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 believe it was way back in 2008. I must have been in second or third grade and, for some reason, I was really obsessed with the US presidents. I was looking online for things about the presidents, and I came across the US Presidents quiz on Sporcle. I must have played it ten times or so before I decided to explore the rest of the site. Between then and 2012, my Sporcle experience was pretty choppy and random, and I had a couple of old accounts as well. I made this account in November of 2012, and I’ve been using it ever since on a regular basis.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I first heard about subcategories opening up in 2015. I looked at a couple of them, but decided not to apply. It wasn’t until the NFL subcategory opened up in early 2016 that I strongly considered applying. Eventually, I finally did, because I love the NFL so much, and Sporcle accepted me for the job in March 2016, a post I’ve held ever since. At that same time, I was really getting into rock music, particularly with bands like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. When the Rock subcategory opened up later, I decided to apply for the curator position there, and, in May 2016, I was accepted. Today, I still curate both of these categories, always on the lookout for great quizzes.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Rock: Perhaps my favorite Rock trivia fact is that my beloved Pink Floyd’s great album ”The Dark Side of the Moon” was on the Billboard 200 for 741 weeks, a little over 14 years.
NFL: I’m not sure if it’s my favorite NFL trivia fact, but I do find it interesting that my Pittsburgh Steelers are the only team in the NFL to have their logo on just one side of the helmet.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Rock: I think my favorite published rock quiz is Rock N’ Roll Recipes, a stroke of genius by MrChewypoo.
NFL: As for NFL, I think Word Ladder: He Could Go All the Way by metashades is incredibly creative.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Rock: Two Rock series that I really love are the Album Clip series by phil_quiz and the Lyric Map series by kfastic.
NFL: I love 1961 NFL Quarterbacks Photo by sproutcm just for the history behind the photo (taken by his grandfather) and the fact that LIFE was actually able to get all 14 NFL quarterbacks throwing the ball at about the same time.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Two Clues for One Answer by QuizKnight in the Just for Fun category is very creative. I also really love humor, so Really Bad Analogies by armadilloking and 20 Anti-Jokes by ChargingTiger always make me laugh. I love the Movies quiz Donald Trump Movies from 11Joe28 just for the humor in it as well (although I unfortunately can no longer play it because it uses Photobucket).
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I don’t really visit particular groups very much. Maybe I’ll check out Sports! every once in a while, but typically, I’ll just click on Recent Discussions.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
The best way for anyone to contact me is to message me on Sporcle.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I certainly don’t think he doesn’t get enough attention, but I firmly believe that bhenderson79 makes more fantastic quizzes than any Sporcler I’ve ever seen. Pretty much everything he puts out for people to play is gold.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
What’s big, gray, and can’t climb a tree? A parking lot.
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.