Time is usually referred to as the fourth dimension. The perception of time itself can be confounding. It comes as no surprise that we even lose or distort the perception of time. Here are some historical facts to put it all into perspective. Some of this shit will blow your mind. Some of it won’t. Either way, our perception of time is super weird.
Cleopatra lived closer to the opening of McDonald than the pyramids
Cleopatra was born in 69 BC, while the Great Pyramid of Giza was completed around 2560 BCE. The first McDonalds opened in 1953, which is about 500 years closer.
The Stegosaurus was older to the Tyrannosaurus rex than the T. rex is to us
Stegosaurus and T-Rex didn’t live in same time. T-Rex lived 65 million years ago while the Stegosaurus lived more than 150 million years ago.
Woolly Mammoths still walked the Earth when the Great Pyramid was being built
The first pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid at Saqarra, was built between 2667 and 2648 BCE. While most mammoths died out long before civilizations arose, a small populations survived until 1650 BC.
George Washington was almost 40 years old when Beethoven was born
George Washington was born in Virginia in 1732 and Ludwig Van Beethoven was born on or about December 16, 1770
France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars came out
The last execution by guillotine took place September 10th 1977, of a man named Hamida Djandoubi, the same year the first Star Wars movie premiered in theaters.
The Ottoman Empire still existed when the Warner Brothers formed
The Ottoman Empire spanned from 1299 to 1923 and Warner Brothers opened their first theater in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1903.
Oxford University existed before The Aztec Empire was founded
Oxford University was officially founded in 1249 while the Aztec civilization as we know it began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.
Octopuses are older than Dinosaurs
The Mesozoic era brought forth more than 180 million years of dinosaurs until their extinction 65 million years ago. Based on the oldest octopus shaped fossil ever found, it can be said that octopuses are about 296 million years old.
We made it to the moon only 66 years after the Wright brothers invented human flight
In 1903 the Wright brothers successfully flew a plane for a whopping 59 seconds, and only 28 years later Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.
Adolf Hitler was born the same year Nintendo was founded and The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated
The year of 1889.
Pluto didn’t even get to complete one orbit around the sun between the time it was discovered and the time it was declassified as a planet
Pluto was discovered back in 1930 and it takes 248 Earth-years to orbit the sun just once. That means it didn’t even complete one orbit around the sun from the time it was being called a planet.
Today’s oldest living tree was already 1,000years old when the last wooly mammoth died
The world’s oldest tree is a Great Basin bristlecone pine is dated at 5067 years old. And wooly mammoths didn’t finally go extinct until 4,000 years ago
A plane from New Zealand traveled in time
A Hawaiian plane took off from Auckland at 00:05 on January 1, 2018. The passengers on the plane were happy to celebrate the New Year twice because the plane landed in Honolulu at 10:16 local time on December 31, 2017.
We are now closer to 2033 than 2000
When we hear “10 years ago,” we still think about the ’90s, not about the 2000s. By the way, it’s been 18 years since the year 2000. And we have just 15 years until the year 2033.
If the history of the universe was condensed into a year, the Milky Way would form on May 15, life on earth would appear on September 21, and the dinosaurs would go extinct on December 30. Modern humans would evolve on December 31 at 11:52 PM and Columbus would discover America at 11:59:58 PM
The human race has lived on Earth for only 0.004% of the planet’s history.