21 Historical Facts That Will Boggle Your Concept Of Time

Think you've got a good feel for the flow of human history? Think again!

  • Cleopatra Lived Closer To The Building Of Pizza Hut Than The Building Of The Pyramids

    Cleopatra Lived Closer To The Building Of Pizza Hut Than The Building Of The Pyramids

    The Great Pyramid of Giza was completed around 2540 BC, while the first Pizza Hut was opened in 1958. Cleopatra lived around 30 BC, which is substantially closer in time to the first Pizza Hut than the pyramids.

  • Today More Pictures Are Taken Every Two Minutes Than Were Taken In The Entire 19th Century

    Today More Pictures Are Taken Every Two Minutes Than Were Taken In The Entire 19th Century

    On the left is the first photograph ever taken in 1826; on the right is a photo a cat accidentally took of itself.

  • Oxford University Predates The Aztec Civilization.

    Oxford University Predates The Aztec Civilization.

    Oxford was officially founded in 1249, whereas Tenochtitlán was built in 1325, marking the accepted beginning of the Aztec civilization.

  • Will Smith Is Now Older Than Uncle Phil Was In The First Season Of "The Fresh Prince"

    Will Smith Is Now Older Than Uncle Phil Was In The First Season Of "The Fresh Prince"

    James Avery was 45 years old when the first episode was filmed. Will Smith is now 46.

  • The Gap Between Harnessing The Power Of Flight And Landing On The Moon Was Just 66 Years

    The Gap Between Harnessing The Power Of Flight And Landing On The Moon Was Just 66 Years

    The Wright Brothers managed to stay in the air for 59 seconds in 1903. Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969. Technological progress is exponential!

  • A Texas Instruments TI-83 Graphing Calculator Is More Powerful Than The Computer On Apollo 11

    A Texas Instruments TI-83 Graphing Calculator Is More Powerful Than The Computer On Apollo 11

    That's right, the calculator you used to play classic arcade games in the back of class was about six times more powerful than the computer that landed on the moon.

  • The Oldest Living Person’s Birth Is Closer To The Signing Of The Constitution Than Today

    The Oldest Living Person’s Birth Is Closer To The Signing Of The Constitution Than Today

    Jeralean Talley was born in 1899, nearly 116 years ago. The Constitution was signed in 1787, which makes her birth closer to the Constitutional Convention than today.

  • John Tyler, The 10th U.S. President, Has Two Living Grandchildren

    John Tyler, The 10th U.S. President, Has Two Living Grandchildren

    The Tylers are a family of late procreators! John Tyler had a son, Lyon, at 63 years old, and Lyon went on to have two sons, Lyon Jr. and Harrison at ages 71 and 75, respectively. Both are still alive!

  • Wooly Mammoths Were Still Alive When The Pyramids Were Built

    Wooly Mammoths Were Still Alive When The Pyramids Were Built

    The last, isolated populations of mammoths survived until around 1650 BC, around 1,000 years after the building of the pyramids.

  • The Fax Machine Was Invented Concurrently With People Traveling The Oregon Trail

    The Fax Machine Was Invented Concurrently With People Traveling The Oregon Trail

    The patent for the first fax machine was filed in 1843, the same time period of America's westward expansion.

  • France Was Still Using The Guillotine When Star Wars Came Out

    France Was Still Using The Guillotine When Star Wars Came Out

    Star Wars first aired in theaters in May 1977, four months prior to the last guillotine execution in France.

  • Betty White Is Literally Older Than Sliced Bread

    Betty White Is Literally Older Than Sliced Bread

    Betty White Was born in 1922, six years before Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the machine to slice commercially sold bread.

  • The Collective Tasks of Every Device In This 1991 RadioShack Ad Can Be Performed By Your Smartphone

    The Collective Tasks of Every Device In This 1991 RadioShack Ad Can Be Performed By Your Smartphone

    Really though.

  • Warner Bros. Was Founded While The Ottoman Empire Still Existed

    Warner Bros. Was Founded While The Ottoman Empire Still Existed

    The first Warner Bros. theater opened in 1903, while The Ottoman Empire was dissolved in 1923 after over 700 years of existence.

  • Harvard University Was Founded Before Calculus

    Harvard University Was Founded Before Calculus

    Calculus was derived in the late 17th century, several decades after Harvard was founded in 1636.

  • The Chicago Cubs' Last World Series Championship Was Won Pre-Women's Suffrage

    The Chicago Cubs' Last World Series Championship Was Won Pre-Women's Suffrage

    The Women's Suffrage movement finally won out in 1920, twelve years after the Cubs last won the big one.

  • Neither You Nor Any Other Human Has Ever Experienced The Present

    Neither You Nor Any Other Human Has Ever Experienced The Present

    Neuroscientist David Eagleman believes every human's consciousness lags at least 80 milliseconds behind actual events.

  • There Was A Larger Time Gap Between Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex Than Between Tyrannosaurus Rex and You

    There Was A Larger Time Gap Between Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex Than Between Tyrannosaurus Rex and You

    Stegosaurus lived around 150 million years ago, while the T-Rex went extinct about 65 million years ago.

  • If You Were Born In 1968 Or Earlier, The Earth's Population Has Doubled In Your Lifetime

    If You Were Born In 1968 Or Earlier, The Earth's Population Has Doubled In Your Lifetime

    In 1968, the world's population was 3,557,000,000. Today, that number has grown to 7,217,000,000.

  • There Are Living Whales Older Than The Book "Moby Dick"

    There Are Living Whales Older Than The Book "Moby Dick"

    There are Bowhead whales living off the coast of Alaska that were born over 200 years ago, considerably before "Moby Dick" was written in 1851!

  • If Earth's Entire History Was Compressed Into A Single Year, Modern Humans Would Appear On December 31st At About 11:58 PM

    If Earth's Entire History Was Compressed Into A Single Year, Modern Humans Would Appear On December 31st At About 11:58 PM

    That's right, we've only been around for about 0.004% of Earth's history.

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