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Introductory Chemistry at Duke has been taught for about a zillion
years by Professor Bonk (really), and his course is
semi-affectionately known as "Bonkistry." He has been around
forever, so I wouldn't put it past him to come up with something
like this. Anyway, one year there were these two guys who were
taking Chemistry and who did pretty well on all of the quizzes and
the midterms and labs, etc., such that going into the final they had
a solid A.

These two friends were so confident going into the final that the
weekend before finals week (even though the Chem final was on
Monday), they decided to go up to UVirginia and party with some
friends up there. So they did this and had a great time. However,
with their hangovers and everything, they overslept all day Sunday
and didn't make it back to Duke until early monday morning. Rather
than taking the final then, what they did was to find Professor Bonk
after the final and explain to him why they missed the final. They
told him that they went up to UVa for the weekend, and had planned
to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the
way back and didn't have a spare and couldn't get help for a long
time and so were late getting back to campus. Bonk thought this over
and then agreed that they could make up the final on the following
day. The two guys were elated and relieved.

So, they studied that night and went in the next day at the time
that Bonk had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed
each of them a test booklet and told them to begin. They looked at
the first problem, which was something simple about molarity and
solutions and was worth 5 points. "Cool" they thought, "this is
going to be easy." They did that problem and then turned the page.
They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page.
It said:

         (95 points) Which tire?

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Welcome to the Ultimate 1980's Trivia Quiz, for all of you children of the 
80's types, (formaly know as Generation X or the Lost Generation)  

Instructions:  Take pencil in hand,(a pen might work) call the neighbors, 
gather your office buddies around, man the phones and send that E-Mail. 
Take as much time as you need to determine the answers to the questions 
below.  Stop when ever necessary to take a break, call an expert, or to 
go rent the movie to find an answer.  When you are finished, you may 
check your answers below.  There is no formal way to rate yourself but 
lets just say that if you can't even make a reasonable guess on at least 
40 questions, you are problablly not an 80's person or somehow managed to 
withdrawl from life for an entire decade.

                          1980's Trivia Quiz
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                      Source of questions unknown.
                Answers Compiled by: Roshan's Humour List - 
               Roshan Sembacuttiaratchy (semba@sri.lanka.net) 
             and Humor Net - Rustin Kreider (rustin@prolog.net)
               Last updated (Version 2.04): 18th June 1996

 1. What was the British equivalent of "We Are The World?"

 2. Name six members of the Brat Back.

 3. What Liverpool band popularized the Doors' "People Are Strange?" in
    the 80's?

 4. Who had the trademark saying "Nanoo Nanoo?"

 5. What was the original name of Duran Duran?

 6. What was the name of ET's favorite candy?

 7. What did people desperately try to avoid getting on "Press Your Luck?"

 8. Name 3 books by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary

 9. Who was the leader of the Transformers? (according to the cartoon)

10. Where did the Super friends congregate and watch the latest happenings
    on a big screen TV?

11. What group did New Order evolve from?

12. What were the names of Kevin's best friend and girl friend on "The
    Wonder Years?"

13. What was the name of the mechanical bear on Battlestar Galactica?

14. What commercial was Michael Jackson singing for when his hair caught
    on fire?

15. Who was the 4th child on "Growing Pains?"

16. Name 3 Strawberry Shortcake characters. (besides Strawberry Shortcake)

17. What, according to GI Joe, was "Half the battle"?

18. What was the name of the Bjork-fronted 80's band?

19. Who lamented about "No chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away
    and no wedding Saturday within the month of June"?

20. What famous Wham! frontman went on to record a multiplatinum record
    in 1987?

21. What was Dustin Hoffman's character's name in "Rain Man?"

22. Name all five New Kids On The Block.

23. What was the name of the show that featured Larry Appleton and his
    zany foreign cousin?

24. Who played Sarah Connor in 1984's "Terminator"?

25. Name 8 Muppets from "The Muppet Show".

26. Who was the actress that played Ferris Bueller's sister? Hint: Patrick
    Swayze showed her "the time of her life" in a movie a couple years later.

27. Who was the original singer of Los Lobos' 1987 hit "La Bamba"?

28. What was the name of the once Morrissey-fronted band in the 80's?

29. Who was the actress that made waves in 1984's "Splash"?

30. Who was the lead actress in the famous bomb "Grease 2"?

31. What craft toy involved cutting plastic figures, coloring them in,
    and then baking them in the oven?

32. Name 3 glam rock bands of the 80's.

33. What planet was Spock brought back to life on?

34. Name 3 of the actors from "The Goonies".

35. What was the famous line uttered by an old woman in Wendy's ads?

36. Name the four ghosts from Pac-Man.

37. What were the names of the Saturday morning cartoon critters who
    lived in air-vents and befriended a boy who kept their secret hidden?

38. Name Eddie Murphy's skit about vocabulary on Saturday Night Live.

39. What was the name of Michael Knight's car?....now, what was the name
    of his boss?

40. What actor mouthed the line "Whatch you talkin' 'bout Willis?"

41. Who played Axel Foley's best friend in Detroit?

42. What was the name of the funky van Scooby Doo and friends rode in?

43. To what does the obscure song "Turning Japanese" refer?

44. Which red-head won Star Search and then went on a shopping mall singing
    tour that took America by storm in 1987 and 1988?

45. Which band had members Robert palmer, Andy and John Taylor, and Tony
    Thompson?

46. What were the names of all five Huxtable kids on "The Cosby Show?"

47. What were the names of the four Golden Girls?

48. What was the claymation Domino's Pizza thing to avoid?

49. What oldies song was revived by the movie about a certain principal
    named Joe Clark?

50. What was the name of Ripley's ship in Aliens? (not Alien or Alien3)

51. What TV actress co-starred in 1986's "Howard The Duck"?

52. Name 5 movies made by John Hughes in the 1980's.

53. What was the first video played on MTV?

54. What was the name of Garfield's teddy bear?

55. What was the name of the bartender on "The Love Boat"?

56. Who was the head villian on "The Smurfs" and what was his cat's name?

57. What was the name of the guy who couldn't enunciate on "The Fat Albert
    Show?"

58. What was the name of the hollow hole-covered plastic ball kids used to
    hit instead of a baseball?

59. What was the name of the singer who died in Robotech's first generation?

60. What was the name of Bo and Luke Duke's automobile?

61. Name 2 of the original 4 MTV VeeJays.

62. What German siren sang "99 Luftballons" (known in the US as "99
    Red Balloons")?

63. Name the 5th original member of Depeche Mode who left the band, formed
    Yaz, and then went on form a more-lasting group.

64. What group sang "Come On Eileen"?

65. What speed did Marty have to reach in order to activate the flux
    capacitor? (once you remember the movie, this should be easy)

66. Name the two mega-popular bands which got their start on college-radio
    in Athens, Georgia?

67. What was the name of the heroic boy in "The Never Ending Story?

68. So, who shot JR?

69. What kind of sword did Thundar the Barbarian have?

70. What was the name of He-Man's magician sidekick?

71. What band sang the theme song to "The Breakfast Club?"

72. Name the 4 girls from the "Facts of Life" and their chaperone.

73. What gothic rock group did "Tones on Tail" become?

74. What were the names of the host and his sidekick on "Fantasy Island"?

75. Name Buck Rodgers' pal

76. What was the movie that starred the little furry creatures
    from "Return of the Jedi"?

77. What was Tom Cruise's call sign in the movie "Top Gun"?

78. Who got his 100-meter dash gold medal stripped away due to
    his steroid use in the 1988 Olympics?

79. Who sang "Shattered Dreams" in 1987?

80. Who played Ming of Mongo in "Flash Gordon"?

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Ok, you're finished!  Now it's time to check how many answers are correct...


                         1980's Trivia Answers
                         =====================
                      Source of questions unknown.
                Answers Compiled by: Roshan's Humour List - 
               Roshan Sembacuttiaratchy (semba@sri.lanka.net) 
             and Humor Net - Rustin Kreider (rustin@prolog.net)
               Last updated (Version 2.04): 18th June 1996

 1. What was the British equivalent of "We Are The World?"
"Do they know it's Christmas?" by Band Aid

 2. Name six members of the Brat Back.
Molly Ringwald, Emilio Esteves, Ally Sheedy, Rob Lowe, Judd, Nelson, Anthony
Michael Hall, Mare Winningham, Demi Moore, Charlie Sheen, Matthew Broderick

 3. What Liverpool band popularized the Doors' "People Are Strange?" in
    the 80's?
Echo and the Bunnymen

 4. Who had the trademark saying "Nanoo Nanoo?"
Robin Williams (Mork from Ork) in "Mork and Mindy"

 5. What was the original name of Duran Duran?
This one has been very hard to pin down!

	Duran Duran was the original name for the group.  Bassist John 
Taylor took the name of the villain in Roger Vadim's 1967 film "Barbarella" 
starring Jane Fonda.  He liked the rhythm of the name and decided it matched 
the band's "edgy" sound at the time.  Two of the founding members were 
considering another name, a three-letter acronym (RAF?) that wasn't 
intended to stand for anything.
	Arcadia was formed after Duran Duran by band members Simon Lebon, 
Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor, while the other 2 members (John and Andy 
Taylor) formed Power Station with Robert Palmer and Tony Thompson.  Arcadia 
had a big single "Election Day".  Duran Duran got back together after the 
Arcadia and Power Station Projects, but without Andy and Roger Taylor.

 6. What was the name of ET's favorite candy?
Reese's Pieces

 7. What did people desperately try to avoid getting on "Press Your Luck?"
Whammies

 8. Name 3 books by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary
Judy Blume - 	Superfudge, Blubber, Iggy's House, Deenie, 
		Otherwise Known as Shelia the Great, 
		Forever, Wifey, Freckle Juice,
		Tiger Eyes, "Then Again, Maybe I won't", 
		"Starring Sally J. Freeman as Herself",  
		Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, 
		Are you there god, It's me Margaret.
Beverly Cleary - The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Socks, Fifteen
		Henry and Beezus, Ramona the Pest, Ramona Quimby age 8,
Henry Huggins is by JB or BC not sure which, 

 9. Who was the leader of the Transformers? (according to the cartoon)
Optimus Prime.  After the Transformer movie it was Radimus Prime
Decepticons: Megatron

10. Where did the Super friends congregate and watch the latest happenings
    on a big screen TV?
The Hall of Justice

11. What group did New Order evolve from?
Joy Division

12. What were the names of Kevin's best friend and girl friend on "The
    Wonder Years?"
Paul and Winnie

13. What was the name of the mechanical bear on Battlestar Galactica?
We are told that Apollo's son Boxie had a mechanical bear (some say dog) 
named Muffit.  Then again, it's been mentioned that the "bear" was Daggit, 
a replacement for the dog Boxie lost in the Cylon sneak attack.  

14. What commercial was Michael Jackson singing for when his hair caught
    on fire?
Pepsi.  Jackson was walking down a flight of stairs with pyrotechnics going 
off on both sides, and some of the stuff landed in his hair and set it on fire

15. Who was the 4th child on "Growing Pains?"
Chrissy

16. Name 3 Strawberry Shortcake characters. (besides Strawberry Shortcake)
Lemon Chiffon, Apple Dumpling, Purple Pie Man, Blueberry Muffin, Orange
Marmalade, Huckleberry Pie, Pupcake, Custard, Orange Blossom, Lime Chiffon,
Lemon Meringue, Raspberry Tart, Plum Pudding, Escargo.  Duplicate flavors
are disputed.  

17. What, according to GI Joe, was "Half the battle"?
"_Knowing_ is half the battle."  (translated as _knowledge in some countries)

18. What was the name of the Bjork-fronted 80's band?
Sugarcubes

19. Who lamented about "No chocolate-covered candy hearts to give away
    and no wedding Saturday within the month of June"?
Stevie Wonder

20. What famous Wham! frontman went on to record a multiplatinum record
    in 1987?
George Michael

21. What was Dustin Hoffman's character's name in "Rain Man?"
Raymond __________?, the Rain Man.

22. Name all five New Kids On The Block.
Jordan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jonathon Knight, Danny Wood

23. What was the name of the show that featured Larry Appleton and his
    zany foreign cousin?
Perfect Strangers

24. Who played Sarah Connor in 1984's "Terminator"?
Linda Hamilton

25. Name 8 Muppets from "The Muppet Show".
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Beaker, Animal, The Great Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, 
Rowlff, Camilla the Chicken, Scooter, Skeeter, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot,
Rizo the Rat, The Swedish Chef, Waldorf & Statler (the balcony guys),
Janice, Dr. Bob, Sam the Eagle, Floyd Pepper, Lou Zealand, Sweetums, Dr.
Teeth, Robin the Frog 
(Kermits nephew)  Crazzy Harry, plus a hundred or so more.

26. Who was the actress that played Ferris Bueller's sister? Hint: Patrick
    Swayze showed her "the time of her life" in a movie a couple years later.
Jennifer Grey

27. Who was the original singer of Los Lobos' 1987 hit "La Bamba"?
Richie Valens

28. What was the name of the once Morrissey-fronted band in the 80's?
The Smiths

29. Who was the actress that made waves in 1984's "Splash"?
Daryl Hannah

30. Who was the lead actress in the famous bomb "Grease 2"?
Michele Pfeiffer

31. What craft toy involved cutting plastic figures, coloring them in,
    and then baking them in the oven?
Shrink-a-Dink

32. Name 3 glam rock bands of the 80's.
We shall define glam(ourous) as: Makeup wearing heavy-metal rock bands.
{Thus we get} Poison, Twisted Sister, Warrent, Great White, White Lion, 
Motley Crue, Cinderella, Kiss (late 80's)
{and Possibly} Flock of Seagulls, Roxy Music, Thompson Twins, Sigue Sigue 
Sputnik, Culture Club, Human League, Wham, Katrina and the waves, The Cure,

33. What planet was Spock brought back to life on?
Genesis

34. Name 3 of the actors from "The Goonies".
Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha
Plimpton, Jonathan Ke Quan, John Matuszak, Robert Davi, Joe Pantoliano, Anne
Ramsey, Chris Burton.  

35. What was the famous line uttered by an old woman in Wendy's ads?
Where's The Beef

36. Name the four ghosts from Pac-Man.
In the USA; Inky, Blinky, Pinky, Clyde
Elsewhere; Oikake, Machibuse, Kimagare, Otoboke
OR; Akabei, Pinky, Aosuke, Gazuta   (Gee get technical)

37. What were the names of the Saturday morning cartoon critters who
    lived in air-vents and befriended a boy who kept their secret hidden?
The Littles

38. Name Eddie Murphy's skit about vocabulary on Saturday Night Live.
Mister Robinsons Neigborhood

39. What was the name of Michael Knight's car?....now, what was the name
    of his boss?
KITT and Devon

40. What actor mouthed the line "Whatch you talkin' 'bout Willis?"
Gary Coleman "Arnold"

41. Who played Axel Foley's best friend in Detroit?
Paul Reiser

42. What was the name of the funky van Scooby Doo and friends rode in?
The Mystery Machine

43. To what does the obscure song "Turning Japanese" refer?
Masturbation

44. Which red-head won Star Search and then went on a shopping mall singing
    tour that took America by storm in 1987 and 1988?
Tiffany

45. Which band had members Robert palmer, Andy and John Taylor, and Tony
    Thompson?
The Power Station

46. What were the names of all five Huxtable kids on "The Cosby Show?"
Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa, Rudy

47. What were the names of the four Golden Girls?
Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia

48. What was the claymation Domino's Pizza thing to avoid?
The Noid

49. What oldies song was revived by the movie about a certain principal
    named Joe Clark?
"Lean On Me"

50. What was the name of Ripley's ship in Aliens? (not Alien or Alien3)
Again, this one is tough to pin down.  Hopefully, the following explanation
will satisfy everyone.  

According to the script in Aliens, it was the _Narcissus_.  However, it might 
have been changed for the movie.  The USS _Sulaco_ was the Marines ship. 
("Sulaco" was the town in which most of Joseph Conrad's book entitled
"Nostromo" 
took place.) In Alien, Ripley's ship was the mining ship USCSS _Nostromo_.
If you wanna get hyper-detailed about it, it was the Weyland-Yutani
Corporation's ship, 
and it was completely destroyed in the blast at the end of _Alien_.  Ripleys
ship 
in Alien 3 was an escape pod from the _Sulaco_, in which Ripley has a
Cold-sleep nightmare.  

51. What TV actress co-starred in 1986's "Howard The Duck"?
Lea Thompson

52. Name 5 movies written and/or directed by John Hughes in the 1980's.
Sixteen Candles, National Lampoon's Class Reunion, Nate and Hayes, Sixteen 
Candles, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, Pretty
in Pink, Some kind of wonderful, She's Having a Baby, "Planes, Trains and 
Automobiles", Uncle Buck

53. What was the first video played on MTV?
"Video Killed The Radio Star" by the Buggles

54. What was the name of Garfield's teddy bear?
Pookie

55. What was the name of the bartender on "The Love Boat"?
Isaac

56. Who was the head villian on "The Smurfs" and what was his cat's name?
Gargamel and Azrael

57. What was the name of the guy who couldn't enunciate on "The Fat Albert
    Show?"
Mush Mouth

58. What was the name of the hollow hole-covered plastic ball kids used to
    hit instead of a baseball?
Whiffle Ball

59. What was the name of the singer who died in Robotech's first generation?
Lynn Minmai or is it Roy Fokker? (some say Lynn lived on until after the 4th)

60. What was the name of Bo and Luke Duke's automobile?
General Lee

61. Name 2 of the original 4 MTV VeeJays.
Alan Hunter, Martha Quinn, J. J. Jackson are almost positively original
VeeJays.  The 4th is one of the following: Adam Curry, Mark Goodman, Collin
Quin, Nina Blackwood.  Choosing the correct name, though, is a problem, as
no-one seems to be able to pin it down properly. 

62. What German siren sang "99 Luftballons" (known in the US as "99
    Red Balloons")?
Nena

63. Name the 5th original member of Depeche Mode who left the band, formed
    Yaz, and then went on form a more-lasting group.
We are told that Depheche Mode never had 5 members.  When Vince Clark left, the 
band recorded their second album with the 3 remaining members (Martin 
Gore, Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher). Then Alan Wilder joined with the band 
for their 3rd album and has been with them since.

64. What group sang "Come On Eileen"?
Dexi's Midnight Runners

65. What speed did Marty have to reach in order to activate the flux
    capacitor? (once you remember the movie, this should be easy)
88 mph

66. Name the two mega-popular bands which got their start on college-radio
    in Athens, Georgia?
REM, B-52's

67. What was the name of the heroic boy in "The Never Ending Story?
Bastian was his name in real life, but Atreu was his name in the book. Bastian 
reads the book and tells Atreu what to do.  In the second movie Bastian is the 
heroic one.

68. So, who shot JR?
Sue Ellen  (Some insist it was Kristin, Sue's sister)

69. What kind of sword did Thundar the Barbarian have?
A Sun Sword

70. What was the name of He-Man's magician sidekick?
Orko

71. What band sang the theme song to "The Breakfast Club?"
Simple Minds

72. Name the 4 girls from the "Facts of Life" and their chaperone.
Blair, Joe, Natalie, Tootie, Edna Garret

73. What gothic rock group did "Tones on Tail" become?
"Love & Rockets". After Peter Murphy left the band Bauhaus to pursue solo 
projects, the remaining members of Bauhaus formed "Tones on Tail" which 
went on to become "Love and Rockets"

74. What were the names of the host and his sidekick on "Fantasy Island"?
Mr. Rork and Tattoo

75. Name Buck Rodgers' pal
Twiki

76. What was the movie that starred the little furry creatures
    from "Return of the Jedi"?
The Ewok Adventure and Ewoks - Battle for Endor

77. What was Tom Cruise's call sign in the movie "Top Gun"?
Maverick

78. Who got his 100-meter dash gold medal stripped away due to
    his steroid use in the 1988 Olympics?
Ben Johnson

79. Who sang "Shattered Dreams" in 1987?
Johnny Hates Jazz

80. Who played Ming of Mongo in "Flash Gordon"?
Max Von Sydow

As mentioned above, some questions have conflicting answers.  There might be
a question in there which has another answer we don't even know about.  

The number of people who helped to compile this list of answers was immense!
We never expected such a terrific response.  Listing each one out would be
impractical and impossible.  Our thanks go to all the people who sent in
answers, and for the critics as well! :)  


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