Can You Name These Things Only An 80s Kid Will Remember?

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A lot happened in the 1980s! From shows like “Family Ties” and “The Simpsons,” to the creation of the internet and the tech boom, this vibrant decade defined culture as we know it today. Best remembered for its crazy fads, bright colors, big hairs, and rock and pop music, the 1980s was truly a decade for the history books.

So how well do you remember this decade? If you weren't around during that time, don't have a cow! Just take this quiz!

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1. Can you do THIS celestial dance, popularized by the “Billie Jean” music video?

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  1. Vogueing
  2. The Twist
  3. The Dougie
  4. Moon walk
The moonwalk is a dance move made popular by Michael Jackson during his performance of “Billie Jean” in 1982. Before the music video, it was known as the “backslide”.
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2. He'll appear if you say his name three times:

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  1. Beetlejuice
  2. Spider-Man
  3. Gadget Hackwrench
  4. Monterey Jack
Released in 1988, Beetlejuice is a comedy horror fantasy film about a recently deceased couple who become ghosts in their own home. They hire a poltergeist named Beetlejuice to help scare away the new tenants.
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3. Wear these colors, if you want to roll with the "in crowd":

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  1. Neon
  2. Nudes
  3. Pastels
  4. Dark colors
Clothes in the 1980s were extremely bright. You can't get much brighter than neon! The trend saw a brief reemergence in the 2010s.
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4. Who is the not-so-smart patriarch of a family from Springfield?

  1. Rigby
  2. Scrooge McDuck
  3. G.I. Joe
  4. Homer Simpson
Homer Simpson is not the best father (or husband) in the world. In fact, he has a reputation for being quite awful at both of those things. He’s one of the main characters on “The Simpsons,” which first aired in 1989.
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5. If there's something strange in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call?

  1. The Real Ghostbusters
  2. Batman: The Animated Series
  3. Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Ghostbusters is a 1984 horror-comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Peter Venkman, and Harold Ramis. It follows the adventures of a group of parapsychologists who own a ghost-catching business in New York.
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6. In 1983, McDonalds unveiled this chicken-based dish:

  1. McGriddle
  2. Sausage burrito
  3. McNugget
  4. Big Mac
Chicken McNuggets are McDonald’s version of boneless chicken nuggets. They were first added to the menu in 1981. By 1983, they were available worldwide.
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7. Did you play Super Mario Land on THIS handheld console?

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  1. Slinky
  2. Army men
  3. Game Boy
  4. Radio Flyer Wagon
The first Game Boy, released in April 1989, was an 8-bit handheld game console manufactured by Nintendo. Games like Super Mario Land and Tetris made it one of the best-selling consoles of all time.
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8. Which mouse is always thinking of different ways to take over the world?

  1. The Brain
  2. Uncle Fester
  3. Rambo
  4. Pumbaa
Maybe you remember them? The Brain and his pal Pinky are two mice in a lab that spend much of their time cooking up ideas about how to take over planet Earth.
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9. “Just Say No” infomercials tried to stop people from...

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  1. Doing drugs
  2. Dancing
  3. Talking to the opposite sex
  4. Traveling
“Just Say No” was an advertising campaign during the 1980s and early 1990s, created as part of the country’s “war on drugs”. The slogan was created by former first lady, Nancy Reagan.
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10. You didn’t have to hit one out of the park to enjoy this wad of gum!

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  1. Orbit
  2. Extra
  3. Big League Chew
  4. Trident
Big League Chew is a brand of bubble gum that comes shredded and packaged in aluminum foil. Did you know that it was created by a former baseball player to imitate tobacco chewing?
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11. "Cause we are living in a material world and I am a..."

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  1. Sun flower
  2. Real gangster
  3. Material girl
  4. Big-headed astronaut
“Material Girl” was a song recorded by pop singer, Madonna, for her studio album, “Like a Virgin” (1984). The song quickly made it to the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
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12. In 1988, which company launched the slogan, "Just Do It"?

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  1. Under Armour
  2. Nike
  3. Puma
  4. Adidas
“Just Do It” is the trademark slogan of the popular athletic company, Nike. It was coined in 1988 and has since appeared on much of the company’s apparel.
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13. Falkor the dragon accompanies Bastien on a magical journey in...

  1. Splash
  2. The NeverEnding Story
  3. The Karate Kid
  4. Sixteen Candles
The NeverEnding Story is a 1984 German fantasy film based on a novel with the same name. It tells the story of a young boy who discovers a magical book about a young warrior in the land of Fantasia.
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14. Who walked down the aisle on July 29th, 1981?

Joe Haupt /
  1. Dianna Fraser Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales
  2. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
  3. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
  4. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
The wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, took place on July 29th, 1981. The event was witnessed by over 750 million people (on television, of course).
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15. "It's the___________, it's the thrill of the fight, risin' up to the challenge of our rival"...

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  1. Eye of the tiger
  2. Tongue of the bear
  3. Teeth of the lion
  4. Grin of the zebra
“Eye of the Tiger” is a song by the American band, Survivor. The song quickly became associated with the 1982 film, Rocky III. It held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks.
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16. This beloved mascot came to life in 1988:

  1. Buster Baxter
  2. The Energizer Bunny
  3. Peter Rabbit
  4. The Easter Bunny
The Energizer Bunny is the mascot of Energizer batteries in North America. The bunny is pink, mechanical, and is often seen wearing sunglasses while beating on a drum.
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17. A group of tots goes on adventures behind their parents' backs in...

  1. Rugrats
  2. Tom & Jerry Kids Show
  3. Looney Tunes Comedy Hour
  4. X-Men: The Animated Series
The Rugrats (Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica) were great at using their imaginations to make their daily lives much more adventurous. And yes, we know it actually came out in '91!
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18. If you lived through the '80s, you must have tried THIS hairdo at least once:

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  1. Crimping
  2. Cornrows
  3. Perm
  4. Beehive
Hair crimping is a style achieved by straightening the hair and subsequently applying a sawtooth or zigzag pattern. The style was created in 1972 and peaked in popularity in the mid-1980s.
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19. Which of these is not one of the colors on the original 80s Rubik's Cube?

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  1. White
  2. Purple
  3. Green
  4. Blue
Invented in 1974, the Rubik’s Cube is a 3D combination puzzle regarded as one of the best-selling toys of all time. The original cube’s colors were yellow, blue, green, orange, red, and white.
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20. Director Michael Bay “transformed” THIS toy franchise into a series of action films:

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  1. Rock-a-Stack
  2. Creepy Crawlers
  3. Transformers
  4. Barrel of Monkeys
Transformers are a line of mechanical toys that were introduced in Japan and the United States in 1984. The action films inspired by them followed two alien races able to transform from vehicles to robots.
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21. Combine your favorite musical tracks together on a:

  1. Mix tape
  2. Record
  3. Tie-dye shirt
  4. Friendship bracelet
Mix tapes were compilations of songs recorded onto a medium, usually cassette tapes and CDs. The trend began in the 1980s. Mix tapes were commonly made as gifts for friends or significant others.
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22. In 1985, which ocean liner was finally found at the bottom of the Atlantic?

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  1. MSC Cruise
  2. Princess Cruise
  3. Royal Caribbean
  4. RMS Titanic
RMS Titanic was a British passenger line that sank in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. Several expeditions were mounted to find the ship, but it wasn’t until 1985 that it was located. Where? Approximately 1,250 miles from New York.
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23. If you're great at random knowledge, you'll win THIS game:

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  1. Monopoly
  2. Catan
  3. 7 Wonders
  4. Trivial Pursuit
Trivial Pursuit is a Canadian board game in which players answer a number of general knowledge and pop-culture questions. It was first released in 1981.
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24. A group of neighborhood kids go on a mission to find lost pirate treasure in...

  1. Steel Magnolias
  2. Gremlins
  3. Friday the 13th
  4. The Goonies
The Goonies is a 1985 adventure comedy film about a group of kids living in the “Goon Docks" and trying to save their homes from foreclosure. They do so by using a treasure map to find the lost fortune of the pirate, One-Eyed Willy.
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25. What did MTV stand for?

  1. Major Television
  2. Mister Television
  3. Music Television
  4. Mother Television
MTV, which stands for “music television”, is an American cable channel that launched in 1981. During its first few years, it exclusively aired music videos. By the 1990s, the channel also aired reality and game shows.
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26. Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde are the names of the ghosts from WHICH arcade game?

  1. Asteroids
  2. Tron
  3. Pac-Man
  4. Pong
Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde are the nicknames of the first ghosts (main antagonists) in the PAC-Man franchise, which premiered in 1980. Since then, a number of other ghosts have made appearances.
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27. It's NOT the earliest version of a smart watch. What IS it?

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  1. Party watch
  2. Traveling watch
  3. Mirror watch
  4. Calculator watch
A calculator watch is a digital watch that has a built-in calculator, including buttons on the face of the watch. They were first introduced in the 1970s and peaked in popularity in the 1980s.
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28. Fans mourned worldwide when this member of the Beatles lost his life:

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  1. John Lennon
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Jeff Buckley
  4. Stuart Sutcliffe
John Lennon (1940 – 1980) was an English singer who became famous for being a member of the Beatles. On December 8th, 1980, Lennon was shot by a fan outside of his Manhattan apartment.
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29. This article of clothing was popularized by movies like “Footloose” and “Flashdance”:

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  1. Crop tops
  2. Legwarmers
  3. Floppy hats
  4. Platform shoes
Legwarmers, very similar to socks, are coverings for the lower legs, which help keep them warm, especially during the winter months. In the 1980s, they became a fad after being featured in films like Flashdance and Fame.
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30. Which video game company produced games like Pong, Street Racer, and Air-Sea Battle?

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  1. Atari 2600
  2. Troll doll
  3. G.I. Joe
  4. Plarail toy train
You're looking at the Atari 2600, a home video game console from Atari, which was released in 1977. It was often bundled with the game Combat and Pac-Man.
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31. In the 2000s, the popular 80s game Press Your Luck became known as...

  1. Family Feud
  2. Whammy
  3. Hollywood Squares
  4. Deal or No Deal
Press Your Luck was an American game show in which contestants would collect "spins" by answering trivia questions. Landing on a “Whammy” would make the contestants go bankrupt. The 80s game was renamed Whammy! in the 2000s.
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32. Twilight Sparkly, Rainbow Dash, and Pinkie Pie are all characters from...

  1. Legos
  2. My Little Pony
  3. Matchbox car
  4. Silly Putty
My Little Pony was a line of toy ponies featuring colorful bodies and long manes. They came out in 1982, but were so successful that they have since been revamped.
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33. What are you jamming out to? Which company made the first Walkman?

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  1. Microsoft
  2. Sony
  3. Google
  4. Samsung
The Sony Walkman is a portable media player. Released in 1979, it allowed people to listen to music while on the go. By the 1980s, the entire world had caught on.
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34. Spend your Saturday mornings watching...

  1. Darking Duck
  2. The Jetsons
  3. Tiny Toons Adventures
  4. Pee-wee’s Playhouse
Pee-wee’s Playhouse was a children’s television program that aired from 1986 to 1990. The show starred actor Paul Reubens as the title character.
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35. Singers Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Lionel Richie sang THIS to help the famine in Africa:

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  1. When Doves Cry
  2. I Wanna Dance with Somebody
  3. Beat It
  4. We Are the World
“We Are the World” is a 1985 charity song recorded by a group of famous singers collectively known as “USA for Africa”. Some of the singers included Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and Dionne Warwick.
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36. It's called "CD" for short:

  1. Cookie dispensor
  2. Color display
  3. Compact disc
  4. Canadian dollar
A compact disc is a digital form of data storage developed by Sony and Philips and released in 1982. The standard CD has a diameter of 4.7 inches and can hold up to 80 minutes of uncompressed audio.
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37. Which reptilians were brought to television after their success as comics?

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  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  2. Frisbee
  3. Matchbox cars
  4. Atari 2600
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a group of anthropomorphic turtles who have been trained in ninjutsu. They started out as comics, but later branched out into film, animated series, and toys.
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38. These shoes first appeared in the 1982 World Fair:

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  1. Toms
  2. Ballet shoes
  3. Jelly shoes
  4. Bowling shoes
Jelly shoes, also known as jellies, are shoes made of PVC plastic. They were one of the biggest fads of the 1980s. They came in a variety of colors. Some even had glitter!
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39. Which plush bears were only meant to be featured on greeting cards?

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  1. Care Bears
  2. Big Bird
  3. Corduroy
  4. Paddington Bear
The Care Bears are a group of bear characters who were introduced on greeting cards in 1981. By 1983, they were turned into plush teddy bears. In 1985, they made their television debut.
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40. Forget Silly Bandz! THESE accessories were all the rage in the 80s:

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  1. Metal cuff
  2. Bangle
  3. Apple watch
  4. Slap bracelet
Slap bracelets were extremely popular in the late 1980s among children and teenagers. They were invented by a teacher who originally sold them under the name “Slap Wrap”. Eventually, they were banned from being worn in schools.
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41. Believe it or not, this lifesaving item was the first...

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  1. Alarm clock
  2. Electronic toothbrush
  3. Hand dryer
  4. Artificial heart
An artificial heart is a device used to either bridge the time to heart transplantation or to permanently replace the heart. Its precursor was built in 1949, but it wasn’t until 1983 that one was successfully implanted into a human.
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42. Make a birthday cake using one of these...

  1. Helium
  2. Carnival games
  3. Character pans
  4. Piñata
Novelty character cake pans are baking pans in the shapes of different characters, usually cartoons. They were commonly used to make birthdays special for kids growing up in the 80s and 90s.
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43. To be successful at Pictionary, you need to be able to...
  1. Sing
  2. Draw
  3. Walk on your hands
  4. Dance
Pictionary is a charades-type guessing game. It was first published by Angel Games Inc in 1985. Teams of players try to identify words associated with drawing prompts.
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44. You didn’t have to be from New York to enjoy this soft drink made using...

  1. Calcium
  2. Caffeine
  3. Sodium bicarbonate
  4. Cane sugar
The Original New York Seltzer is a carbonated soft drink that was produced by a father and son duo from 1981 to 1994. Like many carbonated beverages, one of the key ingredients is sodium bicarbonate.
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45. What could you do with a Speak & Spell?

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  1. Learn how to spell
  2. Learn how to draw
  3. Learn to walk
  4. Learn how to dance
Speak & Spell is a line of interactive computers used by hundreds of parents to help their children learn how to spell. The company also created a Speak & Read and Speak & Math.
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46. Named one of the “greatest toys ever”, this toy was inspired by the 1960’s toy, “Lemon Twist”:

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  1. Furby
  2. Bratz
  3. Skip-It
  4. Zhu Zhu
Skip-It is a children’s toy that was fixed to the ankle by a hoop at one end, and a plastic ball at the other. The hoop was to be spun in a 360-degree rotation while the person hopped over it with the other leg.
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47. Store all your small treasures inside your:

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  1. Space Hopper
  2. Tamagotchi
  3. Pictionary
  4. Keypers
Keypers are toys that come in the shape of animals, specifically snails, ladybugs, and turtles. They were so-named because they contained small compartments for children to store small things.
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48. On May 25th, 1986, approximately 6.5 million people joined hands to form a:

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  1. Human-sized wall
  2. Giant ball of energy
  3. Human-sized pizza
  4. Human chain across the United States
Hands Across America, held on Sunday, May 25th, 1986, was a public event in which approximately 5 to 6.5 million people held hands for 15 minutes. It was an attempt to form a continuous human chain across the country.
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49. This item can be used for more than just storing toiletries or school supplies:

  1. Toy chest
  2. Storage bin
  3. Caboodle case
  4. Cubby
A caboodle case is a durable organizational tool used to store different items, from makeup to stationery to toys. They were extremely popular during the 1980s.
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50. Medical advancements would not be the same without this invention. What is it called?

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  1. PlayStation
  2. DVD player
  3. Scanning tunnel microscope
  4. Tivo
A scanning tunneling microscope is a scientific instrument used for looking at surfaces at an atomic level. The invention won the inventors the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986.
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