January 8, 2009
WalletPop.com compiled a list of the “Top 25 Things Vanishing From America” that I thought was kind of interesting. Many of these things we’ve been hearing about for awhile (e.g., cameras that use film, analog TVs and the family farm) so it’s not exactly a shocking list, but I thought some of the stats that support the findings were a bit compelling.
For example, did you know that during its peak in 1958, there were more than 4,000 drive-in theaters but in 2007 only 405 were still operating? And in 1950, over half of the milk delivered was to the home in quart bottles. Not surprisingly, by 2001 this number dropped to 0.4% for in-home delivery.
Seen any wild horses roaming around lately? Apparently 100 years ago it was estimated that two million horses roamed free within the United States. Today, there are 32,000 free-roaming horses in 10 western states, with more than half of them residing in Nevada.
Check out a summary of the list here. And, if you have a swimming hole, drive-in theater or even honeybees in your neighborhood, make sure you appreciate them — because they may not be around much longer.
January 22, 2009