Historical Events  TV
Historical Events  TV
Dick Cavett

Guest dies on air

MMDE: The Dick Cavett Show aired an episode where a guest died on air

Current: The Dick Cavett Show never aired an episode where a guest died on air

An amazing video showing a Mandela Effect has was recorded in 2010 - way before the term even existed. It's been available on YouTube since then, and it fits the definition perfectly, because it describes an event which has very strong evidence for never occurring being remembered the same way by groups of people.

This concerns an episode of the Dick Cavett Show, which was supposedly aired in 1971. The recording is of Dick Cavett himself  recorded in 2010, describing the death of a guest on his show which, in his own words, many people have asked him about since claiming they distinctively remember seeing it. Yet, there is clearly no-one more authoritative than Dick himself, who insists it was never aired. 

Historical Events  TV
9/11 Dancers

Seen on TV on 9/11?

MMDE: TV showed "thousands cheering" on 9/11

Current: TV did not show "thousands cheering" on 9/11

The Mandela Effect does not discriminate across religion, culture or, as seen with this one, politics. It is only concerned with facts being misremembered by groups of people, no matter what the subject is.

9/11 was a series of tragic events which are etched permanently in many peoples memories. Many of those memories were from the media being broadcast as the events actually happened on the day, but amid all the chaos and confusion some details may not be all they appear when viewed back years later, after all the dust has settled - literally.

One of those details was the report that "thousands of people" were seen on TV dancing, cheering and celebrating after 9/11. Did this happen, is it propaganda, or is it an actual Mandela Effect?

The issue is not whether any crowds celebrated, it's whether it was shown on TV.

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H.R. Pufnstuf

H.R. Pufnstuf / H.R. Puff 'n' stuf

MMDE: H.R. Puff 'n' stuf

Current: H.R. Pufnstuf

The 1969 TV show featuring Jack Wild and a dragon is a fond memory for many of a certain age.

Many know about the not-so-hidden in joke in the title meaning "Hand Rolled" Puff and Stuff, but that's not what's bothering many people now - it's the apparent change in the spelling of the show's title. Today, all references are to "H.R. Pufnstuf", but this just looks wrong to them since they are sure it was "H.R. Puff 'n' stuf".

The show featured Jack as "Jimmy", who became shipwrecked on an island and was only 11 years old. He befriends Freddy, a talking flute, and they get into many various scrapes and adventures battling with Witchepoo, the wicked witch, and dealing with the mayor of the island, the aforementioned dragon HR Pufnstuf. 

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Lone Ranger

What was his call?

MMDE: Hi Ho Silver!

Current: Hi Yo Silver!

The Lone Ranger ran on TV from 1949 to 1957, and was famous for his cry to his faithful horse, Silver. What exactly was that call? Many remember it as "Hi Ho Silver!", and there's plenty of examples of this on the internet today, but in fact the original was "Hi Yo Silver".

The adventure began on the radio in 1933, made the move to short movies in 1937, and came to television in 1949, each time repeating the story of our hero wandering round the 1880's wild west doing good and righting worngs.

"A fiery horse with a speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty ‘Hi-Yo, Silver!’. . . The Lone Ranger!"

Historical Events  TV
M.A.S.H. - Radar

The death of Radar

MMDE: M.A.S.H. - Radar was killed off in season 8

Current: M.A.S.H. - Radar was not killed off in season 8

M.A.S.H. ran from 1972 to 1983. The character of 'Radar' was incredibly popular at the time, and many fans very genuinely upset when they remember him being killed off at the start of season 8. However, they are even more surprised to learn today that he wasn't killed off at all, and went on to appear in later episodes alive and well.

The details are explained at Wikipedia here and the Mandela Effect confusion covered here.

In the current story line, Radar became overworked and stressed after receiving the news of his uncle's death back home, so he took a hardship discharge and effectively resigned.

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The Six Million Dollar Man

What was The Six Million Dollar Man's job?

MMDE: Steve Austin was a Colonel in the US Air Force

Current: Steve Austin was a NASA Astronaut

Who can forget the dramatic slow motion action scenes used to indicate how fast Steve Austin could move, in the famous 70's series The Six Million Dollar Man? Accompanied by that distinctive synthesizer clattering sound, the tag line "We can rebuild him" was used in playgrounds the world over.

However, some people are sure he had a different job than the one we see today. They remember him being a jet pilot and not an astronaut, which is reinforced by his title of "Colonel Steve Austin". Looking today, it's clear - right from the voice over in the opening credits - that he ws an astronaut.

There might be an explanation for this confusion. For a start, there's the real world example of Neil Armstrong who was both. The difference here though is there was no memory of the astronaut part of the job, and the into sequence for every episode shows him having the accident whilst piloting an experimental aircraft.

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Spock

Star Trek: Spock

MMDE: Dr. Spock

Current: Mr. Spock

"Fascinating".

Was the famous pointy eared Vulcan from the original Star Trek series called "Dr." or "Mr." Spock?

Many remember Dr. Spock, but the only evidence for this today is the renowned child pediatrician.

Apparently, when Gene Roddenberry had to come up with a name which would resonate with the audience, he thought of "Spock" having never heard of the pediatrician nor anyone real with the name.

Leonard Nimoy played Spock, who's first appearance was in the 1966 episode titled "The Man Trap". The character had a strong presence right through the movies and into the 21st century with the Star Trek: Discovery TV series.