Sometimes, it seems like history is so distant, but when we compare different historical milestones, we realize nothing is as distant as it seems in our minds. Here are 10 examples of time facts that will certainly make you reconsider the notions of time and history, courtesy of CollegeHumor.
1. The Tyrannosaurus Rex had a better shot at meeting human beings than meeting the Stegosaurus
The Stegosaurus lived during the Cretaceous period, while the Tyrannosaurus Rex lived during the Jurassic period. These scaly-backed creatures lived 150 million years ago. However, the T-Rex didn’t evolve until about 67 million years ago. This means that nearly 83 million years separated the two species; it also means modern humans are living closer in time to T-Rexes than they are to the Stegosaurus. Weird, right?
2. Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barbara Walters were born in the same year
All these folks were born in 1929. Some others famous people born during that year include Audrey Hepburn, Arnold Palmer, and Dick Clark. Many of them were popular during a different period and that’s why it seems weird to us that they belong to the same generation. Barb is still kicking at age 88, by the way!
3. More than 6% of all humans who have ever lived are alive today
The first Homo sapiens appeared around 50,000 years ago. In terms of history, the human population grew very slowly. By 9000 BC, the estimated world population was five million people, roughly equal to the population of Norway today. Since conditions improved, the planet’s population rose to one billion by 1800, and 6.2 billion by 2002.
4. Before the 2016 triumph, The Chicago Cubs’ Last World Series Championship was won before women’s suffrage began
The Chicago Cubs’ victory last year was the first time they a won a World Series since 1908. Meanwhile, American women gained the right to vote in 1920.
5. If the characters from The Simpsons aged in real time, Homer would be 65, Marge would be 64, Bart would be 39, Lisa would be 37 and Maggie would be a 29-year-old grown-up
Isn’t that disappointing to even think about? The Simpsons have been on the air for 28 seasons and the show was recently renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons. 623 episodes have been produced since the Springfield family’s inception in 1989.
6. The jewelry company Tiffany & Co. is older than Italy
Italy was founded when General Giuseppe Garibaldi united its various city-states into one nation in the distant 1861. Meanwhile, Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young formed Tiffany & Young in New York City in 1837. Later on, the company became Tiffany & Co. in 1853.
7. Queen Elizabeth II has watched 12 Presidents of the United States change
Since she took the throne in 1952, she has seen a lot in her life! During that time, she has met with all of the White House residents except for Lyndon Johnson, and the most recently elected Donald Trump. Can you believe the Queen is actually 91 years old?
8. The Eiffel Tower, Nintendo and Coca-Cola are all the same age
1889 was an important year in history, as it produced these three iconic entities. At that time, the US only had 38 states, and Queen Victoria was simultaneously the Queen of England and the Empress of India.
9. Kids that entered middle school this year are younger than the 2004 movie Mean Girls
The comedy Mean Girls was released thirteen years ago. That basically explains everything else mentioned above.
10. The debut of MTV was closer in time to World War II than it is to this point in time
World War II officially began on September 1, 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland, and ended on September 2, 1945. Meanwhile, MTV was launched as the first 24-hour-music channel in the U.S. on August 1, 1981, thirty-six years ago. The distance in time between that moment and Japan’s capitulation in 1945 was just shy of 36 years.
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