Time has always perplexed the human race. We’ve tried to define it, track it, and measure it since the emergence of civilization. However, facts like these listed here show us how warped our perception of time can be, and how much we still need to learn about the fourth dimension.
The first pyramids were built while the woolly mammoth was still alive.
Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of “The Fresh Prince.”
In the span of 66 years, we went from taking flight to landing on the moon.
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.
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. Our expectations have certainly risen in the last 60 years!
John Tyler, America’s 10th President, has two living grandchildren.
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. Relatively speaking, that is practically yesterday.
Every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s.
The fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail.
If the history of Earth were compressed to a single year, modern humans would appear on December 31st at about 11:58pm.
France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars came out.
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.
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.
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.
Cleopatra lived closer to the building of Pizza Hut than the pyramids.
When Warner Brothers formed, the Ottoman Empire was still alive.
Harvard University was founded before calculus was derived.
The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series, women were not allowed to vote.
Betty White is older than sliced bread.
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.
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 birth 4 years closer to the historic Philadelphia convention than to today.
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.
The human race has lived on Earth for only 0.004% of the planet’s history. Somehow, we have managed to lose approximately 50% of wild species within the last half century, which is less than 1% of our time on this planet.