February 9, 2013

"Do you recognize this as the international sign for 'maybe I'll have another sandwich'?"

One of 38 questions to tell whether you had a great childhood.

17 comments:

Sam L. said...

No.

john said...

32. Just a big waste of time.

That damned VCR would never link to the TV.

wyo sis said...

It's also the sign for I can get away without washing this knife.
As a librarian I can assure you that those examples of great literature are still going strong for the most part.
It's so interesting to watch my older kids lives turn to nostalgia. I remember seeing a similar list for kids who grew up in the 50's and 60's. Of course, it wasn't on the Internet.

AllenS said...

This is for Wisconsin residents who are paying attention:

Do you recognize Bo Ryan's (Badgers basketball coach) facial expression, especially his mouth, as the international sign for "WTF"?

edutcher said...

Except for 11 and 21, they're all alien to me, and I don't get teary-eyed when the Duke and Richard Widmark or Fess Parker and Buddy Ebsen buy the farm at the Alamo, I still refuse to believe they let the good guys get killed.

PS As I always tell The Blonde, we had tons better stuff.

Popville said...

What, no Winky Dink?

and re: 32. Not my generation by far.

It was a film strip/record player combo, and when you heard the beep (if AV boy) you'd advance the film strip one frame.

Chuck Currie said...

Apparently my childhood sucked.

Cheers

EDH said...

The really sick thing is a just bought a curved dish to leave next to the sink for the express purpose of accomplishing that very same principle of keeping a knife blade that has food residue on it elevated off the counter and not in the sink in case I need to use it again... yes, including for seconds.

Hey, counter-top spoon holders don't work with knives!

Mary Beth said...

I remember most of those things from my children's childhoods. There's not much there from mine.

The Bob Barker from my childhood had brown hair and there really wasn't much else other than game shows (and soap operas) to watch during the day. The kids that grew up with the rest of that stuff had cable TV and VHS.

Popville said...

Also, instead of #4, how about Highlights Magazine with "Hidden Pictures"? I recently worked a couple with with my 5 years old granddaughter(she did the work, I dropped a couple of hints).

Finally re: 21: When I was sick (or it was summertime), the host of the Price Is Right was Bill Cullen and Bob Barker ran Truth or Consequences. But we all know Queen For A Day hosted by Jack Bailey was the best ever. I remember one of the prizes (if the "Queen" was from a rural area) would be a round-tub washer with a hand cranked wringer. Awesome!

edutcher said...

Early 50s. That was high-tech back then.

I know because we had one and we were very suburban.

ricpic said...

When I was a kid I used to make a scrambled eggs and bacon and tomato combo sandwich with mayo, lots of mayo, and not a care in the world about health. Ah, paradise.

Paddy O said...

Knife thing, totally. Still do that.

No recorder. But we had an autoharp. That should count double.

Had a lot of nods to the list.

This list was primarily for under 40s, I think (and seemingly inclusive for different specific ages with different kinds of pop culture)

kimsch said...

I just got done with a week of running the Scholastic Book Fair at my son's middle school. I am exhausted.

Most of this was from my kid's childhoods.

For me I'd add Wacky Packages, Silly Sand, Mattel's Thingmaker, Shrinky Dinks, Original Full size GI Joe dolls that dated Barbie... Barbie had a little sister, Growing Up Skipper... Original Easy Bake Oven, Dark Shadows after school every day.

R.L. Hunter said...

Ditto graphs

wyo sis said...

kitsch
Our book fair is this coming week. Four schools. Give me strength.

kimsch said...

WyoSis,

Ours was in the school library. I was the only adult running the book fair, but at least I could talk to the librarian and teachers during the day. I met every single one of the 1000 students in the middle school. Luckily we have 8th grade mentors who came in and helped me set the fair up and then worked the fair all week long, helping my student "customers" find books, watch for sticky fingers, and otherwise help out. Friday afternoon my three helpers got everything packed up! Yay!

I did have one girl come in with 10 quarters in a ziplock bag. She asked what she could buy with fifty cents. I had to tell her she had two dollars and fifty cents and that she could buy anything marked $1.99 or less (tax)... I don't know what grade she was in, but that she didn't know how much money she had was very sad. My own middle schooler is in accelerated math (algebra in 6th grade) and accelerated Language Arts. I'm spoiled, I guess...