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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.

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Henry Winkler

Nelson Mandela's "other" Mandela Effect?

In 1992, Marianne Williamson published "A Return to Love". It contains a famous quote which has since been attributed to Nelson Mandela - yet he didn't originally say it.

The full quote is:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

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North Pole

A brief history of Stephen Hawking

Whichever way you look at it, the Stephen Hawking story is incredible.

Playing the role of one of the world's most recognised - and influential - scientists, there are some saying it's for this very reason that he is not all he appears to be.

In 1963, at the age of 21, he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and given a life expectancy of 2 years. However, for some reason the disease didn't progress at the same pace it does in other patients, and remarkably he is still alive over 50 years later.

Some claim most people don't look to closely at Stephen, but when they do they see his appearance, despite his illness, has changed significantly over the years. They point to his hands becoming uncontorted, i.e. earlier photographs show the typical fixed abnormal positions they lock into, but later ones show them back to normal. In a similar way, his teeth seem to have changed significantly at one point, and that's despite him not needing any since he cannot eat orally.

Was this done to create a powerful global voice for the establishment to use when promoting various agendas?

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Henry Winkler

"Aaaaaaay" - The Fonz signs off

MMDE: Henry Winkler died in 2014 or 2017

Current: Henry Winkler is alive

At the time of writing, Henry Winkler - yes, The Fonz himself - is alive and well. He was reported dead in 2014 and again in 2017, which must have bothered him a bit as there are reports of this happening waaaaaay to many times now.

This seems more like a crazy internet death hoax than a Mandela Effect since there aren't many people who swear they remember him dying, such as with the original Nelson Mandela.

On Thursday July 13, 2017, a post got a million likes on Facebook reading “At about 11 a.m. ET on Thursday (July 13, 2017), our beloved actor Henry Winkler passed away. Henry Winkler was born on October 30, 1945 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” It was waaaaaaay off the mark.

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Bela Lugosi

Being alive isn't the same as being undead

There are historical examples of Mandela Effect-type events recorded way before even the internet existed. Bela Lugosi, famous for his Dracula role, was actually not considered for his role in Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein because the studio thought he was dead.

Also, as his career sadly faded and no-one had heard of him for a few years before going into hospital, when he came out announcing he was to star in a new film, many people were surprised because they thought he was already dead.

Could this have been the inspiration behind the Bauhaus track?

He finally was buried in 1956 in his beloved Dracula cape, to rest finally in peace. Or was he?

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Gene Wilders third death

Gene Wilder - died early 2000's, 2012 or 2016?

Many people were surprised to hear of Gene Wilders' death in 2016 because they were sure he died earlier - many thinking it was in 2012, and also many thinking it was in the early 2000's.

Usually with a Mandela Effect, people are shocked when they hear of the person's death but agree on roughly when the first one was, such as Nelson himself supposedly dying in prison in the 1980's. With Gene Wilder, the first one is either, or both, the early 2000's and 2012. 

The internet might play a role in this. Celebrity deaths are often reported as fake news for various reasons. Often these hoaxes are motivated by money - clicks to some website will generate revenue via adverts. For whatever reason, Gene will be sadly missed and no doubt be highly amused if he could see all of this! It's also interesting to wonder if this would have been called The Wilder Effect had Nelson not been involved...

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The man from Taured

Where on earth was he from?

This story is not your regular MMDE. Usually, that's where a significant group of people remember the same thing which the rest say never happened. There is, however, an instance where several credible witnesses encountered an individual claiming, and presenting hard evidence for, a reality which none of them had encountered. This happened in 1954 and is known as "the man from Taured".

One unusually hot summers day in 1954, a passenger arrived at Tokyos Haneda airport. There was nothing immediately unusual about him - he was middle-aged, bearded, and looked to all intents and purposes exactly like any regular passenger making his way through customs. His passport showed he'd been to the same Tokyo airport before.

The problem was it had been issued from a country called "Taured", which no-one had heard of nor could find on a map.