Time. It’s an odd thing, isn’t it? There are days that seem like they’ll never come to a close, but in the end we’re all left thinking we didn’t have enough time to get things done.

We read time travel books and watch time travel movies, and they make us think (mostly about how time travel doesn’t work, imho). Humans essentially made up the concept of time passing so we could put our existence into some kind of order.

So it only seems fair that this post about time shakes up your world just a tiny bit.

14. America’s 10th President still has two living grandchildren

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John Tyler fathered a son at the ripe age of 63, and he has two living grandchildren in their 80s.

13. The evolution of aviation was crazy fast

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We went from the Wright Brothers barely managing to stay aloft for a solid minute (1903), to using aircraft for nuclear strikes (1945), to landing on the moon (1969) in under 70 years. Pretty freaking wild, right?

12. The first fax machine was invented while people were traveling on the Oregon Trail

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Alexander Bain invented the first fax machine in 1843. The famous wagon trail west was established around 1836 and was used until 1869.

11. By 2014, we were taking more photos every two minutes than were taken in the entire 19th century

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Granted, photography wasn’t invented until 1826, but still. This is pretty mind blowing (it definitely would be mind blowing to those people who lived in 1826).

10. When Warner Bros. opened for business, the Ottoman Empire was still a thing

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The brothers opened their first theater in 1903, and the Ottoman Empire didn’t collapse until Turkish independence in 1923.

9. Star Wars was released the same year as France’s last execution by guillotine

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1977 was a big one, apparently. As someone who was born in 1979, I have to say that the guillotine seems like it belongs in a totally different history book than Darth Vader.

8. Betty White is literally older than sliced bread

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Betty was born in 1922, and sliced bread didn’t hit shelves until 1928. The jury is still out on which has had a more positive effect on society.

7. Tiffany’s has been around longer than Italy

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Yes, the jewelry store and Audrey Hepburn’s favorite place to break her fast has been around (1837) longer than Italy has been a country (1861).

6. Fox has premiered (and canceled) close to 250 television shows while The Simpsons has been on the air

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Earlier this year, the show completed its 28th season. That is insane.

5. Before 2016 (editors note: GO CUBBIES), the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a World Series since before women had the right to vote

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Before 2016, the Cubs hadn’t won a World Series since 1908. Women were granted the right to vote in 1920, which is wayyyyyyyyy later than seems right, or possible.

4. Everything in this full-page Radio Shack ad now exists in a single smart phone

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3. Cleopatra lived closer to the time of Pizza Huts than the pyramids

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She was born around 69 BCE – well over 2,000 years after the pyramids are estimated to have been built (2,600-ish), but only about 1,950 years from the opening of the first Pizza Hut.

2. Humans comprise only about .004% of Earth’s history

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Think about it this way: if the entire history of the planet was compressed into a single year, we would appear after 11:00 pm on December 31st. Yeah.

1. Harvard was founded before the invention of calculus

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Harvard is the oldest university in the United States, founded in 1636. Calculus was simultaneously invented by Newton and Liebnez later in the 17th century.

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