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Who was Chicago's most notorious gangster?
Who flew the Spirit of St. Louis?
What was F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel?
Which ancient Egyptian pharaoh was dug up?
What group of women wore short skirts, had bobbed hair, drank booze, and listened to jazz?
What escape artist died after being punched in the stomach?
What trumpeter was known as "Satchmo"?
What invention of 1928 was the greatest thing since ... ever?
Who wore a bowler hat, had a mustache, and often carried a cane?
What dance craze was named after a city in South Carolina?
What is the nickname of the 1920's (in North America)?
The Roaring Twenties
Who wrote "Farewell to Arms" and "The Sun Also Rises"?
What was the Scopes "monkey trial" really about?
What did John Logie Baird invent?
What type of movie declined after the release of "The Jazz Singer", starring Al Jolson?
Who composed "Rhapsody in Blue"?
What art movement was represented by Salvador Dalí and René Magritte?
In what sport did Gene Tunney defeat Jack Dempsey?
What Chinese tile game was popular in the U.S.?
What miracle drug was discovered by Alexander Fleming?
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level 60
Feb 18, 2015
The Philo T. Farnsworth fans will be showing up any minute now.
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level 66
Jun 26, 2015
Yup!
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level 70
Jun 26, 2015
It's not only Farnsworth or Baird that could be credited with "inventing television." There are several people that could arguably hold the title depending on how exactly you define television. It would be more accurate to ask something like "what technology did John Logie Baird make valuable contributions toward developing"
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level 49
Jun 26, 2015
electronic television vs. mechanical television; the Farnsworth camp that comes to this site should know the difference.
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level 59
Jun 26, 2015
Maybe you should also accept "flapper girls" or even just "flapper"? I almost missed it.
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level 68
Oct 28, 2016
I agree, I only tried flapper girls
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Mar 3, 2017
Flapper will work now
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level 47
Oct 11, 2017
Dunce.
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level 47
Jun 26, 2015
I'm really surprised that the least known answer was for the John Logie Barid invention- but then I missed some of the better know ones.
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level 56
Jun 26, 2015
That's cause most Americans have never heard of John Logie Baird
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level 71
Sep 14, 2016
They probably should have done.
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level 70
Oct 2, 2016
But how could they have done if they hadn't did?
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level 68
Jan 30, 2017
Good point. But how can't they not have didn't, if they did not hadn't?
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level 48
Jun 26, 2015
I really enjoyed this quiz, thank you for writing it. Picking a decade some time past made it a bit different from the regular types that often appear on this site and you calibrated the questions to be varied, interesting, tricky enough to be a bit of a challenge but not off-puttingly difficult
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level 48
Jun 26, 2015
The Scopes Trial was not about really evolution. It was orchestrated by the town leaders as a PR stunt to draw tourism and attention to Dayton, TN. Scopes himself was not even a regular teacher but a substitute.
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level 40
May 18, 2017
So, how does all that deny that the plot of the movie was evolution v. creationism?
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level 69
Jun 26, 2015
What is the picture of the girl riding a cork - was this a famous painting of that era?
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level 60
Jun 26, 2015
I thought it was a reference to the speakeasy and the party movement of the Roaring Twenties.
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level 72
Oct 12, 2017
The pin-up girl was very popular in the '20s. I don't know if this is a Henry Clive, but he made lots of illustrations similar to this one in that era.
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level 57
Jun 26, 2015
Who wore a bowler hat, had a mustache, and often carried a cane? Mr Peanut?
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level 60
Jun 26, 2015
Mr Peanut had a top hat not a bowler, and originated in 1916, just a little early for the topic.
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level 60
Feb 26, 2017
And no mustache.
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level 50
Oct 11, 2017
James Joyce?
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level 44
Jun 27, 2015
Ok so I just took the 90's quiz before taking this one, and I missed somewhere around six or seven questions from the 90's one and only two from this one. So I know more about the 20's than I do about the 90's, even though I was born in the 90's. Wow.
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level 56
Jun 29, 2015
The sliced bread clue .... genius!
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level 72
Sep 21, 2015
But not really correct. Being pedantic here, but sliced bread had been around a LONG time before the 20s - the real invention was the mechanical bread slicer, which cuts an entire loaf into perfectly even slices.
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level 40
May 18, 2017
Heaven save me from pedants!!!! - If someone said that "the sky is blue", some pedant would have to counter by asking what SHADE of blue! Oy Vey!!!!
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level 72
Oct 12, 2017
Actually the sky isn't blue at all, it is white but because of the Rayleigh Scattering phenomenon of molecules... (Just kidding.)
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level 46
Oct 11, 2017
Unless I'm reading something wrong, sliced bread is the greatest invention since sliced bread? Huh???
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level 72
Sep 21, 2015
The Fitzgerald clue should probably be revised to indicate that he wrote the book in the 20s, and it would eventually become his most famous work. However, it was mostly overlooked during the author's lifetime, and didn't become popular until, and after, WW2.
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level 41
Sep 22, 2015
With all due respect, no it shouldn't. All of that info is interesting, but doesn't really add a thing to the question except wasted seconds.
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level 70
Oct 2, 2016
My grandmother was a flapper.
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level 55
Nov 11, 2016
Can you change it to "mah-jongg?" The current way just looks wrong to me as a person of Chinese heritage.
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level 58
Feb 18, 2017
Should accept both. Am amazed that the Americans knew about this game so early!
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level 70
Oct 11, 2017
What's the extra g for? Never seen it spelled that way before but if you type it in you still get the answer
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level 53
Oct 11, 2017
http://www.mahjongg.com/
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level 63
Oct 11, 2017
I feel slightly sad that I can get 20/20 for a quiz about the 1920s and yet quizzes about more recent decades I struggle with. Maybe I'm living in the wrong era?
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level 47
Oct 11, 2017
So whenever someone says anything before 1928 is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I get to correct them?
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level 72
Oct 12, 2017
They can say, "It was the greatest thing before sliced bread."
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