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?
Back in the spring of 2008, I was in a college production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in a role that disappears for all of Act 2 & Act 3, leaving close to an hour and a half sitting in the green room with nothing to do. We decided to quiz each other on Shakespeare plays on this new site called Sporcle.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
Last year I started taking quiz making more seriously and received a tremendous amount of help from the curators and editors. I got my first CP from akabuca96 for a quiz about Richard Sherman and still remember the feeling of success at giving back to a site that gave me so much.
I chose the Olympics because it was a year away from Pyeongchang and I thought that was enough time to get up to speed before the torch was lit. I’ve always loved the more obscure sports, especially Curling and Biathlon, and this category felt like one where I could contribute effectively.
What’s your favorite trivia fact having to do with your subcategory?
No tropical country has ever won a medal at the winter Olympics. We will see if the shirtless Tongan, Pita Taufatofua, is able to overcome the curse this month.
In 1904, the USA swept the podium in Tug of War at the Summer Olympics in Saint Louis.
What are some of your favorite published quizzes from your subcategory?
1992 Dream Team Photo was the first Olympics I was able to watch and that collection of talent on one court changed the game.
Olympic Opening Ceremonies is a great walk through the history of the games as is Summer Olympic Posters by Year.
What are some of your favorite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Identify the Olympic Logos by arcer was the first Curator’s Pick I ever made and it still a fun quick play. senordingdong has a great playlist of shooting gallery style quizzes including 10 to 1: The Olympics.
Archery Scoring is a unique look at a sport most people know about but only follow for two weeks every four years.
What are your favorite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I’m fairly partial to quizzes that have visual or audio elements to them. Bohemian Rhapsody Muppets is a hilarious video.
United States of Pop 2009 is one of those earworm mashups that hasn’t left my mind since it debuted almost a decade ago.
My daughter started playing quizzes with me lately, and we will Click the Disney Characters every Saturday morning thanks to the work by teedslaststand.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Direct messaging on Sporcle is ideal since passenger pigeons are a bit messy.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
MTwhiz gave me my final CP for the Honor Roll as well as tips for my summer vacation in Montana, so thank you kind sir.
Haiku or favorite Dad Joke (or both):
A panda walks into a restaurant, sits down and orders a sandwich. After he finishes eating the sandwich, the panda pulls out a gun and shoots the waiter, and then stands up to go. “Hey!” shouts the manager. “Where are you going? You just shot my waiter and you didn’t pay for your sandwich!”
The panda yells back at the manager, “Hey man, I am a PANDA! Look it up!”
The manager opens his dictionary and sees the following definition for panda: “A tree-dwelling marsupial of Asian origin, characterized by distinct black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.”
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.