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?
In December 2008, my daughter told me about this cool site that she had come across and thought I’d enjoy (she was right). She knew how much I loved trivia (Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy!, always running to the internet to check out some fact or statistic that I’d never heard of before, “needing” to check out the definition of a word that I’d come across and didn’t know, etc.) At first I only played occasionally, trying out the early classics (US Presidents, US States, US Capitals, Countries of the World, Capitals of the World), but it didn’t take me long to search deeper and deeper. I soon was playing most days, and then daily. I became obsessed with getting 100% on Countries of the World and then Capitals of the World. I played that quiz every day, and each day I remembered a few more capitals, till I finally got them all.
My family laughed at the mnemonic devices I used to remember some of the capitals that were not familiar to me (What? Didn’t everyone learn the capital of Equatorial Guinea because: the equator is hot —- hot makes me think of the beach —- Malibu is the name of a beach —- Malibu sounds similar to Malabo — and there I’ve got it. Also, didn’t everyone put Ouagadougou to music in their head?) I don’t know why, but I didn’t create my own account until May 2009. Since then, I’ve played every day. It’s my morning wake up ritual. Some people have coffee, I have Sporcle.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
In early 2014, I started considering being a curator. I had been communicating with beforever about a quiz series that he was preparing, and I think I asked him about it. He helped get the ball rolling on that, and Marie got in touch with me about categories that were open. I picked Catholicism because I know a lot about that, and I picked Begins and Ends because I love vocabulary and word play. Plus, it’s one that can cover multiple categories.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
Begins and Ends: Right now, there are only three words in the English language that end in -gry: hungry, angry, and hangry (a portmanteau of the two and newly added to the Oxford dictionary).
Catholicism: The shortest and longest times for electing a new pope:
Shortest: only 10 hours! (Pope Julius In 1503 after the death of Pope Pius III, who died after only 26 days in office)
Longest: 2 years, 9 months! (Pope Gregory X in 1271; The cardinals couldn’t agree, and they were eventually locked in the Palazzo dei Papi di Viterbo. In hopes of speeding up their decision, their rations were reduced to bread and water, and legendarily, the magistrates removed the roof of the Palazzo. After that, it still took the cardinals more than a year to agree.)
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
Begins and Ends: I’ll always have a soft spot for my first curator pick:
Click an ‘-ICK’ by BanjoZebra. I really like these classics for letter endings and beginnings:
Begins with ‘AA’ to ‘ZA’ and Ends in ‘AA’ to ‘ZA’ by betraisefold; Words Ending in ‘AA’ to ‘AZ’ by Chenchilla; and this type for letter group endings – Ends in ‘-QUE’ by Derek. Begins and Ends with ‘K’ by rockgolf is a good one. Ends in ‘-EL’ (A-Z) by Hester_Shaw and Beginnings and Ends III by tobley are both really good. Begins and Ends with Same Letter by luk is a great one for something different. It gets you thinking about multiple categories. And Switching Out Pros and Cons by Tr4pD00r makes clever use of the challenge of beginning letters. Missing Word: ‘H’ Song Endings by caramba is just one example of how versatile this subcategory is; you can use the begins and ends feature with movies, music, science, history, religion, etc.
Catholicism: Well, I have to include Names of Popes by Matt and 7 Catholic Sacraments by Ben. Classics. I like Same-Name Catholic Saints by knope2012 and Pope or Nope? by slipkid. And along those lines – Saint or Ain’t? by citkeane. This is a good one – Deadly Sins and Virtues Match-Up by El_Dandy. And this for some fun with your religion: Bible Anagrams by bamachile.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Begins and Ends: Scuadrado has awesome Overlapping Word Chain quizzes. Here is the XXXV in the series. beforever has a nice series of Common Sayings–Common Sayings: Missing ‘E’ Words is one. I like Flick‘s movie starter quizzes like Ten-Letter Movie Starters (A-Z). A good one in Literature by LTH is Harry Potter with ‘US’ and in Geography by timmylemoine is Find Africa’s Capitals Starting with a Vowel.
Catholicism: knope2012 has a lot of really nice hymn lyrics quizzes, such as I Am the Bread of Life and a good series of Catholic Dictionary definitions (A-Z) like Catholic Dictionary: A-B. I love the beautiful art in these three slideshow quizzes from PrincessMartell: Artistic Candlemas and Artistic Epiphany and Saints on Stained-Glass Windows.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I like the classics, such as US Presidents from History, and, from Geography, I like Countries of the World and Capitals of the World, but to save time and brush up on both things at once, Capitals and Countries is one of my favorites combining the two. I like the “Big Board” games, such as The Big Board: Toys & Board Games. In Entertainment, I’ve always enjoyed druhutch‘s Pictures by Category (A, B, etc.), such as ‘C’ Entertainment Images. I love any Disney quiz, any A-Z quiz, and the picture quizzes showing cakes/cupcakes representing TV, movies, games, etc. (I’ve always enjoyed making decorated cakes and cupcakes like that.) I really have too many favorites to name.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Sporclers can best contact me via the Sporcle Messages feature. That way, I get the message in my notifications and in an email. I usually answer pretty quickly, or at least the same day.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Also, I know Religion quizzes aren’t published that often, but there are some users who make a bunch of them and don’t get featured very often, and that’s why I want to highlight knope2012. She also has good quizzes in other categories as well.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Early morning comes.
I can’t wait to check Sporcle.
Did I get published?
Who’s bigger, Mr. Bigger or Mr. Bigger’s baby?
His baby, cause he’s a little Bigger!