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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    www.ox.ac.uk/about/organisation/history?wssl=1
    www.thejewelleryeditor.com/jewellery/article/the-history-of-tiffany-tiffanys/
    www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/kennedys-bio-john-francis/
    www.thesun.co.uk/news/6044102/beheading-experiments-guillotine-severed-heads-remain-alive/
    www.americanheritage.com/great-bicycle-craze
    www.npca.org/articles/1028-the-wright-stuff
    www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/24/one-n-c-woman-still-receiving-civil-war-pension/594982001/
    www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-hundred-years-of-the-indy-500-158836397/
    www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1XkbKQwt49MpxWpsJ2zpfQk/13-mammoth-facts-about-mammoths
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Comments • 766

  • Helios Sky
    Helios Sky 54 minutes 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 Day ago

    The invention of the battery is older then the Bible.

  • J D
    J D 2 days ago

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

    • Helios Sky
      Helios Sky 48 minutes ago

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

  • Riko Saikawa
    Riko Saikawa 2 days ago

    lol they only count settlements of whites on american soil

  • Rodger Hodgson
    Rodger Hodgson 2 days ago +3

    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 3 days 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 4 days ago

    Harvard was founded in 1636

  • Quirko Germont
    Quirko Germont 4 days ago

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

  • Alessandro Marcolin
    Alessandro Marcolin 4 days 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.

    • David Beppler
      David Beppler Day ago

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

  • Richard Hopkins
    Richard Hopkins 5 days 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 6 days 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.

  • One oftheabove
    One oftheabove 7 days ago

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

    • Richard Hopkins
      Richard Hopkins 5 days ago

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

    • Richard Hopkins
      Richard Hopkins 5 days ago

      A world that doesn't speak French

  • YOWHAZGOOD
    YOWHAZGOOD 7 days ago

    ...you just say Jewbox?

    ... sounds like it...

  • Carolynne Walters
    Carolynne Walters 8 days ago

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

  • TolkienOtaku
    TolkienOtaku 8 days 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. 10 days ago

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

  • jliller
    jliller 10 days ago

    St. Augustine was 1565, not 1576.

  • Nicholas Ennos
    Nicholas Ennos 10 days ago

    All manned space travel is fake.

  • Nicholas Ennos
    Nicholas Ennos 10 days ago

    Ciabatta was only invented in 1982

  • John Barber
    John Barber 10 days ago

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

  • Jamie Acree
    Jamie Acree 11 days 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 12 days 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 13 days ago

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

  • kxnqhype musiq
    kxnqhype musiq 13 days ago +1

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

  • Micah Philson
    Micah Philson 14 days ago +1

    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.

  • Dildis Mc_swaggins
    Dildis Mc_swaggins 14 days ago

    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.

  • Warrior Star
    Warrior Star 14 days ago

    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.

    • KJ k
      KJ k 13 days ago

      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.📅

  • pedro jimenez
    pedro jimenez 14 days ago

    Boring your voice is boring you made me go to sleep

  • Fat Yoshi
    Fat Yoshi 14 days ago

    The guillotine was still in use when the first Star Wars Movie was released.

  • Elsa B
    Elsa B 14 days ago

    😲😲😲great video

  • Lisa T
    Lisa T 14 days ago

    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

  • Rodrigo Noriega
    Rodrigo Noriega 15 days ago

    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.

  • Sonja Morrison
    Sonja Morrison 16 days ago

    Really want to mess with perceived times lines? Examine human slavery, "then" and now.

  • Sonja Morrison
    Sonja Morrison 16 days ago

    Tiffany is about to be purchased by Louis Vuitton.

  • Jenderson Mohammed
    Jenderson Mohammed 16 days ago

    Very interesting!

  • So Confused
    So Confused 16 days ago

    Swear all this channel talks about is US history, if you can call a few hundred years history lol!

  • Magic Pete
    Magic Pete 16 days ago

    England an island nation? I think not, it's found on an island.

    • Magic Pete
      Magic Pete 12 days ago

      @Fat Yoshi Japan is an island nation as is Australia, there is a difference

    • Fat Yoshi
      Fat Yoshi 14 days ago

      By that logic, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are not island countries.

  • Mikhail Moosa
    Mikhail Moosa 16 days ago

    University of Kaureein predates Oxford but this is only European history right?

  • shoved to the right?
    shoved to the right? 16 days ago

    @11:32 the picture of the soldier looks like Paul McCartney...

  • Robert Sides
    Robert Sides 16 days ago +1

    The electric chair sounds like a way worse way to go than the guillotine.

  • Mary Lee
    Mary Lee 17 days ago

    Here's one. There are still only two genders.

  • Carewolf
    Carewolf 17 days ago

    9:09 Old picture of Nørreport?

  • Jon S
    Jon S 17 days ago

    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.

  • Faithless Hound
    Faithless Hound 18 days ago

    Part of Damascus has been inhabited since 6300 B.C., which American evangelicals think was before the creation of the universe.

  • Mike M
    Mike M 18 days ago

    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

  • Benjamin Wright
    Benjamin Wright 18 days ago

    Loved the video keep it up simon👍🏿

  • Day Dreamer
    Day Dreamer 18 days ago

    Awesome! At 4:06, my hometown (today, population 50,000) appears on the map of Italy

  • snowbird
    snowbird 19 days ago +1

    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.

    • Terri MacKay
      Terri MacKay 16 days ago

      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.

  • OfficialJamion
    OfficialJamion 19 days ago

    Alternate title to this video. The United States in much older than you think.

  • Julia Connell
    Julia Connell 19 days ago

    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)

  • nzym
    nzym 19 days ago

    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.

  • Queer Betch
    Queer Betch 19 days ago

    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.

  • Kaleah Collins
    Kaleah Collins 19 days ago

    Yet do United States government refused to pay African Americans for OUR ancestors work and this COUNTRY since before this country became a country

  • Sara Cowles-Makin
    Sara Cowles-Makin 19 days ago

    love these vids but it's hard to keep up, simon talks so fast! My ears are going Ima geezer!

  • Kevin Wilson
    Kevin Wilson 19 days ago +1

    Pretty sure St. John's, Newfoundland is older than that city in Florida (founded 1497).

    • Terri MacKay
      Terri MacKay 16 days ago

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

  • Zever BlackBull
    Zever BlackBull 19 days ago +1

    No, stupid, St. Augustine, FL, is NOT “the oldest continuously occupied city on the North American continent.”