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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 2:53 PM



This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year was 1909.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :

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The average life expectancy was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in 1908 was 22 cents per hour.

The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year .

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as 'substandard. '

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.

Five leading causes of death were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea hadn't been invented yet.

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.

Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores. Back then pharmacists said, 'Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health'
( Shocking? )

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.

Now I presented this to you with a quick copy & paste.

I could send it to you and others all over Canada & U.S.A, possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.......?


Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 3:48 PM

verrry interesting! Certainly makes one stop to think about what the future might hold.

Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1312)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 5:30 PM

Maybe we've advanced too quickly in the past few decades. Cell phones , internet, video recorders and so on, may be the reason the world gets turned upside down every other week. I personally think the three items I just mentioned should be required to have a license for "Every" operator. I also think a child should not be allowed to operate a computer until they are in high school. Let them learn how to use their brains rather than let an electronic device give them the crutch that millions of people use to exist. Another scary thing about technological advances is the jobs that are lost. I got out of the Navy in 1966, I worked for a nationwide steel company as a production planner. There was three shifts of office workers in my department that totalled over 400 people. The thing I'm typing on could replace all of them.

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 6:20 PM

I disagree, my 19 year old, has flourished because of computers and the computer age -- computers may be wonderful but only brains can get you an A+ in Macro Organic Chemistry. His father is a doctor, but when he tried to discuss genetics with him, Pauly has learned more than his dad ever knew about genetics in one class.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 6:44 PM

Forget ICED TEA!?!?!? Couldn't handle it.

Maniact44  (Level: 16.6 - Posts: 39)
Fri, 2nd Jan '09 9:03 PM

ICE TEA Greatest Invention

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Sat, 3rd Jan '09 5:27 AM

Sounds like Oz today Bushy!

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