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HE-1987-0153

Marshall BraveStarr

Greetings from New Texas

MMDE: Power of the Bear

Current: Strength of the Bear

Who can't forget BraveStarr, the Space Western animated series which ran from September 1987 to February 1988? He was forever battling the evil Tex Hex, and his many adventures included the apecats, his trusty sidekick Thirty/Thirty and his ability to call on spirit animals whenever he needed an extra boost.

He could invoke:

  • Eyes of the Hawk
  • Ears of the Wolf
  • Speed of the Puma

But what of the Bear? Currently all references are to the Strength of the Bear, but many swear they remember it as the Power of the Bear.

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HE-1954-0137

Lassie

Based on a real Collie

MMDE: Lassie saved Timmy when he fell down the well by barking

Current: The well incident never happened

Few people realise Lassie first made her appearance in 1859 in Elizabeth Gaskell's 'The Half Brothers'. She became much more popular, though, from her movies and TV shows in the 1950's. Also, there was collie actually called Lassie who saved the life of a sailor in England in 1915.

However, the thing everyone seems to remember about her is the story of Timmy who fell down the well, when Lassie ran off for help and eventually brought it by barking frantically at her owner.

The problem is this isn't in any book, film or TV show. It's also been parodied many times - a quick internet search throws up many instances of this. So why do so many people have this false memory of it? 

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HE-1963-0114

Doctor Who

A Time Lord's conundrum

Ask most people today to write down the name of the famous Time Lord with a blue 60's phone box as his space ship and they'll probably write down "Dr Who", but that's not the way it's been written for at least 40 years - it's "Doctor Who".

The confusion over the name probably comes from the fact that the abbreviation and the full word are pronounced the same, plus the fact the BBC did occasionally refer to the written title as "Dr Who". However, this hasn't been the case since the third Doctor, where the "Dr Who" version was actually used in the credits.

All written references today still show the full word "Doctor" in the titles and logo. After all, this is now a valuable brand for the BBC and must be managed properly. In fact the show holds the world record for the number of episodes made in a sci-fi programme - over 800 and counting. 

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Have I Got New For You

Contestants - this is the "Mandela Effect" round

The BBC's long running satirical news show Have I Got News For You featured several Mandela Effects in episode 2 of Series 53, aired on 2 May 2017.

Sparked off by the news the manufacturers of Blue Riband, Nestlé, were relocating, and many people remember it as Blue Ribbon, the contestants were then asked to write down their memory of another well-known Mandela Effect - the KitKat hyphen.

To finish off, the presenter sang the refrain to the song "Free Nelson Mandela".

The mocking tone of the show certainly caught the eye of the Mandela Effect social media community, many of who already had strong opinions on the BBC to begin with...

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HE-1963-0092

Lee Harvey Oswald

There were two films of him being shot?

The day after Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, his alleged murderer, was shot by Jack Ruby in front of the world's press. This is well documented, and everyone knows so because they've seen the film of it. But some are saying the film itself has changed from the one they remember, and the one seen today is definitely not the one shown at the time. This raises the question of whether two films were made, or the original has somehow been changed. Is this another MMDE at work?

The problem is the angles are all different from the video some people remember, not the actual action. It's particularly strange because the same is being said of the Kennedy assassination itself. No-one is arguing what is on the films has changed, just the angles they were filmed from. Unless there actually were two separate cameramen, and the "other" film has somehow resurfaced? 

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HE-1982-0073

The Young Ones

Spooky silent extra room mate

Those of a certain age, mainly in the UK, will remember the anarchic "Young Ones" TV show. Sharing the student house were Vyvyan, Rick, Neil and Mike. Right? Well ... perhaps a borderline Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, but there was actually a 5th character who appeared in every episode of series 1 and wasn't ever credited, had no speaking part and was never involved in any story line.

This could all just be a big in-joke and nothing to do with memories being different - watching it now, it's pretty easy to see how this character could be missed.

Sadly Rick Mayall passed away far too young, but you can just imagine him and the gang having the last laugh at all this fuss, even though they aren't young ones any more...

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HE-1983-0066

A-Team

Was the A-Team van entirely black?

Who can forget the famous TV show from the 80's, where merely glancing at a car was all it took to make it spectacularly explode, seen multiple times from multiple angles in case you missed the first few.

The A-Team was full of very memorable characters such as Face, Hannibal, BA "Mr T" Baracus, Murdock ... and their huge dark van. What color was that van? Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim it was entirely black, but today all you find is it having a black lower half below a grey upper one.

Often in disguise, the A-Team's antics are legendary. Did this disguise stretch even further than the team itself though? 

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HE-1939-0036

The tail of Curious George

Did he ever have a tail?

Most people are surprised to learn Curious George first made an appearance in 1939.

Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect are even more surprised to find no reference to his tail, which they are certain they remember him having whilst growing up watching him.

There's an issue over whether he is a monkey or an ape, because monkeys have tails and apes don't.

People are even reporting remembering stories actually involving his tail, such as him hanging from it whilst stealing bananas and getting ice cream on it, etc.

A curious tail indeed! 

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HE-1966-0029

Beam me up Scotty

The most famous Star Trek catchphrase

Did Kirk ever actually say "Beam me up Scotty"?

Sometimes, the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect works in "reverse", whereby most people are aware something is well known for not happening, yet many claim it actually did.

There is no record of Kirk ever actually saying "Beam me up, Scotty", although many parodies and anecdotes exist which only serve to ingrain this meme further into popular culture - even non-fans know this phrase.

It seems this one is illogical.

And we all know who we should consult about that ;-)