Far Out! The Funkiest 70s High School Nostalgia Quiz

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The 70s were some of the grooviest years in history. High school was no exception. Which band should you have been listening to? Which clothes were Tabu? Did you have the right gadgets, or would people have cracked up when they saw what you had stashed away in your locker?

More importantly, could you have chilled with the cool kids or would you have wanted to blow that taco stand?

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1. Teens went mad for these super funky pants:

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  1. Culottes
  2. Pencil pants
  3. Skinny jeans
  4. Bell-bottoms
Don't wear these on rainy days! Bell-bottom pants were also called "flares." It was because the pants became much wider from the knee down.
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2. After she went on a date, your friend "gave you the skinny". She...

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  1. ...told you all the juicy details
  2. ...offered you a skinny latte
  3. ...made sure your underwear wasn't showing
  4. ...adjusted your shirt to make you look skinny
Some say that this phrase came about during military times when spies would reveal secret information.
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3. This no-clothing trend would land you in the principal's office!

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  1. Skiing
  2. Streaking
  3. Sleeping
  4. Sledding
Not only was streaking a crime in high school, but also in the outside world. If you weren't careful, you could be charged with indecent exposure.
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4. Your friend is running late to pick you up. You ask "what's your 20?"...

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  1. Where are you?
  2. Why are you blowing me off?
  3. Are you dead?
  4. Did you bring your dog?
This phrase is said to have been part of CB (Citizen Band radio) slang used by truck drivers. It asks where your location is.
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5. Can't get to school on 4 wheels? Why not try:

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  1. A skateboard
  2. A helicopter
  3. Pogo sticks
  4. A motorcycle
Skateboards were revamped to have better traction in the early 70s and soon became a hit. It's no wonder almost every kid wanted one!
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6. When this band broke up in 1970, everyone was whispering about it:

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  1. Justin Bieber
  2. Bruce Springsteen
  3. Billy Joel
  4. The Beatles
Many rumors circulated school halls when The Beatles broke up. Do you think it was because of John Lennon's wife, Yoko Ono?
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7. Time for the school dance? Don't forget to wear your:

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  1. Platforms
  2. Mary Janes
  3. Flip flops
  4. Mules
The platform shoe trend experienced a resurgence in the late sixties and lasted until the early eighties. They were worn by men and women alike.
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8. This girl knows what's up! All the cool kids had one of these in their rooms:

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  1. Socker Boppers
  2. Silly Putty
  3. Lava lamp
  4. Twister
A lava lamp, also called an astro lamp, is a decorative lamp that was invented by Edward Walker in 1963. The popular lamps consisted of boluses of colored wax mixtures inside a glass vessel containing clear or translucent liquid.
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9. EWWW! Mike just "laid a gasser"! He just:

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  1. Mixed liquids in science glass
  2. He's allergic to oxygen
  3. Set off a bomb, literally
  4. Farted
Unfortunately for your nose, if your friend Mike laid a gasser, it means he farted.
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10. Don't be shy! Did you have one of these stashed in your locker?

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  1. Weeble Wobble Tree
  2. Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  3. Barrel of Monkeys
  4. Etch-A-Sketch
Etch-A-Sketch is a mechanical drawing toy composed of a gray screen in a red frame, aluminum powder, and two knobs. The toy was introduced in 1960 and was used by both children and adults alike.
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11. Which best-selling band were you jamming out to during lunch?

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  1. Blake Shelton
  2. Madonna
  3. Led Zeppelin
  4. The Beach Boys
Led Zeppelin still remains one of the best hard rock bands of all time. Despite having gone inactive since 1980, the band released a song to commemorate their 50th anniversary in 2018.
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12. May the force be with you! Take your date to see:

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  1. Lord of the Rings
  2. Star Wars
  3. Harry Potter
  4. The Hunger Games
The Star Wars franchise has resulted in one of the biggest followings in history. Some fans have remained fans for nearly 50 years!
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13. Your school's technology lab might have bought these from Apple:

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  1. Ping pong tables
  2. Coffee machines
  3. Microwaves
  4. Computers
In the 70s, Apple released a variety of computers including the Apple I, Apple II Plus and Apple SilenType.
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14. Classes stopped so that kids could watch this space station, launched in 1973:

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  1. Buzz Light Year
  2. Kitten
  3. Tarantula
  4. Skylab
Skylab only spent six years orbiting space. It re-entered the atmosphere after that with debris scattering to parts of Australia and the Indian Ocean.
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15. There weren't many video games, but this one was pretty sick:

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  1. Madden 2000
  2. Holly Hobbie
  3. Pong
  4. Mr. Mouth
Pong was made for the Atari console in 1972. It is one of the earliest video games, emulating a game of table tennis with high-tech, 2D graphics.
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16. Why was everyone talking about the latest issue of the Rolling Stone?

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  1. It rated the best luxury yachts
  2. It discussed the best in new music
  3. It contained the weather report
  4. It had the top 20 vacation ideas
During the 1970s, the Rolling Stone magazine covered primarily music. Of course, it didn't shy away from politics either.
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17. Which president were your parents gossiping about at the dinner table?

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  1. Sigmund Freud
  2. Roger Federer
  3. Prince Charles
  4. Richard Nixon
In 1968, Richard Nixon went up against democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey. Nixon beat him 301 to 191.
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18. You got an A+ on your test. How are you feeling?

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  1. Stoked!
  2. Tattered
  3. Down and out
  4. Wired
To be stoked about something meant that you were either really happy or excited about it!
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19. For your birthday, your mom made you a vest using:

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  1. Tie-dye
  2. Bleaching
  3. Felting
  4. Macrame
Rather than weaving and knitting, macrame is created by knotting. It's not just a 70s thing. Rather, it is said to have been invented by Babylonians.
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20. You couldn't roll in the in-crowd if you didn't have one of these:

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  1. Portable cassette player
  2. Fruit and vegetable peel
  3. Pacemaker
  4. Stereo sound television
A portable cassette player is a personal mobile device that allows its user to listen to recorded audio files while mobile. Most players are listened to with earphones, but there are also some which have small loudspeakers.
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21. This would soon become the ancestor of which emoji?

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  1. Smiley face
  2. Clackers
  3. Rubik's cube
  4. Inch worm
The classic smiley face was designed by a man named Harvey Ball in 1963.
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22. Start a rumor! The popular girl's designer shoes are "bogus"!

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  1. They are glittery
  2. The are hard to get
  3. They are custom-made
  4. They are fakes
Bogus meant one of two things: Sometimes, it referred to things that were unfair. Other times, like in this case, it meant: fake, not real or genuine.
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23. Heat up your after-school snack in one of these:

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  1. Gas grill
  2. Microwave
  3. Freezer
  4. Color TV
Did you have microwave dinners? 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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24. If you lived in Florida, you may have played hooky to go here:

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  1. Six Flags
  2. Busch Gardens
  3. Disney World
  4. Lotte World
Walt Disney World opened its doors for the first time on October 1st, 1970. The company has since opened other parks like Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
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25. Dad won't let you drive the car? It's because there was a shortage of:

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  1. Gold
  2. Oil
  3. Soda
  4. Sand
The Western World suffered through the energy crisis in the 1970s. This resulted in oil prices skyrocketing and the economy experiencing very little growth.
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26. You were a rebel if you listened to the Ramones, the first true _______ band:

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  1. Dancehall
  2. Soca
  3. Punk rock
  4. Reggae
Punk rock emerged in the mid-70s. This sub-genre was said to keep rock and roll honest. Although, that's still up for debate.
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27. School halls were more colorful thanks to this clothing trend:

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  1. The crochet look
  2. The distressed look
  3. The tie-dye look
  4. The splattered bleach look
Although tie-dyeing became popular in the seventies, research suggests that people in Peru were already doing it between 500 and 810 AD.
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28. Say it isn't so! Don't tell us you missed an episode of this crime-fighting hit:

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  1. Friends
  2. The X-Files
  3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  4. Charlie's Angels
The first Charlie's Angels show was so popular that it went on to inspire show reboots, three films, a web series, and at least five video games.
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29. "Do you catch my drift?"

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  1. Yes! Let's go surfing!
  2. Yeah, I understand
  3. Yeah! I passed the test too!
  4. No, I'm not shoveling your snow drift for you!
If you "catch someone's drift", you understand what they're saying or alluding to.
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30. Only the coolest cats had these:

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  1. Headphones
  2. Handheld phone
  3. Armatron
  4. Nintendo power glove
One of the very first handheld phones was demonstrated by Motorola in 1973 and weighed 4.4 pounds.
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31. Have you done your homework? Sit back and enjoy an episode of this war comedy:

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  1. Sabrina
  2. M*A*S*H
  3. Home Improvement
  4. Dawson's Creek
Many people don't know this, but the M*A*S*H TV series was inspired by a 1968 book called MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors.
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32. The Homecoming Queen killed it in this one-piece fashion trend:

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  1. Bikinis
  2. Blazers
  3. Swing skirts
  4. Jumpsuits
Want to up the stakes? Many combined their jumpsuits with the ever-popular bell-bottom look.
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33. Where DID their love go? This member of The Supremes went solo in 1970:

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  1. Coco Chanel
  2. Diana Ross
  3. Greta Thunberg
  4. Mary Magdalene
Many bands broke up in the seventies. One of them was the Supremes. Star singer Diana Ross made her last appearance with the group in Vegas in January of 1970.
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34. Nixon's drama was all over the news in 1974. Why did he resign?

  1. He was really born in Russia
  2. He wanted to spend more time in Hawaii
  3. He was involved in the Watergate scandal
  4. He orchestrated a bank heist in Paris
Watergate, at the time, was the biggest scandal that any president of the United States had ever been involved in. After his resignation, his successor, Gerald Ford, issued him a very controversial pardon.
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35. Which clawed X-Man were all your friends in love with?

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  1. Aquaman
  2. Mr. Tamborineman
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Wolverine
Wolverine is not only sexy! He's also dangerous. In the leaders of the X-Men, he's the really angry one with the sharp claws.
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36. What's that sound! Mr. Evans, turn your __________ off in class!

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  1. 3D Glasses
  2. Calculator
  3. Fax machine
  4. Pager
A pager, also known as a beeper, is a wireless telecommunications device that receives and displays alphanumeric and/or voice messages. Pagers were developed in the 1960s and became extremely popular in the 1970s and 1980s.
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37. Pop quiz! Was Muhammad Ali's birth name Cassius Clay?

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  1. No
  2. Yes
Muhammad Ali was born in Louisville, Kentucky as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.
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38. Teens everywhere fell for "the Fonz" in this show...

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  1. Happy Days
  2. CSI: Miami
  3. Seinfeld
  4. Home Makeover
More than two hundred and fifty of these episodes of Happy Days aired after it premiered in 1974. Sadly, the show came to an end in the mid-80s after 11 seasons on television.
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39. The first female UK Prime Minister inspired many girls to consider a career in politics:

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  1. Margaret Thatcher
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Indira Gandhi
  4. Eva Peron
Also known as the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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40. The gym teacher took the day off when this martial arts master died...

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  1. Bruce Lee
  2. Bill Gates
  3. Pope John Paul II
  4. Walt Disney
Bruce Lee remains the most influential martial artist in history. He died in 1973 due to cerebral edema.
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41. Which peace and flower-loving subculture died in the seventies?

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  1. Jocks
  2. Goths
  3. Skaters
  4. Hippies
Hippies rose in prominence in the 1960s and lasted well into the 70s. They rebelled against the norm and were all about free love and rock n' roll.
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42. Teens were glued to the TV as this daredevil tried to jump over snake river canyon:

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  1. Henry Ford
  2. Evel Knievel
  3. Neil Armstrong
  4. Ludwig Beethoven
Evel Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999, eight years before he died of pulmonary disease.
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43. Got a case of teenage angst? These told your friends how you were feeling...

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  1. Mood ring
  2. Fortune tellers
  3. Viewfinder
  4. Spirograph
Mood rings didn't actually sense one's mood. Most would just change because of the temperature.
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44. All the jocks were depressed when this baseball superstar passed away:

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  1. Jackie Robinson
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Keanu Reeves
  4. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jackie Robinson is the baseball player credited for breaking the "color barrier" in modern sports. His number (42) is the only one to be retired across all of Major League Baseball!
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45. Which sitcom did you watch with your whole family?

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  1. That 70s Show
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. The Brady Bunch
  4. How I Met Your Mother
It's hard NOT TO have heard of the Brady Bunch. In the show's five seasons on television, a total of 117 episodes aired.
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46. You were probably tired of seeing this war on the news:

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  1. The Vietnam War
  2. WWI
  3. WWII
  4. American Civil War
In terms of length, the Vietnam War was one of the longest modern wars in our history. It was a war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam (and the USA).
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47. At a party, your friend says, "Let's blow this taco stand":

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  1. They want their mama
  2. They want Mexican food
  3. They want to call an ambulance
  4. They want to leave
Blowing a taco stand had nothing to do with tacos or blowing things up. It simply meant to leave a place.
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48. "4-sho" really meant:

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  1. Showing the teacher your homework
  2. No way!
  3. For sure!
  4. Showing off four times
The phrase "4-sho" eliminated the use (and pronunciation) of the letter "r" at the end of both words. It sounded pretty cool too.
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49. Which "King of Rock & Roll" stole teenage hearts everywhere?

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  1. Paul McCartney
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Thomas Edison
  4. Albert Einstein
Elvis was already a star by the time he was drafted into the Army as a private in Arkansas. He was honorably discharged on March 2nd, 1960.
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50. One of these made your life a whole lot easier in math class:

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  1. Calculator
  2. Magnifying glass
  3. Bunsen burner
  4. Basketball
By the early 1970s, pocket-sized and programmable calculators were already on the market. At that time, they were pretty costly: requiring two or three weeks' worth of wages.
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