Historical Events  Brands
Starbucks

Is there a star on the crown of the Starbucks siren?

MMDE: The Starbucks siren's crown has no star

Current: The Starbucks siren's crown has a star

Most people are familiar with Starbucks and the famous siren in their logo, but when asked couldn't remember, without looking or being already aware of this, if there was a star in the crown the siren is wearing.

The history of the logo is very well documented, and all references today show it always had one. Yet there are some who swear it didn't used to, which means it's being described as a Mandela Effect.

Starbucks has outlets on 6 continents and in 76 countries, with a total of 27,340 locations.

Historical Events  Religion
Abraham Lincoln

Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian?

MMDE: Abraham Lincoln was a devout Christian

Current: Abraham Lincoln was not a devout Christian

Since he grew up in a deeply religious Baptist family, most people think it goes without saying that Abraham Lincoln was a Christian. After all, he's thought of today as the best President the US ever had.

One look at him gives the impression he's not only off to Church but wouldn't be out of place up there pounding the pulpit to the congregation. After all, this is the compassionate President who abolished slavery.

It comes as such a surprise, therefore, to people who hear he was not that it's being pointed to as a Mandela Effect. He never even became a church member.

Historical Events  People
Little Richard

Little Richard died...?

MMDE: Little Richard died in 2016

Current: Little Richard did not die in 2016

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Once seen, once heard, never forgotten. 

The trademark screech and flamboyant larger-than life persona of Little Richard was right up there with the greats during the early poineering 50's and 60's of rock and roll. 

2016 was a terrible year for the deaths of many musical icons, including his modern-day equivalent, Prince. Many are saddened when they remember Little Richard dying in that year too, but as of the time of writing (Jan 2019) he'd be greatly amused to hear of this, because at that time he's alive and well.

Born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5, 1932, he is famous the world over for hits such as "Tutti Frutti", "Lucille", "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly".

Historical Events  TV
Fonzie's Jacket

What color was the Jacket The Fonz wore?

MMDE: Black

Current: Brown

Many people remember The Fonz, with his trademark slicked back black hair, greeting of "Aaaaaay!" and his black bomber jacket with the large collar.

The trouble is there's something wrong with this description - his jacket was brown.

There are photos of him on the internet wearing what appears to be a darker, almost black one, but officially it really was brown. This is so because it's on display in the National Museum of American History.

Furthermore, the original jacket was the subject of "I've got a secret", where it is indeed brown when pulled from the box at the end.

Historical Events  Geography
Bermuda Triangle

How dangerous is The Bermuda Triangle?

MMDE: Very dangerous

Current: No different to any other similar sized regions

You can't argue with statistics.

Despite the popular notion of The Bermuda Triangle being extremely treacherous for ships and aircraft, it turns out to be no more or less so than any other similarly sized areas. In fact, it's not even among the top 10 most dangerous places for ships and aircraft.

Livescience has crunched the numbers.

Until 5 planes disappeared in 1945, it was not considered a special region at all, and it was only coined "The Bermuda Triangle" in 1964 by Vincent Gaddis. It seems this name is the clue to it's infamy, because once it stuck, the rumours just grew and grew.

Historical Events  General
9/11 Twin Towers

9/11: How many buildings collapsed?

MMDE: 3

Current: 7

As if the 9/11 attack isn't controversial enough, it seems to now be the subject of a Mandela Effect.

Everyone knows the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001, and many know that WTC 7 was lost too. Most people believe 3 buildings collapsed, and remember that's the way it was reported at the time. So they are surprised to hear that today the figure is 7, and that doesn't count buildings demolished in the weeks following due to damage received on the day, such as the Deutsche Bank Building,

Wilipedia:

The collapse of the Twin Towers destroyed the rest of the complex, and debris from the collapsing towers severely damaged or destroyed more than a dozen other adjacent and nearby structures. Other buildings destroyed include St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Marriott World Trade Center (Marriott Hotel 3 WTC), South Plaza (4 WTC), and U.S. Customs (6 WTC).

The Verizon Building was also extensively damaged but was successfully restored later.

Historical Events  People
Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons wore a headband...

MMDE: Almost always

Current: Rarely if at all

Before the internet, in the 1980's the keep fit craze was spread into people's homes via the new technology known as the video cassette. Popularised by Jane Fonda with her famous workout, the scene was set for a flamboyant male equivalent to make his mark. That came in the from of Richard Simmons from Hollywood - a funny, unlikely character who seemed to never be away from TV chat shows and celebrity functions.

However, many people picturing him in his zany striped shorts and flyaway frizzy hair also are sure they remember one distinctive trademark detail - his headband. 

It comes as quite a shock, therefore, when they are told he never wore one and despite the many images of him on the internet today, none of him sporting one can be found.