Can you guess the book titles from this tiny sliver of each cover? I’ll give you a hint: They are all fantasy books, and they are all really, really good!
Leave your guesses in the Comments and then check the answers.
With run-on sentences, missing capital letters, and missing punctuation, these celebrities made a lot of grammar mistakes in last week’s Celebrity Grammar Police Quiz! Of course, no one is perfect and and everybody makes mistakes. I’m not judging! I’m just showing you how these sentences are SUPPOSED to look.
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.
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
You know I love the celebrities we get to profile on the STACKS, but I have to reveal a sad truth. While they are all talented and beautiful, they do not always use perfect grammar and spelling when they write to their fans on social media. Shocking, I know, but YOU can help them. Please look at the following sentences and correct the mistakes. They will probably be really grateful for your corrections.
I tried to find a mistake from Dove Cameron but I couldn’t. Her grammar is impeccable! Did you spot the mistakes in all these sentences? Leave the corrected sentences in the Comments and then check your answers.
— Sonja, STACKS Staffer
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?
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:
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
Unscramble the Celebrity Names!
PurpleWizard50 has a new word scramble puzzle for you. Can you unscramble the letters to figure out the names of these celebs? You should recognize a lot of these famous people from their STACKS interviews!
Are you stumped? Click here for the answers.
We thought we would give you a teaser quiz to see if you can guess what blog posts will be coming soon to Ink Splot 26. Can you unscramble the titles of these blog posts that you will be reading on Ink Splot 26 in the coming month?
Hope you like them!
After last week’s Winter Reading Games, gold-medalist BreezeBrain39 submitted these Guess the Book questions. I know the answers to some of these but I might need help with a couple. How many of these books can you guess?
1. Glue stick saves the world.
2. Touch blue and your wish comes true.
3. A wolf, a panda, a leopard, and a bird.
4. The Robie house . . . this story’s plot.
5. A candy-making competition plus secrets.
6. A mouse computer.
7. Mustaches and politics combined.
Leave your answers in the Comments. And go add BreezeBrain39 as a friend!
Although the ice has settled from the Winter Olympics, we’re keeping the torch alive with the STACKS Winter Reading Games. Every day, it’s a different event! Today’s main event is Guess the Book! We’ll describe a book in 1 sentence, and you have to guess the title.
Ready to go for the gold? Begin!
—Ratha, STACKS Writer