Statistics Saturday: The Relented March Of Time


Some astounding facts about how it is later in time now than it ever was before:

  1. The network television debut of Star Trek (1966) is closer in time to the network television debut of Lost In Space (1965) than it is to today (2015).
  2. The end of the Thirty Years War (1648) is closer to us (2015) than is the start of the Thirty Years War (1618).
  3. There are no known living survivors, or spouses of survivors, of the Battle of Manzikert (1071).
  4. More than twelve whole generations of mice have been born, lived, and died of old age since the last installment of Charles Dickens’ The Mystery Of Edwin Drood was published (1870).
  5. At no point in the 21st Century has President Thomas Jefferson been alive.
  6. Though you may be loved today more than yesterday, and may expect to be loved more tomorrow, there is no reason to believe that the amount by which your belovedness increases between today and tomorrow is itself an increase on the amount by which your belovedness increased between yesterday and today.
  7. Between the founding (1922) and the abolition (1991) of the Soviet Union, World War II began (1939 or maybe 1937 or arguably 1931), was fought, and ended (1945 or 1947 or maybe early 1991).
  8. 2016 is to see the 25th anniversary of the 225th anniversary (1991) of the founding of Rutgers University (1766).
  9. November 1st is closer to November 5th than November 22nd is to November 30th.
  10. The television series Casablanca (1983) has been off the air more than twenty times as long as it was on the air. The same astounding property holds for the other television series Casablanca (1955-56).
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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there.

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