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I thought this was kind of funny.... Read it in the style of Andy Rooney.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape or dvd movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?


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I think this line is at odds with the whole of the message:

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But what did they invent?
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But what did they invent?
Atom Bombs, Instant Coffee, Guided Missiles, 4-Ply ToiletPaper, Computers, Lighters that go Click, and lots of other cool stuff.

Oh and Pinball Machines too, of course,...
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Okay. I'll take the guided missiles, the computers, the lighters that go 'Click', and the pinball. But I promise to be careful.

Where is the L.A.S.E.R.?
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Where is the L.A.S.E.R.?
On the F-22 StealthFighter that guides the Guided Missiles, of course,...
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If you promise to fill up the tanks before you return it i can borrow you mine,...
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you have a message in the "wave time" thread, mister rooney.
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All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Attendee: Brought peace?
Reg: Oh, peace - shut up!
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Where is the L.A.S.E.R.?
Not on Dr. Evil's "Frikkin' Sharks" that's for sure!
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I thought this was kind of funny.... Read it in the style of Andy Rooney.


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This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
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they invented all these things:

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We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape or dvd movies, no surround sound, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........


I guess nobody is perfect eh?

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Buying beer at 18 and riding in cars without using any seat belts, yeah that was the good old days.
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just discovered this site recently:
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July 23, 1937. "To enable fathers and mothers to order clothes with the confidence that a size 8 or 10 is all it's supposed to be in length and breadth, the Bureau of Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture, is leading a project in which colleges and universities will cooperate to discover the clothing dimensions needed by today's children. Special attention is being paid to racial characteristics, as the experts believe that race and neighborhood have something to do with a youngster's size. Dr. Eleanor Hunt, associate anthropometrist, Bureau of Home Economics, is shown training one of the first classes on scientific measurement of the human body." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.



May 1936. "Bank that failed. Kansas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration.

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My guess is this is far western Kansas, near the Colorado line.

It might be a town like Ulysses, Johnson, Leoti or Tribune. It's a shame there's not more to go on. Much east of there and you see at least a few trees of which this photo has none.

Many of the old stationary threshers as pictured are still scattered around that country, to this day. They haven't served a purpose other than yard art since before WW2. Some machinery is too hard to part company with.

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I'd say this bank, and the surrounding town, died long before
the Depression. Many towns in Western Kansas boomed in the 1870's
based on false expectations and advertising by speculators. When
it turned out that most kinds of farming weren't really practical,
the towns faded and died.



1919. "Ralph E. Madsen, the tall cowboy, shaking hands with Senator Morris Sheppard at Capitol." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
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here's a fun one today from izismile- unpublished pics of the beatles, including a lot of very very early band shots:
http://izismile.com/2009/06/15/unpub...g_37_pics.html

EDIT: seems to me that i see john lennon with bleached 50's greaser hair in there... also, ringo on guitar with the maynard g. krebs look?

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