Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Olden Days

How did we ever survive?
Those of us who spent our childhood during the 50's and 60's are lucky to be alive, judging by all the things we lived through that are unheard of these days.
  • We used to ride in cars with no seat belts.
  • Our toys were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.
  • We did not have Playstations, X-boxes, videos or DVDs, mobile phones, personal computers, facebook or twitter.   We had friends we used to play with out in the real world.
  • There were no childproof lids on medicine bottles, childproof cupboard locks, and no bike helmets.
  • We used to ride our bikes "no hands" down the hill, towards the cross-road.
  • We would be away from home all day with our friends, at the beach, or the movies (pictures), or looking for wildflowers in the bush, and our parents had no way of contacting us.  We just knew to be home before dinner time.
  • We got cut, and broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.  No one was to blame but us for "mucking around".
  • We ate cakes, had real butter on our bread, and drank sugary cordial, but were never overweight, because we were always busy doing something outside.
  • This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors ever.  The past 50 or 60 years has seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.  We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and they served us well.  
A trip to the Perth Zoo always meant rides - the merry-go-round, the little train that ran all the way round the zoo, and of course the elephant.

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.  The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.  Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deosnt raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a slohe.

Well, that was actually easier to type than I thought it would be.

Little bits of info
  • The dot over the letter i is called a tittle
  • Mosquitos are attracted to people who have recently eaten bananas
  • In ancient Rome, when a mand testified in court, he would swear on his testicles
  • Jean-Claude Van Damme studied ballet for 5 years
  • 1kg of houseflies has more protein than 1kg of beef
  • Danny de Vito is a qualified hairdresser
  • Mr Sunffleupagus's first name is Aloysius
  • The little thing on the end of a shoelace is called an aglet
  • According to the laws of aerodynamics, a bumble-bee can't fly (nobody told the bees)
  • Hippopotomostrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words!!

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