Opportunities like this only come once every 4 years. There are some of you out there who won’t get the Hey, it’s Leap Day! badge this February 29th. And that’s okay. There are plenty of things you can do to bide your time until your next chance for the badge. Here are some of our personal suggestions:
1. Get your Master’s degree.
Apparently, some employers aren’t accepting PhDs from Sporcle University. It’s not an “accredited university” they say. Well this is your chance to prove to them you have what it takes.
2. Potty train a child
We didn’t say these were all FUN things.
3. Learn a foreign language
Some languages are more difficult than others, but chances are you can get yourself around a country pretty well with 4 years of language study.
4. Listen to André 3000 say “alright” 9,660,255 times
If you thought Matthew McConaughey was the only king of “alright, alright, alright” you’d be al-wrong. André 3000 makes a strong challenge in the 2003 Hit of the Year “Hey Ya!”. If you listened to this song constantly for 4 years, you’d have been serenaded with 9,660,255 alrights.
5. Walk halfway to the moon
Supposing there was a road from Earth to the moon, you could make it 49.16% of the way there before getting another chance to earn your Leap Year Badge.
6. Forge a 1/206,515,384,615,385 scale model of the Death Star entirely from your blood
Who doesn’t want a little Death Star made from their own bodily fluids? Unlike the unrealistic suggestions on this list (looking at you, potty training) we think you guys might actually do this one, so here’s the math:
365 days in a year × 4 years ÷ 56 days between donations × 1 pint per donation = 26 pints of blood. There’s about 250mg of iron in a pint, so that leaves you with 6.5 g of iron.
The Death Star has a volume of 17.16 quadrillion cubic meters. Given a 1:9 ratio of outside:inside volume, that would require 1.71 Quadrillion cubic meters of iron. That’s approximately 13,423,499,999,999,999,082,496 g of iron. With your 6.5 g, your scale model would be 1/206,515,384,615,385 the size of the real thing.
Pinterest tutorial coming soon.
Afraid of needles? You can also watch the entire new set of Star Wars movies. Episode IX is slated to come out in 2019, so you’ll even have an extra year for making your own movie: Darth Vader’s Dance-Off.
7. Print out 143,671,981 pictures of Kanye West’s face
Here’s your chance to love Kanye almost as much as he loves himself. The fastest printer, according to Guinness World Records, is able to print 500 pages in 7 min. 19 sec. Find a good picture of ‘Ye, set the printer to 143,671,981 copies and you’ll soon be able to swan dive into your ever-growing pool of Kanyes.
8. Make the trek from Hobbiton to Mordor 7.89 times
It took Frodo and company 185 days to reach Mordor. Hobbits have tiny legs, so we’re confident you could make it in even less time.
If that sounds like too much effort, you can also read about Frodo and Sam‘s journey 50 times.
9. Run out of time on the Countries of the World quiz 140,133 times.
That said, by the time you hit 3,092 plays you should probably have them all memorized.
10. Complete 227 marathons… in the body of a tortoise
The giant tortoise is excruciatingly slow. With 4 years, though, you could walk 227.36 tortoise marathons.
11. Serve the prison sentence for liberating 5,888 garden gnomes
In 1997, three men from the Garden Gnome Liberation Front were arrested under possession of 184 stolen garden gnomes. They were given prison sentences of 1-2 months for their actions. Given a prison sentence of 1.5 months per 184 gnomes, you could serve the sentence for liberating 5,888 gnomes in your 4 years of waiting.
12. Make 105,120 cups of guacamole
According to Alton Brown, the best guac takes 1 hr 20 minutes to make. It has an hour of downtime, but since we haven’t let you sleep in any of the other calculations, you can sleep between guac batches. Each batch makes about 4 cups of guac. We *hope* that 105,120 cups of guac will hold you over for a while.
If you don’t need 105,120 cups of guacamole, of course, there’s an easier option: get your Leap Day badge this year! Mark your calendar now or spend the next 4 years kicking yourself in your badge-less behind.
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.