Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Boomer generation quiz

This one has been around the email circuit a few times now, but on the off chance you have never seen it, I’m including it in my post today.

There are 20 questions. The average score is said to be 12.

Needless to say, I got all 20 right. And that is odd, because I am not even a Boomer. (Note to the clueless: A “baby boom” occurred in the U.S. in the post-World War II years, when births exceeded three million annually from 1946 through 1964. Hence, children born during that period are referred to as “the boomer generation.” I was born in 1941.)

Good luck, youngsters!

1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways?
A. Flintstones vitamins
B. The Buttmaster
C. Spaghetti
D. Wonder Bread
E. Orange Juice
F. Milk
G. Cod Liver Oil

2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was...
A. Sugar Ray Robinson.
B. Roy Orbison.
C. Gene Autry.
D. Rudolph Valentino.
E. Fabian.
F. Mickey Mantle.
G. Cassius Clay.

3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, “We have met the enemy and...
A. It’s you.”
B. He is us.”
C. It’s the Grinch.”
D. He wasn’t home.”
E. He’s really me and you.”
F. We quit.”
G. He surrendered.”

4. Good night, David.
A. Good night, Irene.
B. Good night, Gracie.
C. Sleep well.
D. See you later, alligator.
E. Good night, Chet.
F. Until tomorrow.
G. Good night, Steve.

5. You’ll wonder where the yellow went...
A. When you use Tide.
B. When you lose your crayons.
C. When you clean your tub.
D. If you paint the room blue.
E. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.
F. If you buy a soft water tank.
G. When you use Lady Clairol.

6. Before he was the Skipper’s Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie’s friend...
A. Stuart Whitman.
B. Randolph Scott.
C. Steve Reeves.
D. Maynard G. Krebs.
E. Corky B. Dork.
F. Dave the Whale.
G. Zippy Zoo.

7. Liar, liar...
A. You’re a liar.
B. Your nose is growing.
C. Pants on fire.
D. Join the choir.
E. Jump up higher.
F. On the wire.
G. I’m telling Mom.

8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and...
A. Wheaties.
B. Lois Lane.
C. TV ratings.
D. World peace.
E. Red tights.
F. The American way.
G. News headlines.

9. Hey, kids! What time is it?
A. It’s time for Yogi Bear.
B. It’s time to do your homework.
C. It’s Howdy Doody Time.
D. It’s time for Romper Room.
E. It’s bedtime.
F. Time for The Mighty Mouse Hour.
G. Scoopy Doo Time.

10. Lions and tigers and bears...
A. Yikes!
B. Oh, no!
C. Gee whiz!
D. I’m scared!
E. Oh, my!
F. Help! Help!
G. Let’s run!

11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone...
A. Over 40.
B. Wearing a uniform.
C. Carrying a briefcase.
D. Over 30.
E. You don’t know.
F. Who says, “Trust me.”
G. Who eats tofu.

12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women’s stockings...
A. Troy Aikman
B. Kenny Stabler
C. Joe Namath
D. Roger Staubach
E. Joe Montana
F. Steve Young
G. John Elway

13. Brylcream...
A. Smear it on.
B. You’ll smell great.
C. Tame that cowlick.
D. Grease ball heaven.
E. A little dab’ll do ya.
F. It’s a dream.
G. We’re your team.

14. I found my thrill...
A. In Blueberry muffins.
B. With my man, Bill.
C. Down at the mill.
D. Over the windowsill.
E. With thyme and dill.
F. Too late to enjoy.
G. On Blueberry Hill.

15. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by...
A. Clark Gable.
B. Mary Martin.
C. Doris Day.
D. Errol Flynn.
E. Sally Fields.
F. Jim Carrey.
G. Jay Leno.

16. Name the Beatles.
A. John, Steve, George, Ringo
B. John, Paul, George, Roscoe
C. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo
D. Jay, Paul, George, Ringo
E. Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo
F. Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel
G. John, Paul, George, Ringo

17. I wonder, wonder, who...
A. Who ate the leftovers?
B. Who did the laundry?
C. Was it you?
D. Who wrote the book of love?
E. Who I am?
F. Passed the test?
G. Knocked on the door?

18. I’m strong to the finish...
A. Cause I eats my broccoli.
B. Cause I eats me spinach.
C. Cause I lift weights.
D. Cause I’m the hero.
E. And don’t you forget it.
F. Cause Olive Oyl loves me.
G. To outlast Bruto.

19. When it’s least expected, you’re elected, you’re the star today...
A. Smile, you’re on Star Search.
B. Smile, you won the lottery.
C. Smile, we’re watching you.
D. Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.
E. Smile, the world sees you.
F. Smile, you’re a hit.
G. Smile, you’re on TV.

20. What do M & M’s do?
A. Make your tummy happy!
B. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket.
C. Make you fat.
D. Melt your heart.
E. Make you popular.
F. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
G. Come in colors.

I’ll reveal the correct answers in my next post!

[Editor’s note. Reader Snowbrush in Oregon has pointed out that the saying in #11 is not attributed to Bob Dylan but to Jerry Rubin. He is correct. I knew something didn’t sound right about that question but couldn’t put my finger on it. Jerry Rubin was one of the Chicago 7 along with Abby Hoffman, Tom Hayden (a future husband of Jane Fonda), and others who were jailed at the time of the disturbances surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. If you don’t remember that time, count yourself among the fortunate. --RWP]


  1. wonder wonder wonder whowho wrote the book of love<><>now i can't get it out of my head

  2. too many wonders however go back to bread i guess which builds bodies numerious ways

  3. The suspense will be difficult to take. I'm sure I got several wrong.

  4. i am going to try again! I've been enjoying catching up and see I missed lots of fun. I think i got these answers right, although i waas born on the tail end of the boomer boom and some of them i learned by word of mouth.

  5. Hmmm... Despite the strong American bent, I got about 7 correct. Although, frankly, the depth is a bit lacking. "A bit like your Eye Candy Day" he retorts... Ok Ok.