10 Historical Facts That Will Seriously Mess With Your Perception of Time

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    10. Oxford University in England was created before the emergence of the Aztec Empire in modern Mexico
    9. Tiffany & Company is older than the nation of Italy
    8. The Titanic sank the same month that Boston’s Fenway Park opened for business
    7. The guillotine was still in use when Jimmy Carter was President of the United States
    6. The bicycle evolved years after the steam engine revolutionized locomotion
    5. The first man to achieve powered flight lived to see it accomplished at speeds faster than sound
    4. The last American pensioner from the Civil War died in the 21st century
    3. The Indianapolis 500 is older than the 50 star American flag (and the 48 star flag, too)
    2. Woolly mammoths were still roaming the earth when the pyramids were built at Giza
    1. Americans were on the moon before women in Switzerland were allowed to vote

    Source/Further reading:

    ox.ac.uk/about/organisation/history?wssl=1
    thejewelleryeditor.com/jewellery/article/the-history-of-tiffany-tiffanys/
    pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/kennedys-bio-john-francis/
    thesun.co.uk/news/6044102/beheading-experiments-guillotine-severed-heads-remain-alive/
    americanheritage.com/great-bicycle-craze
    npca.org/articles/1028-the-wright-stuff
    floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/24/one-n-c-woman-still-receiving-civil-war-pension/594982001/
    smithsonianmag.com/history/one-hundred-years-of-the-indy-500-158836397/
    bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1XkbKQwt49MpxWpsJ2zpfQk/13-mammoth-facts-about-mammoths
    news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/country-that-didnt-let-women-vote-till-1971/
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:History_of_the_late_war_between_the_United_States_and_Great_Britain-_(1836)_(14764673135).jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Alcazar,_St._Augustine,_Florida,_1898.jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Portrait_of_Conrad_Gesner_by_J.J._Boissard._Wellcome_L0017768.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nintendo_1889.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NintendoCards.jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Wall_Street_Journal_first_issue.jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1704_Gemelli_Map_of_the_Aztec_Migration_from_Aztlan_to_Chapultapec_-_Geographicus_-_AztecMigration-gemelli-1704.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SSA41434.JPG
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Senyeres-Invencible-Plymouth.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:University_College,_Oxford;_aerial_view_with_key_and_scale._Wellcome_V0014175.jpg
    commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Myles_Birket_Foster_The_High_Oxford.jpg
    ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:HarvardCollegeCharter.jpeg
    pexels.com/photo/europe-history-italy-monument-23806/
    maxpixel.net/static/photo/1x/Nation-Flag-Italy-State-2356384.jpg
    arz.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%85%D9%84%D9%81:Tiffany_blue_box_1.jpg
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Lewis_Tiffany_2.png
    uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Italy_1799.jpg
    ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Royal_standard_of_Italy_(1861_-_1880).svg
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Comments • 822

  • Clarence Brug
    Clarence Brug  2 days back

    We need more videos like this and less videos asking questions like " why are stop signs red?". Food for thought.

    • Garfeef
      Garfeef  4 days back

      Kim Il-Sung was born the same day Titanic sank

      • Joe Smith
        Joe Smith  5 days back

        Nintendo and Hitler were born in the same year lmao

        • Katharine Refin
          Katharine Refin  6 days back

          I love ya Simon!

          • ZarlanTheGreen
            ZarlanTheGreen  1 weeks back

            #5 ... That is pretty awesome.

            • ZarlanTheGreen
              ZarlanTheGreen  1 weeks back

              Bicycles did *_NOT_* start, or become common among the genteel, with the invention of the safety bicycle! The *_earlier_* bicycles, without chains (the Penny-Farthing, especially), were *_all the rage,_* and even had a major impact on Women's Rights and the feminist movement!

              • ZarlanTheGreen
                ZarlanTheGreen  1 weeks back

                0:25 lead stick? Lead has *_NEVER_* been used to write with. Papyrus was written on, using reed pens and ink! (quills came in, after people started using parchment)
                Also, pencils being as old as American settlements by Europeans (not counting the Vikings), is hardly notable, given how late that happened.

                • cass c
                  cass c  1 weeks back

                  Didnt realize HRC was Swiss.... 🙄

                  • Marc Colten
                    Marc Colten  2 weeks back

                    Facts I've learned:

                    1. That photo of the Wright brothers plane was the ONLY photo taken by that person. They set up the camera and told him to squeeze the bulb when the plane lifted off. Its a perfect picture. A second earlier and the plane would still be on the ramp and would not look like it was flying. A second later and it would have been further away.

                    2. The time interval between the building of the pyramids and Cleopatra is LONGER than from Cleopatra to the moon landing.

                    • Marc Colten
                      Marc Colten  2 weeks back

                      My father was born several days after the Titanic sank.

                      • Jacob Thompson
                        Jacob Thompson  2 weeks back

                        10:41
                        Spacex, blue origin, NASA: am I a joke to you?

                        • Wasserbienchen
                          Wasserbienchen  2 weeks back

                          Last one isn't entirely true, 1971 was the year the LAST canton of Switzerland gave women the vote, which iirc was Appenzell.

                          • Leviathan OHD
                            Leviathan OHD  3 weeks back

                            Bullfights still exists, and i go to watch them like 6 times at year because of that same reason, its surreal... time is relative.

                            • Anthony Pettit
                              Anthony Pettit  3 weeks back

                              Sorry but Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is the oldest continually inhabit community in North America. It's been continually inhabit for over 2000 years, before Spain was Spain. Several other Pueblos throughout New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, have been continually inhabit for 1000+ years. Make them the oldest communities in North America. You seem to forget the native Americans we're here first.

                              • Mystery D
                                Mystery D  3 weeks back

                                Take a guess when the paint roller was invented. Surprised? So was I.

                                • Player_1
                                  Player_1  3 weeks back

                                  Sadly women can't drive in some countries circa 2019. Time is relative.

                                  • Freddy Burdick
                                    Freddy Burdick  3 weeks back

                                    love your videos! this puts a lot of thing in prospective!! love it!

                                    • Louisa Capell
                                      Louisa Capell  3 weeks back

                                      Some of this is false, because of the fake history narrative pushed today.
                                      He glosses over and over simplifies things .

                                      • Hunter Scheib
                                        Hunter Scheib  3 weeks back

                                        Depending on what you consider functional, the first steam engine was made in ancient Greece. The aeolipile.

                                        • agaronek
                                          agaronek  3 weeks back

                                          Why are you making these videoes so very USA oriented?
                                          I get that the producers probably are american, but the videoes would be a lot more interesting if they would not consider facts based on how american-friendly or not they are.

                                          • CrazyBear65
                                            CrazyBear65  3 weeks back

                                            Pyramids, as well as most ancient structures, are a lot older than they are willing to admit. Geologists have proven that the sphinx is 30,000+ Think about _that_ while you sip your Starbux Latte...

                                          • 7thDesertRat
                                            7thDesertRat  3 weeks back

                                            toptenz has turned into an american view point channel, what a shame...

                                            • R C
                                              R C  3 weeks back

                                              You might think the USA is "Young" but its actually technically older than France and Italy. France is on its Fifth Republic, which only came into place in 1962. Italy's Republic was formed in 1946.
                                              *the more you know*

                                              • Pills _
                                                Pills _  3 weeks back

                                                My great-grandmother was born in a covered wagon and lived to see people walk on the moon.

                                                • Sean L
                                                  Sean L  3 weeks back

                                                  none of these are surprising, still interesting though.

                                                  • AJ Lynch
                                                    AJ Lynch  4 weeks back

                                                    Here’s another: I am around before the 51 star flag.

                                                    • Slemke 98
                                                      Slemke 98  2 weeks back

                                                      Incorrect. Vietnam is the 51st state.

                                                  • chris geroge
                                                    chris geroge  4 weeks back

                                                    Samsung was founded in 1938

                                                    • Helios Sky
                                                      Helios Sky  4 weeks back

                                                      The invention of the bicycle is a very interesting topic to think about because if you consider the technology that is required to produce the simplest bicycle, that tech has been around since the Roman era (minus the rubber for tires, however they could have just used solid wood wheels). So there is really no reason why humans couldn't have been pedaling themselves around 2000 years ago. It's incredible that nobody thought of that until the mid 19th century!

                                                      • Nate Bueche
                                                        Nate Bueche  4 weeks back

                                                        The invention of the battery is older then the Bible.

                                                        • J D
                                                          J D  4 weeks back

                                                          14:44 Woolly mammoths would be "ancestors" not "descendants" of elephants.

                                                          • J D
                                                            J D  4 weeks back

                                                            @Helios Sky Nice! My vast knowledge is improved. Thank you!

                                                          • Helios Sky
                                                            Helios Sky  4 weeks back

                                                            Also they aren't ancestors, they are separate lineages.

                                                        • Riko Saikawa
                                                          Riko Saikawa  4 weeks back

                                                          lol they only count settlements of whites on american soil

                                                          • Rodger Hodgson
                                                            Rodger Hodgson  4 weeks back

                                                            My oldest brother is two years younger than me.

                                                            • Sean -Chesthole- Osman
                                                              Sean -Chesthole- Osman  4 weeks back

                                                              I can't believe we landed on the moon before someone invented compound bows. Don't get me started on pockets and hallways neither.

                                                              • Felix Keenan
                                                                Felix Keenan  4 weeks back

                                                                Train needed rails though, not hard to understand why iron wheel cycles wouldn't catch on... Pneumatic tires where made for bikes.

                                                                • Evan Galyen
                                                                  Evan Galyen  4 weeks back

                                                                  Harvard was founded in 1636

                                                                  • Quirko Germont
                                                                    Quirko Germont  4 weeks back

                                                                    Longest in northamerican continent? Mexico have some older... And still north america

                                                                    • Alessandro Marcolin
                                                                      Alessandro Marcolin  4 weeks back

                                                                      Here is another one: in the span of time since I was born - 51 years ago - the world population has more than doubled. Human population that is, as the population of most other living forms decreased, in some cases to the brink of exintion.

                                                                      • AJ Lynch
                                                                        AJ Lynch  4 weeks back

                                                                        Bugs are thriving too

                                                                      • David Beppler
                                                                        David Beppler  4 weeks back

                                                                        It will double again in 25 years. Unless something catastrophic happens.

                                                                    • Richard Hopkins
                                                                      Richard Hopkins  4 weeks back

                                                                      Try this one..

                                                                      How long ago did they quit making pencils with lead, and start making them with graphite? 100 years ago? 200 years ago??

                                                                      The answer is... Pencils were NEVER made with lead to write with. They have been made with graphite since they were first invented.

                                                                      • Ian Ireland
                                                                        Ian Ireland  1 months back

                                                                        Orville Wright was NOT the first he was the second. Richard William Pearse beat the Wright brothers by 6 months.

                                                                        • LaQuinn Rap God with the Rah-Rah

                                                                          I think the world thinks the US is dumb

                                                                          • Mr Raptor
                                                                            Mr Raptor  1 months back

                                                                            Those wholly mammoth you showed, wasn't the species that lived when the pyramids were build, instead it was a much smaller, dwarf like species that lived secluded on an isle north of Siberia.

                                                                            • jessyg17
                                                                              jessyg17  1 months back

                                                                              He butchers some random word in almost every video- this time it's guillotine. It drives me crazy and takes me out of the narrative.

                                                                              • Steven Glowacki
                                                                                Steven Glowacki  3 weeks back

                                                                                That's the typical British hyper-anglicized pronunciation. Americans tend to use more French-based pronunciations of French words, where the British are more likely to read them as though they were English words.

                                                                            • One oftheabove
                                                                              One oftheabove  1 months back

                                                                              What world do the they actually pronounce the "LL's" in guillotine? PMSL.

                                                                              • Richard Hopkins
                                                                                Richard Hopkins  4 weeks back

                                                                                Yep, some people pronounce it how it would be if it were an English word

                                                                              • Richard Hopkins
                                                                                Richard Hopkins  4 weeks back

                                                                                A world that doesn't speak French

                                                                            • YOWHAZGOOD
                                                                              YOWHAZGOOD  1 months back

                                                                              ...you just say Jewbox?


                                                                              ... sounds like it...

                                                                              • Carolynne Walters
                                                                                Carolynne Walters  1 months back

                                                                                You mean "ascendant"? A descendant is a grandchild, great grandchild, etc.

                                                                                • TolkienOtaku
                                                                                  TolkienOtaku  1 months back

                                                                                  You forgot my favorite: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Anne Frank were both born in 1929 (King on January 15th, Frank on June 12th).

                                                                                  • Kate M.
                                                                                    Kate M.  1 months back

                                                                                    The last execution by guillotine was in 1977, but the last _public_ execution by guillotine was on June 17, 1939, of Eugen Weidmann. It was filmed from an apartment window (you can find the film on YouTube) and was witnessed by a 17-year-old Christopher Lee.

                                                                                    • jliller
                                                                                      jliller  1 months back

                                                                                      St. Augustine was 1565, not 1576.