These 22 Astounding Facts Will Change The Way You Think About The Entire History Of Earth.

You know that in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. You can name a lot of the U.S. presidents (the power-hitters, anyway). But if you really wanna mess with your sense of history, check out this mind-blowing trivia on the perspective of time. 

1. Cleopatra's life is closer to the building of Pizza Hut than the building of the pyramids.

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Basically the two pillars of civilization.

2. The number of photos we take every two minutes is more than all of humanity took in the 1800s.

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They never smiled, we do duck face. We'll get it right some day.

3. Oxford University is older than the Aztecs.


Teaching at Oxford began in 1096. The Aztecs didn't get in the game until 1325.

4. Will Smith today is older than Uncle Phil was at the start of "Fresh Prince."

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Will Smith is still a cool kid at 45. 

5. The journey from taking our first flight to landing on the moon is only 66 years.


The Wright Brothers made the first stumbling 50-second flight step for man in 1903; Neil Armstrong took the giant leap for mankind in 1969.

6. The TI-83 Calculator had more processing power than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.


Ha, remember calculators? Those flimsy things we used to have before we had phones?

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


Misao Okawa was born in 1898, so her birthday was 111 years after the signing of the Constitution, five whole years (and counting) closer than to today's date.


8. America's 10th president, John Tyler, has two living grandchildren.

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Tyler's term lasted from 1841 to 1845, 20 years before Lincoln's presidency. His grandkids are in their 80s today.

9. The Woolly Mammoth was still alive when the pyramids were built.

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In fact, they had a thousand years to get it together and visit the Giza pyramids before going extinct in 1650 BCE.

10. The fax machine was invented the same year as the Great Migration on the Oregon Trail.

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A fax is the WORST way to find out that Mary has died of dysentery.

11. When Star Wars (Episode IV: A New Hope) came out, France was still using its notorious guillotine. 

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That wretched hive of scum and villainy, France, finally gave it up later the same year.

12. Betty White is older than sliced bread by 6 years.

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Sliced bread it the best thing since Betty White.

13. Oh what a difference 56 years makes in the Olympic Gold for Women's Vault.


Compare USSR medalist, Larisa Latynina, in 1956 with USA medalist, McKayla Maroney, in 2012. 

14. Everything that's on this 1991 Radio Shack ad is encompassed in one smartphone today.


RIP, Radio Shack. You were so brave.

15. The Ottoman empire was still around when Warner Brothers was established.

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Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack Warner opened their first theater in 1903. The Ottoman Empire didn't say "th-th-th-that's all folks" until 1923.


16. Harvard University has been teaching math since before the deriving of calculus.

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Leibniz wrote his calculus in 1673 and published it in 1684, close to half a century after the founding of Harvard. 

17. Women weren't allowed to vote the last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.

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The Windy City's cold streak goes back to 1908 when they won their second World Series. That's 12 years earlier than women's voting rights in 1920.

18. Every human is living 80 milliseconds in the past.

According to neuroscientists, this is how long it takes the brain to form a cohesive picture of the world it's experiencing.

19. More time eclipsed between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex than the T-Rex and you.


Life, uh, finds a way. Unless you're a Stego with something to prove. Then you're 85 million years too late to fight a T-Rex.

20. The world population has doubled in Matt Damon's lifetime.


At the beginning of Damon, the world population was 3,557,000,000. 45 dimple-cheeked years later, it's at 7,217,000,000. Coincidence?

21. There are whales around today who remember when Moby Dick was written.


Some of Alaska's bowhead whales are more than 200 years old, old enough to remember when Herman Melville's scandalous diatribe was published in 1851. 

22. If the Earth's history was compressed into a single year, modern humans would make an entrance on December 31st at around 11:58 PM.


We've only been around for 0.004% of the Earth's history and we're the most fashionably late.

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