Unexpected usage no. 3: “Maybe we’ll meet again one future day”

Pierre-Carl Langlais has a PhD in information and communication science and is working with OpenEdition Lab on the unexpected reader detector. Studying OpenEdition’s statistics, he discovered several enlightening cases of how content on the platform has been read and reappropriated, which we are sharing here.
If you would like to tell us about other cases, please contact us at lab@openedition.org

It’s not only reference media that revive content. On 4 April 2017, the entertainment site Topito published the “Top 10 historical events we experience in a parallel universe: SF in real life” (www.topito.com/top-evenements-historiques-sf). Interestingly, this singled out the creation of time zones at the end of the nineteenth century as a strange event and cited as evidence an article from Revues.org on the establishment of legally enforced time in France (http://rhcf.revues.org/416).

“If you couldn’t get your head around Back to the Future, you’d have been totally clueless that day.”

Here our anomaly detector contributes to showing how scientific information is being transformed: initially developed as part of a classic academic study, it is now reincarnated in a geeky text illustrated with lively animated GIFs.

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