Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

September 25, 2018

February 09, 2018

Gold Medal on the Rocks

2018:

Russian athletes prefer their steroids shaken, not stirred.

c. 530:

Ancient Olympians use illegal curses to defeat the opposition.

2018:

A Bollywood film leads to protests because of inaccurate whispers about a blasphemous scene that doesn’t exist.

1929:

The idea of a film about Martin Luther leads to protests, again and again—as does any other movie touching religion.

January 19, 2018

Out of the Mouths of Babes

2018:

Man auctions Dixie cup that could have touched the lips of Elvis.

1921:

Man auctions Lord Byron’s cup made from a human skull.

January 05, 2018

Epidermal Macabre

2018:

At least four people would like to own Charles Manson’s remains.

1882:

Jesse James keeps getting reburied and fought over.

January 04, 2018

Do You Hear What I Hear?

2017:

Americans at an embassy in Cuba suffer a possible sonic assault.

1976:

Americans at an embassy in Russia get beamed with microwaves.

January 02, 2018

Fear Death by Water

2017:

Rich people in Silicon Valley swear by the “nice smooth mouth feel” and healthy bacteria in raw water, as long as you drink it before it turns green.

1900:

Rich people swear by the wisdom of drinking anything but raw water.

December 07, 2017

What Fads Go Up…

2017:

Internet resident pays $117,712 for a virtual kitty.

c. 1637:

Dutch resident (allegedly) trades twelve fat sheep for one sexy tulip root.