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1958 v. 2008


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Just for Laughs


Have you ever been guilty of looking at others your own age and thinking, "Surely I can't look that old." Well, you'll love this one:


My name is Alice Smith and I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist.  I noticed his DDS diploma, which bore his full name.  Suddenly, I remember a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name in my high school class some 50 odd years ago.  Could this be the same guy that I had a secret crush on way back then?


Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought.  This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply line face was way too old to have been my classmate.  After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended North Quincy High School.  "Yes, yes I did.  I'm a Raider," he gleamed with pride.


"When did you graduate?" I asked.  "In 1958, why do you ask?"


"You were in my class!" I exclaimed.


He looked at me closely, then that ugly, old, bald, wrinkled fat ass, gray-haired, decrepit, son-of-a-bitch asked, "What did you teach?"



My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken woman swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asks, "Do you know her?"

"Yes," I sighed. "She's my old girlfriend. I understand she started drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since."

"My God!" says my wife. "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"

So you see, there really are two ways to look at everything....





Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.


1958 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.


2008 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrest Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both

expelled from school even though Johnny started it.



Jeffrey won't stay still in class, disrupts other students.


1958 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a smack on the butt by Principal. After a very short time, sits

still in class.


2008 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money because

Jeffrey has a disability.



Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.


1958 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to USC, and becomes a successful and

responsible citizen.


2008 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang.

Billy's sister is told by psychologist 'Of course, you remember being abused' and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.


Scenario : Mary is pregnant.


1958 - five high school boys leave town. Mary does her final year at a special school for expectant



2008 - School counsellor contacts Planned Parenthood. Mary gets an abortion. Mary given protection and

told to be more careful next time, and also kids don't need fathers, anyway.


Scenario :

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a bottle, blows up a red ant hill.


1958 - Ants die.


2008 - Fire Dept and police called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, government investigates parents, siblings removed from  home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch-list.



Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee.  He is found crying by his teacher Mary who hugs him to comfort him.


1958 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.


2008 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison.


The Evolution of Teaching Math Since the 1950ís:

Teaching Math In 1950ís:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?


Teaching Math In 1960ís:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100 His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?


Teaching Math In 1970ís:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80. Did he make a profit?


Teaching Math In 1980ís:

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.


Teaching Math In 1990ís:

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, itís ok. )


Teaching Math In 2008:

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?




The Cost of Living in 1958


Cost of Living in 2008

A first-class stamp:   raised from $.03 to $0.04 in May 1958

The first rate change in 26 years!

A first-class stamp: $0.41 to $0.42 in May 2008

President: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Vice President: Richard M. Nixon

President: George W. Bush

Vice President: Dick Cheney

Population: 174,881,904 US Population:303,914,974 (4/22/2008)
Life expectancy: 69.6 years

Life expectancy: 78 years

Outdoor Drive-Ins: 4,063

Outdoor Drive-Ins: 407

First Skateboard sells for $8.00

Skateboard: $30-$280.00++

Gallon of Gas: $0.25

Gallon of Gas: $3.49 (4/22/2008)

Average Home Price: $12,750.00

Average Home Price: $345,500.00

Cost of a Chevrolet Impala: $2,693.00

Cost of a Chevy Impala: $25,000.00

Cost of a Chevy Corvette: $3,631.00

Cost of a Chevy Corvette: $59,500.00




Quincy College Founded in 1958

Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado



People born in 1958

 (are eligible to join AARP in 2008)

Mitch Albom

Kevin Bacon

Alec Baldwin

Andrea Bocelli

Wade Boggs

Jack Dyer Crouch III

Ellen DeGeneres

Michael Flatley

Nancy Grace

Scott Hamilton

Thomas Hearns

Glenn Hubbard

Michael Jackson


Lovie Smith

Gene Sperling

Sharon Stone

Richard F. Zannino




World Series

NY Yankees v. Milwaukee Braves



NBA Championship

St. Louis Hawks v. Boston



Stanley Cup

Montreal v. Boston



Heavyweight Boxing Champ

Floyd Patterson


US Chess Champion

14 year old Bobby Fischer


Popular TV Shows

Candid Camera
The Ed Sullivan Show
Come Dancing
The Jack Benny Show
Alfred Hitchcock Presents



Breakfast at Tiffany's - Truman Capote

The Housebreaker of Shady Hill - John Cheever

The Subterraneans, The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac

Selected Poems of Stanley Kunitz

Words for the Wind - Theodore Roethke

Exodus - Leon Uris

A Death in the Family - James Agee (Pulitzer Prize Winner)




The Bridge on the River Kwai

South Pacific


King Creole


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The Defiant Ones


USA Inventions:


Microchip: Intel

Remote Control:Zenith Corp.


Hula Hoop is introduced by Wham-O:  Over One Million Sold


US Military announces that with satellites orbiting the earth, it will be possible to create detailed maps from space






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