If there was a perfect man's world, it would be like this:

1) Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

2) You know stuff about tanks.

3) A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

4) You can open all your own jars.

5) You can go to the bathroom without a support group.

6) You don't have to learn to spell a new last name.

7) You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

8) Wedding plans take care of themselves.

9) If someone forgets to invite you to something, he or she can still be your friend.

10) If you are 34 and single, nobody notices.

11) Everything on your face stays its original color.

12) You can enjoy a car ride quietly from the passenger's seat.

13) Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

14) You can quietly watch a game with your buddy for hours without ever thinking: "He must be mad at me."

15) Same work ... more pay.

16) Gray hair and wrinkles only add character.

17) Wedding dress $2,000. Tuxedo rental 75 bucks.

18) You don't mooch off other's desserts.

19) You can drop by to see a friend without having to bring a little gift.

20) If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you just might become lifelong friends.

21) Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with. "So, notice anything different?"

22) You are not expected to know the names of more than five colors.

23) You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

24) You almost never have underwear problems in public.

25) You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

26) The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.    

27) At least a few belches are expected and tolerated.

28) Your belly usually hides your big hips.     

29) You can trim your nails with a pocketknife.

30) You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

31) Christmas shopping can be accomplished for 25 relatives, on Christmas Eve.



It may be hard to believe that just 100 years ago these things were true:

The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.

Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

A three minute call from Denver to New York City cost 11 dollars.

There were only 8,000 cars in the U. S. and only 144 miles of paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee each were 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 U.S. was 22 cents an hour. The average U.S. worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The five leading causes of death in the U.S. were: Pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea, heart disease, stroke.

Drive-by-shootings, in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy, were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.

One in ten U.S. 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."

Coca-Cola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.

Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.