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June 24, 2014

World Cup Soccer Trivia Quiz Answers

Posted by at 9:34 am in Summer, Trivia | Permalink

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Attention, all you footballers (or soccer fans if you’re American)! Last week we posted a World Cup Trivia Quiz in honor of all the awesome World Cup soccer action we’ve been seeing. A few teams have already been eliminated.

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How did you score? Check out the answers below!

1. Which country is the reigning World Cup champion? ANSWER: Spain. It won the World Cup in 2010. Sadly for them, they have already been eliminated from the 2014 tournament.

2. Which country has won the most World Cups? ANSWER: Brazil with 5 titles. (#2 Italy with 4 titles, #3 Germany with 3 titles. The U.S. has never won one yet!) UPDATE! After its 2014 World Cup win over Argentina, Germany now has 4 titles!

3. In every country in the world except for the United States, what is the sport of “soccer” called? ANSWER: Football . . . which is funny because around the world, they call American football . . . “American football.”

4. Name the Brazilian player who was named World Player of the Century and is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He won 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970. ANSWER: Pele. His full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He came from humble beginnings in Brazil, and couldn’t afford a soccer ball as a child, so he used to play with a sock stuffed with newspaper tied with a string. He began playing for the Brazil national team at age 16 (!) and went on to score 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. He’s totally a legend!

5. TRUE or FALSE. If you win the World Cup, you have to give it back at the end of your country’s reign. ANSWER: FALSE.  Well, kind of false.  There is ALL sorts of drama surrounding the history of the World Cup trophy. It was stolen twice, and in 1983 a new one had to be created because the original was believed to have been melted into gold pieces and sold by thieves!  So now Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, keeps the official trophy.  The winners are awarded a gold plated replica to keep.

6. TRUE or FALSE. Most American soccer players stay in the U.S.A. instead of going abroad to play pro soccer. ANSWER: FALSE. While many other U.S. sports attract foreign players (like baseball, basketball, and hockey), there is actually a REVERSE migration of American professional soccer players. Many American players leave the U.S. to play soccer in other countries.  Only 3% of World Cup players from any country play for a U.S. Major League Soccer team. 

7. Lionel Messi is currently considered to be the best soccer player in the world, challenging even the great Pele. What country is he from? ANSWER: Argentina. He currently plays for the professional team FC Barcelona (in Spain) but was born in Argentina and plays for them in the World Cup. Although pro soccer players can play for any country, they usually play for the country where they were born, or where they hold citizenship, for the World Cup.

8. Where will the next World Cup be held in 2018? ANSWER: Russia. This will be the first time ever in Russia!

Are you a soccer fan? Or do you just love the 5 Seconds of Summer song “Hearts Upon Our Sleeve?” And more importantly, which team do you support in the World Cup? Yes, 5SOS totally counts. Let us know in the Comments below!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 17, 2014

World Cup Soccer Trivia Quiz

Posted by at 1:22 am in News, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

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What’s the most popular sport in the world? Coming in as the most-watched, most-played in over 200 countries by over 3 billion people . . . soccer! In the streets, in backyards, schools and stadiums, all you need is a ball to get this game going.

As you may know, the World Cup is taking place now through July 13. Out of 209 countries with national teams, the top 32 teams qualified to compete for the title of World Cup champion. All month long, these 32 teams will play matches against each other until there is only 1 victorious team left. Who will it be in 2014?FIFA World Cup 2014 groups

The first World Cup was in 1930, and is held every 4 years. Like the Olympics, it alternates host countries and this year it is in Brazil. How much do you know about soccer and the World Cup? Compete in our Tuesday Trivia Quiz below:

  1. Which country is the reigning World Cup champion from 2010?
  2. Which country has won the most World Cups?
  3. In every country in the world except for the United States, what is the sport of “soccer” called?
  4. Name the Brazilian player who was named World Player of the Century and is considered to be the greatest player of all time. He won 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
  5. TRUE or FALSE. If you win the World Cup, you have to give it back at the end of your country’s reign.
  6. TRUE or FALSE. Most American soccer players stay in the U.S.A. instead of going abroad to play pro soccer.
  7. Lionel Messi is currently considered to be the best soccer player in the world, challenging even the great Pele. What country is he from?
  8. Where will the next World Cup be held in 2018?

So kick off this quiz, and write down your best answers in the Comments below. Click here to check the score  . . . or to see how many you got right, that is!

Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 16, 2014

Writing Prompt: I Am an Expert at . . .

Posted by at 1:37 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Rainbow PenWhat’s your expertise?

Maybe you are a computer coding genius. Maybe you paint the best fingernail designs in your school. Maybe you make better cupcakes than Martha Stewart, can play Minecraft in your sleep, write poetry like nobody’s business . . . or have a talent no one would have ever expected. Or maybe you do something pretty ordinary … with a totally extraordinary twist!

For today’s Writing Prompt, we’ve gotta know:What are you an expert at?

Let’s see how many cool, crazy, funny, interesting answers we get. Leave your “expertise” in the Comments below!

— Ratha, STACKS Writer

June 2, 2014

Liv & Maddie Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:36 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Dove Cameron as Liv and Maddie

Liv & Maddie Would You Rather?

We know you guys are huge Liv & Maddie fans. Our Dove Cameron interview got 295 Comments! Not only is Dove such a sweet, fun, down-to-earth girl in real life (as you can see in this video), but she also starred as the uber-cool snowboarder in Disney movie Cloud 9, and plays identical twins Liv and Maddie on the TV show by the same name: Liv & Maddie. If you’re a big fan, you’re gonna want to answer . . .

Would you rather . . . 

  1. Be a Hollywood star like Liv OR a sports pro like Maddie?
  2. Babysit their prankster little brother Parker OR do homework with super-smart big brother Joey?
  3. Be a triplet of Liv and Maddie OR a triplet of Benji and Joel Madden?
  4. Play basketball with Liv OR go shopping with Maddie?
  5. Wear high tops OR high heels?
  6. Find out you have a long lost twin OR be an only child?
  7. Have your parents work at your school (like Liv and Maddie’s parents) OR be homeschooled by your parents?
  8. See a crossover episode Liv & Maddie Meet the Haunted Hathaways OR Liv & Maddie Meet Lab Rats?

Let us know what YOU would rather, Liv & Maddie style in the Comments below! And as Maddie would say, “Bam! What?”

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

May 22, 2014

STACKS Field Day Games and Activities

Posted by at 1:54 am in Games, Summer | Permalink

Game on!It’s Field Day, STACKS Style!

Does your school have a Field Day? It’s usually a day near the end of the school year where you wear a certain color t-shirt, and play against other “teams” at your school. They have fun games like tug-of-war, kickball, water balloon toss, etc. Well, we have fun games on the STACKS too, so we thought we could have a STACKS Field Day with our games! Just complete the following events to earn bragging rights.

Here’s the lineup:

Make a poster in our Poster Maker Game. You can make it beautiful . . . or ridiculous!!

Build your own robot at the Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot site!

Play Beat the Bell. Collect superhero “powers” and avoid junk food. It’s totally addictive!

Help that famous chicken cross the road in (what else!) the Chicken Road Game. It will make you gobble with delight.

Feed the monsters what they want in Goosebumps Monster Feast … or they might end up eating YOU for dinner!

Compete in 1 or all of these events, and let us know your high score in the Comments. Hope you’re having an awesome last month of school! Go team!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

May 6, 2014

Austin & Ally Would You Rather Quiz

Posted by at 1:43 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Austin and Ally photoAustin & Ally Would You Rather?

He’s an outgoing fun-loving singer and dancer, and she’s an awkward, shy songwriter. Put them together and you have the TV show Austin & Ally! It’s one of the hottest shows out there, and if you’ve watched it, you know why.

They’ve had hit songs on the show, and on the radio. They’ve had a crossover episode with Disney Channel’s Jessie. They’ve been in movies. (Who could forget Ross Lynch in Teen Beach Movie?) But have they ever had their own Would You Rather? I don’t think so . . . until this moment!

So without further ado, Would You Rather . . .

1. Rock out to the song “Double Take” OR “Turn it Up?”
2. Hang out with Dez OR Trish?
3. Work at the beach club OR the music store?
4. Go to an Austin & Ally concert OR an R5 concert? (R5 being Ross Lynch’s band in real life!)
5. Go out to dinner with Ross Lynch OR Harry from One Direction?
6. Be behind the scenes like Ally OR kickin’ it onstage like Austin?
7. Have the next guest star be Selena Gomez OR Pharrell Williams?
8. Have chronic bad breath (like Kira in the “Ferris Wheels & Funky Breath” episode) OR accidentally drink massage oil (like Ally in the “Spas & Spices” episode)?

Let us know what YOU would rather do, Austin & Ally style, in the Comments below!

–Ratha, Stacks Writer

Photo courtesy Disney Channel

May 5, 2014

Save the Planet Writing Prompt

Posted by at 1:54 am in Writing Prompt | Permalink

Earth from space photoHow would YOU save our planet?

With Earth Day fresh in our brains, we thought it was the perfect time to feature a question posted by one of our STACKS users.

“If you could do one thing to help the planet or humankind as a whole, what would it be? Or if you could invent one thing that would forward the advancement of human civilization, what would it be?” AquaCat586
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It could be something real, or something you dream up, something small, or something on a large scale. The sky is the limit! What would you do to help the planet or advance civilization? Let us know in the Comments below!

To talk about more ways to save the earth, go to the Save the Planet Message Board and meet lots of environmental crusaders.

— Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 29, 2014

Minecraft Would You Rather Quiz

Posted by at 1:02 am in Games, Would You Rather | Permalink

Minecraft)Minecraft Would You Rather

It’s the game that’s taking over the world and has people totally obsessed. It’s like building with LEGO bricks, becoming an engineer, and a little bit of killing zombies. You know what I’m talking about: MINECRAFT.

If you play Minecraft, you will like today’s Would You Rather Quiz. And if not, these choices might intrigue you anyway! So jump in. Would you rather . . .Minecraft Redstone Handbook book cover

1. Be attacked by a zombie OR fall off a bottomless pit?

2. Drink a sugar potion to run faster OR a golden carrot potion to see better in the dark?

3. Eat a poison potato OR rotten flesh?

4. Start digging a mine OR start building a farm?

5. Get trapped in a dungeon OR burned by lava?

6. Build a secret underwater glass hideout OR build a roller coaster?

7. Play Minecraft OR watch videos of people playing Minecraft?

Let us know your answers in the Comments below. Before nightfall . . . and the Creepers come out.

—Ratha, STACKS Writer

April 28, 2014

Dork Diaries Dream Cast

Posted by at 1:55 am in Book to Big Screen, Celebrities | Permalink

Dork Diaries book coverWho should be in the Dork Diaries movie cast?

You may have heard already, but the bestselling Dork Diaries book series will be made into a movie in 2015! Cool, huh?

If you haven’t read any Dork Diaries books yet, they’re pretty hilarious. They are written from the diary perspective of Nikki, a 14-year-old middle-schooler, who just transferred to a snooty private school. What everyone doesn’t know is that she is there on scholarship as a part of her dad’s bug exterminator business contract.

Nikki doesn’t fit in with the wealthy, designer-clad students, and spends most of her time alone writing in her diary. Then she befriends two other “dorky” girls, Chloe and Zoey, and discovers the beautiful Brandon Roberts (her crush). But the most popular girl in the school, MacKenzie Hollister, also has a crush on Brandon, and is determined to make Nikki’s life more miserable than it already is.

So . . . before the casting is decided, we want to know who’s in YOUR dream cast? Maybe some big Hollywood exec will even read this post and cast your pick!

Let us know your cast picks for . . .

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Nikki: With her brown pigtails, and artsy, clumsy, and lovably dorky ways, I would choose G Hannelius.

Chloe: She is slightly prissy and a self-proclaimed expert on boys. I can’t decide between Peyton List and Olivia Holt.

Zoey has dark hair, loves self-help books, and acts like a teen Dr. Phil with hoop earrings. Zendaya or China Anne McClain maybe?

Ross Lynch

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Brandon has wavy hair and blue eyes. He’s an animal lover and super-cute dreamboat. Ross Lynch — no contest!

MacKenzie has blond hair, blue eyes, and is as evil as a rattlesnake in lip gloss and ankle boots! I would pick Dove Cameron — not because I think she’s mean, but because she can play all different kinds of girls. She plays 2 completely different people in one show!

List your dream cast in the Comments below. We can’t wait to see who you say!

—Ratha, Stacks Writer

April 8, 2014

Sam and Cat Would You Rather

Posted by at 1:57 am in Celebrities, Would You Rather | Permalink

Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as Sam and CatSam & Cat Would You Rather

They’re unlikely BFFs. Sam is street-wise, rough, stubborn, and sarcastic. Cat is super-nice, bubbly, clumsy, and as some would say . . . not the sharpest tool in the shed! But put them together and you have not only a dynamic duo, but a hit show, Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat!  In it, the girls are roommates, and run a baby-sitting business together.

Why do we love Sam and Cat? There are too many reasons. They’re hilarious, both slightly crazy, not afraid to say inappropriate things. We loved Jennette McCurdy in iCarly, so it’s really fun to see Sam live on. And Ariana Grande, who played Cat in Victorious, has become a major breakout recording star!

Would You Rather . . .

1. Be baby-sat by Sam OR Cat?

2. Eat a giant plate of burritos like Sam OR a giant plate of marshmallows like Cat?

3. Receive for a gift (inspired by the Yay Day! episode): footwash/mouthwash OR a ratty, old pillow?

4. Have Cat read you a bedtime story in her “Cat” voice OR her real voice?

5. Be in a texting competition like Sam OR a mixed martial arts competition like Goomer?

6. Baby-sit the Brit-Brat twins (Remember the British con artist twins?) OR baby-sit Oscar-the-very-accident-prone-boy? (The name says it all!)

7. Go to a taping of Sam & Cat OR see Ariana Grande live in concert?

8. See Sam and Cat in a special movie where they become possessed Halloween demons OR fall in love on Valentine’s Day?

9. Be platinum blond like Sam OR have super-red hair like Cat (which she dyed for her favorite dessert: the red velvet cupcake)?

Let us know what you would rather, Sam & Cat style, in the Comments below!

—Ratha, STACKS Writer