Home Lots More Columns Get Column E-mailed 222 Best Senior Links Week's Best Jokes Pans and Praise
Today's Column Senior Travel Other Good Stuff Epic Senior Trivia Bee's Knees Nostalgia Forum

SUDDENLY SENIOR'S 3RD ANNUAL "OLDER THAN DIRT" TRIVIA QUIZ

Yet Another Chance to Prove
That Your Memory's (Somewhat) Intact

By Frank Kaiser

1.During WW II, what was a Victory Garden?

    a. The top floor of Madison Square Garden
    b. House plants you could win with S&H Green Stamps
    c. A home garden to raise food for family and friends

2. What would "A little dab 'll do ya" do?

    a. A dab of Brylcreem would keep your hair in place like car grease
    b. A little dab of Ovaltine in milk would turn you into Capt. Midnight
    c. Rumor was that a dab of Spanish fly would do it, but no one ever knew for sure

3. Sears used to be called _________, _________ and Co.?"

    a. Girdles, Corsets and Co.
    b. Cheap, Cheaper and Co.
    c. Montgomery Ward and Co.
    d. Sears, Roebuck and Co.

4. What was duck and cover?

    A. Hunting fowl during the Great Depression
    b. A drill for school children, for use in case of atomic attack
    c. A ducktail haircut toupee

5. The oldest man in the US died recently at 113. To what did he attribute his long life?

    a. Giving up cigars at age 97
    b. Never marrying
    c. Brussels sprouts and chocolate

6. What was the "party line" with which many of us grew up?

    a. "Your place or mine?"
    b. Telephone lines shared by several homes, or parties
    c. "A chicken in every pot."

7. What postwar auto was said to not know whether it was coming or going?

    a. '48 Tucker
    b. '53 Henry J.
    c. '51 Studebaker

8. What wasn't delivered to homes in the US in the 1940s?

    a. Prescriptions
    b. Ice
    c. Milk
    d. Pizza

9. What color were flash bulbs for use with color film?

    a. Pink
    b. Blue
    c. Plaid

10. What was the average life expectancy in the US 100 years ago?

    a. 60
    b. 23
    c. 47
    d. 78

11. You know you've grown old when...?

    a. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them
    b. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question
    c. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff"
    d. All of the above

12. When you put your right foot out, and shake it all about, what are you doing?

    a. Throwing out your back
    b. Going for a Section 8
    c. The Hokey-Pokey

ANSWERS

1. c) Victory gardening enabled more food supplies to be shipped to our troops around the world.

2. a) "Brylcreem, a little dab'll do ya! Brylcreem, you look so debonair! The gals will all pursue ya. They'll love to get their fingers in your hair..."

3. d) Sears, Roebuck and Co. was named in 1893. It is said that Roebuck, a watchmaker, disappeared when he objected to customers using catalogs for toilet paper.

4. b) A drill for school children. Today's equivalent is Tom Ridge's plastic and duct tape.

5. a) John McMorran quit cigars at 97, and got 16 years more of life.

6. b) Telephones were great neighborhood entertainment in the days when each home on the party line had a unique ring and the phones of every subscriber on the line rang at the same time. It was great sport to listen in to the conversations of everyone on the line.

1951 Studebaker7. c) The '51 Studebaker had so much glass in the rear, folks were concerned that other drivers wouldn't know front from back.

8. d) Pizza.

9. b) Blue flashbulbs were used with color film, daylight balanced.

10. c) In 1903 the average life expectancy was 47. Only 8 percent of homes had a telephone, and the average wage was 22 cents an hour. Remember?

11. d. All of the above.

12. c) You're dancing the Hokey-Pokey. In 1953, bandleader Ray Anthony bought the rights and recorded The Hokey Pokey on the B-side of another novelty record, The Bunny Hop.*

SCORING

10 - 12 correct: You are not only older than dirt, but smart as a buggy whip. Now if you could only remember yesterday.

7 - 9 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind is definitely dusty.

0 - 6 correct: You are a sad excuse for an old coot. Redeem yourself. Wear yellow pants or let your ear hairs grow into a comb-over.

Copyright © 2003 - 2008 — Frank Kaiser

* Thanks to readers Jack & Kathy Wells who sent: What with all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry La Prise, the man who wrote " The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in....and then the trouble started...


Comment on this week's Suddenly Senior.
Write to Frank at frank@suddenlysenior.com

READ READER RESPONSES TO RECENT COLUMNS HERE


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SUDDENLY SENIOR SPONSOR

Health Resources

AND HELP KEEP THE COLUMNS COMING TO YOU


GET UP-TO-THE-MINUTE NEWS EVERY DAY ABOUT MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER IMPORTANT SENIOR NEWS. SIMPLY SEND A BLANK E-MAIL TO GET-RXNEWS@SUDDENLYSENIOR.COM.


Suddenly Senior is now read by 3.1 million seniors at Websites and 79 newspapers from the St. Petersburg Times to the Mumbai India News. CLICK FOR MORE INFO


GET SUDDENLY SENIOR EVERY FRIDAY. SIMPLY
SEND A BLANK E-MAIL TO GET-SS@SUDDENLYSENIOR.COM

TO CANCEL YOUR FREE SUDDENLY SENIOR E-MAIL,
SEND A BLANK E-MAIL TO REMOVE-SSLIST@SUDDENLYSENIOR.COM

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE HELPFUL LINKS BELOW


MORE TRIVIA FOR THOSE
WHOSE MINDS ARE STILL WORKING

Geezer Test! Are You "Older Than Dirt?"

Forgetting things, lately? You too, huh? Here's your chance for redemption. Twenty questions that proves once and for all whether you're older than dirt.

Beatlemania

Hey Jude, Take A Walk In Strawberry Fields. Just how good is your failing memory about the Fav Four.

Remember the Titters & Terrors of Yesteryear?

Take a stroll down radio's memory lane. This "Older Than Dirt" Suddenly Senior Trivia Quiz will show you how much you remember!

Stars In Your Eyes Trivia Quiz

Yet another chance to prove that you’re “Older than Dirt.” Remember Liz Taylor’s love life, Brando’s “Stellaaaa,” old Blue Eye’s marriages?

Welcome Back to the '50s
Yet Another "Older Than Dirt" Trivia Quiz

OK, OLD TIMER. You think you remember it all, the Korean War, McCarthy, Elizabeth's coronation, Khrushchev's shoe, Elvis, fins, Sputnik, hula hoops and Barbie dolls. Let's see how good you really are!

2nd Annual "Older Than Dirt" Trivia Quiz

What do Sparkle Plenty, Lou Costello, Fibber McGee, Trigger, Doris Day, Black Jack Chewing Gum, 10¢ War Bond Saving Stamps, and Pinocchio have in common? They're all part of this week's Suddenly Senior Trivia Quiz. See how YOU do.

TV Cop Outs. (Another "Are You Older Than Dirt?" Quiz)

How's your memory today? We won't even ask you to recall long-gone radio personalities. (Maybe next time!) Just a few famous TV cops from the '50s to last season's NYPD Blue. Just the facts, Ma'am.


PLANNING YOUR 2008 VACATION?

ACCORDING TO GOOGLE, SUDDENLY SENIOR’S TRAVEL PAGE
IS AMONG THE MOST POPULAR IN THE WORLD. SEE WHY HERE!

</

Subscribe to Suddenly Senior‘s
Free Daily Senior News

Did you know that more and more doctors aren’t accepting Medicaid, and what you can do about it? Or what happens if you need Medicare far from home? Or that less-costly diabetes drugs are every bit as effective as newer, much more expensive ones?

You’d know all this and more if you subscribed to our Free Daily Senior News. It’s all news that you normally won’t find on TV or in your local newspaper. And it’s all yours simply by sending a blank e-mail to get-rxnews@suddenlysenior.com

Try it! If you don’t find it valuable, simple cancellation instructions accompany every e-mailing.


THIS WEEK'S BEST SENIOR CARTOON


THIS WEEK'S BEST 222 SENIOR SITES
http://www.suddenlysenior.com/links.shtml
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
THE BEST OF SENIOR SEX
http://www.suddenlysenior.com/sexpage.html
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
SEE THE BEST SENIOR NOSTALGIA ANYWHERE, http://www.suddenlysenior.com/nostalgiapage.html
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
SEE THE BEST SENIOR TRIVIA ANYWHERE, http://www.suddenlysenior.com/triviapage.html


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, EVERYONE!

Frank Kaiser frank@suddenlysenior.com

http://www.suddenlysenior.com/

Suddenly Senior — the nationally syndicated column read by 3.1-million over age 50 in 176 countries who've become senior way before their time.