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Al Yankovic

Alternate:
Weird Al Yankovic died in March 2021

Current:
Weird Al Yankovic did not die in March 2021

Facebook

The posting on Facebook in March 2021 announcing Al's death got a million likes.

It's been debunked as a hoax, but it did actually affect many people who, like the one the Mandela Effect is named after, were sure he'd already died. Many, many comments were made to this post, and the news quickly spread to Twitter where a similar outpouring of grief occurred:

At about 11 a.m. ET on Monday (March 22, 2021), our beloved singer Weird Al Yankovic passed away. Weird Al Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959 in Downey. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.

-- R.I.P. Weird Al Yankovic, Facebook March 22nd, 2021

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Larry King

Alternate:
Larry King died in 2010

Current:
Larry King died in 2021

Larry King died in 2010, 2013, 2019 and 2021

Larry King was the legendary US chat show host with a career spanning many decades.

He was most famous for the shows which bore his name. Larry King Live and Larry King Now,  and his political show, Politicking with Larry King, up until 2020.

Reports of his death in 2021, however, came as a surprise to many, since they were sure he was already dead, and the years this was supposed to have happened range from 2010, 2013 and 2019.

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William Wallace

Alternate:
William Wallace (Braveheart) wore a kilt

Current:
William Wallace (Braveheart) did not wear a kilt

They'll never take our freedom!

The first thing that pops into many people's minds when they think of Scottish men is a noble windswept figure on the glen, proudly displaying his kilt.

This image has been portrayed so many times it's ingrained deeply in the world's minds for generations. But has it always been so?

No Scotsman fulfils the image of a fierce warrior fighting for his country more than William Wallace, who was famously brought to the big screen in Braveheart, played by Mel Gibson. Wallace lived in the late 1200s, and it's now come to light that this image of him, and the one generally regarded, means things are not quite right in the clothing department.

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Michael Jackson

Alternate:
Michael Jackson wore a white glove on his right hand

Current:
Michael Jackson wore a white glove on his left hand

Diamond White - but on which hand?

Michael Jackson certainly didn't need any trademark gimmicks to get ahead in his stellar musical career. However, one thing he was well known for from the early days was his wearing of a single white glove on one hand. He said of it “I felt one glove was cool. Wearing two seemed so ordinary."

That's the subject of a Mandela Effect now, because whereas all the videos and photographs today show he only ever wore it on his left hand, there are some who are sure they remember it on his right. It's been that way since he played Billie Jean on TV in 1983 during the Motown 25th anniversary special. It was sold for £85,000 at auction in 2020 to an anonymous bidder in Texas.

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George W Bush

Alternate:
George W Bush was reading 'The Pet Duck' when he heard of the 9/11 attacks

Current:
George W Bush was reading 'The Pet Goat' when he heard of the 9/11 attacks

Bleating or Quacking?

The image of George W Bush sitting in front of a classroom full of children reading a book, when an aide whispered news of the 9./11 attacks, is one of the iconic images from those tragic events on September 11, 2001.

There are some who are sure the book was titled "My Pet Duck", whereas all references today show it as "My Pet Goat", even the false photoshopped ones which claim to show he was reading it upside down. None, however, can forget the shocked expression on the President's face as he heard the news.

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Abner Doubleday

Alternate:
Abner Doubleday invented baseball

Current:
Abner Doubleday did not invented baseball

Strike!

Officially, the first baseball game took place in 1846 between the Knickerbockers and the New York Nine's.

It's classed as official because that's when the first written set of rules were used, which have been refined ever since into the ones we see today. However, the origin is largely credited to Abner Doubleday, including the word "baseball" itself, and that's what many people believe. It's not true through. Doubleday never mentioned in it any of his letters or documents, he was never made a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and baseball wasn't even mentioned in his obituary when he died.

The truth is baseball was probably adapted by English settlers who played the earlier variation known as rounders, and added elements of Cricket to it.

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Napoleon

Alternate:
Napoleon only had one hand

Current:
Napoleon had two hands

Hidden hand or missing hand?

The popular image of Napolean today is from the many paintings done of him when he was a General.

There's something about them, however, which has led many to believe that he was missing a hand, and it's all down to a fashion trend he was following in those portaits. 

The idea is people are sure he was missing a hand because he is mostly seen with his right arm tucked into the middle of his shirt. Since his hand is never seen, it is assumed he either didn't have one, or the one he had was deformed and this was his way of hiding it.

In fact it turns out he was blessed with two hands but was always seen hiding one because of a tradition going back to the ancient Greeks, where it was seen as "more stately" to not have a free hand, since it prevents one from flailing it about and makes the subject appear more dignified and refined.