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Early electric car

First car to hit 100 kph in 1899?

MMDE: Not an electric car

Current: An electric car

When people hear the first car to hit 100 kph was electric in 1899, they think you're joking and might as well have said it was powered by the Flux Capacitor from "Back to the Future".

However, it's true, and it's an example of what some people point to as a Mandela Effect sub class termed "tech before it's time", where inventions which should be much more widely known due to their nature seem to suddenly appear in history from nowhere.

The speed record was achieved at Achères, Yvelines near Paris in France with 105.882 kph. No speeding tickets were issued ;-)

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First Fax

We need some toner

MMDE: First Fax sent in 1964

Current: First Fax sent in 1846

Here's a nice head-scratcher - when was the first fax sent?

There are quite a few reports of "tech before it's time" now, where everyday gadgets and tools seem to most people to have only been invented recently. The fax, however, suggests it needs a huge infrastructure of telecoms, protocols, and yes, toner. So when people hear it was 1846 it comes as quite the surprise, so much so that some are pointing to it as a Mandela Effect.

It's actually the first commercial fax, in the form people would today recognise, which was introduced by Xerox in 1964.

Alexander Bain filed a patent in 1843 to transmit an image over wires. He built a machine which did this in 1846. Both stations were only in one room, and involved synchronising pendulums via a clock, but although the resulting transmission was of low quality, it was the first image sent using electricity via wires. In other words, the world's first fax.

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Found less?

MMDE: Over 300

Current: Under 100

Recent reports that Jupiter now has 79 moons are causing many people to point to this as a Mandela Effect, because they remember NASA announcing there were "over 300" years ago.

The first moons were discovered by Galileo in 1610, hence them being named the "Galilean moons". In fact, people with exceptional eyesight can actually see them unaided due to their size. Ganymede, for example, is larger than Mercury.

Whilst there has always been controversy regarding classifying objects in the solar system - see the great "is Pluto a planet" debate - it seems a far fetch to miscount several hundred moons from the same planet this way.

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1834 signalling system

As today: motivated by money

MMDE: There was no network telecoms hack in 1834

Current: There was a network telecoms hack in 1834

Here's another alternative memory which seems to jump out to people suddenly, and hence is being called a Mandela Effect.

When you hear the terms "hack" and "telecoms network" you picture up shadowy figures in a darkened room, hunched over keyboards in front of computer screens with lots of flashy lights. In fact, this represents just the modern version of a system designed in the 1790's, which used a series of mechanical arms on towers placed on hills to communicate. Both are intended to transfer messages further than a single person could see, as quickly as possible, using the technology of the day.

However, a system did indeed exist - and was used to communicate stock prices. One of the operators in the chain was bribed to send fake data, which allowed the bad guys to profit since they were the only ones with the real info.

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More anatomy changes

There have been a few alternative memory reports of the human body changing.

These range from the from the holes in the skull, to the location of the kidneys and even the heart being in a different location.

Sceptics pointed to the fact that human anatomy had been studied quite possibly more than any other subject throughout history. This is for obvious reasons - we need to understand it to survive, so changes of this kind just don't seem possible.

However, reports that there are still a few surprises in store are coming in following the discovery of what is being classed as a new human organ - Interstitium.

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Mandela Effect - peripheral example

The corner of your eye

Check out this optical illusion.

You know its a fixed image, yet your brain thinks it's moving. However, this movement is always just out of your direct line of vision. You think you saw movement, so focus on it, then that part stops but one just to the side seems to start moving ... and so on.

A comparison has been drawn between false memories and optical illusions. In some cases, the brain is fooled into believing two opposing things at the same time, such as the spelling of a word remembered one way but being seen everywhere else another. It's also been observed the effects always seem to occur at the peripheral, or boundary of the subject.

This behaviour, where you are constantly chasing seemingly different subjects which are always beyond the direct item being focused on, is similar to what many have described a false memory to behave like. Just replace the visual part of the image with memories on the periphery and the analogy is complete.

Even the so-called "flip-flops" might be explained by something along these lines.

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Human Kidneys

Where are your kidneys?

MMDE: Lower back

Current: Lower chest

Those who are surprised to find their kidneys are above their belly button, and located in the lower chest protected by their rib cage, are probably experiencing a Mandela Effect. Many remember them in the lower back to th rear, in fact that's what the "fighting" sports such as boxing, karate etc mean when they talk of giving a kidney punch.

Some try to explain this by saying the older medical books and models simplified things, but it would be strange to teach someone something so inaccurate for no good reason.

There seems to be a few Mandela Effects related to changes in the human body - the holes in the jaw and location of the heart, for example.