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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  • Alberto Santos-Damont is and was the first man to achieve powered flight, not content with a short hop flight he flew around the Eiffel tower and landed in a Parisian Park. however his craft lacked aliens or wing warping, thus a breeze would have tipped it over, had he pushed his luck. The wright brothers completed the puzzle of power fight through the use of wing warping, thus allowing us to fly any craft anywhere at anytime.

    Bob BowersBob BowersVor 2 Tage
  • What was that about Han Solo dispatching Storm Troopers, sorry?

    Dark Little DollDark Little DollVor 3 Tage
  • St. Augustine, Florida was founded in September of 1565, not 1576. It was founded and named by Pedro Menendez de Avilés. We had our big 450th anniversary in 2015. Another interesting fact: The first ever Thanksgiving Mass was held here in St. Augustine by the Spanish and the local native tribes shortly after they landed and settled in.

    MatthewMatthewVor 4 Tage
  • 16:47

    Fossil DrawsFossil DrawsVor 7 Tage
  • Okay, the first one about Nintendo did mess with me. I think I would have been more optimistic about Nintendo's future if I had known the company made it so long. Not that it's a guarantee of future success.

    Derek ShallDerek ShallVor 7 Tage
  • I'm pretty sure the contemporary definition of a "country" or "nation" is pretty young itself, not just for Italy. Before the 20th century and the concept of nationalism a lot of countries, even if they share the same or similar political borders as they do today, usually didn't see its denizens referring to themselves in terms of which country they were from but usually the city. So people would more strongly identify as being, say, Parisian than French.

    Andrew BeckerAndrew BeckerVor 8 Tage
  • They weren't converted to Christianity. They were "converted" into papistry.

    GathKingLeppbertIGathKingLeppbertIVor 8 Tage
  • There are plenty of countries younger than us, soooo NOT the rest of the world.

    GathKingLeppbertIGathKingLeppbertIVor 8 Tage
  • I know it’s cool to hate on Joe Rogan now but he said something that really stuck with me “slavery was only 3 people ago”

    Kunta JayKunta JayVor 10 Tage
  • You should learn how to pronounce words, otherwise, we realize you are just reading something you don't understand from a pre-written script.

    TimBee100TimBee100Vor 11 Tage
  • I just thought of something. Simon's mum is Whistler's Mother! Lol

    Nora BrandtNora BrandtVor 12 Tage
  • My fave is "Betty White is older than Sliced bread."

    Roque GamingRoque GamingVor 13 Tage
  • Thumbnail spelling is off ?

    Antone MartinezAntone MartinezVor 14 Tage
  • If you believe they put a man on the moon

    Bince HaymanBince HaymanVor 14 Tage
  • Gautama, Nehemiah, and Plato, were contemporaries.

    Thomas ChappellThomas ChappellVor 17 Tage
  • The United States is the oldest continuously functioning Constitutional Republic in the world.

    patriotHannibalpatriotHannibalVor 19 Tage
  • 8:05 The Penny Fathering bike design is my absolute proof that the 70's of any century is certifiably wack.

    SuperDmetriusSuperDmetriusVor 19 Tage
  • Wow! How is it that I knew only 3 of these?

    Ruth DeckmanRuth DeckmanVor 20 Tage
  • Heeeey Simon I recently found a short story by David Brin that *you'd* like. The whole second half is basically the author saying exactly what he thinks of a universe that operates like Star Wars. :o Spoiler alert... ...he doesn't think very highly of it, to put it mildly. The title's "Temptation" and as soon as you start it, it might surprise you...

    Splotch the Cat-ThingSplotch the Cat-ThingVor 21 Tag
  • My two great Uncles died in 2012. Their grandfather was born during George Washington's first term.

    Andy HollandAndy HollandVor 22 Tage
  • Just the amazing stuff I’ve seen and done in my life, or you in your life. Now multiply that by 3 Billion! (considering that everyone is as awesome as you and I)

    Mil- SpecMil- SpecVor 22 Tage
  • America really lost not having John McCain as President.

    Gordon MarshallGordon MarshallVor 23 Tage
  • You should do a Top Tenz on St Augustine Florida

    carlos williamscarlos williamsVor 23 Tage
  • Here in St Augustine we are the home of the 1ST Thanksgiving and the 1st St Patrick's Day

    carlos williamscarlos williamsVor 23 Tage
  • Does this video jump at 27 seconds?

    Michael AmadoMichael AmadoVor 27 Tage
  • What bush was president in 1956...somethings fishy going on there

  • Wouldn’t believe it 4-5 years ago but I’d LOVE to have Bush back in office right now.

    Craig CampbellCraig CampbellVor Monat
  • I wanna hit the sand dunes in one of those NASA moon buggies! 😅

    Josh GloverJosh GloverVor Monat
  • I already knew that about Nintendo.

    swisschris81swisschris81Vor Monat
  • the sphinx shows evidence of water erosion. how could this be? when was the last time Giza was a green land with rivers and rains? maybe the sphinx and pyramids are thousands of years older than we have been taught.

    Chef JeffChef JeffVor Monat
  • frostpunk

    hamed bdrhamed bdrVor Monat
  • if memory serves me correctly, if the engine on the Wright flyer had not been running at all it would have flown 120 ft. They didn't actually achieve powered flight until at least 1905. That is about the time I believe when the forward progression of the aircraft could be attributed to the power structure on the aircraft. I still don't know why everybody thinks the they achieved anything in 1903, they had flown more than 120 ft Don done number of occasions without any power at all. Probably why they didn't maintain the original Wright flyer and kept updating the design until they were actually able to achieve powered flight.

    44 Hawk44 HawkVor Monat
  • So I guess my paper mache giraffe I made in 1st grade didn’t make the list. Please try to include it if you do a follow up video....

    Mil- SpecMil- SpecVor Monat
  • The only thing that matters is time with my son. You are all scumbags and psychos. Try to be less scummy when I get my son next time. Thanks.

    Justin MooreJustin MooreVor Monat
  • Mozart lived past the American War for Independence

    thelordofhellazthelordofhellazVor Monat
  • There where monuments here before Europeans, french and Spaniards came. Even before the Mongolians, blk people were in America. Look at hieroglyphs in those pyramids in Mexico

    Cook jCook jVor Monat
  • Thanks, Simon! I copy and paste the link to some of your videos into the google classroom space for my classes at the Detroit Public Service Academy!

    Jeff HoagJeff HoagVor Monat
  • Simon, love the clips and you always seem to be spot on with your facts. Definitely missed one on your lead in to this clip stating that St Augustine is the oldest continuous settlement in North America. Wrong. Oraibi is a village belonging to the Hopi tribe that is found in the northeastern region of Arizona, specifically in Navajo County. Oraibi is also popularly known as Orayvi by its indigenous inhabitants and is situated in the Hopi Reservation on the Third Mesa near the village of Kykotsmovi. Oraibi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in North America, having been established before the year 1100 CE. According to archeological speculation, the Hopi were forced to abandon some of their smaller villages in the area due to a series of severe droughts during the late 13th century. As a result, the Hopi were concentrated in a few population centers around the area. Oraibi is among the surviving settlements whose population grew making the place popular. What would have made your statement correct would have to say St Augustine is the oldest continuous European settlement in North America.

    loren1955loren1955Vor Monat
  • Correction Simon, "The United States (most formerly many Indian nations and Mexico/U.S.S.R./ independent nations) remains a young country compared to 'most' of the rest of the world." We're about two hundred years younger than Russia (most formerly U.S.S.R.) to start, and only seventy years younger than Great Britain( most formally England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales). When you consider that the Earth (including all continents) is around 4.5 billion years old that's not a lot of time..

    mattsmith1318mattsmith1318Vor Monat
  • I like how he pronounces “future” as few-cha. I think the New York accent does about the same.

    X-01 UnknownX-01 UnknownVor Monat
  • Murica, murica, murica, are there not enough places to talk about other than the usa?

    farfett_il-lejlfarfett_il-lejlVor Monat
  • The New York Highlanders that played the Boston Red Sox on opening day at Fenway Park the year the Titanic sunk later changed their name to the New York Yankees after years of being referred to as such by sports reporters.

    macvoutiemacvoutieVor Monat
  • Little promise that no one will venture further from the moon in foreseeable future? Is elan musk a joke to you?

    Zhong PingZhong PingVor Monat
  • Martin Luther King and Anne Frank were born the same year

    Leah WalentoskyLeah WalentoskyVor Monat
  • The mammoths were roaming the earth when the pyramids were built. Rosa Parks was Born in the same month Harriet Tubman died, Betty White was born closer to the Civil War than 9/11, if you were born in 1990 you were born closer to the moon landing than today

    Leah WalentoskyLeah WalentoskyVor Monat
  • Mexico City is the oldest city in North America

    Leah WalentoskyLeah WalentoskyVor Monat
  • What are you talking about, Simon? Irene Triplett isn't dead, she's my 2nd cousin 4x removed--my grandmother grew up with her (small community in Wilkes Co, NC). I've met her myself, and I've got family that would visit her pretty often. She's only 90, we're very long-lived.

    DesiderataTruthDesiderataTruthVor 2 Monate
  • USA, not very old but still the freest place to live.

    Andrew WashAndrew WashVor 2 Monate
  • 1:24 Jew Box?

    jwhitely7jwhitely7Vor 2 Monate
  • Okay. #2 actually blew my mind. I knew the dates for both but had never put them together.

    Dia da VinciDia da VinciVor 2 Monate
  • #2 is speculation. There is no concrete evidence for those dates.

    Googan McBoogieGoogan McBoogieVor 2 Monate
  • USS Iowa: RADAR guided gun fire control that used RADAR connected to mechanical computers to make its shots incredibly accurate against moving targets 15 miles away, surface search RADAR that allowed it to find and engage targets it hadn't sighted visually, had a RADAR that could make every anti-aircraft gun on the ship track a single target, able to move several tens of thousands of tons of metal at 33 knots for extended periods and even withstood being hit by a typhoon for 3 days straight with no loss of life and little damage besides a float plane blown overboard while 3 destroyers were lost with all hands and several other ships badly damaged. Even after all that she spent nearly 70 years in service, although for much of that she and her sisters were left in reserve, and even saw action in the Gulf War where she used both her WWII era guns guided by UAVs and modern Tomahawk cruise missiles to engage Iraqi troops. Also USS Iowa: built with the use of mules and riveted together (for the most part) rather than welded and almost everything aboard was driven by manpower with little in the way of automation compared to even modern cargo ships. It amazes me that a ship like that was basically left to rust after the Korean War and was stilled able to be reactivated and put into active service again in the mid 1980s.

    steweygrrrsteweygrrrVor 2 Monate
    • Any info on which companies /universities/labs did the research and developed/built all that radar controlled technology?

      Ken HudsonKen HudsonVor 2 Monate
  • The US government is one of the oldest in the world. The current French 5th republic dates from 1958.

    binawaybinawayVor 2 Monate
  • Like I believe a white man when he tells me when history happened! LOL

    Nona EubinisNona EubinisVor 2 Monate
  • Betty White, Martin Luther King Jr, and Anne Frank were all born in the same year: 1929.

    Dj D.Dj D.Vor 2 Monate
  • #11: Computer cards predated the electronic computer by about half a century. In the 1880's, Herman Hollerith invented a system of encoding data on punch cards and an electric tabulating machine that would read those cards. That system was used to process the 1890 US Census within a few years as opposed to the more-than-a-decade it would have taken by hand. In 1921, his company merged with two others to create International Business Machines (IBM). Data processing was big business -- I once saw a photograph from the 1920's of one of many large desks in a bank completely covered with stacks of punch cards about two feet deep. In the 1950's IBM CEO Thomas Watson, Sr, refused to get into the new computer business, but his son and successor, Thomas Watson, Jr, did take that step finally mating the "computer card" with the computer.

    David WiseDavid WiseVor 2 Monate
  • We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage. The first moon walk happened in 1969 and the wheeled luggage hit the market in 1970s.

    Rohini GuilandRohini GuilandVor 2 Monate
  • 1096 till 1530s is a little over 400 yrs not almost 500 yrs.

    jackgibs xxx07jackgibs xxx07Vor 2 Monate
  • Chuck Yeager was the first to OFFICIALLY break the sound barrier after American engineers conned their British counterparts into handing over their supersonic research. However, there is some evidence that the first plane to break the sound barrier may have been a Messerschmidt 262 in WWII.

    Shoegaze foreverShoegaze foreverVor 2 Monate
  • There were men walking on the moon before wheels were put on suitcases.

    Felton PruettFelton PruettVor 2 Monate
  • One day there will be top 10s about top tenz

    Truey DTruey DVor 2 Monate
  • 14:46 ancestors not descendents

  • Qubeck city is the oldest city in north america

    Jeremy TannehillJeremy TannehillVor 2 Monate
  • Lol 👀 America isn't a young country... Before Europeans settled it, America was ancient and also, SURPRISE... *already there* - albeit it was called something else. The name is young, the country is just as ancient as everywhere else on Earth lol

    Spookay T'is MeSpookay T'is MeVor 2 Monate
  • >>Mr. Whistler, well done. I am always astounded at the Wright Brothers' accomplishments with respect to supersonic flight. I think what lessons could humanity learn if we (I think therefore I am...) could harness the methodology of the brothers. They synthesized the wing, the internal combustion engine, catapult, steering by flapping, and simplicity (or maybe they just forgot stuff). >>I also wonder how and why the latter part of the 19th and early 20th Centuries were so productive when it turns out the American Civil War stayed with us until the 21st, continuing with the State of Virginia struggling to put aside statues to slavery, oppression, and fear. >>Imagine if statues to Hitler graced the German countryside; of course, Stalin is still erect in certain parts of the Russian "Federation;" as Putin enables the extremists of the Orthodox Church as he grabs for the tsar's crown. Hmmm.

    Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanVor 2 Monate
  • However. one must ask, when will women drive...wait for it...on the moon?

    Walt NelsonWalt NelsonVor 2 Monate
  • Alcohol is still Illegal in my county..

    Anthony WindomAnthony WindomVor 2 Monate
    • Annnd I'll drrrink to zaht.

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanVor 2 Monate
  • Simon likes insulting Americans. Back at you, Simon.🙄

    Wanda BWanda BVor 2 Monate
    • How? What is your evidence?

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanVor 2 Monate
  • The data on St Augustine is not correct. Mexico City has been continuously inhabited since the 1300s and yes it is in North America.

    Javier MeadeJavier MeadeVor 3 Monate
  • Its time to bring the old guillotine out of mothballs and dust it off.

    RJSRJSVor 3 Monate
    • Oh, drop it, already.

      Neil GoodmanNeil GoodmanVor 2 Monate
10 Historical Facts That Will Seriously Mess With Your Perception of Time