1. Welcome to SportsJournalists.com, a friendly forum for discussing all things sports and journalism.

    Your voice is missing! You will need to register for a free account to get access to the following site features:
    • Reply to discussions and create your own threads.
    • Access to private conversations with other members.
    • Fewer ads.

    We hope to see you as a part of our community soon!

1909 vs. 2009

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Drip, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
    The year is 1909.
    One hundred years ago.
    What a difference a century makes!
    Here are some statistics for the Year 1909 :
    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 1909 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. !

    Can you imagine what the next 100 years is going to be like?
  2. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    More people died of poop related illnesses than heart related illnesses. Great.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    If we're all still around in 100 years and didn't nuke ourselves over something stupid:

    ... We'll either be flying to other planets on vacation, or we'll be able to step into a booth, type some numbers in and zap ourselves to the destination of our choice.

    ... There will be a cure for cancer and AIDS.

    ... Most people will die from heart disease, because we'll all become lazy.

    ... David Stern's head, attached to a robot, will be discussing expansion teams to Mars.

    ... There will be a woman U.S. president in the next 100 years.
  4. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    A lot of what drip typed would be fodder for West Virginia jokes.
  5. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    I wonder how much you could buy with the $8.80 average weekly salary (based on $0.22/hour).
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    In 1909, the term "human resources" didn't even exist.
  7. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Tweeting . . . in 1909.

    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 15, 2014
  8. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    22 cents is the equivalent of roughly $5 in today's money.
  9. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Ask someone who works for CNHI or JRC...
  10. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    SJ would have rocked in 1909.

    Dooley_Womack: Teacher caught buggering schoolboy. STOP. Thirty-four year-old lass who fancied the lads. STOP.
    (hours later)

    Poindexter: You know the rules, Dooley. STOP. This telegram is useless without rotogravure. STOP. 
    Scribe_Pharisee: Were they Irish? STOP. They drink on the Lord's day and mate like wild hares. STOP. Carrie Nation will stop the micks and their drinks. STOP. We should never have let them into America. President Taft will throw them out by the scruffs of their necks. STOP. 
    Hank Scorpio: Hailing Poindexter! I have rotogravure of tawdry tart. STOP. Advise, not safe for work as there is a patch of skin showing just above her ankle. STOP. Will send via post, should arrive in a week. STOP. What a saucy whore. STOP.
  11. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Hank would still say that in 2009. He usually faints when women with arms exposed to their elbow talk to him. Or any woman, for that matter.
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page