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Posted by SeltzerGal at 11:18 am (PDT) on Wed May 24, 2023   
@CJ You gave me my biggest laugh of the day lol!  Some think we're finished in our 70's.  The other day someone was surprised I whipped out a cell phone LOL!
Posted by CJ at 9:01 am (PDT) on Wed May 24, 2023   
@Alan Mendell - Welcome to the party! :)
To me it's more of a "Senility Test" than a "Trivia Quiz". If I can average 75% or more it means that my soon-to-be 73 yr old mind is still working. ROFL
Posted by Alan Mandell at 10:06 pm (PDT) on Tue May 23, 2023   
Hi Duff.  I stumbled upon your Website and gave the quiz a whirl.  You were always thinking up innovative ideas and cool stuff.  And that was 60 years ago. Hope you are well.
Alan Mandell 
Posted by Ice1959 at 5:44 pm (PST) on Thu January 5, 2023   
You've no doubt heard the phrase, "A cheater only cheats themselves". It appears Google has encouraged that fact.
Posted by Alee at 6:50 am (PDT) on Tue October 12, 2021   
this is hard but it is fun.
Posted by drring at 6:17 pm (PDT) on Tue July 20, 2021   
Just finished the quiz in second place...Full transparency: took it twice before, about 2 or 3 weeks ago unregistered.  First time got about 72% right, second time got a little over 96%  right, then waited 2 weeks, registered and took a third time on the record. No cheating, just relied on memory.  Hardest part:  still can't get most of Monopoly square colors right.  Watched lots of TV as a kid so got most ad slogans right.  I'm a musician so got  almost all music stuff right. Took 5-6 hours to complete all questions.  (FYI: born in SF 1952) Thank you, BBeM!
Posted by Duff at 2:33 pm (PST) on Thu November 14, 2019   
@Mousey - Got any suggested topics?
Posted by mousey at 11:06 am (PST) on Thu November 14, 2019   
Please need more trivia questions!  Love playing them.

Posted by Duff at 2:03 am (PDT) on Sun June 23, 2019   
@CJ -  As you suggest, it's hard to predict what a question's difficulty will be. However, once several dozen players have encountered a question, its difficulty can be determined by the percentage of players who have gotten it correct. That's why I display that percentage for each question.  And, as they say, your mileage may vary.
Posted by Duff at 1:50 am (PDT) on Sun June 23, 2019   
@Rockin Ronnie -  after you've gone through all the questions in the quiz, you can clear your history and play them all again, this time with an added time limit on each question. We've got some really dedicated players here, and some of them have reset their history several times in order to get high on the leaderboard. Obviously, after playing the quiz once, you may remember many of the correct answers. 
Posted by CJ at 5:10 pm (PDT) on Sat June 22, 2019   
@Duff - Looking back on the earlier comments, specifically the ones concerning difficulty ratings - How can one assign a difficulty rating to Trivia Questions? It depends on the individule and their area of interest, etc.. for example a sports buff would find find questions related to who played for what team very easy whereas someone like me who was never that into sports find them extremely difficult. When my wife and I played Trivia Persuit as a team we rocked. She was great at art, literature, and "high-brow" music while I killed at science, technology, music from the 40's-70's. We both sucked at sports. LOL
Posted by Rockin Ronnie at 9:08 pm (PDT) on Fri May 3, 2019   
My first time doing this Trivia Quiz, but I find the top 10 scores Dubious to say the least. Very good questions that test your memory on things gone by.
Posted by HannaBuns123 at 5:23 pm (PST) on Sat February 9, 2019   
That is hard!embarassed
Posted by Alan at 11:48 am (PST) on Wed November 22, 2017   
Does Henry M drive a Henry J?
Posted by Duff at 6:41 pm (PDT) on Wed May 10, 2017   
I want to acknowledge user HenryM, who has contributed numerous questions to the trivia quiz.  Thank you, Henry!
Posted by mousey at 9:45 am (PST) on Mon November 21, 2016   
Keep the questions coming!  Love them.  Makes me and my husband think, of course he gets most of them right.

Posted by Duff at 12:12 pm (PDT) on Thu June 4, 2015   
Right, CJ.  People will always find a way to cheat, whether with Google in another window, or another method, such as registering twice and using one ID to try the new questions and the other ID to supply the correct answers once they're known.  Time limits help, and I turn them on if you complete the quiz, clear your trivia history, and play again.  But I'm reluctant to impose time limits for the first run.  My advice: Ignore the leader board.
Posted by CJ at 11:19 am (PDT) on Tue June 2, 2015   
I noticed previous comments concerning scoring of the quiz. As for me, the only one I'm interested in is what percentage I got right. The "Leader Board" doesn't impress me though. If I wanted to see my name at the top of the leader board with 100%...I could have had the question opened in one tab and google the answer in another.
Posted by paktype at 3:30 pm (PST) on Mon December 1, 2014   
I was born in 1965. Does that make me a Gen X'er?
Posted by Duff at 6:34 am (PDT) on Tue October 28, 2014   
For some obscure reason, the group immediately preceding the Boomers is known as the Silent Generation.  My wife is quick to point out that many of them were far from silent!
Posted by packratjohn at 7:29 pm (PDT) on Mon October 27, 2014   
A baby....
Seriously, the whole BB designation is nebulous. It describes people coming home from the war and creating babies. That started earlier than 46, as folks were being rotated out, or coming home for medical issues. They may have been injured, but in most cases they would marry and raise families. I guess 1946, being the first official post-war year, is a good place to start.
Posted by Bob Matthews at 7:10 pm (PDT) on Mon October 27, 2014   
BB indeed is a post-war designation, starting in 1946.
But what is someone born in 1945 called?
Posted by Duff at 7:03 pm (PDT) on Mon October 27, 2014   
John and Mousey, Baby Boomers are commonly defined as people born between 1946 and 1964.  Most of the questions here deal with the '50s and '60s, although a few do dip into the late '40s.  Sure, if you were born in 1960, say, you're definitely a Boomer, but you're not likely to have personal memories of the early '50s... except for TV reruns.  That's why many questions focus on the '70s and late '60s.  I guess the ideal birth years for this quiz would be something like 1948-1952.  I should analyze the quiz logs and member profile entries to see how true that is.
Posted by packratjohn at 6:20 pm (PDT) on Mon October 27, 2014   
Hey Mousey. Let Duff know of any that appear to be pre-BB. Take notes, and if possible, explain why. He will fix them if they're too old. Of course, a boomer could be 70 this year if born in 44, but not 80!
Posted by mousey at 5:51 pm (PDT) on Mon October 27, 2014   
Some of the questions you have to be 80 or more years old not baby boomers.  But they are fun.  I scored better with my husband answering most of them.
Posted by packratjohn at 8:44 am (PDT) on Mon October 13, 2014   
Elsa Forever - if you see something that doesn't make sense, let Duff know. He's very good about making changes if necessary, or offering explanations for the questions and answers. Be sure to let him know which entries you question.
Posted by Elsa forever at 8:34 am (PDT) on Mon October 13, 2014   
Foot in Mouthsome of these don't even make sense
Posted by Duff at 9:15 pm (PDT) on Wed August 13, 2014   
Good idea, eurogarth.  Jimmy Fallon added.
Posted by eurogarth at 12:34 pm (PDT) on Wed August 13, 2014   
Although, the answer is certainly correct, you might want to consider editing your answer to the "Tonight Show" hosts questions to add Jimmy Fallon?
Posted by MAMAF at 5:26 pm (PDT) on Mon June 2, 2014   
Great  way to stretch your memory skills to the max for boomers.
Posted by Duff at 1:20 am (PST) on Mon January 20, 2014   
Um, geminibitch?  Nobody's blocking you from playing the quiz again...once you've run through all the questions.  We just add a time-limit element to such replays.  Also, there's no "generic" quiz; Visitors and logged-in members receive questions from the same collection (which currently numbers 1083 questions).  They're presented 20 at a time, either randomly (with recently-added questions first) or sorted by difficulty.
Posted by geminibitch at 10:56 pm (PST) on Sun January 19, 2014   
I don't think people should be blocked.  I like to review or re-do quizzes with my grandkids, but can't if I get blocked, except for the same generic quiz I get if I don't log in.  If we're nuts emough to want to do them again, you should let us!!!
Posted by Duff at 11:42 pm (PST) on Mon January 6, 2014   
Hi, rw45. There's no provision for visitors to search for particular questions in the trivia quiz. But if you saw an ad with a car wheel, maybe it was this question. Yes?
Posted by rw45 at 8:35 pm (PST) on Mon January 6, 2014   
how do i get to riddel i saw in ad that shows a car wheel ?
Posted by Ian Snider at 10:21 am (PST) on Sun January 5, 2014   
Anybody else having difficulty posting questions here? Each time I post a question & hit send, nothing happens. Am I doing something wrong?
Posted by Bob Matthews at 2:07 pm (PST) on Sun December 29, 2013   
I demand a recount! LOL
Thanks for the fun Laughing
Posted by SandyM at 8:20 pm (PST) on Sat November 23, 2013   
Thanks for the memories Kiss but I just can't answer many of the questions... Maybe because I was born at the very end of the baby boomers era?  Oh wellll   Undecided
Posted by Duff at 8:04 pm (PDT) on Sat October 19, 2013   
Hi, eurogarth.  Yes, I've considered factoring question difficulty into the scoring, but always run into a few wrinkles, such as:

- A question's difficulty can't be determined ahead of time, but is based on actual player interaction.  It can swing wildly for the first 50+ players.  Therefore, a default mid-range difficulty would need to be used for each newly-added question.
- Two players could thus get different scores for answering the same question correctly, depending on the question's current difficulty.
- The site's user database keeps track of whether a player answered a question correctly (or partially correctly), but not of the question's difficulty at that time.  A player's score can currently be computed from his/her trivia right/wrong log, but this technique would result in fluctuating scores if each question's current difficulty had to be factored in.
- The top slots on the leader board are held by players who have answered nearly all of the questions in the quiz correctly, so the work needed to make this change would seem to have very little benefit.

What am I missing?
Posted by eurogarth at 4:50 pm (PDT) on Fri October 18, 2013   
While the new scoring/ranking system is surely a step in the right direction, is there a way of including a "degree of difficulty" into the scoring the diving and other sports in the Olympics are scored? Should one person scoring 20/20 on questions where the avg is 75% or better get the same ranking as another player answering 20/20 correct of questions whose are avg is say, less than 50%?

Really enjoy playing! Keep up the great work.
Posted by mckinney54 at 1:38 pm (PDT) on Sun October 13, 2013   
I love it !
will be here a lot !
Posted by Duff at 11:23 am (PDT) on Sat September 21, 2013   
Recently, someone suggested using the percent-correct as part of the scoring for the Leader Board.  I've been giving this some thought, and agree that it's a good idea.  Rather than ranking players simply by how many questions they got right, rank would be based on a formula:

Given C = number of questions answered correctly
and P = number of questions played

Score = C2 / P

For example: Currently, a player who got 800 correct out of 800, and one who got 800 correct out of 1000 would be tied with scores of 800.  With the new formula, the former would score 800, but the latter's score would be 640.  That seems reasonable, no?
Posted by Duff at 12:59 am (PDT) on Sat September 21, 2013   
Okay, I've turned on the time-limit feature as we've been discussing.  It's activated when you clear your trivia history, and the option to do that now appears ONLY when you've exhausted the supply of questions in the quiz.

Have fun, and please let me know if you encounter any problems!
Posted by Duff at 10:56 am (PDT) on Sun September 15, 2013   
I've been wrestling with one fly in this timed-quiz-if-you've-reset ointment.  Namely, a player can reset at any time... so if one does so after answering just 20 questions, the timer would be active not only for the 20 questions he/she has seen before, but for all the rest of them as well.  That seems unfair.

But what if I offered the "Clear History" option ONLY when a player has exhausted the supply of questions?  That, it seems to me, would remove the last conceptual obstacle.  I'll work on this over the next couple of weeks.
Posted by rspindler at 6:19 pm (PDT) on Tue September 10, 2013   
Fair enough.
Posted by Michael Giffey at 1:10 pm (PDT) on Tue September 10, 2013   
I think that is a great idea, Duff. I am just about to start over for the first time as I have never wiped my score and started again, and I want to retake the whole quiz. You should remove the memory of the high score when you restart to make it more of a gamble just as you said.
Posted by Duff at 11:49 am (PDT) on Tue September 10, 2013   
And I could shave a few (5?) seconds off the question timer each time a player resets his/her quiz history, so the game would actually get harder each time you played it.  Sounds like fun to me!

One thing, though...  Currently, I retain players' high scores, and their Leader Board positions, when they clear their history, so they can strive to surpass their previous high score without losing their position on the Board.  I'd like to remove that feature, so that clearing one's history also removes the Leader Board entry.  This would make clearing one's history more of a gamble or challenge.  What do you all think?
Posted by rspindler at 2:42 am (PDT) on Tue September 10, 2013   
A time limit is a good idea. You should breeze through all the answers you remember with the occassional pause to ponder the hard ones you previously had trouble with.
Posted by Duff at 9:23 pm (PDT) on Mon September 9, 2013   
Ah!  So maybe the time limit should be imposed only when a player has cleared his/her quiz history and is replaying the game.  I'm thinking in terms of 60 seconds for most questions, more for hard, long-winded, drag-n-drop, fill-in-the-blank, and audio-based questions.
Posted by rspindler at 6:57 pm (PDT) on Mon September 9, 2013   
It can be a whole other challenge to remember the right answers for all the previous questions you got wrong. A whole different mental exercise. I like to challenge myself that way.
Posted by Duff at 12:05 am (PDT) on Mon September 9, 2013   
I wrote the code to support timed questions a few weeks ago and came *this* close to turning it on.  But there are no prizes being given, it's just for fun, and I let players reset their quiz history and play again (now presumably knowing most of the answers).  So what would be the point?

The percentage idea has some merit, but which statistic would take precedence?  A user who scored 95% when there were 500 questions in the quiz, or one who scored 85% more recently, when there were 1000?  

Maybe the leader board should indicate how many times each player has cleared his/her quiz history and replayed the whole thing; some have done so more than 20 times!  That's commitment -- or madness; take your pick.
Posted by Michael Giffey at 12:03 pm (PDT) on Sun September 8, 2013   
I agree with the previous poster in that I believe a time element is a great idea, and I think a reset of the board is in order. Call me old fashioned but I have never taken the time to research answers as I am taking the quiz it just smacks of cheating to me, and therefore takes the fun out of it for me. And yes, I did know Ian Fleming wrote "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang". :-)
Posted by tomwho (resigned) at 11:08 am (PDT) on Sun September 8, 2013   
Just a suggestion, but why not add the percentage to the leader board. The number correct doesn't mean much if it's 1000 correct out of 2000
Posted by TGT at 9:35 am (PDT) on Mon July 1, 2013   
This is fun, great questions.
Posted by Duff at 1:15 am (PDT) on Tue June 18, 2013   
Hi, Omo.  Thanks for your note. Adding a time element might indeed be a good idea, for the reasons you point out. The drag-n-drop questions, and the ones containing audio clips, would need additional time. I've also toyed with the idea of assigning points to the questions based on their difficulty. Either approach would probably force a reset of the leader board and everyone's trivia history.
Posted by Omo Kabish at 10:57 pm (PDT) on Sun June 16, 2013   
Having collected trivia since 1959 and having my own massive collection of trivia questions, I found the fun in "triviating" is diminished when time allows someone to find the answer online or even running to an encyclopedia or other reference book.  I find the most challenging opponents are those who know or can recall an answer rather than knowing where to go to get an answer.  That being said, I would like to see something like a 30 or 40 second timer put on the questions when they pop up.  If it is answered after the time elapses, then no point is awarded to the contestant.  It becomes then a challenge of either you know it or you don't rather than how fast can you find the answer.
Posted by Nerdylady at 8:36 pm (PDT) on Sat June 1, 2013   
Sadly, this is what a nice senior lady is doing on a Sat. night! Embarassed
Posted by ecantner at 12:00 pm (PDT) on Sun May 26, 2013   
how would today's kids do?
Posted by Frank at 7:50 am (PDT) on Sat May 25, 2013   
Well, I guess that I'm not as dumb as I look.
Posted by Duff at 5:27 pm (PDT) on Wed May 1, 2013   
Louis Armstrong played both the trumpet and the cornet.
Posted by eurogarth at 1:54 pm (PDT) on Wed May 1, 2013   
This may be somewhat picky, but I believe Louis "Satchimo" Armstrong played the coronet, not trumpet.
Posted by eurogarth at 8:46 am (PDT) on Sun April 28, 2013   
There have been others, but I don't remember them, will post as I run across them again.

Posted by Duff at 11:43 pm (PDT) on Fri April 26, 2013   
Thanks for your note, eurogarth. The quiz, as well as the entire site, is definitely U.S.-centric, 'cause that's what I know best. But there certainly shouldn't be questions whose answers are wrong if you look at them from a Canadian perspective. I've reworded the Visa question accordingly; do you recall which others need clarification?
Posted by eurogarth at 11:47 am (PDT) on Fri April 26, 2013   
Someof the answers are only correct in the U.S! For example, the Visa question,where Bank of America never operated in Canada, Visa was originally called Chargex!
Posted by FASTPASTE at 6:17 pm (PDT) on Wed April 17, 2013   
WeLL NoW I KNoW ! ( I DID OK-Good Questions )
Posted by brerugs at 1:55 pm (PDT) on Thu April 11, 2013   
Great fun.I likehow some answers have a link to follow up and have learned to keep a notepad handy to remind me to look up others after i'm done here.A great way for us ole folks to keep the synapeses flowing and stay sharp'
Posted by theolaro at 6:45 am (PDT) on Sat April 6, 2013   
I love this game even if I miss a lot!
Posted by Dot at 8:28 am (PDT) on Fri March 29, 2013   
Duff I'm on a roll lol
Posted by Duff at 12:39 pm (PDT) on Wed March 27, 2013   
Congratulations to rufus for answering the 1,000,000th question today!
Posted by mick at 7:55 am (PDT) on Wed March 27, 2013   
hello  duff just tried my best but my best was pretty crappy 
Posted by Duff at 12:48 am (PDT) on Tue March 26, 2013   
Not bad at all, Shado. That's better than many actual Boomers do.  To what do you attribute your mastery of the Boomer era? (My daughter was born in '94, but she knows many of the answers 'cause I subjected her to lots of TV reruns and olden-molden-golden-oldies when she was growing up. How many 18-year-olds do you think there are today who grew up with Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Monty Python, and songs by Elvis, Tom Paxton, and Tom Lehrer?)
Posted by Shado at 9:40 pm (PDT) on Mon March 25, 2013   
For being born in '73 and missing the baby boomer title, I'd say a cumulative score of 189.9 correct out of 340 (56%) isn't all that shabby! This is my first time visiting....can you tell I'm already hooked? lol
Posted by Seawench at 5:40 am (PDT) on Sun March 24, 2013   
Found this last night and love it!! Brings back memories and also very informative.
Posted by Eri at 10:32 pm (PST) on Fri February 22, 2013   
It's fun tripping down Memory Lane.  I was born in '64, so I guess I did pretty well.  Right or wrong, it was fun!
Posted by Duff at 1:31 pm (PST) on Thu February 21, 2013   
Happy to be of service, Bernie. I hope playing the quiz is at least as much fun as is dreaming up the questions.
Posted by Bernie at 6:18 pm (PST) on Wed February 20, 2013   
This brings back memories some of these questions, quotations, cartoons. Just seems like yesterday all of these were on TV.
I am truly enjoying this game.
Posted by Thegimpman at 11:34 pm (PST) on Tue January 15, 2013   
Duff, I do remember receiving that "close enough" response when I erroneously spelled "kemosabe" as "kimosabi" and receiving full credit, but on another question I accidentally misspelled "superman" as "suuperman" by hitting the "u" key twice in error, and not getting full credit. This is the type of situation I'm talking about. Thanks for your prompt reply.
Posted by Duff at 9:27 pm (PST) on Tue January 15, 2013   
Thanks muchly for the kudos, Thegimpman. I do check for likely misspellings, and also use a "sounds like" algorithm where applicable. Matches in those circumstances result in the message, "Close enough, we were looking for ..." If you saw that, then you did get full credit.
Posted by Thegimpman at 7:11 pm (PST) on Tue January 15, 2013   
This is a great game and is so much fun to play, but I think you should still get full credit for a misspelled word as long as the answer is actually correct and is only off by one letter, because it's so easy to accidentally hit the wrong key. Regardless, it's still a very enjoyable and entertaining game! Thanks for creating it!   :-)
Posted by Duff at 12:19 am (PST) on Wed December 12, 2012   
Hi, Michael. I'm open to suggestions if you've got some in mind. (Please send via the Contact Us form to keep them private.)
Posted by Michael Giffey at 2:34 pm (PST) on Tue December 11, 2012   
This is really fun! I would love to see more questions, especially about 1950's and 60's movies.
Posted by evilnbr at 4:56 pm (PST) on Sun December 9, 2012   
I really, really enjoy this!
Posted by kluv42 at 1:57 pm (PST) on Tue November 6, 2012   
Had a lot of fun with this over the last couple weeks... Got to the end of the questions with a decent 74% score. Keep 'em coming! :)
Posted by Duff at 2:51 pm (PST) on Mon November 5, 2012   
On the "then lived" field in the user profiles... This web site is focused on the '50s and '60s, and when I set it up, I figured it'd be interesting to know where the users lived during that time, and where they live now. I thought it'd be fun to see which regions do better on the trivia quiz, etc. I ask for birth year and gender for the same reasons. As it turns out, many users choose not to divulge this information, and the then/now lived info is less than useless, 'cause people enter the text in all sorts of different ways. There've even been people who typed in their street addresses, but no town. Real useful.
Posted by kluv42 at 1:20 pm (PST) on Mon November 5, 2012   
I don't understand what the profile page is asking for on the "then lived" line...
Posted by Duff at 11:24 pm (PDT) on Fri November 2, 2012   
Happy to oblige, melody. There are hundreds more you haven't encountered yet, and new ones keep creeping into my addled brain. Bwa-ha-haaa! :-)
Posted by melody at 10:00 pm (PDT) on Fri November 2, 2012   
Posted by Duff at 2:58 pm (PDT) on Thu November 1, 2012   
Hi, Spirit. The quiz now has over 950 questions and is still growing. The questions are presented 20 at a time, but you can choose to keep going if you like. The leader board shows the 10 users who've answered the most questions correctly, and at the moment, "hansumjim" is #10 on the list, having answered 709.3 questions correctly. So you'd need to beat that to appear on the list. Go for it!
Posted by Spirit at 10:47 am (PDT) on Thu November 1, 2012   
I scored 20 out of 20 why was my name not added to the winner board?!
Posted by chirp at 9:48 am (PDT) on Thu November 1, 2012   
not too bad considering I spent the first 10 years of these questions in england so did not know the tv ones.
Posted by trawnta at 1:10 pm (PDT) on Mon October 15, 2012   
I guess I'm being sneaky then, I was born in 1935
Posted by Duff at 8:49 pm (PDT) on Mon September 24, 2012   
Hi, Raejean. The site is the Baby Boomer eMuseum, and baby boomers are generally defined as people who were born between 1946 and 1964. Thus, the site is focused mostly on the '50s AND '60s, and (considering that those born in 1964 were only 6 years old in 1970) also creeps into the '70s and even the '80s.
Posted by Raejean French at 11:09 am (PDT) on Mon September 24, 2012   
I was a little bummed that two of the 20 questions were 1960s era and not 50s.
Posted by Duff at 3:43 am (PDT) on Tue September 11, 2012   
Welcome aboard, Jobert & SeltzerGal, glad to have you here. Did you have a favorite trivia question?

If you know of friends or family members who'd enjoy the museum or the quiz, please spread the word.
Posted by SeltzerGal at 4:18 am (PDT) on Sat September 8, 2012   
Hi Duff! Just discovered your site by looking up Dugan's Bakery. Love your BBEM! I was born in 1947. Just finished my first 20 questions and only answered 67% correctly, but had a great time doing it!
Posted by Jobert at 12:52 am (PDT) on Sat September 1, 2012   
Glad I found this site. It brought back some fond memories. Old commericals, Old shows and cartoons. I have one for you. What was Crusader Rabbits side-kick called. hint; (he was a tiger)? As Bob Hope use to say..."Thanks for the Memories".
Posted by star at 11:21 pm (PDT) on Sat June 2, 2012   
Hi! I think you should do one for the 70's as well. This was really fun, The new questions were challenging. hey i had to guess on the sound ones because my computer doesn't have speakers. ha.
Posted by chrisw363 at 7:03 am (PDT) on Wed May 2, 2012   
WOW Can't believe I did as well as I did considering I was born in 74. (18 out of 20)
Posted by James at 2:58 pm (PDT) on Sat April 14, 2012   
This has been a lot of fun so far, in spite of being born in 1965. Definitely shows I watched a lot of TV as a kid. Thanks Duff, looking forward to continuing with the quizes.
Posted by Duff at 11:38 am (PDT) on Mon April 2, 2012   
Hi, chill. At present, there are 839 questions in the quiz, and 9 of them rely on media (just audio at this time).

On the quiz's start page, there's an audio test button and a checkbox so you can omit media-dependent questions if the test doesn't work for you. The audio feature relies on HTML5 features that are implemented in only the latest versions of the various web browsers. I've tested it successfully in

- Microsoft Internet Explorer 9
- Google Chrome 18
- Mozilla Firefox 11
- Apple Safari 5
- Opera 11

If your browser is one of these, but you're using an older version, try updating to the latest version. (It's not typically an operating system issue.)
Posted by pano at 7:17 am (PST) on Mon February 27, 2012   
c'est bien
Posted by Duff at 3:44 am (PST) on Mon February 13, 2012   
Thanks, mousey. I'll keep adding 'em as I think of 'em. If you think of any ripe topics, please let me know... And kindly help spread the word, okay?
Posted by mousey at 4:29 pm (PST) on Sat February 11, 2012   
My husband and I really enjoy these trivia questions. Makes us really think of the past. Keep the questions coming, even though we don't get all of them right we have fun doing them! My husband has a better memory of the past than me and he gets more right than me, even though I watched more TV than him.
Posted by Tommie at 12:12 am (PST) on Wed January 25, 2012   
I improved my score from 68% to 79% on my second attempt. What did I learn? Go with your first impression.
Posted by WSE at 8:25 pm (PST) on Sat December 10, 2011   
OK, 3/4 right on the first 20. Lots of fun! Thanks for turning me on to it.
Posted by Duff at 2:26 am (PST) on Fri November 18, 2011   
More? You want more?? (I'll do my best, janeb.)
Posted by janeb at 6:45 pm (PST) on Thu November 17, 2011   
Boo! I finished them all. I should have done better as I was born in 1942 but I loved it.

You did a great job creating this.

Please sir. I want more!
Posted by NickNacky at 9:54 pm (PDT) on Sun October 16, 2011   
I want to sit back and watch all the television shows of the 1950's, please bring them all back! lololol hahahaha weeeeee you will know me....I will laugh to death now....hahahah!
Posted by Tommie at 2:28 pm (PDT) on Tue August 30, 2011   
I did fair, 68% overall. Most of what I missed were the questions looking for "what is NOT on this list of..." and of course the really hard ones. But great fun, and it's true, you should usually go with your first instinct. I missed a number of them by over-thinking them.
Posted by Momma Love at 7:33 pm (PDT) on Thu August 4, 2011   
Finally a Trivia Quiz I can beat my son at. This was fun.
Posted by paktype at 5:14 pm (PDT) on Wed June 29, 2011   
I was born in 1965, so I'm technically a Gen-Xer, but so far I have 63 out of 100 correct.
Posted by packratjohn at 4:03 pm (PDT) on Sun May 15, 2011   
Grand fun! I appreciate your efforts. I have done this on my own, with the exception of the few times I've gotten my wife to join in. Now I'm hovering around 8th or 9th on the leader board! I can remember things from 40 years ago, but not what's on my 'honeydo' list for today. I just enjoy the heck out of trivia. Keep up the good work.
Posted by Duff at 1:40 pm (PDT) on Fri May 13, 2011   
That's actually a hard one to answer, Dennis. The site has about 1130 registered users, but you don't have to be registered in order to play. The quiz now has just over 600 questions and is still growing, I do keep statistics on the number of times each question has been asked and how many of the responses to it have been correct. Totalling those up, I find that 448,699 have been asked so far, and 290,641 (64.8%) of the answers have been correct. Also, about 12,000 game sessions have taken place -- some long, some short, and some by returning users. So the number of unique players is probably around 11,000, and the average game length is about 40 questions. The trivia quiz start page now has a table with the latest overall quiz statistics.
Posted by Dennis at 9:30 am (PDT) on Fri May 13, 2011   
Hey Duff. I'm curious. How many different participants have tried the Trivia Quiz?
Posted by joycen123 at 9:00 am (PDT) on Fri May 13, 2011   
I am sorry but I cheated on most of the questions. I went to my other computer and looked them up, then I clicked on the right answer. I know I am bad. LOL But it was fun.
Posted by Dennis at 3:10 pm (PDT) on Tue April 19, 2011   
That was fun. Brings back lots of old memories. thanks
Posted by pinkalicious_love at 4:31 pm (PDT) on Fri April 15, 2011   
I am excited that I knew so much trivia about eras before I was born. I guess I watch a lot of TV. (SMILE)
Posted by RobynLee67 at 8:31 pm (PST) on Mon January 24, 2011   
I was born in 1967,so I was at a disadvantage w/alot of those questions(but ask me anything about Henry VIII's Six Wives)
Posted by jbryanc at 9:42 pm (PST) on Sat January 8, 2011   
I get to post the first comment of 2011? OK. This is it.
Posted by Duff at 8:58 pm (PST) on Tue December 21, 2010   
Hey, Seamus... 7.4 out of 20 isn't 100%.
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 7:05 pm (PST) on Tue December 21, 2010   
I feel better, but not much smarter, since I've done a whole raft of easy ones. I think I've leveled off there at 85% in that category.
Posted by Seamus at 7:01 pm (PST) on Tue December 21, 2010   
First time and I had 100% correct. The rest of you suck!!!
Posted by Bob Wilson Jr at 3:31 pm (PST) on Sun December 19, 2010   
And I thought I was pretty good at Trivia. I only scored 42% on the hard ones.
Posted by Duff at 2:04 pm (PST) on Fri December 10, 2010   
Admittedly, the trivia quiz is very U.S.-centric, as is the entire BBeM site; that's the area I know best. If you can suggest other topics of interest, I'll see what I can do. I recognize that the quiz can't be too difficult -- if it's not fun, players won't come back -- so I monitor the overall statistics carefully. Here's a breakdown of the current difficulty level, based on actual player interactions:

As for the rest of the quizzes, I'm not sure what you mean. You've encountered 50+ questions here so far, and we have about 500 at the moment.
Posted by marsviking at 12:11 pm (PST) on Fri December 10, 2010   
where are the rest of the quizzes?
Posted by marsviking at 12:11 pm (PST) on Fri December 10, 2010   
I think even people who were born in 1947, like me, would have a hard time answering some of the qs. Of course I moved from the Netherlands in 1956 so I missed a lot of action in the US. We never had a TV at home--part of my Dad's religious convictions--, nor did we have any magazines or newspapers (only some Dutch stuff we got in the mail). Listening to rock was listening to devil's music or jungle music. But when my Dad brought us to the berry farm to pick berries on his way to work, he had the local pop station on and seemed to know all the lyrics.
If you are born after 1970, you may need a course in archeology first.
Posted by tyler at 9:07 pm (PST) on Wed December 8, 2010   
i am 7 so give me a hand ppl
Posted by Duff at 6:13 pm (PST) on Sun December 5, 2010   
So, what do you think about the mix of questions in the quiz? Too hard/easy? Too many/few about [whatever]?
Posted by mikejohn_2 at 10:27 am (PST) on Wed November 24, 2010   
Hey DONMAC, I'm on my way ....mikejohn_2
Posted by WamWork at 7:06 pm (PST) on Wed November 17, 2010   
Reminds me of instructions when taking the U.S. Air Force "entrance" exam in 1968. They said
to go with your first reaction. I didn't do that until the latter 20 questions. It worked...still! You know
more that you know that you know...y'know?
Posted by rabbit7954isgod at 3:43 am (PST) on Thu November 11, 2010   
Eddie, I hate to tell you this but you are still talking about your short term memory. Anything you know you remember is short term.
Posted by Eddie at 2:57 pm (PST) on Wed November 10, 2010   
Short term memory is almost gone, but my long term is still around.
Posted by magoony at 9:03 am (PST) on Wed November 10, 2010   
Fun questions, though heavily weighted on 60's and 70's entertainers.
Posted by Duff at 3:40 pm (PDT) on Wed November 3, 2010   
Many thanks to Max and HenryM for numerous trivia suggestions and edits!
Posted by sweetrustedchild (resigned) at 12:18 pm (PDT) on Sat October 2, 2010   
hmm.. what have i learned ... i don't know anything. my score was pretty bad 42 . ah well better luck next time ;)
Posted by Janny at 3:50 pm (PDT) on Mon September 27, 2010   
What a great 'brain exercise' as I slowly fade into my next decade! Janny :)
Posted by vern at 11:31 pm (PDT) on Mon September 20, 2010   
51 out of 60 !!!!!!!! 85 %
And I TO WAS BORN IN 1961 !!!!!!!
Posted by pjc2016 at 4:29 am (PDT) on Mon September 20, 2010   
50%... GREAT. Absolutely nothing answered.... Think I'll play miss Pacman, get to the pretzel, and DIE. bleh...
Posted by jsimmers at 9:58 am (PDT) on Wed September 8, 2010   
Born in 1971, doing well so far...
Posted by Barbara-Jane at 12:12 am (PDT) on Mon August 23, 2010   
Great Fun!
Posted by HOODOO (resigned) at 6:30 pm (PDT) on Sun August 22, 2010   
My first time. Really liked it. Scored 80% Not bad for an old guy!
Posted by pennymeow at 9:30 pm (PDT) on Wed July 7, 2010   
Posted by DarkFriar at 10:25 am (PDT) on Tue April 13, 2010   
Not bad for a guy born in 1951
Posted by Doralee at 9:41 pm (PST) on Thu January 21, 2010   
First time, it was a lot of fun .
Posted by Dave at 9:11 pm (PST) on Wed January 20, 2010   
I enjoyed the Quiz. First time to the website. 80% First try.
Posted by Duff at 3:41 pm (PST) on Mon January 18, 2010   
I've just added the recent-wrong-answer statistics; I hope everyone enjoys seeing them.
Posted by Duff at 2:13 pm (PST) on Sat January 16, 2010   
Nice, Dennis. Consider it appropriated.
Posted by Dennis at 5:16 am (PST) on Sat January 16, 2010   
Its a great quiz. I enjoyed it and passed it on. Here is one I love. What Oscar winner made his first film appearance as the reclusive Boo Radley in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"?-Answer-Robert Duvall
Posted by leerider at 11:56 am (PST) on Fri January 15, 2010   
kool quiz
Posted by robin hanzelka at 4:04 am (PST) on Mon January 11, 2010   
Wow, I think I did okay, after all I was born in 1959. I miss those commercials, brings back happy and simple times. I have to admit, I even miss the cigarette commercials, Marlboro man? You bet...
Robin, from Tx
Posted by Duff at 2:36 am (PST) on Fri January 8, 2010   
Ooh, good point, TJ! Fixed.
Posted by TJ at 10:08 pm (PST) on Thu January 7, 2010   
This is the best trivia game I've played on Facebook. However, the Memorex question was not 100% right. The actual slogan was, "Is it live, or is it Memorex?"
Posted by PatsynChatta at 3:14 pm (PST) on Wed January 6, 2010   
Wow, Shocked I Remembered So Many. I Can't Even Remember What I Had For Lunch Yesterday. What Does That Mean??
Posted by Wil at 9:32 am (PST) on Wed January 6, 2010   
This is my kind of quiz; it pleasantly stimulates the mind and brings it all back! Keep 'em coming!!
Posted by Duff at 4:06 am (PST) on Tue January 5, 2010   
I'm so glad you enjoyed the quiz, wcgripko! It's been a lot of fun putting it together; both the programming aspect (not trivial) and dreaming up a mix of plausible and funny choices for the multiple-choice questions.

Now please tell your friends. Thanks!
Posted by Robyn at 7:24 pm (PST) on Sat January 2, 2010   
65% right out of 20 questions.
Posted by lt12160 at 8:23 pm (PST) on Fri January 1, 2010   
Well done !!!
Posted by lt12160 at 7:45 pm (PST) on Fri January 1, 2010   
Hmmm, not bad seeming how I was born in 1960, I did pretty good I think !!!

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