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1980s Decade Quiz

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1980s?
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What city was divided by a wall until 1989?
Berlin
What world leader had a prominent birthmark on his head?
Mikhail Gorbachev 
What comet was visible in 1986?
Halley's Comet
Who scored "The Goal of the Century" in the 1986 World Cup?
Diego Maradona
What deadly disease was first clinically observed in 1981?
AIDS
Who did Diana Spencer marry?
Prince Charles
What drug caused a crime wave in American inner cities?
Crack
What country was to blame for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland?
Libya
What country had a famine that killed over 400,000?
Ethiopia
Who was Prime Minister of the U.K. for the entire decade?
Margaret Thatcher
What 1982 music album remains, to this day, the best-selling album of all-time?
Thriller
In what city were democracy protestors massacred in 1989?
Beijing
What war was fought between Argentina and the United Kingdom?
Falklands War
What famous musician was murdered in New York City shortly after the
release of his final album "Double Fantasy"?
John Lennon
What Colombian drug lord became one of the world's richest people?
Pablo Escobar
What product was commercially released for the first time, costing $4000 and having
the approximate shape and weight of a brick?
Mobile Phone
Who directed "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", the highest grossing film of the decade?
Steven Spielberg
What hugely-popular video game was invented in 1984 in Russia?
Tetris
What deep-fried McDonald's menu item was first introduced in 1981?
Chicken McNuggets
What stretchy synthetic fabric became so popular that DuPont, its creator,
had trouble meeting demand?
Spandex
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Level 78
Feb 5, 2015
Shouldn't cocaine work for the drug question? I'm not really an expert on drugs but I thought crack was just another form of cocaine.
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Level 74
May 23, 2015
said urban areas...cocaine was a big drug of the 80s but mainly with yuppies
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Level 72
May 24, 2015
Totally. Cocaine was immersed in big business & suburbanites while crack synonymous with inner city ghettos and gangs.
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Level 66
Oct 12, 2019
If crack and cocaine is the same it shouldnt matter where or to whom it is sold.
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Level ∞
Jan 1, 2020
It's not the same though. That would be like saying apple sauce and apple juice are the same thing.
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Level 53
May 23, 2015
Crack is a much stronger and more addictive form of cocaine. It's definitely the correct answer to the question.
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Level 49
Jan 23, 2018
This deals with the 80's and back then there were a lot of versions of crack that contained a mixture of cocaine and heroin. So cocaine itself would not be entirely correct.
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Level 77
Jan 11, 2020
Law enforcement members of my family tell me that crack is made by dissolving powdered cocaine in water and mixing with something else such as ammonia which turns it into rock form. So, nearly but not exactly the same thing.
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Level 85
Feb 6, 2015
I must have typed in versions of Diego Miradona 20 times before I realized I was misspelling his name. That goal is almost as much fun to watch as his 'Hand of God' goal, especially with VH Morales' commentary.
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Level 58
Mar 18, 2017
maby accept: Mikhail GorbacheF ?
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Level 61
Jan 21, 2018
Ooh Diego Maradona, ooh Diego Maradona, ooh Diego Maradona, he put the English OUT OUT OUT.
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Level 45
Jan 21, 2018
not enough time
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Level 39
Jan 21, 2018
crack = cocaine... everyone knows it
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Level 69
Jan 21, 2018
Or you could read the other comments and learn something new /s/
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Level 81
Jan 2, 2020
Everyone but Jonathan knows it, I guess.
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2020
Well crack is cocaine but does not equal it. Cocaine is the drug used to make crack (cocoaine). A baked (or jacket) potato is still a potato, though can synonymously used with a normal potato.
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Level 53
Apr 17, 2018
Thatcher was PM for the entirety of the 80s? I didn't know that!
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Level 63
Jan 2, 2020
The McRib was also introduced in 1981.
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Level 78
Jan 2, 2020
1981-1985
1989-2005
Annually in the fall 2006-2018
Lest we forget.
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
1981! What a time to be alive. Added "deep-fried" to the question to remove ambiguity.
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Level 43
Mar 3, 2020
1981! The famous FC Carl Zeiss Jena made it into the European Cup Winners Cup final. And lost to Dynamo Tblissi. And my wife was born. So, yes...definitely ambiguous...
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2020
Well, I know another (atleast one) awesome person that was born then, post-its came to the market, ms-dos came out, And ofcourse: raiders of the lost ark made it's debut!

I am sure there is much more to tip the scales ;)

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Level 72
Jan 2, 2020
The first mobile I ever saw, over here in Europe, was definitely larger than that. ~3 bricks large. Some businessman was showing it off and the receipt, too, with the price of over 10,000 of whatever their currency was.
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Level 63
Feb 20, 2020
Appearently nothing for the big market with that price and size.
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2020
the number doesnt mean anything if he doesnt know the currency, could be 72 bucks, could be 65.438 dollars. So it doesnt give any indication of the prize
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Level 66
Mar 11, 2020
3 bricks?? Do you have tiny bricks where you life? Average size are about 22x11x 5,5cm (yes, I spend time looking it up for many countries). The first prototype was 23 by 13 by 4.5 centimetres, after that they only became smaller. So basicly the same size as a brick (in some countries actually smaller like russia or sweden). 3 bricks would (dependingg in which directions you mean, I'll suppose not in length, because a 70 cm long phone is preposterous) so in the range of 22 x 16,5 x 11cm (2 on top of eachother, with one sideways next to it). you would need two hands for that..

you sure you arent confused and saw someone with a ghetto blaster? ;)

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Level 69
Jan 3, 2020
D'oh, tried nuggets, tried chicken nuggets, nope must be hash browns, nope must be the apple pie then, nope...never thought to add "Mc" .
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Level ∞
Jan 3, 2020
Nuggets and chicken nuggets both would have worked. Must have misspelled it.