Curator Knows Best: MTwhiz


Montana’s official third most famous Sporcler

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.

This week we feature MTwhiz, curator for the Testament and General Knowledge subcategories.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Back in the day, I used to visit pretty much every day, and I enjoyed the short quizzes they would occasionally feature on their SportsNation page. One day I clicked on the link out of curiosity, wondering if there was more of the same type of thing. Before my wondering eyes Sporcle appeared, and I was officially hooked. I created an account two weeks before Christmas in 2013, and a month later I had already played well over 1000 quizzes. I was just so stoked to find that I’m not the only person in the world to get excited over (almost) useless trivia. I had no idea then that I would go on to become Montana’s most famous Sporcler. Okay, maybe second most famous. You know, come to think of it, probably third most famous at best.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I had never given curating the slightest thought until late last year. I got a couple of Curator’s Picks, which made me feel like maybe I could make quality quizzes, and considering how many I’ve played over the years, I thought maybe I could try my hand at picking others’ quizzes too. Besides, I’m an opinionated person, so I might as well make all my opinions mean something!
After I had applied for a couple other subcategories, I saw General Knowledge come open and thought, hey, I know things about a lot of different things. Why not give it a shot? I was honestly surprised when I was chosen. It’s been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life (other than Jesus, of course).

I still had my eyes peeled for something in the Religion subcategory, though, so when Testament opened up I jumped on it. Loving the Bible as I do, this one comes naturally.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
General Knowledge: Pretty much anything that’s known by some people can be considered “General Knowledge,” right? Okay… See, the trouble is, I know all sorts of great trivia, but I have a terrible time thinking of it when I’m on the spot. Unless I’m taking a quiz, I guess. Oh! I have one: Harvey Weinstein has been mentioned more times than God in Oscar acceptance speeches. Kind of depressing, though…
Testament: In Biblical terminology, another word for ‘testament’ is covenant. The New Testament could also be called the New Covenant, which I believe represents a whole new way that God deals with man, a way based totally on grace. Pretty cool if you ask me.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
General Knowledge: I enjoy Both This and That by BanjoZebra and its counterpart, This, But Not That by MoMosMoProblems. I can’t get enough of babymonkee’s Odd but True Facts series, from which I may or may not have stolen my Harvey Weinstein trivia.
Testament: ‘And the Lord Spoke Unto…’ Whom? by needapausebutton is an interesting one, and christopherjulia’s Thou Shalt Not What? is a cleverly hilarious take on the Ten Commandments. I’d love to see more than the current 35 quizzes published in this subcategory (hint, hint).

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
General Knowledge: Noldeh’s Miscellaneous for Dummies is a terrific installment in an equally terrific series. The Biographical Birthday Calendar GIFs quizzes by fellow Montanan big8dog88 really stand out as an original interpretation of “On This Date” type quizzes. The Emerging Crossword by Gazzso (“the Great”) is seriously one of my favorite quizzes I’ve ever played, and I have no idea why it hasn’t been published yet. nabean has a really fun series called Make Your Mind Up! and Part 2 with 85 total quizzes so far, only one of which has been published.
Testament: I usually love all Venn diagrams, and two relevant ones are chaosBEE’s Bible Venn Diagram and awesomeness365’s Bible Books Venn Diagram. Blessed Are the Proofreaders by the wonderful HappyWife makes both the Bible nerd and the grammar stickler inside me very, very happy–plus it’s really beautiful. Although they don’t necessarily fit in the Testament subcategory, I love all hymn quizzes, and one of my favorites is Redeemed! by milgita.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Narrowing this down from my 166 favorites and 108 playlists liked was nearly impossible. My favorite quiz of all time is almost certainly Spider Missoula, a beautiful map click of my hometown made especially for me by xyz_. I get morbid enjoyment out of Thebiguglyalien’s How’d Ya Die series, especially the Game of Thrones version. The diehard Lord of the Rings fanboy in me compels me to mention Tolkien’s Middle-Earth Map, although I’m quelling the urge to list about 12 other Middle-Earth themed quizzes. The Mini Paint by Numbers series and Part 2 and the Multicolored version have provided me with many a happy ending to a long day just before bed. These beautiful creations all come from the mind of the venerable sproutcm, who is nearing his 5,000th quiz made overall(!).

I played teedslaststand’s Countries of the World – No Outlines Minefield 19 times before finally getting them all, and I can’t recommend it highly enough for true geography nerds, but my true addiction is English Counties – No Outlines Extreme Minefield by smac17. I’ve played it 44 times and still haven’t gotten past 25%. I think my American is showing. I’m just a glutton for punishment, I suppose. (Hey, maybe that should be one of the decoys in the Thou Shalt Not What? quiz – I’m pretty sure it’s a sin one way or another!)

I recently finished watching Friends for the first time and absolutely fell in love, so I must mention Missing Words From F*R*I*E*N*D*S Quotes (Picture Click), which needs to be featured ASAP in my opinion.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I usually check about a dozen of my favorites daily. I try to participate in every new game of Find the Star, and I also comment a lot in General Discussion and Off Topic, but there aren’t many of them where you won’t see me poking my head in fairly frequently. Like Sporcle as a whole, the Groups have meant a lot to me, especially over the last several months.

How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
I love private messages. I’ll talk about anything. Really! Try me! You have to watch out, though, because as you can see I’m difficult to shut up.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
You mean I can’t mention Hejman? Honestly, there are too many to list. My apologies to any of my good friends and talented quizmakers I may accidentally leave out. I already got in my mandatory christopherjulia mention; if I’m not mistaken he’s been mentioned in something like 10 or 15 straight Curator Knows Best posts, and well-deserved too. I enjoy basically everything from NO_r_WAY– try his fantastic Spinning Globes series if you don’t mind getting a little dizzy! I’ve recently discovered the genius of goc3, but I guess I’m late to the party there.

Some other favorites include Darzlat, Pastor_Maldonado, mg10, PenguinsMeercats, alinrotundu, petenge, pechenegPrincessMartell, JeluPotter25, hockeystix3, and knope2012. I’ve recently committed myself to playing every quiz of DesertSpartan’s, and although I may have bitten off more than I can chew, I’m thoroughly excited to follow through with it.

See? I told you I had a lot of favorites. And I didn’t even mention bhenderson79 – oops, I guess I ruined that.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
No dad jokes from me;
I don’t know any dad jokes.
Oh look! A haiku.