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I’m a bit of a quiz lover so today I thought I’d liven things up around here and test you all. (Yes, I used to be a teacher.) Are you old enough to read this blog? How many of these trivia questions based on my childhood reminisces can you answer? No cheating and no copying.No chewing gum and no gonks or good luck toys allowed on the desk during this test. You may begin.

1. Who used to chase Pixie and Dixie?

2. How many of Top Cat’s friends can you name? (One point for each and an extra one for remembering the policeman’s name.)

3. What springing toy allowed you to jump high from a standing position?

4. Which popular 70s carpet had long fibres and was used to cover everything from floors to van interiors?

5. What unlikely television family discovered oil in their backyard and became very rich?

6. Which inanimate “pet” reached its peak popularity during the 70s?

7. What was Grandpa’s first name on The Waltons?

8. Which show featured a cross-eyed lion? (Bonus point if you can name the chimp.)

9. Who sang the 1978 hit, YMCA? Come on admit it? You know all the moves don’t you?

10. What was the name of Barbie’s first younger sister added to the family in 1964? 

11. Who was the “Fastest Milkman in the West?”

12. “S-T-R-E-T-C-H him… He returns to normal size!” Who had no unsightly stretch marks when he returned to his normal size? 

13. Who said, “It’s not easy being green?”

14. What was the highest-grossing film of the seventies decade?

Answers: Don’t look at these until you have completed the questions.

1. Mr Jinks. (Score one point)

2. Brain. Benny the Ball. Spook. Fancy-Fancy. Choo-Choo and Officer Dibbles. (One point for each correct answer. Total six points)

3. A pogo stick. What an easy answer. If you put Space Hopper you certainly had strong legs in those days. (One point.)

4.  Shag carpet. Available in many colours including popular avocado and harvest gold. (Bleurgh!) (One point. Lose ten points if you owned one in those colours.)

5. The Beverly Hillbillies. (Also known as the Clampett Clan.) What a great show that was. Can you remember the theme tune? (One point.)

“Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea…”

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/beverlyhillbillieslyrics.html

6. Pet rocks (They didn’t need much feeding or walking and were cheap to look after.) (One point)

7. Zeb (“Good night John boy.”) (One point.)

8.  Daktari. The chimp was called Judy. The lion was called Clarence but no points for that. (Total two points.)

9. The Village People. Come on, what costumes did they all wear? I’ll leave you to try and remember. (One point. Minus six points if you wore one of those costumes to a fancy dress party.)

10. Skipper.  (Tutti, Francine, Stacie and a bunch of others were added at later dates.) (One point.)

11. Ernie “And he drove the fastest milk cart the in the west” (One point.)

Never heard of it? You are missing a treat. Click the link to see the video of one of the most popular novelty songs of the seventies (apart from Disco Duck!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8e1xvyTdBZI

12. Stretch Armstrong. Wretched toy would never go out of shape. How I wish real life were like that. (One point.)

13. Kermit the Frog. If you said Al Gore then you need to visit here more often. (One point.)

14. Star Wars. I had to put that question in so I could do my Darth Vader impression. Pity you can’t hear it. What about Yoda? Try him I can. (One point.)

Add up your score and let’s see if you are smart enough to be here.

18 points: Hello my long lost twin! You are definitely from my era and smarter than the average fifty-year-old.

12-18 points: Good effort and I am sure you are not as serious as you think you may be.

8-12 points: Oh dear! Did you not have fun in the seventies? What were you doing? Catch up now by buying seventies music, comedy shows and letting your hair down. Get some retro platform shoes, bell-bottom trousers and see just what you were missing.

4-8 points: There isn’t a lot of hope for you. You are either far too young to remember the seventies or you have clearly forgotten all about that era. If it’s the former, then thank you for coming here. Hope you’ll come back again. If it’s the latter, I’ll send Hubby over with some cocoa and settle you in an armchair soon.

Less than 4 points: Hubby, I told you not to read my blog!