Sunday, May 25, 2014

Random Facts About... Time Conception

Here are some facts that will twist your vision of time! If you want your sense of time to be destroyed, definitely check it out!

1. France was still executing people by guillotine when "Star Wars" came out. The movie premiered in theaters in May 1977. The last execution by guillotine took place on September 10th of the same year.
2. Harvard University was founded before there was even calculus. In fact Harvard is the oldest higher education institution in the US, founded in 1636.  Calculus wasn’t derived until later in the 17th century, with the work of Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton.
3. Speaking about prestigious universities, Oxford University is actually older than Aztec civilization.
Oxford University was opened by 1249, while the Aztec civilization as we know it began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.
4. If the history of Earth were compressed into a single year, modern humans would appear on December 31st, at about 11:00pm. The human race has ‘dominated’ Earth for only 0.004% of the planets history. Who's the dominating race now...
5. If you turn the TV to a dead station, almost 1% of the static is left over radiation from the Big Bang. Actually you are watching the aftermath of the creation of the universe.
6. The first pyramids were built while the woolly mammoth was still alive. While most mammoths got extinct 10,000 years ago, a small populations survived until 1650 BC. In that age, Egypt was in the middle of its empire, and the Giza Pyramids were already 1000 years old.
7. The jewelry company Tiffany & Co. has been around longer than Italy. Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young founded Tiffany & Young in 1837, while my dear country didn’t become an actual country until 1861.
8. There was more time between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex than between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and current humans. The Stegosaurus lived around 150 million years ago, while the T-Rex lived only 65 million years ago. Practically yesterday...
9. When Warner Brothers formed, the Ottoman Empire was still a thing.Their first theatre called Cascade, in New Castle (Pennsylvania) opened  in 1903. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire spanned from 1299 to 1923, when Turkey became an independent nation.
10. The fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail. The first fax machine was developed by Alexander Bain in 1843, At the same time, The Great Migration began across America.
11. Cleopatra lived closer in time to the building of Pizza Hut than the pyramids. The Great Pyramid was built in 2560 BC, while Cleopatra lived around 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.
12. All the people born before 1928 can affirm that is older than sliced bread... just like the great American actress Betty White.
13. Every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s.
14. In the span of 66 years, we went from taking flight to landing on the moon. It all started in 1903, when the Wright brothers successfully flew a plane for 59 seconds. 38 years later, in 1941, the Japanese used flight to bomb Pearl Harbor. Only 28 years after that, Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.
15. Humans never fully experience the "present" - we're always living in the past. In fact every human being is living at least 80 milliseconds in the past. David Eagleman believes that our consciousness lags behind actual events and that when you think an event occurs, it has already happened before your brain has a chance to create a cohesive picture of the world.
16. There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written. Some of the bowhead whales living off the coast of Alaska are well over 200 years old. They were born well before Moby Dick was written in 1851.
17. Last but not least, this is what’s happening in the world at this very moment.


 This is an idea of the brilliant artist XKCD, called Frequency. This comic shows all the things that are happening in a precise amount of time after you clicked the link. Every time one of the events, common or unusual, blinks on screen, well THAT is happening... An amazing way to demonstrate the difference between talk about time... and feel time !!

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