Historical Events  Movies
Historical Events  Movies
Moorlock

Alternate:
Morlocks were bright blue

Current:
Morlocks are pale blue

Another time travel Mandela Effect!

The number of movies about time travel which themselves feature Mandela Effects is getting crazy.

First we had the Back to the Future van change, then a few Terminator 2 ones as well as our old friend Dr Who.

Now it turns out there's one from the original - the 1960 adaptation of HG Wells "The Time machine". The monsters in that movie were called "Morlocks" and many remember them appearing as bright blue with long white hair. Are they experiencing a Mandela Effect? This is because all references today show them as a pale blue, and nothing like as as one description of them: "being the same shade as a smurf."

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Judgement/Judgment

Alternate:
Judgement day

Current:
Judgment day

Judge for yourself

Another Mandela Effect relating to the title of Arnie's Terminator 2!

Which of the titles in this image looks correct to you?

This is an unusual one because there is already a Mandela Effect associated with the title - it's the mysterious sloping "A", and as pointed out there, this, like the Back to the Future van change, is another movie featuring time travel which itself is a Mandela Effect.

Those experiencing the Mandela Effect are looking for patterns such as letter changes, or significant words (such as "judgement"), in signals such as time travel movies, with the idea these could all add up to some message we are all supposed to interpret...

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Terminator 2

Can you spot the difference between the two titles in this image?

A sloping "A" might seem trivial until you realise a few odd things connected to this. First, this is another film where time travel features as the main theme in the movie, and the movie itself is a Mandela Effect, just as in for example the Back to the Future terrorist van change.

Another time travel movie which itself is a Mandela Effect

The second strange thing about this is the residue. When you look at the original, as seen in the opening credits of the movie (you can't get more definitive than that!), you see the A is sloping to the left. Yet a Google search throws up many images showing that same title but with it sometimes sloping to the right, as well as to the left.

Finally, since this is a font change you'd have thought the creators of a font specifically made to match the movie would get it right - these are even called "terminator" fonts. Check the "A" on these:

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Cruella DeVille

Alternate:
Cruella DeVille

Current:
Cruella De Vil

Cruel devil

The villain in Disney's '101 Dalmatians' had a name which was a clever play on words - Cruella DeVille. Or did she? Searches now find only references to Cruella De Vil, and many are putting this down to more than a false memory but a Mandela Effect.

Could this be caused by the fact she drove a DeVillle car in the movie? It had the license plate "DE VIL", so that doesn't really help settle things either way.

The movie was actually based on a book by Dodie Smith. At the end Mr's Darling comments on how fitting her name is, because she really is a devil, which just again reinforces the play on the "devil" name.

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Hanging Munchkin

Alternate:
A Munchkin actor hung himself on screen

Current:
A Munchkin actor did not hang himself on screen

Was it a bird, was it a Munchkin?

Another Wizard of Oz false memory?

Many people remember seeing something strange in the background hanging from a tree at the end of the Tin Man sequence. It looked like a Munchkin, and the story was this little fellow was one of the dwarf actors brought in who committed suicide after being rejected by another female dwarf who was also acting as a Munchkin.

The story gained prominence in an Irving Welsh play (yes, of "Trainspotting" fame) "Babylon Heights", which followed the livs of the real-life dwarfs recruited as Munchkin actors for the movie.

However the studio claims they brought in several large birds from a local zoo and allowed to wander around the fake forest, in order to give it a more realistic feel. Specifically, they claim it is a crane. Urban myth or alternative memory? You decide...

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Casablanca

Alternate:
'Play it again, Sam' is in Casablanca

Current:
'Play it again, Sam' is not in 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.

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The river Kwai's bridge

MMDE: The bridge over the river Kwai

Current: The bridge on the river Kwai

What was the exact title of the film?

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 out. 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 Kwai River Bridge", but that doesn't help clear things up either way.