These are Actual Historical Facts, But Your Brain Doesn’t Want You to Believe Them

Our brains like to categorize things to keep things simple. Otherwise, it’s information overload and too much to assess and remember. But sometimes we find things out that aren’t comfortably categorized, making our brains hurt and change our perception on time. Which is exactly what these historical facts are about to do.

Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe

What do these two have in common, other than being seen in the same photo here? Well, the two were born in the same year. And that year was 1926.

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This photo shows the two meeting one another at a movie premier for The Battle of the River Plate in Leicester Square, London in 1956. They were both 30 at the time. Marilyn was with Arthur Miller, her husband at the time. If Marilyn was alive today, she’d be 92 years old.

Harriet the Tortoise and Charles Darwin

Harriet the Tortoise died In 2006 and she saw Charles Darwin in person. Charles Darwin collected Harriet the tortoise during his visit to the Galápagos Islands in 1835. It was part of his around-the-world voyage.

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Harriet was transported to England, and then brought to Australia. The tortoise was estimated to be 175 years old by the time she died. And where did she die? In Steve Irwin’s zoo! Yup.

Next is a fact that could possibly blow your mind.

Woolly Mammoths and the Pyramids

It may be hard to fathom, but Woolly mammoths were still arrive when the Egyptians were building the pyramids around 2660BCE.

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Scientists found out that wooly mammoths were still roaming the earth until 1650 BC. These giant hairy elephant-like creatures were discovered on an island off the coast of eastern Russia at the time. Meanwhile, the Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest of the pyramids, was built between 2630 BC–2611 BC.

America’s 10th President Has Two Living Grandchildren

John Tyler was the 10th American president who was born in 1790. He was 63 when his son Lyon was born in 1853. Lyon was 71 when his son Lyon Jr. was born in 1924. And then he was 75 when his other son Harrison was born in 1928.

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Another way to wrap your head around this is that today someone could say to you that his grandfather was 8 years old during the Civil War. Crazy, huh?

Try to wrap your head around the next one…

Population Doubled

Here’s something to think about: if you’re over the age of 45, you might be interested (or frightened) to know that the world population has doubled in your lifetime.

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In 1968, the world population was 3,557,000,000. Now the world population is 7,217,000,000. Scary, right? The population is growing by over 200,000 every day.

Nintendo and Jack the Ripper

What do these have to do with one another? Nintendo was founded at the same time that Jack the Ripper was still on the loose and a wanted man in 1889.

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Japanese gaming company, Nintendio, is a lot older than you think. The company was founded in 1889 and they started by making playing cards called hanafuda. This was the same time the notorious Jack the Ripper was causing mayhem on the streets of London.

The next insane fact is one you can tell at your next cocktail party.

Oxford University and the Aztec Empire

Oxford University has been around for hundreds of years before the The Aztec Empire was founded in 1428. The empire started as an alliance of three Nahua altepetl city-states that ruled the Valley of Mexico from the year 1428 until 1521.

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Meanwhile in England, the infamous university was well-established. It is said to have been established in 1096, but no one is sure. It’s the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It grew very quickly after 1167, when Henry II banned English students from going to the University of Paris.

George Washington Never Knew That Dinosaurs Existed

It sounds strange, but George Washington died in 1799 and the first dinosaur fossil was only discovered in 1824. The soldier, farmer, statesman and the first President of the US, like everyone else at the time, didn’t know that dinosaurs existed.

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Dinosaurs weren’t scientifically recognized until 1824 when British naturalist William Buckland first described the Megalosaurus, which was the very first dinosaur to be scientifically named.

Wanna tell your kids or your friends something mind-boggling? Tell them the next fact.

Betty White is Older Than Sliced Bread

Betty White was born in 1922. That’s six years before the invention of sliced bread, which was invented by Otto Frederick Rohwedder.

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Bread itself existed before that, it just wasn’t in sliced form. Rohwedder was an American jeweler.

Cleopatra and Pizza Hut

Yes, these two are in the same sentence? Why? Because Cleopatra lived closer to the making of Pizza Hut than the building of the Pyramids.

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The Great Pyramid was built around 2560 BC, but Cleopatra lived around 30 BC. Pizza Hut was founded in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.

Next, a crazy fact for the Will Smith fans out there.

Will Smith and Uncle Phil

Did you watch The Fresh Prince of Belair? If you can believe it, Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of the show.

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James Avery, “Uncle Phil” started on The Fresh Prince when he was 45 years old. Today, Will Smith is 50. That’s right, the “most powerful actor in Hollywood” has reached his 50s

The Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won a World Series…

Women weren’t even allowed to vote. Are you a baseball fan? Better yet, a Chicago Cubs fan? Well, if you’d like to know, the Cubs’ cold streak extends back to 1908, when they won their second World Series.

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But at that time, women in America weren’t allowed to vote yet. They only got the ability to mark a ballot in 1920.

Next up – what do Anne Frank and MLK Jr. have in common?

Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Junior Were Born In the Same Year

Anne Frank earned her fame posthumously with her journal “The Diary of a Young Girl” in which she details her life in hiding from the years 1942 to 1944.

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Martin Luther King Jr. led the civil rights movement until he died in 1968. It may seem like Anne’s existence was long before MLK, but no, they were born in the same year.

The Year Star Wars Came Out…

In 1977, the beginning of a gigantic franchise and cult following began when Star Wars came out. And this was also the same year as the last guillotine execution in France.

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While people were sitting in theatres amazed at the sci-fi film, the medieval practice of execution by guillotine was still happening in France. Hamida “Pimp Killer” Djandoubi was executed for the torture and murder of a young woman. But that was the last use of the guillotine in France, and nobody has been executed by guillotine ever since.

If you wanna know what is still around today when the last wooly mammoth died, see what’s next.

Today’s Oldest Living Tree Was Already 1,000 Years Old When The Last Wooly

Mammoth Died

If you want to touch something that was around when wooly mammoths were roaming around, you can. The oldest tree in the world is a Great Basin bristlecone pine located in the White Mountains of California, and is said to be 5067 years old.

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There were isolated populations of wooly mammoths on Wrangel Island which didn’t go extinct until 4,000 years ago. The small island in the Arctic Ocean was a sanctuary for the large creatures.

Princess Diana and Mother Teresa Died Only Days Apart

Princess Diana and Mother Teresa died within a few days of each other in 1997. You probably remember when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31st.

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Mother Teresa passed away on September 5th after a long battle with her declining health. The two are seen together in this photo.

Do you think the pilgrims of Plymouth Rock were the first to settle in America? See the next photo…

The Pilgrims Weren’t the First Ones Here

People think that the first Europeans who came by ship in 1620 to the US were the landing of the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, MA.

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In reality, Spanish explorers had already been in the Southwest for a century, and in 1610 they started building the ‘Palace of the Governors’ in Santa Fe.

The Same Year The United States Drove A Buggy On The Moon…

In 1971, the year that NASA landed on the moon and drove a buggy on it was the same year that Swiss women finally got the right to vote. Switzerland, one of the most progressive nations in the world, took a while to gain equality.

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Women weren’t granted the right to vote until 1971, which was 65 years after Finland. Finland was the first European country to give women the right to vote.

Next: Guess which year the fax machine was invented…

The Fax Machine and the Oregon Trail

The “Electric Printing Telegraph” was the original fax machine and it was patented in 1843 by Scottish inventor Alexander Bain.

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This is the same year 1,000 people went West to Oregon, forming a huge wagon train on the Oregon Trail. This venture set the scene for Westward expansion in the US, and was the beginning of the ‘Great Migration.’

Just Days After McDonald’s Was Founded…

It might be unpleasant to think about, but the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened on May 15th, 1940. Just five days later…

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Five days after the opening of the fast food restaurant, the first prisoners arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.

Next, while NASA was in space, this was still being debated…

NASA Was Already Exploring Space…

By the time scientists would finally agree on plate tectonics in 1967, NASA was already exploring outer space. Alfred Wegener proposed his theory of continental drift in 1912, but geologists didn’t take him seriously. Wegener couldn’t explain the force behind continental drift, and he was only found to be right after his death in 1930.

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Only in 1967 did the theory of plate tectonics get accepted by the scientific community. And by then, NASA and the Soviet Union were already exploring above and beyond the earth. They were launching rockets into space and about to land on the moon.

The Last Civil War Vet Widow and Barack Obama Have This in Common

Maudie Hopkins was the last widow of a civil war vet who died in 2008 at the age of 93. This was the same year that Barack Obama won the presidential election.

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Maudie Hopkins married Civil War veteran William M. Cantrell in 1934, back when she was only 19. She said that poverty drove her to marry the former soldier that was 86 at the time.

Do you know when calculus was invented? Harvard didn’t even teach it…

Harvard University Didn’t Offer Calculus Classes for This Reason…

Harvard University didn’t offer calculus in the first few years of being a university. Why? Because it wasn’t invented yet. Modern calculus was developed in 17th-century Europe, but only after Harvard established itself as a university.

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Harvard was established in 1636. It’s America’s oldest institution of higher learning. It’s funny to think that they started before the invention of calculus, a foundation of mathematics.

Orville Wright Was Still Alive When Hiroshima and Nagasaki Were Bombed

The Wright brothers invented the first airplanes. Wilbur died back in 1912, but Orville lived to see the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

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Orville died in 1948 and said this about the event that changed history: “We dared to hope we had invented something that would bring lasting peace to the earth. But we were wrong … No, I don’t have any regrets about my part in the invention of the airplane, though no one could deplore more than I do the destruction it has caused. I feel about the airplane much the same as I do in regard to fire. That is, I regret all the terrible damage caused by fire, but I think it is good for the human race that someone discovered how to start fires and that we have learned how to put fire to thousands of important uses.”

The Eiffel Tower and Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’

The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 – the same year that Van Gogh painted Starry Night, one of his most famous and recognized paintings.

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The Eiffel Tower was supposed to serve as a temporary structure to the entrance of the ‘World Fair’ in Paris. But it turned out to be a permanent and loved fixture of the Paris skyline.

The Ottoman Empire and the Chicago Cubs

Before the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, their last win was a long time ago, back in 1908. So, the second-to-last time the Cubs enjoyed a victory, the Ottoman Empire still existed.

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The Ottoman Empire ended after its defeat in World War I and became what Turkey is today.

Do you know that the same year the Colosseum was unveiled, this was going on? See the next page.

The Year the Colosseum in Rome Was Unveiled…

In 80 A.D., the Colosseum in Rome, Italy was unveiled. This was the same time that the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles were written in the Bible. Luke is the longest of the four gospels and the longest book in the New Testament. The date of its completion was between 80–110 AD.

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Meanwhile the Colosseum, or the Flavian Amphitheatre, was completed in 80AD. It’s the largest amphitheater ever built, seating between 50,000 and 80,000 viewers. It was used for gladiator contests and public spectacles.

The Year Charlie Chaplin Died

Charlie Chaplin died in 1977, at the age of 88 after suffering from a stroke in his sleep. This was the same year that Apple became a company.

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Two totally different eras, connected by one silent film star’s death.

Next, another connection between two eras.

The Year Pablo Picasso Died

Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century was unlike some other great artists who unfortunately died young. Picasso lived a full life until he died in 1973.

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This was the same year that one of the most progressive and profound albums ever was released, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. It’s Pink Floyd’s most successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide.

Abraham Lincoln Was Assassinated a Few Months Before…

The Secret Service was created a few months after the death of Abraham Lincoln who was assassinated on April 15, 1865.

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The legislation to create the Secret Service was actually sitting on Lincoln’s desk the night he died. So, who knows, maybe if the service was created a few months earlier they could have stopped the plot to assassinate him.

The next one connects a royal wedding to a terrorist. See the next photo.

A Royal Wedding and the Killing of a Terrorist

Prince William and Kate Middleton got married on April 29, 2011, which was only a few days before Osama Bin Laden was taken out.

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Days after the huge royal wedding, Navy Seals stormed the compound of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, killing him and ending a ten-year search for the founder of Al-Qaeda.

When Salvador Dali Died, These Two Were Born

The same year the Spanish surrealist artist was born, actor Daniel Radcliffe, actress Hayden Panettiere and Houston Rapper Kirko Bangz were born.

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The infamous painter created striking and bizarre images, contributing to theatre, fashion, and photography. He influenced Renaissance masters. So it maybe be strange to think that when he died, modern celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe were coming into this world.

Yellowstone National Park Was Created a Year After This…

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park opened up in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It was the first national park in the U.S. and considered to be in the world as well.

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That was only one year after the unification of Germany into an integrated nation state which occurred in January of 1871.

Here’s a Mind Twister…

Here’s something to wrap your head around. Remember That 70s Show? Well, if they made a That ’90s Show and waited the same amount of time after the decade as That ’70s Show waited after the ’70s, the 90s show would be made in 2017.

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Weird, huh? It’s not something you ever would have thought about, but it puts things in perspective!

Before Moby-Dick Was Written

There are whales alive today that were born before the famous book Moby-Dick was written. The book was written by Herman Melville in 1851.

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There are bowhead whales that are alive today, swimming in the arctic, that are over 200 years old. Can you imagine living that long?

Ecstasy Was Invented the Same Year the Titanic Sank

The ‘unsinkable’ ship sank in 1912 in the Atlantic Ocean, 4 days into its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.

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That was the same year that pharmaceutical company Merck was trying to develop a substance that would stop abnormal bleeding. One of their chemists, Anton Köllisch, synthesized MDMA to avoid a patent by their rival company Bayer. It wasn’t until 1975 that the psychoactive effects of the drug started to be taken seriously.

Every Two Minutes

Believe it or not, every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s. The photo on the left is the first photograph ever taken from 1826. It’s the view from the Window at Le Gras by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

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On the right is a cat who apparently accidentally took a picture of itself in 2013. It’s estimated that in 2014, humans took 880 billion photos. And 10% of all the photos ever taken were taken in one year.

Oxford University is Older Than the Aztecs

Teaching at Oxford started before the university was founded. Classes were held as early as 1096, and by 1249, the University was officially founded.

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The Aztec civilization was founded by the Tenochtitlán in 1325. The Aztecs were known for their agriculture, cultivating land, introducing irrigation, draining swamps, creating a complex calendar, and creating artificial islands in the lakes.

In the Span of 66 Years

Think about this: within 66 years, humans went from taking flight to landing on the moon. That’s a pretty short amount of time when you think about it.

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In 1903, the Wright brothers successfully flew a plane for 59 seconds. Only 28 years later, Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969. Crazy, right?

A Calculator Has More Power than the Apollo 11 Computer

Strange but true fact: there’s more processing power in a TI-83 calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

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The computer that guided the Apollo 11 mission ran at 1.024 MHz, which is about 1/6th of the processing power of a TI-83 calculator.