Curator Knows Best: Cryptus

(Last Updated On: December 19, 2017)


The only radiation here is Cryptus’s radiant personality

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 Cryptus, curator for the German subcategory.

How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
In late 2007/early 2008, I was browsing the website i am bored, and someone had posted a link to the Countries of Europe quiz on this site called Sporcle. I played it, and was almost instantly hooked. Took me until May 2008 to make an account, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I’d been on the site for a couple of years, and was absolutely loving it. Subcategories hadn’t long been a thing, and the idea of the curatorship really appealed to me in being able to (potentially) influence the quizzes that got published, as well as becoming a user that people could come to and trust for help with quizzes.

What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
The Eszett (ß) isn’t purely an abbreviation for a double ‘s’, it’s actually used to distinguish between words spelled the same but with different meanings; for example Buße (penance) and Busse (buses).

What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
I really like The Germans Have a Word for That by MrWhiplash; the literal translations are superb! (I’m sure we’ve all had a Schnappsidee at some point…). I’ll also mention McFly‘s Essential Verbs (German).

What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
I loved German Prepositions with Lions by marcustullius; who knew lions could be so useful in teaching German? I also like Clickable: Films from Their German Title by Mirrorboy.

What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I really love a good old fashioned list quiz, so 300 Places in London by Mateo56 and Harry Potter Top 200 by GeoGod would be some standouts, as well as the standards such as Countries of the World and Periodic Table.

Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
I’m most often seen in Movies, TV & Music or General Discussion.

How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Shoot me a Sporcle Message!

Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
I’m terrible at remembering this sort of thing when it comes to actually needing to; a couple of names I will throw out are Quiztopia and thomasdim95 who, among their other great quizzes, both make excellent clip quizzes.

Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
World’s worst thesaurus
It’s not only terrible
It’s terrible too

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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.