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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  • if memory serves me correctly, if the engine on the Wright flyer had not been running at all it would have flown 120 ft. They didn't actually achieve powered flight until at least 1905. That is about the time I believe when the forward progression of the aircraft could be attributed to the power structure on the aircraft. I still don't know why everybody thinks the they achieved anything in 1903, they had flown more than 120 ft Don done number of occasions without any power at all. Probably why they didn't maintain the original Wright flyer and kept updating the design until they were actually able to achieve powered flight.

    44 Hawk44 Hawk4 saatler önce
  • So I guess my paper mache giraffe I made in 1st grade didn’t make the list. Please try to include it if you do a follow up video....

    Mil- SpecMil- Spec5 saatler önce
  • The only thing that matters is time with my son. You are all scumbags and psychos. Try to be less scummy when I get my son next time. Thanks.

    Justin MooreJustin Moore5 gün önce
  • Mozart lived past the American War for Independence

    thelordofhellazthelordofhellaz7 gün önce
  • There where monuments here before Europeans, french and Spaniards came. Even before the Mongolians, blk people were in America. Look at hieroglyphs in those pyramids in Mexico

    Cook jCook j7 gün önce
  • Thanks, Simon! I copy and paste the link to some of your videos into the google classroom space for my classes at the Detroit Public Service Academy!

    Jeff HoagJeff Hoag10 gün önce
  • Simon, love the clips and you always seem to be spot on with your facts. Definitely missed one on your lead in to this clip stating that St Augustine is the oldest continuous settlement in North America. Wrong. Oraibi is a village belonging to the Hopi tribe that is found in the northeastern region of Arizona, specifically in Navajo County. Oraibi is also popularly known as Orayvi by its indigenous inhabitants and is situated in the Hopi Reservation on the Third Mesa near the village of Kykotsmovi. Oraibi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America, having been established before the year 1100 CE. According to archeological speculation, the Hopi were forced to abandon some of their smaller villages in the area due to a series of severe droughts during the late 13th century. As a result, the Hopi were concentrated in a few population centers around the area. Oraibi is among the surviving settlements whose population grew making the place popular. What would have made your statement correct would have to say St Augustine is the oldest continuous European settlement in North America.

    loren1955loren195513 gün önce
  • Correction Simon, "The United States (most formerly many Indian nations and Mexico/U.S.S.R./ independent nations) remains a young country compared to 'most' of the rest of the world." We're about two hundred years younger than Russia (most formerly U.S.S.R.) to start, and only seventy years younger than Great Britain( most formally England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales). When you consider that the Earth (including all continents) is around 4.5 billion years old that's not a lot of time..

    mattsmith1318mattsmith131814 gün önce
  • I like how he pronounces “future” as few-cha. I think the New York accent does about the same.

    X-01 UnknownX-01 Unknown15 gün önce
  • Murica, murica, murica, are there not enough places to talk about other than the usa?

    farfett_il-lejlfarfett_il-lejl16 gün önce
  • The New York Highlanders that played the Boston Red Sox on opening day at Fenway Park the year the Titanic sunk later changed their name to the New York Yankees after years of being referred to as such by sports reporters.

    macvoutiemacvoutie17 gün önce
  • Little promise that no one will venture further from the moon in foreseeable future? Is elan musk a joke to you?

    Zhong PingZhong Ping17 gün önce
  • Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were born the same year

    Leah WalentoskyLeah Walentosky21 gün önce
  • The mammoths were roaming the earth when the pyramids were built. Rosa Parks was Born in the same month Harriet Tubman died, Betty White was born closer to the Civil War than 9/11, if you were born in 1990 you were born closer to the moon landing than today

    Leah WalentoskyLeah Walentosky21 gün önce
  • Mexico City is the oldest city in North America

    Leah WalentoskyLeah Walentosky21 gün önce
  • What are you talking about, Simon? Irene Triplett isn't dead, she's my 2nd cousin 4x removed--my grandmother grew up with her (small community in Wilkes Co, NC). I've met her myself, and I've got family that would visit her pretty often. She's only 90, we're very long-lived.

    DesiderataTruthDesiderataTruth26 gün önce
  • USA, not very old but still the freest place to live.

    Andrew WashAndrew Wash27 gün önce
  • 1:24 Jew Box?

    jwhitely7jwhitely729 gün önce
  • Okay. #2 actually blew my mind. I knew the dates for both but had never put them together.

    Dia da VinciDia da VinciAylar önce
  • #2 is speculation. There is no concrete evidence for those dates.

    Googan McBoogieGoogan McBoogieAylar önce
  • USS Iowa: RADAR guided gun fire control that used RADAR connected to mechanical computers to make its shots incredibly accurate against moving targets 15 miles away, surface search RADAR that allowed it to find and engage targets it hadn't sighted visually, had a RADAR that could make every anti-aircraft gun on the ship track a single target, able to move several tens of thousands of tons of metal at 33 knots for extended periods and even withstood being hit by a typhoon for 3 days straight with no loss of life and little damage besides a float plane blown overboard while 3 destroyers were lost with all hands and several other ships badly damaged. Even after all that she spent nearly 70 years in service, although for much of that she and her sisters were left in reserve, and even saw action in the Gulf War where she used both her WWII era guns guided by UAVs and modern Tomahawk cruise missiles to engage Iraqi troops. Also USS Iowa: built with the use of mules and riveted together (for the most part) rather than welded and almost everything aboard was driven by manpower with little in the way of automation compared to even modern cargo ships. It amazes me that a ship like that was basically left to rust after the Korean War and was stilled able to be reactivated and put into active service again in the mid 1980s.

    steweygrrrsteweygrrrAylar önce
    • Any info on which companies /universities/labs did the research and developed/built all that radar controlled technology?

      Ken HudsonKen HudsonAylar önce
  • The US government is one of the oldest in the world. The current French 5th republic dates from 1958.

    binawaybinawayAylar önce
  • Like I believe a white man when he tells me when history happened! LOL

    Nona EubinisNona EubinisAylar önce
  • Betty White, Martin Luther King Jr, and Anne Frank were all born in the same year: 1929.

    Dj D.Dj D.Aylar önce
  • #11: Computer cards predated the electronic computer by about half a century. In the 1880's, Herman Hollerith invented a system of encoding data on punch cards and an electric tabulating machine that would read those cards. That system was used to process the 1890 US Census within a few years as opposed to the more-than-a-decade it would have taken by hand. In 1921, his company merged with two others to create International Business Machines (IBM). Data processing was big business -- I once saw a photograph from the 1920's of one of many large desks in a bank completely covered with stacks of punch cards about two feet deep. In the 1950's IBM CEO Thomas Watson, Sr, refused to get into the new computer business, but his son and successor, Thomas Watson, Jr, did take that step finally mating the "computer card" with the computer.

    David WiseDavid WiseAylar önce
  • We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage. The first moon walk happened in 1969 and the wheeled luggage hit the market in 1970s.

    Rohini GuilandRohini GuilandAylar önce
  • 1096 till 1530s is a little over 400 yrs not almost 500 yrs.

    jackgibs xxx07jackgibs xxx07Aylar önce
  • Chuck Yeager was the first to OFFICIALLY break the sound barrier after American engineers conned their British counterparts into handing over their supersonic research. However, there is some evidence that the first plane to break the sound barrier may have been a Messerschmidt 262 in WWII.

    Shoegaze foreverShoegaze foreverAylar önce
  • There were men walking on the moon before wheels were put on suitcases.

    Felton PruettFelton PruettAylar önce
  • One day there will be top 10s about top tenz

    Truey DTruey DAylar önce
  • 14:46 ancestors not descendents

  • Qubeck city is the oldest city in north america

    Jeremy TannehillJeremy TannehillAylar önce
  • Lol 👀 America isn't a young country... Before Europeans settled it, America was ancient and also, SURPRISE... *already there* - albeit it was called something else. The name is young, the country is just as ancient as everywhere else on Earth lol

    Spookay T'is MeSpookay T'is MeAylar önce
  • >>Mr. Whistler, well done. I am always astounded at the Wright Brothers' accomplishments with respect to supersonic flight. I think what lessons could humanity learn if we (I think therefore I am...) could harness the methodology of the brothers. They synthesized the wing, the internal combustion engine, catapult, steering by flapping, and simplicity (or maybe they just forgot stuff). >>I also wonder how and why the latter part of the 19th and early 20th Centuries were so productive when it turns out the American Civil War stayed with us until the 21st, continuing with the State of Virginia struggling to put aside statues to slavery, oppression, and fear. >>Imagine if statues to Hitler graced the German countryside; of course, Stalin is still erect in certain parts of the Russian "Federation;" as Putin enables the extremists of the Orthodox Church as he grabs for the tsar's crown. Hmmm.

    Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanAylar önce
  • However. one must ask, when will women drive...wait for it...on the moon?

    Walt NelsonWalt NelsonAylar önce
  • Alcohol is still Illegal in my county..

    Anthony WindomAnthony WindomAylar önce
    • Annnd I'll drrrink to zaht.

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanAylar önce
  • Simon likes insulting Americans. Back at you, Simon.🙄

    Wanda BWanda BAylar önce
    • How? What is your evidence?

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanAylar önce
  • The data on St Augustine is not correct. Mexico City has been continuously inhabited since the 1300s and yes it is in North America.

    Javier MeadeJavier MeadeAylar önce
  • Its time to bring the old guillotine out of mothballs and dust it off.

    SullengerSullengerAylar önce
    • Oh, drop it, already.

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanAylar önce
  • The Hudson's Bay Company, a Canadian department store chain (commonly referred to as "the Bay"), was originally a fur trading company chartered by King Charles ii of England in1670. It once controlled vast areas of the North American continent.

    Tubmaster 5000Tubmaster 50002 aylar önce
    • They still make the best wool blankets (even if they were tyrants)

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanAylar önce
  • I thought Third Mesa, on what is now the Hopi Indian Reservation, is the oldest continuously occupied site in North America. In the sixties many Americans thought that by the year 2000 we'd all be living under domes on the moon.

    Diane GreeneDiane Greene2 aylar önce
  • Another interesting fact is that farts have lumps. What? They don’t? Well I just pooped my pants then

    MrShanester117MrShanester1172 aylar önce
  • Scotland introduced a beheading machine, "The Maiden" in 1564. It can be seen in the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. The UK was still running steam locomotives when NASA were launching Saturn V rockets into space, in preparation for the first Moon landing. The last steam locomotives were withdrawn by British Railways in August 1968, less than a year before the Apollo 11 mission.

    True ThomasTrue Thomas2 aylar önce
    • @Peter Gray Does India still run them?

      Ken HudsonKen HudsonAylar önce
    • Germany ran steam locomotives until 1977.

      Peter GrayPeter GrayAylar önce
  • Guy who fought in the first world war lived to see the fall of the twin towers in New York

    Day Zero GamingDay Zero Gaming2 aylar önce
  • Please don’t show Hillary again

    PRAZ CuRayPRAZ CuRay2 aylar önce
  • So did Moon buggies inspire talking Dune Buggy Cartoon in 1970 or was it more inspired by Herbie the Love Bug?

    hydrolitohydrolito2 aylar önce
  • Spanish got help from tribes that were enemies of the Aztecs. Tiffany boxes shown looks more like a light green than blue. If your partly color blind have someone else help you with the video before describing colors. In 1927 Member of the school board, Andrew Kehoe planted explosives and flammables in Bath, Michigan School approximately the same time Charles Lindberg was flying over ocean. Can see other videos about this I did not make them and am not associated with them.

    hydrolitohydrolito2 aylar önce
  • John McCain Jr. married someone born in 1912. As of March 2020 she still lives.

    Nick CarlsonNick Carlson2 aylar önce
  • Actually Pensacola FL Is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the USA .....common mistake ....st Augustine has the oldest building ..their fort

    Douglas ChappaDouglas Chappa2 aylar önce
  • Mammoths would be the ANCESTORS of elephants NOT descendants!!!!!!!

    Holly WagnerHolly Wagner2 aylar önce
  • England was and is not an island nation, we are attached to both Scotland and Wales (and I don’t blame them for not wanting to be).

    Kathryn AshworthKathryn Ashworth2 aylar önce
  • The oldest civil war pensioner died a few years ago.

    Joe MullinJoe Mullin2 aylar önce
  • So space X and Elon Musk ARE a total joke and liars?!. As they clearly state we shall be on mars soon..

    Ink le nation 1972Ink le nation 19722 aylar önce
  • I am older than Spain. America is older than france too.

    Joe BoikeJoe Boike2 aylar önce
  • Simon, I would really like to know how you do all these diffrent channels? You should make a video explaining how you do all of this.

    SmallKylerSmallKyler2 aylar önce
  • Come on, Simon, the word is 'cycling', not 'bicycling'. You know it, so I don't know why you're being annoying.

    MET-TECH LLCMET-TECH LLC2 aylar önce
  • Penrose Steps (MC Escher's endless stairs) are the same age of Kevin Spacey.

    Neutron PixieNeutron Pixie2 aylar önce
  • Romans be like dude look at these pyramids!!! And the locals be like... Yeah whatever! Stack of rocks dude. Always been there. Dad take us camping there... Totally sucked.

    KJCPKJCP2 aylar önce
  • On the subject of Chuck Yeager. He was played by Sam Shepard in the 80's movie The Right Stuff portraying Yeager's actions in the 50's and 60's. In 2017 when Shepard died at 73 one of the people Tweeting about his death was the then 95 year old retired Brigadier General Charles Elwood Yeager. He's still quite active on Twitter at 97!

    Stephen FoxStephen Fox2 aylar önce
  • Mexico city is the oldest continuously occupied city on the North American continent

    Tecumseh CristeroTecumseh Cristero2 aylar önce
  • In Mississippi education wasn't compulsory until 1982. and is ranked the worst performing state in the US for educational achievement.

    efnissienefnissien3 aylar önce
  • If air and space progress continued at a similar pace to how it did between 1900 and 1969, it wouldn't be surprising if we had a colony on Mars today of at least a thousand souls and bases on the moons of other planets and close to being able to leave our star system. I really don't know what stopped progress, maybe a loss of interest, maybe a lack of funds, maybe distractions because we humans can't seem to get along, but regardless of the cause(s), we have stagnated. Getting independent colonies outside of our planet and star system is actually a high priority. We are one rock away from extinction. One missed rock of decent size and speed and aim could completely wipe out our species. If we had an independent colony on Mars and such a rock came knocking, the Mars colony could potentially repopulate the Earth and/or come to the aid of any survivors. If we don't escape our star system before the sun dies, we die too.

    Mark ReavesMark Reaves3 aylar önce
  • Just want to say that a few different North American cities make the "oldest" claim, including St John's, Newfoundland and Quebec City in Canada

    d blankd blank3 aylar önce
  • Civil war VA was pretty cool, didn't ever think about it

    Jill WorrellJill Worrell3 aylar önce
  • America may be a young nation, but national governments go the United States government has been around longer than most European governments.

    Paul BadtramPaul Badtram3 aylar önce
  • @2:30 in the video: Sorry, English scholars (white people) were not the "world leaders of knowledge."

    Vincent BevilleVincent Beville3 aylar önce
  • I know you're trying to sound French, well sorry but Guillotine in French is pronounced the same as in English and not like at 6:20 ..

    AmghannamAmghannam3 aylar önce
  • It's wild that someone born in 1890 would be old enough to remember the Wright Brothers first flight in the news, and "only" be 79 years old at the time of the first moon landing.

    Daniel VDaniel V3 aylar önce
  • It’s surprising that women couldn’t vote in Switzerland until 1971. We should adopt similar measures in the UK. There still appears to be a strange group of mostly students who clamor for a communist government under a beardie moron called Jeremy Corbyn. There needs to be a basic test of economics and a minimum IQ before you can vote.

    Paul ChristianPaul Christian3 aylar önce
  • It's weird to think that at the time I was born, the guillotine had last been used just 15 years earlier, and had I been the age I actually am today when I was born, I'd probably remember hearing about the last guillotine execution. The guillotine was last used on Sept. 10, 1977, I was born Dec. 25, 1992. That makes me 9,908 days old (27 years and 47 days) as of this comment. Had I been 9,908 days old on Dec. 25, 1992, I would have been born on Nov. 9, 1965 and would have been 11 at the time of that execution. By that age I followed events in the death penalty and probably would have taken notice that they were still doing guillotine executions. They also did Garrote executions in Spain as late as 1974. That's literally a strangulation execution. Some other things, most of them less sad, that I was born closer to than the present day: -The legalization of interracial marriages across the entire USA. (June 12, 1967) -Most of the Vietnam War -The passage of the first federal safety standards for cars (Sept. 9, 1966) -Most people getting color TV and color photography. -The moon landing (July 20, 1969) -Hippies, hippies, hippies February 10, 2020 5:58 pm

    whattheheck1000whattheheck10003 aylar önce
10 Historical Facts That Will Seriously Mess With Your Perception of Time