Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

November 16, 2018

2018:

Trump humiliates underlings with firings; the media reports metaphoric “stays of execution.”

 

c. 40:

Caligula condemns underlings to fight wild beasts after they fail to acknowledge his genius.

2018:

Facebook disappears an ad featuring a woman’s—gasp—upper back.

1880:

Mark Twain has opinions about Titian’s depiction of Venus.

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.