Quiz: What do we owe to TV?
by Staff
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"?

  • 1956
  • 1980
  • 1978

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

  • Variety show host Ed Sullivan
  • The term comes not from an actor, but from pop-art icon Andy Warhol
  • "Honeymooners" star Jackie Gleason

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

  • 1965
  • 1947
  • 1928

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

  • 7,500
  • 100,000
  • 1 million

When was the first TV dinner produced?

  • 1945
  • 1954
  • 1975

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

  • At half the speed of light
  • Cable companies limit the speed to avoid data overload
  • At the speed of light, although it's slowed by technological limits

Why did American children start wearing coonskin caps in 1955 ?

  • Disney featured a Davy Crockett trilogy on "The Wonderful World of Color."
  • Lucy gave Ricky one in a special episode of "I Love Lucy."
  • Ralph and Ed from "The Honeymooners" concocted a hilarious scheme to sell the caps in the show.

What was the first live TV broadcast?

  • The 1939 World's Fair
  • The 1940 Olympic Games
  • The 1944 Olympic Games

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

  • "The Real World"
  • "Survivor"
  • "COPS"

How much did the first TV advertisement reportedly cost?

  • $9
  • $90
  • $190