We hope you're ready for a big dose of reality 'cause these aren't your grandma's facts, sweetheart.
No, no they are not. These are the hard hitting, holy-shit epiphanies that'll take you a second to process. Your life will never be the same after this.
Prepare to get your brain blown AND grown.
Millennials who have a Bachelors degree earn 20% less than boomers did at the same age with just a HS diploma.
- It took humanity approximately 4 times longer to switch from copper swords to steel swords than it took to switch from steel swords to nuclear bombs.
- Gwen Stefani is older than Ted Cruz
- When NASA pitched the idea of the Voyager missions to Richard Nixon with the idea of touring the outer planets, he was told that the last time it was possible, Thomas Jefferson was in the White House. The particular planetary alignment that Voyager 2 used on its journey occurs only once every 176 years.
- If the sun were scaled down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky Way galaxy would be the size of the continental United States. The vastness of space is mind boggling.
If you are 25 years old, about 1/3 of the people that were alive when you were born, have died.
Even better, the oldest person in the world has seen an entire world of humans die and an entire other world replace them.
People knew the earth was round before mammoths went extinct (about 5,600 years ago).
In the 80s, the Medellin Cartel (Pablo Escobar) was spending $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all their cash.
We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on luggage
Alaska is so big, if you cut it in half Texas would be the third biggest state.
Most people don't realize the vast differences between Millions, Billions, and Trillions. To put it into perspective I'll use time as an example.
1 million seconds is 11 1/2 days
1 billion seconds is 31 3/4 years
1 trillion seconds is 31,710 years
This completely blew my mind because I never actually realized how much of a difference there is between them. It still blows my mind just looking at the numbers. It puts wealth into an entirely new perspective for me
Edit: Wow this blew up overnight. I can't believe I got gold thank you for whoever gilded me. I also wanted to point out to everyone who isn't in the US that these numbers are all using the US long scale. If I had a nickel for every time someone replied to me saying this isn't surprising I'd be on my way to a trillion dollars in no time
Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete
There are people who are legally adults who have no concept of what life was like before 9/11.
The US is still paying one civil war pension.
(According to usnews, 150 years after the civil war, the 86-year-old daughter of a Civil War veteran still gets a monthly $73.13 payment from her father's military pension.)
Your toddler children will likely live to the year 2100
90s music is as old to us today as the Beatles were in the 90's
Edit:early 90s and late Beatles.
The swimming pools of the Titanic are still filled with water.
You become a vacuum cleaner when you clean a vacuum
If you took an apple and expanded it to the size of the planet, every atom of the apple would be expanded to the size an apple.
Source: taken from CalTechs Feynman lectures
"The atoms are 1 or 2x10-8cm in radius. 1x10-8cm is called an angstrom (just as another name), so we say they are 1 or 2 angstroms (Å) in radius. Another way to remember their size is this: if an apple is magnified to the size of the earth, then the atoms in the apple are approximately the size of the original apple."
Babies kneecaps are made of squishy cartilage and don't become solid until the age of 2. Otherwise it would hurt too much to crawl around!
Every five seconds nine people die and twenty-two are born. In the time it took you to read this approximately fifteen more people have died.
Every other planet in the solar system could fit in the space between the Earth and the moon.
You could remove 1 BILLION people from each of the 2 most populous nations on Earth, & they would STILL be the 2 most populous nations on Earth..... (China & India)