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?
My friend Kate recommended the site to me. We are pretty competitive with each other when it comes to trivia. So I immediately created a profile that trash talked her (hence, my name)–all in good fun, of course. In retaliation, she made her name: BetterThanTom. At some point she drifted away from Sporcle, but I kept playing.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I joined in 2009, but was more of a casual player for a few years. At some point I started getting more interested in playing quizzes and earning badges. (I may have had a pretty boring job at the time…but I didn’t say that.) Once I racked up a few curator picks of my own, I thought it would be fun to be the picker. There was an opening for Network, so I figured I would give it a try. Nine months later I saw an opening in Golden Globes, and it was the same thing. I was already playing the quizzes in those subcategories anyway, and it also encouraged me to create some new quizzes so I could get the lay of the land.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
My favorite Golden Globe winner of all time is Pia Zadora, who won New Star of the Year for her role in a movie called Butterfly back in 1982. It was controversial because they said her husband “bought” the award for her by putting up a bunch of billboards around Hollywood. But I mean, who cares? It’s the Golden Globes, you know? Today, she performs every week at this Italian restaurant in Las Vegas where Martin Scorsese filmed some scenes in Casino. We live in a funny world.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Network: qlh27 is the superstar in this category. I’ve enjoyed the slideshow quizzes like CBS Shows A-Z and 25 Years of NBC Show 25 Years of NBC Show and the clickable ones like Click an ABC Show (1990s)
Golden Globes: I don’t know that any Golden Globes quizzes have been published since I started. I’d hope to see some now that we’re just about in that season.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Network: I like WillieG’s Logo Through Ages Quizzes. Magnavox’s PBS Shows: Real or Fake is fun.
Golden Globes: B_Awesome_87’s Click A Movie, Initially – Golden Globe Winners is a nice addition to his series. And bowsntoys has a too many quizzes to count that focus on all the different nominees (like these ones), which are great for a subcategory like this.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I love logic puzzles, especially as they get more challenging over time. I’ve also enjoyed hockeystix3’s Code Cracker! quizzes lately and sproutcm’s Paint By Number and Nurikabe quizzes never disappoint. Whenever there are more of goc3’s Secret Country Blitzes, I find myself playing them all in a row.
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’m more of a Group lurker, but I always like reading what’s going on in Sporcle News. And my first publish came from a Word Ladder contest entry, so I always peek into Contests & Collaborations.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Sending a private message or tagging me in a comment will definitely get my attention.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Gosh, it’s hard to single out individual Sporclers, since there’s so much creativity all over the site. Instead, can I call out johnnytaken who gave me my first ever Curators Pick and eon who used to be curator in Best Picture–those early picks encouraged me to keep trying out quizzes and eventually to try being a curator myself.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
Where does the general keep his armies? In his sleevies!
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.