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Interesting Facts of 100 Years Ago & Do You Believe it or Not

Discussion in 'The Attic' started by BingoT, May 28, 2008.

    May 28, 2008
  1. BingoT

    BingoT Nurses love to give shots

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    Interesting Facts of 100 Years Ago

    A lot of this is applicable to our grandparents, and even some of our parents.

    It May Be Hard to Believe That A Scant 100 Years Ago...
    The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
    Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States 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 US and only 144 miles of paved roads.
    The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.
    Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.
    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
    The average wage in the U.S. was twenty-two 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 $2500 per year, a veterinarian between $1500 and $4000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5000 per year.
    More than 95 percent of all births in the United States 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 cost 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, either as travelers or immigrants.
    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.
    Drive-by-shootings, in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy, were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.
    The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.
    Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
    There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
    One in ten U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
    Some medical authorities warned that professional seamstresses were apt to become sexually aroused by the steady rhythm, hour after hour, of the sewing machine's foot pedals. They recommended slipping bromide, which was thought to diminish sexual desire,into the woman's drinking water.
    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 the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.
    Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.
    Punch card data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census.
    Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.
    Author Unknown

    ~~~~~~~Do You Believe it or Not~~~~~~~

    Do You Believe it or Not?

    A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.
    A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.>
    A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
    A snail can sleep for three years.
    All Polar bears are left-handed.
    American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
    Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
    An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
    Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
    Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
    Butterflies taste with their feet.
    Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.
    Cat's urine glows under a black light.
    China has more English speakers than the United States.
    Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
    Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
    Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
    Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
    February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
    Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
    I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language
    If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's neck.
    If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
    If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
    If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.
    If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
    In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
    In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
    It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
    Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
    Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
    More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
    No word in the English language rhymes with month.
    Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
    On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
    One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the '30s lobbied against hemp farmers, they saw it as competition.
    Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
    Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
    Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.
    Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."
    Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
    Starfish haven't got brains.
    Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
    The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
    The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night.
    The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
    The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
    The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
    The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
    The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
    The most common name in the world is Mohammed.
    The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.
    The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."
    The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary. When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
    The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the English language.
    The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
    The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
    The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want.
    The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left.
    There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
    TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
    Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
    You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
    You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
    You share your birthday with at least nine million other people in the world.
    Author Unknown
     
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