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Historical Events  People
Christoper Reeve

Who played superman in the 70's/80's movies? 

MMDE: Christoper Reeves

Current: Christoper Reeve

Is is a bird, is it a plane, is it Reeve or is it Reeves?

When superman got the big screen treatment in the 70's, it sparked a line of sequels running for a decade - but what was the surname of the actor who played him then? Many people remember it as Reeves, but in fact all references now show it to be Reeve.

"Christopher Reeves" has also been seen stitched into the original costume he wore in the movies, but of course that could have been a genuine mishearing mistake. In fact, Reeves is the more popular surname, where people think of Keanu, George or Martha. But Mandela Effects are all about the detail...

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John Lennon

What color was John Lennons suit in the "Imagine" video?

MMDE: John Lennons suit was white

Current: John Lennons suit was black

Most people know the John Lennon song "Imagine", and many of those above a certain age also remember the video, where he enters a mansion with Yoko Ono in which a white room contains a white grand piano. He's often appeared in a white suit - a great example being the Abbey Road album, where he wears one on the famous road crossing.

So what color suit was he wearing in the "Imagine" video?

If you thought it was white too, you are experiencing a false memory, because all records today show it was black - with white dots.

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Kirk Douglas

Alive again?

MMDE: Died just before his 101st birthday

Current: Did not die just before his 101st birthday

The legend of Kirk Douglas is firmly cemented forever in movie history. Reports of his death saddened millions, especially when it was reported to be just days before his 101st birthday.

These reports were widespread, and the accidental release of an incomplete news video didn't help either.

However, some people were even more confused because they thought he'd died years before. Was this a false memory, confused further by the fake death reports? Or were people thinking the stoke he had in 1996 actually killed him, instead of mostly preventing him from speaking?

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Queen Victoria

Are you amused now, your majesty?

MMDE: Queen Victoria did not take cocaine

Current: Queen Victoria took cocaine

We think of drugs, and the war on drugs, as a modern phenomenon, but these all have origin stories. When first created, there would have been no indication how things would ultimately play out in terms of side effects and the long term impact on society. In fact, it's not just drugs which were freely available before legisltaion - dangerous substances were too. It was possible to walk into a chemist in the 19th century and buy cocaine, opium and even arsenic.

Queen Victoria took cocaine in the form of chewing gum, with of all people a young Winston Churchill. Today this sounds ridiculous, but back then it's immediate physical effects would not have been seen as harmful.

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Mick Foley

Hell in a Cell

MMDE: Died in a cage match in 1998

Current: Did not die in a cage match in 1998

People are remembering pro wrestler Mick Foley dying in a cage match when WWE was known as WWF. The cage match was called Hell in a Cell and took place in 1998.

They remember the roof of the cage ripping and him falling to his death. He was survived by his wife and children. In the current version of events, pro wrestler Mick Foley is thrown from the top of the cage twice, but managed to survive. The naysayers will say that they are being confused by the death in 1998 of pro wrestler Owen Hart, when he was being lowered from the ceiling down in front of a live audience. The line "snapped" and Owen fell to his death.

Presently, Mick Foley is alive and well, and it would be a brave soul indeed who questioned him about this to his face ;-)

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Norma Jean Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe's birth name?

MMDE: Norma Jean Mortenson

Current: Norma Jeane Mortenson

Ask most people today what Marilyn Monroe's birth name was, and they'll probably say "Norma Jean Baker". Some who know a little more might say it's "Norma Jean Mortenson". However, both are wrong.

According to todays records, she was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptised Norma Jeane Baker. In both cases, the Jeane ends with an "e" and is not spelt the way most remember.

In fact many people pronounce the name very differently. To them, it rhymes with "genie". Whilst the popular French derivative does sound like "Jean", it is odd that such a difference has only come to light recently. 

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Madonna

What was Madonna's birth name?

MMDE: Maria Louise Ciccone

Current: Madonna Louise Ciccone

Many people remember Madonna's birth name not to be "Madonna Louise Ciccone" but "Maria Louise Ciccone", or sometimes "Maria Louise Veronica Ciccone".

They remember her adopting the "Madonna" name, and recall it caused a controversy with the church at the time.

Most records today show she was always called Madonna, but there are a few remaining clues this might not always have been the case. Here's such a website, which claims to cover her life story.