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
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Comments • 828

  • Joseph Fitzgerald
    Joseph Fitzgerald 6 hours ago

    GO SOX!

  • Justin Beaird
    Justin Beaird Day ago

    It seems like a lot of stuff was invented in a short amount of time, but seems like it has slowed down a lot in the last 50 years or so.

  • Grime Fork
    Grime Fork 3 days ago

    China ,Russia ,Germany (the current states not the historic geographic locations ) are all younger than the USA.

  • Grime Fork
    Grime Fork 3 days ago

    Catholicism *

  • Clarence Brug
    Clarence Brug 8 days ago +2

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

  • Garfeef
    Garfeef 10 days ago

    Kim Il-Sung was born the same day Titanic sank

  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith 11 days ago

    Nintendo and Hitler were born in the same year lmao

  • Katharine Refin
    Katharine Refin 12 days ago

    I love ya Simon!

  • ZarlanTheGreen
    ZarlanTheGreen 14 days ago

    #5 ... That is pretty awesome.

  • ZarlanTheGreen
    ZarlanTheGreen 14 days ago

    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 14 days ago

    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 16 days ago

    Didnt realize HRC was Swiss.... 🙄

  • Marc Colten
    Marc Colten 18 days ago

    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 18 days ago +1

    My father was born several days after the Titanic sank.

  • Jacob Thompson
    Jacob Thompson 22 days ago +1

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

  • Wasserbienchen
    Wasserbienchen 23 days ago

    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 24 days ago

    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 24 days ago

    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 25 days ago

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

  • Player_1
    Player_1 27 days ago +3

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

  • Freddy Burdick
    Freddy Burdick 27 days ago +1

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

  • Louisa Capell
    Louisa Capell 28 days ago

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

  • Hunter Scheib
    Hunter Scheib 28 days ago +2

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

  • agaronek
    agaronek 28 days ago

    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 28 days ago

    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 28 days ago

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

  • R C
    R C 29 days ago

    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 _ Month ago +8

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

  • Sean L
    Sean L Month ago +1

    none of these are surprising, still interesting though.

  • AJ Lynch
    AJ Lynch Month ago +3

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

  • chris geroge
    chris geroge Month ago

    Samsung was founded in 1938

  • Helios Sky
    Helios Sky Month ago

    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 Month ago +1

    The invention of the battery is older then the Bible.

  • J D
    J D Month ago

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

    • J D
      J D Month ago

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

    • Helios Sky
      Helios Sky Month ago

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

  • Riko Saikawa
    Riko Saikawa Month ago

    lol they only count settlements of whites on american soil

  • Rodger Hodgson
    Rodger Hodgson Month ago +4

    My oldest brother is two years younger than me.

  • Sean -Chesthole- Osman

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    Harvard was founded in 1636

  • Quirko Germont
    Quirko Germont Month ago

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

  • Alessandro Marcolin
    Alessandro Marcolin Month ago +1

    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 Month ago

      Bugs are thriving too

    • David Beppler
      David Beppler Month ago

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

  • Richard Hopkins
    Richard Hopkins Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 Month ago

    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 25 days ago

      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 Month ago

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

    • Richard Hopkins
      Richard Hopkins Month ago

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

    • Richard Hopkins
      Richard Hopkins Month ago

      A world that doesn't speak French

    YOWHAZGOOD Month ago

    ...you just say Jewbox?

    ... sounds like it...

  • Carolynne Walters
    Carolynne Walters Month ago

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

  • TolkienOtaku
    TolkienOtaku Month ago

    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. Month ago

    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 USclip) and was witnessed by a 17-year-old Christopher Lee.

  • jliller
    jliller Month ago

    St. Augustine was 1565, not 1576.

  • Nicholas Ennos
    Nicholas Ennos Month ago

    All manned space travel is fake.

  • Nicholas Ennos
    Nicholas Ennos Month ago

    Ciabatta was only invented in 1982

  • John Barber
    John Barber Month ago

    My brother in law's uncle got shot by baby-face Nelson.

  • Jamie Acree
    Jamie Acree Month ago

    There is a tree somewhere in California that was around before the pyramids as well - and it is still living today. Appropriately named Methuselah, the tree - a bristlecone pine is estimated to be over 4,850 years old. It is in a protected location. The oldest pyramid by comparison is about 4,600 years old.

  • Oddman1980
    Oddman1980 Month ago

    Another company that's older than you'd think: Husqvarna. You've seen their mowers and weed-eaters, but they made motorcycles before Harley-Davidson did. But they're even older than that. Husqvarna originally started out making muskets in 1689. The logo for Husqvarna is supposed to to be the end of a gun barrel.

  • KJ k
    KJ k Month ago

    Ann Englishman invented the pilotless, automatic airplane 80yrs before The Wright Brothers flew.

  • kxnqhype musiq
    kxnqhype musiq Month ago +1

    How can something be founded that was already there (occupied by people)

  • Micah Philson
    Micah Philson Month ago +2

    This is exactly why I have always wanted to create a comprehensive timeline of every fact I've heard, so you can start to see who was whose contemporary, and what was happening in one area of the world as another invented something we now consider fundamental.