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Historical Events  TV
Historical Events  TV
Jack Daniels Whiskey

"Where's me Spinach?"

MMDE: Popeye's enemy was always called Brutus

Current: Popeye's enemy was sometimes Bluto, sometimes Brutus

Everyone remembers Popeye always chasing Olive Oil for her affections. His rival, a loud, bearded, beefy sailor featured in many storylines. What was that sailors' name in most episodes? If you said "Brutus", you'd be wrong. Sure, there was a name change involved later, but for most of the episodes he was actually called "Bluto".

He's shown as not very smart, instead relying on his strength to carry out whatever caper he's involved with. Usually, just when Popeye seemed defeated by this, he'd flip open his can of trusty spinach and then, with his new but short-lived superhero strength, be able to defeat him once more.

In fact his name was changed in 1957 from Bluto to Brutus due to fear of a copyright infringement. Since then, there have been attempts to portray them as separate people - twins in fact.

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Steve Bartman

Cubs v Martins, October 2003

MMDE: Steve Bartman caught the ball

Current: Steve Bartman did not catch the ball

Some people remember in 2003 Steve Bartman caught a ball that was still in play, ruining the game for the Chicago cubs. They recall he had to be escorted by police out of the stadium and remember he got a lot of threats. People at the time questioned whether he kept the ball.

The problem is now they find he never caught the ball, but instead deflected it from the catcher's glove while trying to catch it, causing it to be a foul ball. This is so strange to them because they remember hearing a lot about it when it happened and talking about it with others. They are sure he caught it.

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Theme from "Friends"

"I'll be there for you ..."

MMDE: When the rain starts to fall

Current: When the rain starts to pour

Did ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway uncover a new Mandela Effect?

On Sat April 7th, 2018, the show featured The Rembrandts, who are best known for their "I'll be there for you" theme tune to the hit 90's show "Friends". It's been a huge favorite since it first aired, and has enjoyed an almost constant re-run presence since. The theme tune is loved and well-known to millions, yet most were caught out, as was one of the contestants, when asked to complete the line after the first "I'll be there for you". They said "when the rain starts to fall", whereas it's seen today as "when the rain starts to pour".

Being on national TV meant Twitter went crazy too, with many people commenting on how stunned they were to have been wrong all these years.

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Cousin Itt

Need a trim, Sir?

MMDE: Cousin It

Current: Cousin Itt

Remember the small, extremely hairy guy from The Addams Family? He only spoke gibberish, usually wore a bowler hat and glasses and was covered completely from head to toe in hair. If you remember him being called "Cousin It" you may be experiencing the Mandela Effect. His name today is spelt "Cousin Itt"

He was only an occasional cast member, but did feature in a few story lines - one of which is where he began to lose his hair!

It/Itt even went on to have a child. In the 1993 sequel, Addams Family Values, he announced "What", a minature version of itself.

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Judge Judy's gavel

Case dismissed?

MMDE: Judge Judy used a gavel

Current: Judge Judy never used a gavel

Running since 1996, Judge Judy has broadcasted a phenomenal 5000+ episodes and is famous the world over.

With such a huge audience, you'd have thought every detail of the show would be so familiar there would be no room for such a discrepancy as this - but it seems some remember her regularly using a gavel, the way a regular judge does.

Today there is no video of her doing this, although for some publicity shots such as the one featured here, she's seen holding one. There's no doubt she often slams her hand down on her desk for effect or to get order, but there's no footage of her doing it with a gavel. Those affected by this Mandela Effect are certain it was her trademark, and claim she used it excessively.

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Paul Merton

Others remember but he doesn't?

A clip has emerged of a possible Mandela Effect involving the popular British comedian Paul Merton.

Paul is probably best known as a long running panellist on the TV show "Have I Got News For You", in which news is satirised along with different guests each week. Interestingly, the show has also featured in another Mandela Effect story where a few of the popular ones were covered.

It turns out one of the guests in the past was the evil paedophile Jimmy Saville, and Merton was on the panel as usual. The interesting thing is what he says in that clip when he is looking back at Savilles appearance on the show. He describes a supposed outtake where he, Merton, "tore into" Saville and exposed him - but he says this never happened. He says this has even got to the point where "there are people on the internet who claimed to have seen it.". Is he describing a false memory, or could it be an actual Mandela Effect from 1999 without him realizing it?

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Shaggy's adams apple

Gulp!

MMDE: Shaggy has a huge Adams apple

Current: Shaggys Adams apple is small or missing

If it wasn't for those meddling kids...

Here's one which will bring a smile to many people who grew up on Scooby Doo and his spooky adventures, and maybe a puzzled frown too. Didn't Shaggy always have a huge Adams apple in his throat, which was particularly prone to bouncing up and down each time he gulped - either in fear or because he was hungry?

Many people today swear this was the case, but when you look at the originals today there is little evidence of it.

Perhaps the Mystery Machine ghosted it away?

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Columbo

No-one knew it?

MMDE: Columbo's first name was Frank

Current: Columbo's first name was never mentioned

Just one more thing.

Spanning 4 decades, everyone's favorite dishevelled detective is instantly recognisable the world over. So how come now there's no trace of what his first name was? Many people know it is Frank, but there's no episode to be found today where it's ever mentioned. Columbo is reported to have only answered "Lieutenant" as his first name when he was asked what it was.

Some fan sites point to clues - a badge briefly shown on screen with his name on it, a parking permit you need to freeze-frame to read etc. That's not the way many remember it though, and are sure he was called by his first name in several episodes.

What is certain is that his wife never appeared on screen, although she was mentioned in practically every episode. Did she call him "Lieutenant" at home, too?

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Picard's Crystal

His executive toy

Do you remember Jean-Luc Picard, the captain of the Starship Enterprise from The Next Generation, having a large crystal on his desk which he often played with as if it was acting as a set of worry beads? This was apparently in over 70 episodes, yet most people, including hardcore Star Trek fans, claim to have never noticed it.

Sometimes a false memory can work in reverse, as in this case. Once the crystal is noticed, it becomes pretty obvious every time it crops up again, but some people swear it really never was there and it's somehow been inserted after they saw the shows.

The odd thing about this one is the very idea that Picard - famous for his "Make it so!" command - would need any kind of emotional prop at all. Yet, it's right there in all the clips and photos. At the moment...