Quiz: What do we owe to TV?

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About This Quiz

Television has a powerful influence on the modern world. Catchy jingles, TV dinners and phrases we use often all owe a debt to TV. Take our quiz and test your knowledge of some of the most widespread TV-influenced parts of pop culture!

When did Campbell's Soup become "Mmm, mmm, good"?

The Campbell Soup Company struck marketing gold with its simple slogan in 1978. "Mmm, mmm, good" goes to show that sometimes, the most basic jingle or slogan can transform an ad into a cultural icon.


What TV star coined the term "15 minutes of fame"?

While the idea that, in the future, everyone will have 15 minutes of fame sounds fitting for the era of reality TV programming, the term was actually coined by pop artist Andy Warhol.


When did the first child wish he was an Oscar Mayer weiner?

Few TV jingles have had the staying power of this 1965 Oscar Mayer song. It combines the silliness of children's songs with a catchy, happy tune to make it an easily remembered advertisement long after the commercial is over.


How many acts of violence will a TV viewer experience by age 18?

One of the most frequent arguments against the popularity of TV in our culture is the glorification of violence. Studies suggest that children today are more aggressive than their parents and grandparents were as children, and that TV violence may play a role.


When was the first TV dinner produced?

In 1954, Swanson unveiled a premade dinner housed in a divided metal tray. The convenient meal could be heated and served in a single dish, and it was sized just right to fit the folding TV trays that had become popular. The TV dinner was born.


How fast does an international broadcast go from one side of the globe to the other?

Data signals travel at the speed of light. But the equipment used to capture a TV image, transform it into a signal, decode it and present it on a screen all slow the signal speed, though only by a few milliseconds at most.


Why did American children start wearing coonskin caps in 1955 ?

Disney's "Wonderful World of Color" was an extremely popular family program in the mid 1950s. And when the show ran a three-part drama based on the life of Davy Crockett, children across the country begged for coonskin caps, launching an overnight fad.


What was the first live TV broadcast?

NBC cameras were rolling as President Franklin D. Roosevelt officially opened the 1939 World's Fair in New York City. Other companies showed off TV sets and receivers to visitors at the fair, leading to rapid growth in the TV market.


Which long-running show laid the groundwork for modern reality TV?

Fox Broadcasting launched "COPS," a program that followed real cops through car chases, arrests and dealings with violent offenders, in 1988. As of April 2011, the show has filmed more than 2,000 episodes.


How much did the first TV advertisement reportedly cost?

A Bulova watch commercial, aired during a baseball game in 1941, lasted about 20 seconds and reportedly cost only $9. However, it paved the way for TV ads of the future, including the multimillion-dollar ads that run during today's Super Bowls.


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