Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Monday Quiz XLIV

The 1970s in the United States of America

1. What's up with this?

2. Why are all of these people waiting in line?

3. This record, although not recorded in the United States, made a big splash in certain American circles. I've blocked out half the words. What is the album's full title?

4. What is this woman up to?

5. WTF?

Submit your answers in the comments.


Elizabeth said...

Maybe if I start from the end and work backwards it will be better.

5. Win. 70s. Election? Hm. No, I'll say this one was for the attempted passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.

4. Um - she's answering the phone? Multitasking? I feel sorry for her all hemmed in by archaic office products like that.

3. "... yellow snow."

2. Because there's a gasoline shortage, and they're waiting to fill up at one of the few stations that's selling.

1. Get down! Disco, baby, and that might even be John Travolta, but my eyes are blurring this late at night.

Well, another MQ down in flames. Just like The Towering Inferno!

The Calico Cat said...

1. Saturday Night Fever - John Travolta - Disco

2. Que for petrol (Oil embargo)

3.Never mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - One of the most essential rock albums of all time - changed the music scene completely - anarchist - pub rock

4. She is lucky enough not to be in the typing pool... Probably about to go buy a scarf for her bosses mistress - answering a telephone that is not rotary dial

5.Something about the Vietnam conflict? A button - piece of flair, purchased as part of a fundraiser at a high school or university sporting event

Cartophiliac said...

Finally, a quiz for us old people!

1. John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Never saw it. Disco Sucks!

2. Because of an OPEC oil embargo, prices went up and gas stations ran out of gas.

3. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. The beginning of the end of Western Civilization.

4. Rosemary Woods demonstrating how she "accidentally" erased 18 1/2 minutes of White House audio tapes. She was a good Nazi to the end.

5. Whip Inflation Now! Without a doubt, the lamest attempt by a president to rally public support for the economic policies of Gerald Ford.

Christine M. said...

Yeah. What he said.

Except for the "beginning of the end of Western Civilization" crap. Though I always liked the Ramones better.

Anonymous said...

1 Scene from "Saturday Night Fever" ("Stayin' Alive. Stayin' Alive!")

2 There's a gas shortage! Fill up now! (and look at those prices--how high can they go!)

3 I have no idea. Beatles? (The Yellow Album)

4 Is that Nixon's secretary? Then erasing something, I guess. Otherwise someone's secretary.

5 A women's movement (feminist) button. Don't remember what it stood for.


Rex Parker said...

1. Russian dancing in "SNF" dance contest. White suit to follow.
2. "Revenge of the Nerds II" opening - I mean gas
3. Bollocks / Sex Pistols
4. Calisthenics / Calling Nixon to tell him "Cheez it, it's the feds!" / sending the first ever FAX
5. Women In Negligees. I would have Totally gone to their rallies


d said...

john travolta in 'saturday night fever' doin' some disco dancin'.

they're waiting for gas. oh how history repeats itself. ride bikes!

never mind the bullocks, we are the sex pistols (here are the sex pistols? i can't remember)

wasn't she some secretary in nixon's admin? is she the one that erased the tapes?

i'm betting it has to do with the e.r.a.

Anonymous said...

1. It's disco, baby
2. They want to buy gas. Doing this is one of my early memories.
3. Never mind the bollocks, here's the Sex Pistols!
4. Getting a crick in her side secretaryin' for Nixon?
5. Some kind of acronym, I'm sure.

Anonymous said...

1 / Travolta in Saturday Night fever
2 / Early '70s line-up to buy gasoline
3 / Never Miind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
4 / Nixon's secretary / the missing 18 minutes of tape -- re-enactment?
5 / button -- also the '70s -- something about cost of living, can't get what it stood for.

Extra credit -- the '70s

DrSchnell said...

1. John Travolta is practicing to use one of those new metric toilets that never really caught on. Or being in Saturday Night Fever disco dancing. Take your pick.
2. Getting gas during the 1973 Arab oil embargo after US support of Israel in the Yom Kippur war.
3. Bee Gees. Whoops, no, actually, it's the Sex Pistols.
4. Um.... using one of those new metric typewriter/phone combos?
5. Whip Inflation Now, Jerry Ford's plunge into the economic-management-by-empty-slogan realm.

DrSchnell said...

Let me add to #3, since I didn't notice the first blackout, and focused on the pink area. Missing in the first half is "The Bollocks" - this album introduced me to that lovely term for the first time.

Anonymous said...

1 that's disco for ya
2 they're waiting for gas. It's the "energy crisis".
3 Never mind. . . the. . . bollocks?. . . here's the sex pistols?
4 Oh, for a confused minute I thought that was Margaret Thatcher. It must be Nixon's secretary (Rosemary Woods?) demonstrating how easy it is to erase a tape by accident.
5 Whip Inflation Now, I think. Whip it good.

Anonymous said...

1) Saturday night fever...which was quickly healed by Morning in America and the rampant successes of trickle down economics of the 80's.

2) Gasoleen yo. Its the oil embargo soon to be re-released as v 2.0 (currently under beta testing).

3) Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols. In part a British response to #1 above..ever feel like you've been cheated?

4)Watergate Tapes? What Watergate Tapes? All we've got is 18 minutes of silence and not the Simon and Garfunkel kind either....

5) Win? Gonna go out on a limb here and say it is for the Equal Rights Act amendment. This Red backed legislation proposed the stunningly socialist idea that women and men should be treated as equals under the law.... fortunately for right wingers everywhere it didn't pass and so the domino effect of allowing equal rights for all was forestalled. I mean the next thing you know if women are equal to men you're going to have to allow gays to marry, actually separate church and state and who knows what else...the horror! the erosion of the American way of life that would ensue...I shudder.

Ben said...

1. Disco. As in "Saturday Night Fever."
2. They want to buy gas during the fuel shortage.
3. It obviously didn't make much of a splash in the circles I ran in. How about: "Never Mind Here's the Who" (or is Never Mind the name of the band?).
4. Um... answering the phone?
5. It's a pin (button) that says "WIN". Obviously.

Chance said...

I lived the 70s baby

1. disco
2. gas lines... holy cop, 85 cents a gallon.
3. the bollocks / the sex pistols
4. rosemary woods erasing tape and permanently etching herself into history.
5. whip inflation now, ford's retarded slogan, as if the taxpayers could do anything about it.

Chance said...

holy cop?

Anonymous said...

#5, drat foiled paraphrase Greenspan: "how incredibly stupid"(of me).

Morgan said...

1. He's dancing.
2. Because there are a lot more people in front of them.
3. Big pink streak!
4. She's picking up a phone.
5. It's a button with "Win" on it.

As in I expect to win this quiz, as I believe I answered every question correctly.

Michael5000 said...

1. It's John Travolta, dancing him some disco in the hit movie Saturday Night Fever.

2. They are celebrating the great gas crisis of 1979 or thereabouts.

3. "Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols."

4. She is demonstrating how simple it is to accidentally erase White House Tapes by leaving your foot on the pedal underneath that typewriter while you answer yonder phone. If you're made of rubber.

5. It stands for "Whip Inflation Now." The Ford White House thought that distributing them would inspire the citizenry to consume less, thus reducing overall demand and lowering prices. This despite many of the people involved having passed Economics.

Michael5000 said...

Holy Cop! Let's see who got 'em!



...and, 'cause I'm feeling good tonight, E.P.s are also going out to three contestents with one vague but reasonably truthy answer apiece: Chance, Mrs.5000, and Karmasartre.


Michael5000 said...

...and you could make a case that the 'Pistols were neither the begining of the end of Western civilization, nor makers of essential rock listening, but rather a boy band for people who didn't like boy bands, with a similar happy outcome for their besuited corporate masters. EMI, a limited supply! Goodbye, A&M!

Get pissed? Destroy!


Christine M. said...

See, that's why I liked the Ramones better.

Michael5000 said...

Oh, and Morgan: Nice try. But you missed #3.

Anonymous said...

I was reading this at school in the google reader and images were blocked. I missed a good time here! I knew all but the 18.5 minute erase by superpower stretching pic. The WIN pin made it only slightly. I feels young and foolish. :-D

Now I have to read down to see your Spore. I read the stuff but I need the pics doggonit!

Chance said...

Holy cop! I won!

I'm glad you were feeling generous. You really should ask more specific questions than "what's up with this?" if you want piffling details like the name of the movie.

McGuff said...

Sorry to have missed this one (and many lately).

At the time I was dating the love of my (up to that point) life named Winifred (Win) Treacy. She thought all the buttons were for her.

Funny - I don't think I've ever typed that name on a computer - seeing as how she predated the personal computer. Interesting.