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Life Facts: 1912 and 2012
by Diana Leagh Matthews of ALookThruTime

Divorce (1912 & 2012), divorce rate, divorce through history, horrible divorce in a family, Divorce rate in 1912 was just 0.1%. 100 years later, it climbed to 41.8%

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Facts in 1910-1920
• Population: 92,407,000
• Life Expectancy: Male 48.4 Female: 51.8
• Average Salary $750 / year
• The Ziegfeld girls earns $75/week.
• Unemployed 2,150,000
• National Debt: $1.15 billion
• Union Membership: 2.1 million Strikes 1,204
• Attendance: Movies 30 million per week
• Lynchings: 76
• Divorce: 1/1000
• Vacation: 12 day cruise $60
• Whiskey $3.50 / gallon, Milk $.32 / gallon
• Speeds make automobile safety an issue
• 25,000 performers tour 4,000 U.S. theaters

Facts in 2012
• Population: 312,780,968 in the United States
• Life Expectancy: Male 75.6; Female: 80.8
• Average Salary $50, 233 / year
• Movie star earns $1.5 to $3million {depends on many variables}
• Unemployed 8.3%
• National Debt: over $15 trillion
• Attendance: Movies 1470 million per week
• Divorce: 41.8%
• Vacation: 12 day cruise $4-15k {depends on many variables}
• Gas $3.89 / gallon, Milk $3.39 / gallon

*Statistics are According to the United States Census Bureau

What is the biggest change for you?

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ALookThruTime is run by Diana Leagh Matthews. Leagh has been a genealogist for over 18 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

A person waving his hand is typically saying hello, but for Chinese people it means go away.

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Traveling is in almost every person’s bucket list. But culture is a huge account and it must not be overlooked. Being a travel enthusiast, I’ve learned from research that the typical gestures that we know means differently in other countries. Better to be wary about it than be in a disadvantaged side.

The “Okay” Sign

Okay fingers, number three, hole in hand, gesture

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This is a sexual insult for Greeks, money for Japanese, obscene for Spanish, faggot for Venezuelans and Turkish, zero or worthless for French, and asshole in Mediterranean countries.

Unwelcoming Wave of Hands

hi, hello, high five

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Waving of hands is commonly welcoming as it denotes hi or hello. In Indians and Chinese people, it means no or go away. In Japanese people, it means I do not understand or I do not deserve this.

Despicable Thumbs Up

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Although the thumbs up gesture is universally known to bear approval or appraisal in general, it is an insult to the people of Iraq, the biggest kind actually. Don’t do it there, as well as in Greece, Russia, Sardina, Italy, most of Latin America and West Africa because it’s like the fuck you sign for these countries.

Speak Now or Stop

Stop sign, open palm, show of hand, gesture

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Country singer Taylor Swift has an album called speak now. But Asian countries literally expect you to speak now when you raise your hand with your palm exposed. In the west, it means stop.

A Pointing Finger

direction, you!, pointing on someone or something

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A pointing finger is rude across different cultures. Especially in Nepal, it means “wait and I will have something against you!”.

Prohibited Handshake

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In Islam and Judaism, handshake is prohibited among people of opposite sexes. And since left hands are used to wipe your ass after pooping, it is considered the dirty hands for Middle Eastern countries; so never shake using left hand in their territory.

The V Peace Sign

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This is the peace sign. It is also used to indicate cuteness in photo for Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan and Vietnam. At times, it could be a war sign since in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland and United Kingdom.

“What are you looking at?”

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How rude it is when you talk and the other person is not looking at you. It is as if that person is not listening. Eye contact is really important in our conversations or mere interactions. Yet, staring is considered rude in Zimbabwe,  Japan, China, and few other Asian countries as well. Staring or eye contact at women is also forbidden in Arab countries.

A Different Kind of Headshake

breath in, smell, man guy chin up, nod, nodding, shave

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Shake your head up and down – you’re saying yes. Shake your head sideways – you are saying no. In some middle eastern countries, it is the other way around. Same applies in Nepal and Greece.

Keep Your Soles of Feet Out of Sight

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In Arab countries and Egypt, it is rude to display your soles of feet. This is the reason why when you sit, you should not cross your legs. In India, feet are so unclean you should apologize if you touch anybody with it.

Good to know isn’t it?

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Is college still worth it?

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We are told about the successful dropout stories of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs; or even J. K. Rowling who never attended college. These people are implying that you don’t really need to graduate from college to be a billionaire.

So what is happening in college nowadays? Since academics is not a priority, students during the first two years of their college education learned very little, close to nothing. Based on the book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, where students’ Collegiate Learning Assessment results were analyzed, 45% of students did not learned significantly. And after completing 4 years of college, 36% learned very little.

The research also shows that students study less compared to students a decade ago, with 50% decline in study time. But the average GPA of students is 3.2, quite high for a minimized effort. It seems that the academe lowered their expectations on the modern day students.

Professors are really researchers, not teachers. They don’t get rewarded for teaching well, but rather they get promotion or pay increase by having more papers published. In turn, they prioritize searching for new information and the teaching suffers.

We all know that college education costs a fortune. Students end up working for the first 5 years or more just to pay their debt. There are various courses offered that are extra hard to hand our money. I’m talking about studying the following:

  • David Beckham studies – Staffordshire University, UK
  • The Phallus – Occidental College
  • Surfing Studies – Plymouth / Melbourne
  • Star Trek – Georgetown University in Washington
  • Golf Management – University of Birmingham / Florida Gulf Coast University
  • The Science of Harry Potter – Frostberg State University
  • UFOlogy – Western Nevada College
  • Maple Syrup: The Real Thing – Alfred University
  • Underwater Basket Weaving – University of California, San Diego
  • The Twilight Saga – University of Alabama

To answer my own question, yes I believe college education is still worth it. I’m a college graduate, and there are wonderful and admirable things that I’ve learned and acquired in college. At the very least, college is a great place to meet people. I maintained good relationships, had a smoother interpersonal interaction, improved mindset, better outlook in life, and a more defined personality. These will develop regardless of what field you are majoring in.

And here’s the truth from the words of Time Magazine’s Vartan Gregorian,

..of the current Fortune 500 CEOs, some 99% have a college degree. Similarly, of the Forbes 400 richest people in America, 81% hold postsecondary degrees… the fact remains that people with college degrees still earn much more — and are more likely to have a job to begin with — than people without.

However, it is worth mentioning that the value of money put in college is diminished due to the receding quality of education.

Do you think college is still a good investment nowadays?

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It’s not typical of world leaders to look this good.

Prettiest and most beautiful world leaders in politics, beautiful people in office, stunning faces win elections

Although appealing looks could be an advantage for campaign or for representing a country, it is not a necessary lead of their job description. However, there so few of them they deserve appraisal. Here they are:

Yingluck Shinawatra, 28th Prime Minister of Thailand, woman prime leader of thailand, gorgeous leader, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Thailand, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, king of bhutan, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Bhutan, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, president of argentina, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Argentina, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

Rafael Correa, president of ecuador, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Ecuador, President Rafael Correa

Igor Lukšić, prime minister of montenegro, gorgeous leaders, handsome and hot prime minister and presidents, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Montenegro, Prime Minister Igor Lukšić

Prime Minister of Slovenia, Prime Minister Borut Pahor, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Slovenia, Prime Minister Borut Pahor

President Boris Tadić of serbia, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Serbia, President Boris Tadic

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012, stunning royal family, queen in gold

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Denmark, Queen Margrethe II

Chancellor Werner Faymann of Austria, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Austria, Chancellor Werner Faymann

President Ollanta Humala of Austria, gorgeous leaders, world's most beautiful leaders in politics, 2012

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Peru, President Ollanta Humala

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Cheap on labor, excessive on endorsement.

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An elegant, dandy pair of Nike shoes would cost you around $70 to $150. Little did the public know that the production cost, meaning the materials, machinery, and rent that Nike spend in making a pair of shoe, is just $12. More intriguingly, the labor was just $2.75, or just 4% of the money the customers pay for a shoe with a check sign.

Workers in the production factory really earn a little percentage, and quite frankly are underpaid.

Most of the cost of the shoes came from advertisements. Tiger Woods, for instance, was paid $20 Million to promote the Nike golf division alone. In 2006, Nike spent $476 Million to get star-studded promotion of their shoes.

This engagement does not only apply to Nike. Before buying the Shape Ups Skechers shoes Kim Kardashian promotes, think of how much the noted Kardashian milks you some money. Just think of the workers who actually WORK and put together the materials to offer comfort for your feet and how they should get the percentage more. And think of how many hungry people will be fed, out of out-of-school children be educated, and millions of lives be improved when these shoe-makers’ cost of advertisement are focused on providing support for them.

Do they really need advertisements? People already know that Nike makes shoes, so why spend millions on promoting it more? We only have a pair of feet. Everytime we buy more than necessary, remember the children who travel to school using worn-out slippers or barefoot across rocky terraces and cross a river, even rivers.

Do you need a celebrity do endorse your shoes?

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