Thursday, April 9, 2009

Do You Know Your History...or Are You Just Old?

For your of those e-mail tests that make their way around the internet. Now, they say you should do well if you are over 40, but I think that they are several decades off. Maybe if you are over 70...or 80. But then the only one I got wrong...about the pony...I was actually alive for.

But I was very young...and I had no pony myself.

Except my imaginary one...Pony.

No relation to my imaginary kitty, Kitty.

1. In the 1940s where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob.
b. On the floor board to the left of the clutch.
c. Next to the horn.

2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what was
it used?

a. Capture lightning bugs.
b. To sprinkle clothes before ironing.
c. Large salt shaker.

3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in n northern winters?
a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk.
b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled.
c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze
expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack
b. Gin
c. Craps

5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings when
none were available due to rationing during WW II.

a. Suntan
b. Leg painting
c. Wearing slacks

6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
a. Studebaker
b. Nash Metro
c. Tucker

7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
a . Strips of dried peanut butter.
b. Chocolate licorice bars.
c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.

8. How was Butch wax used?
a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up.
b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing.
c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust.

9. Before inline skates how did you keep your roller skates attached to your

a. With clamps tightened by a skate key.
b. Woven straps that crossed the foot.
c. Long pieces of twine.

10. As a kid what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
a. Consider all the facts..
b. Ask Mom.
c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.

11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940s and 1950s?
a. Smallpox
c. Polio

12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
a. SUV
b. Taxi
c. Streetcar

13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pony?
a. Old Blue
b.. Paint
c. Macaroni

14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
a . Part of the game of hide and seek.
b. What you did when your Mom called you in to do chores.
c. Hiding under r your desk and covering your head with your arms in an
A-bomb drill.

15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
b. Princess Sacajawea
c. Princess Moonshadow

16. What did all the really savvy students do when mimeographed tests were
handed out in school?

a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink as this was believed to get you high.
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window.
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top to avoid their failure.

17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
a.. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs which tasted like
bubble gum.
b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household
c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos.

18. Praise the Lord & pass the _________?
a. Meatballs
b. Dames
c. Ammunition

19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song "Cabdriver" a

a. The Ink Spots
b. The Supremes
c. The Esquires

20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
a. Tony Bennett
b. Xavier Cugat
c. George Gershwin

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1. (b) On the floor to the left of the clutch. Hand controls popular in
Europe took till the late '60's to catch on.
2. (b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing. Who had a steam iron?
3. (c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand popping the bottle
4 . (a) Blackjack Gum.
5. (b) Special makeup was applied followed by drawing a seam down the back
of the leg with eyebrow pencil.
6. (a) 19 46 Studebaker.
7. (c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.
8 (a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
9. (a) With clamps tightened by a skate key which you wore on a shoestring
around your neck.
10. (c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.
11. (c) Polio. In beginning of August swimming pools were closed movies and
other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent spread of the
12. (b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!
13. (c) Macaroni.
14. (c) Hiding under your desk and covering your head with your arms in an
A-bomb drill.
15. (a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring. She was another puppet.
16. (a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.
17.. (b) Put in a special stamp book they could be traded for household
items at the Green Stamp store.
18. (c) Ammunition and we'll all be free.
19. (a) The widely famous 50's group The Inkspots.
20. (a) Tony Bennett and he sounds just as good today.


17- 20 correct: You are older than dirt and obviously gifted with mental
abilities. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely someone who
should share your wisdom!

12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet but you're getting there...

0 -11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your


  1. I got 16 right, but most were educated guesses. I'm not that old ;)

  2. Nothing surprising here. Older than dirt. Got my first ss check to prove it !

  3. Well, I'm 50 and I got 16 right - I'm not quite dirt yet, but I'm getting there.

  4. I'm not quite dirt but getting there? At 42??? It is actually kind of scary that I know so many of these...

  5. I got 14 right, but they were pretty much things I'd heard, not experienced.

  6. i will agree with the gifted with mental abilities...and the not being able to find my glasses...

    How old is dirt??

  7. Once they started asking about milk delivery, I decided I wasn't old enough to take this quiz! : )


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