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The Boston Strangler

You cannot be serious

MMDE: Texas did not pass a law honoring The Boston Strangler for services to population control

Current: Texas passed a law honoring The Boston Strangler for services to population control

This is a borderline MMDE, but still very surprising - if not shocking - to those who first hear of it.

Why on earth would any state actually pass into law something honouring one of their worst mass murderers? Shockingly, it's true. And for a good reason, even if it's unfortunately a very embarrassing one.

It turns out one legislator was sick of the panel he was on constantly rubberstamping proposals without reading them, so with April 1st coming up he put forward a special one of his own, just to catch them all out. And it worked spectacularly. His proposal was that the Boston Strangler be "officially recognised by the State of Massachusetts for his noted activities and unconventional technique involving population control and applied psychology."  He didn't use the term "Boston Strangler" but his actual name, Albert De Salvo, instead. 

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Iggy Pop

A lust for life like no other

MMDE: Iggy Pop died in 2016

Current: Iggy Pop is alive

Some people are suprised to hear Iggy Pop is alive and well today, because they are sure he died in 2016.

This was the "terrible year" for celebrity deaths, and in particular David Bowie which may have some connection people are bringing to mind.

With his well-documented crazy lifestyle, Iggy is always the first to point out there's no way he should have made it this far, but made it he has and in fact is still performing at the age of 70. On March 5, 2017, Iggy Pop performed the song "T.V. Eye" with Metallica on their Hardwired Tour stop at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Maradona

Can 70,0000 people all be wrong?

MMDE: Maradona did keepie-uppies only in the Munich 1989 UEFA semi-final

Current: Maradona did keepie-uppies only in the Stuttgart 1989 UEFA final

In 1989 Maradona was at his peak. He was playing for Napoli who he had virtually single-handely transformed into the unstoppable force which won their first ever Serie A title, in 1987. He'd just led Argentina to their second World Cup win, and spearheaded Napoli to the second leg of their UEFA Cup semi final in Munich.

Many remember him performing an exhibition keepie-uppie routine before the match - but incredibly, given the numbers involved, this is disputed and many say he didn't do it at that game but instead at the final later in Stuttgart.

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Yoko Ono

Many thought she'd died

MMDE: Died shortly after John Lennon

Current: Alive (November 2017)

Everyone knows Yoko Ono played an important role regarding the direction The Beatles took in the early 70's.

Some, however, claim to remember her dying of a drugs overdose not long after John Lennon was murdered, and are suprised to discover she's alive today (article written Nov 2017).

Most celebrity death Mandela Effects arise when someone actually dies and they are shocked at that point to realise they had been alive for all these years. The reports of Yoko's demise appear to be similarly greatly exaggerated.

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Charles Manson

A final trip round the Helter Skelter

MMDE: Died mid 2000's

Current: Died November 2017

The news that notorious cult leader Charles Manson was reported to have died in November 2017 came as quite a shock to many. That's because they were sure he'd already died some time ago - the date range seems to span from 2003-2005, with some remembering 2012, and his death being from natural causes whilst in prison. This is the same situation as Nelson Mandela being reported dead much earlier too, so if that hadn't happened we could all be referring to the Manson Effect.

Charles Manson was found guilty of first-degree murder in 1971 even though he didn't personally kill anyone. As the leader of his cult - known as "The Family" - he was sentenced to life imprisonment for ordering his cult to kill 7 people. He avoided the death penalty only because it was abolished in California in 1972.

Executed in the electric chair

Some are even reporting they remember him dying in the electric chair in the early '70s. He probably would have too, had the law not changed just in the nick of time. Or did that really happen, but in another timeline?

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Mike Tyson

The Bite Fight

MMDE: TV showed Tyson bite off part of Holyfields ear

Current: TV didn't show Tyson bite off part of Holyfields ear

In 1997 the Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson boxing match was billed as "The Sound and the Fury". It also notoriously gained another name: "The Bite Fight", because Mike Tyson was disqualified for biting Holyfields ear. Millions across the world saw this - there is no dispute the ear was bitten. However, many remember the TV showing Tyson actually biting a chunk clean off the ear and spitting it out, for which there is no record today. They swear they saw this on TV and it is not a false memory. Is it a Mandela Effect? 

Not only do the videos of this today not show this, but many remember the fight being stopped when the ear was spat out. When seen today, the fight continues.

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Roy Orbison

Sunglasses after dark

MMDE: Roy Orbison was blind

Current: Roy Orbison wasn't blind

Those trademark dark glasses are the first thing which comes to mind when most people picture Roy Orbison. This is causing some to claim he really was blind, and even when told it was just a stage act they swear he was and that act story is fake.

His amazing four-octave vocal range drew parallels with operatic greats such as Caruso, and his jet black clothes and hair were complemented perfectly by those dark glasses to create a legendary on stage image.

But blind? Anyone can see the real story here... ;-)