The Art of Curating is a continuation of the Curator Knows Best blog series on the Sporcle Blog. The series features opinions, top-notch quizzes and quizmakers, bits of trivia, and even a joke at the end from Sporcle’s great curators.
How did you first get involved with Sporcle?
I was trying to find trivia online and googled “fun trivia quizzes” and happened upon Sporcle. I played quizzes for over half a year before deciding to set up an account.
Why did you decide to be a curator for your subcategory?
I wanted a new challenge. Once I had completed a lot of badges, I decided to try quizmaking, and once I felt more confident in that, I wanted to see what curating was like. It’s been rewarding so far!
What’s your favourite trivia fact having to do with you subcategory?
There are lots of neat little trivia facts having to do with chemistry, but if I have to choose one to share, I think one of the most practical ones is that bee stings are acidic, while wasp stings are alkaline, so if you are stung by a bee, use baking soda to counteract the effect (and use vinegar to counteract wasp stings).
What are some of your favourite published quizzes from your subcategory?
There are so many great Chemistry quizzes that have been published, although one of my favorites with the tag would be Same Beginning: Elements and World Capitals because it combines my two favorite categories on Sporcle. I also enjoy the humor of this quiz: Dangers of Dihydrogen Monoxide.
What are some of your favourite contributed quizzes from your subcategory?
Again, a lot of the contributed quizzes are well-made, but some of my favorites that I have picked are Chemical Element Name Origins , which I really enjoyed because I am fascinated by word origins. I also really liked 5 in 15: Elements because even though I normally don’t like blitzes (I don’t like to feel rushed), this was very fun and challenging in an enjoyable way.
What are your favourite quizzes from an entirely different category?
I love Geography quizzes, and some of my favorites are the ones like this Anything But Belarus . Also, this quiz was made for me as part of the Secret Santa Countries Hidden in the Periodic Table and I feel it did not get enough appreciation for how cool it truly is.
Which Sporcle group do you frequent most often?
Probably “Off Topic” because the threads are interesting and I like finding out more about my fellow Sporclers.
How can Sporclers in your subcategory best contact you?
Messaging me is fine! I actually don’t receive many messages, but had someone reach out to me for help making their first quiz about a week ago and I really liked getting to help them! It was quite rewarding.
Are there any Sporclers whose quizzes you think merit more attention than they get?
Definitely, but I don’t want to pick and leave anyone out. I will say that I am floored by the talent of creators on this site, and there are so many great quizmakers that it would be hard to give everyone the attention and credit they are due consistently.
Haiku or favourite Dad Joke (or both)
What do you do when a chemist gets sick? You try to curium.
And when they die? You barium.