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Old 11-16-2010, 09:42 AM   #21
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Uh, if you mouse over them a pop-up will tell you who/what the are...
Oh.

Boy, the metatext has a noticeable lag to it. I must've been too twitchy to give it a chance.

Turns out I just don't know sports. I changed Steve Young (Who? Oh yeah. I think.) to Bo Jackson... which is probably still wrong if I looked up their careers. But I was pretty sure it wasn't Knute Rockne.

1963. One year closer.

Maybe your spouse was a really really early reader, and her memories have been skewed by all those newspapers & history books she used to go through.
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The test thought I was born in 1930 -- actually, it was 1942. Not very close.
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1950 computed vs. 1948 actual.

I'm sure the difference was due to my selection in movies. Since I did not attend any movies till I was out (on my own) at age 19, the only one's I did see were those that were on the TV, several years later.

(Don't ask - I had a strange childhood-teenage years)...
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The quiz was three years off for me.
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Quiz put me as 22 years older than I am. Now I finally have a justification for being a grumpy old man
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Mid-boomer (1954)

Wasn't sure which fashion item to pick; denim and tees, no selections for miniskirts, bell bottoms, etc. Evert or Mantle? Star Trek or Flintstones? Simon and Garfunkle fit my teens, no one else did. The pill and the space race were both 1960s.

Slight tweaks resulted in answers from 1948 to 1962, which pretty much covers the entire Boomer gen...
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The quiz got my exact birth year. I'm impressed.
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Slight tweaks resulted in answers from 1948 to 1962, which pretty much covers the entire Boomer gen...
Right - I'd guess that about 1 in 10 people will be impressed by getting their exact birth year. Not too hard to narrow someone down to a decade with a few questions. Chance will get some exactly.

Like Nords, I didn't notice the mouse-over text at first. It's not like I can really tell that a burning building is the Watts riots (which I do remember being televised on the news).

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I'm, right in your range, and I am sports agnostic, so I thought that would trip me up. Wasn't Cassius Clay world known, even to sports agnostics? That was who I clicked, I'm pretty sure the others were earlier/later than that. But my Dad was a boxing fan, so I might have picked up a bit by osmosis. I could see an English boy not getting Sandy Koufax, or Mickey Mantle, but Cassius Clay?

A middle-eastern friend of mine (maybe 10 years younger than me) told me that he knew of him growing up. But I guess nobody uses 'Mohamed' as a first name, so they always thought he changed his name to "Ali Mohamed". Which sounded strange to my ears.


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I don't remember seeing him when I did the test. I just looked again and he still isn't on the big name athlete's growing up, but this time Chris Evett and Martina Navratilova are. The quiz must be a random selection each time you take it as a lot of the choices are different the 2nd time I took it.

PS - 2nd time around, differfent options and answers and it got me at 1954, so the average of 1955 is exactly right
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It had me as born in 1946 and was 14 years off.
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PS - 2nd time around, differfent options and answers and it got me at 1954, so the average of 1955 is exactly right
Ahhh - I see. Yes, certainly they could have put up any number of sports figures from my time that I would not have recognized. But Cassius/Mohamed has appeared in high profile in the past decade, so that one sticks with me.

Oh, that reminds me of a story I don't think I've told here. My Uncle happened to run into him as part of the job he had at the time (he met lots of random people in that job, and the famous people were not always "on" at that exact moment). This was after he retired from boxing, and my Uncle asked for his autograph. Cassius/Ali accommodated him, and my Uncle said he scrawled it out just terribly, as if he was illiterate. I've always wondered if that was just the early stage of Parkinson's, this was many years (a decade?) before that was public. Sad.

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WOW. It says I was born in 1979, and I was.
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Wasn't sure which fashion item to pick; denim and tees, no selections for miniskirts, bell bottoms, etc. Evert or Mantle? Star Trek or Flintstones? Simon and Garfunkle fit my teens, no one else did. The pill and the space race were both 1960s.
Some of the questions were like that. When it asked what was the new technology when I was a teenager, there was nothing in between the calculator (early 1970s) and the World Wide Web (about 1990ish) that I can see -- but those were at least 15 years apart and maybe closer to 20. Since the Web didn't exist when I was a teenager, I had to pick the calculator, even though we had calculators before I was 10.

Probably the closest thing for me would have been a personal computer (late 1970s/early 1980s) but I didn't see that one unless it was my oversight.
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Wasn't sure which fashion item to pick; denim and tees, no selections for miniskirts, bell bottoms, etc. Evert or Mantle? Star Trek or Flintstones? Simon and Garfunkle fit my teens, no one else did. The pill and the space race were both 1960s.

Slight tweaks resulted in answers from 1948 to 1962, which pretty much covers the entire Boomer gen...
When I took the test the 2nd time around, the only fashion item I could associate with were bell bottoms, so the quiz varies its choices each time you take it.
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Missed me by one year. Said 1962 but I was born in 1961.
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Not even close! Missed me by a whopping 6 weeks.
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Quiz made me 2 years older than I am. Maybe because I started high school when I was 12, so always identified with a slightly older group.

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I have taken this darn test five times and it thinks I was born 10-20 years prior to my birth year (1970 - the closest it got was 1963!) What are those GenXer programmers thinking??

Finally got it to spit out 1969! Changed PC to AOL (wrong - I was in the USN when AOL came out) and Operation to Transformers (which the little kids probably played with when I was well past the toy point)
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Probably the closest thing for me would have been a personal computer (late 1970s/early 1980s) but I didn't see that one unless it was my oversight.
PC was the keyboard looking thingy!
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