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Monday, June 26, 2006



Three new links have been added on the sidebar

Barry's Baghdad Blog
Barry is an International Police Liaison Officer, working in Baghdad, Iraq.

Mirth, Musings & More
A satirical look, by Lugosi, at life and politics. His main target of satire is the "far right". A blog after my own heart.

Nicky's Congo Blog
Nicky, a refuge from the "Big Island", is an Education Advisor, working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


"Let's all be careful out there!"


  • Never judge a day by the weather.

  • The best things in life aren't things.

  • Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.

  • Tell the truth - there's less to remember.

  • Goals are deceptive - the unaimed arrow never misses.

  • He who dies with the most toys - still dies.

  • Age is relative - when you're over the hill, you pick up speed.

  • There are two ways to be rich - make more or desire less.

  • Beauty is internal - looks mean nothing

  • No rain, no rainbow.


"Let's all be careful out there!"



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 (232 km) of paved roads.

  • The maximum speed limit in most cities was 8 mph (13 kph).

  • 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 US. 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.

    • 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 iced 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.

  • Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local corner drugstores.

    • Back then pharmacists said,
      "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 help.

  • There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

Now I have republished this message, from someone else, without typing it myself, and it is instantly available for the entire world to read.

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


"Let's all be careful out there!"