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Hitler Crystal Meth

Breaking very bad

MMDE: Hitler was addicted to Crystal Meth

Current: Hitler was not addicted to Crystal Meth

Crystal Meth. Many people first heard about this drug from Breaking Bad, so assume it's a recent thing. However, the connection between it and Hitler comes as such a surprise some are claiming this could be a Mandela Effect.

Ever wondered where he got his energy from during his famous rally speeches to the masses?

In the days of the Weimar Republic, when Germany’s pharmaceutical industry was thriving, the country was exporting morphine, and of course cocaine – and drugs were available on every street corner. The Nazis used the stimulant properties of methamphetamine (they called it Pervitin) in many campaigns for both their army and air force, ordering 35m during the war effort and inceasing productions from their drugs factories. Hitler was a prolific user and came to rely on it before giving those energetic speeches, according to Norman Ohler in Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.

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Kurt Cobain

Woah - it changed during the eclipse?

MMDE: There is a famous poster of him wearing it

Current: There are no photographs of it

Many people remember Kurt Cobain wearing a huge pink fluffy jacket in a well-known image, often seen in posters on walls. The trouble is, not only does no record of this exist today but some are saying the same poster they still have up actually changed into one where he is wearing a leopard-skin print, and it happened during the eclipse of summer 2017.

Many hard core Nirvana fans have jumped on this one - for them, this is much more than just a false memory because they idolised him and know intimately every details of his life.

Described as looking like the pink fur on a muppet, he seemed to have donned this with his trademark white sunglasses to deliberately look as ridiculous as possible, yet somehow still ended up looking cool in a unique way. This just served to sum up the charm and enigma of the guy.

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Ed McMahon

Heeere's Johnny!

MMDE: Ed McMahon worked for Publishers Clearing House

Current: Ed McMahon worked for America Family Publishers

This one seems to be freaking many people out - even those who had heard of the Mandela Effect but dismissed it as some kind of false memory syndrome.

Do you remember Ed McMahon delivering PCH's oversized checks with his famous catch phrase and a bottle of champagne? If so, you are experiencing an MMDE, because he never did that. This is despite over 32,000 websites from a Google search which also associate him with PCH.

Current references show he worked for a rival - American Family Publishers - which did involve him visiting the houses of the lucky winners of their draws.

But PCH? Nope - he's their Shining star that never was. 

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O Henry

Cabbages and Kings

MMDE: O Henri

Current: O Henry

William Sydney Porter is best known for his novel "Cabbages and Kings", set in the fictitious country of Anchuria, which weaves its way through many connected short stories renowned for their surprise endings.

He wrote under a pseudonym - but was it "O Henry" or "O Henri"? Many are claiming the spelling was Henri, yet all references today show it as Henry.

Porter led a colourful life, and the buzz surrounding the Mandela Effect of his assumed surname would have amused him greatly. Few people realise he's responsible for coining the phrase "banana republic", to describe a country who's economy is both over-reliant on one commodity and usually disfunctional as a result. 

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Nikola Tesla

Who knows?

MMDE: Nikolai Tesla

Current: Nikola Tesla

Einstein was once asked what it was like to be the smartest man alive, to which he replied "I don't know, ask Tesla".

Some have a false memory of his name being spelt "Nikolai" whereas all references today show "Nikola".

Best known for his design of the AC electricity supply system, Tesla became largely forgotten after his death in 1943. However, from the 60's onwards science had advanced sufficiently to enable his true genius to be much better understood, and the realisation of how far ahead of his time he actually was. 

The alternative memory some have of his first name probably comes from the popular misconception that he was Russian, where the name would be spelt that way. In fact Tesla was Serbian-American.

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Marie Antoinette

Enough to spark a revolution

MMDE: Marie Antoinette said 'Let them eat cake'

Current: Marie Antoinette never said 'Let them eat cake' 

At some point in 1789, when being told that her French subjects had no bread, Marie Antoinette (bride of France's King Louis XVI) is reported to have said, 'Qu'ils mangent de la brioche', which translates as 'Let them eat cake.' Did this really happen, or is it a false memory attributed to The Mandela Effect?

It was supposed to have been said during a famine which took place during the reign of her husband, Louis XVI. The staple diet of the people at the time was bread, and she is reported to have said it when hearing of a national shortage. 

Of course this quote carried a huge symbolic meaning during the coming revolution, which makes it suspicious before any arguments against it ever being said are made at all. 

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George Washington

A hatchet job

Are people lying when they tell the famous story of George Washington telling his father "I cannot tell a lie"? Not exactly - it's one of those feel-good stories passed down through the generations which seems to be an acceptable "little white lie", to extend the convoluted metaphor to breaking point.

The story is young George received a hatchet as a gift, presumably this being an entirely normal thing to give 6 year olds back in the day. His fathers cherry tree then became damaged by ... a hatchet. So when pops has a little word with innocent little George, instead of the usual "it must have been the tooth fairy" yarn he was expecting, instead he immediately got a full confession with the immortal line "I cannot tell a lie".

It was actually added as a fabrication in a biography by Mason Locke Weems, a minister and bookseller shortly after Washington's death.