How Well Do You Remember The 1950s?

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The 1950s was another time. Babyboomer grew up, surrounded by picket fences and general stores, playing music on transistor radios, writing love poems on typewriters, and entertaining themselves with traveling circuses and tea time. Things were just different back then. If you could hop on a time machine, could you still operate a rotary phone? What would you have gone to see in the drive-in theater or ordered off of a Soda Jerk at the diner? If given the chance would you have routed for or against the "Commerce Commit"?

What do you really remember about the golden age of the boomers? Are you ready to rock and roll? Or maybe you'd prefer the Jitterbug?

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1. If you were going to a "sock hop" you were going to a:

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  1. Dance
  2. Sporting event
  3. Frog show
  4. Sock exchanging party
A dance! Another word for "dance" was "record hop". What kind of music was playing at a "sock hop"? Rock and roll.
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2. If you want to be like Lucille Ball, ask for this hair style:

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  1. Pixie cut
  2. Cornrows
  3. Mohawk
  4. Poodle clip
In 1952, approximately three out of five haircuts performed at hair salons were "poodle clips". The style was so popular that Jackie Kennedy sported it on her wedding day.
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3. Which of these meals could you get as part of a Swanson TV dinner?

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  1. Turkey, peas, and mashed potatoes
  2. Enchiladas, corn bread, and avocado
  3. Gnocchi and caprese
  4. Sushi, rice, and kobe beef
Turkey, peas, and mashed potatoes! 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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4. By the mid 1950s, more and more American households owned:

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  1. Sunglasses
  2. GPS navigation systems
  3. Chanel lipstick
  4. A car
Automobiles had become household commodities by the mid-1950s. Why? As the National Interstate Highway System was built, more and more people moved to the suburbs, and commuted into cities and their jobs.
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5. You're looking at the "Commerce Commit". Who is he?

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  1. Dereck Jeter
  2. Sammy Sosa
  3. Pele
  4. Mickey Mantle
What's so great about Mickey Mantel? Among other things, he retired with a lifetime OPS+ of 172. Why was he called the "Commerce Comet"? Because he grew up in Commerce, Oklahoma.
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6. What might have been playing on your transistor radio in 1956?

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  1. Adele, Rolling in the Deep
  2. Elvis Presley, Love Me Tender
  3. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
  4. Avril Lavigne, Complicated
In case you've forgotten the lyrics, Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" goes like this: love me tender, love me dear, tell me you are mine...
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7. How could Freddy correct a mistake on his typewriter?

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  1. With a paper shredder
  2. Back space
  3. With the "Crtl. Alt Delete" buttons
  4. Use correction tape or x-through the mistake.
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. Mistakes, however, were hard to fix. You'd either need to invest in correction tape, or x-out your typo.
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8. Don't swear! Your parents might wash your mouth out with...

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  1. Beatles
  2. Honey
  3. Tooth paste
  4. 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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9. You're watching the:

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  1. Mickey Mouse
  2. The Golden Girls
  3. The Bullwinkle Show
  4. Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Bullwinkle Show (1959and its companion, Rocky and His Friends) are responsible for creating one of the most-adored cartoon-duos in the history of the universe. Both shows are set in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, which mysteriously undergoes some serious in and out migrations. Sometimes its population is given as 23, sometimes as 48, sometimes as 29, sometimes as 31.5 and, then, astonishingly as 4,001.
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10. Order THIS off of a Soda Jerk at the diner:

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  1. New York Egg Cream
  2. Pepsi Blue
  3. Red Bull
  4. Fruitopia
A soda jerk was a person, typically very young, who operated the soda fountain in a drugstore. Soda jerks would serve everything from ice cream sodas to milkshakes. How would they make you an Egg Cream? 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer.
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11. What would happen if you cranked this?

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  1. You would make icecream
  2. Music would play
  3. Your house's windows would open
  4. A car window would roll down
Yes, you actually had to roll up and down your windows with your hands. It took strength and coordination. Now, of course, you can press a button.
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12. When television programming ended for the night, relax and listen to:

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  1. The ABCs
  2. The recitation of the periodic table
  3. Dancing Queen, ABBA
  4. The Star Spangled Banner
During the 1950s, before television programming was non-stop, stations used to end their nights by playing The Star-Spangled Banner. What came after the Star-Spangled Banner? Hours and hours of static.
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13. What did this do?

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  1. Dispense soda
  2. Control the air temperature
  3. Give weather predictions
  4. Play music
It's a jukebox! By the 1950s, jukeboxes offered up to 100 records to choose from. By the 1980s, and the invention of the Sony Walkman, jukeboxes were no longer in demand.
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14. In the 1950s, a typical family would have 3 "ankle biters", or:

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  1. Children
  2. Snakes
  3. Hamsters
  4. Cats
Childbirth was no easy feat in the 1950s. Most babies (or "ankle biters") were born at home.
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15. What do you need to make Pineapple upside down cake?

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  1. Bananas, yeast, flour, pineapple
  2. Egg whites, pineapple, sourcream, flour
Egg whites, pineapple, sourcream, and flour. Named after the way they are baked (upside down), when you eat this 50's fashion, you'll find the toppings on the bottom.
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16. For how long could you keep the milk the milkman delivered in the refrigerator?

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  1. 3 days
  2. 1 month
Milk delivered by milkmen was typically fresher and lasted for only about 3 days. 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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17. Good news! What's in town?

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  1. River dancers
  2. Cirque du Soleil
  3. Traveling circus
  4. Your great aunt, Hilda
The traveling circus! Circuses were traveling around the continental united states by the mid-1830s. Kids growing up in the 1950s saw the last of these spectacles, as televisions and movie theaters became more popular forms of entertainment.
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18. Which of these tech advances could you find in the inside of a 1950s automobile?

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  1. Air-conditioners
  2. Bluetooth connectivity
  3. Remote start
  4. Parking camera
Air-conditioning was a relatively new technological advance in the automobiles of the 1950s, as were automatic transmissions!
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19. In 1956, Hollywood starlett Grace Kelly became:

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  1. A convicted felon
  2. A priest
  3. Princess of Monaco
  4. First lady of the United States
Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American film actress who, after starring in several significant films in the early- to mid-1950s, became Princess of Monaco by marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956.
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20. What could you use this to clean?

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  1. Your porch
  2. Your floors
  3. Your garden
  4. Your clothes
While the Medieval English attempted to come up with a mechanical way to clean their rugs, vacuum cleaners weren't truly invented until the turn of the 20th century. The honors for inventing the famous Hoover vacuum cleaner go to Ohio janitor, James Spangler, who was the first to attach a cloth filter bag to mechanical sweepers.
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21. It's James Dean! Isn't he a "dreamboat"?

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  1. Obnoxious
  2. Cute guy
  3. Dangerous
  4. Smart
James Dean sure was cute! Funny enough, he didn't spend much time honing his appearance. He apparently showed up to movie sets in jeans held together by safety pins.
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22. What's special about a baked Alaska?

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  1. It has tobasco sauce
  2. It's made using dark chocolate
  3. It's only made in Alaska
  4. It combines both hot and cold elements
Named in honor of the United States acquiring Alaska from Russia, this dessert has been going strong since the turn of the 20th century. Do you remember when it was called Alaska-Florida cake? That's because the dessert combines both hot and cold elements.
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23. What's up, Doc?

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  1. It's Bugs Bunny!
  2. It's Bob Bunny
  3. It's Charlie Brown
  4. It's Homer Simpson!
After making his debut in a Porky Pig cartoon, Bugs Bunny was soon so beloved that he earned a show of his own. By World War II, he had also starred in several Private Snafu shorts -- classified, instructional cartoons educating new U.S. army members about essential protocol.
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24. Want to be a "paper shaker"? You needed:

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  1. Pom poms
  2. Candy corn
  3. Pencils
  4. A musical instrument
Women only started becoming cheerleaders in 1923. Before that, cheerleading was a man's sport! By the 1930s, pom-poms had become a cheerleading essential. By the 1950s, women dominated the sport. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madonna, and Meryl Streep were all early cheerleaders.
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25. It wasn't a movie back then. It had just come out as a book!

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  1. To Kill a Mockingbird
  2. Grapes of Wrath
  3. The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. The Sound and the Fury
The Fellowship of the Ring came out in 1954 to mixed reviews. That didn't stop W. H. Auden from loving it, though!
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26. Start spreading the news. I'm leaving today. I want to be a part of it...

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  1. San Francisco, California
  2. New York, New York
  3. Coachella
  4. The Super Bowl
Little wonder Sinatra wrote about New York. He's from there! Did you know that before he became famous, Sinatra was nicknamed "Scarface"? Why? He had lots and lots of pimples.
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27. Saturday night? Make yourself a mudslide out of:

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  1. Coffee beans, chocolate icecream, and whisky
  2. Vodka, kaluah, vanilla icecream, and chocolate syrup
Mudslides were invented in the 1950s! Wreck Bar & Grill in the Cayman Islands claims to be the inventor of the first mudslide. All you need is Irish cream, icecream, kalua, vodka, and chocolate syrup.
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28. Before Colgate came up with a new recipe, a key ingredient in tooth paste was:

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  1. Sugar
  2. Soap
  3. Lime
  4. Bleach
Soap! By the 1980s, toothpaste had advanced even more. For a brief period of time, you could buy ingestible "space toothpaste"! It was foamless, ingestible and -- as the name suggests -- meant for astronauts in space.
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29. Which team won the most World Series in the 1950s?

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  1. The Tornto Blue Jays
  2. The Chicago White Sox
  3. The New York Yankees
  4. The Houston Astros
The New York Yankees has won the following World Series Titles: 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009.
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30. Planning a dinner party? What's the filling in a deviled egg?

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  1. Egg yolk, tomato ketchup, mayonaise, and mustard
  2. Egg whites, almonds, whipped cream, and vinegar
To make a deviled egg, cut a hard-boiled egg in half, lengthwise. To make the filling, mix the mashed yolk with mustard, salt, mayonnaise, and ketchup.
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31. Timmy invited you to a "passion pit". Where are you going?

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  1. A drive-in theater
  2. The doctor's office
  3. The school dance
  4. His bedroom
Camden, New Jersey is home to the first drive-in movie theater. Which town is home to the second? Orefield, Pennsylvania. It's still operating today!
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32. Berta went to the hair salon to...

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  1. Put wax in her hair
  2. Dry her hair
The first hair dryer was invented in 1890 by French stylist Alexander Godefroy, and it has evolved significantly since. Bonnet dryers were introduced in the 1950s, and by the 1960s, many people had one of these devices in their homes. Unfortunately, the higher wattage resulted in several deaths.
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33. Spill the beans! Did you "snog" him?

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  1. Turn him down
  2. Kiss him
  3. Wink at him
  4. Punch him
Snog -- still used colloquially in Great Britain -- means "to kiss".
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34. What might you find at a 1950s bowling alley?

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  1. Backgammon, live music, and cocktails
  2. A hair and nail salon
  3. A petting zoo
  4. A 3-D movie theater
Backgammon, live music, and cocktails were all par for the course! What else? Folding spectator seats, wooden lanes, chess boards, and absinthe.
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35. These Christmas treats are:

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  1. Candied mango
  2. Bacon-wrapped chestnuts
  3. Pineapples in palm leaves
  4. Ham and pigs brains
Nothing says Christmas like bacon-wrapped chestnuts. They're also easy to prepare! Soy-marinated chestnuts are simply wrapped in bacon then baked for 30 minutes.
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36. Who played "Sabrina" and "Holly Golightly"?

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  1. Marilyn Monroe
  2. Angelina Jolie
  3. Audrey Hepburn
  4. Charlize Theron
Here's a couple of facts about Audrey Hepburn. She loved the color cyan. She also had a pet baby deer, Pippin, who accompanied her to the supermarket.
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37. Keep up with the latest styles and buy yourself:

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  1. Cat-eye glasses
  2. Flourescent eyeshadow
  3. Hair dye
  4. Eyebrow waxing kit
Who made cat-eye glasses popular? Marilyn Monroe! In the 1950s, cat-eye glasses became more narrow and pointed than their previous, less-popular predecessors.
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38. What is Betty working as?

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  1. Ballet dancer
  2. Telephone operator
  3. Cigarette girl
  4. Choir girl
From the 1920s - 1950s, there was no need to take a trip to the nearest corner store or kiosk when you needed a cigarette. At clubs, restaurants, bars, airports, casinos, theaters, and sporting events, cigarette girls had you covered.
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39. Where would you put these?

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  1. In your hair
  2. On your laundry line
  3. In your kitchen cabinet
  4. In your ears
Other than bobby pins, the 1950s hairstyling thrived off of hair flower clips, rhinestone headbands, bandannas, headscarves, and turbans!
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40. Stone Cold! Who is the heavyweight boxing champ?

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  1. Muhammed Ali
  2. Rocky Marciano
  3. Oscar Rivas
  4. Mike Tyson
Rocky Marciano! What's so special about him? He's the only boxer in history to hold the heavyweight title without a tie or defeat to his name.
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41. What might you get out of your "ice box"?

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  1. Baking soda
  2. Your left over Welsh Rarebit
  3. Flowers
  4. Goat's cheese
An “icebox" is just another name for a freezer, of course. Why? The earliest freezers were wood boxes lined with straw and blocks of ice stored in compartments near the top.
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42. What kind of meat do you need to make a Crown Roast?

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  1. Snake
  2. Pork ribs
  3. Bull
  4. Chicken
Taking a trip down memory lane? It would be incomplete without some crown roast! To make it, bend two stacks of ribs into a circle and secure them together with some twine. We'll let you look up the rest of the recipe on your own. Be warned, it takes several hours to roast.
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43. How did you dial a number on a rotary phone?

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  1. Rotate the dial clockwise until your finger touches the metal stop
  2. Press the buttons
Just rotate the dial clockwise, until your finger reaches the metal stop! By the 1960s, touch-tone telephones had replaced rotary dial phones.
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44. Would you have dated Gregory Peck? Audrey Hepburn did in...

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  1. Roman Holiday
  2. Home Alone
  3. Die Hard II
  4. The Godfather
Gregory Peck (remember Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mocking Bird"?) and Audrey Hepburn starred together in "Roman Holiday", of course. Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her performance.
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45. What's grandpa doing on a Sunday afternoon?

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  1. Going to see the Matrix: Reloaded
  2. Playing checkers a the general store
  3. Driving his race car
  4. Listening to Lady Gaga
The game of checkers was played in ancient Egypt as long ago as 1400 BCE. In more recent times, however, old barrels were flipped over and a checkers board placed on top so locals could chat and play at the general store.
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46. Who's this?

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  1. Betty Boop
  2. Porky Pig
  3. Snoopy
  4. The Pink Panther
Do you know why Porky Pig stutters? The actor behind Porky's original voice (in the 1935 hit series Merrie Melodies) was a stutterer himself. Too bad that Joe Dougherty was fired after his speech impairment caused him to miss too many cues on set.
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47. Follow the Yellow Brick Road, she did!

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  1. Judy Garland
  2. Kristen Wiig
  3. Jennifer Aniston
  4. Anne Hathaway
Life wasn't easy for a young Judy Garland. At the studio's insistence, she wore caps on her teeth to perfect her smile and rubber prosthetics to change the shape of her nose.
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48. Name this cutting-edge 1950s artist:

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  1. Rembrandt
  2. Frida Khalo
  3. Claude Monet
  4. Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock was relatively unknown for most of his career. He finally made it in New York's art scene when he became the curator at the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, now the Guggenheim Museum.
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49. What do you need to play Yahtzee?

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  1. A hula hoop
  2. A set of playing cards
  3. Monopoly pieces
  4. Dice and a cup
All you really need to play Yahtzee is dice and a cup. What's the goal? To get as many points as possible by rolling combinations of five dice.
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50. Hey, good lookin' whatcha got cookin'? How's about cookin' something up with...

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  1. Freddy Mercury
  2. Hank Williams
  3. Michael Jackson
  4. Ed Sheeran
Hank Williams is perhaps one of the 1950s biggest country music icons. His 1952 song, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, was written about his first wife.
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