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Historical Events  Movies
Historical Events  Movies
Casablanca

The most famous movie line ever?

Ask anyone unfamiliar with this MMDE to quote a line from Casablanca and odds on they'll instantly reply with 'Play it again, Sam'. You guessed it - that's not in the movie, and never has been.

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca (1942) consistently ranks near the top of the list of the greatest films ever made.

Similar to the Beam me up, Scotty and Me Tarzan, you Jane etc memes, this particular misconception seems to arise when a short, memorable quote to sum up a powerful image of the story as a whole was provided, and it's inclusion in the production isn't actually necessary. It's a kind of single-phrase summary which becomes so associated with the story it ends up getting a life of its own.

Historical Events  Movies
The river Kwai's bridge

What was the exact title of the film?

MMDE: The bridge over the river Kwai

Current: The bridge on the river Kwai

The famous 1951 movie featuring Alec Guinness, William Holden and Jack Hawkins as POWs in a Japanese camp building a bridge to cross the river Kwai was called "The Bridge over the river Kwai" only if you are experiencing an MMDE. That's because it's actual title today is seen as "The bridge on the river Kwai".

This catches many people. There is an interesting explanation, but since most of the people it affects would be totally unaware of this, it can probably be discounted. The film is based on the book called Le Pont de la Rivière Kwai, which translates to "The Bridge over the River Kwai", but not many would know of that. 

Historical Events  Movies
Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Crazy headgear - but what was it exactly?

MMDE: Propellers on their hats

Current: Flags on their hats

Tweedledee and Tweedledum first appeared in a poem by John Byrom, but were made much more famous in Lewis Caroll's Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice Found There - which is of course better known as Alice in Wonderland.

In the Disney Movie of 1951, they clearly have yellow flags on their hats, yet many people remember them as having propellers. There are plenty of references to them on the internet today, including artwork and costumes. Alice in Wonderland is the subject of other MMDE's, which is hardly suprising given the craziness in her world...

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Cheshire Cat

What did the Cheshire Cat say?

MMDE: We're all mad here

Current: Most everyone is mad here.

The mysterious Cheshire Cat is firmly lodged in many peoples memories having read about him, or equally likely seen him, in Lewis Carrols famous Alice in Wonderland.

In the Disney adaptation, many remember him saying "we're all mad here", and this phrase is referenced many times on the internet. It's this way in the original text, too. The problem is in the Disney movie, the phrase he uses is "Most everyone is mad here".

This Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect is likely explained by the phrase being different in the original, which is of course the authoritative source. However, it is remarkable just how many claim to have only seen the movie yet are sure they know the phrase.

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Laurel and Hardy

Stan and Ollie are in a right old pickle again

MMDE: Another fine mess

Current: Another nice mess

Ask anyone unfamiliar with this Mandela Effect to quote Ollie's most famous catchphrase, and they'll probably respond with "Another Fine Mess".

In fact that's not what he said most of the time - it's actually "Another Nice Mess".

This MMDE is a little bit different though because of a huge clue suggesting both could be right. There was a film starring Laurel and Hardy actually called "Another Fine Mess". However, even there the "fine" version is said very rarely compared to the "nice" one.

This could be one which is somewhere between a "Beam Me Up Scotty" meme and an actual MMDE. There's clearly real evidence for both the minority and the majority memories, but it's the latter which is prevailing.

Historical Events  Movies
Houston we have a problem

In fact we have a double problem

MMDE: Houston, we have a problem

Current: Houston, we've had a problem

It's not often you come across a Mandela Effect as complicated as this one.

The issue is around the phrase "Houston, we have a problem".

It was first heard in 1970 in the audio recording of the moon mission of that year, but some claim it was in fact "Houston, we've had a problem." So far so good ... but then the movie of this event, Apollo 13, was made in 1995 starring Tom Hanks, Ed Harris, Bill Paxton and Kevin Bacon. Some people are not only saying it changed in the movie but it actually changed back again - "flip flopped" - as it's been described. Then, some are claiming the original audio flip flopped too.

It's an iconic phrase to which many references can easily be found. Plus, it's our old friend Tom Hanks featuring in yet another MMDE.

Historical Events  Movies
Buffalo Bill

What does it do to the lotion?

MMDE: It puts the lotion on its skin

Current: It rubs the lotion on its skin

Here's the second Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect from the Silence of the Lambs - the first is the line "Hello, Clarice".

When Buffalo Bill was giving his sinister instructions to his trapped victim, did he say "It puts the lotion on its skin" or "It rubs the lotion on its skin"? Many remember it as "puts", and there are a lot of refences to this including the usual Family GuySouth Park and even an Eminem song. In fact, watching it today shows it is "It rubs the lotion on its skin".

Bill did tell her to put the lotion in the basket - could this be what people are mixing it up with?