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Historical Events  People
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 crueller than most other sea captains of his day

Current: Captain Bligh was kinder 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.

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Einstein

Wise words but who said them?

MMDE: He said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"

Current: He never said "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result"

Most people know the quote, and most people attribute it to Einstein when asked.

So it comes as quite a surprise for them to hear it wasn't him who originally said it.

Even weirder, it turns out the attribution is all a big mistake. An editor used the wrong version in Montana's Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and as a resut found it was said by a character in a mystery book titled "Sudden Death".

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Agatha Christie

Was Agatha Christie found after her disappearance?

MMDE: Agatha Christie was not found after her disappearance in 1926

Current: Agatha Christie was found after her disappearance in 1926

There was a real world mystery surrounding the most famous mystery writer of her day, Agatha Christie, in 1926, when she disappeared from her Berkshire home. It sparked a manhunt larger than anything seen before - over 1,000 police officers were drafted in, and , for the first time, aeroplanes.. It was all the more concerning because she left her 7 year old daughter, Rosalind, behind.

Many remember the story, but not her being found. The current version of events have her turning up in a hotel in Yorkshire 11 days later, but some remember her never being found at all, and are pointing to this as a Mandela Effect. 

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs first said 'Great artists steal'?

MMDE: Steve Jobs first said 'Good artists copy, great artists steal'

Current: Steve Jobs was not the first to say 'Good artists copy, great artists steal'

He was quoting Picasso.

He was also being deliberately mischievous, by stealing the quote itself. Yet somehow, this worked and most people today believe it was he who said it originally. Nicely done ;-)

There was always a fuss around Apple's products, and it must be said also concerning some of the other things Steve jobs said. For example, like telling a customer it was his fault he couldn't get a signal because he was "holding his phone wrong".

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Albert Finney

When did Albert Finney die?

MMDE: Albert Finney did not die in 2019

Current: Albert Finney died in 2019

Albert Finney was the famous English actor best known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning , Tom Jones, Two for the Road, Scrooge and many more.

Many people were surpised to hear of his death in 2019, since they were sure he'd died several years earlier.

There are reports of people being certain they read on his Wiki page he died in 2015. One explanation could be his earlier "death" is being confused with that of the real-life character he played in Erin Brockovitch, Edward L Masry, who died shortly after Big Fish.

People are now so switched on to the Mandela Effect that when they hear of a celebrity death this way, they now know instantly if it will be classed as one when they ask themselves if they though he was already dead.