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1940's Riddle

1. In the 1940s, where were automobile headlight
dimmer switches located?
a. On the floor shift knob
b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
c. Next to the horn

2. 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 salt shaker

3. 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.

4. What was the popular chewing gum named
for a game of chance?
a. Blackjack
b. Gin
c. Craps!

5. 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

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 a flat-top haircut 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 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 most dreaded disease in the 1940's?
a. Smallpox
c. Polio

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, and 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 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

17. 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
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 singing group
that 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. Xavier Cugat
c. George Gershwin

Answers Below!!!














1. b) 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, 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. Definitely a GEEZER!
12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but your mind
is definitely muddy.
0 -11 correct: You are a sad excuse for a geezer
or you are younger than springtime!

You are hereby required to post your score
in "comments" for final evaluation!!! Those
who don't will discover long detours on their
next vacation:0)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Score 18 - definitely older than dust if not dirt.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 17 correct and I'm 40 years old!

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scored 18, and if you ask my kids, definitely older than dirt, but apparently with a sharp memory.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous HAP said...


No peeking at my answers...

Where are my glasses?

God bless you, Howdy

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally, confidentially, just between you and me, I scored 17 on the riddles -- missed 13, 16 and 19. I shudder when I realize what that means I am.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous HAP said...

There was a time, once, when I was half Howdy's age and he was twice my age... :-)

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Bill Jones said...

I got 19 correct but I am NOT older than dirt since the Lord used dirt to make me.

I have one complaint - these were to be 1940's riddles and some of the questions are really 1950's and 1960's

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was too easy. Got em all. And you left out another good one. What were the tiny licorice tasting squares called?

Call it a bonus question.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous HAP said...

Sen Sen...

7:10 PM  
Blogger TSM said...

Too E-Z. Unless I'm Mistaken, Cab Driver was made popular by The "Mills Bros", not the Ink Spots.

4:00 AM  

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