Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

May 17, 2022

January 25, 2022

Crash Test Dummies

2022:

YouTuber accused of crashing an airplane as a publicity stunt.

1896:

Passenger agent crashes two trains in a publicity stunt.

January 13, 2022

Tip Line

2022:

A Key West bartender identifies a Florida man.

1896:

A Cincinnati bartender identifies a murderer.

October 15, 2021

Escape Artists

2021:

Man steals money and runs from the law—after leaving behind a fake suicide note.

1318:

Nun grows tired of the convent and runs from the church—after leaving behind a dummy of herself.

August 27, 2021

The Custom of the Country

2021:

Cats of unknown provenance killed in Taiwan to prevent disease.

c. 1738:

Cats killed by workers in revolt against their master and mistress.

May 20, 2021

Read It and Weep

2021:

Woman creates an NFT artwork out of Instagram messages with a celebrity.

1757:

Woman creates an epistolary novel out of love letters with a nobleman.

May 13, 2021

Uneasy Lies the Beard

2021:

Indian prime minister grows a beard during the Covid-19 pandemic.

361:

Roman emperor grows a beard to resemble Greek philosophers.

November 13, 2020

Whale Tales

2020:

Whale catches runaway train.​

1891:

Whale purportedly houses lost sailor in its stomach.

September 14, 2020

Alfresco Gender Reveals

2020:

An outdoor gender-reveal party in California sparks a wildfire.

1500 BC:

Ancient Egyptian women visit a field of grain daily to determine their babies’ gender.