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Historical Events  People
Historical Events  People
Franco Columbu

Won the title of Mr. Olympia in 1976 and 1981

MMDE: Franco Columbo

Current: Franco Columbu

A long time friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Franco has appeared in many shows and films throughout his long career, and there are plenty of references to his name being spelt both Columbu and Columbo.

It can't have gone unnoticed that there was also an incredibly famous TV detective called Columbo seemingly always on TV during this time too. Could this be a simple case of conflation in the public mind of the similar-sounding surnames? Hardcore Columbo fans also know a secret - the detectives first name just happened to be Frank...

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He couldn't escape death - but just how did he die?

It's recorded today that Houdini died as a result of a freak incident where he was struck in the stomach as a strength test, but this burst his appendix, causing his demise a few days later. Some are saying they remember it differently, and instead he drowned during one of his stage acts. Are they experiencing a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect?

There might be a straight forward explanation for this one.

In 1953, Tony Curtis starred in a popular movie of Houdini's life, and critics have consistently pointed out several factual errors in the film. It shows him dying on stage in the arms of his wife after nearly drowning in a water tank escape trick.

As time went by, it could just be that more people first encountered Houdini the way they saw him in the movie, so the blame for this one lies at the door of Hollywood's artistic license.

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Queen Elizabeth II

"Enjoy your last Christmas?"

Some people claim to remember Queen Elizabeth's 2015 Christmas message as being very disturbing. The trouble is there's no record of it around today, so those who remember it could be experiencing an MMDE.

Apparently she said "a great supernatural evil was sweeping across Europe, greater than her own', and she hoped everyone would enjoy this Christmas because it would be their last.

The cameramen who videoed this said she began with her remorse over The Princess of Wales' death and said 'we did what we had to do to protect ourselves as a family'. They understood her to be speaking about Diana's death, but that part wasn't in the video.

Since we're all here to read this, clearly the Christmas of 2015 wasn't our last ... in this time line.

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee died the same way as Brandon?

There is much mystery surrounding the untimely death of Bruce Lee in 1973.

Some remember him taking a headache tablet, going for a lie down to sleep it off and never waking up. Others remember reports of cannabis being found in his body after the autopsy. Some, however, remember him being shot on set and dying from this injury, which is a macabre co-incidence because that's the way his son, Brandon Lee, died 20 years later. There are no reports of this today - are they experiencing false memories?

As time went by this could be just people not really paying attention to the names and details, so confusing Bruce/Brandon.

He died during the filming of "Game of Death", where there is a scene where he gets shot - could this have added to this MMDE too?

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Eisenhower Dime

He was on the Dime?

Searches today for "Eisenhower Dime" return many results, from people asking how much a 1960's one is worth to when he first appeared. All this is a huge signal that the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect is at work, because he never appeared on one.

Eisenhower was on the dollar for a while in the 1970's, which could be contributing to this as people do remember seeing him on some coin, but not exactly remembering which one.

In 1946 when the Dime was redesigned, Eisenhower was still Chief of Staff of the army (1945-1948), so if he ever was it would have to have been after then because a Chief of Staff would not make it - but a president would.

Guess we have to wait for one to turn up to disprove this one - if it ever did, what would it be worth?

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Bin Laden

Deliberate murky details or something more?

Bin Laden is blamed for the 9/11 Word Trade Centre attacks, which itself is surrounded by controversy. The story today of how he died was that he was shot by an elite US Navy Seal squad in 2011. Some experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect remember his death differently, apparently in hospital from kidney failure.

There are even reports of people claiming to have read on Wikipedia he was on a dialysis machine and there being an official state department source report of his death on the sire in 2001. Needless to say, there's none of that there now - but that's the whole point of the Mandela Effect.

There was so much deliberate disinformation surrounding Bin Laden, such as the body doubles in the videos of his terror announcements before his death, that this could all have just become part of the myth which people are now seeing as a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect. 

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Eli Whitney

He invented cotton gin

Eli Whitney was born in 1765 and lived through the worst ravages of the US slave years, He is known for inventing cotton gin, which transformed the economy of the day. He's also credited with many other inventions which contributed to the industrial revolution.

Many people have an alternate memory of Eli Whitney being black. Searches today show this wasn't the case, and he was even featured on a US postage stamp in 1940. So why are so many people sure they were taught in school he was black?

This could be connected to the slave trade. Cotton gin actually invigorated the slave trade by making it profitable, not by making the slaves lives easier when they drank it, which common sense says wouldn't have gone down too well with the plantation owners at the time. However, if people just had a vague memory of cotton gin and slaves, without getting the actual details right, it's possible to see a "hero" figure inventing this way of making the slaves lives better, and so in this narrative he'd naturally be one himself.