Sporcle 2020 Year in Review

(Last Updated On: December 17, 2020)

 

Well, here we are, the end of 2020. It has been quite a year with fires in Australia, the loss of Kobe and Chadwick and RBG (and so many others), Brexit, Biden, and, oh yeah, a pandemic that keeps raging. But Sporcle, trivia, quizzes, fun, and facts have continued on. 2020 has been a bit of a butt-kicker, but we won’t let that stop us. In fact, we are starting a new tradition – welcome to Sporcle’s Year in Review!

Users earned over one million more badges this year than last year and played nearly a hundred-million more quizzes. We didn’t quite get to the big redesign that we had planned – though that is still on the horizon. But we did ship two new mobile apps (Sporcle Party and Word Ladder), launch virtual trivia, and continue to add to our Orange features. Oh, and before COVID hit, we completed our big acquisition and expanded our offices in Seattle… which we haven’t been to since March.

We will do our annual quiz year in review each January, but this year we thought we would give an inside look at some data on quiz play, site usage, badge earning, publishes, pub trivia, visits to our bar (yes, Sporcle owns a bar in Michigan), and more. Enjoy.

Sporcle 2020 Year in Review Digital Stats:

  • 320k quizzes created
  • 5,014 quizzes published
  • 1,094,674,512 pages viewed
  • 582 unique users published
  • 167 users who got their first publish in 2020
  • 488,778,249 quizzes played
  • 3,442,458 showdowns played
  • 7,966,503 challenges completed
  • 546,474 comments made
  • 7,546,584 badges earned
  • 3,388,097 Sporcle Blog post views
  • 420,212 views of Sporcle video

Haymaker Public House 2020 Stats:

  • 11,565 burgers sold
  • 26,767 chicken tenders sold
  • 10,443 cookies sold
  • 10,062 chocolate chip cookies given away for free, ’cause the bar is just that awesome
  • 18,673 beers poured
  • 8,521 cocktails served
  • 1,577 carryout orders placed
  • 17,760 Third Party App Orders
  • 276 (and counting) days closed for indoor dining

Sporcle Pub Trivia 2020 Stats:

  • 17,014 Live trivia events hosted
  • 10,779,759 Zoom minutes spent in virtual trivia
  • 662 staff members who hosted trivia

Hardest Pub Trivia Questions:

These are five of the hardest pub trivia questions from 2020 (based on a percentage of correct answers given) at our Sporcle Live and Stump! trivia nights. Answers are provided at the bottom of this post.

  1. Which planet in the Solar System has moons named Miranda, Oberon, and Ariel?
  2. What African country, home to the most French speakers outside of France, is the largest country by area to have never had an athlete earn an Olympic medal?
  3. In addition to the rumba and samba, name one of the other three dances considered by the British Dance Council to be one of the “International Latin” dances.
  4. Ranked by The Ring magazine as the “Best Fighter of the Last 80 Years,” what boxer was unbeaten in 91 consecutive fights from 1943-1951, the third-longest in boxing history?
  5. What actress earned an Academy Award nomination for her role as the title character in the 1980 film Private Benjamin?

Here is a deeper dive on some of the nitty gritty stats for the year.

Most Bookmarked Quizzes of 2020:

  1. 217 – Countries of the World
  2. 107 – US States
  3. 99 – Find the US States
  4. 94 – Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield
  5. 93 – Countries of Europe
  6. 87 – Periodic Table of Elements
  7. 86 – Flags of the World
  8. 74 – Find the Countries of the World
  9. 69 – US Presidents
  10. 69 – Countries of Asia

Most Favorited Quizzes of 2020:

  1. 733 – Countries of the World
  2. 333 – Countries of Europe
  3. 330 – US States
  4. 310 – Find the US States
  5. 250 – Flags of the World
  6. 234 – Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield
  7. 230 – Countries of Africa
  8. 188 – Countries of Asia
  9. 171 – Find the Countries of the World
  10. 159 – US Presidents

Most Badges Earned of 2020:

  1. Asian Adventurer (98,926 earned)
  2. North American Notable (95,696)
  3. The Benchwarmer (86,093)
  4. Oceanian Olympian (82,689)
  5. Film School (78,702)
  6. Overdose (74,005)
  7. Newbie (72,775)
  8. The Conqueror (68,093)
  9. A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That (65,862)
  10. Power Hour (59,005)

Most Published Users* of 2020:

  1. Flick (119 publishes)
  2. sproutcm (102)
  3. Doctor_Arzt (97)
  4. strokes_static (96)
  5. MSUKent (90)
  6. Pilgab (82)
  7. kfastic (78)
  8. Thebiguglyalien (73)
  9. BookishGirl98 (72)
  10. goc3 (69)

* Staff members are not included

Most Published Users Who Got Their First Publish in 2020:

  1. Barbecue (37 publishes)
  2. GeoEarthling (30)
  3. 468178 (28)
  4. t_rev19 (15)
  5. oregonisamazing (12)
  6. Craz3y (10)
  7. SidharthSN (9)
  8. jackaronson23 (9)
  9. captain_marvel (7)
  10. pigeonface (6)

Most Published Categories of 2020:

  1. Just For Fun (1,629 quizzes published – includes daily doses)
  2. Geography (582)
  3. Movies (505)
  4. Sports (359)
  5. Miscellaneous (309)
  6. History (268)
  7. Television (249)
  8. Music (243)
  9. Language (206)
  10. Literature (187)

Most Published Subcategories* of 2020:

  1. Letter (551 quizzes published)
  2. Country (461)
  3. Movie Titles (460)
  4. TV Show (312)
  5. Song (304)
  6. Puzzle (298)
  7. General Knowledge (269)
  8. Word Play (265)
  9. Artist (224)
  10. Movie Characters (222)

* Doses and functional tags (e.g. Clickable) not included

Most Discussed Quizzes of 2020:

  1. Countries of the World (133 comments)
  2. Spacebar Clicker (117)
  3. Sunday Crossword: 2020 Election (111)
  4. What Is It?: Vintage Objects (82)
  5. Frequently Abbreviated Bands (81)
  6. Starting Letters of ‘-Land’ Countries (80)
  7. 16 Little Geography Pictograms III (73)
  8. Unpopular Popular Vote Minefield (70)
  9. Name Any Sequel… Without Numbers (69)
  10. Clickable 1-100 Mines (64)

Special mention to Kobe Hugs (63) and Chadwick Boseman Movies (59)!

Most Showdowned Quizzes of 2020:

  1. Countries of the World (23,894 showdowns)
  2. Iconic 80’s car race (18,770)
  3. Find the US States (18,175)
  4. Spacebar Clicker (12,811)
  5. Food Cubes (12,001)
  6. Find the US States – No Outlines Minefield (11,644)
  7. Name That Fruit! (10,502)
  8. US States (8,782)
  9. 20 Frightening Fruits & Veggies (7,198)
  10. Almost Useless Food Trivia (6,960)

Most Viewed Blog Posts of 2020:

  1. What Is the Real Meaning Behind ‘Ring Around the Rosie’?
  2. What is the NATO Alphabet?
  3. 101 More Interesting Trivia Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
  4. 11 of the Best Star Wars Pickup Lines
  5. A Complete List of Official Disney Princesses

Most Viewed Sporcle Videos of 2020:

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Derek Pharr is Vice President of Product at Sporcle and a content creator. He has been a writer and blogger for over a decade. He enjoys writing about everything from history, movies, geography, and literature to science, life hacks, health and trends in sports. Follow Derek on Twitter @dpharr.