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James Randi

Alternate:
James Randi died in the early 2000's

Current:
James Randi died in 2020

When did James Randi die?

James Randi was perhaps the world's best known paranormal sceptic.

He was famous for his stage shows, TED talks, talk show appearances and perhaps most of all his $1m prize fund which he openly awarded to anyone who could prove a paranormal phenomenon. It was never claimed.

He started out as a regular magician, and was still doing the odd trick right up until his death, and it's that which is what;s causing some confusion. Many remember him dying in the early 2000s and were very surprised to hear he actually passed on in October 2020.

No doubt Randi himself would have found himself being the subject of this confusion greatly amusing, There's no record of what he thought about the Mandela Effect when he was alive, but it's not too difficult for people to figure out what it would have been.

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Paul Revere

Alternate:
Paul Revere rode the streets shouting "The British are coming!"

Current:
Paul Revere did not ride the streets shouting "The British are coming!"

Paul Revere's midnight run

Americans are familiar with the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem describing how Paul Revere made a midnight run on his horse, alerting the streets with his cry "The British are coming!". This is so ingrained it's become a major focal point of the history of the American revolution.

There's a problem though. Almost nothing in the story is true. For a start, he wasn't alone - there were two others with him - and he never made it to the end because he was stopped by a British soldier. He did escape, but without his horse, so walked back to Lexington where he then saw the fighting had begun. It wasn't him who actually succeeded in warning the American troops in Concord of the imminent arrival of the British, it was one of his companions. The other got lost in the dark.

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TS Eliot

Alternate:
TS Eliott?

Current:
TS Eliot

The famous poet

Considered one of the 20th century's major poets, in 1948 he won the Nobel Prize for literature for his "outstanding contribution to poetry", but was he called 'TS Eliot' or 'TS Eliott'?

Many remember it as "Eliott", but are they just assuming this because it's the more familiar spelling for a boy's first name?

He was born in the US in 1888 and moved to England in 1914, when he was only 25 and spent the rest of his life there, having become a British citizen in 1927. He was a pioneer of the Modernist movement, and also a renowned playwright of his day where his popularity was unprecedented.

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Robert Duvall

Alternate:
Robert Duval

Current:
Robert Duvall

Hollywood legend Robert Duva ... ?

Some people claim to remember the spelling of Robert Duvall as "Robert Duval".

There are many references on the internet to "Duval" which make it clear the reference is to the actor, and not someone with the actual name "Robert Duval". 

His movie roles go back to the early 1960's when he appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird, then MASH and George Lucas's first role as a director as the lead in THX 1138. Since those, his appearance in The Godfather movies, and the Vietnam war classic Apocalypse Now, alongside his equally prolific TV work has confirmed him as an A-lister.

The unusual spelling of the surname likely lends itself to interpretation when spoken, because both variants sound the same. Yet those who swear it's changed claim they were well aware of how it really was spelt originally.

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Blonde Elvis

Alternate:
Black

Current:
Blonde

What was the natural hair color of Elvis?

The King of Rock 'n' Roll, or just "The King", is right up there with the most famous people of all time.

His tall, dark and handsome looks catapulted him to stardom in the 1950's. Who could resist the groundbreaking swagger, the amazing voice and the slick, jet black hair which became his trademark?

Yet there's something wrong with this picture, and it's causing quite the stir for other reasons. The fact he dyed his hair, being born blonde originally, isn't in doubt nowadays, it's the fact this was supposedly widely known. Many who hear of this say it's been no secret since even his heyday, yet just as many are shocked and believe it's been kept a secret universally until recently.

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Frankie Howerd

Alternate:
Frankie Howard

Current:
Frankie Howerd

Titter Ye Not

A much loved British Music Hall, Radio, TV and film comedy legend is the latest unlikely victim of the Mandela Effect. This is another pronunciation one, because the variations sound the same.

Was he called Frankie Howard or Frankie Howerd?

His many catchphrases and mannerisms are well-known to those of a certain age, but sadly, as is the case with many of his era, younger people are starting to struggle recognising him.

He actually started out intending to be a serious actor, but soon said "Ooooh, no missus!" to that once he was bitten by the comedy bug.

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King Harold

Alternate:
King Harold died from an arrow in his eye at the Battle of Hastings

Current:
King Harold did not die from an arrow in his eye at the Battle of Hastings

The death of Harold

King Harold, or more formally King Harold II, was born in 1022 as Harold Godwinson. He was the last crowned Anglo-Saxon king of England and famously died at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

This battle was depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry, where it appears to show him getting killed by an arrow in his eye, and from that the legend of the manner of his death this way was born.

However, all is not as it appears, and today serious doubt is being thrown on if this is what actually happened.