It can be difficult to wrap our minds around just how short recorded human history is — 5500 years is not actually all that long of a time period. In this Twitter thread, Jelena Woehr suggests that we use the unit of Betty White’s lifetime (99 years and counting) as a tool to probe the temporal relationships of important events in the evolution of humans and society.
Y’all, it’s only been about 16 really old people since the fall of Rome.
Shakespeare died four very long-lived grandparents ago?!
It’s been less than two Betty Whites since the Emancipation Proclamation?!?!
[I love this!]