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30 Puzzling Facts About Time

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1. The Ottoman Empire still existed when Warner Bros. was founded.

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.


2. In the span of 63 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.


3. 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.


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

The Great Pyramid was built c. 2550 BC, while Cleopatra lived between 69 and 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.


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

The Stegosaurus lived 150 million years ago, while the T-Rex lived only 65 million years ago. Practically yesterday.


6. 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.


7. Everything you see happened in the past, not the present.

Since it takes about 50 milliseconds for visual information to process in your brain, by the time you actually "see" something, it happened in the past.


8. If you’re over 50, 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.


9. More than 6% of all humans who have ever lived are alive today.

Thanks to a boom in population growth following advances in technology and medicine, the current human population living on Earth right now is about 6% of the entire human population in the entire history of the planet.


10. Some of the world's whales that are alive today were born before Moby-Dick was written.

Some bowhead whales are believed to have a lifespan of more than 200 years. Since Moby Dick was published in 1851, that means there may be whales out there who are nearly 50 years older than the book.


11. If the history of Earth were compressed to a single year, modern humans would appear on December 31st at about 11:50pm.

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


12. 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.


13. 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.


14. 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 2018, 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.


15. 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.


16. There is more processing power in a TI-83 calculator (1996) than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon (1969).

Yes, believe it or not, 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!


17. Since the first episode of The Simpsons, Fox has ran and cancelled over 300 other TV shows.

Since 1989, The Simpsons has aired an astonishing 629 episodes and continues into its 25th season. In that time, Fox has canceled countless other shows, such as Firefly (2002) and Arrested Development (2003-2006).


18. Almost everything in this 1991 Radio Shack 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.


19. The galaxies we observe are millions of years in the past and could actually be dead.

The Andromeda galaxy is our closest galactic neighbor at 2.5 million light years away. That means that light from Andromeda takes 2.5 million years to reach us, and when it finally does, the light produces a picture of the galaxy that is 2.5 million years out of date. For all we know, many galaxies and stars we observe may be long gone.


20. 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 slightly older than 45.


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