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 • 786

  • Player_1
    Player_1 19 hours ago

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

  • Freddy Burdick
    Freddy Burdick Day ago

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

  • Louisa Capell
    Louisa Capell Day 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 Day ago

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

  • agaronek
    agaronek Day 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 2 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 2 days ago

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

  • R C
    R C 2 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 _ 3 days ago +1

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

  • Sean L
    Sean L 4 days ago

    none of these are surprising, still interesting though.

  • AJ Lynch
    AJ Lynch 4 days ago +1

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

  • chris geroge
    chris geroge 4 days ago

    Samsung was founded in 1938

  • Helios Sky
    Helios Sky 5 days 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 6 days ago +1

    The invention of the battery is older then the Bible.

  • J D
    J D 7 days ago

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

    • J D
      J D 4 days ago

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

    • Helios Sky
      Helios Sky 5 days ago

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

  • Riko Saikawa
    Riko Saikawa 7 days ago

    lol they only count settlements of whites on american soil

  • Rodger Hodgson
    Rodger Hodgson 7 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 8 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 9 days ago

    Harvard was founded in 1636

  • Quirko Germont
    Quirko Germont 9 days ago

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

  • Alessandro Marcolin
    Alessandro Marcolin 9 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.

    • AJ Lynch
      AJ Lynch 4 days ago

      Bugs are thriving too

    • David Beppler
      David Beppler 6 days ago

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

  • Richard Hopkins
    Richard Hopkins 10 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 10 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 11 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 11 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 12 days ago

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

    • Richard Hopkins
      Richard Hopkins 10 days ago

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

    • Richard Hopkins
      Richard Hopkins 10 days ago

      A world that doesn't speak French

    YOWHAZGOOD 12 days ago

    ...you just say Jewbox?

    ... sounds like it...

  • Carolynne Walters
    Carolynne Walters 13 days ago

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

  • TolkienOtaku
    TolkienOtaku 14 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. 15 days 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 RUclip) and was witnessed by a 17-year-old Christopher Lee.

  • jliller
    jliller 15 days ago

    St. Augustine was 1565, not 1576.

  • Nicholas Ennos
    Nicholas Ennos 15 days ago

    All manned space travel is fake.

  • Nicholas Ennos
    Nicholas Ennos 15 days ago

    Ciabatta was only invented in 1982

  • John Barber
    John Barber 15 days ago

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

  • Jamie Acree
    Jamie Acree 16 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 17 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 18 days ago

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

  • kxnqhype musiq
    kxnqhype musiq 18 days ago +1

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

  • Micah Philson
    Micah Philson 19 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 19 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 19 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 18 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 19 days ago

    Boring your voice is boring you made me go to sleep

  • Fat Yoshi
    Fat Yoshi 19 days ago

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

  • Elsa B
    Elsa B 19 days ago

    😲😲😲great video

  • Lisa T
    Lisa T 20 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 20 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 21 day ago

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

  • Sonja Morrison
    Sonja Morrison 21 day ago

    Tiffany is about to be purchased by Louis Vuitton.

  • Jenderson Mohammed
    Jenderson Mohammed 21 day ago

    Very interesting!

  • So Confused
    So Confused 21 day ago

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

  • Magic Pete
    Magic Pete 21 day ago

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

    • Magic Pete
      Magic Pete 17 days ago

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

    • Fat Yoshi
      Fat Yoshi 19 days ago

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

  • Mikhail Moosa
    Mikhail Moosa 21 day ago

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

  • shoved to the right?

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

  • Robert Sides
    Robert Sides 21 day ago +1

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

  • Mary Lee
    Mary Lee 22 days ago

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

  • Carewolf
    Carewolf 22 days ago

    9:09 Old picture of Nørreport?

  • Jon S
    Jon S 22 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 23 days ago

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