BELLEVUE BREAKFAST ROTARY CLUB

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Vol. 15, No. 32, February 3, 2003

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Back in 1902 A Hundred Years Ago

  • The average life expectancy in the US was 47.
  • Only 14 percent of the homes in the US had a bathtub.
  • Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
  • A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00.
  • 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 22 cents an hour.
  • The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
  • A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 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 the US took place at home.
  • Ninety percent 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 4 cents a pound; eggs were 14 cents a dozen; coffee cost 15 cents a 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:
    Pneumonia and influenza
    Tuberculosis
    Diarrhea
    Heart disease
    Stroke
  • 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 was 30.
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.
  • There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.
  • One in ten US 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 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."
  • Eighteen percent 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.


Word Puns

    A backward poet writes inverse.

    A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

    Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.

    Practice safe eating - always use condiments.

    Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.

    A hangover is the wrath of grapes.

    Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.

    Sea captains don't like crew cuts.

    Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

    Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.

    Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

    When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.

    A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.

    What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway.)

    Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

    In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.

    She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off.

    A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

    If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.

    With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

    Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft, and I'll show you a flat minor.

    When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

    The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

    A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

    You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

    Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

    He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

    Every calendar's days are numbered.

    A lot of money is tainted - It taint yours and it taint mine.

    A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

    He had a photographic memory that was never developed.

    A plateau is a high form of flattery.

    The short fortune teller who escaped from prison was a medium at large.

    Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

    Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.

    Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

    When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

    Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.

    Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

    Acupuncture is a jab well done.

    Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.

    The poor guy fell into a glass grinding machine and made a spectacle of himself.

     

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