If you find yourself reading a newspaper article that you could swear you’d just read a few weeks ago, and then another, and another, you might want to check the date on the top of the page. When even the title of the article sounds familiar — and if that isn’t the winner in the “Retaining Useless Knowledge” contest, I don’t know what is — you really should just check the damn date at the top of the page.
Or, you could wonder, as I did, why the hell the paper is re-running recent pieces without pointing them out as such. WTF is THAT?!
But I really, really recommend that you first check the date at the top of the page. Because you may find that it says a date from like two weeks ago, which may trigger in your brain a memory of being out of town for a few days, during which time your wife and teenaged son may have failed to retrieve the paper, possibly letting them pile up under the freshly fallen snow.
Which just melted.