20 Incredible Facts That Will Shatter Your Perception of Time

Posted on Nov 07, 2016

We are used to thinking in time-space categories, and we tend to organize events in history and our lives chronologically. But sometimes it all gets a bit mixed, and we forget how little or a lot of time has passed. Like when you get an invitation for celebrating 20 years from your prom, and you can't believe it's been 20 years. Only even more intense. So, let's see what it's all about.

1. Stegosaurus and T. Rex

Stegosaurus and T. Rex
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A period when the Stegosaurus was alive is approximately 150,000,000 years ago and the time in history when Tyrannosaurus Rex was an inhabitant of the earth was "only" 65,000,000 years ago, which puts him much closer to our time than the time when the Stegosaurus lived!

2. Betty White vs Sliced Bread

Betty White vs Sliced Bread
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She's older than the bread! Sliced bread was invented in 1928, 6 years after she was born!

3. If You're Older Than 45

If You're Older Than 45
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The Earth has two times more inhabitants than it had when you were born, according to the data.

4. The Time When Cleopatra Lived

The Time When Cleopatra Lived
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It's actually closer to the opening of Pizza Hut than the time when the pyramids were built. Sounds unbelievable, but let's count - Cleopatra died in 30 BC, The Great Pyramid was constructed around 2560 BC, and Pizza Hutt opened for the first time in 1958. The difference is around 500 years!

5. The Power of the Processor in a Modern Calculator and the Power of a Computer That Guided Apollo 11

The Power of the Processor in a Modern Calculator and the Power of a Computer That Guided Apollo 11
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The power of the processor in the TI-83 is six times bigger than the one in the computer that helped Apollo 11 to land on the Moon (1.024 MHz). Now, that sounds crazy!

6. Some Sorts of Mammoth Weren't Extinct When the Pyramids Were Constructed

Some Sorts of Mammoth Weren't Extinct When the Pyramids Were Constructed
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Most of the mammoths were extinct before any civilization existed, but there was a sort that lived even thousand years after the Giza Pyramids were built, which means around 1650 BC.

7. When We Think the Aztec Civilization Is Old

When We Think the Aztec Civilization Is Old
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We are right. We can place its beginnings in 1325. But, let's think about the Oxford University. It was officially opened in 1249, but some classes started 1096, which means that the Oxford University is more than 2 centuries older!

8. A Proof That We're Taking a Lot of Photos

A Proof That We're Taking a Lot of Photos
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The first photo in history is on the left, and it was taken in 1826. In 2013, the cat on the right took a selfie. The total number of photos taken in the 19th century equals the number of photos we take in just two minutes nowadays. In 2014, people made around 880 billion photographs. These are some crazy numbers, especially in comparison.

9. Moby Dick

Moby Dick
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Some sorts of whales that live around Alaska are older than 2 centuries, which means they were already born when Moby Dick was published in 1851.

10. John Tyler Has Two Grandchildren Who Are Still Alive Today

John Tyler Has Two Grandchildren Who Are Still Alive Today
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Even though he was the tenth president of the USA and it seems like it was ages ago (and it actually was, almost 2 centuries ago), his two grandsons are still alive. He was in his sixties when he had a son and his son was in his seventies when John Tyler's grandsons were born. They are now in their eighties.

11. From the Beginning Til Now

From the Beginning Til Now
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If we imagine one year as the entire history of Earth, modern humans would be "born" on the 31st of December, two minutes before midnight!

12. Uncle Phil and Will Smith

Uncle Phil and Will Smith
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James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil in the series "The Fresh Princ of Bel-Air" was 45 when the show aired. But Will Smith is now 48! Time really runs so fast!

13. Warner Brothers and the Ottoman Empire

Warner Brothers and the Ottoman Empire
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The Ottoman Empire seems like an empire that existed so long ago, but actually, Turkey became an independent country only in 1923, 20 years after Warner Brothers was formed.

14. Progression of Airplanes and Flying

Progression of Airplanes and Flying
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The first successful flight in history was the one in 1903, by the famous Wright brothers. In 1969, humans landed and walked on the Moon, which is only 66 years after the first flight that was 59 seconds long!

15. An Ad from 1991

An Ad from 1991
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And now you can find all of what the ad includes in every smartphone!

16. Harvard Is Older Than Calculus

Harvard Is Older Than Calculus
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Harvard was established in 1936 and calculus was also derived in the 17th century, but later.

17. Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs
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They won the World Series in 1908 and at that time women still didn't have a right to vote. They were allowed to vote in the USA only 12 years later, starting with 1920. After more than a hundred years, the Cubs finally won in 2016.

18. Misao Okawa

Misao Okawa
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Okawa was the oldest person when she died on April 1st in 2015. She was born in 1898 and closer to the day of the signing of The Constitution than to the day which was present when she lived, in 2015.

19. We All Live in the Past

We All Live in the Past
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A human brain is a fascinating and weird construction. According to science, we detect and react to events eighty milliseconds after they actually happen.

20. Is the Fax Machine That Old?

Is the Fax Machine That Old?
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Who would place the invention of the fax machine in the same period of The Great Migration in America? Yet, it is true. It was invented in 1843.
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