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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?

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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. Many remember Tinkerbell, the little magical fairy named after the sound of her voice, flying round it and waving her wand at the end, conjuring up the famous Disney logo.

Apparently, however, this never happened, and it's a shooting star which is seen in the animation today. Those who remember Tinkerbell with her wand this way could be experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because there is no evidence of it ever happening.

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Fly my pretties fly

What does the Witch cry when she releases the monkeys?

MMDE: Fly My Pretties, Fly!

Current: 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

Morpheus famous Matrix quote:

MMDE: Morpheus says to Neo "What if I told you..."

Current: Morpheus does not say to Neo "What if I told you..."

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

MMDE: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Current: How the Grinch Stole 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?

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Field of Dreams

Who will come if you build it?

MMDE: If you build it, THEY will come

Current: If you build it, HE will come

The whispering voice speaking to Ray Kinsella whilst he is walking through his cornfield told him "If you build it, HE will come". Well, that's if you watch the movie today - those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect say it has been changed to that from the way they remember it as "If you build it, THEY will come."

Many references to it being "they" exist today, such as the LA Times and the Associated Press, but detractors will just claim these are also mere misrememberings.

This wording change has a crucial meaning for the entire film. The point of the story is Ray risking valuable crop space on a business venture which he hopes will save his farm, so clearly for this to work he needs both players and spectators to come. If the message uses "they", it reassures him he will be OK directly with this. However, as the story plays out, Joe Jackson, Rays' fathers favourite baseball player, turns up and is the catalyst needed to ultimately bring the other players and spectators, so "he" makes sense from this perspective too.

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Back to the future van

Some say Toyota, some say VW


Current: VW Mini bus

Well, a movie specifically dealing with altering reality just had to feature a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect itself now, didn't it? We even get to see it in action as their antics actually cause newspaper articles to change before their very eyes.

Many remember the van, in which the terrorists who were trying to get the Doc to make a nuclear weapon for them but he used their plutonium to power his time machine, killed him with machine guns.

Watch the movie today and you see a distinctive VM minibus, yet many remember it as a Toyota. Some even remember it as both! Now that's truly ironic...