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Are you old? Take the Nostalgia Test!

I ran across this “test” recently and thought it would be fun to share. One point for each of these that you remember from your childhood.

Just how old are you?

  1. Blackjack chewing gum
  2. Wax Coke-shaped candy with colored sugar water
  3. Candy cigarettes
  4. Coffee shops or diners with table-side juke boxes
  5. Party lines
  6. Newsreels before the movie
  7. P.F. Flyers
  8. Butch wax
  9. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (COlonial – 6933)
  10. Pea Shooters
  11. Howdy Doody
  12. 45 RPM records
  13. S&H Green Stamps
  14. Hi-Fi’s
  15. Metal ice trays with a lever
  16. Mimeograph paper
  17. Carbon copies
  18. Blue flashbulbs
  19. Packards
  20. Roller skate keys
  21. Cork popguns
  22. Drive-ins
  23. Studebakers
  24. Wash tub wringers
  25. Hop Scotch
  26. Ring Around the Rosie
  27. Hot potato
  28. London Bridge
  29. Red Rover, Red Rover
  30. Red light, Green light
  31. Mother May I ?
  32. Playing dodge ball and kick ball until the streetlights came on
  33. Jump rope
  34. You’re IT!!
  35. Kick the Can
  36. Duck, duck, GOOSE!!!
  37. Getting an ice cream from the Good Humor Man
  38. Cereal boxes with prizes at the bottom
  39. Cracker Jacks with the same thing
  40. Parents stood on the porch and whistled or yelled for you to come home
  41. No air conditioning
  42. Hula Hoops
  43. Fat Albert, Tom & Jerry, Pink Panther, Road Runner, Richochet Rabbit, Heckle & Jeckle
  44. Schoolhouse Rock
  45. Saturday movies for 12 cents with Hop-Along Cassidy
  46. Watching Sunday morning oldies (Three Stooges, Abbott & Costello, Tarzan, Shirley Temple OR WONDERAMA!!)
  47. Being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to what awaited you when you got home
  48. A quarter seemed like a fair allowance
  49. Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
  50. Any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry in the groceries…and nobody, not even the kid, thought anything thing of it
  51. Almost everyone’s mother was at home when the kids got there
  52. A 13″ black and white television in your room meant you were RICH
  53. Rainy days at school meant playing “Hangman” or “Heads Up 7-UP” in the classroom
  54. “Work” meant doing the dishes or taking out the garbage
  55. “Race issues” meant arguing about who could run the fastest
  56. Money issues were handled by the kid who was the banker in “monopoly”
  57. Being old meant anyone over 20
  58. I double-dog-dare you
  59. Decisions were made by going “eeny-meeny-miney-mo”
  60. Catching fireflies for the whole evening and not getting tired of it
  61. Homemade ice cream from a hand cranked ice cream maker
  62. Water balloons were the ultimate weapon

And, If you’re REALLY Old:

  1. Horses delivering milk
  2. Tipping over the outhouse on Halloween
  3. Kids missing a lot of school because of rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, pneumonia, mastoiditis (draining ears), polio and a host of other diseases before we had antibiotics
  4. Extra, Extra! Read all about it!
  5. CCC, PWA, WPA and a bunch of other Federal programs
  6. Fireside chats form FDR
  7. Tractors with huge iron lugs that would tear up farm roads
  8. The steam train coming to town and the race to see if you could beat it, while trying to avoid the black cinders from the smoke that would fall on your Sunday School white shirt
  9. The local Civil War vets
  10. Memorial Day parades with the WWI veterans marching in their puttees
  11. Outdoor silent movies
  12. Black face minstrel shows

If you remembered 0-20 = You’re still young
If you remembered 21-40 = You are getting older
If you remembered 41-60 = Don’t tell your age

If you remembered 61-74 = You’re older than dirt!

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