This is a great video campaign for YouTube's Video Volunteers Program by Amnesty International:

The Power of Words

And here is a little something in honor of the season:

I also want one of these suits:

How friggin cool is that?!

And, in closing the Old Year to make way for the New Year, I thought I would share a few things about 100 years ago so that you could compare with life today (and possibly thank your lucky stars that you live in 2009).

  • Average life expectancy: 47
  • 14% of all homes had a bathtub; 8% had a telephone.
  • There were only 144 miles of paved roads and 8,000 cars to drive on them
  • The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was 30 people
  • Italian writer Marinetti published Futurist Manifesto in Paris
  • The average wage was 22 cents an hour
  • Louis Bleriot of France made the first ever flight across the English Channel
  • The Wright Brothers delivered the 1st military airplane to the US army, and then formed a million-dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes
  • Over 95% of all births took place at home (yikes!)
  • The North Pole was reached by Robert Peary and Matthew Henson
  • The first hot-air balloon honeymoon was taken by Roger Burham and Eleanor Waring
  • Only 6% of Americans had graduated high school
  • Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented yet
  • And here's what a car looked like:
A 1909 Ford Model R

We've clearly come a long way in a hundred years. So, where are we going to go in the next 100 years? I suppose that's up to us, isn't it?

That's all for today.


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