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Historical Events  People
Franklin D Roosevelt

What did the "D" stand for?

MMDE: Delanor

Current: Delano

Franklin D Roosevelt - did the "D" stand for Delanor or Delano? 

Today, all references say Delano, but many apparently experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim it's been changed from the "Delanor" they remember.

His wife's name was Eleanor - could this just be a simple case of her similar sounding name being conflated with his middle name over time?

Or it could be simpler than that. When you say either of them out loud, they sound almost the same, so anyone unfamiliar could easily misspell it when writing it down, which then gets carried on to others as being correct.

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Hitler

A short man with dark hair and brown or blue eyes?

MMDE: Hitler had brown eyes

Current: Hitler had blue eyes

Hitler regarded the traits of tall height, blond hair and blue eyes to signify a superior class of people - his "master race". Many people pointed out his own shortcomings in all these areas, including his eye color. However, if you research this today you find the official references all say he had blue eyes. Is this a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect in action?

It's been said the first casualty of war is the truth. Hitler's enemies would do anything to attack him, and propaganda about his person was rife. By saying he had brown eyes, even if they were blue - after all, there wasn't much color TV around in those days to check - would weaken him in the peoples minds by making him seem more of a hypocrite. There's even evidence his mother was half Jewish, which would add weight to this.

Color footage was in its early days during Hitler's time, but so little remains of it with him on that it appears everything we see now has been retouched. And that means his eyes were, too...

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Sally Field

"You like me, you really like me!"

MMDE: You like me, you really like me

Current: You like me right now

Sally Field's famous quote has been parodied many times on the internet - it's moved well into the "meme" category now, like "beam me up, Scotty". However, those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect are sure they remember her saying it at her Oscar acceptance speech. She even went on to parody herself a couple of years later, but the original shows her just saying "you like me right now".

There's an interesting theory that all actors and actresses want to be remembered, no matter what the reason. So, if something they did gets misquoted and ends up getting a life of its own, they will "bandwaggon" it to maximize their exposure from it, even up to the point where they know it was incorrect but just want to milk the publicity from it.

Accidental PR is PR all the same...

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Andrew Zimmerman

Andrew Zimmerman's Bizarre Foods?

MMDE: Zimmerman

Current: Zimmern

There are many references today on the internet to Android Zimmerman being the host of Bizarre Foods, yet the reality is he was called Android Zimmern.

Sometimes the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect can be the result of people not paying enough attention when something else comes up which has some common element, and the two become conflated in peoples minds. It's almost as if they partly remember most, but not all, of the details and when "filling in the blanks" the missing part turns out to be wrong, because its from a different event. When Bizarre Foods was popular, George Zimmerman was in the news too.

Could the confusion just be a result of a mispronunciation of Andrews unusual surname whilst George was all over the news too? 

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Lindbergh Baby

The Lindbergh Baby was never found?

MMDE: The Lindbergh Baby was never found

Current: The Lindbergh Baby was found

The terrible "crime of the century" happened in 1932 in New Jersey when the eldest son of the aviator Charles Lindbergh was abducted from his family home.

When you read todays reports of this, you see the baby was found dead 2 months later and Richard Hauptmann was executed for the crime, yet those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim the baby was never found.

It's always possible these people somehow missed the news at the time, but when they see all the reports of his discovery they find the mismatch between that and their memory pretty disconcerting.

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Muhammad Ali's death

The Ali Effect?

MMDE: Muhammad Ali died in 1991

Current: Muhammad Ali died in 2016

2016 was a horrible year for losing famous celebrities, including Muhammad Ali. It was even more disturbing for those who were sure he'd already died years earlier, because they were experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

This is similar to the Mandela, Fidel Castro etc situations with one difference - it seems the year 1991 plays some role in this, as in most of those who thought he was already dead were born after this year.

He had quite a high profile after this time too - he appeared at the 2012 Olympic Ceremony, etc.

His health problems with Parkinsons was also widely publicised, mainly because it was attributed to his stellar boxing career. Yet he still managed the odd public appearance right up to the end, just like Nelson Mandela did. How did those shocked by his death manage to miss every single one of them? 

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Mr Rogers

One word makes all the annoying difference

MMDE: It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Current: It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood

This one is similar to the Forrest Gump "Life is/was like a box of chocolates" in the same way it's not on the same scale as famous people dying twice and so on, but for those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect it's just as significant.

The famous children's TV show Mr Rogers Neighborhood had an equally famous song - but was it "It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood" or "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood"? References today all show he says "this", but many people remember it as "the" neighbourhood. Since it was a children's show, those experiencing it will all be adults now, recalling what is by definition a childhood memory from literally decades ago.

It's also been pointed out the change makes the entire line's meaning - by saying "this" he's talking about his own neighborhood, whereas "the" is more of a feel-good vibe because he's saying it about all neighbourhoods, which is more in line with what the whole show was about.