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    The announcer said, "We are going to have 8 to 10 inches of snow today.

    You must park your car on the even-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can get through.

    Norman's wife goes out and moves her car.

    A week later while they are eating breakfast again, the radio announcer
    says, "We are expecting 10 to 12 inches of snow today. You must park
    your car on the odd-numbered side of the street, so the snowplows can
    get through."

    Norman's wife goes out and moves her car again.

    The next week they are again having breakfast, when the radio announcer
    says, "We are expecting 12 to 14 inches of snow today. You must park..."

    Then the power went out.

    Norman's wife is very upset, and with a worried look on her face she
    says, "Honey, I don't know what to do. Which side of the street do I
    need to park on so the snowplows can get through?"

    With the love and understanding in his voice that all men who are
    married to Blondes exhibit, Norman says...

    "Why don't you just leave it in the garage this time?"
    Show this to your children and grandchildren

    ?? THE YEAR 1906??
    This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    The year is 1906.
    One hundred years ago.
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some statistics for the Year 1906 :

    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 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."

    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 were:
    1. Pneumonia and influenza
    2. Tuberculosis
    3. Diarrhea
    4. Heart disease
    5. Stroke

    The American flag had 45 stars.

    The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was only 30!!!!

    Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and ice 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.

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

    Now I forwarded this from someone else without typing it myself, and sent it to you and others all over the United States,& Canada... possibly the world, in a matter of seconds!

    Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years.
    DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

    NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

  • #2
    You know Marcel, it's not too often I actually laugh out loud at a printed joke, but I couldn't halp myself with that one.

    Reading thru the stats of 1906 makes a person realize what a bargain eggs are today. Back then you had to work an hour and a half just to buy a dozen.

    And shame on you Canadians for picking on us poor people.

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    • #3
      Like the joke Marcel.
      I got a kick out of the 1906 stats. It's the year my father was born (he passed away in 1991). I was always amazed at what he saw in his lifetime.
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      • #4
        I had the same reaction to the egg prices. A bargain today!

        Starting to feel like a dinosaur myself, with the stuff I remember:
        • Coke in little green bottles, and Nehi orange
        • milk trucks
        • a coal furnace at home
        • produce wagons in the streets
        • chestnut vendors in the winter
        • bridges and mountainsides without guardrails (and great views)
        • train trips
        • when the '56 cars came out!



        • #5

          I love looking at the old prices it really does make you stop and think.
          One more thing to think about is where you live.
          I got this email forwarded to me from someone in Baker Lake Nunavut

          Baker Lake or Qamanittuaq is a hamlet in Nunavut on mainland Canada,
          320 kilometers inland from Hudson Bay. It is near the nation's geographical
          center; its coordinates are 64?19'N 96?02'W. Population is 1,507 according
          to the 2001 Census

          Everything is brought in by barge or air from 2000 kms south!
          I wonder what scroll saws cost there?
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