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?
Way back when I wasn’t even a teenager, my uncle showed me Sporcle and let me play Countries of the World on his account. While I “only” got around 100/195, I immediately got hooked on the site and created this account a few days later.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I love geography. When I was very young, I had a U.S. map puzzle that I played with very often. I assembled it so often that I ended up knowing every US state and capital by memory. My knowledge on geography expanded when I had US and world wall maps hung in my bedroom. Every night, I always studied the maps for a few minutes. By the time I was in fourth grade, I was far better at geography at anyone else at my school. I made it to the state finals of National Geographic’s Geography Bee, and have done so every year since. The story of how I became a curator isn’t as interesting. When I decided to be a curator, my subcategory had to be under Geography. City was the most appealing Geography subcategory that was available, so I decided to apply for it; and seven months later, here I am!
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Ushuaia, Argentina is the southernmost “city” in the world, and cruise ships frequently travel between Ushuaia and the Antarctic continent.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
I have to say my favorite city quiz is darinh‘s 50 Largest US Cities Minefield; I played it a lot during my early years of Sporcle. Some other city quizzes I especially like are citkeane‘s US Cities: North to South and Matt‘s Most Populous Cities.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
There are a lot of great quizzes in my subcategory, but I have to say I think that xyz_‘s Cities that Start With… and Sea Cities series are particularly well-made. I also enjoy Cutthroat‘s 10 Most Populous Cities series.
What are you favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I like quizzes I think are funny or gag quizzes, like Barbaloot‘s Things Meat Loaf Wouldn’t Do For Love or Matt‘s Countries of Antarctica. Also, this should be obvious given my username, but I think Digits of Pi is awesome.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
I encourage users to send me links to their quizzes on Sporcle Messages. Although I may not reply for a few days, I will always be sure to.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I think bowsntoys‘s slideshows are quite underrated. I always know I will enjoy them, no matter what the category. They deserve a lot more plays than they get. In my opinion, teedslaststand‘s geography pic-clicks also deserve more attention than they get. They are well made and very entertaining. PrincessMartell is a prolific maker of interesting and fun Quick Picks. I owe a big thanks to her for my Speedy Selection badge. gazzso‘s quizzes are very creative and unusual, but always very fun. The list goes on and on, but I think I’ll stop here.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
No doubt this has been made before, but I made this haiku myself:
I don’t like haikus
They are way too hard to write
Wait, did I do it?
Pearl does a variety of media-related tasks at Sporcle, including blog writing, video production, and social media maintenance. She does research on penguins, enjoys snail mucus in her skincare, and once turned herself Sporcle Orange from eating too many carrots.