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Fonzie's Jacket



What color was the Jacket The Fonz wore?

Many people remember The Fonz, with his trademark slicked back black hair, greeting of "Aaaaaay!" and his black bomber jacket with the large collar.

The trouble is there's something wrong with this description - his jacket was brown.

There are photos of him on the internet wearing what appears to be a darker, almost black one, but officially it really was brown. This is so because it's on display in the National Museum of American History.

Furthermore, the original jacket was the subject of "I've got a secret", where it is indeed brown when pulled from the box at the end.

Happy Days

Fonzie started the series as a high school dropout, but actually much later learned the error of his ways and started going to night school.

His character was ranked number 4 on the 50 greatest TV characters of all time in 1999 by TV Guide.

As it happens, this isn't the first Mandela Effect related to The Fonz. Some remember him dying in 2014 or 2017.

The Fonz wearing a black leather jacket is the kind of mental image conjured up when you think of the show. It's set in the 1950's, has lots of rock and roll music and themes, and his slick black hair and style fits in perfectly. This is a twist on the condensed synopsis class of Mandela Effects, where a single quote, scene or image serves as a kind of placeholder to represent everything in the work in question. They key here is that it doesn't actually matter if the precise detail of the memory really happened or not. It's purpose is to instantly summarise the entire work in one memory. That's how the Luke, I am your Father one works, and many others - they sum up things quickly. Of course, Fonzie's black jacket does this handsomely.