Quiz helps determine if you are older than dirt

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Not too long ago a rock showed up on my basement desk with the words “Older Than Dirt” etched in it. A few days later along came a few mysterious papers titled “Man, I am old” and then a list asking for me to take an “Older Than Dirt Quiz.” The quiz listed contained 25 items that you might remember. The list:
Blackjack chewing gum.
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water.
Candy cigarettes.
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Party lines on the telephone.
Newsreels before the movie.
P.F. Flyers.
Butch wax (my hair product).
TV patterns that came on at night after the last show and were there until the TV shows started in the morning. There were only three channels.
Howdy Doody.
45 RPM records.
S&H Green Stamps.
Metal ice trays with lever.
Mimeograph paper.
Blue flashbulbs.
Roller skate keys.
Cork popguns.
Wash tub wringers.
If you remembered 0-5 = You’re still young. If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older. If you remembered 11-15= Don’t tell your age. If you remembered 16-25= You’re older than dirt!
Well, I might be older than dirt, but those memories are some of my best!
Hopefully the following might give you a few bonus points, do you remember: Headlight dimmer switches on the floor; ignition switches on the dashboard; real ice boxes; pant leg clips for bicycles without chain guards; soldering irons you heat on a gas burner; and using hand signals for cars without turn signals.
If you remembered the bonus questions the test arrived to the conclusion with this message: “Man, you are old!
With Christmas season underway it has been reported there are three stages of a man’s life. 1. He believes in Santa Claus; 2. He doesn’t believe in Santa Claus; 3. He is Santa Claus.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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