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

We try to define time, track time, and measure time. It’s perplexing. The human race has a distorted perception of time, as evidenced by the facts below. We really need to learn more about the fourth dimension!

1. Cleopatra lived closer to the building of Pizza Hut than the pyramids.


The Great Pyramid was built cerca 2560 BC. Cleopatra lived around 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958. This makes it about 500 years closer!

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


Here we see the first ever photograph taken in 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. This occurred in 2013.  They say that in 2014, humans will have taken 880 billion photos. This doesn’t include cats. And imagine this: 10% of all the photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months!

Source: blog.1000memories.com

3. Oxford University is older than the Aztecs.


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IN 1096 teaching at Oxford began. The University was officially founded as early as 1249.  The Aztec civilization began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.

Source: smithsonianmag.com

4. Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of “The Fresh Prince.”


When Uncle Phil (James Avery) began acting on The Fresh Prince, he was 45-years-old. Will Smith today is older than 45!

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


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The Wright brothers flew a plane successfully for a whole 59 seconds. Then, 38 years later in 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor using flight. 28 years later in 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.

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


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1.024 MHz was what the guidance computer form the Apollo 11 mission was running at. That is about 1/6th the processing power of a TI-83 calculator. To put it in further perspective, one was used to take humans to the moon, while the other was used by students…to play Tetris!

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


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Born in 1898, Misao Okowa lived to an incredible age of 116 years. In 1787 the constitution was signed. This makes her life 4 years closer to the Philadelphia historic convention, than to today.

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8. John Tyler, America’s 10th President, has two living grandchildren.


Serving from 1841 to 1845, John Tyler served a full 20 years before Abraham Lincoln. His son Lyon was born when he was 63. His other sons, Lyon Jr. and Harrison, he had at 71 and 75. Both are now in their 80’s today.

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


Most mammoths died off long before the rise of civilization. But a small populace did survive until 1650 BC. Egypt at that point was halfway through its empire. The Giza Pyramids were already 1000 years old!

10. The fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail


In 1843, Alexander Bain developed the first fax machine. At the same time The Great Migration had begun across America.

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


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

12. Betty White is older than sliced bread.


Sliced bread was invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder in 1928. Betty White was born in 1922. While bread had indeed existed prior to this, it was only in pre-sliced form.

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


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

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


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Co-founder of Intel, Gordon Moore had stated that the number of transistors on circuits would double approximately every two years over the course of computing history. He successfully predicted this incredible advancement in mobile technology as Moore’s law has held true for over 40 years now.

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


The Cascade in New Castle, Pennsylvania was a theater opened in 1903 by Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner. From 1299 to 1923, the Ottoman Empire took place and Turkey became an independent nation.

16. Harvard University was founded before calculus was derived.


The oldest higher education institute in the US was Harvard, founded in 1636. It wasn’t until later in the 17th century, that Calculus was derived, thanks to 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.


Extending back to 1908, the Chicago baseball team has been on a long dry spell. Back then they won their second World Series, while women in the US didn’t acquire the right to vote until 1920.

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


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We all live at least 80 milliseconds in the past. When you think an event occurs, it has actually already happened before your brain has a chance to form a cohesive picture of what just has happened, according to David Eagleman.

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19. There was more time between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex than between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and you.


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150 million years ago was when the Stegosaurus lived. The T-Rex on the other hand had lived only ~65 million years ago. Almost like yesterday.

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


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The world population was 3,557,000,000 in 1968. Today, the world population is 7,217,000,000. And it continues to grow by over 200,000 daily.

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


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Some of the bowhead whales off the coast of Alaska are over 200 years old. Moby Dick was written in 1851, so these whales were born well before the writing of this classic novel.

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


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




Artist XDCD created this amazing comic called  dFrequency.  Feeling time is a whole different experience than just talking about time.

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