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Geezer Test! Are You “Older Than Dirt?” (Butch Wax Optional)

Older Than Dirt Geezer Test

“I had heard that she had been killed in a car crash, but I did not really understand at that age exactly what that meant. I was more than slightly taken aback when the camera panned across Doodyville and alighted upon – a puppet. ‘My God! she turned into a puppet!’, I thought. To this day, I wonder what they were thinking. Maybe they thought we wouldn’t notice. I did. I noticed right away.”

16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get “high.”

**Equally sharp-eyed reader, Rich Hovey, says:

“For the record — The purple ink wasn’t exactly ink (more like a carbon paper released from a backing by the strong-smelling fluid) and wasn’t from a mimeograph machine — it was from a Ditto machine. The Ditto replaced the black-ink mimeograph for most teacher-produced worksheets during the ’50s and ’60s I believe. The mimeograph hung in there a while for printing longer runs of material usually to be distributed to all students in the school.”

***And reader, Mark Kornmann, suggested that two other answers would be appropriate:

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

Mark noted, “This question previously appeared with “Mimeographed” instead of “ditto-mastered”. Mimeograph ink most often was black, & copies made via that process did not have the telltale “olic” chemical odor of the purple dittoes. Go to, then click on the ditto-master link down the page for the skinny.

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 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.

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

0 – 11 correct: You are a sad excuse for a geezer. Redeem yourself by declaring to everyone that the world is going to hell in a handbasket.

Want more “Older Than Dirt” Geezer Test?

We hope you had fun going down memory lane. If you enjoyed this short test, why not take our 1st Annual Older than Dirt Quiz? This was our very first quiz in the series and it’s one of our favorites.

If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, give our Impossible Quiz for Seniors a try. We also recommend printing our Movie Trivia to play on the next family game night.

Take a look at our complete collection of Best Senior Citizen Trivia.

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