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Historical Events  People
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.

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Nazi salute

Alternate:
The Nazi salute was copied from the Romans

Current:
The Nazi salute was not copied from the Romans

Hail Caesar?

This is a controversial subject, which is why only the historic aspect of it's origin is of interest here.

When the Nazis rose to power, they adopted the notorious stiff arm salute, which they actually ended up making mandatory for citizens in law. 

This is the exact opposite of the situation today, where doing it is illegal in Germany along with any promotion of Nazi-related activities or artifacts.

There are many people who believe the salute was widely used by the Romans, and its use by the Nazis was directly taken from this. In fact this turns out to be untrue, since although there are rare instances in Roman art and literature of something similar being used, it is not the case that it was widespread by them at the time.

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George Michael

Alternate:
George Michael died in 2010

Current:
George Michael died in 2016

Natural causes

George Michael was a world famous star who's life was cruelly cut short when he was far too young.

Many remember him dying in 2010, and were surprised to hear he was actually amongst the tragic group of celebrities who passed away in 2016. He died on Christmas Day of natural causes, a general term for what was alleged to be a heart attack brought on by years of substance abuse causing the heart muscle becomes thin and too weak to pump blood effectively around the body.

There are also rumours he committed suicide, which are fuelled by his earlier unsuccessful attempts.

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JFK

Alternate:
JFK was not addicted to crystal meth

Current:
JFK was addicted to crystal meth

Bags of energy

Many people hold up John Kennedy as the model president. He fought corruption, sent men to the moon and espoused the American dream for all.

Yet it's being reported that all may not be as it appeared at the time.

The New York Post, The Sun, The Daily Mail and many others are revealing he was addicted to crystal meth, which comes as quite a shock to many who still refuse to belive this even to this day.

However, there are many instances of this being suppressed at the time, for example when he was found naked and delusional wandering round the Carlyle Hotel in New York, 1962.