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 Idiocracy: The Good Old Days

Don't you miss the good old days? I sure don't.


I was talking to my father the other day and he has this saying he uses over and over "in the good old days" Now he is only 60, but many times he talks about when his dad was young, so lets take a look at the good old days 100 years ago.

In 1907:

The average life expectancy  was 47 years.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

There were only 8,000 cars   and only 144 miles Of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !

The average wage in 1907 was 22 cents per hour.

The average  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  took place at HOME .

Ninety percent of all  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."

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.

The Five leading causes of death  were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea (you can die from that?)
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

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  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." ( Shocking? DUH! )

Eighteen percent of households   had at least One full-time servant or domestic help.

I think maybe the days we live in now are the best we have seen, or will seen as I type this to the world on my computer in my comfortable air conditioned office, sipping a can of iced tea, and I even took a bath this morning. So next time you think you have it rough, think about "The Good Old Days"


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