Order

merino: “I guess being forced to memorize “Fifty Nifty United States” in 5th grade music class wasn’t such a waste after all.”


New Badges: Listen Up!, Cinco de Mayo, and Late Nite

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Abbreviations like ‘Nite’ aren’t really saving you many letters in the long run – it’s all  about style.

Listen Up Badge IconListen Up!: There’s always that one friend that skips a song or changes the radio station every ten seconds when they’ve got control over the music. They’ve really been preparing you for this badge. Earn this one by playing 25 Clip quizzes.

Cinco de Mayo Badge IconCinco de Mayo: Holidays that are named after their own date are so convenient; they’re basically impossible to forget. On May 5, earn 50% or more on Mexican Food, Beers of Mexico, and Cinco de Mayo to earn this badge.

Late Nite Badge IconLate Nite: Why count sheep when you can just tire your brain out with Sporcle quizzes? Play 15 quizzes between 10:00pm and midnight in one day to earn this badge. Plus, if you have that “taking a test” nightmare, you’ll actually nail it.

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

Top Comments of the Week (04/08)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: Find a Fourth III

EzrianBashirax: “I was going to guess “Pestilence, War, Famine, and Gas”, but I realized I was confusing the clue with Thanksgiving dinner with my family.”


2. Quiz: Name That Bird!

Nspyred: ”Is that an African or European Swallow?”


3. Quiz: Name That Bird!

DerekH: “I didn’t get partridge because it wasn’t where I expected it to be – in a pear tree.”


4. Quiz: Drop a T

Paulie716: ”Ghostlies – A collection of lies from a ghost. It should count.”


5. Quiz: Famous Person by Last Will

jjf: “”I give unto my wife my second best bed.” Mighty generous of you, Mr. Shakespeare.”


New Badges: Think Greek, Greatly Stately, and Stay Classic

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Style points if your Classic quizzes this week tackle classic rock, classical music, or Classical Greece.

Think Greek Badge IconThink Greek: Greece brought us the Olympics, the Hippocratic Oath, and the marathon. Say thanks by earning this badge – just get 50% or more on Country Quiz: Greece, Largest Islands of Greece, and Most Populous Cities in Greece.

Greatly Stately Badge IconGreatly Stately: Ohio, how are you? Iowa-s going to make some state puns, but I’m afraid Illinois you. Anyway, the Maine idea here: Play 250 State quizzes to show off your stately skill.

Stay Classic Badge IconStay Classic: The new, hip thing may be fun for a while, but there’s nothing quite like going back to the originals. Play 25 Classic quizzes in one day to earn this badge.

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

WrestleMania 32

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Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the Sporcle WWE curator nscox. 

On Sunday April 3 I will be in attendance at one of the greatest spectacles in live entertainment. A show that sells tens of thousands of tickets based on the name alone and is a massive draw around the world despite getting little mainstream support.

I am referring, of course, to Iron Maiden.

Meanwhile, while I am rocking out, another big show will be taking place in Dallas, Texas. Its name? WrestleMania 32.

This is the third time I have written a WrestleMania blog for the good folks at Sporcle. Will this be the equivalent to WrestleMania III, which is one of the most important WWE shows ever? You be the judge.

I am nscox, and I am a wrestling (and Iron Maiden) fan. Since 2011 I have been the curator of the WWE subcategory (as well as Canada and the Olympics).

A Brief Guide to Wrestling

The WWE has several weekly shows, most notably Raw. These programs help to 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 thanks to the introduction of the WWE Network. There are usually 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 in recent years gets the full stadium treatment. In other words, 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” (but better descriptions include “staged” and “predetermined”) but it does take a lot of skill and work to do safely. The foundation of training is to learn how to perform these moves with minimal risk but even then accidents happen or damage adds up over time.

This is the third WrestleMania to emanate from Texas. The previous ones were in Houston: 17, which is widely considered to be one of the best WWE shows ever, and 25, which was the site of Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, another one of the best-ever WWE matches. Will this show live up to those standards? Time will tell.

WrestleMania 32: Negativity Reigns

It’s easy to be negative about this year’s card, which has featured a somewhat lethargic build and has matches that are hard to care about. Unfortunately, WWE has been bitten hard by the injury bug in the last year. Missing out on this show will be major stars such as John Cena, the now-retired Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins and a number of other great wrestlers. The result of this is that the top two matches feature only one regular wrestler, and three others who are part-timers in their late 40s or early 50s.

Rather than use this as a chance to complain, I will try to be positive. As usual you can split the show into the top half, which are the meaningful matches that most people buy the show to see, and the bottom half, the matches that cram in as many wrestlers as possible so they can get a big payoff.

The pre-show will feature The Usos facing off against the legendary duo of The Dudley Boyz. The third annual Andre the Giant Battle Royal features a weak lineup but should be good, if given time. A non-title handicap match will pit the popular trio The New Day (who are Tag Team Champions) against the considerably less popular quartet of the League of Nations. The United States Championship match will feature the masked Kalisto defending his title against the larger (and hungrier) Ryback. The women of the WWE are represented in a three-way match for the Divas Championship featuring Charlotte Flair (daughter of Ric) defending against Sasha Banks (cousin of Snoop Dogg) and Becky Lynch (no notable relations). And finally the undercard is topped off by a seven-man ladder match where Kevin Owens defends his Intercontinental Championship. Ladder matches are good, and this should be no exception.

In what could be the match of the night, Chris Jericho faces off against A.J. Styles, who debuted earlier this year amidst much fanfare. WWE, in their infinite wisdom, dubbed this 15-year veteran who has wrestled all over the world “The Rookie Redneck”. Brock Lesnar is back and he faces Dean Ambrose, who is gaining popularity. Expect Lesnar to win a good match. In what has been the most heavily promoted match (and could be the main event), The Undertaker will face Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell match for what basically amounts to control of the company. Shane returned earlier this year to a hero’s reaction but it is very weird seeing a 46-year-old non-wrestler face The Undertaker, who at one point had a 21-0 win streak. And the really weird thing is that most figure Shane will win. Finally, in what could be the main event, Triple H defends the WWE Title against Roman Reigns, who will likely win.

The Post-Match Promo
Another year, another blog. Thanks for reading and hopefully some of the things you learned will help you in your future Sporcle endeavors.

I’ll end this with a few inspiring words…

“Assume the controls, Hulk Hogan. Shove that control into a nose dive Hulk Hogan! Push yourself to total self-destruction. As you realize Hulk Hogan, you are about to enter a world close to Parts Unknown.”

And that sums it all up.

If you want some 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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Top Comments of the Week (04/01)

Top Comments of the Week

From Dad Jokes to puns and all in between, Sporclers know how to make us laugh.

Here are this week’s best examples:


1. Quiz: 20 Country Snapshot II

EzrianBashirax: “Oman, I was hoping Iran to the comments section to post something witty and entertaining before some Turkey ruined it with the old Palestine argument, but I see Egypt me out of that privilege. I don’t know what goes through the Bahrains of these people, but Israeli getting old.”


2. Quiz: Sesame Street Characters

Eskimoed: ”Can no one else see Snuffleupagus?”


3. Quiz: Four Artist Song Sort

LisaSimpsonOH: “The mental image of Jay-Z performing “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” from “Annie” makes this quiz about 4 acts I know nothing about totally worth it.”


4. Quiz: Batman Villain Match-Up

Cooldude9000: ”Man-Man was bitten by a radioactive man and gained all the powers of a man.”


5. Quiz: Animal Cakes

Esme: “BRB, gotta go draw that cow like one of my French girls.”


New Badges: Best 2 Out of 3, Space Cadet, and Loco Logos

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Is it even possible to be good at rock, paper, scissors without cheating?

Best 2 Out of 3 Badge IconBest 2 Out of 3: You have to take it on faith that paper beats rock. Maybe the rock is claustrophobic. Maybe the rock is solar powered. Maybe the paper is sandpaper. Anyway, earn this badge by getting 100% on Click-Paper-Scissors.

Space Cadet Badge IconSpace Cadet: Put the word ‘space’ in front of anything cool and it’s instant sci-fi gold. Other options include ‘Star’ and ‘Earth’. Get 50% or more on Sci-Fi Movies by Tagline, Greatest Sci-Fi Movies, and Sci-Fi Movie Posters for this badge.

Loco Logos Badge IconLoco Logos: Logos are designed to be memorable, so if you do poorly on these quizzes, you have someone else you can blame. Play 100 Logo quizzes to earn this badge.

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