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Historical Events  Music
Break dancing

First appeared?

MMDE: 1970's

Current: 1930's

Boom boom chakka chakka boom boom.

The dance associated with the rhythmic delights of a beat box pumping out it's mega bass tunes, in which a youthful gyrator would acrobatically spin round on their head or whatever other appendage was appropriate at the time, is one most people think of as being a modern phenomenon. Certainly, they would place break dancing as a thing of the 80's, or maybe 70's if pushed. 

Footage showing this exact same thing being done in the 1930's is catching many by surprise.

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Billy Joel

"Son can you play me a _____?"

MMDE: Memory

Current: Melody

People have noticed something odd about the first verse of Billy Joe's "Piano Man".

They remember the line as "Son can you play me a memory", whereas now it's melody. Sure, the word "melody" does appear later in the chorus but this specific MMDE is that it was there in the first verse.

There's a thread on Reddit showing many examples of residue for this one, along with speculation regarding why in particular the word "memory" is subject to a false memory effect...

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Journey - Don't stop believing

More than a slip?

MMDE: "She" took the midnight train, then "He" took the midnight train

Current: "He" took the midnight train both times

Here's another alternative memory which has previously been reported for a different reason. The first time was when the song "suddenly" appeared for many people and seemed to be getting played everywhere - this was discussed on Reddit. This time it's a lyric change, and a pretty obvious one too. 

At the start of Journeys' "Don't stop believin'", the written lyrics are:

Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Yet today you can clearly hear "He" took the midnight train both times, which makes no sense.

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Phil Collins

I've been waiting for this moment for all my life

MMDE: Hold on

Current: Oh Lord

Was Phil Collins singing "Hold on" or "Oh Lord" in "In The Air Tonight"?

Many swear it was "Hold on", but has somehow now been changed to "Oh Lord".

There is an interesting back story to this - Phil recounted the time he saw a boy drown another one, and had it in mind when he wrote the lyrics. The problem there is it doesn't actually help clear up the mystery, since clearly either can be used whilst still making sense and fitting into that narrative.

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Singing in the rain

Need an umbrella?

MMDE: Singing in the rain

Current: Singin' in the rain

Go on - ask most people what Gene Kelly's most famous song and dance routine is - you know, the one where he needs an umbrella. Make sure you ask them to spell it exactly. Chances are, unless they are already aware of this Mandela Effect, they'll reply with "Singing in the rain". If they do, they will be surprised to hear it's never been called that - in fact it's "Singin' in the rain".

Many of the Mandela Effects being reported today seem trivial. Sometimes it's a minor spelling change such as this one, sometime "The" is dropped from a title etc. The reason these are of interest is the idea that slight changes are far easier, and less disruptive to timelines, than larger ones. It's almost as if a test was being performed, or a minor glitch occurred which in the grand scale of things no-one would notice.

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Sweet Home Alabama

What's it about?

MMDE: No person, just a feel good song

Current: Neil Young

Most people know the catchy riff from the famous 1974 Lynyrd Skynyrd track "Sweet Home Alabama", but many are suprised to find out what it's actually about.

Those that don't really know usually respond with some answer about a feel-good homecoming kind of vibe. When they are told it's a dig at Neil Young, who's name is explicity mentioned in the lyrics, they are so suprised that it's being called a Mandela Effect.

There are other examples of this type of Mandela Effect, i.e. something in plain sight comes as news to many people - an example is the Razzle Dazzle ships.

For the record, the animosity was cleared up at the time and Neil Young actually paid tribute to them

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Bee Gees

Listen carefully

MMDE: I really need to know

Current: I really mean to learn

Many people familiar with the famous Bee Gees track from 1977 "How deep is your love" remember the lyric "I really need to know", but find it's been replaced with "I really mean to learn". 

Some people say listening to it very carefully shows the line as always having been "I really mean to learn", but they'd thought it was the other one because they didn't pay that much attention to it. In other words, it's not one where there is a definite change, just a clarification.

Once you know what you're listing for it's pretty clear, but there's no doubt most will just remember is as "need to know". Or could it be because that was what it actually was originally?