Can You Pass This Quiz About Life As A Baby Boomer?

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About This Quiz

If you aren't exactly clear on what baby boomers, millennials and Gen Xers are, then you've come to the right place. Baby boomers are the demographic cohort that comes after the Silent Generation, a group of people who were born between the mid-1920s and mid-1940s. The baby boomers were born between the mid-1940s and 1964, a result of the baby boom that followed WWII. 

These people enjoyed the '60s and '70s and were witness to childhoods that were not dominated by iPads, the internet, and technology overall. They sat down to TV dinners, played with their pet rocks and Chatty Cathy dolls and even had the opportunity to encounter strange things like mimeographs and Burma Shave cream. These people grew up watching Huckleberry Hound, Mr. Magoo and Howdy Doody. If this is sounding like something strange to you, then you may not have what it takes to pass our quiz. 

In fact, if you've heard of a mood ring, have participated in an air raid drill, know what a Secret Sam toy is and can tell us the difference between and icebox and a refrigerator, then you'll do fine. So can you or can you not ace our baby boomers quiz? Take this quiz to find out! 

Can you match this item to its name?

Corded phones of the this generation typically featured a rotary dial in comparison to modern corded phones.

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Do you know what this is?

Silly Putty is a silicone polymer-based toy which is characterized by its unusual properties such as bouncing but not breaking when given a sharp blow. It was first invented in 1943, sold worldwide in 1961, and inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Can you tell us what this is?

This machine, which is usually mechanical or electromechanical, was used to type print-like characters on one paper at a time.

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What is this cartoon?

This fictional cartoon character is depicted as a sweet, laid-back, blue anthropomorphic dog with a Southern accent. "The Huckleberry Hound Show" premiered in 1958.

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Which option best matches what you see in this picture?

This type of cinema featured a large, outdoor movie screen and an enclosed area which allows customers to view movies from their vehicles. First seen in 1915, it gained popularity in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with an estimated 4,000 drive-ins across the United States.

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What's the object in this picture?

This American toy is composed of a plastic potato model with eyes, nose, mouth, ears and a hat which can be attached and removed from the main body. It was first distributed in 1952 by Hasbro.

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What's being shown here?

This type of pot, which was popular throughout the 1970s, was commonly used to brew coffee before the automatic coffee drip makers.

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Can you correctly match this image to the item?

This American brand of brushless shaving cream was well-known for its roadside advertisements which involved humorous poems.

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Which event is this?

The seventeen-man Apollo mission took place between 1969 and 1972, with the first ending in disaster and the eleventh resulting in the first humans to land on the moon.

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What item is this?

The skate key was used to adjust and lock in place the straps of the old-fashioned metal roller skates.

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Can you name what's being show in this picture?

This equipment is a cheap duplicating machine which was frequently used to print small quantities of work using a stencil.

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What are they doing in this photo?

Air raid drills in the United States were particularly common during the Cold War in order to prepare the country for a nuclear attack. Duck and cover!

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What popular food item is this?

This brand of canned cooked meat, usually pork and ham, was introduced in 1937 by Hormel Foods Corporation. It gained popularity after WWII and by 2003 it was sold worldwide.

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Who is this person?

A milkman was one who delivered milk to customers, usually in a bottle or carton, back when there was a lack of refrigeration. It's reported that In 1963 nearly 29.7 percent of consumers had milk delivered, but it dropped to 6.9 percent a little more than a decade later.

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Can you identify what's in this picture?

These collectibles were introduced in 1975 and consisted of smooth round rocks which were marketed as pets and collected from Mexico's Rosarito Beach. The packaging included straw and breathing holes but the fad lasted about six months.

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Which TV show is this?

"Howdy Doody," which ran from 1947 to 1960, was an American children's TV show which revolved around circus and western frontier themes.

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What do you see in this picture?

This game features a variety of tools such as the wood-burning pen, which was used to create several designs on the pre-cut wood sheet provided.

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Which cartoon character is this?

This cartoon character Mr.Magoo was voiced by Jim Backus and was depicted as wealthy, short old man who found himself in humorous situations due to his poor eyesight. Created in 1949, Magoo episodes were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film four times and won twice in 1954 and 1956.

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Name the toy being shown here.

This toy is a bouncing ball made of a synthetic transparent rubber with pieces of glitter suspended in it. It was invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1964.

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What drink is this?

Tang is a fruit-flavored drink invented 1957 by the General Foods Corporation and marketed in 1959 as a powdered form. Tang was used by astronauts on NASA space flights early on and it spiked in popularity after it was used on John Glenn's Mercury flight in 1962.

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What do you see in this picture?

The Viewmaster was a special-format stereoscope which allows the user to view various images using a series of cardboard reels containing 3D pairs of images.

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Identify the item in this picture.

The mood ring, which was popularized during the 1970s, is a ring which changes color depending on the temperature of the wearer's finger which was associated with their overall mood.

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What's the object in this picture?

The pogo stick is a jumping device which was initially introduced as a children's toy but is now used as an extreme sports instrument.

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Do you know what this is?

Also known as lawn darts, javelin darts or yard darts, this game was played using four foot-long darts which were thrown into the target ring. After many injuries and deaths, they have been banned in the US since 1988.

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Tell us what this is.

This two- to four-player children's game was created in 1948 and launched in 1949 by William Schaper. The objective of the original game is to be the first player to build a "cootie" from various plastic body parts

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What drink is this?

Tab is a diet cola soft drink, of which there are several variations, first introduced in 1963 by The Coca-Cola Company.It was extremely popular in the '60 and '70s but it declined after the introduction of Diet Coke in 1982,

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What toy is this?

Introduced in 1964, this action game and toy features two blue and red fighting robots which are controlled by two players.

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Which option best matches what you see in this picture?

An icebox, also referred to as a cold closet, is a compact, wooden refrigerator which was used before the introduction of mechanical refrigerators.

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What item is this?

The transistor radio was a small, portable, pocket-sized radio receiver, which was developed in 1954.

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What's being shown here?

Secret Sam was a '60s children's spy toy composed of a silver briefcase fitted with parts of a rifle which were to be arranged correctly.

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Who is this sports star?

Mickey Mantle was an American professional baseball player who is considered to be the greatest switch hitter in baseball history. Known as "The Commerce Comet," Mantle played with the New York Yankees for the entirety of his career from 1951-1968.

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Can you match this item to its name?

Manufactured in the 1960s, this children's toy was used to melt and mold plastic into a variety of shapes.

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Can you tell us what this is?

Buttermints are a type of soft mint which is made with a higher content of butter and melts more easily inside one's mouth.

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Match the picture to its correct name.

Developed by Allan Alcorn, Pong is an early two-dimensional arcade video game which simulates table tennis.

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What is this creature that inspired a show?

The Sea Monkeys product was created in 1957 by Harold von Braunhut and marketed with a series of comic book ads in the '70s. "The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys" was a live-action series that only aired 11 episodes in 1992

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Can you name what's being show in this picture?

Produced by the Mattel Toy Company from 1959 to 1965, Chatty Cathy was a pull-string talking doll depicted as five-year-old Caucasian girl with blonde hair and blue eyes. When she came on the market she had eleven phrases that included "I love you," "Let's Play School!" and "Please take me with you."

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Which of these toys matches the options?

The variant of Barbie was more flexible than its other counterparts and by comparison, had more realistic looking limbs.

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Match the picture to its correct name.

The easy-bake oven was introduced in 1963 and originally used an ordinary incandescent light bulb as the heating source. It came with a packet of cake mix that just needed water and pans.

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Identify the item in this picture.

Liquid Paper, originally known as Mistake Out, is a brand of correction fluid which was invented in 1956 by Bette Nesmith Graham.

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Can you tell us what this is?

A TV dinner was a ready-made meal which typically contained all the elements of a single-serving meal such as meat, vegetables and dessert. It was compartmentalized so you can just put it in the microwave and eat it while watching TV.

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