Curator Knows Best: senordingdong


You’ll never want a log for Christmas more

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 senordingdong, curator for the Christmas subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
Sometime in 2008, a user of the hockey forum I visit, kept posting these links to some challenging NHL quizzes. I became addicted shortly thereafter and registered later that year. Admittedly, I did not frequent Sporcle as much as I do now during the first few years of registration and didn’t really become truly addicted until just a few years ago.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
I knew that I couldn’t devote as much time to curating because I work two jobs for most of the year and try to maintain a social life, so I waited for a few months and passed over some open subcategories before I finally found a category that was both seasonal (during my lull of two jobs) and up my wheelhouse—Christmas—truly the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
The traditions that are so varied and unique around the world. From Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet of the Netherlands, to the ordering of KFC in Japan on Christmas Eve—my favorite though has to be the defecating log in the Catalan region in Spain called Tió de Nadal (or Christmas Log.) Locals take a log, paint on it a face and put 4 wooden legs on it to elevate it. They then cover it with a blanket, and if the log is fed and watered properly, it may “deposit” a load of goodies on December the 25th, (usually smaller presents or treats) to good little children. Children leave the room to pray for their gifts and during this time adults will place them under the log. When they come back, to force the defecation, the log is often beaten with a stick and songs are sung during the beating, encouraging a bountiful yield. It is popularly called Caga Tió, literally the pooping log.

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
Complete the Christmas Tree from teedslaststand, The Sporcle Magic Christmas Card from rockgolf, and Obviously-Wrapped Christmas Presents from LisaSimpsonOH are just a few of my favorites.

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
Darzlat’s Christmas Traditions by Countries, goc3’s beautiful ??AWAY IN A MANGER ?? and from bhenderson79, the creative 16 Little Christmas Pictograms are just a smattering of excellent Christmas related quizzes.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
There are a lot of great series of quizzes. Any of JoeBeta’s music related quizzes, Noldeh’s Complete It… With a Picture series, Scuadrado’s Flag Coloring quizzes – Cutthroat’s Spot the Differences quizzes , PrincessMartell’s Clickable Objects and kfastic’s Sporclin’ Through the Decades quizzes are all worth a look.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
General Discussion and Off Topic are two groups that occupy most of my Sporcle discussion time and most likely where you can find my latest posts.

How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
Via a Private Message. I tend to respond to them rather quickly—even when I am at work (much to the consternation of my administrators I am sure).

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
AuroraIllumina eclectic music and art quizzes, hatefulmissy’s retro quizzes, Exodiafinder687’s diverse creations, Pilgab’s a quizzing machine and Darzlat’s many varied quizzes are all worth your time.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
When my mother (or should it be father in this case?) told me I would never amount to anything in life because of my constant procrastination, I looked at her, wagged my index finger, and responded, “Just wait.”