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  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I got this in an email and thought it was kind of cool....do not know if all of these are correct or not but like I said it was interesting.


    THE YEAR 1904


    Maybe this will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    The year is 1904 ... one hundred years ago. What a
    difference a century makes!


    Here are some of the U.S. statistics for 1904:


    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 eachmore 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 world 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,
    a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarianbetween $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. physicians had no college education.
    Instead, they 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 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 30.

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


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


    Two of 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6
    percent of all Americans had graduated high school.


    Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available
    over the counter at corner drugstores. According to
    one pharmacist, "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.


    There were only about 230 reported murders in the
    entire U.S.
  2. Reef Engineer

    Reef Engineer New Member

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    Now where are the 2004 stats? Gotta give me something to compare, dude! Don't leave me hanging! :eek:

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