35 Facts That May Mess With Your Chronological Understanding Of Things, As Shared By This Guy
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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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.
Cream Puff is the oldest cat to have ever lived on record at 38 years and 3 days old.
Starry Night was painted in the same year that Nintendo became a company.
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.”
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.
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.
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!”
We figured out how to travel to the moon before we put wheels on suitcases.
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.
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.”
While the United States was working on sending people to the Moon, interracial marriage was still illegal in 16 states.
There were 14 presidents during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and she’s met 13 of them [she didn’t meet Lyndon Johnson].
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].
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!”
Octopuses have been around for longer than the dinosaurs.
Karl Marx, the creator of Communism, wrote a letter to Abraham Lincoln congratulating him on his reelection.
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!
Harriet Tubman was still alive for another month after Rosa Parks was born.
Joe Biden once served in Congress with 6 different people born in the 1800s.
Pablo Picasso was actually alive more recently than Jimi Hendrix.
Rosa Parks was alive long enough to witness Hurricane Katrina.
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.
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  and her birth.
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].
Betty White was 9 years old when Thomas Edison passed away.
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].
In 2020 researchers discovered fossils of green algae that existed 1 billion years ago.
The Sahara Desert was green and alive with vegetation only about 6,000 years ago [more precisely 11,000-5,000 years ago].
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.
Mark Twain lived long enough to take a color photo [correction: 1908] before he passed away.
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.].
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.
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.
The first episode ever of Doctor Who [November 23, 1963] was released the night after J. F. K.’s assassination [November 22, 1963].
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.
Leonardo da Vinci was a year younger than Cristopher Columbus.
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.
The last major Hollywood movie to be released on VHS was a History Of Violence in 2006.
The last American [Ronnie Lee Gardner] to be executed by firing squad was in 2010, the same year that Toy Story 3 came out.