People usually have a pretty good intuition when it comes to time. Even if we don’t remember exactly when a thing happened, we can give a pretty precise guess if it was a week ago, a couple of months or a few years ago. This might be explained by the fact that we lived through those events and we just feel how long ago they were.

But it is quite different when it comes to things that we learnt from history. We learn different events as separate facts and not as a continuous story so even if they happened at the same time, it might not click in our heads.

But when they are placed side by side, it is very surprising to see them in a new perspective. TikTok user Adorian Deck, also known as The Facts Guy, who has a following of almost 4 million people, dedicated a whole series to facts that mess with our perception of time and we collected the facts that his followers were interested to hear the most. And if you want to know even more similar facts, here is an older Bored Panda article that you might like.

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Betty White was actually older than sliced bread.

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

And more wonderful.

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Adorian Deck has been a content creator for 15 years. In 2009 he created his first brand @OMGFacts when he was just 16 years old and successfully sold it when it had 15 million followers on Twitter and Facebook combined. 

But TikTok is a recent project, as he started his account in June of 2021. We reached out to Adorian and he told us that he always had a fascination with random fun facts, as is evident from his content, because the sold business as well as his TikTok focus on that.

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Cream Puff is the oldest cat to have ever lived on record at 38 years and 3 days old.

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

What's Cream Puff's secret? I need to know so I can make our kitties live to be old.

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Starry Night was painted in the same year that Nintendo became a company.

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KitFrey
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7 months ago

What did nintendo do before it made video games?

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Adorian has quite a few series on his TikTok page, like the one included in this list: maps that can change how you see the world, psychology tricks, crazy coincidences and a lot more. We were curious to know where he gets all these ideas from.

He explained, “I'm really inspired by a lot of what I've consumed over the years on the internet myself, and like to come up with my own spin on each topic I dive into. I follow only what interests me and that interest passes over in my body language in the videos I create.” He believes that it is important to create content that he likes himself as “An audience can tell whether someone is genuinely interested in what they are making content about.”

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Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, was already 17 years old by the time Orville Wright, one of the inventors of the airplane passed away. There is only a 66-year time difference between when we flew for the first time and when we landed on the Moon.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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7 months ago

That escalated quickly..

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In 1903 The New York Times ran an editorial saying that humans will not be able to fly for a million years. Just 2 months later the Wright brothers took flight.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

This is what we should remember when people say things like "We will never be able to travel at light speed." It will happen my friends.

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The facts are really interesting, but the appeal is that they are really unexpected, yet very simple. Adorian simply finds these facts on Google. He let us in on what the process looks like, “It will take me to list articles that exist on other websites and then once I find some information, I deep dive into researching those facts (since a lot of what you might see on the internet is false), and usually in my deep dives I may even find new ideas for series or just a lot more content for what I'm already working on. Sometimes I just get lost in the information and forget I'm even making videos, hah!”

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We figured out how to travel to the moon before we put wheels on suitcases.

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Mary Rose Kent
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7 months ago (edited)

To be fair, there were far fewer people flying places at that time, so we weren’t lugging a whole lot of stuff long distances. I flew in an airplane for the first time in the 1960s because I was coming along to a family reunion with the woman I regularly babysat for who had just had a second child and needed me to be a temporary au pair for the trip. Everyone was dressed in their Sunday best and all luggage was checked, and everything went smoothly.

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If Anne Frank was still alive, she would still have been 7 years younger than Betty White was. This also means that Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 7 years younger than Betty White as well.

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RandomX123
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7 months ago

And both would be a year younger than sliced bread

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Usually, people get bored of the same thing or want to try to branch out. Adorian doesn’t believe he could get bored of facts in general, but he does have plans that involve other activities: “Definitely have long-term plans to venture out into creating a lot of projects based off of what I've built so far, and have goals to help inspire / teach / show people things that could help them live a better life. For example, I'm super passionate about financial education and have content lined up for the near future to speak on this in a format that's entertaining for a larger audience.”

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While the United States was working on sending people to the Moon, interracial marriage was still illegal in 16 states.

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

And racism is still alive and kicking today.

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There were 14 presidents during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and she’s met 13 of them [she didn’t meet Lyndon Johnson].

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Theo Blackwood
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7 months ago

*14 US presidents.

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If you went back the same amount of time from today as Marty did from 1985 to 1955, you only would be traveling to 1991 [video was filmed in 2021].

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Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

STOP IT!

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But for now he really enjoys what he does on TikTok and he revealed to us that the series included in this list is actually his favorite one as well as the Maps That Will Change How You See The World series.

Adorian added, “There is so much out there we have certain perceptions of and I LOVE making people get twisted in learning that what they thought was one way, was actually another!”

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Octopuses have been around for longer than the dinosaurs.

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Mary Rose Kent
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7 months ago

Octopuses are fascinating creatures. I’ve read about them and have watched a bunch clips and all available documentaries.

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Karl Marx, the creator of Communism, wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln congratulating him on his reelection.

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Sega Saturn
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7 months ago

Hitler sent a letter of condolence after a Texas school blew up because of a gas pocket. This isn't very strange.

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What do you think of these facts? Did they mess with your perception of time? Which one surprised you the most? Upvote the facts that you found the most interesting and let us know your reactions in the comments!

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Harriet Tubman was still alive for another month after Rosa Parks was born.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
7 months ago

Which helps us to understand how real and immediate slavery and racism and prejudice were for the people in the Civil Rights Movement.

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Joe Biden once served in Congress with 6 different people born in the 1800s.

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ruru
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7 months ago

That hair tho

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Pablo Picasso was actually alive more recently than Jimi Hendrix.

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sofacushionfort
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7 months ago

Three more years, but the plaster-casters never got around to him.

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Rosa Parks was alive long enough to witness Hurricane Katrina.

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Sega Saturn
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7 months ago

That shows how time is weird.

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Everything you see happened in the past-not the present. It takes time for the brain to process visual information so by the time you’ve actually seen something, it already happened.

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Sega Saturn
Community Member
7 months ago

Yeah, but all the responses are slowed so they appear in the present. There is no point to this. Also is this guy starting to look like Jimmy Neutron, or is that just me?

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The current oldest person living in the world today is 118 years old [119 years old in 2022]. She’s been alive longer than the time between the date the US Constitution took effect [1788] and her birth.

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Dobbys Boggart
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7 months ago

She turned 40 during WWII.

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Bowhead whales can live for over 200 years which means that there are likely whales in the ocean today that were alive during the Civil War [1861–1865].

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

Hey don't forget the Greenland sharks.

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Betty White was 9 years old when Thomas Edison passed away.

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Sega Saturn
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7 months ago

Betty is 100 times better than Edison they barely belong in a sentence together.

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We didn’t know that a meteor killed the dinosaurs until 1991. That’s around the same time that the movie Home Alone was in theaters [November 16, 1990].

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Jo Choto
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7 months ago

It was a theory, but we didn't have all the evidence.

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In 2020 researchers discovered fossils of green algae that existed 1 billion years ago.

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Otter
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7 months ago

For nearly a billion years, the only life on Earth was algae. And all it did was create oxygen...

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The Sahara Desert was green and alive with vegetation only about 6,000 years ago [more precisely 11,000-5,000 years ago].

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Sega Saturn
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7 months ago

What the f**k happened?

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If you put the universe's 13.8 billion years into a year-long timeline, here’s what it looks like: The Big Bang occurs January 1st at 12 AM. The Milky Way Galaxy forms on March 16th. Our Solar System takes shape on September 2nd. The formation of Earth follows shortly after on September 6th. The first complex cells emerge on Earth on November 9th. Dinosaurs appear on Christmas and are extinct by December 30th. All of recorded human history starts on the night of December 31st at 11:59:33 PM. Jesus Christ is born at 11:59:55 PM. The average human life lasts about 1/4th of a second of this timeline. Less than the blink of an eye which is 1/3rd of a second.

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Hugh Cookson
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7 months ago

And we still haven't learned how to live together harmoniously ......

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Mark Twain lived long enough to take a color photo [correction: 1908] before he passed away.

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Nazda Pokmov
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7 months ago

Mark Twain was always ahead of his time.

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Cleopatra was alive [9 B.C.-31 B.C.] closer in time to the moon landings [1969-1972] than the building of the Great Pyramids [2550 B.C.-2490 B.C.].

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Burs
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7 months ago

But that is Tutankhamun not Cleopatra...

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A day on Venus is longer than a year on Venus. It takes 243 Earth days for Venus to rotate once, but only 225 earth days to orbit the Sun.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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7 months ago

Venuts..

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From the time Pluto was discovered to the time that Pluto lost its planet status it hadn’t even completed one orbit around the sun. it actually still hasn’t. Pluto was discovered in 1930 and downgraded in 2006 (76 years later). It takes Pluto 248 years to orbit the Sun which means that it will not have made a full orbit around the sun until 2178.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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7 months ago

GO PLUTO!!

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The first episode ever of Doctor Who [November 23, 1963] was released the night after J. F. K.’s assassination [November 22, 1963].

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Robert T
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Maybe, but it certainly wasn't Matt Smith who played the Doctor then, he wasn't born until 1982, and no, having a Tardis doesn't change that!

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The Eastern Roman Empire fell only 40 years before Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas. This means that plenty of people who considered themselves Romans heard of the discovery of the new world.

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sofacushionfort
Community Member
7 months ago

The Romanovs claimed heirship to the Romans (Ivan the Terrible’s grandmother was a Byzantine princess), so we can run the end-date to 1918. Or, if Putin decides he’s entitled to Istanbul (and I wouldn’t put it past him), it extends into the present.

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Leonardo da Vinci was a year younger than Cristopher Columbus.

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Claire Stanfield
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7 months ago

Love da Vinci.

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Will Smith is now older than the actor who played Uncle Phil was at the time that The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air first premiered in 1990.

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Mary Rose Kent
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7 months ago

And yet, Will Smith is essentially ageless

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The last major Hollywood movie to be released on VHS was a History Of Violence in 2006.

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Scagsy
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7 months ago

Good movie. Viggo Mortensen unless I'm mistaken.

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The last American [Ronnie Lee Gardner] to be executed by firing squad was in 2010, the same year that Toy Story 3 came out.

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Johnny Rodriguez
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7 months ago

Americans think justice and revenge is the same..

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The last telegram that was ever sent was in India only 8 years ago.

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Maria Ivanilova
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7 months ago

In USA. I got a telegram for the first time in my life a year ago on Russia)))

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