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HE-198X-0156

Ed McMahon

Heeere's Johnny!

MMDE: Ed McMahon worked for Publishers Clearing House

Current: Ed McMahon worked for America Family Publishers

This one seems to be freaking many people out - even those who had heard of the Mandela Effect but dismissed it as some kind of false memory syndrome.

Do you remember Ed McMahon delivering PCH's oversized checks with his famous catch phrase and a bottle of champagne? If so, you are experiencing an MMDE, because he never did that. This is despite over 32,000 websites from a Google search which also associate him with PCH.

Current references show he worked for a rival - American Family Publishers - which did involve him visiting the houses of the lucky winners of their draws.

But PCH? Nope - he's their Shining star that never was. 

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HE-1862-0154

O Henry

Cabbages and Kings

MMDE: O Henri

Current: O Henry

William Sydney Porter is best known for his novel "Cabbages and Kings", set in the fictitious country of Anchuria, which weaves its way through many connected short stories renowned for their surprise endings.

He wrote under a pseudonym - but was it "O Henry" or "O Henri"? Many are claiming the spelling was Henri, yet all references today show it as Henry.

Porter led a colourful life, and the buzz surrounding the Mandela Effect of his assumed surname would have amused him greatly. Few people realise he's responsible for coining the phrase "banana republic", to describe a country who's economy is both over-reliant on one commodity and usually disfunctional as a result. 

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HE-1856-0151

Nikola Tesla

Who knows?

MMDE: Nickolai Tesla

Current: Nicola Tesla

Einstein was once asked what it was like to be the smartest man alive, to which he replied "I don't know, ask Tesla".

Some have a false memory of his name being spelt "Nickolai" whereas all references today show "Nicola".

Best known for his design of the AC electricity supply system, Tesla became largely forgotten after his death in 1943. However, from the 60's onwards science had advanced sufficiently to enable his true genius to be much better understood, and the realisation of how far ahead of his time he actually was. 

The alternative memory some have of his first name probably comes from the popular misconception that he was Russian, where the name would be spelt that way. In fact Tesla was Serbian-American.

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HE-1789-0138

Marie Antoinette

Enough to spark a revolution

MMDE: Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake'

Current: Marie Antoinette never said 'Let them eat cake' 

At some point in 1789, when being told that her French subjects had no bread, Marie Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) is reported to have said, 'Qu'ils mangent de la brioche', which translates as 'Let them eat cake.' Did this really happen, or is it a false memory attributed to The Mandela Effect?

It was supposed to have been said during a famine which took place during the reign of her husband, Louis XVI. The staple diet of the people at the time was bread, and she is reported to have said it when hearing of a national shortage. 

Of course this quote carried a huge symbolic meaning during the coming revolution, which makes it suspicious before any arguments against it ever being said are made at all. 

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HE-1738-0136

George Washington

A hatchet job

Are people lying when they tell the famous story of George Washington telling his father "I cannot tell a lie"? Not exactly - it's one of those feel-good stories passed down through the generations which seems to be an acceptable "little white lie", to extend the convoluted metaphor to breaking point.

The story is young George received a hatchet as a gift, presumably this being an entirely normal thing to give 6 year olds back in the day. His fathers cherry tree then became damaged by ... a hatchet. So when pops has a little word with innocent little George, instead of the usual "it must have been the tooth fairy" yarn he was expecting, instead he immediately got a full confession with the immortal line "I cannot tell a lie".

It was actually added as a fabrication in a biography by Mason Locke Weems, a minister and bookseller shortly after Washington's death.

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HE-1992-0133

Henry Winkler

Nelson Mandela's "other" Mandela Effect?

In 1992, Marianne Williamson published "A Return to Love". It contains a famous quote which has since been attributed to Nelson Mandela - yet he didn't originally say it.

The full quote is:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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HE-1942-0132

North Pole

A brief history of Stephen Hawking

Whichever way you look at it, the Stephen Hawking story is incredible.

Playing the role of one of the world's most recognised - and influential - scientists, there are some saying it's for this very reason that he is not all he appears to be.

In 1963, at the age of 21, he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and given a life expectancy of 2 years. However, for some reason the disease didn't progress at the same pace it does in other patients, and remarkably he is still alive over 50 years later.

Some claim most people don't look to closely at Stephen, but when they do they see his appearance, despite his illness, has changed significantly over the years. They point to his hands becoming uncontorted, i.e. earlier photographs show the typical fixed abnormal positions they lock into, but later ones show them back to normal. In a similar way, his teeth seem to have changed significantly at one point, and that's despite him not needing any since he cannot eat orally.

Was this done to create a powerful global voice for the establishment to use when promoting various agendas?

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HE-2014-0130

Henry Winkler

"Aaaaaaay" - The Fonz signs off

MMDE: Henry Winkler died in 2014 or 2017

Current: Henry Winkler is alive

At the time of writing, Henry Winkler - yes, The Fonz himself - is alive and well. He was reported dead in 2014 and again in 2017, which must have bothered him a bit as there are reports of this happening waaaaaay to many times now.

This seems more like a crazy internet death hoax than a Mandela Effect since there aren't many people who swear they remember him dying, such as with the original Nelson Mandela.

On Thursday July 13, 2017, a post got a million likes on Facebook reading “At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (July 13, 2017), our beloved actor Henry Winkler passed away. Henry Winkler was born on October 30, 1945 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” It was waaaaaaay off the mark.

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HE-1948-0117

Bela Lugosi

Being alive isn't the same as being undead

There are historical examples of Mandela Effect-type events recorded way before even the internet existed. Bela Lugosi, famous for his Dracula role, was actually not considered for his role in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein because the studio thought he was dead.

Also, as his career sadly faded and no-one had heard of him for a few years before going into hospital, when he came out announcing he was to star in a new film, many people were surprised because they thought he was already dead.

Could this have been the inspiration behind the Bauhaus track?

He finally was buried in 1956 in his beloved Dracula cape, to rest finally in peace. Or was he?