A curated line of jigsaw puzzles for inquiring minds, on pre-sale now from Snopes.com.
2020 was a difficult year — misinformation, hoaxes, and nefarious disinformation was running rampant online just as much of American life moved into quarantine and onto the internet. And, while we worked hard to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date research to navigate this misinfo minefield, it came at a cost.
Now that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight, our readers are eager to get outside. So are we! But it means that Snopes has taken a significant financial hit.
So, we came up with a way to have fun offline and ensure that our newsroom is around during the disinformation crises that are sure to come.
Solving Problems with Puzzles
Let’s party like it’s 1994.
Snopes.com, the internet’s premier fact-checking resource for almost 30 years, is ready to take its love of myths, memes, and general internet weirdness and into the real world. And, with Snopes Party, an experimental line of real-life games, toys, and activities, we’ll be bringing our fact-focused quirkiness offline.
We’re getting this party started with some brain-tingling jigsaw puzzles based on custom artwork, unique photos, and even depictions of classic Snopes fact checks. So what puzzle will you get? Let’s just say it’ll be a good ol’ fashioned mystery!
In our initial run, we’ll be designing several 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles. You can either purchase one mystery puzzle or a pack of three.
We wanted to bring some classic internet uncertainty to the party, so those who order puzzles will get them selected randomly(ish).
Once puzzles are shipped, and we’re pretty sure most of you have received them, we’ll be hosting an offline Snopes Party so we can all puzzle together — and share in some other Snopes-y activities as well! Stay tuned for more information about this global event.
To kick this party off, our hope is to receive 2,500 pre-orders within 28 days to help fund the initial run of puzzles. If we’re able to get 2,500 pre-orders, the first batch of puzzles will be shipped in time for the holidays (but, fingers crossed, much sooner!)
If we don’t reach 2,500 pre-orders, we’ll likely have to cancel this project. In this case, your money will be refunded.
And while we’re just setting our sights on 2,500 pre-sales, if there is a profound interest in supporting us in this way, pre-selling 25,000 or 250,000 would fundamentally change the impact and scope of our crucial fact-checking work. So, change everything for us, why don’t ya.
We’ve been researching and documenting the best, weirdest, and wildest stories on the internet since the 1990s. Purchasing a puzzle is just the latest way to ensure that we are around for the next time a photoshopped image takes the internet by storm, a copypasta with misleading advice goes viral, or a disinformation campaign rears its ugly head.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the puzzles be based on?
We’re still deciding how many designs we will ultimately print and include in the batch of mystery puzzles. You can rest assured that all puzzle designs will be suitable for all ages and people with taste.
Can I choose which puzzle I want?
Where’s the fun in that? If this campaign succeeds, the most enjoyable puzzles will be available for purchase. Let’s work together to make that happen.
If I buy a three-puzzle pack, will they all be different?
If you buy a three-pack, we will ensure that each puzzle is unique. If you order more than one puzzle or pack in separate orders, we cannot guarantee that you won’t end up with duplicates.
When will the puzzles ship?
Once this project has enough pre-orders, we’ll be able to start production on the puzzles. We’re aiming to ship them in time for the 2021 holiday season, and we’ll keep you all updated on our progress.
Is this a monthly subscription?
Nope. This is a one-time payment. But if you’re interested in some sort of puzzle-of-the-month club, let us know.
Can I buy mystery puzzles in bulk?
Umm, yea. I mean, if you like us like us, just send us an email.
What if I want to support Snopes, but I’m not really into puzzles?
First of all, puzzles are great. But if you’re really not into them, we get it, they’re not for everyone. Another great way to support Snopes is to make a contribution. Direct contributions to Snopes go entirely to supporting our mission.
What should I do with my puzzle when I am done with it?
We don’t want any puzzles to end up in a landfill! Take care of them and hold onto them. Maybe even frame them! If you don't want them in your home, let us know — we have backup plans.
What will this money be used for?
A portion of your money will be used to produce our first line of puzzles; the rest will be used to support Snopes.com and our newsroom.
The puzzles are too expensive. I can get jigsaw puzzles anywhere.
It’s about the experience, man. But seriously. We’re funding our newsroom with this campaign. It’s like a spontaneous car wash fundraiser: you’re going to feel great overpaying for an amateur job.
This is silly. You’re in the fact checking business. What are you doing making jigsaw puzzles?
Is this thing on? I think we need to say it louder. WE'RE TRYING TO FUND OUR NEWSROOM. We’re just having a bit of fun while trying to raise desperately-needed funds, and we love puzzles. What’s not to get?
I hate the puzzle I received. I want a refund or a new puzzle now.
Geez. We said it was a mystery puzzle, not a magic puzzle. We’ll help you re-home it — but we can’t give you your money back. Remember: What you’re really doing is funding our fact-checking (and annoying someone’s relative on social media). If you don’t like your puzzle, we’ll try to make it right.
"By completing this transaction to support Snopes, I understand that I am paying today for a random puzzle I will receive in the future."
- Signed, You