Baby Boomers: Can We Guess the First Car You Owned?

By: Zoe Samuel

Baby Boomers: Can We Guess the First Car You Owned?
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About This Quiz

Hi! Can I borrow some money? Sorry, I just wanted you to feel at home. You're a baby boomer. That moniker used to mean you were the young, brash generation who would go on to change the world! Well, congratulations! Your generation certainly did that! Regardless of that, due to your age, you are used to a specific technological paradigm. 

Tragically, things change, and you are now living in an age of a new technological paradigm, one where that smartphone that your cousin insists he'll never own has somehow infiltrated every modern car's central controls. Want to adjust the temperature? Change the radio station? Fine. Use the touchscreen. You wanted to see what a different world would look like? Here it is: a world of apps, of rich-on-paper CEOs, and of plug-ins.

Don't worry though, because all this technology means that we can understand you. Yes, it can be used for good. In fact, we think that by using our fancy, millennial computer box thing we can extrapolate what your first car was if you just answer some simple questions. We know, it seems impossible. Trust us. We have more computing power in our offices than all of NASA did in the 1980s, and you remember the 1980s, don't you? C'mon! Give Ola a try!

When you were growing up, how often did you hear that your generation were all arrogant, entitled kids?
Oh, all the time
Most days, you bet
Every Thanksgiving
Only at the draft office

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When did you come around on Nixon?
Only when his tax evasion was made public.
The same as everyone else: when the Pentagon Papers made the news.
I always thought he was a scumbag.
I still think he was treated very unfairly.

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Were you a fan of Reagan's tax cuts?
Not really. It made the national debt a lot bigger, and in the end, it didn't help the economy much in the long term.
Yeah! I was able to buy a second home with that money!
Yeah! It really helped me sock away a bunch of cash I've never put back into the economy.
No! He should have cut more taxes!

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How did you feel about the development of ICBMs?
I was freakin' terrified every day!
I really didn't like the idea. I thought planes with bombs on them were at least something I could wrap my mind around.
That was just the nature of The Cold War, man.
I still think they're great! We should bring back The Flying Crowbar! Then nobody would mess with us!

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Did you serve in Vietnam?
Yeah. I was a Marine.
No, I had a sudden need to go to graduate school.
No, I was too young.
Yes. I was in the Air Force.

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Did you protest the war in Vietnam?
Yeah. Vigorously.
Nope! I stayed in my lane.
Yes. I had friends who were sent there.
No way! It was a morally justified and strategically brilliant decision to get into that conflict!

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Did you wear bell-bottoms?
You bet I did! I looked good!
No, I knew it was a fad.
Yeah, and it really didn't look good.
No! I didn't want to risk the clap or worse: communism.

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How old were you when you read "The Lord of The Rings books?"
10
13
Honestly, not until the first movie came out.
I never did.

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When you were a teenager, what did you think would happen to you if you smoked dope?
I thought I'd finally be cool.
I thought I'd hallucinate.
I thought I'd have an asthma attack.
I thought I'd go crazy and commit murder, and then die.

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Were you a beatnick?
A bit, yeah
Totally, 100%
For a year
No!

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Were you ever a hipster?
Yep! I was, in 1958.
For a year or two
I still am.
No. I was square.

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Did you experiment with hippie-dom?
Of course!
A bit, yeah
For five years
No. I had a job.

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How often were you accused of being square?
Only in jest
Rarely
Never
It was my nickname.

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When you were growing up, by what year did you think we'd have flying cars?
1990
1980
2000
1970

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What TV show did you grow up with?
"The Danny Thomas Show"
"The Howdy Doody Show"
"I Love Lucy"
"The Honeymooners"

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What was your favorite movie of the 1960s?
"Dr. Strangelove"
"The Graduate"
"Psycho"
"Rosemary's Baby"

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What band from the 1970s did you like best?
Led Zep!
Pink Floyd
Black Sabbath
Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Assuming you had kids, when did you start that?
When I was 22.
When I was 28.
When I was 30.
When I was 40.

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How long did you need to pay off your college loans?
A decade
Twenty years
Five years
I didn't need one, because I had the money for college.

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What did you want to do as an adult profession, when you were a kid?
Space pirate
International spy
Baseball player/rock star
Actuary, like my dad.

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What area did you ultimately go into?
The law
Tech
Marketing
Sales

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What year did you give up on using a traditional Rolodex?
1997
2004
1991
I still use mine.

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Which of these US Presidents do you hold in the highest esteem?
Ford
Kennedy
Carter
Bush 41

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What year did you get married?
1980
1970
1968
1966

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What year did you get divorced?
1988
1977
Still happily married
Yesterday

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What kind of car do you drive today?
Tesla Model S
BMW X5
Mercedes SL
Lexus something or other. It's too many letters to remember.

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If you could have any modern car, what would you want?
I'm happy with what I have.
The new Volvo XC90
AMG GT
Bugatti Chiron

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What do you think a differential is?
Isn't it that thing that keeps all the wheels turning the same way?
It's to keep the wheels from spinning.
It's the difference between actual price and MSRP.
It's another term for understeer.

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What color is your current car?
Silver
Gray
Blue
White

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How often do you say that millennials are all arrogant, entitled kids?
Every day ending in y.
I say it whenever I open the paper.
Whenever my kids ask for money.
I'm saying it right now!

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