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Historical Events  Religion
St. Patrick

Officially canonised?

MMDE: St. Patrick was canonised as a Saint

Current: St. Patrick was not canonised as a Saint

17th March is recognised the world over as St Patricks Day. It's celebrated as the day he died, and also known as his Feast Day. He's the Patron Saint of Ireland and lived in the 5th Century AD, although the exact dates for the year of his birth and death are not known.

The problem? Everyone assumes he's a regular, official Saint like the rest of the famous ones, whereas it turns out he's a little different because he wasn't actually canonised. He appears on the List of Saints, and is known as The Apostle of Ireland, so there's no problem with him actually being accepted and treat as one, it's just that there is a formal process which must be followed for the Catholic Church to officially recognise a saint, and for various historical reasons he didn't go through it.

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The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse

White, red, black and pale horses

MMDE: War, Death, Famine and Pestilence

Current: War, Death, Famine and Conquer

The Book of Revelation describes the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and most people know they are War, Death, Famine and Pestilence.

Wait ... one of those is now wrong, and it's being pointed to as another bible Mandela Effect change.

The one in question is Pestilence, which is now Conquer, although there is some discussion about this being acknowledged and them being the same, as if things weren't confusing enough.

The chapter tells of a book, or scroll, in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals. The Lamb of God opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses.

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Buddha

Buddha

MMDE: Buddha was fat

Current: Buddha was not fat

Most people - especially Westerners - picture Buddha as a jolly fat man, sitting cross legged with a big round belly poking out.

So it comes as quite a surprise to them when they learn this image is completely wrong, because it's a different person altogether. You can see many images of the laughing fat guy, including ornaments and statues all over the world - and grinning at you from the corner of your local Chinese restaurant.

The Buddha was called Siddhartha Gautama and lived in India. He was born in the year 567 BC in southern Nepal. He was slim.

However, a central tenet of Buddhism is reincarnation, and Buddhists believe Gautama was but one of many incarnations of the same being. Another was a 10th century monk in China called Budai, and, you guessed it, he was the fat laughing guy.

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Samson

Who cut off Samson's hair?

MMDE: Delilah cut off Samson's hair

Current: A servant cut off Samson's hair

Everyone knows the famous biblical story of Samson and Delilah.

Samson, a Nazirite, had been gifted huge strength and the Philistines, who were at war with his people, wanted to know where it came from. They sent Delilah, a beautiful woman, to seduce him and find it's source. After three attempts to get him to tell her, he finally did, and said it was his hair.

In the night, Samson's hair was mysteriously all cut off and he lost his great strength. But who actually cut it?

Eveyone instantly thinks it was Delilah herself who did it, but it turns out she actually ordered a male servant to sneak into his bedchamber and do it in the night, whilst he was sleeping.

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Jesus

What was the profession of Jesus?

MMDE: Jesus was probably a carpenter

Current: Jesus was probably a stone mason

The Greek word for 'carpenter' used to describe Jesus more accurately translates to 'home builder'. Why is this significant? Because Jesus lived in Judea which was mainly stone, he was probably a stone mason and not a carpenter.

The original word used is "tekton", meaning someone who works with their hands, so obviously that could also mean carpenter. The problem is the original specific word for carpenter wasn't used, and instead one which, to confuse things further, also has a meaning for "someone who makes or fixes tools".

Some point to a misunderstanding originating in Matthew 13. The crowd asks "Is not this the carpenter's son?", but used the word "tekton". When considering most of northern Israel's buildings were made largely of stone, it turns out the word isn't the best fit.

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Apple

What was the forbidden fruit?

MMDE: The forbidden fruit was an apple

Current: The forbidden fruit was not specified

Most people, when asked what the Forbidden Fruit in The Garden of Eden was, would say it was an apple. It's been depicted this way many times in artwork, literature, sculpture and so on down the centuries.

It comes as quite a surprise, therefore, to find out it's never been explicitly named as anything in any version of the Bible. It's always just been called "The Forbidden Fruit". Those who are sure it was named as an apple are experiencing an MMDE, which is being pointed to as a Mandela Effect.

The modern take is the fruit was actually, as in most Bible stories, an allegory which could just act as a "placeholder" for Gods word. In other words, it doesn't really matter what it actually is, what matters is that God told them not to do something yet they went ahead and did it anyway.

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The Number of the Beast

616 or 666?

MMDE: The number of the beast has always been 666

Current: The number of the beast was once 616

Papyrus 115 is the oldest known copy of the New testament. in it, Revelation 13:18 shows the number of the beast is 616 and not the usual 666 we see today.

This comes as a huge shock to most people. Was it once 616 and some mysterious force has manipulated it down the centuries to become 666? That narrative would certainly fit with the Mandela Effect conspiracy theorists, who would say the people of the time misremembered it and it's then been passed on as an MMDE.

The Novum Testamentum Graece has it as three words, "hexakosioi hexekonta hex", meaning "six hundred sixty-six":

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.