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Fads of the 1970s

Can you identify these mostly-American fads from the 1970s?
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First submittedSeptember 26, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 21, 2018
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Clue
Fad
Style of 1970s dance music
Disco
"String" in a spray can
Silly String
Pets that don't do.... anything at all!
Pet rocks
Pot of melted cheese or chocolate
Fondue
Suit with no tie to wear during
your free time
Leisure suit
Candy that explodes in your mouth
Pop rocks
Get seasick in your sleep on this!
Waterbed
Running naked in public places
Streaking
Do this line dance from a
Van McCoy song
The Hustle
The first video game to attain
mainstream popularity
Pong
Clue
Fad
Radio for truckers & other good buddies
CB radio
Seating that molds to your body
Bean bag chairs
VERY long-napped floor covering
Shag carpeting
Predecessor of the cassette player
8-tracks
Flashing light with adjustable frequency
Strobe lights
Synthetic clothing material
Polyester
Pets that are watered. And they grow!
Chia pets
Phrase that accompanied a smiley face
Have a nice day
Campy midnight movie with
audience participation
Rocky Horror
Picture Show
Its color matches the emotions of
the person who wears it
Mood ring
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level 71
Aug 22, 2012
Funny...very nice quiz!
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level 42
Sep 23, 2012
I am slightly horrified that I got 100% on this one.
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level 65
Aug 6, 2015
Ditto. I am a child of the 70's, sadly
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level 54
Sep 23, 2012
Not proud that I did better on this one than I did on the Biblical characters one.
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level 38
Sep 24, 2012
Can ou accept Leisure for Leisure suit? I typed Leisure alone and never thought to add suit. You accept shag, bean bag and others. Great quiz though...
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level 75
May 15, 2014
I thought the fabric was called double knit, and it was made from polyester. I still remember my mother dressing me in that stuff. I think it has a half-life of 1000 years.
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level 72
May 29, 2015
Is the CB in your "name" inspired by CB radios?
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level 76
Jun 25, 2015
[buzzer]....No, but thanks for playing!
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level 58
Aug 6, 2015
Your initials?
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level 76
Jun 19, 2015
got 100% due to living through the 70s but didn't partake in many of these fads
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level 70
Jun 26, 2018
I'll never admit it either.
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level 57
Jul 12, 2015
I loved my mood ring!
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level 61
Jul 31, 2015
Am I the only one who tried quaaludes for the "get seasick in your sleep" question?
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level 70
Jun 26, 2018
Yup, you lived in the 70s.
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level 58
Aug 6, 2015
candy mouth explosion: any chance of includng space dust as an answer for the Brits who do this fun quiz
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level 50
Feb 13, 2019
Yes, it's Space Dust or popping candy - never heard it called anything else.
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level 61
Feb 13, 2019
It's also Pop Rocks. In fact that is the only name I knew it to be called here in the US. I have never heard of Space Dust.
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level 51
Feb 13, 2019
In the US Pop Rocks and Space Dust were two different candies put out by the same company. Pop rocks came first.
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level 69
Aug 9, 2019
We used to call it cum gum.
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level 64
Aug 6, 2015
Popping Candy.....
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level 64
Aug 6, 2015
Please accept Qiana as an answer for the synthetic material. It was all the rage in the 70's and there's even an Etsy collection of vintage Qiana shirts. Those not in their teens in the 70's, please forgive us our fashion sense.
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level 25
Aug 12, 2015
can you accept variations of spelling for fondue
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level 77
Nov 21, 2016
Born in the 80s. A lot of these were still popular at that time. Missed leisure suit and the Hustle.
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level 38
Dec 7, 2017
Missed 7. Though I lived through the '70s, I guess I wasn't paying too much attention.
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level 79
Oct 7, 2018
Wow. It's amazing how many of these I knew purely from watching The Simpsons.
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level 67
Nov 26, 2018
Could someone explain the "Have a nice day" one? I never would've guessed it as a fad phrase. Am I missing something?
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level 67
Feb 13, 2019
It's pretty much what it sounds like: a whole bunch of stuff marketed with the yellow smiley face and the phrase "Have a nice day." Here's a rundown on the history of the smiley, which touches on the phrase as well.
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level 60
Feb 13, 2019
I think our comments appeared at the same exact moment. Nice.
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level 60
Feb 13, 2019
There were t-shirts (and I think mugs, bumper stickers, and lots of other things) with the yellow smiley face on them that said "Have a Nice Day." The phrase itself isn't a 70's fad, but those particular shirts were very popular. It's referenced in Forrest Gump.
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level 38
Feb 13, 2019
I once supervised a guy who used "have a nice day" as an invective... always accompanied by a sneer!
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level 60
Feb 13, 2019
Tried popping candy, didn't work then inadvertently got it when i was typing the answer for the campy midnight movie. Also, couldn't get past safari suit, as to me that was a definite 70's fad.
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level 66
Feb 13, 2019
For an old Brit like me, "shag carpeting" sounds funny, but I suppose that is something you can do on it.
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level 69
Feb 13, 2019
There's also the shag haircut. Here in the states before Austin Powers, we never realized there was another meaning to it.
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level 75
Feb 13, 2019
In parts of the US, shagging also means dancing.
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level 52
Feb 13, 2019
We used to call it "squirty" string in the UK, at least where I grew up. We were very literal!
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level 58
Feb 13, 2019
Huh, I always thought the hustle was a partner dance, but apparently it was also a line dance. I'm too young to remember all of these, but old enough that quite a few were still around in my childhood.
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level 68
Feb 13, 2019
As a teenager in the 70s i say Nylon for the synthetic clothing, playsuit for the suit, pop candy and tape recorder and I agree with tbd 123 about the string
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level 75
Feb 13, 2019
Fondue really belongs in the 60s quiz. I remember attending numerous bridal showers in the 1960s where the happy couple received a fondue pot. I attended one shower in which they received three. I don't know of a single couple who ever actually used them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fondue
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level 38
Feb 13, 2019
They are great for heating hot chocolate.
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level 63
Apr 24, 2019
I guessed memory foam on the bean bag chair one. I was so impressed that it had come out in the 70s.