Historical Events  Brands

HE-1958-0192

Peace symbol

Which way up?

MMDE: Feet up

Current: Feet down

Did the peace symbol change - or is it a Mandela Effect?

Most associated with the campaign against nuclear weapons, the peace symbol rose to prominence in the 60's and has been a central focus from the hippy movement onwards.

Some recall it being inverted from the one we see today, where they remember the "feet" being up at the top. There is some residual evidence of this on the internet, but most references show it with the feet down.

Historical Events  Geography

HE-1776-0191

52 US States

How many US States?

MMDE: 52 US States

Current: 50 US States

Time for an American history lesson!

Everyone knows there are 50 states - right? Apparently not. Some have a false memory of there being 51 or even 52 states in the past, and that's somehow been changed to the 50 we see today.

Whilst it's understandable there might be some confusion when looking at the details of this, such as Puerto Rico being one of the "extras", and/or Washington DC too, this seems to be more of a Mandela Effect because those experiencing it don[t seem to be confused by these two.

Of course, that means the American flag must also have been different to fall in line with this alternative memory, and sure enough the claim is the number of stars has been changed too.

Historical Events  Brands

HE-1837-0190

Proctor & Gamble

One of the worlds oldest brands!

MMDE: Proctor & Gamble

Current: Procter & Gamble

More branding anomalies, and this time it's going right back to 1837 with one of the world's oldest - P&G.

Founded in Cincinnati, Ohio, the massive American consumer goods corporation is famous the world over having taken it's name from the two founders - but was it William Proctor and James Gamble or William Procter and James Gamble?

Businesses recognise the value of a brand, and will never do anything to cause confusion in their customers minds without a really good reason. P&G have a century and a half's worth of marketing knowledge, so know this more than most. The people who remember the old spelling either have a genuine false memory or are experiencing the Mandela Effect

Historical Events  Brands

HE-1886-0189

Coke Zero

It's the real thing

MMDE: Coke Zero appeared on cans

Current: Coke Zero never appeared on cans

We have to be careful with this one.

Coca-Cola scrapped the brand "Coke Zero" amongst falling sales due to it's growing army of health-conscious consumers. The Mandela Effect here is the fact many remember the name "Coke Zero" actually appearing on the cans and bottles for years before this, when in fact all references today show it only showed the full name "Coca-Cola Zero".

One YouTube poster even claims he actually saw it change in front of his eyes.

Some are saying it's just the common way of abbreviating Coca-Cola, as in "fancy a Coke?", but applied to Coca-Cola Zero, so that becomes "fancy a Coke Zero?". Others are definitely not convinced...

Historical Events  TV

HE-1996-0188

Judge Judy's gavel

Case dismissed?

MMDE: Judge Judy used a gavel

Current: Judge Judy never used a gavel

Running since 1996, Judge Judy has broadcasted a phenomenal 5000+ episodes and is famous the world over.

With such a huge audience, you'd have thought every detail of the show would be so familiar there would be no room for such a discrepancy as this - but it seems some remember her regularly using a gavel, the way a regular judge does.

Today there is no video of her doing this, although for some publicity shots such as the one featured here, she's seen holding one. There's no doubt she often slams her hand down on her desk for effect or to get order, but there's no footage of her doing it with a gavel. Those affected by this Mandela Effect are certain it was her trademark, and claim she used it excessively.

Historical Events  Movies

HE-1982-0187

Roy Batty

C-Beams and Orions Shoulder

MMDE: Like tears in the rain

Current: Like tears in rain

Ask most Blade Runner fans to quote Roy Battys famous dying monologue and they'll probably say "like tears in the rain". That's not the way it is seen today, however - it's "like tears in rain".

Based on Philip K Dicks "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", the movie is legendary amongst Sci-fi fans and has a resurgence with the 30+ year long awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

But the actual line? Perhaps Dekkard should wheel out his trusty Voight-Kampff machine...

Historical Events  People

HE-1997-0186

Mike Tyson

The Bite Fight

MMDE: TV showed Tyson bite off part of Holyfields ear

Current: TV didn't show Tyson bite off part of Holyfields ear

In 1997 the  Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson boxing match was billed as "The Sound and the Fury". It also notoriously gained another name: "The Bite Fight", because Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfields ear. Millions across the world saw this - there is no dispute the ear was bitten. However, many remember the TV showing Tyson actually biting a chunk clean off the ear and spitting it out, for which there is no record today. They swear they saw this on TV and it is not a false memory. Is it a Mandela Effect? 

Not only do the videos of this today not show this, but many remember the fight being stopped when the ear was spat out. When seen today, the fight continues.

Historical Events  Brands

HE-1932-0185

Alaskan Airlines

When Santas sleigh breaks down ...

MMDE: Alaskan Airlines

Current: Alaska Airlines

Founded in 1932 as McGee Airways and currently offering 118 destinations, the famous smiling face on their tail fin cements them as a part of American/Eskimo history - but what is their name, exactly? Many swear it is "Alaskan Airllines", yet all references today show it is, and has always been, "Alaska Airlines."

Sometimes a Mandela Effect can be explained by nothing more unusual than the way our brains like to smooth out any awkwardness in speech and communication. If I were to ask you if you'd like "a apple", it's not only grammatically incorrect, it sounds more jarring than "an apple". In fact, that's the reason we now use "an" rather than "a" in situations such as this. It could be argued the same process is taking place here, except this time Alaska Airlines is not grammatically incorrect being the actual name, so we unconciously change it for the same reason as the apple example. 

Historical Events  Brands

HE-1902-0184

Target

Moving Target

MMDE: 3 red rings

Current: 2 red rings

Initially formed as Goodfellow Dry Goods in 1902, the Target logo is familiar to all. But how familiar, exactly? Some are saying the one we see today with two red and one white ring has been changed to that from one with two red, two white rings.

The usual problems with a logo changing apply. Basically, long established brands have invested serious money into them and want you to think of them as soon as you see their logo. They will never tinker with it without a very good reason, and the target one is a great example of this.