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 personally found about the website in May of 2010, as some friends from my school introduced me by casually playing a few quizzes. I became much more intrigued by Sporcle and played many more quizzes than my friends and by early June of 2010, created my own account.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategories?
St. Patrick’s Day: For St. Patrick’s Day, I had previously been a Holiday-category curator with April Fools’ and wanted to become a curator again. St. Patrick’s Day seemed like the right choice as it wasn’t “an overwhelmingly major” subcategory, green is a nice color, and I have some Irish ancestry. The biggest reason is that Patrick is one of my favorite saints. I am definitely inspired by his remarkable story and his strong devotion to Christ.
Star Wars: As for being the Star Wars curator, ever since I saw Episode IV: A New Hope, (originally called “Star Wars”) I have cherished that galaxy far, far away. With its iconic moments and characters, Lightsaber duels, immersive music, and classic one-liners, it all adds up to something truly special. Additionally, I must address the gem that is The Clone Wars television show. If that 6-season show didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be half the passionate and knowledgeable Star Wars fan that I am today. When I saw the SW position was open, I couldn’t let that opportunity be wasted. And through the will of the Force, I was graciously selected.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategories?
St. Patrick’s Day: While St. Patrick used 3-leaf clovers to teach the Irish people about the Holy Trinity, 4-leaf clovers are associated with St. Patrick’s Day as finding one is said to be good luck due to their rarity. But most people don’t know that each leaf represents something. They are Hope, Faith, Love, & Luck.
Star Wars: Ewan McGregor, the actor for Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy, is the nephew of Denis Lawson, who plays Wedge Antilles in the Original trilogy.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategories?
St. Patrick’s Day: St. Patrick’s Day Wish by bhenderson79 is a superb quiz especially how the 4-letter words and the first letters of the hints add up to a similar message. MSUKent‘s Things That Are Green and St. Patrick’s Day Facts by Kfastic are also very enjoyable.
Star Wars: Click the Star Wars Characters by teedslaststand and Star Wars Planets by Picture created by Hejman. And I have to commend bhenderson79 for the extraordinary craftsmanship with ‘Star Wars’ Vehicles Exam.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategories?
St. Patrick’s Day: Paint a Shamrock by mg10 is a marvelous quiz, particularly upon its conclusion. St. Patrick’s Day Teddy Bears by PrincessMartell and ‘St Patrick’s’ St. Patrick’s Day Words by JeluPotter25 are admirable additions to the subcategory and deserve some recognition.
Star Wars: Star Wars Scenes Featuring Anakin/Vader by goc3, Star Wars Begins and Ends: Planets by Pushcake, and Star Wars Characters 7 to 1 by biggs364 are all fantastic quizzes and would highly recommend any Star Wars fan to play them.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
Super Smash Bros. Kirby Hats is a phenomenal quiz, with its great variety of video game headgear, made by Saints09. Blackout at the Studio by gazzso, while not much a challenge, is so creative and delightfully made. I’ll also include Capitals of South America by Matt simply because when it comes to knowing the capital cites (and countries), South America is my strongest continent by far. (Excluding Antarctica.)
Which Sporcle Group do you frequent most often?
Definitely Sporcle TV. Matt & Derek have developed an excellent weekly series. Great duo beaming with positivity and personality and it’s always nice to see them play interesting submitted quizzes on the Sporcle YouTube channel.
How can Sporclers in your subcategories best contact you?
The most obvious answer is by sending me a Sporcle message. Very useful feature and I am extremely grateful for the conversations I’ve had with users asking for help or to check out their latest quiz, etc. That being said, feel free to contact (or follow) me on Twitter @TreverBeast454. Discussions, mainly Star Wars-related, can happen there too.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Both stevenmiller61 & scole9179 consistently produce an extensive number of high-quality quizzes. I think biggs364 deserves more attention and am confident that it won’t be long until he gets his first published quiz. BoggelTeam warrants a larger spotlight too.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
My Lord and Savior
Who died on the cross for me
Praise to Jesus Christ
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.