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Little Richard

Alternate:
Little Richard died in 2016

Current:
Little Richard did not die in 2016

Little Richard died...?

A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!

Once seen, once heard, never forgotten. 

The trademark screech and flamboyant larger-than life persona of Little Richard was right up there with the greats during the early poineering 50's and 60's of rock and roll. 

2016 was a terrible year for the deaths of many musical icons, including his modern-day equivalent, Prince. Many are saddened when they remember Little Richard dying in that year too, but as of the time of writing (Jan 2019) he'd be greatly amused to hear of this, because at that time he's alive and well.

Born Richard Wayne Penniman on December 5, 1932, he is famous the world over for hits such as "Tutti Frutti", "Lucille", "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly Miss Molly".

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Richard Simmons

Alternate:
Richard Simmons almost always wore a headband

Current:
Richard Simmons rarely wore a headband

Richard Simmons wore a headband...

Before the internet, in the 1980's the keep fit craze was spread into people's homes via the new technology known as the video cassette. Popularised by Jane Fonda with her famous workout, the scene was set for a flamboyant male equivalent to make his mark. That came in the from of Richard Simmons from Hollywood - a funny, unlikely character who seemed to never be away from TV chat shows and celebrity functions.

However, many people picturing him in his zany striped shorts and flyaway frizzy hair also are sure they remember one distinctive trademark detail - his headband. 

It comes as quite a shock, therefore, when they are told he never wore one and despite the many images of him on the internet today, none of him sporting one can be found.

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Neil Armstrong

Alternate:
Neil Armstrong said "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" on the moon

Current:
Neil Armstrong did not say "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" on the moon

Yup - it's THAT joke about his neighbor

Heard the one about the first man on the moon and his neighbor? Plenty have, and plenty more still believe it, yet despite this it's being called an MMDE because all references today show it to have been made up by a comedian.

The joke goes like this:

Just before reentering the lunar module after Apollo 11's EVA, Armstrong made the enigmatic remark, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky." When Neil was a boy, Mr. Gorsky was his neighbor in Wapakoneta. One day while playing ball in the backyard, the story goes that young Neil heard Mrs. Gorsky shout at Mr. Gorsky: "Oral sex! You want oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!" 

The comedian's name is Buddy Hackett and he is said to have first made it around 1990.

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The Blackout Ripper

Alternate:
The Blackout Ripper is well known

Current:
The Blackout Ripper is not well known

There was a serial killer in London during the WW2 blackouts

Gordon Cummings murdered 6 women in a style very similar to Jack the Ripper in London during the blackouts of the second world war. He was hanged for his crimes and is suspected of carrying out more which were never solved.

The only problem is - no-one seems to have heard of him. Despite the similar methods and locations as his more famous namesake 50 years earlier, news of his existence and activities comes as a urprise to many people.

When this happens, i.e. something which would be expected to be more widely known but isn't, some are pointing to a kind of Mandela Effect in reverse, where a whole set of events suddenly popped into our timeline. Research today shows they were always there, as they would be, yet no-one can remember them. 

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Rip Torn

Alternate:
Rip Torn died in 2017

Current:
Rip Torn did not die in 2017

Rip Torn died?

Rip Torn has had a colourful life to say the least.

From his early days on the Larry Sanders Show, through to his many big-name movies roles including Easy RiderMen in Black and even an appearance as a Columbo villain. In real life he "accidentally robbed a bank" in 2010, and as recently as 2016 was arrested for drunk driving.

However, it's the latest story which has caught many out which could be the wildest. Many people remember him dying in 2017, when as at the time of this story (Oct 2018), he's alive and well. There are plenty of celebrity death rumours on the internet now, and it's becoming difficult to distinguish the purposefully fake ones from the ones people genuinely seem to recall but can't exactly pin down, which are the Mandela Effects.

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Denis Norden

Alternate:
Early 2000's

Current:
2018

At was alright on the night after all

Many people were surprised to hear of the death of Denis Norden in 2018 because the were sure he'd died many years earlier.

Asked about it, the consensus seemed to be the early 2000's. Many also remember watching tribute shows covering his life story at some point after this.

He died aged 96, after a prolific career spanning the cinema, radio and TV and wrote scripts for several Hollywood films.

There was a "farewell tour" in 2007 which people could be confusing with the tribute.

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King Arthur

Alternate:
King Arthur probably existed

Current:
King Arthur did not exist

Did he exist?

King Arthur is a legendary figure surrounded by myth and mystery. 

He's best known for Camelot, his Knights of the Round Table, Excalibur, Lancelot, the Holy Grail, the Lady in the Lake and of course his trusty magician, Merlin.

However, people are reporting now that it's being stated as he probably never existed, whereas they remember it being quite possible he was an English king of around 600AD - and there being evidence of this, somewhere.

The MMDE isn't the fact he definitely did exist - it's the fact that people remember it being generally uncertain whether he did or not, and it's now changed to "definitely not".