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1980s General Knowledge #2

Do you have what it takes to answer these questions about the 1980s?
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Last updatedFebruary 16, 2018
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Who did Prince Andrew marry?
Sarah Ferguson
What video tape technology was defeated by VHS?
Betamax
What brand of cloth doll was the must-have toy in Christmas of '83?
Cabbage Patch Kids
What movie star released a famous aerobics video?
Jane Fonda
What was the slogan of Levi's 501 jeans?
Button Your Fly
What disease killed actor Rock Hudson?
AIDS
What country did the United Kingdom fight a war with?
Argentina
What country had a famine that killed over 400,000?
Ethiopia
What brand of sunglasses were worn by Tom Cruise in "Risky Business" and
Don Johnson in "Miami Vice"?
Ray-Ban
What type of printer was the most common for home computers?
Dot Matrix
Who was the Princess of Monaco that died in a car crash?
Grace Kelly
What cola was advertised as "all the sugar and twice the caffeine"?
Jolt
What blundering politician was "no Jack Kennedy" according to Lloyd Bentsen?
Dan Quayle
What pay-per view wrestling event was held for the first time in 1985?
Wrestlemania
In what country did the Solidarity movement happen?
Poland
What popular brand of medication was tampered with, killing seven?
Tylenol
What was the nickname of Reagan's proposed missile shield?
Star Wars
What country was to blame for blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland?
Libya
What sprinter shattered the women's record in the 100 meter dash?
Florence Griffith Joyner
What did Frankie say?
Relax
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level 79
Mar 3, 2015
You should accept "Grace" for Monaco princess... once married, she was Princess Grace, not Grace Kelly anymore
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level 73
Jul 12, 2015
agree; please allow 'Grace'
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level ∞
Aug 14, 2015
Okay
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level 83
Apr 1, 2015
The way you phrased the question, both Marlies Gohr and Evelyn Ashford should be alternate answers to who set the women's 100m dash record. Each actually set the record twice in that decade prior to the woman who broke it in 1988.
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level ∞
Aug 14, 2015
Changed "set" to "shattered". That may be the most unbreakable record in track.
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level 76
Sep 21, 2015
Go Flo Jo.
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level 66
Sep 21, 2015
Um...you do know that Carmelita Jones came close right? She ran 10.64 to the record 10.49. It will be broken. Look at the mens record...it was dropped .14 in less than a year. The fact remains, Flo Jo died very early in life, symptom of rampant juicing. The women will catch up, it's just a mater of time. I bet within the decade.
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level ∞
Sep 21, 2015
There's no evidence of her ever using performance-enhancing drugs. Even if she did, why would that cause her early death?
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level ∞
Sep 21, 2015
The record will be hard to break because apparently the wind sensor was broken that day, and she was running downwind.
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level 72
May 5, 2018
all that said, could griffith be an acceptable answer, or did i misspell it?
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level 72
Sep 21, 2015
wtf is frankie?
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level 67
Sep 21, 2015
Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
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level 76
Sep 21, 2015
Still never heard of it. Had to look them up.
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level 58
Sep 21, 2015
I got the cola one right, and I literally have no idea where it came from. I thought the word I typed was a parody name for the real stuff in some kind of Simpsons skit.
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level 67
Jul 2, 2017
Jolt? Was that another thing that didn't make it across the pond/did with a different name, or am I just too young to remember it?
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level 77
May 3, 2018
It was always a low-volume sort of novelty item in the United States. It was terrible and would give you stomach cramps. I think we only got it when we were having all-night parties in high school. I doubt that it was sold anywhere else.
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level 76
May 3, 2018
According to Wikipedia it has been distributed in many countries during its history, (not always successfully), and it was reintroduced in the US last year. It's popular with college students.
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level 73
Mar 1, 2018
I'm pretty sure that lots of movie stars made aerobics videos. But not completely sure.
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level 77
May 3, 2018
yeah... let's see I tried... Olivia Newton John, Alyssa Milano, Cindy Crawford, Richard Simmons, Farrah Fawcett.. didn't they all have one? But maybe I was thinking of Fonda when I was picturing Fawcett. Simmons may have never been in any movies. Milano and Crawford might have put out videos in the 90s not the 80s. Did John make an aerobics video or just a music video about aerobics? I did eventually get the answer correct.
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level 80
May 7, 2018
Agreed. Newton John and Fawcett immediately came to mind. Maybe it's just ONJ's video for "Physical" that I'm remembering? (That video by the way didn't age well, but she still looks fantastic.) I didn't really think Fonda's was that famous.
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level 71
May 3, 2018
Do not google donald trump wrestlemania. Just don't do it.
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level 73
Aug 17, 2018
Didn't have any intention to. Still don't have any intention to.
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level 68
May 3, 2018
Far two many questions are only relevant in USA . Local brands of cola, local politicians, local medical scandals, local dolls,... I don't mind answering questions about the USA, or even that there's a higher % of questions about them. But they should be about something of global scope. Otherwise, they belong to a "1980s in the USA" test.
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level 76
May 3, 2018
Jolt was distributed in Europe, Asia, and Australia, Dan Quayle was Vice-president of the US - not exactly a "local politician", Cabbage Patch Kids were produced by various companies in other countries, and the Tylenol tampering wasn't a "scandal" it was a crime which led to an industry-wide change in the way drugs and food were packaged in tamper-proof containers. Or if you meant Rock Hudson's "scandalous death", he acted in movies that were distributed worldwide. Yes, these questions pertained to the US, but it's not unreasonable to think anyone living the 1980s might have trivial knowledge of them.
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level 77
May 6, 2018
The 1980s (and the rest of history, at least back to 1776) includes things that happened in the USA.
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level 43
May 7, 2018
Sad that more people know about jeans and toys and sunglasses than about vice presidents.
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level 65
Feb 1, 2019
I know of Dan Quayle and that he’s an idiot, but since they’re comparing him to Jack Kennedy, I was only guessing Democrats.