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(MSNBC)   Could you survive the 1860s? Take this quiz   ( divider line
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2004-03-08 10:16:21 PM  
Hell, I barely survived the 1960s.
2004-03-08 10:25:30 PM  
The 1960s is soooooooooo last century.
2004-03-08 10:27:43 PM  
I credit my 100% score to living in Kansas, where many of these questions reflect daily life today.
2004-03-08 11:09:53 PM  
You answered 7 out of 8 questions correctly.

2004-03-08 11:16:51 PM  
I don't even understand most of the questions, but I have a question of my own- WTF is ADSAdClient31.dll and why does MSNBC want to install it on my computer?
2004-03-08 11:21:21 PM  
2 out of 8

Guess I'd be SOL if I tripped & fell into a Wayback machine
2004-03-08 11:27:01 PM  
JacksBlack It has something to do with popups. I think it allows a popup to move from a server to your PC and open while viewing the site, rather than on the initial page opening.
2004-03-08 11:31:46 PM  
7/8 - Yeah I passed 5th grade history!!!
2004-03-08 11:41:07 PM  
3/8. I should have paid more attention to "Little House on the Prairie."
2004-03-09 12:05:02 AM  
4/8. In the 1860's I'd have servants to attend to those other 4.
2004-03-09 12:36:49 AM  
If you remember the 1860s, you *weren't there* man.
2004-03-09 12:46:55 AM  
Water didn't become valuable in 1860, it always was valuable.
2004-03-09 12:59:58 AM  
3/8 Were those trick questions? I seriously couldn't understand several of them. wtf? pop tarts?
2004-03-09 02:27:22 AM  
I got the milk question wrong, that it would spoil before it reached the house. I just assumed I had my own cow.

The cold cerial question was dumb as well. Maybe Corn Flakes didn't exist before 1860, but soldiers and sailors for centuries prior, were breaking up "hardtack", (unleavened, dryed bread, that could last for years), and mixing it up with water, and eating it for breakfast.

They act as though you would freeze, if you went to the kitchen. It was probably the warmest place, and besides, you didn't eat there, just heated food, which was prepared in the house.

This wasn't a survival quiz, it was history trivia.
2004-03-09 02:42:27 AM  
That was quite possibly the stupidest thing I've seen all hour.
2004-03-09 02:56:43 AM  
They had free pizza delivery in 1860?
2004-03-09 03:28:50 AM  
Hell, I can barely survive in 2004, what with the electric gas-buggies and the com-put-ers and the Jitneys all spurting the RAM on the thing and gee willikers I can't program my microwave!
2004-03-09 03:29:13 AM  
I can't live without pizza delivery, milk, newspapers, or whatever the fourth thing was. I stopped right there.

2004-03-09 04:15:26 AM  
Hell,could you have survived Gettysburg? or Cold Harbor? or Chancellorsville? seems like they are leaving out THE main event of the 1860's.
2004-03-09 04:18:33 AM  
6 out of 8. Milk and pop tarts were my undoing...
2004-03-09 04:20:10 AM  
"According to "Our New Cook-Book," Peterson's Magazine (1868), a unique beer will result if you take three-quarters of a pound of white sugar, one ounce of cream of tartar, the juice and rind of a lemon and one ounce of bruised ginger. Then put the whole into a pan and pour over it four quarts of boiling water; let it stand till lukewarm and then add a tablespoonful of yeast. When it has ceased boiling, bottle it off in small soda-water bottles or jars. It will be fit for use in twenty-four hours."

And to this very day, American beer tastes like piss.
2004-03-09 04:22:19 AM  
Answer number 8 explains where Americans went wrong with their beer.
2004-03-09 04:26:48 AM  
Apparently, not. At least not in the USA.
Good job my ancestors stayed put then, and didn't Emigrate...I'd never have survived it......

That, and the terrible beer.
2004-03-09 04:27:19 AM  
They need a quiz like this for the Middle Ages, except an actual survival quiz, not a trivia one.
2004-03-09 04:28:12 AM  
Saying that mail is delivered free is like saying pumping gas is free.
2004-03-09 04:28:25 AM  
agreed TommyymmoT,
the quiz has nothing to do with survival and is all trivia.

poorly written though, what is the definition of a 'pop tart'? cause i know that didn't what i think of as a pop tart in 1860

also jeep44, good point, civil war and whatnot was a big deal.
2004-03-09 04:31:38 AM  
fark me.. only 2 of 8!!
2004-03-09 04:36:33 AM  
i got 4 out of 8.

i credit my knowledge of history to marty mcfly and bill s. preston, esq.

/80s dork
2004-03-09 04:38:43 AM  
I didn't even understand the questions, still got 4 of 8.
2004-03-09 04:41:18 AM  
All that talk about beer has made me want one.
And it's 10:40 in the morning.
2004-03-09 04:43:56 AM  
I call bullshiat on the kitchen question. Most in the 1860's didn't have the money you would have needed for a seperate building for cooking.
2004-03-09 04:48:34 AM  
This is one of the lamest links I've ever seen on fark. Completely useless and not interesting or entertaining at all.
2004-03-09 05:19:52 AM  
ewww...spoiled milk....eww...
2004-03-09 05:20:08 AM  

Half of these questions were either poorly worded or incorrect assumptions..
Seperate kitchen? Bullshiat! Kitchens we're THE main room in most houses. Unless you lived on the East Coast.
The milk question is BS to, most people wouldn't have milk "delivered", you'd have your own farking cow.

Stupid MSN and their poorly worded questions...
2004-03-09 05:20:15 AM  
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2004-03-09 05:26:08 AM  
That's a dumbass quiz. None of the questions are clear.
2004-03-09 05:36:26 AM  
Joey: Thank you. Damned if I don't laugh my ass off every time I see that... something about the fox just cracks me up.

Didn't bother to take the quiz, although I agree, it's just trivia. Not that I would have gotten any of it right.

/Went to Dayton HS.. didn't have none of that fancy book larnin', just hard, character-building field work
2004-03-09 05:46:57 AM  
All this quiz does is try to get you to visit

MSN... ho'in it out like dubya at an enron party.

2004-03-09 05:55:36 AM  
Dumb Dumb Dumb
2004-03-09 06:00:17 AM  
In 1860's America, I rekon you had more then sour milk to worry about, there was the small matter of blokes with guns shooting the shiate outta each other and burning places to the ground, lost harvests and general mayhem to contend with:

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2004-03-09 06:08:39 AM  
"They had free pizza delivery in 1860?"

...I didn't even know they had pizza in 1860...
Pizzamen came before mailmen? What was it like? 1 week or your pizza's free? and you can shoot the pizza boy in that case?

Also,the kitchens where seperate from the house? what?..i said bathroom because.well...heard of an outhouse?
Im not so sure about this test.
2004-03-09 06:09:56 AM  
Before the 1860s, clean milk was virtually nonexistent and the consumption of liquid milk was rare, especially by city dwellers. The cows themselves were often diseased, their cowsheds dirty and the milk soured by the time it reached the consumer.

Milk from a diseased cow makes you sick. Well duh. In India they've been drinking unpasturised Milk from UNdiseased cows for thousands of years. The secret? Boil it three times before using it. If there's a lot of milk they make yogurt, butter, or curd or many other things from it.


"Milk contains several antimicrobial activities, including lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, lysozyme, and possibly N-acetyl--D-glucosaminidase, which may be involved in protecting against mastitis, protecting against bacterial growth post-harvest, and protecting the consumer of the milk product. "

2004-03-09 06:10:19 AM  
If I ever end up in prison, I'm going to suggest to my fellow inmates that we try making the ginger pop.
2004-03-09 06:15:35 AM  

If I ever end up in prison i'm going to stick razor blades up my ass hoping it'll mutilate the first "Bubba" that tries to make me his biatch.

But that ginger pop idea is a good one too.
2004-03-09 06:37:54 AM  
"According to "Our New Cook-Book," Peterson's Magazine...yadda, yadda.

You can't get good Saspirallia like this back in Springfield, it angries up the blood.
2004-03-09 06:54:03 AM  
I, for one, would like to welcome our ginger pop swilling overlords.
2004-03-09 07:02:19 AM  
1) A: Mail.
LIES! Home delivery of mail has been going on since 1680, prepay home postage has been going on since the 1830s.

3) A: None, it would spoil before reaching your house.
LIES! surely that depends on how close the cow is? The presence of TB and other nasty lurghis present in the cow or unhygenic milking environment which are destroyed by pasteurization has nothing to do "spoiling". TB Infected milk will still taste and smell OK, even with enough lurghi to kill you.

7) A: Cold Cereal
True enough, but the structure of the question suggests that pop-tarts were available before 1860.
2004-03-09 07:04:18 AM  
Those weren't even questions.

Dumbest quiz ever.
2004-03-09 07:08:38 AM  
It didn't mention yeast in the last question. You need yeast to make beer. It only mentioned yeast after you saw the end results. I'm with pigeonstopper, what a crappy exam.
2004-03-09 07:25:58 AM  
What a pointless quiz. I mean, they ask the questions and then give a bunch of qualifiers in the answers to make their answer the 'right' one. I mean, they ask about milk and then in the answer they say "if you are living in a city". Well, what if you are on a freakin farm? Total waste of time...
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