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Borrowed this from a friend...

Fun reading.

100 Years Ago In America

This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine...

The year is 1915. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes!

Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1915:

The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California.

With a mere 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower!

The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour.

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

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 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 in the U.S. took place at home.

Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education. Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by 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 in the U.S. were:

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

The American flag had 45 stars.

Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

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

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice tea had not been invented yet.

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

Two out of every 10 U.S. adults could not 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 the pharmacist said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

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

There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.


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Things have changed so much for the better while some are now worse. The one thing that made the biggest change which isn't listed is that television had not been invented yet. Imagine how different things might be now if TV had not been invented. People might not be as fat for one thing. TV has been referred to as the boob tube or the one eyed bandit/monster for good reason. The TV I believe is even mentioned in the bible concerning the end times.
Imagine how many countries are still living in those 1915 times.
SH perhaps thinks he now knows why Jims knees and other body parts hurt.

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Squirrel Hunter,
What did you do to Jim's knees and other body parts. I think Buster knows but won't tell anybody, but he's that type of guy. He draws you in, making little suggestions, raises your curiosity and then he strikes. Kinda like a rattlesnake who lost his rattles. You can go ahead and tell me and it will be OUR secret and I promise not to say a word..........well, maybe one or 2 but I will keep my mouth shut. When I grow up I am gonna be like Buster and Bob. I think they call them the "gotcha" boys. You and I and Magnum are the only ones who don't stretch the truth! Well, at least I don't. Maybe Magnum does......hmmmm gotta think on this a while. I will get back to you!


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I figured his knees hurt from too much kneeling and praying his wife wouldn't hit him over the head with a frying pan again but not sure....... Oh crap,probably shouldn't have mentioned that...... Sorry Jim. :D
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