Déjà Vu

Bringing a historical perspective to the day’s news

November 15, 2018

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.

August 11, 2017

Equal Climates

2017:

U.S. Department of Agriculture bans words related to climate change.

350 BC:

Aristotle denies that the climate is changing.

July 26, 2017

Grave Aesthetics

2017:

Salvador Dalí’s moustache is discovered intact.

1817:

Long-dead Bourbons are shockingly presentable.

July 24, 2017

Fonts and Scoundrels

2017:

Using Microsoft fonts to solve an international scandal.

1440:

Exposing a literary fraud in the fifteenth century.

July 13, 2017

Regulating the Sacrament

2017:

The Vatican forbids gluten-free communion.

1052:

Leavened or unleavened? Saint Peter Damian says he doesn’t care.

February 21, 2017

Apropos of Nothing

2017:

The Trump administration lies about terrorist attacks. 

c. 1517:

Machiavelli assures “fraud is fair in war.”