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?
It was definitely when I was in school, the first I remember was someone on the bus was playing a quiz and everyone was trying to suggest answers. I’ve always enjoyed quizzes and puzzles so I started playing Sporcle that evening, though I didn’t make an account until about a year later and it was another year before I made my first quiz.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I was really enjoying the site and community and I thought it would be a fun way to give back and help other quizmakers get noticed. My first curatorship was Best Picture, which has been a fascination of mine, and currently I’m curator for Grab Bag and Song which are perfect because there’s such a wide range of quizzes which I can pick.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Queen created a video of them performing Bohemian Rhapsody to play on Top of the Pops because they thought it was too complex to perform (or mime) live. It was a huge success and kickstarted the trend of music videos in the UK. The song contains references to Islam and Zoroastrianism and the “Galileo” may be a reference to Brian May’s love of astronomy.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Grab Bag: There are some absolute classics in Grab Bag like Famous Threesomes and the Almost Useless Trivia series.
Song: In Song some of my favourites are Opening Lyrics and Music Clip Challenge.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Song: I love a good criteria quiz so I enjoyed The Beatles Criteria, I also really liked Click the First Five Words.
Grab Bag: Some good Grab Gag quizzes I picked are Woodpeckers and 7 to 1: Colours by Shade.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I loved darinh’s flash quizzes which are sadly mainly offline now. I also enjoyed the series of Mini Paint-By-Numbers quizzes by our all-time greatest quizmaster sproutcm.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I always make sure to check out the General Discussion and Off Topic, though my favourite might be the Contests and Collaborations group. I also go on Find the Star though I’ve never come close to winning one.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
I will always respond to private messages asking for help or advice.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
SpanishSpy makes really good map quizzes which helped me get the Map Schmap badge. I’d also like to mention goc3 who is rapidly getting more quiz plays but deserves to be in the top tier of quiz creators.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
“I want to hang a map of the world in my house, and then I’m gonna put pins into all the locations that I’ve traveled to. But first I’m gonna have to travel to the top two corners of the map, so it won’t fall down.” – Mitch Hedberg
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.