Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

September 17, 2021

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.

 

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.