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Last year 2,337,256 Americans died of one cause or another. If we could choose, most of us would opt for dying quietly in bed, at some ripe old age, of a heart attack. qxd 44 8/8/03 9:30 AM Page 44 Andy Rooney that way, too. Heart attacks account for about half a million deaths a year. Most of us don’t choose our manner of death so between 1980 and 1999, 14,500 people died in airplane accidents. That’s an average of 725 a year. During that same period 750,000 people—three quarters of a million—were killed in car crashes .
Can hardly ever help. qxd 8/8/03 9:30 AM Page 39 common nonsense 39 does can keep them from drying out and dropping their needles all over your living room floor. • It’s interesting how good orange and black seem for Halloween and how wrong they’d be as Christmas colors. • In spite of the old sayings to the contrary, the best presents come in large packages. • A quarter of the Christmas cards we get are from some commercial establishment. There ought to be a law against a company or anyone with whom you have a business arrangement, sending you a Christmas card.
Barns are bigger than farmhouses and very often, better looking. A well-built barn is a thing of beauty. An 8 by 8 inch oak beam 14 feet long dovetailed into another is practically immortal and exceeds in beauty any picture ever hung on a wall. The bad news is, wooden barns, like farmers, are disappearing. There were once three million farms in the United States and every farm had at least one barn. Most farms had two, some had three and a few farms had a whole family of barns . . qxd 22 8/8/03 9:30 AM Page 22 Andy Rooney .