My colleague Ben over at the Yesterday’s News blog has posted a 1917 Minneapolis Morning Journal article that attempts to draw a link between improved national health and the rise of the automobile. My favorite part:
Another possible connection between the motor car and intestinal troubles is that it induces a false appetite without sufficient exercise to dispose of the additional food. A dinner with much food and considerable drinking frequently forms part of the close of an automobile ride with consequent disturbance of the digestive apparatus.
Too many burps? Blame your car.