February 01, 2006
America - Cheer Up!
Here are some stats on how far we have come in the last 100 years. Stop bitching about the ozone and the rain forest. And as it relates to the deficit - pass it on.....
One hundred years ago.
The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years. Five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: Pneumonia and influenza, Tuberculosis, Diarrhea, Heart disease, and Stroke
Ninety percent of all U.S. doctors had no college education. Two out of every 10 U.S. adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.The average wage in the U.S. was 22 cents per hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year. An 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.
Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee was fifteen cents a pound. 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub and 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. 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. With 1.4 million people, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union. There were about 230 reported murders in the entire U.S.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
posted by SeatCover @ 5:52 PM
Last Year - relief for genital herpes, 8 ply toilet paper
Last 3 years - golfnow.com:),
How about the last 10 years - e-mail, internet and communication (skype) explosion, global bazzar (Ebay), Ambien - so I can sleep, Speed, so I don't have to.
Last 20 - cell phones, fax, zit cream.
last 50 - mainframe to tablet PC, oh and according to CNN - nuclear weapons
NEXT YEAR - Taser's for everyone