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Old 02-10-2017, 07:45 AM
msmith537 msmith537 is offline
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Originally Posted by Evan Drake View Post
Dangers seem to average out over the ages: general ignorance, being hit with piece of metal by random people, drunken paddies brawling changes to pollution, nuclear, and meth addicts strangling and sexually assaulting Chihuahuas. But one thing remains, life in the Old World was unbelievably slow by our standards. Bone-achingly slow. For every thing you do. And travel most of all.
I'd be curious about actual statistics like deaths per mile and whatnot. But it seems to me the main difference back then was the slowness. According to this chart, crossing the Atlantic would have taken around 9 days in 1857. Ships probably weren't crashing into ice bergs all that often, but being stuck on a boat for a week and a half just to get to where you're going would still kind of suck.