Historical Events  Movies
Historical Events  Movies
The Matrix

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

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

Morpheus famous Matrix quote:

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?

Historical Events  Movies
The Grinch

Alternate:
 The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Current:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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?

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Field of Dreams

Alternate:
If you build it, THEY will come

Current:
If you build it, HE will come

Who will come if you build it?

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.

Historical Events  Movies
Back to the future van

Alternate:
Toyota

Current:
VW Mini bus

Some say Toyota, some say VW

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... 

Historical Events  Movies
Wizard of Oz

Alternate:
Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore

Current:
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

I've a feeling/I don't think

The Wizard of Oz features several times as a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, which is remarkable for such a well-known movie.

The famous line from Dorothy as soon as she is transported there has also come up for scrutiny. See it today, and you hear "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", and not the claimed original of "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore".

As reported with the other incidents related to the Wizard of Oz, this could be connected to the fact there have been several cuts of the movie since the original degraded so much after being badly stored for years.

Historical Events  Movies
Moonraker

Alternate:
Dolly, the girl Jaws met, wore braces

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

When Jaws fell in love

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

Alternate:
Hannibal says "Hello, Clarice"

Current:
Hannibal does not say "Hello, Clarice"

The Silence of the movie quote

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 "Good 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 Anthony 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.