Old Geezer/Gezerette Quiz . .

1. Where did headlight dimmer switches used to be 
located?
  a. On the floor shift knob
  b. On the floor, left of the clutch
  c. Next to the horn
2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle has
 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
  b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
  c. Milkmen left deliveries outside 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 adapt to look as if they were
wearing stockings when
none was 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 hair cut into a flattop 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 string or 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 worst thing you could catch from the
opposite sex?
  a. A cold
  b. VD
  c. Cooties
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, 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 Sacajewea
  c. Princess Moonshadow
16. What did all 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 pupils name on the top, to avoid
failure
17. Why did your mom shop in stores that gave Green
Stamps with purchases?
  a. To keep you out of mischief 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 group who 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. Zavier Cugat
  c. George Gershwin
ANSWERS
1. b) On the floor, left of the clutch. Hand controls,
popular in Europe, took till the '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 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) Cooties.
12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!
13. c) Macaroni.
14. c) Hiding under your desk, 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 "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 all male, all black group, The Inkspots.
20. a) Tony Bennett and he sounds just as good today.
SCORING
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 dirt yet, but your mind is
definitely muddy.
0 - 11 correct: You are a sad excuse for a geezer.

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