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    Default 100 years ago today

    We have come a long ways from the end of WWI, one hundred years ago this past week. Here is some stats to amuse you:

    The Year is 1918


    This will boggle your mind!
    The year is 1918 "One hundred years ago."
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some statistics for the Year 1918:
    The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
    Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.
    Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
    Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
    The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
    The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
    The average US wage in 1918 was 2 per hour.
    The average US worker made between 200 and 400 per year.
    A competent accountant could expect to earn 2,000 per year.
    A dentist earned 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."
    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.
    The Five leading causes of death were:

    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea

    4. Heart disease

    1. Stroke

    The American flag had 45 stars ...
    The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.
    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been
    invented yet.
    There was neither a Mother's Day nor a Father'sDay.
    Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write
    And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high
    school.
    Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the
    counter at local corner drugstores.
    Back then pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the
    complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
    regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect
    guardian of health!" (Shocking?)
    Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time
    servant or domestic help...
    There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.
    I am now going to forward this to someone else without
    typing it myself.
    From there, it will be sent to others all over the WORLD all
    in a matter of seconds!
    It is impossible to imagine what it may be like in another100 years.
    We've come a long way....
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    Default Re: 100 years ago today

    That is some pretty interesting/fun facts... Most of which I definitely didn't know...
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    Default Re: 100 years ago today

    Watched a few docs on WWI lately. for some reason, i really like war history stuff.

    WWI was incredibly brutal. It was the first war fought with modern firepower. Modern medicine was also cutting its teeth and many of the tools and treatments doctors still use today were discovered and refined on the battlefield. Chemical weapons also made their debut during the conflict, mustard gas.

    Trenches were common on every battlefield and tens of thousands of miles of trenches were dug to protect soldiers from enemy fire on the surface. they were dug in a zig zag pattern so that explosions only killed a few guys instead of channeling laterally through the trench and taking out 10 or 20 guys. Tanks were also introduced in the first war, designed to combat groups of soldiers in trenches from a relatively safe position.

    WWI costs us 37 million military and civilian casualties. The Treaty of Versailles negotiated reparations and other language that all but guaranteed WWII.
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