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An 1898 photograph of a girl digging for gold in a Yukon gold mine bears a striking resemblance to Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
The photo is sourced from the University of Washington Library archives and was taken by Eric A. Hegg.
A 120-year-old photograph of a girl digging for gold in Yukon has sparked online theories that Greta Thunberg might be a time traveller.
The photograph, dated 1898, was sourced from the University of Washington library archives and features three children digging for gold at Dominion Creek, Yukon, during the Klondlike Gold Rush.
One of the children, a girl, sits in the foreground of the photo, looking directly at the camera. With braids, an angular face shape and a remarkably familiar stern expression, many say she looks eerily like the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist. The uncanny resemblance has gone viral on Twitter, sparking conspiracies around Thunberg’s identity.
“ So, ‘Greta Thunberg’ is in a photo from 120 years ago, and it’s my new favourite conspiracy. Greta’s a time traveller from the future, and she’s here to save us,” tweeted on Twitter user.
Some suggested Thunberg alternated between the two time periods, in the hopes of raising awareness on climate change.
Many others have ridiculed the notion, criticizing the Internet’s ability to believe in time travel but not climate change.
Thunberg, currently in the midst of her second Atlantic crossing, hasn’t yet commented on the photograph. On Wednesday, she tweeted that she has set sail for Spain, on a solar-powered boat chartered by an Australian Youtuber couple, to attend a climate change conference in Madrid.
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