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Posted: 04-Mar-2005, 09:47 AM
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History Exam...

Everyone over 50 should have a pretty easy time at this exam.
If you are under 50 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.

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches
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
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
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
c. Polio

12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
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
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
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
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. cool.gif On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls,
popular in Europe, took till the late '60s to catch on.

2. cool.gif 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. cool.gif 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. cool.gif Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!

13. c) Ma caroni.

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. cool.gif 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

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


Uh... I got 20 out of 20. Guess I really am older than dirt. biggrin.gif


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Posted: 04-Mar-2005, 11:43 AM
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Phew...only 5 out of 20 wrong, and I wasn't even a glint in the milkman's eye then! Those were toughies - I'm a good guesser biggrin.gif

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Posted: 04-Mar-2005, 01:45 PM
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Hmmm...I only missed two. I must be older than I look wacko.gif

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Posted: 04-Mar-2005, 03:28 PM
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I only missed one . . . .

What was the question?


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Oh pooh.gif , I got them all right. Would you believe I read alot of history???

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Posted: 27-Aug-2007, 09:51 AM
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Missed 4 out of 20. Guess thats O.K. I'm only 48. LOL tongue.gif

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Posted: 27-Aug-2007, 08:40 PM
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Oww! I got all but two and I'm 43. But our town is still 20-30 years behind everybody. We still have those suger coated coke bottles. Our penny cnady store didn't go out of business till 2003.

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Just one wrong, and I FEEL older than dirt! wink.gif


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Posted: 07-Nov-2007, 05:46 PM
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One wrong here as well.

Actually, Dogshirt, we are just members of the Finer Than Wine Club!

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