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    My father-in-law is notorious for forwarding complete BS stuff, so I'm not standing behind any of this information, but it seems plausible and interesting:

    ?? THE YEAR 1906??

    This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    The year is 1906.
    One hundred years ago.
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some of the U.S. statistics for the Year 1906 :
    ************************************

    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 $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 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 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
    hadn't been invented yet.

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

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

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

    Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing
    it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States,
    possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

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

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    Re: In the year 1906

    It is amazing how much has changed in only 100 years... Especialy compared to the times before that...such a rapid growth and so much change....

    SO what's in the next 100 years to come?



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      Fossil fuels will no longer be our primary source of energy.

      All fatty foods will be outlawed.

      I'm be glad that I won't have to live to see electric dirt bikes and fat-free In-N-Out double-doubles. :D
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        Originally posted by leejo View Post
        The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years.

        Interestingly, while the average life expectancy has increased dramatically, the "years left to live" for mature adults has not. I had to dig through volumes of government data to find that one, so don't expect me to back it up with a link.

        Edit: Found it: CDC Data

        From 1900 - 2003:

        Age 20 in 1900, expect to live until 63.
        Age 20 in 2003, expect to live until 79.
        Age 30 from 65 to 80.
        Age 40 from 68 to 80.
        Age 50 from 71 to 81.
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          Tattoos and noserings will be manditory.

          Intraveneous drug use during the Tour De France will be touted.

          Democratic candidates for President will compare themselves, favorably, to George W. Bush.

          Republican candidates will align themselves with the policies of President Clinton - Hillary Clinton.

          RE: the life expectancy, I understand that figure has always mostly calculated infant and child mortality rates. In other words, if one nation's life expectancy is significantly higher than another's, what's really happening is that most mature adults live roughly the same amound of time, but one nation has many fewer children who die young. Bummer, huh?

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          • #6
            Re: In the year 1906

            It's interesting you should mention that. I was hiking through the Ozarks a few years ago and there was an old homestead cemetery beside the trail. The most prominent markers were not the huge ornate jobs, but the numerous small white headstones that were completely blank. We wondered about them for a bit and got on with our hike.

            Turns out that they were makers for infants that died at birth or shortly thereafter (the youngest to get written markers were all over two years old). It's kind of shocking how many infant markers there were for as few families that lived in the area that had used this particular plot. If I remember correctly, the majority of marker were for folks younger than 20. The cemetery was used from the early 1800's to the late 1800's...

            Hey, by 2106 maybe we'll all be around still? Just with a few less teeth ;)
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            • #7
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              The life expectancy number surprised me so I did a little research. Looks like the number is spot on so that's good. I noticed in 1918 the figure dropped to 39. something. WW1 & the great influenza epidemic ravaged the country...probably the flu more than WW1 I'd guess.
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                In the year 2106 we'll have managed to blow everything up and cockroaches will be running the show?
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                • #9
                  Re: In the year 1906

                  That's a great read. It's also interesting to note the things that have changed just in my lifetime..

                  Some things that come to my mind.. We used to only have about 7 channels on TV, total! No such thing as a cell-phone. Or home computer. No soft contact-lenses.

                  What other things do you find essential now, but weren't around when you were young?

                  3) Support game play in a near-simulation environment. Where the focus of play would not be solely on doing what it takes to win, but doing so utilizing real-world combat strategy and tactics rather than leveraging exploits provided to players by the design of the game engine.

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                  • #10
                    Re: In the year 1906

                    100 years from now chain mail will be outlawed.

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                    • #11
                      Re: In the year 1906

                      Remember when Saturday mornings were cartoon days? Weekday mornings were filled with boring news reports that my parents used to watch...

                      But what do I find essential now?

                      Moisture-wicking tshirts (UnderArmour/Nike DriFit/5.11/etc...)
                      Nike Air technology (Started to come out while I was still young, though...)
                      Remote keyless entry for my car
                      $1.00/.99 value menus at fast food joints
                      Naproxen Sodium (Aleve) OTC pain relief
                      Alcohol gel hand sanitizer


                      Heh... This isn't something that I often think about, but as I let my mind wander, it seems that everywhere I go, in everything I do, I can find something that I rely on daily that wouldn't have been here twenty or thirty years ago...
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                      • #12
                        Re: In the year 1906

                        you forgot blended metal technology!

                        ATMs and online banking rock. On the other hand:

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                        Historian Smoker (Willie Nelson): "Man, I remember when a dime bag cost a dime. You know what I mean?"
                        Historian Smoker: "You know how much condoms used to cost back in them days?"
                        Thurgood: "How much?"
                        Historian Smoker: "I don't know. We never used them."

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                          I clearly remember when my friend had a little model of "The Space Shuttle" on the back of a 747. I was 6 years old. 5 years later, the shuttle went into space for the first time. Now it is just a given that shuttle missions fly to the ISS (well almost).

                          - big nod on the keyless remote
                          - all other wireless remotes (remember when tv remotes had a wire? I do)
                          - garage door opener (my garage would stay closed otherwise! :) )
                          - the PC
                          - the internet
                          - the microwave oven
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                          • #14
                            Re: In the year 1906

                            Originally posted by leejo View Post

                            Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were:
                            1. Pneumonia and influenza
                            2. Tuberculosis
                            3. Diarrhea
                            4. Heart disease
                            5. Stroke

                            I didnt know you could die from Diarrhea. That would be the crappiest way to die.
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                              Originally posted by Dirtboy View Post
                              I didnt know you could die from Diarrhea. That would be the crappiest way to die.
                              Literally!


                              Oh, and I forgot to include microwave foods/snacks. Hot Pockets rule!

                              And what we call "tub butter" in my house: soft margarine like I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, Shedd's Spread Country Crock, Promise, Blue Bonnet, etc... I know that Parkay has been around for a while, but that was that nasty hydrogenated stuff that didn't taste even vaguely like butter. This new stuff is good enough to replace butter for at least 75% of my cooking...
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