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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 a moment... 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 in the 1920's.

The avocado 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 spelling 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.

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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!