Marlboro Man
12 Nov 2019
James Cagney
08 Oct 2019
Tiger Woods
03 Oct 2019
Tiger Woods
15 Sep 2019
Robert Mugabe
06 Sep 2019
Vikings Horns
04 Sep 2019
Buddha
03 Sep 2019
Fortune Cookies
02 Sep 2019
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Marlboro Man

Hazardous to your health?

MMDE: Marlboro Man died of lung cancer in the 1990's

Current: Marlboro Man didn't smoke and died in 2019

Young folk today won't even be aware that there used to be plenty of advertisments for cigarettes.

These adverts have been banned for years now as a result of the overwhelming evidence of the damage they cause to health. However, when they were running, none were more famous than the Marlboro Man.

Played by Robert Norris, the campaigh was conceived in 1954 and has been described as one of the most sucessful of all time. It featured a rugged lone cowboy with the slogan "Come to Marlboro Country".

Many remember Robert Norris dying of lung cancer in the 1990's, so it came as quite a shock to hear lived to the age of 90 when he died in 2019. Even more surprising - he never smoked a single cigarette in his life.

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Quaker Oats

Quaker Oats

MMDE: The Quaker oats guy is old

Current: The Quaker oats guy is young

People are remembering the guy in the Quaker Oats logo being old, and are surprised to find today he's actually a lot younger.

Whilst he's hardly a teenager, he wouldn't be described as senior either.

No doubt this MMDE is welcomed by the marketing team behind the oats, and perhaps we'll see some new advertising angle promoting it's youth-restoring properties as a selling point.

There's another issue with the Quaker Oats guy - his hat. Some are saying they remember a three pointed shape, more in line with those worn during the 18th century, and see his current one doesn't seem to fit with the rest of his outtfit, being more like a cowboy hat 

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Cow Tails

Goetze's famous American candy?

MMDE: The Goetze candy is called Cow Tails

Current: The Goetze candy is called Cow Tales

This one is mainly for those in the US/Canada, since the candy isn't generally available, and hence recognised, elsewhere. However, those who do recognise it probably know where from too - a gas station checkout.

We are of course talking about the yummy Cow Tails treat you just can't stop yourself from picking up as you pay for your gas. But wait ... it's not called that? It must be ... it's a cow, it's shaped like a cows tail, everyone calls it a cows tail, so what gives?

Turns out everyone's been calling it wrong all these years, and it's known as Cow Tales now.

Or is it a Mandela Effect?

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Haas Avocados

Haas/Hass avocados?

MMDE: Haas avocados

Current: Hass avocados

Another spelling MMDE.

Most everyone aware of the brand spells it Haas, yet this isn't the way it's supposed to have been from the start, 90 years ago.

The avaocado was popularised by Rudolph Hass in 1926 and patented in 1935, from which they took their name. There are many, many references to Haas on the internet today, and to many it just seems to have changed names suddenly for no reason, which is why it's being pointed to as a Mandela Effect.

Some are even questioning the spellling of avocado itself, and swearing it used to be avacado...

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Walkers cheese and onion crisps

What color packet are Walkers cheese and onion crisps in?

MMDE: Walkers cheese and onion are in a green packet

Current: Walkers cheese and onion are in a blue packet

Look at this packet of crisps. Notice anything odd about it?

An almighty kefuffle has broken out again. Not for the first time, the color of the cheese and onion Walkers crisp packet is being hotly disputed. For any non-UK readers, "crisps" are what is generally known as "chips" in the rest of the world - the fried potato slice snacks with popular flavors such as salt and vinegar, beef or prawn cocktail. 

It turns out there are so many people claiming they definitely remember the packet color once being green, whereas now there is no trace of this ever being the case, that it's being classed as a Mandela Effect.

Even the company is involved - they were forced to issue a statement stating categorically they never sold cheese and onion crisps in a green packet.

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Grumpy Cat

Grumpy cat died again?

MMDE: Grumpy cat died before 2019

Current: Grumpy cat died in 2019

Many people were surprised to hear Grumpy Cat died in 2019 because they were sure she'd died already. There's confusion over when, with some saying it was in 2016, some 2018, and some even remembering both. Reports a few years ago took Twitter by storm, which just muddied the waters even more.

Her real name was Tardar Sauce, and she was born on April 4, 2012. She had the unfortunate condition of feline dwarfism, but it's likely she experienced no real difference in her life compared to other cats as a result, apart from her stellar internet fame because of it, of course.

It all began with a posting to the Reddit news site of her photograph when she was only 6 months old in 2012. She caused an immediate internet sensation, and many memes and photoshopped parodies sprang up giving her worldwide fame.

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Demolition Derby

The famous 90's PlayStation 1 car wrecking game was called...?

MMDE: Demolition Derby

Current: Destruction Derby

Many folks of a certain vintage remember spending far too long in their youths feverishly bashing the heck out of those monster trucks in Demolition Derby, the smash hit on the PS1 from the 90's. The problem? It never existed.

There was a similar game on the same platform called "Destruction Derby", so could we just put this down to a misremembering? Not so fast. Whilst many do, many others swear it really was called Demolition Derby and it has somehow been changed since. Welcome to the Mandela Effect.

The folks who remember it as Demolition Derby get every other details spot on, right down to the names of the cars, the music, the track layouts and developer being Psygnosis and their crazy owl logo, yet insist the name is different.