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THE LIGHTER SIDE OF LIFE

This page is one of my “side rooms” for clean humor, interesting e-mails sent to me, and just a place to relax.  ENJOY!

You may have seen this one before, but it really is interesting.  My neighbor, Lena Harrison, sent this one along and I found it interesting.  My father was born in 1909 and would have been 100 years old this past July 1!

Submissions from readers welcome and appreciated!

THE YEAR 1909

 

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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 :

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 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?)

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!

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

(With the way our society has changed, I’m not sure I want to!)

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Another good one from Lena Harrison.  One of my all time favorite groups was and is, the Oak Ridge Boys.  When my friends S. Cali were tuning out and on to such bands as AC/DC, I was into country.  Enjoy the music.

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BREAK FROM CEREBRALISM

2009 December 15

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by christianconscience

Can’t afford luxury? Improvise!

300 Reasons you might be a Redneck…

By Jeff Foxworthy
  •   You think “loading the dishwasher” means getting your wife drunk.
  • You ever cut your grass and found a car.
  • You own a home that is mobile and 5 cars that aren’t.
  • You think the stock market has a fence around it.
  • Your stereo speakers used to belong to the Drive-in Theater.
  • Your boat has not left the drive-way in 15 years.
  • You own a homemade fur coat.
  • Chiggers are included on your list of top 5 hygiene concerns. (What’s a chigger?  On second thought…don’t tell me!
  • You burn your yard rather than mow it. (In our case, we just kick the rocks out of the way and watch for scorpions!)
  • Your wife has ever said, “Come move this transmission so I can take a bath.”
  • You read the Auto Trader with a highlight pen.
  • The Salvation Army declines your mattress.
  • You’ve ever raked leaves in your kitchen.
  • Birds are attracted to your beard.
  • Your wife’s job requires her to wear an orange vest.
  • You were shooting pool when any of your kids were born.
  • You have the local taxidermist’s number on speed dial.
  • You’ve ever hit a deer with your car…deliberately.
  • Your school fight song was “Dueling Banjos”.
  • You think a chain saw is a musical instrument.
  • You’ve ever given rat traps as gifts.
  • You clean your fingernails with a stick.
  • Your coffee table used to be a cable spool.
  • You keep a can of RAID on the kitchen table.
  • Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
  • Your mother has “ammo” on her Christmas list.
  • Every socket in your house breaks a fire code.
  • You’ve totaled every car you’ve ever owned.
  • There are more than five McDonald’s bags in your car.
  • The Home Shopping operator recognizes your voice.
  • There has ever been crime-scene tape on your bathroom door.
  • You’ve ever been kicked out of the zoo for heckling the monkeys.
  • The taillight covers of your car are made of red tape.
  • You think a subdivision is part of a math problem.
  • You’ve ever bathed with flea and tick soap.
  • You think “taking out the trash” means taking your in-laws to a movie.
  • You have every episode of Hee-Haw on tape.
  • You’ve ever been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
  • Your considered an expert on wormbeds.
  • Your kids take a siphon hose to “Show and Tell.”
  • The dog catcher calls for a backup unit when visiting your house.
  • You’ve ever bought a used cap.
  • Your CB antenna is a danger to low-flying planes.
  • You pick your teeth from a catalog.
  • You’ve ever financed a tattoo.
  • You’ve ever stolen toilet paper.
  • You think a hot tub is a stolen bathroom fixture.
  • People hear your car a long time before they see it.
  • The gas pedal on your car is shaped like a bare foot.
  • You prefer car keys to Q-tips.
  • You take a fishing pole into Sea World.

Redneck dogs

Pure genius!  Love the last pic!  My new B.B.Q. tool will be a rake.

Don’t ya’ love it?

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ANGELS

Submitted by Lena Harrison

I only know the names of two angels, Hark and Harold.

-Gregory, age 5

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why, but scientists are working on it.

-Olive, age 9

It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to Heaven, and then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.

-Matthew, age 9

Angels work for God and watch over kids when God has to go do something else.

-Mitchell, age 7

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.

-Henry, age 8

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from Holy Cows!!!

-Jack, age 6

Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven. The main subject is where you went wrong before you got dead.

-Daniel, age 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath again,  somewhere there’s a tornado.

-Reagan, age 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy.  If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go south for the winter.

-Sara, age 6

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who’s a very good carpenter.

-Jared, age 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn’t go for it.

-Antonio, age 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the child get over it.

-Vicki, age 8

 What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.

-Sarah, age 7

 

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