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Dick Dastardly

Dick Dastardly's famous song when chasing the pigeon

MMDE: Catch the pigeon

Current: Stop the pigeon

This one gets a lot of people. If you meet anyone unfamiliar with this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, and they remember the Wacky Races spinoff cartoon show "Dick Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", ask them what Dick Dastardly and Muttley were forever trying to do to the pigeon. Chances are they'll say "catch" as the song pops into their head, but listen today and it's "stop" throughout. Most people will just think this is actually from Wacky Races and not remember the spinoff, but that's easy enough to understand.

Even stranger is that when the song is translated, the "mistake" is translated too. For example (from Reddit), people remember it as "fånga duvan" in Swedish ("catch"), yet check today and its "stoppa duvan", which is "stop". In Romanian it's remembered as "prindeti porumbelul" ("catch"), but now is "opriti porumbelul" ("stop"). 

Familiar tune

The tune has origins in Dixieland Jazz - it's been recorded many times but the earliest recognisable version is "Tiger Rag" in 1917.

However, here we go with Dick Dastardly and Muttleys version: