35 Wild Historical Facts That Prove Time Makes Negative Sense

    Sharks are 420 million years older than whales.

    1. Dinosaurs went extinct over 30 million years before Hawaii even existed.

    Dinosaurs and Hawaii

    And I cannot believe this fact.

    Phillip Schofield from This Morning looking confused

    2. Potentially the first case of COVID-19 in humans can be traced back to Nov. 17, 2019.

    COVID heathcare workers

    3. So COVID-19 is literally just two days younger than that movie Ford v Ferrari.

    Ford v Ferrari poster

    4. New Zealand was uninhabited until as late as between 1200 and 1300 AD, when its first settlers arrived.

    A map of New Zealand

    5. We are closer to the 50th anniversary of Clueless than to Clueless itself.

    Dionne and Cher from Clueless

    I refuse to absorb this as the truth.

    6. The University of Oxford is older than the Aztec Empire.

    Oxford and a rendering of an Aztec civilization

    7. There are middle schoolers right now who were 6 years old when Donald Trump was elected president.

    Newspapers from the day after Trump was elected president

    8. The Himalayas and the Alps formed at kind of the same time.

    Maps of the Himalayas and the Alps

    9. Pablo Picasso was alive from 1881 to 1973.

    Pablo Picasso in the 1960s

    10. The first successful airplane and the moon landing were only 66 years apart.

    One of the first planes flying and Buzz Aldrin on the moon


    Amy from Love Island Series 5 gasping

    11. Sharks are about 420 million years older than whales.

    A shark and a whale

    12. Sharks are also older than trees.

    50 million years younger than sharks written over a forest

    13. Someone who is 8 years old was not alive when The Office originally aired.

    Stanley from The Office

    14. Cleopatra lived closer to Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa than she did to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

    Future Nostalgia and the Pyramids

    15. Also, Cleopatra died at 39.

    Art of Cleopatra


    Jess from New Girl looking shocked and confused

    16. The oldest cat ever recorded, Creme Puff, was born in 1967 and died in 2005.

    Written over a kitten on someone's lap: "That's like this cat being alive until 2059"

    17. The Great Lakes have only looked the way they do now for about 3,000 years.

    An aerial shot of the Great Lakes

    18. Katharine Hepburn was alive on 9/11.

    Katharine Hepburn smoking a cigarette

    19. The Ottoman Empire lasted until 1922.

    A photograph of members of the military of the Ottoman Empire

    20. William Shakespeare died less than 120 years before George Washington was born.

    Didn't even live 120 years apart written over William Shakespeare and George Washington

    Nope. Nope. Nope.

    Chandler from Friends freaking out

    21. 1975 and 1991 are just as far apart as 2005 and 2021.

    "16 years ago" written over kids celebrating the 2005 New Year

    22. The construction of the Taj Mahal took 23 years less than the gardens of Versailles.

    "Took 17 years" written over the Taj Mahal and "Took 40 years" written over the gardens of Versailles

    23. The 2021–22 kindergarten class will graduate from high school in 2034.

    Class of 2034 written over a kindergarten class

    24. London was founded over 1,100 years before Genghis Khan was born.

    London and Genghis Khan on a Mongolian 1,000 Togrog banknote

    25. The Stonewall riots, the first temporary artificial heart implantation, Woodstock, the moon landing, Abbey Road, the Tate-LaBianca murders, the glue stick's invention, and Jason Bateman's birth all happened in the same year.

    Woodstock music festival 1969

    Time is wild.

    Lara Jean from To All the Boys I've Loved Before looking surprised

    26. Pangaea, the supercontinent, lasted for about 100 million years.

    A map of Pangaea

    27. And dinosaurs went extinct before India connected with Asia.

    A family of Brachiosaurus and a map of India

    28. The oldest verified person, Jeanne Calment, lived for 122 years, which means that for a period of time, being 92 was 30 years ago for her.

    Jeanne Calment surrounded by press

    29. Barack Obama was born the month after Ernest Hemingway died.

    "Almost lived at the same time" written over Barack Obama and Ernest Hemingway

    30. Pizza didn't really become a thing in Italy outside of Naples until the 1940s.

    "Had no pizza" written over a photo of a street in Rome in the 1910s

    I don't know what's going on.

    Amber from Love Island Series 5 gasping

    31. King Tutankhamen's reign ended 1,000 years before Alexander the Great's — and I mean 1,000 years to the year exactly.

    Reigned 1,000 years apart written over King Tutankhamen and Alexander the Great

    32. Parts of the Great Wall of China were built in the fifth century BCE, and other parts were built in the 15th century AD.

    The Great Wall of China

    33. We think humans arrived in Australia at least 30,000 years before they arrived in Japan.

    "Humans were here first" written over Australia on a globe and "Humans were here second" written over Japan on a globe

    34. Pretty soon, 2017 will be five years ago.

    Came out in 2017 written over Taylor Swift's album Reputation

    35. And finally, John Mulaney is older than Khloé Kardashian.

    John Mulaney and Khloé Kardashian

    And I ask, does anything mean anything anymore?

    Molly Mae from Love Island making giant eyes