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April 2, 2004

Life in the US in 1904

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Marginal Revolution caught this great blog about what life was like 100 years ago in the US.

- Average life expectancy was 47.
- Only 14 percent of homes had a bathtub.
- Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
- There were 8,000 cars and just 144 miles of paved roads.
- More than 95% of all births took place at home.
- 90% of all physicians had no college education.
- Most women only washed their hair once a month
-The five leading causes of death were: 1. Pneumonia & influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke
-And the kicker: The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30.

So what will 2104 look like? Sure makes our emerging neurosociety seem more likely, eh?

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1. PG on April 4, 2004 5:38 PM writes...

I Googled what life was like 100 years ago, and found to my astonishment that the exact same facts were written up in 2000 (for 1900); in 2001 (for 1901); in 2002 (for 1902); and in 2003 (for 1903). So WHEN does change really happpen? And can you WATCH it occur?

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