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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  • The invention of the battery is older then the Bible.

    Nate BuecheNate Bueche17 saatler önce
  • 14:44 Woolly mammoths would be "ancestors" not "descendants" of elephants.

    J DJ D20 saatler önce
  • lol they only count settlements of whites on american soil

    Riko SaikawaRiko SaikawaGün önce
  • My oldest brother is two years younger than me.

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

    Sean -Chesthole- OsmanSean -Chesthole- OsmanGün önce
  • Train needed rails though, not hard to understand why iron wheel cycles wouldn't catch on... Pneumatic tires where made for bikes.

    Felix KeenanFelix Keenan2 gün önce
  • Harvard was founded in 1636

    Evan GalyenEvan Galyen2 gün önce
  • Longest in northamerican continent? Mexico have some older... And still north america

    Quirko GermontQuirko Germont2 gün önce
  • 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.

    Alessandro MarcolinAlessandro Marcolin3 gün önce
    • It will double again in 25 years. Unless something catastrophic happens.

      David BepplerDavid Beppler9 saatler önce
  • 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.

    Richard HopkinsRichard Hopkins4 gün önce
  • Orville Wright was NOT the first he was the second. Richard William Pearse beat the Wright brothers by 6 months.

    Ian IrelandIan Ireland4 gün önce
  • I think the world thinks the US is dumb

    LaQuinn Rap God with the Rah-RahLaQuinn Rap God with the Rah-Rah4 gün önce
  • 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.

    Mr RaptorMr Raptor4 gün önce
  • 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.

    jessyg17jessyg175 gün önce
  • What world do the they actually pronounce the "LL's" in guillotine? PMSL.

    One oftheaboveOne oftheabove6 gün önce
    • Yep, some people pronounce it how it would be if it were an English word

      Richard HopkinsRichard Hopkins4 gün önce
    • A world that doesn't speak French

      Richard HopkinsRichard Hopkins4 gün önce
  • ...you just say Jewbox? ... sounds like it...

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

    Carolynne WaltersCarolynne Walters6 gün önce
  • 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).

    TolkienOtakuTolkienOtaku7 gün önce
  • The last execution by guillotinewas 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 TRvision) and was witnessed by a 17-year-old Christopher Lee.

    Kate M.Kate M.8 gün önce
  • St. Augustine was 1565, not 1576.

    jlillerjliller9 gün önce
  • All manned space travel is fake.

    Nicholas EnnosNicholas Ennos9 gün önce
  • Ciabatta was only invented in 1982

    Nicholas EnnosNicholas Ennos9 gün önce
  • My brother in law's uncle got shot by baby-face Nelson.

    John BarberJohn Barber9 gün önce
  • 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.

    Jamie AcreeJamie Acree9 gün önce
  • 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.

    Oddman1980Oddman198011 gün önce
  • Ann Englishman invented the pilotless, automatic airplane 80yrs before The Wright Brothers flew.

    KJ kKJ k12 gün önce
  • How can something be founded that was already there (occupied by people)

    kxnqhype musiqkxnqhype musiq12 gün önce
  • 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.

    Micah PhilsonMicah Philson12 gün önce
  • I believe that Tenochtitlan is actually the oldest city in the north American city that still is occupied.. as Mexico city was built on it. As the original city is believe to have been built in 1325.

    Dildis Mc_swagginsDildis Mc_swaggins12 gün önce
  • My state will be having it's bicentennial next year and I couldn't be more amazed that I live in an age where I can draw a vast comparison of 1820s Maine and Maine of the present day.

    Warrior StarWarrior Star13 gün önce
    • Warrior Star It amazes me that I worked with a guy who grew up in the '20s (& teens).😮 I will see the 2020s next year.📅

      KJ kKJ k12 gün önce
  • Boring your voice is boring you made me go to sleep

    pedro jimenezpedro jimenez13 gün önce
  • The guillotine was still in use when the first Star Wars Movie was released.

    Fat YoshiFat Yoshi13 gün önce
  • 😲😲😲great video

    Elsa BElsa B13 gün önce
  • Oh Simon, Simon, Simon, it's messo america, not meeso!, and it'sco/ kees/ta/doors, not whatever it was you were saying usually I let these things slide, but these were hurting my ears! regardless, this was an amazing video, ans I hope you do more of these, please

    Lisa TLisa T13 gün önce
  • Ummm theres way older continuously ihabited cities in México and cuba such as Habana and Veracruz. Both 50 years older than anything in florida, and theyre in north América.

    Rodrigo NoriegaRodrigo Noriega14 gün önce
  • Really want to mess with perceived times lines? Examine human slavery, "then" and now.

    Sonja MorrisonSonja Morrison14 gün önce
  • Tiffany is about to be purchased by Louis Vuitton.

    Sonja MorrisonSonja Morrison14 gün önce
  • Very interesting!

    Jenderson MohammedJenderson Mohammed14 gün önce
  • Swear all this channel talks about is US history, if you can call a few hundred years history lol!

    So ConfusedSo Confused14 gün önce
  • England an island nation? I think not, it's found on an island.

    Magic PeteMagic Pete14 gün önce
    • @Fat Yoshi Japan is an island nation as is Australia, there is a difference

      Magic PeteMagic Pete11 gün önce
    • By that logic, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are not island countries.

      Fat YoshiFat Yoshi13 gün önce
  • University of Kaureein predates Oxford but this is only European history right?

    Mikhail MoosaMikhail Moosa15 gün önce
  • @11:32 the picture of the soldier looks like Paul McCartney...

    shoved to the right?shoved to the right?15 gün önce
  • The electric chair sounds like a way worse way to go than the guillotine.

    Robert SidesRobert Sides15 gün önce
  • Here's one. There are still only two genders.

    Mary LeeMary Lee15 gün önce
  • 9:09 Old picture of Nørreport?

    CarewolfCarewolf16 gün önce
  • Am I the only one who doesn't find it at all strange that Fenway opened the same year the Titanic sank? I mean, there's definitely a bit of coincidence in the two things happening the exact same year, but I associate Fenway and the Titanic with the same general period of history.

    Jon SJon S16 gün önce
  • Part of Damascus has been inhabited since 6300 B.C., which American evangelicals think was before the creation of the universe.

    Faithless HoundFaithless Hound16 gün önce
  • The Wright brothers were the first to turn powered flight into a business. Others had flown before them: * Clément Ader in the Avion III (1897) * Gustave Whitehead in his No's. 21 and 22 aeroplanes (1901-1903) * Richard Pearse in his monoplane (1903-1904) - an New Zealander, so gets my vote for meeting the criteria :) * Samuel Pierpont Langley's Aerodrome A (1903) * Karl Jatho in Jatho biplane (1903) * The Wright brothers in the Wright Flyer (1903) * Alberto Santos-Dumont in the 14 Bis (1906) - later but 'better' flight / stricter definition

    Mike MMike M17 gün önce
  • Loved the video keep it up simon👍🏿

    Benjamin WrightBenjamin Wright17 gün önce
  • Awesome! At 4:06, my hometown (today, population 50,000) appears on the map of Italy

    Day DreamerDay Dreamer17 gün önce
  • I love this. We learn historical facts in isolation. I am always surprised to learn what was going on in other parts of the world.

    snowbirdsnowbird18 gün önce
    • I had a history book that had charts showing what was happening at the same time in different parts of the world, and people who were alive at the same time. It was fascinating, as was this video.

      Terri MacKayTerri MacKay15 gün önce
  • Alternate title to this video. The United States in much older than you think.

    OfficialJamionOfficialJamion18 gün önce
  • I'm sorry america, 1971 is late for women voters but America didn't have universal female voting until the shocking late date of 1920! ( New Zealand was the first country - 1893 - first female mayor in that election, 3 female Prime Ministers first 2 in 1990s). African-American voting rights were not fully established until the 1960s ( and many would argue are under threat now in 2019)

    Julia ConnellJulia Connell18 gün önce
  • Please note that although Switzerland introduced the woman's right vote in 1971, it was not until 1990 that the Kanton of Appenzell adopted that right as the last State of Switzerland.

    nzymnzym18 gün önce
  • There are continuously inhabited settlements in North America that are older than St. Augustine Florida. Cities like Mexico City and Tucson go back centuries earlier.

    Queer BetchQueer Betch18 gün önce
  • Yet do United States government refused to pay African Americans for OUR ancestors work and this COUNTRY since before this country became a country

    Kaleah CollinsKaleah Collins18 gün önce
  • love these vids but it's hard to keep up, simon talks so fast! My ears are going Ima geezer!

    Sara Cowles-MakinSara Cowles-Makin18 gün önce
  • Pretty sure St. John's, Newfoundland is older than that city in Florida (founded 1497).

    Kevin WilsonKevin Wilson18 gün önce
    • St Augustine (1565) is the oldest city in the States, not North America, and it definitely isn't older than St. John's. 😁

      Terri MacKayTerri MacKay15 gün önce
  • No, stupid, St. Augustine, FL, is NOT “the oldest continuously occupied city on the North American continent.”

    Zever BlackBullZever BlackBull18 gün önce
  • powered, heavier than air... controlled. there were combinations of all three before the wrights succeeded.

    felderupfelderup18 gün önce
  • Just how many channels have you got cookin, Simon?

    Clinton BoucheixClinton Boucheix18 gün önce
  • There are several cases of Messerschmidt 262 that broke the sound barrier in 1944 & 1945, but you Yanks don't count them because it "wasn't in horizontal flight". Funny enough, the only seaplane that flew faster the sound barrier count even if it had to dive too. Nothing against Chuck Yeager, but he wasn't first. The Me 262 did explode occasionally when they broke the barrier though, but several German pilots broke the barrier during combat and lived to tell the tale.

    Loke 666Loke 66618 gün önce
  • Please make a Today I Found Out video about how the Wright brothers weren't actually the first to succeed in a self propelled flight.

    From The Ground UpFrom The Ground Up19 gün önce
  • There are native American pueblos in New Mexico which have been continuously occupied for a thousand years. Why does St Augustine get the oldest city title?

    Hippie DachshundsHippie Dachshunds19 gün önce
  • you are wrong the bike was invented in ancient India....There is a temple there with a carving of one. See Preveen Mohans channel on youtube I think it is called phenomenal Travels

    Jim SmithJim Smith19 gün önce
    • That temple had new carvings done in the 1950s.

      Faithless HoundFaithless Hound16 gün önce
  • just wasn't very surprised by any of this. Time goes on. Sometimes ppl get really old. "ancient" is relative. 1- I graduated from college before I ever sent an email and before Google was invented. We used BOOKS 2- I was lactose intolerant when I was born, in 1976. Baby formula wasn't invented yet, so the doctor told my parents to raise me on a new technology...GATORADE!! 3- When I was 10, we only had 5 TV channels and had to walk to the television to change the channel. 4- Used to be when you called someone, they answered or they weren't at home. The only other option was a letter in the USMail. 5- Uncle Kracker didn't write those songs, they're all remakes

    Joseph DrummondJoseph Drummond19 gün önce
  • I really like this video! So interesting!!

    Brown Rhi.Brown Rhi.19 gün önce
  • Again st. Augustine is not the oldest continuous occupied city in the US. San Juan Puerto Rico is.

    Luis PadillaLuis Padilla19 gün önce
  • 13:56 naw, Manny the Mammoth is still alive.

    Noah ShackelfordNoah Shackelford19 gün önce
  • *I heard the thing about the widow before, and I thought it was a joke.*

    leadfoot9xleadfoot9x19 gün önce
10 Historical Facts That Will Seriously Mess With Your Perception of Time