Time to warp your sense of time…ready go!
1. France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars came out
Star Wars premiered in theaters in May 1977. The last execution by guillotine took place September 10th of the same year.
2. There was more time between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex than between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and you.
The Stegosaurus lived ~150 million years ago, while the T-Rex lived only ~65 million years ago. Practically yesterday.
3. Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of “The Fresh Prince.”
When James Avery (Uncle Phil) started on The Fresh Prince, he was 45-years-old. Today, Will Smith is a slightly older 45.
4. The first pyramids were built while the woolly mammoth was still alive.
While most mammoths died out 10,000 years ago, a small populations survived until 1650 BC. By that point, Egypt was halfway through its empire, and the Giza Pyramids were already 1000 years old.
5. Cleopatra lived closer to the building of Pizza Hut than the pyramids.
The Great Pyramid was built cerca 2560 BC, while Cleopatra lived around 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.
6. Betty White is older than sliced bread…well shit.
Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented sliced bread in 1928, while Betty White was born in 1922. Bread had existed prior, just not in the pre-sliced form.
7. Harvard University was founded before there was even calculus.
Harvard is the oldest higher education institution in the US, founded in 1636. Calculus wasn’t derived until later in the 17th century, with the work of Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton.
8. The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series, women were not allowed to vote
The infamous cold streak by the Chicago Cubs baseball team extends back to 1908, when they won their second World Series. Women in the US acquired the vote in 1920.
9. The fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail.
The first fax machine was developed by Alexander Bain in 1843, meanwhile The Great Migration began across America.
10. The jewelry company Tiffany & Co. has been around longer than Italy.
Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded Tiffany & Young in 1837, while Italy didn’t become a country until 1861.
11. John Tyler, America’s 10th President, still has two living grandchildren.
John Tyler served from 1841 to 1845, a full 20 years before Abraham Lincoln. He had a son, Lyon, at age 63. Lyon would have Lyon Jr. and Harrison at 71 and 75, respectively. Both are still alive today and in their 80’s.
12. When Warner Brothers formed, the Ottoman Empire was still a thing.
Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1903. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire spanned from 1299 to 1923, when Turkey became an independent nation.
13. Turn your TV to a dead station, and ~1% of the static is left over radiation from the Big Bang.
You are literally witnessing the aftermath of the creation of the universe.
14. If the history of Earth were compressed to a single year, modern humans would appear on December 31st at about 11:00pm.
The human race has ‘dominated’ Earth for only 0.004% of the planets history.
15. The oldest living persons birth was closer to the signing of the American Constitution than to the current day
Misao Okawa was born in 1898, making her 115 years of age. The Constitution was signed in 1787.
16. Oxford University is older than Aztec civilization
Teaching started in Oxford as early as 1096 and by 1249 the University was open. The Aztec civilization as we know it began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.