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Mind Blowing…These 23 Unbelievable Facts Will DESTROY Your Understanding Of Time

February 18, 2015 | 11 Comments » | Topics: Interesting

1. 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.

2. Every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s.

On the left is the first photograph ever taken (1826), View from the Window at Le Gras by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. On the right is a cat who accidentally took a picture of itself (2013). It’s estimated that in 2014, humans will take 880 billion photos (not including cats). In fact, 10% of all the photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months.


3. Oxford University is older than the Aztecs.

Teaching started in Oxford as early as 1096, and by 1249, the University was officially founded. The Aztec civilization as we know it began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.


4. 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.

5. In the span of 66 years, we went from taking flight to landing on the moon.

In 1903 the Wright brothers successfully flew a plane for a whopping 59 seconds. 38 years later, in 1941, the Japanese used flight to bomb Pearl Harbor. Only 28 years after that, Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.

6. There is more processing power in a TI-83 calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

The guidance computer from the Apollo 11 mission ran at 1.024 MHz, about 1/6th of the processing power of a TI-83 calculator. One is used by students to play Tetris, the other took humans to the moon.


7. The oldest living person’s birth is closer to the signing of the Constitution than present day.

Misao Okawa was born in 1898, an astonishing 116 years ago. The Constitution was signed in 1787, which makes her life 4 years closer to the historic Philadelphia convention than to today


8. John Tyler, America’s 10th President, 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.

9. The first pyramids were built while the woolly mammoth was still alive.

 While most mammoths died out long before civilizations arose, 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.

10. 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.

11. France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars came out.B

Star Wars premiered in theaters in May 1977. The last execution by guillotine took place September 10th of the same year.

12. Betty White is older than sliced bread.

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.

13. This is what the difference in Olympic Gold looks like across 56 years of women’s vault.

On the left, Larisa Latinya wins gold for the USSR in 1956. On the right, McKayla Maroney wins gold for the US in 2012.

14. Everything in this 1991 RadioShack ad exists in a single smartphone.

Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, stated that over the history of computing, the number of transistors on circuits doubles approximately every two years. Moore’s Law has held true for over 40 years and successfully predicted our incredible advancement in mobile technology.


15. When Warner Brothers formed, the Ottoman Empire was still alive.

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.

16. Harvard University was founded before calculus was derived.

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.

17. 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.

18. Humans never fully experience the “present” – we’re always living in the past.

Every human being is living at least 80 milliseconds in the past. David Eagleman believes that our consciousness lags behind actual events and that when you think an event occurs, it has already happened before your brain has a chance to create a cohesive picture of the world.


19. 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.

20. If you’re over 45, the world population has doubled in your lifetime.

In 1968, the world population was 3,557,000,000. Today, the world population is 7,217,000,000 and grows by over 200,000 daily.

21. There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written.

Some of the bowhead whales living off the coast of Alaska are well over 200 years old. They were born well before Moby Dick was written in 1851.


22. If the history of Earth were compressed to a single year, modern humans would appear on December 31st at about 11:58pm.

The human race has lived on Earth for only 0.004% of the planet’s history.


This brilliant comic by artist XKCD is called Frequency. It’s one thing to talk about time…it’s another thing to feel it.



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11 Responses to “Mind Blowing…These 23 Unbelievable Facts Will DESTROY Your Understanding Of Time”

  1. Tiago Henrique Says:
    February 23rd, 2015 at 10:28 am

    0,004% of planet’s history, and still in this short time, we can destroy everything. Congrats humanity.

  2. xanderphife Says:
    February 26th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    1% of this posts word content and still you manage to ruin everything. Are you not breathing? Do you not have a life to live as a sentient being? Is everything really DESTROYED?? There is only one thing one this page that has anything to do with the world being destroyed (#19) and yet that EXTINCTION event that happened closer to our time today than the time life was first present on earth. Somehow things weren’t really destroyed and nature made such a miraculous comeback. . . BUT NOW HUMANS!!!!!! Get over yourself man. There is no way Humans can kill life (we can’t even kill simple virus’s). All that could possibly happen is that WE can no longer live on earth. Honestly it seems like that is what people like you are really after and If it means I don’t have to put up with the incessant WHINING than maybe I can agree it wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Go make the world better. Or shut up (Hey, that WOuld make the world better!)

  3. Tiago Henrique Says:
    February 28th, 2015 at 9:01 am

    hahahaha relax bro, I meant about our incapacity in natural resources administration that we use. The earth, if we disappear TODAY, would take only 5 years to completely recompose itself from the human damage to the climate. Sure we can’t destroy life in earth, I didn’t say that.

    So relax and go fuck yourself.


  4. xanderphife Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I still don’t hear you identifying a specific problem or proposing a specific solution. Just a lot of whining.

  5. Tiago Henrique Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Specific solution?… Well, I don’t believe there’s a solution, I believe that the humanity won’t survive in the future.

    Specific problem? WTF DAWG. Which one of them? There’s no whining, just saying that we can destroy everything. And the largest glacier calving is a proof oh that.

  6. xanderphife Says:
    March 2nd, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    The largest glacier calving is proof of what? That we can destroy ice? Ice is a form of water. I’m pretty sure all that happened is that the ice went into a liquid state. This word destroy. . . I don’t think it means the same thing that you do.

  7. Tiago Henrique Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 7:06 am

    So, according to you, we didn’t contribute to this? Õ_o

  8. xanderphife Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    No. Whether I specifically, we generally, or God himself caused some ice to change states into a liquid does not prove that Humanity is guilty of Destroying _______ (fill in your next best example). Humanity is the most advanced, empathetic and conscientious species ever to evolve. We are not perfect. Our conversation is probably evidence of that. If you have no hope for humanity then your anger only increases your suffering (and the suffering of others). If you do have hope, and I urge you most emphatically to embrace whatever faint light can pierce your mind’s vale, then never give up trying to make the world better. God bless

  9. Tiago Henrique Says:
    March 3rd, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    I don’t have anger, but I believe that everybody(that knows what’s really happening to the world) suffer.

    We have different opinions, so we’ll never agree.

    The image shows how the thaw has grown with the years. Big hug.

  10. Tiago Henrique Says:
    March 4th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    So, if the ice was created to change to water, why it has changed more and more over the years?

  11. Abigail Adams Says:
    February 27th, 2015 at 12:11 am

    The earth is not millions of years old, and all dinosaurs were created by God Himself on Day 6.


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