Sep 2, 2014

Announcing 'Q.IZ' - a monthly contest

Answering questions is easy. As for making questions? - no contest.

Until now. Infinite Zounds brings to its readers a contest which asks them not to write in answers to questions, but to make questions on a given theme. Here's how you play:

  • At the beginning of each month, we will announce a theme - the theme will be open-ended enough for you to write different kinds of questions.
  • Unlike our guest contributions and this blog's major focus, your questions DO NOT have to be about current affairs. You are allowed to interpret the theme in anyway you like, but there should ideally be a strong connection to it.
  • Our preference is for interesting questions, well-framed, creatively told, and about facts that will surprise even our jaded quizzing brains. Naturally, these are going to be a subjective choices, but we shall try and explain what we liked in a winning question.
  • As with our guest contributions: zero tolerance for plagiarism.
  • Use this form to submit your questions. If you have images or other media, please send a link or the file via email with the words "Q.IZ" in the subject line.
  • Submissions will be open until the 25th of the month. We will announce winners by the end of the month.

And we have prizes! Typically in the form of gift cards to online bookstores, the prizes are sponsored by Choose To Thinq who believe that a question a day keeps your brain cells grey. Prizes will be for between 1 to 3 submissions.

September 2014: since it's the first time, let's give you two theme words: either "Ice" or "Buckets".


The TV series "Breaking Bad" expectedly won the 2014 Emmy awards for Best Dramatic Actor (Bryan Cranston) and Best Dramatic Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn). They both won for an episode in the 5th and final series of the show.

The episode's title comes from a famous poem by P.B.Shelley about a king, as a reference to the situation of the lead character. Which poem?

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This day last year: Q.1068

Sep 1, 2014


In August 2014, a copy of "Action Comics No. 1", the first comic to feature Superman, was auctioned on eBay for about 3.2 million dollars. One percent of the winning bid was donated to a charitable foundation that works in researching spinal injuries.

The foundation is named after Dana and her husband - who is this husband, and what is his biggest claim to fame?

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This day last year: Q.1067

Aug 31, 2014


The first in this book series was published in 2013, and involved the call of a bird from the family of Cuculidae, usually considered crazy. The second, published in 2014, involved a different animal, this time the larva of the Bombyx mori insect.

What series and what is the second called?

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This day last year: Q.1066

Aug 30, 2014


On the night of 11 Aug 2014, the television channel BBC Three aired an episode of the animated show "Family Guy" called "Fatman and Robin" (this episode was made in 2012). In this, the lead character of the show (called Peter Griffin) gains the power to turn everyone he touches into a clone of somebody. After this goes out of control, Griffin attempts to stop it by trying to snuff his own life out.

The next day, media outlets were buzzing with what was undoubtedly a freak coincidence. What?

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This day last year: Q.1065