Rare Facts That Will Alter Your Perception Of Time

By | August 28, 2022

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A view of the pyramids at Giza from the plateau to the south of the complex. (Ricardo Liberato/Wikimedia Commons)

Wooly Mammoths Walked When The Pyramids Were Built

The last of the wooly mammoths were believed to have existed around the Arctic Circle in what is now Russia as far back as 4,000 years ago. This means that when the Great Pyramids were built in Egypt back in 2550 B.C.E., these remnants of the Ice Age still roamed the Earth.

Oxford Is As Ancient As The Aztecs

While the Aztec Empire is indeed very old, as the capital city of Tenochtitlan was founded way back in 1325, Oxford University in England is even older. Oxford became a large-scale college in the 1200s, but students were learning at the school as far back as 1096. The oldest building on campus is St. George's Tower in Oxford Castle and was finished around the year 1020.

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President John Tyler, half-length portrait, facing right. (Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons)

America Can Be Measured In Only Three Generations

The United States may have been the first country in the Americas to win its independence from its colonizing empire, but in the grand scheme of things, it's still a relatively young country. In fact, one could argue that the history of the U.S. can be contained in as little as three lifetimes, especially if you happen to be from the Tyler family tree. President John Tyler was born just a few years after the Constitutional Convention and served from 1841 until 1845. He had a son named Lyon who was born in 1853, who went on to father a child of his own, Harrison Tyler, who was born in 1928 and is still alive today.