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 was listening to Howard Stern around 7 years ago and everyone on the show was giving the producer a lot of flak for the amount of time he spent procrastinating. It turns out he was spending a lot of time playing trivia on some website called Sporcle.
I figured, “I like trivia. I like procrastinating.”
So a month later I created an account and was on my way.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
For Seinfeld, I needed an outlet for the insane amount of minutia I’ve obtained related to the show over the years. Watching obsessively both the original run and in reruns, I figured it was either joining the Kramer Reality Tour or this. Luckily, when I went to the Seinfeld page the Curator spot was vacant.
With US Presidents, I was really just looking for a category that wouldn’t be too controversial…
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
U.S. Presidents: I’ll go with debunking the popular story (and somewhat frequent Sporcle clue) that President Taft once got stuck in the bathtub. Although that story is likely apocryphal, Taft and his Justice Department were involved in breaking up the Bathtub Trust – a cartel of porcelain makers who were bent on creating a price-fixing monopoly that controlled bathtubs and toilets. So if that is where the story originated from, I guess it could have been way worse for Taft…
Seinfeld: The actual George M. Steinbrenner was filmed playing himself for use in an episode but the scene was never used for some reason. And even though it’s not really a piece of Seinfeld trivia per se, I love the fact that George Costanza himself has on occasion tweeted out some of our quizzes, including this one.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
U.S. Presidents: Hejman has had 36(!) Presidents quizzes published so I’d be remiss to not throw in one of his here. I think It’s For You, Mr. President is a lot of fun. Also smreidy113’s US Presidents by Haiku and arychu_supadude’s US Presidents on the Simpsons.
Seinfeld: NC_Watson’s Country Song or George Costanza
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
U.S. Presidents: Some really fun and/or twisted ones I love are JeluPotter25’s If US Presidents Went to Hogwarts and bazmerelda’s Happy Birthday Mr. President.
Seinfeld: AdamL’s Modern Seinfeld and POKEMONlover13’s Seinfeld Things by Emoji.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Coming up with a good answer for this one made me realize I really need to Favorite more quizzes–
- United States Population Quest
- Master Librarian
- mikenew‘s Fix the Map series
- Noldeh’s Complete it With a Picture series
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
The Sporcle Messenger.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Oh, where to start?
Qaqaq‘s quizzes are always super creative and I’m happy to see more and more of his quizzes on the front page. samc67 has a never ending supply of 7-1 quiz ideas that I always have fun playing. Hatefulmissy is the master of all quizzes Gen-X related and has lots of quirky (or would she prefer kitschy?) picture quizzes. NSinOZ has created a TON of Seinfeld quizzes, so if you’re ever looking for some more to play you should check him out. Tasi has been churning out a bunch of “One, Two…Not Three” quizzes over the last few months that are a simple concept but for some reason very addictive. Also I’m a sucker for good Map quizzes and goc3‘s “Erase” series is just a great take on the format.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
I was up all night
Wondering where the sun was
Then it dawned on me
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.