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What city was divided by a wall until 1989?
What type of girl, like, totally talked like this?
Valley Girl
Who was the British Prime Minister?
What space shuttle exploded?
What country did the Reagan administration illegally sell arms to?
What world leader had a prominent birthmark on his head?
In what city were democracy protestors massacred?
Who scored "The Goal of the Century" in the 1986 World Cup?
What humorously cheap Eastern European car was sold in the United States?
What drug caused a crime wave in American inner cities?
What term refered to a "young urban professional"?
What was Sony's portable tape player called?
What comet was visible in 1986?
Halley's Comet
What video game simulated a pioneer wagon journey to the west coast of the U.S.?
What was the name of the Soviet space station?
What city hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics?
What deadly disease was first clinically observed in 1981?
What was best-selling video arcade game of the decade?
What punk hairstyle was named after a Native American tribe?
What did power-dressing women wear to get broader-looking shoulders?
Answer Stats
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+7
level 76
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.
+2
level 67
May 23, 2015
said urban areas...cocaine was a big drug of the 80s but mainly with yuppies
+1
level 68
May 24, 2015
Totally. Cocaine was immersed in big business & suburbanites while crack synonymous with inner city ghettos and gangs.
+1
level 55
May 23, 2015
Crack is a much stronger and more addictive form of cocaine. It's definitely the correct answer to the question.
+1
level 48
May 23, 2015
Cocaine that is sniffed is a powder. Crack is cocaine mixed with baking soda. Cocaine can become crack if you mix it with baking soda so I think it should be accepted.
+2
level 60
May 23, 2015
I bow to your obvious experience.
+1
level 73
May 23, 2015
I don't think just cocaine should be accepted because it is the addition of that baking powder (or sodium hydroxide) which makes it something different. It becomes a solid which can be smoked. (And no, I've never used it, but I had kids in the '80s and I made sure I knew what the current drugs were and the signs of use.)
+1
level 31
May 31, 2015
When cocaine is mixed with baking soda and water, then the water is boiled off, then it is smoked, this is known as freebasing. Crack is made by mixing the cocaine with ammonia, it forms a different molecule entirely, it's both more addictive and more damaging. When freebasing, the amount of cocaine actually smoked is less than the amount you start with, as the process gets rid of impurities that are introduced by dealers to increase the quantity sold, thus the profit. When crack is made, the result is a greater amount than the amount of cocaine started with.
+1
level 70
Jan 18, 2016
"Cocaine" should not be accepted for "crack." That's like saying that heroin should be accepted for opium. They are two different drugs, with different production methods, addictiveness levels, and health impacts. However, "crack cocaine" should be accepted for crack, since it actually is synonymous.
+1
level 48
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.
+1
level 80
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.
+2
level 55
May 23, 2015
as the word shoulder is in the clue should accept just "pads" as well?
+2
level 73
May 23, 2015
The soccer and baseball questions were the hardest.
+1
level 60
May 23, 2015
The soccer question was easy for me as a Brit, and I although I was aware of Ken Griffey Jr (although the quiz allows it without the Jr) but as a baseball card question it became much more obscure and difficult.
+1
level 59
May 23, 2015
Mohican should be accepted, that's what they were called on this side of the pond. The name derives from the famous cover illustration of a Huron on the cover of Last of the Mohicans (which of course led to the hairstyle being attributed to the wrong tribe). As far as I'm aware, the American name of Mohawk is to do with not having to say as many syllables. Or maybe Mohicans were offended by the term? Can't have been, James Fenimore Cooper wrote about the last of them!
+1
level 57
May 23, 2015
wasnt that the 1970s anyway
+1
level 66
May 23, 2015
While the hairstyle was called a Mohican in the UK, the Mohawks were another tribe altogether. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohawk_people http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahican
+1
level 73
May 23, 2015
Mohawks weren't new in the '80s. I remember them having a surge of popularity in the 1950s.
+1
level 73
May 23, 2015
I googled it and learned that a 2000 y/o bog body was discovered near Dublin with a Mohawk hairstyle (not that they likely called them Mohawks,) and American GI paratroopers wore them in WW II, and Pawnees also wore them.
+1
level ∞
May 24, 2015
Mohican will work now.
+1
level 61
Jan 21, 2018
Kids had mohawks when I was growing up in the 60s.
+1
level 68
May 23, 2015
never heard of the game "Oregon Trail". That said, I still should have been able to guess that game's name based on context. Rest of the clues were ridiculously easy for someone who came of age in the 80's in the USA
+1
level 40
May 27, 2015
You can play it online, if you're curious. This is a newer version than the original that was played on monochrome screens, but it gives you the idea.... https://archive.org/details/msdos_Oregon_Trail_The_1990
+1
level 45
Oct 19, 2015
I remember playing Oregon Trail in 1975 or '76. Was on a teletype kind of machine but was a lot more fun.
+5
level 75
Mar 6, 2017
I'd have loved to play it, but I died of dysentery.
+1
level 79
Mar 6, 2017
I never heard of the game before I was on JetPunk. After JetPunk... every 10th quiz or so contains a related question, so you'll get to know it. Everything about it. Except how to avoid dysentry.
+1
level 55
May 26, 2015
U.S. 80s culture more like
+2
level 55
Nov 10, 2016
Dude, I'm American. IDGAF about soccer.
+1
level 70
Oct 28, 2017
Nor about decorum, apparently.
+2
level 60
Jan 21, 2018
IDGAF about Americans :)
+1
level 74
Mar 6, 2017
Knew them all except Yugo. But then again, I wasn't of driving age in the 80s.
+1
level 73
Jan 21, 2018
I remember people calling them "You-don't-go" or "No-go" cars. It was considered one of the worst cars ever sold in the US.
+3
level 59
Mar 8, 2017
You have died of dysentery.
+1
level 68
Mar 12, 2017
When I read about women wearing something to make their shoulders look bigger, I scoffed and said "shoulder pads?" I thought it was so ridiculous I didn't even bother filling it in. Oh well...
+1
level 51
Mar 18, 2017
maby accept: Mikhail GorbacheF ?
+1
level 66
May 6, 2017
Never heard of Oregon Trail, it mustn't have made it across the Pond. Valley girl was either the same, or I missed it, given I was only a whipper snapper that is a distinct possibility. Another who thought Crack and Cocaine where effectively the same thing. Learning something new, although I think that's the first time I've learnt about illegal drugs on here. Lol
+1
level 56
Jan 21, 2018
Ooh Diego Maradona, ooh Diego Maradona, ooh Diego Maradona, he put the English OUT OUT OUT.
+1
level 42
Jan 21, 2018
not enough time
+2
level 47
Jan 21, 2018
The mohawk haircut is called Iroquois in Finland.
+1
level 41
Jan 21, 2018
crack = cocaine... everyone knows it
+3
level 66
Jan 21, 2018
Or you could read the other comments and learn something new /s/
+1
level 72
Jan 21, 2018
How about Lada for the cheap Eastern European car?
+1
level 73
Jan 21, 2018
Never sold in the US.
+1
level 61
Jan 21, 2018
Yuppie was short for Young Upwardly-mobile Professional. Hence the "up" in Yuppie
+1
level 44
Jan 21, 2018
Even in the 1980s, I always thought it stood for Young Urban Professional.
+1
level 56
Jan 21, 2018
Yugos are really shocking cars, can't get over it
+1
level 51
Jan 21, 2018
I tried "Oregon F***ing Trail," and it wasn't accepted. Please take this as a write-in. I can't be expected to contain my excitement about Oregon... Trail. Please and thank you.
+1
level 46
Jan 21, 2018
Just 'valley' should be accepted for #2 since it specifically asks for a type of girl.
+1
level ∞
Jan 22, 2018
Valley would have worked. But I added some fill-in-the-blanks to make that question easier.
+1
level 46
Jan 23, 2018
Thanks
+1
level 67
Jan 22, 2018
Gag me with a spoon!
+1
level 48
Jan 22, 2018
19/20...I do not know soccer, at all.
+1
level 71
Jan 26, 2018
Please, could you accept Zastava for the Yugo? It's exactly the same car but rebranded for export.
+1
level 63
Mar 22, 2018
Thank you for this comment. I was surprised when I read the answer, because I've never heard of the car before. Zastava on the other hand...
+1
level 48
Apr 17, 2018
Thatcher was PM for the entirety of the 80s? I didn't know that!
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