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?
My interactions with Sporcle started in 2009, when I was studying History at University in Cornwall, England. A bunch of friends had stumbled upon it and were trying to get the highest scores on things like Presidents, and I managed to name all the English Counties. This actually led to me visiting all 48 English counties later that year! It took the best part of four months. Not quite as time-consuming as all 50 US States, but still.
I didn’t really interact with Sporcle properly again until 2015: remembering the English counties quiz, I found it again and decided to play some other quizzes, then set up an account. I enjoyed collecting all the badges, but my interest tailed off after a few months and for the best part of a year I only played the odd quiz here and there. Something clearly sparked my interest in August last year because I’ve been a part of Sporcle non-stop since! Then I decided to start making my own quizzes and well, there’s no escape now…
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I made a quiz packed to the rafters with Simpsons Quotes and, to my delight, it got an Editor’s Pick. This made me wonder: why didn’t it get a Curator’s Pick first? So I checked out the subcategories and discovered there was no Curator for Quote! Well, I couldn’t just sit there and let that stand, could I? Quotes are a vital part of our culture: we’ve all quoted stuff in order to try and sound cool in front of our peers, be it a verse from the Bible or a bit of Monty Python.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has over 20,000 entries. That’s madness! You wouldn’t be left with a single original thought if you tried to read it all, but you’d have the best zingers in town…
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
I’ve only been in the job for a month or so, but already there have been some excellent published quizzes of late. I’d like to highlight In Plain English: Twelfth Night by druhutch as it’s a play I love and have been known to quote at length. I could have picked quite a few by druhutch! I also got a huge laugh out of Tr4pD00r‘s Loud Movie Quotes! quiz, which I gave a CP to and was then almost immediately published.
The beauty of my subcategory is that it overlaps a lot of Categories: musicians often say memorable thing; a quote can make or break a historical figure; the potential is almost limitless.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Calvin and Hobbes: Anything But a Bath! by Pushcake is certainly one of them. Pushcake has created a hatful of amazing quizzes and her Calvin & Hobbes playlist is a delight. There is so much wit and hilarity in the comics and I look forward to more quizzes on the boy and his tiger in due course.
‘Sounds Like a Wedding Movie!’ (Clips) by hockeystix3 is equally wonderful and brilliantly put together. I haven’t seen all the movies in this quiz but I really like the mix of quotes used and it’s an outstanding use of audio. It’s also clear that it took a while to make, and any quiz that displays such effort is automatically praiseworthy.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I envy anyone who can make a great Science quiz, and Paint By Trivia: Natural History is definitely a great Science quiz. If only I had half the skill that bhenderson79 does with these things! How many quizmakers can say their quiz involves making a dinosaur mosaic?
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
It varies, if I’m honest with you–it used to be Shameless Promotion when I was starting out as a quizmaker in November, but now it tends to be a mixture of General Discussion and Off Topic. I’m also a big fan of the Sporcle TV group: having Matt and Derek play my quiz on the Friday 13th video made my day and I enjoy suggesting quizzes for the various topics, whether it’s my own or somebody else’s.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Under cover of darkness, using a combination of morse code and smoke signals.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I really like any quiz by hatefulmissy, especially her Paper Dolls! series which seems to have flown under the radar somewhat. JeluPotter25 started curating around the same time as me and her quizzes are a lot of fun too, particularly as a lot focus on Harry Potter (which I like almost as much as TheCleverone does)! royalpink also has some excellent Doctor Who quizzes that are worth a try if you’ve got some wibbly wobbly timey wimey on your hands.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
This haiku’s based on my eyewitness account of a Ford Mondeo running over a seagull:
A seagull flew down,
And promptly came a cropper:
All rather messy.
As for the Dad Joke,
I’d love to tell you some jokes about the Titanic, but all I have is this one liner!
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.