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

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Like every other generation, there are certain things that characterize the era of the baby boomer. Soldiers came home from war, bought homes, and started families. Boomers grew up during the Civil Rights Movement and the great Space Race. Some witnessed both the election and the assassination of JFK—they've seen it all! How well do you remember the events of a generation past? Only an authentic baby boomer can answer these questions!

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1. Before getting her own show, Mary Tyler Moore appeared on _____.

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  1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  2. Late Night with Conan O’Brien
  3. The Dick Van Dyke Show
  4. Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Before landing her own show, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in 1970, she was a regular on “The Dick Van Dyke Show”.
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2. Which of these songs was played when the television programs for the day were done?

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  1. The Star-Spangled Banner
  2. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
  3. Hotline Bling – Drake
  4. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
The national anthem used to close the day for most television stations back when television was not on 24/7. The practice was discontinued when programming extended into the wee hours of the morning.
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3. Who or what is Mr. Ed?

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  1. A popular snack
  2. A famous doctor
  3. A talking horse
  4. A monument
Mister Ed is an American television situational comedy, centered around the title character – a talking horse from the short stories by Walter R. Brooks.
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4. What kind of brightly colored beads were worn and traded by both boys and girls?

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  1. Choker
  2. Love beads
  3. Pearls
  4. Bib necklace
Love beads are a traditional handmade hippie accessory consisting of one or more strings of beads. They symbolized peace and goodwill.
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5. Which of these music festivals, held in August 1969, attracted over 400,000 visitors?

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  1. Coachella
  2. Woodstock
  3. Tomorrowland
  4. Lollapalooza
The original Woodstock festival was held during August 15-18th, 1969 in New York, just Southwest of Woodstock. Artists such as Janis Joplin and Creedence Clearwater Revival played.
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6. These guys operated soda fountains often found in drugstores.

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  1. Soda persons
  2. Soda guys
  3. Soda jerks
  4. Soda friends
A soda jerk was a person, typically very young, who operated the soda fountain in a drugstore. They would serve everything from ice cream sodas to milkshakes.
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7. What is the name of the company which became famous for its TV turkey dinners?

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  1. Oreo
  2. Apple
  3. Coca Cola
  4. Swanson
Swanson was a brand of TV dinners commonly made in the 1950s. They were first introduced in 1953 and just one year later, they’d sold over 10 million TV dinners.
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8. Where did Baby Boomers get their milk from?

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  1. Their grandparents made it
  2. The milk man
  3. Straight from the cow
  4. The convenience store
A milkman is a delivery person who delivers milk to a customer’s house, either in cartons or bottles. Although they rarely exist in the U.S., they are still popular in other parts of the world.
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9. This British rock band was responsible for the hit song, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”...

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  1. One Direction
  2. Maroon 5
  3. BTS
  4. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands in the United States back in the 1960s. One of their most successful hits is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
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10. What term is used to describe the hysteria caused by the Beatle’s trip to the United States?

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  1. Beatlefun
  2. Craze of the Beatles
  3. Beatlemania
  4. Beatlepenia
Beatlemania was the name of the fan frenzy surrounding the British rock band, The Beatles, back in the 1960s. They were well known for songs like, “Love Me Do” and “Please Please Me.”
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11. This action was completely banned from television programs.

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  1. Swearing
  2. Hugging
  3. Drinking
  4. Swimming
When television and radio started to become popular, stations censored many things, including obscene, indecent, or profane language. Violators could face up to $10,000 in fines and two years in prison.
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12. Before iPods, cassette tapes, and CD players, people listened to "House of the Rising Sun" on this device:

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  1. Smartphone
  2. iPod
  3. Transistor radio
  4. MP3 player
A transistor radio is a small portable radio receiver which was released in 1954. It was the first commercial transistor radio and became the most popular electronic communication device of the 1960s.
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13. Going on a road trip? Strap your suitcases to top of your:

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  1. VW Beetle
  2. Porsche 944 Turbo
  3. Ferrari 288
  4. Suzuki Samurai
As late as 2003, the original VW Beetle was still being manufactured in Mexico!
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14. Parents would often threaten their children with this action if they misspoke or said a bad word.

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  1. Watching television
  2. Homework
  3. Going to sleep in the kitchen
  4. Washing their mouths with soap
Washing out someone’s mouth with soap was a traditional form of punishment common in the U.S. and U.K. in the mid-20th century. It was often a response to the use of profanity, tobacco use, and lying.
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15. Before “Chatty Cathy” became a saying, it was actually _____.

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  1. A French monkey
  2. A talking doll
  3. An exclusive party
  4. A type of clothing
Chatty Cathy was a pull string “talking” doll, which was manufactured by Mattel from 1959 to 1965. It was the second most popular doll in the 1960s, only after Barbie.
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16. The toy known as the View-Master stereoscope allows people to _____.

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  1. See the moon
  2. See the future
  3. See-through clothes
  4. Look at 3D photographic slides
The View-Master is the name of a line of toys containing cardboard disks of transparent color photographs and a pair of stereoscopes.
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17. Often associated with hippie fashion, this type of pants was very popular in the 1960s.

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  1. Neon
  2. Pencil skirts
  3. Bell bottoms
  4. Hoodies
Bell-bottoms, or flares, are a style of trousers that become wider from the knees downward, creating a bell-like shape.
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18. Going on a date? Why don't you wear a:

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  1. Peter Pan collar
  2. Graduation gown
  3. Smile on your face
  4. Nun's dress
Peter Pan collars, which made a comeback in 2018, were all the rage in the 1960s! While they were considered "demure", they were less so when coupled with a baby doll dress.
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19. What kind of bicycle has banana seats and u-shaped handlebars?

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  1. Unicycle
  2. Motor bike
  3. Stingray bike
  4. Minor bike
A banana bicycle was a popular children’s bicycle characterized by a banana-shaped seat. The first wheelie bikes were designed in the 1960s.
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20. This device was often used to _____.

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  1. Play music
  2. Communicate with spirits
  3. Call the police
  4. Spy on exes
A Ouija board, sometimes called a spirit board, is a flat board marked with numbers 0-9, the letters of the alphabet, and the words “yes” and “no.” They are thought to help people communicate with spirits.
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21. These short skirts worn by women and girls in the 1960s were known as _____.

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  1. Miniskirts
  2. Circle skirts
  3. Draped skirts
  4. Skorts
A miniskirt is any skirt that has a hemline that is well above the knees. They are usually no longer than 10cm (4 inches) below the buttocks.
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22. This football team, known for their green and gold uniform, won the very first Superbowl back in 1967.

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  1. Green Bay Packers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. New York Yankees
  4. FC Barcelona
Super Bowl I took place on January 15th, 1967, at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.
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23. The “duck and cover” school drill, in which children were taught to go under their desks, was in the event of _____.

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  1. A sand storm
  2. A flood
  3. An alien landing
  4. An atomic bomb explosion
Duck and cover drills were commonly practiced in the early 1950s and 1960s in schools across the United States. They were done in case of an atomic attack during the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
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24. What were church keys used to open?

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  1. Churches, duh
  2. Bottles and cans
  3. Bedroom
  4. Office
A church key is a small metal device with a triangular point used to open bottles and cans. They were so named because of their resemblance to the keys used to lock church doors.
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25. School dances weren’t always referred to as such. Back then, they were called _____.

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  1. Fetes
  2. Fiesta
  3. Sock hops
  4. Soiree
A sock hop, also called a record hop, is the name of an informal dance for teenagers held in the 1950s and 1960s. They were strongly associated with rock and roll music.
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26. Which of these people were you likely to reach when making a call as a Baby Boomer?

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  1. The switchboard operator
  2. An answering machine
  3. A mall supervisor
  4. The President of the United States
A switchboard operator’s job was to connect calls by inserting a pair of phone plugs into the right jacks. They were gradually phased out when direct dialing was introduced.
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27. Sea monkeys were a type of...

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  1. Action figure
  2. Plush toy
  3. Escaped zoo animal
  4. Aquarium pet
Sea Monkeys were a novelty aquarium pet – commonly brine shrimp, which undergoes cryptobiosis, when the eggs were added to water and a mix of chemicals. They were developed in 1957 and sold for decades.
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28. Where were Baby Boomers able to watch movies?

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  1. At the community pool
  2. At a party
  3. At a drive-in theater
  4. At a 4D cinema
Drive-in theaters or cinemas were outdoor areas where films were projected onto a large outdoor movie screen to an area of parked cars. A great date night!
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29. Before it was called a refrigerator, this appliance was known as a/an _____.

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  1. Freeze hole
  2. Cold place
  3. Icebox
  4. Cold cooler
An icebox, also called a cold closet, is a compact non-mechanical refrigerator that was common during the early 20th century. Despite almost being totally replaced throughout the 1930s to 1950s, the term was still used interchangeably.
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30. The hat in this image was commonly worn by young men and boys alike.

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  1. Mortar hat
  2. Coonskin cap
  3. Helmet
  4. Party hat
A coonskin cap is a hat made from the skin and fur of a raccoon, hence its name. They were commonly worn by frontier men in the 18th and 19th centuries but became extremely popular in the 1950s.
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31. Which of these Hollywood actresses became the Princess of Monaco?

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  1. Scarlett Johansson
  2. Angelina Jolie
  3. Grace Kelly
  4. Viola Davis
Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982) was an American award-winning actress who later became the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III.
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32. For many Baby Boomers, having color television was _____.

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  1. Extremely common
  2. Something not seen until the 90s
  3. Very cheap
  4. Very rare
Color television transmission began in the late 1960s. In its early days, it was seen as a real luxury and status symbol.
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33. Introduced in 1975, these collectibles became a fad that only lasted a few months.

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  1. Pet rock
  2. Pong
  3. Nerf ball
  4. Magna Doodle
A pet rock is a collectible toy that was marketed like a live pet in a cardboard box with breathing holes. Despite lasting only six months on the market, the company sold over 1 million rocks.
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34. This drink became popular after being used by astronauts on NASA space flights. What flavor is it?

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  1. Dry martini
  2. Lemon
  3. Grape
  4. Orange
Tang is an artificially flavored, orange drink mix created by food scientists in 1957. Initially, sales were extremely poor; that was until NASA used it during the Mercury and Gemini missions.
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35. Which of these New York Yankees players was known as “The Commerce Comet”?

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  1. Michael Phelps
  2. Mickey Mantle
  3. Lionel Messi
  4. Roger Federer
Mickey Mantle (1931 – 1995), nicknamed “The Commerce Comet”, was an American professional baseball player who was often regarded as one of the best players in the history of the sport.
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36. What is the name of this item which changes color depending on the wearer’s temperature?

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  1. Mood gloves
  2. Mood ring
  3. Mood scarves
  4. Mood purse
A mood ring is a ring containing thermochromic liquid crystals that change colors based on the temperature of the wearer’s finger. These color changes were thought to indicate the wearer’s mood.
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37. This was a popular way to make coffee back then...

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  1. A French press
  2. A Keurig coffee maker
  3. In a percolator
  4. A tea pot
A coffee percolator is a type of pot used for brewing coffee. It works by cycling the boiling brew through the grounds by using gravity.
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38. The hairstyle in the image is known as a _____.

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  1. Comb over
  2. Ducktail
  3. Pompadour
  4. Buzz cut
The ducktail is a men’s hairstyle which was extremely popular during the 1950s. The hair is greased and combed back around the sides. It is also parted down to the back of the head.
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39. In 1974, this man successfully jumped over the Snake River Canyon in a rocket.

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  1. Tom Hanks
  2. Morgan Freeman
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio
  4. Evel Knievel
Robert “Evel” Knievel (1938 – 2007) was a stunt performer who, in 1974, launched over Snake River in a rocket-powered cycle. In 2016, Eddie Braun successfully recreated the jump.
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40. These popular shoes were worn by little girls across the country.

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  1. Heels
  2. Soccer cleats
  3. Mary Janes
  4. Boat shoes
Mary Janes are closed, low-cut shoes with one or more straps across their insteps. The shoes are made of black leather or patent leather and are still commonly worn to this date.
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41. Launched in 1957, this satellite was the first artificial object to orbit the Earth.

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  1. Sputnik 1
  2. Goblet Fire
  3. Order Phoenix
  4. Sorcerer Stone
Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite launched into orbit. It was launched in October 1957 by the Soviet Union, where it stayed for three weeks.
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42. What is the name of Harper Lee’s best-selling novel, released in 1960?

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  1. Becoming: Michelle Obama
  2. The Lord of the Rings
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a 1960 novel by Harper Lee, and is still widely read in middle schools and high schools across the country. It is considered a classic in American literature.
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43. Which popular neighborhood street game requires three or more friends and an empty can?

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  1. Scrabble
  2. Chess
  3. Monopoly
  4. Kick the Can
Kick the Can is an outdoor children’s game similar to tag and hide & seek. The game can be played by as little as three to as many as a dozen children.
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44. This popular tourist destination was once divided by East and West (back in 1964).

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  1. Tokyo, Japan
  2. São Paulo, Brazil
  3. Cairo, Egypt
  4. Berlin, Germany
The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that physically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. It cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany.
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45. Named after a color, this substance was used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War.

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  1. Red 63
  2. Agent Orange
  3. Green TV
  4. Margarine
Agent Orange is a herbicide used by tactical military groups as part of chemical warfare. It was commonly used during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.
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46. Before the creation of Google, people would use these to look up new information.

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  1. Yahoo!
  2. Encyclopedia books
  3. A police officer
  4. The sky
An encyclopedia is a compendium of summarized knowledge from all or one particular field or discipline. Before Google or the internet, they were the main source of information for the general population.
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47. What were S&H Green Stamps used for?

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  1. To sleep peacefully
  2. To redeem merchandise from stores
  3. To repay debt
  4. To purchase movie tickets
S&H Green Stamps were trading stamps part of a rewards program operated by the Sperry & Hutchinson company. Customers could collect stamps and later redeem them for products in their catalog.
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48. In the 1960s, a semester’s tuition at Harvard would only cost you _____.

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  1. $1500
  2. $30,000
  3. $20,000
  4. $100,000
Would you believe that at one point, Harvard University’s tuition was approximately $1,500? By the 1960s, the tuition had gone up to $1,725, a 15% increase from the previous year.
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49. What is the name of the plastic decal often seen on vans and windows?

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  1. Rickie Tickie stickers
  2. Graffiti
  3. Pimp My Ride
  4. Iron-on patches
Rickie Tickie stickers, also known as Rickie Tickie stickies, have been associated with hippies and flower power since their creation in 1967. The reusable decals were often seen on Volkswagens and in bedrooms.
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50. Invented in 1965, Astroturf was once called _____.

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  1. ChemGrass
  2. Surf 'n' Turf
  3. Football Field
  4. Soylent Green
ChemGrass, also known as Astroturf, is a type of synthetic turf often used as a playing surface in sports. It was created in 1964 to minimize the cost of laying and maintaining natural turf.
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