SUDDENLY SENIOR'S 3RD ANNUAL "OLDER THAN DIRT" TRIVIA QUIZ
Yet Another Chance to Prove
|By Frank Kaiser|
1.During WW II, what was a Victory Garden?
a. The top floor of Madison Square Garden
2. What would "A little dab 'll do ya" do?
a. A dab of Brylcreem would keep your hair in place like car grease
3. Sears used to be called _________, _________ and Co.?"
a. Girdles, Corsets and Co.
4. What was duck and cover?
A. Hunting fowl during the Great Depression
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
6. What was the "party line" with which many of us grew up?
a. "Your place or mine?"
7. What postwar auto was said to not know whether it was coming or going?
a. '48 Tucker
8. What wasn't delivered to homes in the US in the 1940s?
9. What color were flash bulbs for use with color film?
10. What was the average life expectancy in the US 100 years ago?
11. You know you've grown old when...?
a. Your house plants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them
12. When you put your right foot out, and shake it all about, what are you doing?
a. Throwing out your back
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.
7. 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.*
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...
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