Do you ever stop and think about how much time really flies? If you have kids, this seems a little more apparent. You’ll look down at your child and think, “I remember back when you were a brand new baby and oh so tiny.” But then you see them and they are about to go into junior high. How in the heck does that even work? Are you one of those people who think they really understand how time works and how quickly it goes by? Take a look at some of these facts. I’m sure you’ll think a little bit differently after seeing these. I know I did.
1. Cleopatra lived closer to the building of Pizza Hut than the pyramids. The Great Pyramid was built cerca 2560 BC, while Cleopatra lived around 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.
2. Every two minutes, we take as many photos as everyone took during the entire 1800’s.
3. 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.
4. Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air. When James Avery (Uncle Phil) started on The Fresh Prince, he was 45 years old. Today, Will Smith is a slightly older 45.
5. Within 66 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. Just 38 short years later, in 1941, the Japanese used a plane to bomb Pearl Harbor. Only 28 years after that, Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.
6. 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.
7. 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 life 4 years closer to the historic Philadelphia convention than it is to today.
8. John Tyler, America’s 10th President, has two living grandchildren.
9. 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.
10. The fax machine was invented the same year that people were traveling the Oregon Trail (and some people still use a fax machine!)
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