Earlier this week on Reddit, someone posed a pretty great question. Now that the region of Southern Sudan is going to be a brand new country called South Sudan, how is Sporcle going to handle this? We realize that it’s probably not the most important question regarding a country gaining its independence, but for a lot of Sporclers out there this is a pretty big question.
So how are we handling it?
At first, there were just a lot of nervous glances and sweaty palms. Then we just denied it for a while. There’s certainly no way that South Sudan could possibly become independent was the mantra spreading around the office. As we passed through the various stages of grief (the depression stage featured a lot of Taylor Swift songs) we finally came to the realization that we’d better take action and start an inventory of any quiz that might eventually include South Sudan.
As you might expect. There are a lot of them. Obviously the biggest deal will be having South Sudan added to our Countries of the World quiz. In a lot of ways, its the flagship quiz on Sporcle, with a lot of folks working hard to get 195/195. When we add a new country for this quiz, the 319,438 people who have a perfect score on this quiz, will now only have 195/196 answers correct. We know this is going to be traumatizing for more than a few of you.
Another huge update, will be to our world capitals quizzes, the proposed capitol of South Sudan, Juba, will need to be added to all of our various permutations of world capital quizzes. Including 4 Letter Capitals and Capitals per Letter.
Finally, there are just going to be some strange edge cases. In our research, we noted that in quizzes like Snack Countries, we don’t know if most of the sesame seeds in Sudan are grown in the north or the south. Sounds like it might be time to call the U.N. (again) and get their perspective on regional sesame seed agriculture in eastern Africa.
In the end, South Sudan Independence Day on Sporcle will be much like everywhere else on the world, on July 9th, the country will come into existance, with the only difference being you’ll be up late into the night furiously trying to get that 196th country you just can’t remember.
Here’s a sample of just some of the quizzes that are going to change on July 9th: