These 18 amazing facts about time will both shock and amuse you. Its incredible to think that humans have only been on this planet for 0.004% of the earths history.
1. France was still making heads role when Star Wars first came out.
The first ever star wars film was premiered in May 1977. The last execution by guillotine in France took place September 10th, in the same year.
2. The gap in time between Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex was bigger than between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and you.
The Stegosaurs lived 150 million years ago. The T-Rex just 65 million years ago. Basically nothing!
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 ever pyramids where built whilst the wooly mammoth was still walking the earth.
Even though they died out 10,000 years ago, a small number of them survived until around 1650 BC. By this point the pyramids in Giza where 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
sliced bread has been around a lot longer, however in pre-sliced form only since 1928. Betty was born in 1928.
7. The calculator was invented after Harvard University was founded
Harvard is one of the oldest university institutes in the U.S., founded in 1636. The calculator did not come until the 17th century, courtesy of Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton.
8. Women where not allowed to vote last time the Chicago Cubs won a world series
This cold streak has lasted since 1908, however women acquired the the vote in the US in 1920.
9. There are whales out there older than the tale of Moby Dick.
Some of the bowhead whales around Alaska are way beyond 200 years old, and Moby Dick was only written in 1851.
10. The fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail.
The first ever fax machine was developed by Alexander Bain in 1843. At this same time the Great Migration began across America.
11. jewellery company Tiffany & Co. is older than Italy.
Founded in 1837, Tiffant & Co. is actually older than Italy itself, which didn’t become a country until 1861.
12. 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. At the grand age of 63, he has a son, Lyon. Lyon went on to have Lyon Jr. and Harrison at 71 and 75, even older!. Both are now in their 80’s.
13. 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. At the same time, The Ottoman Empire spanned from 1299 to 1923, when Turkey became an independent nation.
14. Less than 1% of the static you see on TV is made up of radiation left over from the big bang
What you see here is the aftermath of the creation of the universe.
15. If you where to compress the entire history of earth into a single year, we would only appear on december the 31st at 11:00pm
We have only been around for 0.004% of the earths history.
16. 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.
17. Aztec civilisation isn’t as old as Oxford university is
Teaching in Oxford began in 1046, and it became a proper university in 1249. The Aztec civilisation as its typically known was only founded in 1325.
18. Methuselah, a tree so old, its more ancient than the pyramids.
This tree was germinated in 3051 BC. Since then, it has lived 4845 years, meaning it has seen the entire human history.