We got an email from someone, no idea of its origination, that listed about 50 surprising things of the way it was 100 years ago. Here were some of our favorites:
- The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
- Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
- More than 95 percent of all births took place at home .
- Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education.
- Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
- There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.
- Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
- Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
It is easy to laugh at the way things were back then. Eerily easy. Perhaps in 100 years, these will be some of the things people laugh at 2011:
- The average family size of Western families was only 1.8 children per couple, less than demographic replacement.
- The average 24 year old was in debt over the average yearly wage of the same 24 year old.
- Over a million babies were voluntarily aborted every year.
- Ninety percent of churches preached on love less than 10% of the time throughout the year.
- One in six Americans took direct assistance from the government.
- Out of the 35 trillion dollars in the world, the United States owned 15 trillion of it in debt.
- The majority of people actually believed the world was warming because of carbon dioxide.
- Chris & Wendy Jeub’s Love Another Child released, sold less than a thousand copies, before becoming a viral bestseller that turned the tide of the culture and solved all the problems above.
In a hundred years, people will forward this message to all their friends with a snicker. “Wow, can you imagine? They were so stupid back then.”
Here’s a recent headline that, we hope, shows the coming trend: “Canadian Couple Welcomes 100th Grandchild.” It’s about parents of 16 who recently welcomed their 100th grandchild. Perhaps this won’t be news in 100 years.
Happy New Year, and here’s to a productive and prosperous 2012!