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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.

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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.

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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?

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Walt Disney

Didn't she write with her wand?

MMDE: 90's Disney opening sequence shows Tinkerbell writing with her wand

Current: 90's Disney opening sequence doesn't show Tinkerbell writing with her wand

The introduction to the Disney movies featured a slick animation of fireworks around the iconic castle, all accompanied by the majestic sweeping musical score - but didn't Tinkerbell always wave her wand at the end, conjuring up the famous Disney logo?

Apparently not - and those who remember her doing so could be experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

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Fly my pretties fly

It's just "Fly! Fly! Fly!"

Where on earth did the phrase "Fly my pretties, fly!" come from if it wasn't in the Wizard of Oz? Many people remember the wicked witch saying this as she released her flying monkeys. The problem is, if they do remember it being in the movie they are experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because no reference to it today can be found there.

The Wizard of Oz gets the prize for the most Mandela Effects in one movie, some of which are documented here, here and here.

The phrase "Fly my pretties, fly!" is very well-known and there are many references to be found in popular culture and the internet, ranging from The Simpsons to rock bands.

The witch does call Dorothy "My Pretty", but that's about the only remaining connection to the phrase, and seems a stretch to associate it with releasing flying monkeys.

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The Matrix

Never said in the movie

Some Mass Memory Discrepancy Effects are more like memes than actual Mandela Effects. "Beam me up Scotty" is at one end, where everyone knows it wasn't actually said by Kirk in Star Trek. At the other end there are the Forrest Gump "life is/was like a box of chocolates" quotes, where it's quite a shock to discover they had misremembered it. Somewhere in between there are plenty of others, such as The Matrix line "What if I told you..."

Many people remember this being said by Morpheus when he first met Neo, in particular during the "blue pill red pill" scene.

It certainly is an internet meme now, with the familar Morpheus image headed by "What if I told you.." and something suitably witty or topical, as added by some online meme image generator.

But actually in the movie? What if I told you it never was?

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The Grinch

He spoils the children's Christmas

Remember the 2000 movie "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", with Jim Carrey playing the miserable fun-hating grump who took all the children's Christmas presents the night before Christmas? That's odd, because it wasn't called that, in fact everywhere you look now you find it's called "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect (aka Mandela Effect) with this one were probably children when it came out, and so might not have worried too much about it's exact title. Only now, years later, with it somehow misquoted over the years do they look closer and realise the mistake.

Or is there more to this, and the Grinch can mess with more than just the fun children have at Christmas?