Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

September 21, 2020

August 13, 2020

The Cockerel Brief

2020:

Rooster fined 166 euros for early morning crowing in Italian town.

1474:

Rooster questioned for laying egg, perhaps at the behest of Satan.

April 24, 2020

Space Oddities

2020:

Exoplanet revealed to be nothing but a large cloud of dust.

1903:

Supposed irrigation canals on Mars are merely optical illusions.

January 30, 2020

Commemoration Without Commas

2020:

A fifty-pence piece celebrates Brexit without Oxford’s punctuation mark.

1897:

A monument remembers the Battle of Trenton sans punctuation.

September 17, 2019

Seal Ex Machina

2019:

Seal helps stop an alleged international drug gang.

1918:

Dog bites man, stops robbery.

June 26, 2019

I’m Gonna Live Forever

2019:

Radical life extensionists trust science to cure death.

1786:

A doctor mines the habits of history’s long-lived for tips.

May 21, 2019

I Take Your Milkshake

2019:

Voters unable to buy milkshakes to throw at Nigel Farage.

1885:

Voters throw rotten eggs at Queen Victoria’s son-in-law.

March 22, 2019

A House of Ill Repute

2019:

Canadian prime minister eats chocolate, must apologize.

1896:

Canadian members of Parliament work late, sing songs, throw paper.

February 15, 2019

Stolen Water Is Sweet

2019:

Thieves steal water from Canadian icebergs.

c. 96:

Rome steels itself for the possibility of “puncturers.”