A Perspective of Time

Oxford University is older than the Aztecs.
Teaching started in Oxford as early as 1096, and by 1249, the University was officially founded. The Aztec civilization as we know it began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.

We landed on the moon within 66 years of the Wright brother’s first flight.
In 1903 the Wright brothers successfully flew a plane for a whopping 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.

The first pyramids were built while wooly mammoths still existed.
While most mammoths died out long before civilizations arose, a small populations survived until 1650 BC. By that point, Egypt was halfway through its empire, and the Giza Pyramids were already 1000 years old.

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.

If the history of the Earth was compressed into a single year, humans would appear on December 31 at about 11:58 p.m.
The human race has lived on Earth for only 0.004% of the planet’s history.

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