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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  • Sorry but Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is the oldest continually inhabit community in North America. It's been continually inhabit for over 2000 years, before Spain was Spain. Several other Pueblos throughout New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, have been continually inhabit for 1000+ years. Make them the oldest communities in North America. You seem to forget the native Americans we're here first.

    Anthony PettitAnthony PettitVor 5 Stunden
  • Take a guess when the paint roller was invented. Surprised? So was I.

    Mystery DMystery DVor 15 Stunden
  • Sadly women can't drive in some countries circa 2019. Time is relative.

    Player_1Player_1Vor 3 Tage
  • love your videos! this puts a lot of thing in prospective!! love it!

    Freddy BurdickFreddy BurdickVor 3 Tage
  • Some of this is false, because of the fake history narrative pushed today. He glosses over and over simplifies things .

    Louisa CapellLouisa CapellVor 3 Tage
  • Depending on what you consider functional, the first steam engine was made in ancient Greece. The aeolipile.

    Hunter ScheibHunter ScheibVor 3 Tage
  • 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.

    agaronekagaronekVor 4 Tage
  • 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...

    CrazyBear65CrazyBear65Vor 4 Tage
    • No it really isn't.

      BJGvideosBJGvideosVor 23 Stunden
  • toptenz has turned into an american view point channel, what a shame...

    7thDesertRat7thDesertRatVor 4 Tage
  • 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*

    R CR CVor 4 Tage
  • My great-grandmother was born in a covered wagon and lived to see people walk on the moon.

    Pills _Pills _Vor 5 Tage
  • none of these are surprising, still interesting though.

    Sean LSean LVor 6 Tage
  • Here’s another: I am around before the 51 star flag.

    AJ LynchAJ LynchVor 6 Tage
  • Samsung was founded in 1938

    chris gerogechris gerogeVor 7 Tage
  • 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!

    Helios SkyHelios SkyVor 7 Tage
  • The invention of the battery is older then the Bible.

    Nate BuecheNate BuecheVor 9 Tage
  • 14:44 Woolly mammoths would be "ancestors" not "descendants" of elephants.

    J DJ DVor 9 Tage
    • @Helios Sky Nice! My vast knowledge is improved. Thank you!

      J DJ DVor 6 Tage
    • Also they aren't ancestors, they are separate lineages.

      Helios SkyHelios SkyVor 7 Tage
  • lol they only count settlements of whites on american soil

    Riko SaikawaRiko SaikawaVor 9 Tage
  • My oldest brother is two years younger than me.

    Rodger HodgsonRodger HodgsonVor 10 Tage
  • 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- OsmanVor 10 Tage
  • Train needed rails though, not hard to understand why iron wheel cycles wouldn't catch on... Pneumatic tires where made for bikes.

    Felix KeenanFelix KeenanVor 11 Tage
  • Harvard was founded in 1636

    Evan GalyenEvan GalyenVor 11 Tage
  • Longest in northamerican continent? Mexico have some older... And still north america

    Quirko GermontQuirko GermontVor 11 Tage
  • 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 MarcolinVor 11 Tage
    • Bugs are thriving too

      AJ LynchAJ LynchVor 6 Tage
    • It will double again in 25 years. Unless something catastrophic happens.

      David BepplerDavid BepplerVor 8 Tage
  • 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 HopkinsVor 12 Tage
  • Orville Wright was NOT the first he was the second. Richard William Pearse beat the Wright brothers by 6 months.

    Ian IrelandIan IrelandVor 13 Tage
  • I think the world thinks the US is dumb

    LaQuinn Rap God with the Rah-RahLaQuinn Rap God with the Rah-RahVor 13 Tage
  • 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 RaptorVor 13 Tage
  • 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.

    jessyg17jessyg17Vor 13 Tage
    • That's the typical British hyper-anglicized pronunciation. Americans tend to use more French-based pronunciations of French words, where the British are more likely to read them as though they were English words.

      Steven GlowackiSteven GlowackiVor Tag
  • What world do the they actually pronounce the "LL's" in guillotine? PMSL.

    One oftheaboveOne oftheaboveVor 14 Tage
    • Yep, some people pronounce it how it would be if it were an English word

      Richard HopkinsRichard HopkinsVor 12 Tage
    • A world that doesn't speak French

      Richard HopkinsRichard HopkinsVor 12 Tage
  • ...you just say Jewbox? ... sounds like it...

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

    Carolynne WaltersCarolynne WaltersVor 15 Tage
  • 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).

    TolkienOtakuTolkienOtakuVor 16 Tage
  • 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 DE-visions) and was witnessed by a 17-year-old Christopher Lee.

    Kate M.Kate M.Vor 17 Tage
  • St. Augustine was 1565, not 1576.

    jlillerjlillerVor 17 Tage
  • All manned space travel is fake.

    Nicholas EnnosNicholas EnnosVor 17 Tage
  • Ciabatta was only invented in 1982

    Nicholas EnnosNicholas EnnosVor 17 Tage
  • My brother in law's uncle got shot by baby-face Nelson.

    John BarberJohn BarberVor 17 Tage
  • 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 AcreeVor 18 Tage
  • 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.

    Oddman1980Oddman1980Vor 20 Tage
  • Ann Englishman invented the pilotless, automatic airplane 80yrs before The Wright Brothers flew.

    KJ kKJ kVor 21 Tag
  • How can something be founded that was already there (occupied by people)

    kxnqhype musiqkxnqhype musiqVor 21 Tag
  • 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 PhilsonVor 21 Tag
  • 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_swagginsVor 21 Tag
  • 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 StarVor 21 Tag
    • 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 kVor 21 Tag
  • Boring your voice is boring you made me go to sleep

    pedro jimenezpedro jimenezVor 22 Tage
  • The guillotine was still in use when the first Star Wars Movie was released.

    Fat YoshiFat YoshiVor 22 Tage
  • 😲😲😲great video

    Elsa BElsa BVor 22 Tage
  • 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 TVor 22 Tage
  • 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 NoriegaVor 23 Tage
  • Really want to mess with perceived times lines? Examine human slavery, "then" and now.

    Sonja MorrisonSonja MorrisonVor 23 Tage
  • Tiffany is about to be purchased by Louis Vuitton.

    Sonja MorrisonSonja MorrisonVor 23 Tage
  • Very interesting!

    Jenderson MohammedJenderson MohammedVor 23 Tage
  • Swear all this channel talks about is US history, if you can call a few hundred years history lol!

    So ConfusedSo ConfusedVor 23 Tage
  • England an island nation? I think not, it's found on an island.

    Magic PeteMagic PeteVor 23 Tage
    • @Fat Yoshi Japan is an island nation as is Australia, there is a difference

      Magic PeteMagic PeteVor 19 Tage
    • By that logic, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are not island countries.

      Fat YoshiFat YoshiVor 22 Tage
  • University of Kaureein predates Oxford but this is only European history right?

    Mikhail MoosaMikhail MoosaVor 23 Tage
  • @11:32 the picture of the soldier looks like Paul McCartney...

    shoved to the right?shoved to the right?Vor 24 Tage
  • The electric chair sounds like a way worse way to go than the guillotine.

    Robert SidesRobert SidesVor 24 Tage
  • Here's one. There are still only two genders.

    Mary LeeMary LeeVor 24 Tage
  • 9:09 Old picture of Nørreport?

    CarewolfCarewolfVor 25 Tage
  • 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 SVor 25 Tage
  • Part of Damascus has been inhabited since 6300 B.C., which American evangelicals think was before the creation of the universe.

    Faithless HoundFaithless HoundVor 25 Tage
  • 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 MVor 25 Tage
  • Loved the video keep it up simon👍🏿

    Benjamin WrightBenjamin WrightVor 26 Tage
  • Awesome! At 4:06, my hometown (today, population 50,000) appears on the map of Italy

    Day DreamerDay DreamerVor 26 Tage
  • 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.

    snowbirdsnowbirdVor 26 Tage
    • 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 MacKayVor 23 Tage
  • Alternate title to this video. The United States in much older than you think.

    OfficialJamionOfficialJamionVor 26 Tage
  • 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 ConnellVor 26 Tage
  • 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.

    nzymnzymVor 26 Tage
  • 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 BetchVor 26 Tage
10 Historical Facts That Will Seriously Mess With Your Perception of Time