You Know You’re a Child of the 1970s if …

1. You had a Scalextrics set

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2. You can recite McDonald’s Big Mac song: Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.

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3. You used Perkins Paste at school

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4. You remember paper money

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5. Every home had a spider plant

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6. Deciding between Redskins, Milkos or Choo Choo bars at the tuck shop was a daily problem

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7. Your Mum had a glow mesh purse

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8. You could make a cat’s cradle

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9. You challenged your friend to go around the world or to walk the dog

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10. Your soft drink can had a ring pull, until it was replaced by the push tab

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11. You chanted England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales while playing elastics

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12. Your Dunlop Volleys always wore away in the same spot

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13. You got splinters from a wooden sea-saw

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14. You burnt your bum or the back of your legs on a metal slide

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15. You loved getting creative with Fashion Plates

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16. You set Test Match up in your living room

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17. You taped your favourite song off the radio

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18. KB was in the fridge

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19. You got up at 6am to watch The Thunderbirds on Saturday morning

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20. The Curiosity Show amazed you every Friday afternoon

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21. Golliwog Biscuits weren’t considered offensive

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22. You watched Fat Albert during the Hey Hey It’s Saturday morning children’s program

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23. Flower seats and baskets were normal bike accessories for girls

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24. You know the relationship between these two

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25. You held on for dear life when playing on this

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26. You pegged a playing card to your bike spokes

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27. Your Funk & Wagnells filled a bookcase

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28. All the girls had rainbow coloured streamers hanging from their handlebars

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29. You loved eating a Sunny-boy

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30. You licked your Paddle Pop stick to win a prize

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31. You know someone who wore JC’s

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32. You can still sing along to the closing tune on Young Talent Time

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33. You didn’t get to the shops before midday on Saturday then nothing was open again until Monday

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34. You made daisy chains your friends

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35. You always finished the chocolate strip first in the tub of Neapolitan ice cream

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36. You hoped Miss Helena would say your name when she looked into the magic mirror

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37. You nearly broke your neck with these

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38. You impressed your friends with boot roller skates

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39. You had to go to the chemist to get your film developed and waited weeks to get them back

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40. You were the legend of your street if you had a green machine

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41. The milkman delivered milk bottles to your front door

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42. The garbage man threw your rubbish into the truck

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43. You hated it when your record skipped

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44. Your Mum used olive oil to clean out your ears

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45. You marvelled as you watched Mrs Marsh get it in

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46. You remember Madge the Manicurist soaking in it

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47. You rugged up for Cracker night every June long weekend and filled your pockets with Throw Downs

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48. You wore a calculator watch

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49. You thought Ponch and Jon were cool

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50. You had a Captain Marvel comic

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51. You know what time of the day you saw this

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52. On the odd occasion you were up late enough you would hear God Save The Queen playing before the ABC channel stopped transmitting for the night

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53. You laughed along with the Banana Splits

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54. You knew who your friend was when things got tough

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55. You happily rode your bike with your friends, no helmets

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56. Your family dressed in matching terry towelling clothes

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57. You had a bowl haircut and didn’t care, because everyone else had one too

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58. Your dragster bike with gear levers was your pride and joy

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59. You watched the Paul Hogan show and wondered what was wrong with Strop

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60. Big bubbles were no trouble with Hubba Bubba

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61. You knew someone with these

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62. Serious decision making was made with Eeny Meany Miny Moe — without thinking twice about who got caught by the toe

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63. You know who this is

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64. It wasn’t unusual to walk through saloon or swinging doors in someone’s house

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56. You remember the bionic sound Steve Austin made

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66. You wanted to pat Woodrow

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67. You wondered if other parts of Skylab’s debris were going to fall on your house

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68. You played tricks dialling 199 on the phone, making it call back

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69. You got the best-selling Christmas gift for 1979

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70. Your Mum cooked meat and three veg 7 nights a week

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71. You swapped football cards with your friends at school

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72. Every parent had a Bank Card

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73. You know who Starchild, The Demon, Space Ace and Catman are

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74. All of the cool places had Space Invaders

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75. You thought the Fonz was cool and didn’t think it was weird that he hung out in the toilets with school kids

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76. You remember bucket seat belts

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77. Your Mum smoked Alpine Lights

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78. You jumped on your vinyl trampoline after squirting it with dish washing liquid

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79. You couldn’t wait to buy a 20c bag of lollies

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80. Ankle socks with pom poms stopped your socks getting sucked into your sandshoe

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81. You think 1979 smells like this

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82. You remember Oil of Ulan looking like this

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83. Your Mum’s favourite cologne was 4711

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84. This looks familiar

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85. You cheered Skippy for knowing what to do when someone was in trouble

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86. Your first camera looked something like this

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87. You remember public telephones looking like this

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88. You spent hours clicking through your View-Master

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89. Someone you know had a Holly Hobbie bedspread

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90. You styled Barbie’s hair and did her makeup

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91. You saw Betsy Clark illustrations everywhere

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92. You pretended to smoke a packet of fags

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93. You loved sitting in one of these

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94. You know what these are

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95. You carried around a lucky rabbit’s foot

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96. You loved sitting in the booth at Pizza Hut

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97. You begged your parents for Crazy Foam

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98. You took your leather hippie purse everywhere

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99. You drank Tang

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100. You knew the Benny Hill Show theme song

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Originally published at on September 4, 2014.

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