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?
A long time ago I explained for the old Better Know a Curator blog (check it out here for some nostalgia!) that I received an owl from Professor McRammegall, head of Sporcledor House, bearing a letter that told me I had been accepted into Sporcwarts School of Quizcraft and Quizzardry – which was 100% true.
On arriving, I too was sorted into Sporcledor house, and was inspired to create quizzes after watching the demonstrations by Professor Hejman and Professor Sproutcm, among many, many others. I then entered curating thanks to Professor Beforever, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
Politics is not my first subcategory – in fact it is my fifth! I l love curating, and it was Professor Pausebutton who alerted me to the vacancy in the Politics subcategory after a hiatus from curating while taking my NEWTs*. The thought of returning to curating was irresistible, especially in politics, which I am fascinated by. Being a physics student, this unfortunately bores my friends, so I’ve found the perfect outlet!
*I promise I’ll stop with these references now!
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
The British Parliament (along with other similar bodies) has rules that stop an MP using “unparliamentary language” towards another MP – such as “guttersnipe” or “ignoramus”, or suggesting someone is lying, drunk, or even “dodgy”.
MPs can avoid being ejected though, if they retract the comment or re-phrase their language carefully – Winston Churchill called out “lies” as terminological inexactitudes, and Dennis Skinner, after being asked to retract the statement that “Half the Tory members opposite are crooks” did so by saying “OK, half the Tory members aren’t crooks”!
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Hejman’s A Million Times for President and teedslaststand’s A Million Times for Prime Minister are both great, and Worldwide Referenda by Mateo56.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I love all my Curator’s Picks equally. No, seriously! They’re often very different, and I’ve got loads lined up. So head over to the Politics subcategory page to find them all – and the ones that the wonderful popestcyril made before me.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
This is a hard one. I’ll try to pick some ones that you might have missed – chaosBEE’s quiz Chemistry Pick-up Lines – NO_r_WAY’s quiz What is Kim Jong-Il Looking At?
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
At the moment, the General Discussion page, and the Sports group where myself and LabinotHarbuzi (the Soccer curator) run a predictions game. But recently, I was spending a lot of time on the Sporcle Secret Santa project.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Tons. The first that come to mind are christopherjulia, and Cryptus for his series on British history, The UK in the 20th Century. But I would say that I encounter another quizmaker that I love four or five times a week. Look out also for CGMFan1 and sanders590. I was right last time on the blog when I predicted Aprilli would become a Sporcle sensation so I hope I’m right this time as well!
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
A few years ago, I worked in a calendar factory, but I got sacked because I took a couple of days off.
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.