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 don’t remember how I first stumbled upon the Sporcle website, but it was early in 2014, and from the first quiz I played, I realized that I had found a new addiction. I became a member in April and it has been Sporcle, Sporcle, Sporcle ever since.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
Actually, I was recruited for the Discovery subcategory by History Editor, needapausebutton, who asked me if I would be interested in curating. I said “Yes, it would be an honor”… and it most definitely has been. Since Discovery is a relatively quiet subcategory and curating is so much fun, I decided to try to add another curatorship. Slogans in the Miscellaneous category was open and I had contributed a couple of slogan quizzes, so I applied.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
I guess for me it was the realization that both subcategories lie in such gray areas. Discovery quizzes can be legitimately labeled in either the Science or History category. And Slogans are also found in several categories in addition to Miscellaneous, Geography, and Just For Fun, being two that I run across regularly.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Discovery: There are so many in both subcategories, but these come immediately to mind– awesomeness365’s 5 Inventions per Century, El_Dandy’s Inventions by Their Inventors, mvheald’s 25 Famous Inventors.
Slogans: Noldeh’s Complete the Slogan… With a Picture, christopherjulia’s Click the Slogan Ending, hockeystix3’s Slogan to Logo Match – Restaurant Chains.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Discovery: Again, very many, but in Discovery MoMosMoProblems’s Click a Photography First, KidgiB’s Quick False Historical Facts MC Quiz, and nabean’s Explorers or Racing Drivers.
Slogans: Princess Martell’s Quick Pick: Board Game Slogans II, metakoopa99’s Corporate Slogans in Spanish, and gazzso‘s Touristic Slogans.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
In Just for Fun, bgbush41’s Punny Puns; in Music, babymonkee’s Quick Pick: Bruce Springsteen Songs; in Geography, mg10’s 5 to 1: Asian Countries.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Probably Off Topic, since I am so off topic myself most of the time.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Sporcle Messaging works fine, as does email (SporclingBeerHound at gmail.com).
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I would like to use this opportunity to give a shout out to my mentor and friend, needapausebutton, not because his well-reviewed quizzes merit more attention (although they are always well crafted and excellent), but because he is such a vital member of the Sporcle community. Always ready and willing to generously and tirelessly provide helpful guidance and assistance, ‘pause’ is truly one of those special people who make Sporcle the wonderful website that we all love so much. Thank you, pause, you are the best.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
What did the snail say while riding on the turtle’s back?
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.