I haven’t done a good anarcho-capitalist, anti-government rant lately and I just ran across something from a while back, while cleaning out my email. I thought I would share it with you unsuspecting victims who no doubt came here looking for more cute kiddie or beefcake pictures.
My mother forwarded the following email to me and a whole bunch of other people, including everyone else that works at her small company and her 85 year old aunt. She caught me at the wrong time and I was infuriated that people were so brainwashed by their government education that they actually believed we had improved on most of the things on the list. So I decided to reply to all when I responded.
I seriously doubt the accuracy and/or validity of a number of these “facts” to start with, but decided not to get into a pedantic snopes-a-thon to prove it. For instance, the “average American worker” didn’t work very hard if they were making 22¢ an hour and only making $200-$400 a year.
My response follows the original email.
“THE YEAR 1903″
Where we were a century ago. This ought to boggle your mind.
The year is 1903, one hundred years ago… what a difference a century makes. Here are the U. S. statistics for 1903….
The average life expectancy in the US was 47.
Only 14% of the homes in the US had a BATHTUB.
Only 8% of the homes had a TELEPHONE.
A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.
There were only 8,000 CARS in the US and only 144 miles of paved ROADS.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents, California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.
The average wage in the US was $0.22/hour.
The average US worker made between $200-$400/year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000/year, a dentist $2,500/year, a veterinarian between $1,500-$4,000/year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000/year.
More than 95% of all BIRTHS in the US took place at HOME.
90% of all US physicians had NO COLLEGE education. Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as “substandard.”
Sugar cost $0.04/pound. Eggs were $0.14/dozen. Coffee cost $0.15/pound.
Most women only washed their HAIR once a month and used BORAX or EGG YOLKS for shampoo.
Canada passed a law prohibiting POOR people from entering the country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death in the US were:
1. Pneumonia & influenza
4. Heart disease
The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn’t been admitted to the Union yet.
The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented.
There were no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
One in ten US adults couldn’t read or write.
Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from HIGH SCHOOL.
Coca Cola contained cocaine.
Marijuana, heroin and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health.”
18% of households in the US had at least one full-time SERVANT or domestic.
There were only about 230 reported MURDERS in the entire US.
Just think what it will be like in another 100 years.
It boggles the mind!