Pickles by Brian Crane for June 20, 2023

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    allen@home  10 months ago

    Earl of that i have no doubt.

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    dvandom  10 months ago

    There were plenty of old men back then, just a truly appalling infant mortality rate. If you made it past age 5 or so, life expectancy wasn’t so bad.

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    sirbadger  10 months ago

    I could still run when I was 33.

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    Templo S.U.D.  10 months ago

    Luckily I surpassed the 15th-century life expectancy by six years.

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    nowadays though – with replacement parts and overhauls – refurbished guys can last a few years longer

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    Ubintold  10 months ago

    Life is hard, and then you die…..after you’ve paid your taxes.

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    SNVBD  10 months ago

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; or never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

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    espresse Premium Member 10 months ago

    It takes a close friendship to enjoy a moment of shared self-reflection…

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    sandpiper  10 months ago

    There were times I kinda remember my Dad giving me a look that said I had already reached my limit . . . and his.

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    jbordzol  10 months ago

    I graduated from college at age 59! Hooray!

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    iggyman  10 months ago

    “So many things I could (or should) have done” right Earl?!

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    westcarleton  10 months ago

    Lifespan of 33 was due to infant mortality. If you made it past childhood, you’d likely live into your 50s. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy

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    mrwiskers  10 months ago

    I was thinking that’s why social and technological progress was so so slow. I think as folk’s lifespan grew, so did society’s progress. Look how long talking was the dominate form of communication. Then books. Look how long it took tablets and IPads to appear. The next generation of communication will occur before the end of the decade. But, it’s just an idea of mine. It’s all anecdotal. It could just be coincidence and not causation.

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    jagedlo  10 months ago

    At 33, I was listening to all the “Y2K” hype…

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    LawrenceS  10 months ago

    As I pointed out in classes “average” is an artificial. The fact more than half the babies born died before age 10 drags down the “average.” Diseases and other medical issues took out a lot of young people who survived into their teens. There weren’t a lot of people living into their 70s and 80s, but people did.

    (I’ve been known to scream at a commercial which talked about Romans being considered old at 38. No, they weren’t. Don’t believe average life span means everyone drops dead at that age.)

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    hsawlrae  10 months ago

    Even today, all too many die many years before they take their last breath.

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    Back to Big Mike  10 months ago

    My body says 65 with two artificial knees and a titanium braced neck, but my brain says I’m 35…with two artificial knees and a titanium braced neck.

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    amanbe3  10 months ago

    My downhill plunge started around 70 and is currently picking up speed.

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    david_42  10 months ago

    The low average was due to high infant mortality. If you made it past five, your life expectancy wasn’t too different from today.

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    goboboyd  10 months ago

    Back when just getting through the day might be considered burning the candle at both ends today.

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    6foot6  10 months ago

    I started to peter out around age 40. but that was mostly due to knee injuries and back problems.

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    john  10 months ago

    I was pretty much worthless until I was 35.

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    ANIMAL  10 months ago

    Wow – that’s quite a life you had there Earl.

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    pabsfx-comics  10 months ago

    35 is the average at birth. Infant mortality was quite high. From: https://www.verywellhealth.com/longevity-throughout-history-2224054

    It does not mean that the average person living in 1200 A.D. died at the age of 35. Rather, for every child that died in infancy, another person might have lived to see their 70th birthday.

    Early years up to the age of about 15 continued to be perilous, thanks to risks posed by disease, injuries, and accidents. People who survived this hazardous period of life could well make it into old age.

    Other infectious diseases like cholera, tuberculosis, and smallpox would go on to limit longevity, but none on a scale quite as damaging of the bubonic plague in the 14th century. The Black Plague moved through Asia and Europe, and wiped out as much as a third of Europe’s population, temporarily shifting life expectancy downward.

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    Zebrastripes  10 months ago

    Yikes! Then Why did I work til 78?

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    Ishka Bibel  10 months ago

    There are several ways to define a lifespan, but if you eliminate the high infant mortality of the past, anyone living past age 1 could expect to live about as long as a modern American.Not that America does well in that department.

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    Fatrabbit20  10 months ago

    Hip replacement surgery stopped my running back in 95.

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    Alberta Oil Premium Member 10 months ago

    Male lifespans have had their ups and downs, way back.. Noah lived something like 950 years.

    Noah, as the last of the extremely long-lived Antediluvian patriarchs, died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950, when Terah was 128. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, gradually diminishes thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses.

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    rich5021  10 months ago

    I was just getting started when I was 25. I taught in the community college system for 33 years. I like to think/hope that I changed a lot of lives during that time.

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    royq27  10 months ago

    Fifteenth century? Still 33 at the time of the Revolutionary War in the late eighteenth century. Part of the reason Ben Franklin was known as the “old man”.

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    jader3rd  10 months ago

    That’s better than the people who peaked in high school.

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    David Huie Green LosersBlameOthers&It'sYOURfault  10 months ago

    “….so just basically taking up space, food, and oxygen since then.”

    (that’s okay, my grandchildren are fond of me, though)

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    zeexenon  10 months ago

    Many of my management subordinates didn’t become creative till about 30.

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    mistercatworks  10 months ago

    This is the last day of the first of your life.

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    monya_43  10 months ago

    Today is as young and spry as you’ll ever be. My great great great great grandmother lived to be 104. Since the genes are there, I’m 80 now, so I have a lot of time left, if I’m fortunate.

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    elgrecousa Premium Member 10 months ago

    Calm down folks. Enough bragging.

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    heathcliff2  10 months ago

    Sad to have given up so soon.

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    T...  10 months ago

    Earl could still get his peter out when he was 25?

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  10 months ago

    Why they call those your prime years.

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    w16521  10 months ago

    Earl started petering out after he married Opal.

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