Historical Events  Religion
Historical Events  Religion
Abraham Lincoln

Was Abraham Lincoln a Christian?

MMDE: Abraham Lincoln was a devout Christian

Current: Abraham Lincoln was not a devout Christian

Since he grew up in a deeply religious Baptist family, most people think it goes without saying that Abraham Lincoln was a Christian. After all, he's thought of today as the best President the US ever had.

One look at him gives the impression he's not only off to Church but wouldn't be out of place up there pounding the pulpit to the congregation. After all, this is the compassionate President who abolished slavery.

It comes as such a surprise, therefore, to people who hear he was not that it's being pointed to as a Mandela Effect. He never even became a church member.

Historical Events  Religion
St Nicholas

What color were they before they were red?

MMDE: White

Current: Tan/green

Saint Nicholas was born in Greece in 270 AD. He was a bishop, so would have worn the appropriate bishops attire of the day.

He was known for being kind to children, often gifting them with presents as he travelled preaching the Christian word.

Many people who are aware the modern image of Santa Claus, in his red and white clothing with a huge white beard, is less than 100 years old, are surprised to hear how he looked originally. That's because they think he wore white flowing robes, whereas in fact they were mainly tan with a little green.

Historical Events  Religion
David and Goliath

How tall was Goliath?

MMDE: 9 feet 6 inches

Current: 6 feet 9 inches

We all know the story of David and Goliath, where the famous Biblical tale describes the Philistines epic battle with the Israelites coming to a head with each sending a single man to fight each other. The Philistines sent Goliath, said to be a huge giant, whereas the Israelites sent David, unarmoured except to a sling and 5 rocks, after David put his faith in God. The outcome is legendary - David defeated Goliath with a rock to his head. That's pretty impressive for such a big giant ... but wait a moment, just how tall was he?

Many people are surprised when they hear the translation into a modern description of his height, recorded as "Six cubits and a span". That's because it's 6 feet and 9 inches - the same height as the heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, for example.

Historical Events  Religion
Mummy

How many mummies were found in the Pyramids?

MMDE: Many mummies were found in the Pyramids

Current: No mummies were found in the Pyramids

Ask most people what the Pyramids were built for, and the chances are they'll tell you they were the tombs of the Pharaohs. So if you then ask them how many mummies were discovered in them and they tell you "many", they might be experiencing a Mandela Effect because the answer today is none.

One explanation is that the tombs were robbed in ancient times. Whilst this is possible, experts point to the sarcopagus in the Khufu Pyramid being too small to hold a body. Other theories range from the mundane, such as the Pyramids actually only being built to store grain, to the extreme, such as them being power stations using energy of a form unknown to us today.

Historical Events  Religion

There's something fishy about this

MMDE: Capricorn is a goat

Current: Capricorn is a goat-fish

Many people are certain the animal representing the Zodiac symbol for Capricorn is a goat, and are surprised to find it's actually a weird goat-fish creature. In fact some are so sure it was just a goat once that they are claiming this is a Mandela Effect.

In Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis, which was written in the Neronian age, there is a scene in which a dish is brought out marked with the Zodiac, and above each sign is a (vaguely) matching food - so over Ares, there are ram's head peas, over Taurus, steak, etc. Over Capricorn is a lobster, so clearly there is a long running association between Capricorn and the sea.

Historical Events  Religion
Mother Teresa

Wasn't she already canonised?

MMDE: Made a saint in the 1990's

Current: Made a saint in 2016

Many people were surprised to hear Mother Teresa was being made a Saint, or Canonised, in 2016 because they thought she already was one.

Some even remember this happening whilst she was alive, which is unprecedented. They recall Pope John Paul II performing the ceremony.

Could these people just be confusing the sainthood ceremony with the many others she was honoured at, such as winning the Nobel Peace prize, the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna?

There is also something unusual regarding the process, which doesn't seem to be in doubt. The beatification process traditionally only began 5 years after the person's death, but this was waived by Pope John Paul II in 1997.

Historical Events  Religion
Shiva

The auspicious one

MMDE: Shiva has 6 arms

Current: Shiva has 4 arms

There is a 20-metre tall statue of Lord Shiva performing the tandava outside CERN.

It was unveiled on June 8th, 2004 as a gift from the Indian Government. All current images and references show this, and other statues as having 4 arms, but many experiencing the Mandela Effect remember 6. This is particularly interesting since there has been a connection between the Mandela Effect and the particle experiments of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN for some time now.

Often confused with Kali, who has 4 arms, Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism.