1. If the history of Earth were compressed into one single year, modern humans would have appeared on December 31st at approximately 11:00 p.m.
2. The Ottoman Empire, which spanned 1299 to 1923, was still in place when Warner Brothers was formed in 1903.
3. John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States from 1841 to 1845, still has two living grandsons. He fathered a son, Lyon, at the age of 63. Lyon fathered two children — Lyon Jr. and Harrison — at the age of 71 and 75, respectively. Both are alive and in their 80’s today. Tyler was president 20 years before Abraham Lincoln.
4. Tiffany’s, the great jewelry company that was founded in 1837, has been around longer than Italy, which became a country in 1861.
5. When the fax machine was invented, people were traveling the Oregon Trail. The first fax was developed in 1843 by Alexander Bain.
6. The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series (1908), women did not have the right to vote (1920).
7. Harvard University was founded in 1636, long before calculus was derived late in the 17th century.
8. Betty White is older than sliced bread. She was born in 1922 and pre-sliced bread was invented in 1928.
9. Cleopatra lived nearer to the time of Pizza Hut than she did the time of the Great Pyramid. The pyramid was built in 2560 B.C. and the first Pizza Hut was built in 1958. Cleopatra lived around 30 B.C., 500 years nearer the time of Pizza Hut.
10. The woolly mammoth was still roaming the Earth when the great Egyptian pyramids were built. Most mammoths died out about 10,000 years ago, but a small number survived until 1650 B.C. The Giza Pyramids were 1,000 years old at that time.
11. There was more time between the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) and the Stegosaurus than there is between T-Rex and you. the Stegosaurus lived approximately 150 million years ago and the T-Rex lived 65 million years ago.
12. When Star Wars came out in May 1977, France was still executing people by guillotine. The last execution took place on Sept. 10, 1977.