Name These Household Items That Were All The Rage In The 50s & 60s!

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Things were just different in the 50s and 60s. Before Netflix and Google, before Nespresso machines and Grumpy Cat memes, things were slower, sleepier, and more family-oriented. So, what can you remember about households in the 50s and 60s?

What would you have used for Saturday morning chores? How would you have listened to the radio's Top 100? Which tech advances would have amazed you more than the 1969 moon landing? Power up your time machine and get ready to take this quiz!

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1. "(We Can't Get No) Satisfaction" unless we're listening to the Rolling Stones on our:

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  1. iPod
  2. Walkie Talkie
  3. Transistor radio
  4. MP3 player
Transistor radios were the most convenient way to have portable music from the late forties until the early eighties.
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2. Jimmy wants THIS car for his 16th birthday:

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  1. Suzuki Splash
  2. Volkswagen Beetle
  3. Ford Mustang
  4. Volvo S60
When the Ford Mustang came out in 1964, Ford only expected to sell around 100,000 units. They sold 418,812. 22,000 Mustang orders were taken on the first day alone!
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3. Don't mess up! There's no Ctrl + Alt + Delete on these devices:

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  1. Tablet
  2. Standing calculator
  3. Typewriter
  4. Typing device
By the 1950s, educators believed that the use of a typewriter in the classroom would stimulate children's interest in spelling, writing, and reading, and reduce behavioral problems. Of course, unlike laptops today, typewriters had no internet or gaming capabilities.
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4. What did Little Lucy watch on this in the 60s?

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  1. Netflix
  2. Podcasts
  3. TV cartoons
  4. YouTube
Cartoons! Did you know that a 21-year-old invented the television? In 1949, less than 1 million US households owned a television. By 1969, 44 million owned at least one!
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5. Your hubby's face was oh-so-soft with the help of a/n:

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  1. Waxing kit
  2. Electric shaver
  3. Dish soap
  4. Feather duster
Electric shavers were a big hit in the 1960s. Of course, if you didn't have money for an electric shaver, by the 60s you could also buy disposable razors, which Bic introduced that decade.
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6. Rochas Femme and Hermes Caleche were popular _______ that Mama might have had on her vanity table.

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  1. Lipsticks
  2. Nail polish shades
  3. Perfumes
  4. Eyeshadows
According to Coco Chanel, “A woman who doesn't wear perfume has no future.” Do you agree?
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7. Does Billy want to go to the school prom with you? Why don't you ask:

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  1. A Magic 8 Ball
  2. Tarot
  3. The Wheel of Fortune
  4. Santa Claus
The Magic 8-ball -- first manufactured in the 1950s -- was designed in a way to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. At one point, the toy had 20 possible responses, ten positive, five negative, and five non-committal.
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8. Don't let your baby brother tangle the tape on your Beach Boys album. It'll ruin the:

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  1. Vinyl
  2. Black box
  3. Cassette tape
  4. CD
Cassette tapes were a hit by the mid-60s. They came in and replaced the reel-to-reel system that people at the time had gotten used to. They were invented in 1962.
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9. Rise and shine! Your sweetheart's making you:

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  1. Donuts
  2. Oatmeal
  3. English muffins
  4. Waffles
Waffle irons are believed to have been invented in the 13th-14th century. The earliest known waffle recipe is in an anonymous manuscript in which a Frenchman gave his waffle-making instructions to his young wife, including how to use the “iron”.
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10. Can't get the kids to eat vegetables? Buy them a:

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  1. Mr. Apple Head
  2. Mr. Spinach Head
  3. Mr. Carrot Head
  4. Mr. Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head was invented in 1949; it was a plastic toy with the body of a potato with little holes that a kid could place its ears, nose, and eyes into.
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11. Why was a bread box necessary?

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  1. Because it was stylish
  2. Because bread needed to be refrigerated
  3. Because bread came from bakeries, unwrapped
  4. Because only crustless bread was available
Bread boxes used to be important because people would buy their bread directly from a bakery, wrapped only in paper. Even though industrial white bread was all the rage by the 1950s, bread boxes were still well-loved kitchen items.
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12. Watch "Bonanza" while eating your:

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  1. Swanson TV dinner
  2. Astronaut food
  3. Leftover turkey
  4. Swanson Netflix dinner
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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13. Saturday morning chores had never been easier than with a:

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  1. Robotic Vacuum
  2. Miele Blizzard CX1
  3. Kenmore Pop-N-Go
  4. Hoover Dial-A-Matic
If you didn't buy a Dial-A-Matic, you might consider a Hoover 800, which was also a big hit during the 1950s and 1960s. You may even have had an Electrolux. Remember its slogan? "Nothing sucks like an Electrolux".
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14. Dance the "Loco-motion" by turning up the music on your...

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  1. Juke box
  2. Radio
  3. TV
  4. Record player
Record players reached their hay day in the 60s and 70s! That said, they were widely used for over 100 years, from the 1870s through the 1980s.
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15. Your hungry friend is coming to your place for movie night because you've got this:

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  1. Espresso maker
  2. Popcorn machine
  3. Nacho cheese maker
  4. Gumball machine
Popcorn is a quintessential American snack. There are six towns in the United States that claim to be "Popcorn Capital of the World": North Loup, Nebraska; Marion, Ohio; Schaller, Iowa; Van Buren, Indiana; Valparaiso, Indiana; and Ridgeway, Illinois.
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16. What important midday meal was this Jetsons lunchbox designed to carry?

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  1. Breakfast
  2. Midnight snack
  3. Lunch
  4. Dinner
To get your hands on a Jetsons lunchbox today, you'd have to pay hundreds of dollars. But back in the 1960s, they were a must-have for elementary school students across the country.
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17. In the 1960s, snap shots became a "thing" with the help of:

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  1. Hand held cameras
  2. iPhone cameras
  3. Digital cameras
  4. Video cameras
The camera is a device that has come a very long way since its creation. No longer are they large and cumbersome, requiring more than one person to operate. Today, they can fit into one’s pocket, but back in the 1960s, a handheld camera was a novelty.
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18. These were often the size of Coke cans...

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  1. Hair bands
  2. Hair curlers
  3. Hair straighteners
  4. Hair elastics
To achieve big, classic, 1960s curls, many women slept in Coke can-sized rollers on a nightly basis!
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19. "Isn't it the most exciting sound in town?"... began the jingle that advertised one of these:

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  1. An electric blender
  2. An ice cream maker
  3. A coffee perculator
  4. A singing cup
In the 1960s, top-of-the-line electric blenders had no-spill, no-splash lids that had removable parts, perfect for adding additional ingredients.
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20. If you got lucky, your parents bought you a subscription to Rolling Stone, so you could keep up on:

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  1. Music fads
  2. The best new cars
  3. Tourist destinations
  4. Hollywood actors
From the 1960s and some of the 1970s, the Rolling Stone magazine covered primarily music. Politics was also in the mix.
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21. If the skirt Grandma bought you for your birthday was too long, you could make it "mini" with:

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  1. A 3D printer
  2. An Etsy pattern
  3. A sewing machine
  4. A nail clipper
While the sewing machine was invented in September of 1846, during the 50s and 60s it was still an essential household item!
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22. Time for taxes? Get out your:

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  1. Touch-tone telephone
  2. Electric adder
  3. ATM
  4. Tape player
Electric adders were essential to good housekeeping! In the 1960s, the newest versions came with flag indicators, double zero keys, digit indicators, manual back-space levers, and removable cords.
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23. Yes, you can make your meatballs with grape jelly on this:

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  1. A cold plate
  2. An electric hot plate
  3. A teflon-coated oven
  4. An electric heater
While electric hot plates may have been relatively new household items during the 50s and 60s, non-electric hot plates date back to ancient Roman times.
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24. Monday mornings were a lot easier with:

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  1. Water filters
  2. Tea machines
  3. Automatic coffee makers
  4. Hot chocolate makers
The first electric drip coffee maker came out in 1954, but the one you are looking at wasn't invented until the early 1970s.
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25. Sending a letter to your pen pal? Don't forget your:

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  1. First-Class postage stamps
  2. Lucky penny
  3. Envelope sealer
  4. Email address
What did a postage stamp cost in 1963? A pack of 20 would cost you $1. What a bargain!
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26. What program could the whole family have listened to on the radio AND watched on television?

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  1. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  2. Lizzie McGuire
  3. ABC Mystery Theater
  4. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
ABC Mystery Theater, a hit radio show between 1951–1954, soon became a television series! Radio is still popular today! In fact, over 90% of U.S. adults listen to at least one of over 15,500 radio stations a day. It's a 14 billion dollar industry (which is about 14 times the worth of the Miami Marlins Baseball team).
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27. Heat up your after-school snack in this kind of oven:

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  1. Microwave
  2. Self-cleaning
  3. Conduction
  4. Gas
Did you have a matching fridge and microwave oven? A microwave oven is a type of electric oven that uses heat to cook food by exposing it to electromagnetic radiation in a process known as dielectric heating.
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28. In the 1960s, your living room wasn't fit for company without a:

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  1. Memory foam pillow
  2. Wicker cushion
  3. Shag cushion
  4. Neck pillow
Boho style in the 1960s thrived off of "shag": shag cushions, shag carpets, and shag blankets. Your interior just wasn't hip without it.
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29. What recipe might you find in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" (1961)?

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  1. Boeuf bourguignon
  2. Chili con carne
  3. Fish and chips
  4. Sushi
Boeuf Bourguignon was one of Julia Child's seminal recipes! Her book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking", was so popular that getting your hands on an original, 1961 edition is priceless. If the book has an original jacket, it could be worth more than $2,000!
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30. Nothing whips up a birthday cake better than a:

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  1. Handheld washing machine
  2. Bread maker
  3. Milk foamer
  4. Kitchen Aid mixer
If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer from the 1960s, chances are it's still in working condition! There have been reports of 1919 models that still whip up a mean birthday cake batter.
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31. It's not truly summer until you've fished out your:

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  1. Coffee maker
  2. Jack in the Box
  3. Candy box
  4. Ice crusher
You couldn't make a cocktail without one! Crushed ice is popular in cocktails because it has more surface area than ice cubes, causing it to cool things more quickly.
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32. Can't find Aunt Hilda's number? Check:

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  1. Your diary
  2. The internet
  3. With your mama
  4. A phone book
Phone books used to be a staple in every American home, but not anymore. By 2014, less than half of the population of the US was using a phone book regularly.
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33. If you're stumped for a Mother's Day present, buy one of these figurines made out of:

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  1. Plastic
  2. Sandstone
  3. Porcelain
  4. Wood
The first European porcelain figurines, Meissen porcelain, are thought to have been permanent versions of sugar sculptures used to decorate tables on special occasions. They had found a place on mantelpieces and side tables before taking the big journey across the pond to the United States.
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34. Baby Teddy thinks he's too big for the:

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  1. Rocking chair
  2. Bar stool
  3. Bumbo seat
  4. High chair
While the high chair pictured here is wood, by the 1950s, high chairs were being mass-produced for the first time. Most boasted hard metal frames and padded seats.
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35. Before Cuisinarts, you could make a perfect dough for your apple pie using THIS:

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  1. Electric mixer
  2. Baking saw
  3. Pastry cutter
  4. Rolling pin
Also known as a pastry blender, a pastry cutter is a tool used to mix a solid fat, like butter, into flour. It breaks up the hard butter into smaller pieces, making it easier to mix.
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36. Need to relax? Get out your "church keys" and pop open a:

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  1. Church door
  2. Attic door
  3. Toy box
  4. Bottle of beer
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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37. Throw out your old iron to invest in one with THIS feature!

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  1. Stereo system
  2. Stain remover
  3. GPS tracking system
  4. Built-in spray mist
In the 1960s, the highest-tech irons came with built-in spray mist. What a luxury!
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38. Use this scale to:

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  1. Weigh yourself
  2. Weigh your jewelry
  3. Weigh your pets
  4. Weigh your ingredients
Back in the day, food scales either came in spring models or balance scales. They weren't the most precise tools to have been invented, but they did the trick.
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39. To use these, you needed a:

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  1. Job
  2. Camera
  3. Sewing kit
  4. Bachelor's degree
Before digital cameras, you had to develop photos using film. These tubes protected your photos by making sure that the film wasn't exposed to the light before it was developed.
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40. What was special about this blanket?

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  1. It cooled you down
  2. It warmed you up
While the first heated, electric blankets were put on the market in the 1920s, it wasn't until the 1950s that they acquired the name, "electric blanket". Before that, you would have called them "heated quilts".
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41. In 1967, these weren't for math class! Papa kept his locked in his study.

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  1. Handheld calculator
  2. Pager
  3. Satellite radio
  4. Cellphone
Texas Instruments released the first handheld calculator in the late 60s. It was around six inches tall, weighed 55 pounds and cost $2,500.
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42. Making a white-picket fence? You'll want to buy a/n...

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  1. Electric hammer
  2. Electric saw
  3. Handheld drill
  4. Voltage tester
Handheld drills became a coveted tool in the 60s, when home improvement became a fad. Handheld drills were especially helpful for assembling 'knock-down' furniture.
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43. Use one of THESE to go to the park with your best friend:

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  1. A two-person scooter
  2. A city bike
  3. A banana bike
  4. A tandem bike
Of course, if tandem biking isn't your thing, and you're looking to do something 50's style, you could always try a trip to an ice cream parlor, a bowling alley, a record shop, or a drive-in movie!
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44. Goodnight routines became a lot easier with what?

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  1. Electric toothbrushes
  2. Electric hair brushes
  3. Electric shavers
  4. Electric face cleansers
By the 1950s, toothbrushes with soft nylon bristles came out. The first electric toothbrush was made in 1939, but they didn't migrate to the United States until 1960.
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45. Time to redecorate? Consider installing a:

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  1. Night light
  2. Lava lamp
  3. Chandelier
  4. Spanish pendant lamp
Spanish pendant lamps -- not always as colorful as the ones pictured here -- became a household must-have in the 1960s.
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46. Scratched your knee? Get THIS out of your medicine cabinet:

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  1. Mercurochrome
  2. IV
  3. Opium
  4. Windex
Mercurochrome, a dark pink, over the counter antiseptic, was a go-to in medicine cabinets throughout the 60s. The FDA banned it when they realized it contained mercury, which we don't recommend ingesting.
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47. A Pyrex bowl is perfect for what classic 50s "breakfast cake"?

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  1. Deviled ham pancakes
  2. Oatmeal
Deviled ham might not seem like your ideal pancake topping now, but it was a fad in the 1960s!
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48. These banana-flavored cornflakes were a predecessor to which common brand:

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  1. Special K
  2. Lucky Charms
  3. Oreo O’s
  4. Chocolate Honeycomb
Cornflakes are a classic, and Kellogg's carries its own Special K brand now. It turns out that cereal box collectors will pay good money for a 1965 CornFlakes With Instant Bananas. How much? These babies go for up to $800 on eBay! (Cereal not included.)
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49. Uncle Fred is refurbishing his study. To rest his feet, he's bought a:

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  1. Hassock
  2. Egg chair
  3. Stepping stool
  4. Wicker seat stool
Hassocks -- soft cushions for sitting, or resting your feet on -- get their name from an Old English word meaning "soft clumps of grass".
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50. Think outside the box! Go to your next concert in:

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  1. A paper dress
  2. A nightgown
  3. Your underwear
  4. A stick-on dress
Disposable clothing -- a fad during the mid-60s -- was a relatively short-lived phenomenon. Why? Although they sold for less, they cost just as much as a regular dress to produce.
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