Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Valentines Day and Older Than Dirt!


If you don't score very well blame it on being too young !! It is a win - win situation.

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, put your score in the comment trail!

1. In the 1940's, 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 post war 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 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 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 '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 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 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 experiences.

P.S.....I'm older than dirt! I only missed one. The puppet name. Howdy Doody used to creep me out. There's something radically wrong with talking wood!....so I very seldom watched it!

The Thought For The Day

A flying saucer results when a nudist spills his coffee


  1. M. C. Pearson said...
    I got 13 right...I'm getting there. Yep very soon I'll be 39! Hee hee hee. Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetheart!
    M. C. Pearson said...
    Monday the 13th post will not come up on my computer! Grrrrr!
    David Meigs said...
    lol - I scored pretty good for a kid.
    Mindy Tarquini said...
    OMG. I got them all right...

    *off to ensure my final affairs are in order*
    Bernita said...
    I'm not young - I'm just ignorant.
    Denise McDonald said...
    I only missed two - swear - and I am 33 (oh man I told my age - hehehe)

    I got 6 ans 16 wrong
    Denise McDonald said...
    OH and Happy Valnetine's Day Bonnie
    Anonymous said...
    Great questions, Bonnie!
    Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

    I got 18 right. Which is really scary.

    And I have a birthday coming up...

    Come on, Bernita, tell us what you scored?
    Stephen Newton said...
    Bonnie, Thanks so much for adding your bit to "The Continuing Saga." Looking forward to the Valentine quiz later!
    Anonymous said...
    i got 9 right. i am kinda dissapointed thought, i should have got them all. guess i should stop blogging in history class and pay attention. maybe then i'll be smart enough to know who that Kennedey lady was.
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Donny...stop blogging in history class! Caroline...daughter of John Kennedy, sister of John John Kennedy.

    Stephen, wow where'd the alligator go! Good pic but I liked the other author pose more! LOL

    Ric, what are you talking about I got 19 and M.G. even got the ~shudder~ puppet name...We've got one foot on a banana peel!

    Okay curm...tell! I know maybe you're arms are in a cast after tucking wyour wife's dress in her undies in church....ROFLOL!

    Poor Mimi, I didn't think of it last night but I'll send you the post!

    Happy VD...to all...uh, er, did I say that???bad Bonnie...bad Bonnie!
    Stephen Newton said...
    Good grief, Bonnie. I am older than dirt. I got 100% correct on your quiz.
    An Ordinary Christian said...
    does guessing count?
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Andrea..guessing only counts if you get them right! LOL!

    Stephen congrats...you're on the banana peel with me and M.G.!
    Gordon said...
    I am suddenly feeling very, very old.
    Anonymous said...
    bonnie you don't have to yell at me for blogging in history class. my professor already did. hahaha. oh yeah, maybe i shouldn't laugh at that. i am a dumb dumb.
    Anonymous said...
    Hey, I'm nowhere near dirt (still composting merrily), but I got 16 right, including the Howdy Doody. Guess I just read all the wrong books...

    That and my first car (a decommissioned mail jeep. A female mail jeep, no less) had the light dimmer on the floor by the gas pedal. I thought it made a lot more sense there. Then again, Frances (the car) also had right-hand drive, kickflaps for air, and an 8 gallon gas tank...
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Gordon...you're not old...just seasoned...I use that 'wisdom comes as a by-product of age' thing all the time!

    Donny....there will be a test this weekend!

    See Donny, you should use Nessili as an example. She does something new and creative....she reads!!!!

    Good for you Nessili...power to women!!
    Rulan said...
    Some of the words on the post got tangled up with other ones making a mess out of the questions, so I am using that as an excuse to be excused. lol
    Happy Valentines Day.
    Anonymous said...
    Good Grief!
    My 23 year old son took the test and got 13.

    My wife just took it and got 19.
    (Yes, guesses count)

    She's taking it to bowling in the morning. THanks, Bonnie.
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    Uh...Rulan...would you like me to email the questions to you...Hmmm, did anyone else have a problem with the screen.

    ric...good for your family...did your wife miss the puppet one like I did!
    M. C. Pearson said...
    I always told the kids at the children's home that I was older than dirt because dirt wasn't invented until after I was born. I think they believed me, poor kids. I may have been wrong, though, because I only got 15 right. BTW, I posted on Seek...
    Nephos said...
    Great! I had just gotten over seeing my first grey hair this week. Now I take this and score 18. Oh, well. At least getting old still beats the alternative.
    Ballpoint Wren said...
    Okay, that quiz was just WRONG. We always sniffed the ditto sheets, but we never did it to get high. We sniffed them because they smelled good!

    The teacher would pass them out and we'd all pick them up, sniff, and go, "ahhh!" We never went "Woo hoo!"

    Speaking of getting high, the word verification word looks like somebody misspelled "ephedrine".
    K W Puck said...
    I got 10--my age...so that's good, right?
    Anonymous said...
    The answer to question 19 should be The Mill's Brothers, not the Ink Spots so what does that make me older than?

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