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Old 02-05-2003, 12:00 PM
thedrifter thedrifter is offline
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History Exam (Don't peek at the answers 'til you try it) get your
paper and
pencil out.

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
4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of
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
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
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
b. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the
c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid your

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. 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
of the leg with eyebrow pencil.
6. a) 1946 Studebaker.
7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweetcolored 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,
and other public gathering places were closed to try to prevent
spread of
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
items at the Green Stamp store.
18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.
19. a) The all male, all black group: The Inkspots.
20. a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today.


17- 20 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but obviously gifted
with mind bloat. Now if you could only find your glasses. Definitely

12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely muddy.

0 -11 correct: You are a sad excuse for a geezer or you are younger
than springtime!


SSgt. Roger A.
One Proud Marine
Once A Marine............Always A Marine.............
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Old 02-05-2003, 12:37 PM
Seascamp Seascamp is offline
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20/20. I a geezer for sure and now I know it. Oh drat! Guess I?d best resign my self to chasen off after them blue hairs now. Not to worry about finding my glasses. I got me a dozen pair here and there. But then, where is here and there these days? :cd:

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Old 02-05-2003, 04:34 PM
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Another Geezer here........
I could of aced this, but # 19 held me up as the Mills Brothers sang and made famous "Cabdriver" I have the greatest hits of the Mills Brothers and lo' and behold Cabdriver is indeed included. $hit, I can't stand that I know this crap!

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Old 02-05-2003, 05:00 PM
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Default Geezer here too!

Got em all.
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Old 02-05-2003, 07:20 PM
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Talking I ACED IT

Yeah, I'm a GEEZER.
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