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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.

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Father Christmas

When did the fat bearded, red and white Father Christmas image first become popular?

MMDE: 1850

Current: 1931

When did the image of the Father Christmas we know today become popular? We think of him as a large, rotund man dressed in red and white fur with a big jolly beard, but this image has an origin which surprises many people who just assume he's been around this way for hundreds of years.

In fact this image was popularised in the 1930's by - of all things - a Coca-Cola advertising campaign. It did exist already, having been created shortly before, but wasn't widely known until they adopted it for a 30 year plus advertising campaign.

In fact until then there was the idea of Father Christmas, but no common image of what he looked like. 

He sometimes was shown as anything ranging from a tall, priest-like figure to even a small elf!

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A1 Sauce

A1 Steak Sauce or A-1 Steak Sauce?

MMDE: A-1 Steak Sauce

Current: A1 Steak Sauce

The original can be traced back to a chef of King George IV in 1824, but was it called "A-1 Steak Sauce" or "A1 Steak Sauce"? Many people are sure it had the dash, and are surprised to find today it's missing, and always has been. Rather than accept faulty memory being to blame, they are calling it a Mandela Effect

It was registered ass a trade mark in 1895 and there have been a few legal tangles since related to the name, including at one point a competitor bringing out an "A2". There was a rebranding of Kraft's famous sauce, but it wasn't the one we're interested in here. In May 2014, Kraft changed it from "A.1. Steak Sauce" to "A.1. Sauce".

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Raisin Bran

Wearing sunglasses?

MMDE: Wore sunglasses

Current: Did not wear sunglasses

Did the cheerful Raisin Bran sun, happily smiling out from the front of the famous breakfast cereal box, wear sunglasses?

Many people swear he did, but all references today show he never has done.

This isn't the first MMDE to involve a "did he/didn't he" regarding sunglasses - Tom Cruise is another with "Risky Business".

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Etch-A-Sketch

Hyphens or not?

MMDE: Etch-A-Sketch

Current: Etch A Sketch

Many people remember doodling on an Etch-A-Sketch as children, which was launched in the 1960's and became an instant worldwide hit.

The problem is Etch-A-Sketch never existed - it's always been called "Etch A Sketch".

It's officially one one the 100 most memorable toys of the 20th century, according to the National Toy Hall of Fame, so you'd have thought there would be no confusion over how it's name is written. Also, few people realise the 12 second scene in Pixar's Toy Story saved the company in 1995 when it was facing a severe sales decline.

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Stove Top Stuffing

Happy thanksgiving

MMDE: Stouffers made Stove Top Stuffing

Current: Stouffers did not make Stove Top Stuffing

Ahh thanksgiving ... warm, fond memories of family, turkey and a generous helping of Stouffers Stove Top Stuffing. Hang on - there's something wrong with this picture - can you see what?

If you can't, you may be experiencing a Mandela Effect. because Stouffers never made Stove Top Stuffing.

Stouffers was formed in 1914 in Ohio, and went on to open restaurants and hotels under the same brand name, before becoming best known for its line of frozen foods. It's now owned by Nestlé. But they don't, and never did, Stove Top Stuffing.

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Jack Daniels Whiskey

Who created Jack Daniel's whiskey?

MMDE: Jack Daniel

Current: A slave on the Daniel estate

Who created Jack Daniel's whiskey? This might sounds like a stupid question, since there definitely was a Jack Daniel who started distilling at the age of 8, yet if you thought he was the creator you'd be wrong.

Jack Daniels is now the top selling American Whiskey in the world.

It was actually, of all people, a slave, known as Nearis "Nearest" Green, who created it and passed his skills along to young Jack. The story has "apparently" been known all along, yet even the 150 year old company promoted the myth it was Dan Call, the owner of Nearis, who passed on to Daniel his distilling know-how.