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Historical Events  People
Historical Events  People
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.

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Tiananmen Tank Boy

What did the tank do?

MMDE: The tanks ran him over

Current: The tank did not run him over

The famous Tank Boy, also known as the Unknown Protester or Unknown Rebel, is the name given to the guy who stood up to the row of tanks advancing down Tiananmen Square in June 1989 just after the Tiananmen Square protests had been suppressed by the Chinese Government. This incident was shown globally at the time on TV, and images of his stance are firmly etched in everyone's memory who saw this at the time.

What is is doubt is what happened afterwards - those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim he was run over by one of them, yet others claim it danced from side to side before as he also moved in front of it before giving up and just stopping there.

Videos of either event are not to be found today - this is China, after all - yet those who remember him dying claim it was one of the most disturbing things they ever saw. How could such a memory be false?

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Billy Graham

Billy Graham - alive and kicking as at Sep 2016...

MMDE: Billy Graham's funeral was shown on TV many years before 2016

Current: Billy Graham's funeral was not shown on TV many years before 2016

There are many MMDE's relating to people who are supposed to have died years ago yet remain alive to be able to argue otherwise.

The famous TV evangelical preacher, Billy Graham, is very well known to Americans and further afield across the world.

Yet there are those who swear they watched his funeral on TV, and can remember every detail such as what channel it was on, which ex-Presidents attended and so on. This MMDE is very prevalent - in some ways more than the Mandela Effect. It is even detailed that he died a few weeks after Ted Kennedy. Many people swear they remember his funeral, yet know full well Nelson Mandela didn't die in the 1980's in prison.

Billy Graham was still giving sermons into his 90's, so he'd certainly have something to say about those who say he's dead.

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Fidel Castro

He's dead again?

MMDE: Fidel Castro died way before 2016

Current: Fidel Castro died in 2016

The dictator Fidel Castro died in November 2016. Many people claim to remember him dying long before that - are they experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect? If so, it's rather ironic that the popular name for this is the Mandela Effect:  but for a quirk of historical timing, we could all be talking about the Castro Effect.

In any case, there are a few reports of his death coming as a surprise to people who thought he was already dead.

Being such a controversial figure, it's no surprise his every action be shrouded in mystery. He was the subject of multiple assassination attempts. At one point it's known he was very ill and a body double was used. The media may also have lied about his death in the past. Nevertheless, November 2016 seems to be the final one ... until the next time.

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How was Mahatma's surname spelt?

MMDE: Mahatma Ghandi

Current: Mahatma Gandhi

There are a few references on the internet to Mahatma Ghandi, yet most references today spell his surname as Gandhi.

Is this the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect in action or just a few instances of people being unsure hiw to spell it correctly so took their best guess?

The problem with the "simple misspelling" argument is that there really does appear to be many people who learned to spell it one way then suddenly, all within a short time span, all became aware they were "wrong" all along. If each individually were just correcting a lifelong misspelling, it would not happen to those experiencing it all at the same time. 

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Charles Schulz

It's all in the spelling

MMDE: Charles Schultz

Current: Charles Schulz

Was the creator of the Charlie Brown cartoons called Charles Schulz or Charles Schultz? There appears to be a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect at work here, because many people are remembering it as "Schultz" whereas searches today on the internet mostly turn up "Schulz", and claim it always has been this way.

With these spelling related issues it is always important to think about how people say the words too, since it would be easy to conflate the pronunciation with a particular spelling irrespective of whether it is correct or incorrect. Charles' surname would always appear awkward to his main audience of Americans and so it could well be just a simple case of people remembering a version of how it was pronounced as being that of how it was spelled too.

Or as Charlie Brown would say: "Good Grief!".

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Henry VIII

Did the painting exist?

MMDE: An old painting of Henry VIII holding a turkey leg exists

Current: An old painting of Henry VIII holding a turkey leg does not exist

Many people remember the larger-than-life figure of Henry VIII in a painting, often in school hallways or dining rooms, where he is featured holding a large turkey leg.

The problem is there is no record today of that painting actually existing, even though a few references to it exist - including a Simpsons episode.

Many paintings of Henry VIII can be found today, but there is a Royal protocol which means no member of the Royal family can be officially represented whilst eating.

There is a painting - shown here - where he is holding a mirror, and at first glance it could be mistaken for a turkey leg. Could this be the one causing the confusion? The connection between a big man and food may have subconsciously played its part on peoples memories down the years, leaving them with the impression they definitely did see the painting.