If you feel the pace of life is outpacing you, you’re probably right. Consider this: In 1577, Sir Francis Drake departed England on a three-year voyage around the world. In 2003, American millionaire Steve Fossett circumvented the globe — 23,000 miles — in less than three days (67 hours).

When Ray Harroun won the Indianapolis 500 in 1911 the average raceway speed was 74.602 miles per hour. Sam Hornish, Jr., the 2006 Indianapolis winner, qualified at 228.985 miles per hour.

If these historical anecdotes are any indication, time travel seems very probable in the near future.