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15 Seemingly Old Things That Are Way Newer Than We Think

November 10, 2020 6.5k votes 807 voters 30.8k views15 items

List RulesVote up the items whose actual age surprises you the most.

Everything old is new again, and some of the old things were never actually that old to begin with. Many of the things that we take for granted in our world, whether they be inventions, institutions, professions, laws, or even accepted behaviors, we just assume that they have been the standard for a long time. We rarely stop to think about what "a long time" really is. 

Our lives are filled with things that, in the grand scheme of it all, showed up fairly recently. Inevitably, how surprisingly young anything is will always depend on the age of the reader, especially when we reach the last few decades of technological advancement. The younger generation never had to deal with a world without GPS or suitcases without wheels. Even with that in mind, there are incredible finds we would have never imagined being so recent. The folks at Reddit shared what they think most people don't realize is newer than they think.

  • Photo: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute / Wikimedia Commons / Public domain

    From Redditor u/Andromeda321

    Astronomer here! Recent research has shown that Saturn’s rings are less than 100 million years old or so, which is pretty crazy when you realize the solar system formed about 4.5 billion years ago! For context, sharks have been around four times longer than Saturn’s rings, which is amazing to think about!

    We know this btw from recent Cassini data relating to the mass in the rings and the amount of dust versus ice in them - all indicate they are definitely less than a few hundred million years old (and definitely haven’t been around since the formation of the solar system or similar). Exactly how they formed is not clear but it’s thought an impact with an icy moon is a good candidate for explaining it.

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    Ciabatta Bread Was Invented In 1982

    From Redditor u/Hyphum:

    Ciabatta bread goes all the way back to the early 1980s.

    Context:

    Ciabatta bread was created in 1982 by a baker in Adria, a small town near Venice, Italy, in order for Italy to have a national bread to compete with French baguettes.

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    Paramedics Started In The Early 1970s

    From Redditor u/shamusluke:

    Paramedics. Before the formation of a paramedic program medical emergencies were handled by police or by undertakers. One of the first programs was started to help a Black community in Pittsburgh. 

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    Before 1970, ambulances were staffed with advanced first-aid level responders called "ambulance attendants" and had little regulation, standardized training, or standardized equipment. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson recieved a report called Accidental Death and Disability: The Neglected Disease of Modern Society that outlined the inherant dangers of a non-standardized first aid response. A curriculum was established to create emergency medical technician–paramedics, EMT-P.

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    Hallways Weren't Common Until The 1800s

    From Redditor u/BetterThanHorus:

    Hallways weren't widely used until the 1800s. Rooms would just open into the next room.

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    There is very little mention in any literature of hallways or corridors inside of European homes or buildings until the late 1700s. That's because they did not become commonplace until the mid 1800s.

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