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George and Gracie

George said "Say goodnight, Gracie" and Gracie replied?

MMDE: Goodnight, Gracie

Current: Goodnight

Many people (of a certain age) remember the way George Burns always ended his Burns and Allen show from the 1950's onwards, where they produced over 300 episodes. His partner, Gracie Allen, was portrayed as being a friendly nice-but-scatterbrained character, so when he ended by turning to her and saying "Say goodnight, Gracie", she supposedly replied "Goodnight Gracie". 

This meme has been repeated many times over the decades since the show.

The problem is those who remember it as so are experiencing an MMDE, because she didn't say this - she in fact replied with just "Goodnight".

The origin of the phrase doesn't seem to have dissuaded those who swear she said it.

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Mighty Mouse

What was on his chest?

MMDE: "M" on chest

Current: Plain costume

He first burst on the scene in 1942 as the dynamic fusion between Superman and Mickey Mouse, fuelled by the hype for both at the time. In fact he was originally named Super Mouse, but that was a little too close to the Superman brand for comfort.

Many remember his bright caped costume, but what was written on his chest?

If you thought it was a large red "M" you may be experiencing an MMDE, because all references today show it was blank.

In a strange quirk of fate, in 2005 he was again embroiled in a trademark dispute, but this time with the Apple corp when they launched the "Apple Mighty Mouse". He won that epic battle, and they had to change it to the "Apple Mouse".

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Mad Dog Murdock

Murdock's nickname?

MMDE: Mad Dog Murdock

Current: Howling Mad Murdock

Remember Mad Dog Murdock from the A-Team? If you do, you're apparently experiencing a Mandela Effect, because that wasn't his nickname. It was Howling Mad Murdock, with no reference to dogs or any other wild animals in sight.

He was never referenced once as Mad Dog, not even "MD" Murdock.

Keen Mandela Effect observers know this isn't the only one related to The A-Team. There's a well-known one relating to the color of their van.

The question regarding Murdocks nickname recently came up on Reddit, with a fairly even split amongst both nicknames being remembered.

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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 Oyl for her affections. His rival, a loud, bearded, beefy sailor featured in many storylines. What was that sailor's 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. Steve Bartman was just a fan, an ordinary spectator in the crowd enjoying the game when the ball came his way. 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 introduced "What", a miniature version of itself. "What" apparently got it's name from the reaction of the obstetrician.