We Didn’t Have That (When I Was Your Age) – A Quiz about Inventions

1. Introduced in 1953, what speedy Chevrolet was probably named after a class of small, fast, and powerful warships?

2. Originally created as wallpaper cleaner in 1956, what substance was reintroduced as a creative red, white, or blue children’s toy in 24-ounce cans?

3. First installed in 1969 outside a Chemical Bank in New York, what invention (primarily known by its initials) was found in more than 160,000 locations by 1997?

4. What type of television introduced in 1954 cost $995, the same price tag as a car?

5. In 1951, 200 people paid $3 a year for the privilege of having what kind of paper (plastic came later) in their wallet?

6. What typist aid did Monkee Michael Nesmith’s mother create in 1951 and sell to the Gillette Corporation for $47.5 million in 1979?

7. What did Bill Richards, the owner of a California surf shop, sell in 1958 as a pastime for surfers when the surf was flat?

8. The Oldsmobile Toronado was the first car to offer what safety feature in 1974?

9. In 1951, people started complaining about tripping over the cord of this device, named “Lazy Bones,” invented by Zenith in 1950.

10. What popular pastime, invented by Willy Higinbotham in 1958, required relatively quick reflexes and an oscilloscope?


1. Corvette
2. PlayDoh
3. Automated Teller Machine (ATM)
4. Color TV
5. Credit Card
6. Liquid Paper
7. Skateboard
8. Air bag
9. TV remote control
10. Video games


Posted on March 20, 2012, in Quiz and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. While I can’t say I would have gotten a single one of these answers correct, I really enjoyed this history trivia! Thanks for sharing!

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