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Historical Events  People
Neil Armstrong

Yup - it's THAT joke about his neighbor

MMDE: Neil Armstrong said "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" on the moon

Current: Neil Armstrong did not say "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" on the moon

Heard the one about the first man on the moon and his neighbor? Plenty have, and plenty more still believe it, yet despite this it's being called an MMDE because all references today show it to have been made up by a comedian.

The joke goes like this:

Just before reentering the lunar module after Apollo 11's EVA, Armstrong made the enigmatic remark, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky." When Neil was a boy, Mr. Gorsky was his neighbor in Wapakoneta. One day while playing ball in the backyard, the story goes that young Neil heard Mrs. Gorsky shout at Mr. Gorsky: "Oral sex! You want oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!" 

The comedian's name is Buddy Hackett and he is said to have first made it around 1990.

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The Blackout Ripper

There was a serial killer in London during the WW2 blackouts

MMDE: The Blackout Ripper is well known

Current: The Blackout Ripper is not well known

Gordon Cummings murdered 6 women in a style very similar to Jack the Ripper in London during the blackouts of the second world war. He was hanged for his crimes and is suspected of carrying out more which were never solved.

The only problem is - no-one seems to have heard of him. Go on, ask your family, friends and colleagues about him, and the chances are they won't have heard of him either.

When this happens, i.e. something which would be expected to be more widely known but isn't, some are pointing to a kind of Mandela Effect in reverse, where whole set of events suddenly popped into our timeline. Research today shows they were always there, as they would be, yet no-one can remember them. 

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Rip Torn

Rip Torn died?

MMDE: Rip Torn died in 2017

Current: Rip Torn did not die in 2017

Rip Torn has had a colourful life to say the least.

From his early days on the Larry Sanders Show, through to his many big-name movies roles including Easy RiderMen in Black and even an appearance as a Columbo villain. In real life he "accidentally robbed a bank" in 2010, and as recently as 2016 was arrested for drunk driving.

However, it's the latest story which has caught many out which could be the wildest. Many people remember him dying in 2017, when as at the time of this story (Oct 2018), he's alive and well. There are plenty of celebrity death rumours on the internet now, and it's becoming difficult to distinguish the purposefully fake ones from the ones people genuinely seem to recall but can't exactly pin down, which are the Mandela Effects.

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Denis Norden

When did Denis Norden die?

MMDE: Early 2000's

Current: 2018

Many people were surprised to hear of the death of Denis Norden in 2018 because the were sure he'd died many years earlier.

Asked about it, the consensus seemed to be the early 2000's. Many also remember watching tribute shows covering his life story at some point after this.

He died aged 96, after a prolific career spanning the cinema, radio and TV and wrote scripts for several Hollywood films.

There was a "farewell tour" in 2007 which people could be confusing with the tribute.

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King Arthur

Did he exist?

MMDE: King Arthur probably existed

Current: King Arthur did not exist

King Arthur is a legendary figure surrounded by myth and mystery. 

He's best known for his Knights of the Round Table, Excalibur, the Lady in the Lake and of course his trusty magician, Merlin.

However, people are reporting now that it's being stated as he probably never existed, whereas they remember it being quite possible he was an English king of around 600AD - and there being evidence of this, somewhere.

The MMDE isn't the fact he definitely did exist - it's the fact that people remember it being generally uncertain whether he did or not, and it's now changed to "definitely not".

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Christoper Reeve

Who played superman in the 70's/80's movies? 

MMDE: Christoper Reeves

Current: Christoper Reeve

Is is a bird, is it a plane, is it Reeve or is it Reeves?

When superman got the big screen treatment in the 70's, it sparked a line of sequels running for a decade - but what was the surname of the actor who played him then? Many people remember it as Reeves, but in fact all references now show it to be Reeve.

"Christopher Reeves" has also been seen stitched into the original costume he wore in the movies, but of course that could have been a genuine mishearing mistake. In fact, Reeves is the more popular surname, where people think of Keanu, George or Martha. But Mandela Effects are all about the detail...

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John Lennon

What color was John Lennons suit in the "Imagine" video?

MMDE: John Lennons suit was white

Current: John Lennons suit was black

Most people know the John Lennon song "Imagine", and many of those above a certain age also remember the video, where he enters a mansion with Yoko Ono in which a white room contains a white grand piano. He's often appeared in a white suit - a great example being the Abbey Road album, where he wears one on the famous road crossing.

So what color suit was he wearing in the "Imagine" video?

If you thought it was white too, you are experiencing a false memory, because all records today show it was black - with white dots.