1950s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1950s?
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What "rebel without a cause" died in a car crash?
James Dean
What was Norma Jeane Mortenson better known as?
Marilyn Monroe
What became the 50th U.S. state?
Hawaii
For what disease did Jonas Salk create a vaccine?
Polio
What was Sputnik?
a Satellite
What was J. D. Salinger's most famous novel?
The Catcher in the Rye
What region did China annex?
Tibet
Who starred as Moses in "The Ten Commandments"?
Charlton Heston
What rich chocolately product allowed kids to send in for "secret decoder rings"?
Ovaltine
What rocker died in a plane crash along with the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens?
Buddy Holly
What singer was managed by Colonel Tom Parker?
Elvis Presley
What art movement was exemplefied by Jackson Pollock?
Abstract Expressionism
What group of people wore berets and turtlenecks, played bongos,
and smoked marijuana?
Beatniks
What country had an "economic miracle" under the leadership of Konrad Adenauer?
West Germany
What were 78's, 45's, and 33's?
Records
What general landed at Inchon?
Douglas MacArthur
What was the world's largest corporation?
General Motors
In what (modern-day) country did The Mau Mau Uprising occur?
Kenya
What pact was the Communist equivalent to NATO?
Warsaw Pact
Who sang "Johnny B. Goode"?
Chuck Berry
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Level 78
Jun 6, 2015
What was Sputnik? Spaceship, space probe, rocket ship, first man-made object in space....tried everything but satellite!
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Level 74
Jun 10, 2015
Apparently, the first man-made object in space was a manhole cover. It was covering the shaft down which an atomic bomb was lowered for underground testing, and when the bomb went off the cover was launched at such a velocity that it would have cleared the atmosphere and pootled off into space.
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Level 79
Dec 10, 2017
that seems implausible.. source?
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Level 78
Dec 10, 2017
@kalbahamut xkcd mentions it here: https://what-if.xkcd.com/35/ It also says that it probably disintegrated before it made it to space though.
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Level 77
Dec 10, 2017
Nope.
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Level 69
Dec 10, 2017
Urban myth time again.
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Level 68
Dec 13, 2017
Why are there no 'rural myths' and only 'urban myths?' (sigh)
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Cow tipping is a rural myth.
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Level 67
Mar 11, 2020
pootled hehe that is a fun word :)
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Level 78
May 22, 2020
I'm rural and I agree it would be very hard to "tip" a cow, but outhouse tipping is real and in fact I participated in such a nefarious activity on Halloween in my younger and sillier days. Unlike teenage boys, we girls always made certain no one was in them when we tipped them over.
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Level 70
Jun 17, 2015
Me too!
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Level 38
Dec 7, 2017
Same here.
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Level 66
Jun 9, 2015
I put "beat" but didn't put the "niks." D'OH! :(
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Level ∞
Mar 4, 2017
Beat will work now
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Level 59
Jun 9, 2015
It's People! Take your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape! Just could not remember Charleton Heston.
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Level 69
Dec 10, 2017
Omega Man
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Level 61
Mar 11, 2017
For some reason I was thinking Zulus for MauMaus. Is that racist?
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Level 63
Mar 11, 2019
no
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Level 67
Nov 2, 2017
Many countries had "economic miracles" in the 1950s including Mexico, Spain, Greece, Italy, etc. This questions should be removed or replaced.
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Level 73
Dec 10, 2017
qm refers to the 'Wirtschafswunder', which literally translates as economic miracle.
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Level 72
Dec 1, 2018
The Italian boom is also referred to as an 'economic miracle' in their language: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracolo_economico_italiano
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Added some more clarifying detail.
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Level 64
Dec 10, 2017
I thought Ovaltine was made of malt?
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Level 78
Dec 10, 2017
I don't remember any secret decoder rings from Ovaltine. I thought they were always pins or badges.
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Level 78
May 22, 2020
I looked this up. The only decoder ring Ovaltine offered was in 2000. Ovaltine offered decoder books in 1934, and then offered decoder membership pins beginning in 1935. According to this article, decoder rings appeared in the 1960s, but none were from Ovaltine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_decoder_ring
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Level 54
Dec 11, 2017
Hey, didn't Bill Wurtz tell me that Japan also had a post-war economic miracle?
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Level 60
Aug 20, 2019
You should accept Marty McFly, because he sang "Johnny B. Goode" on November 12, 1955.
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Level 65
Feb 7, 2020
The Starlighters should also be accepted.
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Level 65
May 21, 2020
Shoot, I typed "GM" and then assumed that General Motors wasn't it, even though it seemed right.
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Level ∞
May 21, 2020
Somehow you spelled GM wrong. I don't know how you did, but you did.
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Level 57
May 21, 2020
I read about a 'Captain Midnight' secret decoder ring in Stephen King's IT but had no idea they had anything to do with Ovaltine too - or was the Captain Midnight thing made up?