Over 40? Know Your History?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Paramount, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. Paramount

    Paramount Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    History Exam...

    Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam.
    If you are under 40 you can claim a handicap.

    This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they really remember about what went on in their life.
    Get paper and pencil and number from 1 to 20.
    Write the letter of each answer and score at the end.
    Then, best of all, before you pass this test on, put your score in the subject line!

    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 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 W.W.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 shoes?
    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 1940's?
    a. Smallpox
    b. AIDS
    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 pet 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 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 Sacajewea
    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 items
    c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos

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

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

    1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in Europe, took till the late '60s 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 top.

    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) 1946 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 disease.

    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 their wisdom!

    12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is getting keen.

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

    Send this to your friends with your score in the subject line!
  2. januaries

    januaries Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    Yikes! I'll be 30 next week and I scored 16!

  3. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

    May 12, 2002
    In beautiful downtown Sticks, near Belleview, Fl.
    Aced it! But I am 493 in cat years!!

    RANDEL Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Hi this Pam the other half of Randel. Just took the test. Boy did that bring back memories. Missed the one about Princess Summer ect. Didn't watch to much Howdy Doody. One ? though, didn't the Mills Brothers do "Cab Driver"?
    Also Ink Spots started singing in the 30's. My dad used to sing and I remember him talking about all those old groups from before WWII. Heard so much of all that type of music, it took me a while to start listening to rock.
    Now that I've let the cat out of the bag about my age.... ;)
  5. Bob in WI

    Bob in WI Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    Western WI
    I must be old, only missed the one about Caroline Kennedy's pony.
  6. Ducks limited

    Ducks limited Member

    Feb 25, 2003
    I scored a 20. Thank you for the memories. I even got the last question correct after about 20 minutes. My glasses were where I left them, ON!
    "Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are."
  7. kidsnchix

    kidsnchix Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    the Natural State
    I missed 3 and have to admit that I guessed at 2 and got them right.
    This was fun.

  8. AngieM2

    AngieM2 Big Front Porch advocate

    May 10, 2002
    I missed two, brought back some memories of things parents told me, and most of what I lived thru.

    If you want a real shock on your age - go ask someone what they were doing when Kennedy was assisinated, or when we first landed on the moon.

    And now when the 1st shuttle exploded on take off.....

  9. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 11, 2002
    I had a problem with a couple. Wax bottles with sweet water in them were not candy. There was hershey bars and licorice but not together. I'm was yoo old get to watch puppet shows, and sniffin' school papers never caught on in my neck of the woods.
  10. Jay1

    Jay1 Active Member

    May 30, 2002
    19 correct. Never watched Howdy Doody. There was a t.v. but was always too busy playing to sit still and watch it. LOL

    Remembering the March Of Dimes and you would walk across the stage and ring the bell for every dime that you contributed. Everyone would have at least a dime and others with wealthier parents would ring the bell….many times!
  11. bgak47

    bgak47 Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Scored a 20. Now I think I'll watch Ozzie & Harriet on TV-Land. Thanks for the memories. :)
  12. mary,tx

    mary,tx Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 4, 2002
    19. I also missed the HowdyDoody one. (But I remember the song. ;) )
  13. Don Armstrong

    Don Armstrong In Remembrance

    May 8, 2002
    central New South Wales, Australia
    17. Which is not bad considering that the questions are so exclusive to the USA, and I had to rely on what I picked up ONCE in casual reading for many of the answers.
  14. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    Apr 30, 2002
    North Alabama
    I only missed the studebaker one. I thought Tucker did it first with his 50 prototypes.
  15. noahs_wife

    noahs_wife Member

    May 19, 2003
    I am 42 and I got 16 right. I guess I watched to many old movies but a few I guessed at and I like old music :)
  16. JessicaCat

    JessicaCat Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2003
    17! Im only 30 and only missed 3 of them. Guess I like the 50's and 60's more than I thought :)

  17. almostthere

    almostthere Well-Known Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    I'm 31 and got 15 right.
  18. ajoys

    ajoys Well-Known Member

    May 12, 2002
    I'm 33 and got 17 correct.
  19. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    May 9, 2002
    I got three wrong and guessed three. If you're 40 why would you know stuff from WW2? 40 would make you born in 64. (ask me how I know) I am almost old enough to supposedly know I just don't pay much attention to some stuff and know my history reasonably well.
  20. Hummingbird

    Hummingbird Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    ARGHHHHHH! I got 19 out of 20 - guess that makes me practically as old as the dirt in Eden! Missed the 'taxi'. oops!

    Great fun though! Thanks! (some I knew because of my parents though!)