Curator Knows Best: xant_spectro

(Last Updated On: November 21, 2017)


Let us give thanks for our Thanksgiving (+Automobiles) curator!

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 xant_spectro, curator for the Automobiles and Thanksgiving subcategories.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I was looking around on and they had these short quizzes like MLB TeamsNFL Teams4-Letter Sports Teams, and various “top War” or “top ERA” players. When I realized Sporcle was a separate site that had way more than just sports quizzes, I signed up the very next day after I thought of a user name.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
Automobiles: I thought that it wasn’t an overwhelmingly large category and one that I thought I could handle without being overwhelmed. Plus I have an interest in cars, car repair, and uh, last week’s new quiz, so felt like a good fit.
Thanksgiving: It’s one of my favorite holidays in regards to food–mainly the pie.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
Automobiles: The inventor of the modern cruise control was blind. His lawyer had a habit of not maintaining a constant speed when talking while driving.
Thanksgiving: The largest pumpkin pie ever baked was 12 feet in diameter and weighed just over 1 ton.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Progressively Harder Car Logos
Rear Ends
50 States, 50 Plates
That’s Not a Turkey!
Clickable Thanksgiving Jokes

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Car by Hood Ornament
TV Cars Made From Lego
Official State Cars
Car Brand by Toy Car
Thanksgiving: Paint a Turkey–It blows my mind how he’s taken map/picture clicks to a whole new level with his “paint” series.
‘T’ ‘U’ ‘R’ ‘K’ ‘E’ ‘Y’-Less States

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
3D Dress Designs: Fruits and Vegetables–It’s just one in a series of very nice unexpected art medium quizzes from the playlist Interesting Series of Artwork.
Find the Upside-Down US States–I find upside down imagery fun. Partially because others find processing things upside down rather difficult.
Follow That Line: The Princess Bride–I love quoting this movie, and this quiz contains most, if not all, of the best lines.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Lately I’ve been commenting the most on Off Topic, but Find the Star is a favorite.

How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Sporcle Private Message is the best way to contact me. If asking me about a quiz, a link is always appreciated.

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I feel like most everyone who’s made a quiz that I’ve favorited deserves some more attention, but recently I’ve enjoyed quizzes by geronimostilton, KStericker, christopherjulia, Puzzgal, and scole9179.

I’d also like to give a shout out to MSUKent, who disappointingly isn’t an active quiz maker anymore, but has made some of the very best quizzes on this site. I’m always pleased to find one of his that I haven’t played yet.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
What do you call a fake noodle? An Impasta.

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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.