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Historical Events  Movies
Historical Events  Movies
Moonraker

When Jaws fell in love

MMDE: Dolly, the girl Jaws met, wore braces

Current: Dolly, the girl Jaws met, did not wear braces

During what is regarded as James Bonds "comedy" years, Moonraker in 1979 featured the seemingly invincible baddie "Jaws", played by the formidable Richard Kiel.  

Known as Jaws because of his fearsome metal teeth, he ended up crashing a cable car and emerging from the wreckage, only to see a sweet young girl approach to the sound of majestic violins. There is a brief awkward moment, when their eyes first meet across the dust and rubble, then the camera zooms into his face and he gives a huge flash of his sharp silver dentures. Then the girls face is shown as she smiles back, and here's where the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect kicks in - was she wearing metal braces too?

Historical Events  Movies
Hello, Clarice

More misrememberings

MMDE: Hannibal says "Hello, Clarice"

Current: Hannibal does not say "Hello, Clarice"

Watch Silence of the Lambs today, and in the scene where Hannibal Lecter first meets Clarice, many people think he says "Hello, Clarice" from behind the glass wall of his cell.

Today, all he says is "morning". So where did all these references come from? There are dozens, from parody speeches, refs in sitcoms, comics - you don't have to search too hard to find them.

Even Antony Hopkins himself said he was amused by the "Lecter-isms" surrounding the character after the film - catchy phrases which became a meme, of which "Hello, Clarice" is one.

Whatever the reason, this seems a very popular example of the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect we can all get our teeth into.

Historical Events  Movies
You say tomato

No sunglasses in the dance scene?

MMDE: Tom Cruise wore sunglasses in the Risky Business dance scene

Current: Tom Cruise did not wear sunglasses in the Risky Business dance scene

Tom Cruise wore RayBans throughout the 80's movie Risky Business ... but not in the famous dance scene?

Those experiencing the Mandela Effect claim he definitely did, but if you watch the movie today he didn't.

This is one where there are many references - in the form of parodies/tributes etc - where all of them are wearing the trademark sunglasses. The photo's of Tom in the covers advertising the movie all show them, so could every single one of these just have misremembered this, having had the image of him wearing them throughout planted in their memories?

See for yourself in the video - sure, he has no trousers on, but no sunglasses?

Historical Events  Movies
Man behind the curtain

Another Wizard of Oz MMDE!

MMDE: Pay no attention to THE man behind the curtain

Current: Pay no attention to THAT man behind the curtain

The Wizard of Oz must win the award for the most Mass Memory Discrepancy Effects!

At the end, (spoiler alert!), when finally confronting the fearsome Wizard, Dorothy's dog Toto pulls back a curtain to reveal a little man working some machinery. A voice booms out "Pay no attention to THAT man behind the curtain" - or was it "pay no attention to THE man behind the curtain"?

Today you'll only find "that" man is being said, but if you ask most people they'd say it was "the" man.

This is another meme - the phrase is often used to describe some kind of hidden controller in a general way, where some unseen hand is guiding things in, for example, fields such as politics or business. It's easy to see how it could have been changed this way when making the transition. In the Oz scene, he is physically present, so the more specific "that" is appropriate, whereas in the general meme the subject is unseen so "the" is better suited. Or is that what you're supposed to think? :-)

Historical Events  Movies
Tarzan and Jane

You Jane Me Tarzan

MMDE: "Me Tarzan, You Jane" was in the original Tarzan movies

Current: "Me Tarzan, You Jane" was not in the original Tarzan movies

Another popular misquote or the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect in action?

The favourite schoolyard call "Me Tarzan, You Jane!" can't be found in any of the original Tarzan movies, nor in the books running right back to when he first appeared in "Tarzan of the Apes" in 1912. Yet this quote is as famous as the other "non-quote" people remember, "Beam me up Scotty". What is causing people to not only think they were present originally, but continue repeating them?

Once a phrase such as this, which almost seems trying to sum up the entire movie or series in one quick phrase, gets into the public consciousness, its appears for some of them there is no stopping them once they hit a critical point. They become a "meme" and gain a life of their own. It's as if the masses, who aren't hardcore fans, use it as this quick "summary" to the chagrin of that fewer group who actually to pay attention and realise their "mistake".

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C3PO Silver leg

Don't blame me, I'm an interpreter.

MMDE: CP30 did not have a sliver leg

Current: CP30 had a sliver leg

This time it's C3PO's leg. Actually, in the 1977 Star Wars movie, the first to be produced, he's the very first character you see on screen and this effect is present right from the start.

In the films seen today, his right leg from the foot to the knee is silver, with the rest of his body being gold. Most people just remember him being gold all over and are quite surprised to find these are alternate memories when they see the silver leg since once it's pointed out to them.

This one is also backed up by the merchandise such as toys and posters, which also feature the silver leg, as well as related "guest" appearances such as at the Oscars. All show a silver leg, yet few people remember it.

The "official" explanation is that people didn't notice because it always reflected what was around it, such as the other leg or the desert, and since no explicit reference was made to it (it was intended to show he was battle scarred), it passed by largely unnoticed.

Historical Events  Movies
Sinbad Genie

Did Sinbad ever play a genie?

MMDE: Sinbad played a genie in Shazaam

Current: Sinbad did not play a genie in Shazaam

"Sinbad" - the stage name of the comedian David Adkins - certainly looks like he'd fit well in the part of a genie. Oddly enough, that's exactly what many people claim he did in the 90's and can even remember the movie, the posters for it and the clothes he wore. Yet it appears they are experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because no such record of this exists today.

There have been many "Genie" movies and many actors associated with the role, such as Shaq, Kazaam etc.

Lots of people grew up watching Sinbad, so are very familiar with his work. Those that remember his genie role now find it has vanished as if in a puff of smoke, which is kind of appropriate in an ironic way.