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8th Jun '17 5:28:36 PM JackG
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* This trope is how the protagonists of ''Series/FlashForward2009'' find out that the eponymous flash forwards are supposed to show the future.
%%* As well as in its modern incarnation, ''Series/{{Journeyman}}''.

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** Another take on this trope is the Doctor (who has SeenItAll) telling the date from the technology around him, e.g. in "Kill the Moon".
-->'''Courtney:''' This isn't the moon. Where are we?
-->'''The Doctor:''' On a recycled space shuttle. 2049, judging by that prototype version of the Bennett oscillator.
* This trope is how the protagonists of ''Series/FlashForward2009'' find out that the eponymous flash forwards are supposed to show the future.
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future. As well as in its modern incarnation, ''Series/{{Journeyman}}''.
31st May '17 8:43:01 PM PaulA
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** Toward the end of ''Methuselah's Children'', the characters have returned to Earth in their stolen starship, but don't want to land until they know how much time has passed since they fled an oppressive government. One of the characters, Andy Libby, determines the approximate date by examining the relative positions of the planets in the Solar System. (75 years have passed.)

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** Toward the end of ''Methuselah's Children'', ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'', the characters have returned to Earth in their stolen starship, but don't want to land until they know how much time has passed since they fled an oppressive government. One of the characters, Andy Libby, determines the approximate date by examining the relative positions of the planets in the Solar System. (75 years have passed.)
31st May '17 8:42:48 PM PaulA
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein, ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. Lazarus Long travels back in time and reads a newspaper to learn the current date: August 1, 1916. This is about three years earlier than he intended to arrive, since he'd planned to skip UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein, Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
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''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''. Lazarus Long travels back in time and reads a newspaper to learn the current date: August 1, 1916. This is about three years earlier than he intended to arrive, since he'd planned to skip UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
** Toward the end of ''Methuselah's Children'', the characters have returned to Earth in their stolen starship, but don't want to land until they know how much time has passed since they fled an oppressive government. One of the characters, Andy Libby, determines the approximate date by examining the relative positions of the planets in the Solar System. (75 years have passed.)



* Toward the end of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Methuselah's Children'', the characters have returned to Earth in their stolen starship, but don't want to land until they know how much time has passed since they fled an oppressive government. One of the characters, Andy Libby, determines the approximate date by examining the relative positions of the planets in the Solar System. (75 years have passed.)
18th Apr '17 2:54:34 AM Arcorann
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* This appears whenever Bobby arrives on First Earth (Earth in the year 1937) in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure''.
13th Mar '17 1:01:28 PM AthenaBlue
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Spectre of the Gun", Captain Kirk finds a copy of the Tombstone Epitaph dated October 26th, 1881. On Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP03eWhP-vI here]], starting at 5:30.[[note]]On Blu-Ray, you can read the articles. They're not from 1881. Given that they're not ''really'' in the Old West, this kinda works.[[/note]]

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* In ''Series/{{Angel}}''. After spending sixteen years in a hell dimension, Holtz looks at a newspaper to see what year it is and is shocked to find that [[YearInsideHourOutside only days have passed since he left]].
* This shows up in
the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Spectre of "That '70s Episode", when the Gun", Captain Kirk finds a copy of protagonists time-travel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin back to the Tombstone Epitaph dated October 26th, 1881. On Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP03eWhP-vI here]], starting at 5:30.[[note]]On Blu-Ray, you can read the articles. They're not from 1881. Given that they're not ''really'' in the Old West, this kinda works.[[/note]]1970s]].



** In "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", the TARDIS crew discover they are in 2164 (or later) from a calendar in an abandoned warehouse.
** "The Chase" sees a variant of this trope. Ian & Barbara find out they’re (near enough) home by checking the windscreen of the nearest parked car to find its tax disc expires on New Year’s Eve 1965. (This is referenced in ''Film/AnAdventureInSpaceAndTime'' when the audience is shown that it is 1966 by displaying a car's tax disc.)
** In "Enemy of the World", Jamie finds out he's in 2018 by looking at the expiration date of the tax disc on the helicopter that's just picked him up.
** In "Rise of the Cybermen", the TARDIS crashes and Mickey uses this method to determine that they have landed in modern London; it then transpires that they've passed into a parallel universe by accident.
** Also used in "Daleks in Manhattan" where the Doctor attempts to work out the date from how complete the Empire State building is, whilst Martha picks up a newspaper from a bench behind them.
** Kathy Nightingale does this in "Blink", though it's as much to convince her that she time-traveled at all as to determine the date.
** In "The Unicorn and the Wasp", the Doctor figures out what year it is by other clues, but the exact date turns out to be important.
** In "The Unquiet Dead", the Doctor uses a paper to determine that they are not, in fact, in 1860 Naples, but rather 1869 [[AliensInCardiff Cardiff]]. Rose doesn't care until she hears [[SelfDeprecation that last bit]]. "Right..."
** In "Human Nature", a teacher called John Smith wakes up from a strange dream in which he's a doctor caught up in adventures in the far-flung future of 2007. His maid, who just happens to resemble his companion in that dream, assures him that it's 1913 and hands over the daily paper as proof.
%%* Happens around OnceAnEpisode in ''Series/QuantumLeap''.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", Earth"]], the TARDIS crew discover they are in 2164 (or later) from a calendar in an abandoned warehouse.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase" Chase"]] sees a variant of this trope. Ian & Barbara find out they’re (near enough) home by checking the windscreen of the nearest parked car to find its tax disc expires on New Year’s Eve 1965. (This is referenced in ''Film/AnAdventureInSpaceAndTime'' when the audience is shown that it is 1966 by displaying a car's tax disc.)
** In "Enemy [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E4TheEnemyOfTheWorld "The Enemy of the World", World"]], Jamie finds out he's in 2018 by looking at the expiration date of the tax disc on the helicopter that's just picked him up.
** In "Rise of the Cybermen", the TARDIS crashes and Mickey uses this method to determine that they have landed in modern London; it then transpires that they've passed into a parallel universe by accident.
** Also used in "Daleks in Manhattan" where the Doctor attempts to work out the date from how complete the Empire State building is, whilst Martha picks up a newspaper from a bench behind them.
** Kathy Nightingale does this in "Blink", though it's as much to convince her that she time-traveled at all as to determine the date.
** In "The Unicorn and the Wasp", the Doctor figures out what year it is by other clues, but the exact date turns out to be important.
** In
[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E3TheUnquietDead "The Unquiet Dead", Dead"]], the Doctor uses a paper to determine that they are not, in fact, in 1860 Naples, but rather 1869 [[AliensInCardiff Cardiff]]. Rose doesn't care until she hears [[SelfDeprecation that last bit]]. "Right..."
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen"]], the TARDIS crashes and Mickey uses this method to determine that they have landed in modern London; it then transpires that they've passed into a parallel universe by accident.
** Also used in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "Daleks in Manhattan"]], where the Doctor attempts to work out the date from how complete the Empire State Building is, whilst Martha picks up a newspaper from a bench behind them.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature
"Human Nature", Nature"]], a teacher called John Smith wakes up from a strange dream in which he's a doctor caught up in adventures in the far-flung future of 2007. His maid, who just happens to resemble his companion in that dream, assures him that it's 1913 and hands over the daily paper as proof.
%%* Happens around OnceAnEpisode ** Kathy Nightingale does this in ''Series/QuantumLeap''.[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]], though it's as much to convince her that she time-travelled at all as to determine the date.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E7TheUnicornAndTheWasp "The Unicorn and the Wasp"]], the Doctor figures out what year it is by other clues, but the exact date turns out to be important.
* This trope is how the protagonists of ''Series/FlashForward2009'' find out that the eponymous flash forwards are supposed to show the future.



* In the 1981 Afterschool Special ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243434/ My Mother was Never a Kid]]'' Victoria Martin, after getting into an argument with her mother, seemingly travels through time during a subway trip, and meets her mother as a teenager she only confirms her travel by finding a newspaper dated 1944. She comes to realize that she and her mother are very much the same. In the end we find out [[spoiler: it was all just a dream]].
* An episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' has a variation. A group think they have been transported to an alien planet, but gradually figure out they are in the distant future. A look at the expiration date of a discarded candy bar wrapper confirms this. (By no means accurate, but close enough for their purposes).
%%* Happens around OnceAnEpisode in ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
* Played with in ''Series/RedDwarf'', "Backwards" - the date on the newspaper was 3991, but by that point Kryten had realized that everything was backwards, so the actual year was 1993.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Spectre of the Gun", Captain Kirk finds a copy of the Tombstone Epitaph dated October 26th, 1881. On Website/YouTube [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP03eWhP-vI here]], starting at 5:30.[[note]]On Blu-Ray, you can read the articles. They're not from 1881. Given that they're not ''really'' in the Old West, this kinda works.[[/note]]



* An episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' has a variation. A group think they have been transported to an alien planet, but gradually figure out they are in the distant future. A look at the expiration date of a discarded candy bar wrapper confirms this. (By no means accurate, but close enough for their purposes).
* In the 1981 Afterschool Special ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243434/ My Mother was Never a Kid]]'' Victoria Martin, after getting into an argument with her mother, seemingly travels through time during a subway trip, and meets her mother as a teenager she only confirms her travel by finding a newspaper dated 1944. She comes to realize that she and her mother are very much the same. In the end we find out [[spoiler: it was all just a dream]]



* Played with in ''Series/RedDwarf'', "Backwards" - the date on the newspaper was 3991, but by that point Kryten had realized that everything was backwards, so the actual year was 1993.
* This trope is how the protagonists of ''Series/FlashForward2009'' find out that the eponymous flash forwards are supposed to show the future.
* This shows up in the ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "That '70s Episode", when the protagonists time-travel [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin back to the 1970s]].
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. After spending sixteen years in a hell dimension, Holtz looks at a newspaper to see what year it is and is shocked to find that [[YearInsideHourOutside only days have passed since he left]].
27th Feb '17 4:33:57 AM JackG
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** In "Human Nature", a teacher called John Smith wakes up from a strange dream in which he's a doctor caught up in adventures in the far-flung future of 2007. His maid, who just happens to resemble his companion in that dream, assures him that it's 1913 and hands over the daily paper as proof.
3rd Feb '17 1:25:40 PM eroock
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6th Jan '17 5:14:38 PM nombretomado
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* The protagonist of ''The Big Lie'' from ImageComics (a book about the events of 9/11) does this at the start of the story, discovering she has arrived several days earlier than she intended.

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* The protagonist of ''The Big Lie'' from ImageComics Creator/ImageComics (a book about the events of 9/11) does this at the start of the story, discovering she has arrived several days earlier than she intended.
24th Dec '16 12:23:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' has what might be considered a non-time-travel aversion, in that Phileas Fogg apparently never checks the date on a newspaper after crossing the Pacific. Had he done so he would have realised that [[spoiler:he had gained a day after crossing the International Date Line]].

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* ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'' has what might be considered a non-time-travel aversion, in that Phileas Fogg apparently never checks the date on a newspaper after crossing the Pacific. Had he done so he would have realised that [[spoiler:he had gained a day after crossing the International Date Line]].
23rd Dec '16 6:44:34 AM JackG
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** When carried forward to a BadFuture where [[TheVirus Croatoan virus]] has swept over the Earth, Dean reads the date on a government warning sign announcing the area he's in is a hot zone. Zachariah (the angel who sent him there) later turns up to read the newspaper to him, just to ram home what a CrapsackWorld it is.
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