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Historical Events  TV
Historical Events  TV
The Young Ones

Spooky silent extra room mate

Those of a certain age, mainly in the UK, will remember the anarchic "Young Ones" TV show. Sharing the student house were Vyvyan, Rick, Neil and Mike. Right? Well ... perhaps a borderline Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, but there was actually a 5th character who appeared in every episode of series 1 and wasn't ever credited, had no speaking part and was never involved in any story line.

This could all just be a big in-joke and nothing to do with memories being different - watching it now, it's pretty easy to see how this character could be missed.

Sadly Rick Mayall passed away far too young, but you can just imagine him and the gang having the last laugh at all this fuss, even though they aren't young ones any more...

Historical Events  TV
A-Team

Was the A-Team van entirely black?

MMDE: All black

Current: Black lower, grey upper

Who can forget the famous TV show from the 80's, where merely glancing at a car was all it took to make it spectacularly explode, seen multiple times from multiple angles in case you missed the first few.

The A-Team was full of very memorable characters such as Face, Hannibal, BA "Mr T" Baracus, Murdock ... and their huge dark van. What color was that van? Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim it was entirely black, but today all you find is it having a black lower half below a grey upper one.

Often in disguise, the A-Team's antics are legendary. Did this disguise stretch even further than the team itself though? 

Historical Events  TV
The tail of Curious George

Did he ever have a tail?

MMDE: Curious George had a tail

Current: Curious George did not have a tail

Most people are surprised to learn Curious George first made an appearance in 1939.

Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect are even more surprised to find no reference to his tail, which they are certain they remember him having whilst growing up watching him.

There's an issue over whether he is a monkey or an ape, because monkeys have tails and apes don't.

People are even reporting remembering stories actually involving his tail, such as him hanging from it whilst stealing bananas and getting ice cream on it, etc.

A curious tail indeed! 

Historical Events  TV
Beam me up Scotty

The most famous Star Trek catchphrase

MMDE: Kirk said "Beam me up, Scotty"

Current: Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty"

Did Kirk ever actually say "Beam me up, Scotty"?

Sometimes, the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect works in "reverse", whereby most people are aware something is well known for not happening, yet many claim it actually did.

There is no record of Kirk ever actually saying "Beam me up, Scotty", although many parodies and anecdotes exist which only serve to ingrain this meme further into popular culture - even non-fans know this phrase.

It seems this one is illogical.

And we all know who we should consult about that ;-)

Historical Events  TV
Flintstones/Flinstones

Yabba Dabba Doo!

MMDE: The Flinstones

Current: The Flintstones

So everyone over a certain age knows and loves the Flintstones - but does everyone call Fred, Wilma, Barney and the gang "The Flintstones" or "The Flinstones" with a missing "t"? Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect see the latter.

There is always the danger of a straightforward misreading of these type of situations. There is a clear reason for the spelling with the "t" included in this case - the show is about cavemen, who used flint stones. Those who didn't make that connection might also have not paid attention to the actual spelling, and so only think something is different now they actually concentrate on it.

Various reports vary from those who "definitley" remember it without the "t" to those who claim it has switched back and forwards between the two. 

Historical Events  TV
Sex and the City

The notorious "in/and" debate

MMDE: Sex in the City

Current: Sex and the City

Was the TV series from 1998 onwards called "Sex AND the City" or "Sex IN the City"?

Look it up today, and you'll see "Sex and the City" everywhere, but those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect remember it as "Sex in the City".

There are quite a few references to "Sex in the City" too, including the awards ceremony shown in this video.

This could be another simple slurring of the connecting term however, as in the "Interview with/a Vampire" MMDE. If you say either "Sex in the City" or "Sex and the City" often enough (or quickly) it just becomes "Sex n the City", and this is what could then become lodged in the mind as its actual name. 

Historical Events  TV
Rod Serling

Straight out of the Twilight Zone

MMDE: Rod Sterling

Current: Rod Serling

In a fantastic irony the great man himself would have totally loved, Rod Serling is now the subject of a real life Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

Best known for his presentation of the science-fiction series The Twilight Zone in the late 1950's/1960's, you'll find his name spelt as Rod Serling pretty much everywhere you look nowadays. The problem is, many remember him as Rod Sterling.

Amongst its many tales of the wierd and wonderful, in a bizzare case of art imitating life (or is it the other way round?), there was an episode in 1963 called "The Parallel" where a parallel universe exists with only slight, but noticable differences, to our own.

Such as the spelling of someones surname...