Wednesday, November 15, 2006


100 Years Ago:

The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.

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

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

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet.

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

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.

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

via The Manbottle Library


Blogger House of Suz said...

Wow, so if I went back in time 100 years, I'd be on a coke binge, would get a raise but would unfortunately be dead. Damn.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Variant E said...

Then again, we didn't have SPAM, computer viruses, paparazzi, traffic jams, obesity, Aids, global warming, or the Macarana. Just trying to look on the bright side...

4:37 PM  

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