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?
I’m proud to have been around on Sporcle for a rather long time now! Almost 10 years ago, I’d become interested in learning all of the US States. Around the same time, The Times Magazine did an article on an up-and-coming quiz website. I seem to remember the article was focused on The Periodic Table quiz (I wish I still had the magazine!), but my sister had seen it and showed it to me thinking it would be a good way to learn the states.
I signed up, started playing quizzes regularly, and fell in love with the site. When I joined, it wasn’t possible to make your own quizzes, so I used to email in suggestions. It’s been a pleasure to be experience how the site has grown and continues to change over the years.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
When curatorships first came into being, I think I applied for the Disney subcategory. It was no doubt a very popular subcategory, so I didn’t make the cut. It was only a couple of years later, when I was about to start my Computer Science degree, that I saw the Computer subcategory had been vacant for a little while, and decided to apply.
Having spent nearly four years curating what is probably one of the quieter subcategories, I decided maybe it might be time to take on another. One of my biggest loves is film (it’s certainly my most played category), so it made sense to apply for Best Picture!
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Computer: Many people are probably aware of the origination of the word ‘bug’ being the result of computer scientists finding a physical moth that had short circuited the computer, causing an error. However, this story is a bit of a myth; ‘bug’ was already in use prior to this incident.
Best Picture: This year’s blunder (when La La Land was mistakenly announced to be Best Picture) isn’t the first time that the wrong winner has been declared. Back in 1964, the wrong envelope was handed to Sammy Davis Jr. for Best Music Score. The was quickly rectified, as the winner he announced wasn’t one of the nominees!
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Computer: Computers in Movies (combines computers and movies, what can I say!)
Best Picture: Movies by Lego (Oscar Edition) (I’m a big Lego fan), and Best Picture Words (A-Z) (manonthemoon is one of my favourite Movie quizmakers).
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Computer: Famous Computer Scientists and Pioneers by Image, Science Mugs (Images), and Missing Computing Acronyms (A-Z). I also love WillieG’s Logos Through the Ages quizzes (such as Logos Through the Ages: Microsoft Word).
Best Picture: Classic Cinema Cutting Room Chaos! and Best Motion Pictures of the 1990s.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I’m a sucker for any animal quizzes. Scuadrado and kfastic both have some fantastic animal picture click series. Also, AuroraIllumina’s Animals by Pop Culture Reference was the perfect Secret Santa gift for me!
And of course, you can’t go wrong with the classics – Countries of the World, Disney Animated Movies, and Harry Potter Top 200 are some of my all-time favourites. I love Larryholmes79‘s slideshow movie quizzes as well.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Envelopes haven’t been very successful recently… so I’d suggest using a computer via the trusty Sporcle Messaging system! I’m always happy to discuss quizzes or just have a conversation, especially if it’s about the latest movie you’ve seen.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I love the Click a Movie, Initially series by B_Awesome_87 and Dalek_Harkness has made some great computer quizzes recently. Viktrodriguez has some enjoyable Geography quizzes.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
The badges just get harder
Did I play today?
What do you call a fake noodle? An Impasta!
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.