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Citing a U.S. Census Bureau publication, "Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970," this website of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond shows a graph indicating that in 1940, 85% of all US residences had access to electricity. Statista, crediting their own research department, provides a bar graph that indicates that in ...


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In [the Middle Ages], surgery was seldom conducted by physicians, but instead by barbers, who, possessing razors and coordination indispensable to their trade, were called upon for numerous tasks ranging from cutting hair to amputating limbs. Wikipedia, "barber-surgeon" I doubt it has anything to do with any scarcity of tools. If tools are rare,...


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In addition to the relatively small size of news items, and the relatively (compared to today) high quality of postings (which seriously declined with the advent of Eternal September), the one thing I miss most about usenet news groups was the ease and convenience when reading them. With a single text config file listing groups in my order of preference, a ...


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