Photo: Eric A. Hegg/University of Washington/Shutterstock

This Photo of a Greta Thunberg Look-Alike From 1898 Is Fueling Speculation That She’s a Time Traveler

by Eben Diskin Nov 21, 2019

Many people say that Greta Thunberg is wise beyond her years, but maybe that’s because she was actually born in the 19th century. That’ll sound like a completely ridiculous argument, until you see this photo from 1898, depicting a girl who bears a more-than-striking resemblance to the Swedish climate activist.

The photo from 121 years ago kept in the digital archives of the University of Washington shows three children at a gold mine during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory in Canada. Greta Thunberg’s look-alike (same round face and braided hair) is one of them. When the internet got ahold of it, they developed a theory that Greta Thunberg time traveled from 1898 to 2019 to save the world.

Twitter isn’t exactly a reliable resource for information on photography, history, or time travel, but it’s certainly fun to speculate.

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