Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today I typed in "common 100 years ago" unearthing the following:

Turnip #1 Illegitimacy and extra marital affairs were just as common 100 years ago as they are today, our forebears were just more adept at keeping them secret.

Turnip #2 Single parenting was just as common 100 years ago as today.

Turnip #3 While 'one-stop shopping' was quite common 100 years ago with general stores dotting the landscape, we have slowly evolved to a retail dynamic that specializes along category lines.

Turnip #4 "Some seven men form an association", in the rarely-performed Gilbert & Sullivan operetta Utopia Limited, is often quoted by legal writers as evidence that corporate fraud was as common 100 years ago as it is today.

Turnip #5 Essay tests were common 100 years ago, but they were too expensive to give to everybody everywhere. That's why they were replaced by machine-scored multiple choice tests.

Turnip #6 Smoking is no more acceptable than chewing tobacco and spitting on the floor - a habit that was very common 100 years ago and would horrify people now.

Turnip #7 Adults being unable to read was common 100 years ago, and not that rare 50 years ago. But, despite the hand wringers who bash our public schools, I have yet to meet an adult in america who could not read and I am 40 years old.