Tiger Woods
15 Sep 2019
Robert Mugabe
06 Sep 2019
Vikings Horns
04 Sep 2019
Buddha
03 Sep 2019
Fortune Cookies
02 Sep 2019
Quaker Oats
01 Sep 2019
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Tiger Woods

Was Tiger Woods an American Gladiators contestant?

MMDE: Tiger Woods was an American Gladiators contestant

Current: Tiger Woods was not an American Gladiators contestant

Slate reports that people are remembering a teenage Tiger Woods appearing as a contestant in the mid 90's on the American Gladiators show.

Did a teenage Tiger Woods appear on it? Some remember him doing so, but there is no trace of this today which is why it's being called a Mandela Effect.

Famous for it's over-the-top showmanship, the fitness levels of its contestants and the inventive obstacles they had to contend with, the show ran from 1989 to 1996 and was seen in various forms the world over. 

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Robert Mugabe

When did Robert Mugabe die?

MMDE: Robert Mugabe died in 2017

Current: Robert Mugabe died in 2019

Robert Mugabe was a devisive figure indeed, but news of his death in 2019 caused some more concern than others, because they were sure he died in 2017.

Wait - this is another famous figure from South Africa involved in a mysterious reality glitch phenomenon? Perhaps it needs a catchy name so we can class other similar situations easier, something like The Mugabe Effect?

He was ousted as leader in 2017, but those who are sure he died earlier than 2019 remember him dying at the same time as the coup which saw him lose power from Zimbabwe.

Like Nelson Mandela, he spent many years in prison in the 60's only to be released and become a hugely important world figure.

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Henry Ford

Ford

MMDE: The Henry Ford car company did not fire Henry Ford

Current: The Henry Ford car company fired Henry Ford

It sounds like a trick question.

Was Henry Ford fired from the company which bore his name? The answer is a surprising "yes". Of course there's a little more to it that that. Notice it isn't the "Ford Motor Company" which fired him, but the "Henry Ford" company. That's a very important distinction, because the company which bore his exact name was one set up very early in his career, and was named from his fame as a racer and car inventor, i.e. the "Henry Ford" motor company.

After working for this early company, he was indeed fired because he was said to be spending all his time working on a race car, and not a passenger car.

Things moved on swiftly, however, and he then founded "The Ford Motor Co." in 1903. The rest, as we all know, is history.

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Stephen Hawking

Awarded Nobel prize for physics

MMDE: Stephen Hawking received a nobel prize around 2010

Current: Stephen Hawking did not receive a nobel prize around 2010

Stephen Hawking made a huge contribution to science, even having an actual effect named after him in the form of Hawking Radiation, which he theorised was "emitted" from black holes. His book, "a brief history of time", is recognised throughout the world as making the advanced ideas in quantum physics and cosmology accessible to the general public at large.

Many remember him being awarded a nobel prize around 2010, but this is not the case today. They even describe his award ceremony being shown on TV, and the acceptance speech he delivered with his computer-generated voice .

Of particular interest to those experiencing the Mandela Effect is the fact he was a supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, because this is a possible explanation for the effect itself.

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Rasputin

How did Rasputin die?

MMDE: Poisoned, beaten, shot and drowned

Current: Shot

Grigori Rasputin was the famous "Mad Monk" who influenced the last Imperial Russian royal family up until the first world war.

He allegedly had a spiritual conversion in his 20's which made him abandon his family and begin a religious quest, which led him to become a privileged insider in the highest family of the time - something the rest of the country greatly despised.

The story is a group of people including some from the Royal family itself, banded together and attempted to assassinate him, but he did not die and in fact the legend of him having supernatural powers because of this arose. 

He was supposedly poisoned with 3 large glasses laden with cyanide, any one of which would kill a man, beaten, shot 3 times and drowned, but still managed to live. It turns out this just isn't true now, and he did in fact die of gunshot wounds with his autopsy showing no poison or water in his lungs.

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Mutiny on the Bounty: Captain Bligh

MMDE: Captain Bligh was kinder than most other sea captains of his day

Current: Captain Bligh was crueler than most other sea captains of his day

When you think of The Mutiny on the Bounty, it's usually the idea of a crew of sailors being treated so badly by their evil captain that they had no choice but rebel against him. This turns out to be wrong, because records today show that Captain Bligh was actually regarded as kinder than most of his fellow captains, and the mutiny was instead caused by the sailors wishing to return to the desert island paradise they had just spent 5 months in.

Captain Bligh never keelhauled anyone, and the scene from the famous movie seems to have been fabricated in order to sell the story of him being cruel. 

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Elisa Lam

Elisa Lam: Found dead in a hotel water tank

MMDE: When Elisa Lam was found, the hatch to the water tank was closed

Current: When Elisa Lam was found, the hatch to the water tank was open

The tragic story of Elisa Lams' death is still a huge mystery today.

She was the Canadian student who was found in a hotel's water tank in 2013 after being dead in there for some time. The disturbing thing is the guests had been complaining of the water being discoloured and smelling off, which prompted the hotel staff to investigate the tanks and find her body in one.

Many people remember it being widely reported at the time that the hatch was closed from the outside, which would have been impossible for a single person to do once inside. The Mandela Effect they are experiencing now is that it is being reported as being open when she was found, and apparently has always been reported that way.