Quiz me this!

Quiz_kids_1940s_cardThis month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, drawing from my “Grab Bag of Delectable and Occasionally Edifying Interwebby Wonderments.”

It’s back-to-work Monday, so a perfect time for a bit of brain-stretching fun and games. Yes, that’s right. We’ve reached the letter “Q,” and what better way to reward ourselves for making it this far than by diving into a few quizzes–after we’ve finished our posting and commenting, of course.

There are a bazillion quiz sites out there, most of them utter crap, but never fear. Because I don’t want you to have to endure the same profound irritation I experienced, I scoured the interwebs to come up with this enticing selection of quizzy tastiness just for you.

Encyclopedia Britannica: There’s no subscription required for the quizzes, which is a big yay, because they have bucketloads. You can test your knowledge of cheese facts, world foods, vocabulary, baroque art, world foods, spelling—you name it, they have a quiz. Go on. Clicky click and go get smarter.

The Guardian’s quizzes are often way more difficult than I think they’re going to be, possibly because I’m Canadian and a lot of their content is UK-focused, but equally possibly because I’m not nearly as well informed as I like to think I am. They recently put their Daily Quiz on hiatus, but there are masses of archived quizzes, so all is not lost.

Another favourite quiz is Merriam-Webster’s How Strong is Your Vocabulary? They also have a “Name That Thing” and a “True or False” quiz, which are also fun.

Competitions and Quizzes section of the Oxford Dictionaries site has all kinds of goodies archived for your delectation: What kind of a poem are you? or Are you a nOOb or a netizen? or How well do you know the language of beer? (For the record, I apparently do not speak beer at all.)

How about you? Do you have any favourite quiz sites? Please share the bounty in the comments, because clearly it’s only going to take me a hundred years to get through these links, and I hate being bored.

Listy linky goodness — the interwebs provide!

This month I’m participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, drawing from my “Grab Bag of Delectable and Occasionally Edifying Interwebby Wonderments.”

Are you a listophile? Do you have trouble making decisions without first jotting down a list of pros and cons for each possibility? Do you make lists to decide what gifts to buy your friends and family? About the books you want to read and the movies you want to watch? About how to organize your day, your vacation, the next twenty years of your life? Do you make lists about the things you need to make lists about?

List addiction, people. It’s a thing. And this, I’m afraid, is an enabling post, full of fodder to feed your listy obsession. That’s just the kind of friend I am.

I tend to be a pen and paper list-maker, especially when I’m doing a solitary brainstorm, but I do have an online tool that I kind of love. Wunderlist is an amazing little app that allows me to create and add to lists from any of my devices and to share my lists with others. It’s available for Apple products, Android, Windows, and even Kindle. And it’s free, which is kind of my favourite price point.

That’s pretty much all I need for my list-making exploits, but Mashable has a list of 40 Great Resources for Making Lists. That’s right. 40. Just in case the first thirty-nine don’t quite do the trick.

Listomania isn’t just about the lists we make ourselves, though, is it? No, of course not. It’s about the appreciation of listifying in general. The problem our dear pal the internet is that it is a fertile breeding ground for lists of every description. The 20 best, the 15 most important, the 14 stupidest, the 10 ugliest, the 64 smelliest–our interwebs are awash in lists, lists, and a bazillion more lists.

How’s a person to sort through all that chaff to find the wheat? (Or, if you’re gluten free, the husk from the quinoa?) Well, let me help. I’m sure there are many other awesomely awesome list repositories out there, but this post is already running long, so I will just share two.

1. The Encyclopedia Britannica has a whole section devoted to lists.

If that’s not enough of the listy fantastic for you, you’re going to want to click on over to Listverse and check out their drool-worthy list collection. They describe their site as “a place for explorers. Together we seek out the most fascinating and rare gems of human knowledge…You will always leave Listverse smarter than when you arrived. Guaranteed.”

Well, I don’t know if I leave smarter after a visit, but I certainly leave with a great whack more happy-making trivia jostling for space in my brain. Their lists ranges across multiple disciplines, capturing the fascinating, the silly, the whimsical, the smart-making (guaranteed!), and the grossifying. Here’s a tiny sample for your perusing pleasure:

And that’s it, my friends. Go forth and list it up! Feel free to adorn the comments with listy goodness. Or just grab a Sharpie and listify the nearest wall.