Historical Events  People
Clive James

When did Clive James die?

MMDE: 2012

Current: 2019

Clive James was warmly regarded as the quick-witted, likeable 'bloke from Aussie' best known for his TV work. Reports of his death in 2019 took many by surprise, however, as they were sure he'd died 7 years earlier in 2012. Are they experiencing the Mandela Effect?

There are many celebrity death stories which turn out to be fake. Sometimes there is more to them, such as the Nelson Mandela one itself. The Clive James one may have an explanation, however, from the fact that people remember it being 2012 when he died. That's because in that year he announced on BBC Radio 4 that leukemia "had beaten him".

In fact he went on to write a weekly column for The Guardian until June 2017, and seemed to be aware of the celebrity death hoax phenomenon, because in his inimitable style he titled it "Reports of My Death..."

Historical Events  Brands
Chevron

What colors are the chevrons on the logo?

MMDE: Red above blue

Current: Blue above red

With it's roots going back to 1879, Chevron is one of the worlds largest companies. It's logo is very familiar the world over, but has it always been the way you remembered it?

Many are reporting the colors on the two chevron shapes have swapped over, that is, they remember the red one above the blue one rather than vice versa.

The Chevron we know today was created as a result of the federal government breaking up Standard Oil in 1911. One of the smaller parts, Standard Oil Co. (California), was using the Chevron name in the 1930's where it, and the logo branding, was adopted for the company moving forwards.

Historical Events  Brands
Marlboro Man

Hazardous to your health?

MMDE: Marlboro Man died of lung cancer in the 1990's

Current: Marlboro Man didn't smoke and died in 2019

Young folk today won't even be aware that there used to be plenty of advertisments for cigarettes.

These adverts have been banned for years now as a result of the overwhelming evidence of the damage they cause to health. However, when they were running, none were more famous than the Marlboro Man.

Played by Robert Norris, the campaigh was conceived in 1954 and has been described as one of the most sucessful of all time. It featured a rugged lone cowboy with the slogan "Come to Marlboro Country".

Many remember Robert Norris dying of lung cancer in the 1990's, so it came as quite a shock to hear lived to the age of 90 when he died in 2019. Even more surprising - he never smoked a single cigarette in his life.

Historical Events  Movies
James Cagney

James Cagney

MMDE: James Cagney said "You dirty rat!" in his gangster movies

Current: James Cagney never said "You dirty rat!" in his gangster movies

Another falsly attributed movie quote, or a Mandela Effect?

The exclamation "You dirty rat!" is pretty universally ingrained in modern Western culture as the cry of the mobster in the old black and white gangster movies of the 1930's.

Most people will associate the phrase with James Cagney, so are surprised to hear he never said it.

The closest we get is in two movies: Blonde Crazy (1931) "Oh, that dirty, double-crossin' rat" and Taxi! (1932) "Come out and take it, ya dirty, yellow-bellied rat!".

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

The death of Radar

MMDE: M.A.S.H. - Radar was killed off at the start of season 8

Current: M.A.S.H. - Radar was not killed off at the start of 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 took a hardship discharge and effectively resigned.

Historical Events  Music
Tiger Woods

Where shouldn't you carry the world?

MMDE: Don't carry the world upon your shoulders

Current: Don't carry the world upon your shoulder 

"Hey Jude" is one of the most popular songs in The Beatles' catalogue.

Packing in over 7 minutes of music, and remaining extremely popular since its release.

So, imagine a ton of people questioning the infamous lyric "Don't carry the world upon your shoulder". Many have said that the word 'shoulder' is plural. Thus, the lyric must be "Don't carry the world upon your shoulders". However, this is not the case today.

The song was written by Paul McCartney to help cheer up John Lennon's young son, Julian, who was upset at the break-up of his mother and father at the time.

Historical Events  People
Tiger Woods

Was Tiger Woods an American Gladiators contestant?

MMDE: Tiger Woods was an American Gladiators contestant

Current: Tiger Woods was not an American Gladiators contestant

Slate reports that people are remembering a teenage Tiger Woods appearing as a contestant in the mid 90's on the American Gladiators show.

Did a teenage Tiger Woods appear on it? Some remember him doing so, but there is no trace of this today which is why it's being called a Mandela Effect.

Famous for it's over-the-top showmanship, the fitness levels of its contestants and the inventive obstacles they had to contend with, the show ran from 1989 to 1996 and was seen in various forms the world over.