You’re probably all familiar with the Internet theory that Keanu Reeves is some sort of ageless vampire/time traveller, well now he’s appeared in a Ukrainian textbook in a photo dating back to 1932.
However, it’s not quite proof of his immortality, in fact, it’s just a bit of f*** up from the book’s designer, which has now gone viral. Whoops.
The discovery was shared on Twitter by user @jigsawdeaad who wrote a post which roughly translates as: “In the Ukrainian textbook on world history accidentally stuck a photo with Keanu Reeves haha.”
As you can probably imagine, the post quickly went viral and has racked up hundreds of comments.
Most people saw the funny side of the Sad Keanue meme ending up inside the book, but some slammed the creators for not checking sources properly before printing.
Ihor Shchupak, the author of the textbook and director of Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, took to Facebook to explain how the mix up happened.
He said the edited photo was accidentally chosen by one of the designers from the book, which was published in 2018, and he decided to keep it in. Bold move.
In the post he reportedly wrote: “When the designer who worked with me on the book’s illustrations showed me that photo with Keanu Reeves, I didn’t notice that small detail at first. But when I understood the meme, I decided to keep it.”
According to the Kyiv Post, Shchupak wanted to ‘check how carefully students read textbooks’… or at the very least how carefully they look at the pictures, eh mate?
Ukrainian Minister of Education, Hanna Novosad posted on Facebook to say: “Sadly, I have not seen a single textbook without errors, where the copyright is respected, and the approach to information is logical and helps to learn better.”
Yoda and Saudi Arabian King Fasal in a textbook
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an unconventional addition to a textbook – back in 2017, officials in Saudi Arabia scrambled to recall a number of history books which showed King Faisal signing the UN charter, while sat next to Yoda.
Ahmed al-Eissa, the Saudi education minister, said on social media at the time: “The Ministry of Education regrets the inadvertent error.
“The Ministry has begun printing a corrected copy of the decision and withdrawing the previous versions and has formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take appropriate action.”