When it comes to Sporcle, curators truly do know best. In this blog series, some of the great curators of Sporcle share their expert opinions on curating, top-notch quizzes, up-and-coming Sporclers, and a wee bit of trivia.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Some website I was on (I don’t remember which one) brought me to the Car Logos quiz, which I enjoyed playing. I looked around more and found the Countries of the World quiz, which happened to coincide with a recent decision to learn all the countries of the world. Soon I had deeply engraved all 196 (and now 197) in my memory and needed more of a challenge, so I memorized the Capitals of the World, followed by the Flags. By the end of it all, I wanted to create quizzes of my own, so I got an account and the rest is history.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
One day I was browsing a profile to look for other quizzes made by that contributor and I noticed some text notifying that the user was a curator, which intrigued me as I had never heard of a curator before then. That encounter led me to do a little research, and I discovered that a curatorship seemed like a pretty cool gig. Fast-forward a few months to when I was anxious to increase my presence in Sporcle-land, so I finally decided to pick up the Alphabet subcategory because I was already pretty knowledgeable. I would soon add also the Logo subcategory because logos were one of my favorite subjects (hence why my first quiz was a logo quiz). Now I love my ‘mini-job’ and have been curating ever since.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
This one comes from the logo subcategory. A lot of people have seen the what the Toblerone logo looks like, but most don’t realize that there is a bear hidden in the mountain. Even fewer people realize that the bear is a nod to the city where Toblerone was invented: Bern, Switzerland, the “City of Bears”. The mountain is the Matterhorn, another nod to Toblerone’s birthplace.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Alphabet: citkeane‘s Alphabet Soup, sproutcm‘s Alphabet Anarchy, and BillyJoelRulez‘s Alphabetical Threesomes.
Logo: RobPro‘s Honest Logos, Derek‘s classic Car Logos, and Slinenfest‘s Angry Brands.
And, satisfying both subcategories, I also need to give a shout-out to needapausebutton‘s Hidden Logos (A-Z Slideshow) which he so very kindly made for me as a Christmas gift!