History Exam for Seniors ...
the 1940s, where were automobile
headlight dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob b. On the
floorboard, to the left of the
clutch c. Next to the horn
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 saltshaker
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.
What was the popular chewing gum
named for a gam e of chance? a.
Blackjack b. Gin c. Craps!
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
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.
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
How was Butch wax used? a. To
stiffen a flattop haircut so it
stood up b. To make floors shiny and
prevent scuffing c. On the wheels of
roller skates to prevent rust
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
a kid, what was considered the best
way to reach a decision? a. Consider
all the facts b. Ask Mom c.
What was the most dreaded disease in
the 1940's? a. Smallpox b. AIDS c.
"I'll be down to get you in a
________, Honey" a. SUV b. Taxi c.
What was the name of Caroline
Kennedy's pet pony? a. Old Blue b..
Paint c. Macaroni
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.
What was the name of the Indian
Princess on the Howdy Doody show? a.
Princess Summerfallwinterspring b.
Princess Sacajewea c. Princess
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 your failure
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 rede emed for
various household items.. c. They
were given to the kids to be used as
Praise the Lord, and pass the
_________? a. Meatballs b. Dames c.
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
left his heart in San Francisco? a.
Tony Bennett b. Xavier Cugat c.
On the floor, to the left of the
clutch. Hand controls, popular in
Europe, took till the late '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) 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 all male, all black group: The
Inkspots. 20. a) Tony Bennett
Submitted by Dick, Williamsport, Md.
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A guy was sitting quietly
reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him ...
... and whacked him on the head
with a frying pan.
"What was that for?" he asked.
"That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the
name Mary Lou written on it," she replied.
"Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Mary Lou was the name of
one of the horses I bet on," he explained.
"Oh honey, I'm sorry," she said. "I should have known there was a
Three days later he was watching a ball game on TV when she walked
up and hit him in the head again, this time with the iron skillet,
which knocked him out cold.
When he came to, he asked, "What the hell was that for?"
She replied, "Your horse called."
Bill, Narberth, Pa.
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Random thoughts on Exercising ...
- For every minute that you
exercise, you add one minute to your life. This enables you at
85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home
at $5000 per month.
- My grandmother started walking
five miles a day when she was 60. Now she's 97 years old and we
don't know where the hell she is.
- The only reason I would take
up exercising is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
- I joined a health club last
year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently
you have to go there.
- I have to exercise early in
the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
- I like long walks, especially
when they are taken by people who annoy me.
- I have flabby thighs, but
fortunately my stomach covers them.
- The advantage of exercising
every day is that you die healthier.
- If you are going to try
cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
- And last but not least: I
don't exercise because it makes the ice jump right out of my
- You could run this over to
your friends but why not just e-mail it to them!
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