Historical Events  Movies
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.

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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.

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ET

Swapped the famous line around?

MMDE: ET phone home

Current: ET home phone

Is the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect at work in the famous Spielberg movie ET?

Some are saying when our little green friend first learned to speak, he actually said "ET home phone" and not the line everyone knows, "ET phone home".

However, of all the MMDE's being reported, this has probably the clearest explanation yet.

The line is swapped round once, in the movie, the first time he says it. From then on, the order is correct and the way everyone remembers it. Furthermore, it is only said the correct ("phone home") way in the trailers, which will also play a large part in what people remember about the movie.

Historical Events  Movies
Jaws

Famous quote

MMDE: We're gonna need a bigger boat

Current: You're gonna need a bigger boat

Ask anyone to repeat the best known line from Jaws and, unless they have cottoned on to the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, they will probably say "We're gonna need a bigger boat".

This isn't what is seen today - it's "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

The quote itself has become part of internet folklore. Just try Googling "We're gona need" and you'll see many, many refs which clearly are giving some kind of nod to the original line. It's one of the better-known internet memes.

In the plot, "We're" makes more sense because Brody, the character who says the line, is part of the team, not "You're" which suggests they are separate.

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Wizard of Oz Scarecrow has gun

Many people swear he didn't

MMDE: The scarecrow didn't have a gun

Current: The scarecrow had a gun

Watch the Wizard of Oz today and you clearly see the Scarecrow brandishing a modern Magnum 357, painted silver.

Did he have this in the original? It's pretty prominent now, and clearly doesn't appear as just a quick glimpse which might be hard to spot.

Although many are sure he didn't, there may be an explanation for this particular Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect. The original 1939 film reel was stored incorrectly and subject to damage over time. Since then, several restoration attempts have been made resulting in different cuts. It's possible these cuts contained different scenes, including the Scarecrows gun. It would fit the story if he had one, because the other characters are all armed, and at that point in the plot are preparing to fight, or defend themselves.

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Star Wars

The Force is strong in this one

MMDE: Luke, I am your father

Current: No, I am your father

Star Wars is actually subject to a few Mass Memory Discrepancy Effects. The one discussed here concerns the famous line Darth Vader uses in Episode V when he tells Luke he is his father. In the original, did he say "Luke, I am your father" or "No, I am your father"? 

Many remember it as "Luke...", and that is the way it's been recorded in a few forms including a TV chat show with the voice of Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones.

The problem is that all available versions of the movie show it as "No...". A small difference, but related to the whole Star Wars plot itself.