Holy Tornado

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005


I can't recall where I found this but it sure is something to think about.
What a difference a century makes!
Here are some 1905 statistics:

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 road.
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 residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the union.
The tallest structure in the worls was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents an hour.

The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year and a dentist $2500 per year.
A veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year and a mechanical engineer about $5000.

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. took place at home.
Ninety percent of all U.S. physicians had no college education, but attended 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 prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any reason.

The 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. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska had not yet been admitted to the Union.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer and iced tea hadn't been invented.
There was no Mother's or Father's Day.
Two out of ten U.S. adults could not read or write, and only six percent graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drug stores.
eighteen percent of all households in the U.S had a full time servant or domestic.

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