You Can Play Sporcle With Alexa Now


You can now use your Amazon Echo to play trivia. Sporcle recently came out with an Alexa app, so you can quiz yourself on your knowledge of '70s movies, U.S. capitals, sports, and more anytime you want.

Just go to the Alexa app on your phone or in your Amazon account and enable the Sporkle skill. You can say, “Alexa, play Sporkle,” and the voice assistant will quiz you on trivia from whichever category you choose. (The app will prompt you to choose between two random categories, but you can say “new category” or choose a specific one from the list.)

There are currently more than 150 Sporcle categories to play with, including offbeat dives into phobias, auto racing, and even "spices." (Let us know what kind of questions that one throws at you.) New questions will be added weekly.

Those should tide you over until you get back to your computer to take our quizzes.

Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross in an Upcoming Facebook Live Event

Public television hero Bob Ross may no longer be with us, but you can still paint happy little trees in his honor. October 29, 2018 marks what would have been the 76th birthday of the beloved art teacher to the masses, and to honor his memory, the Quarto Group—publisher of the new book Painting With Bob Ross—is hosting a live-streamed painting party online.

Painting With Bob Ross provides step-by-step instructions to help you create some of the master’s favorite oil landscapes on your own. While Quarto’s October 23 painting party (a collaboration with Bob Ross, Inc.) can’t teach you how to mimic Ross's soothing voice, the celebration does include a painting session with Bernie Oropallo, a Certified Ross Instructor, who will demonstrate the techniques that Ross taught on The Joy of Painting.

Promo for The Quarto Group's Bob Ross painting party
The Quarto Group

The live-streamed instructional session will take place within the offices of a youth arts center in Beverly, Massachusetts, called Express Yourself. Oropallo will lead you through the process of painting “Distant Mountains,” one of the artworks included in the new book.

The painting lesson kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET on October 23. To participate, log onto Facebook and head to the QuartoCreates page to join the live event. Before it starts, check out the event page here for a list of the supplies you’ll need to complete the painting. If you can’t make it to a computer that night, grab Painting With Bob Ross on Amazon ($15) to get the next best thing. If that’s not enough for you, we suggest you curl up with the official Bob Ross art book and/or a Bob Ross coloring book.

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