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posted 10 December 2005 12:48 AM      Profile for lonewolf2     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine!
The year is 1905.
One hundred years ago.
What a difference a century makes!

Here are some of the CANADIAN statistics for the Year 1905 :
The average life expectancy in Canada was 47 years.
Only 14 percent of the homes in Canada had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
A three-minute call from Montreal to Toronto cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S.and CANADA, 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 Canada was 22 cents per hour.
The average CDN 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 in Canada took place at home .
Ninety percent of all Canadian doctors had no college education.
Instead, they ttended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by 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 (but not yogurt).
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 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 CDN. adults couldn't read or write.
Only 6 percent of all Canadians had graduated from high school.
Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at
the local corner drugstores. Back then
pharmacist 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!)
Eighteen percent of households in Canada had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.

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

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posted 10 December 2005 12:51 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Given the forecasts regarding the future of our oil supply, only 8,000 cars in the U.S.and CANADA, and only 144 miles of paved roads?

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