Historical Events  Religion
Samson

Who cut off Samson's hair?

MMDE: Delilah cut off Samson's hair

Current: A servant cut off Samson's hair

Everyone knows the famous biblical story of Samson and Delilah.

Samson, a Nazirite, had been gifted huge strength and the Philistines, who were at war with his people, wanted to know where it came from. They sent Delilah, a beautiful woman, to seduce him and find it's source. After three attempts to get him to tell her, he finally did, and said it was his hair.

In the night, Samson's hair was mysteriously all cut off and he lost his great strength. But who actually cut it?

Eveyone instantly thinks it was Delilah herself who did it, but it turns out she actually ordered a male servant to sneak into his bedchamber and do it in the night, whilst he was sleeping.

Historical Events  Religion
Jesus

What was the profession of Jesus?

MMDE: Jesus was probably a carpenter

Current: Jesus was probably a stone mason

The Greek word for 'carpenter' used to describe Jesus more accurately translates to 'home builder'. Why is this significant? Because Jesus lived in Judea which was mainly stone, he was probably a stone mason and not a carpenter.

The original word used is "tekton", meaning someone who works with their hands, so obviously that could also mean carpenter. The problem is the original specific word for carpenter wasn't used, and instead one which, to confuse things further, also has a meaning for "someone who makes or fixes tools".

Some point to a misunderstanding originating in Matthew 13. The crowd asks "Is not this the carpenter's son?", but used the word "tekton". When considering most of northern Israel's buildings were made largely of stone, it turns out the word isn't the best fit.

Historical Events  Movies
Jungle book Baloo

How did Baloo cover his modesty in Disney's 1967 Jungle Book?

MMDE: Baloo wore a coconut bra in the 1967 Jungle Book movie

Current: Baloo did not wear a coconut bra in the 1967 Jungle Book movie

Many people have a strong image when they remember Baloo doing a dance from Disney's 1967 animated "The Jungle Book" movie, based on Rudyard Kipling's 1894 classic. This is when he does it wearing a grass skirt, but crucially they also remember a bra made from coconuts.

The problem is his "bra" isn't anywhere to be found now, and so it's being pointed to as a Mandela Effect.

The mystery deepens when it turns out Larry Clemmons, the writer producting the animation, specifcally says 

When Baloo the Bear has his wacky (I Wanna Be Like You) duet with King Louie the Orangutan, we put Baloo in a coconut bra and a grass skirt

Historical Events  People
Stephen Hawking

Awarded Nobel prize for physics

MMDE: Stephen Hawking received a nobel prize around 2010

Current: Stephen Hawking did not receive a nobel prize around 2010

Stephen Hawking made a huge contribution to science, even having an actual effect named after him in the form of Hawking Radiation, which he theorised was "emitted" from black holes. His book, "a brief history of time", is recognised throughout the world as making the advanced ideas in quantum physics and cosmology accessible to the general public at large.

Many remember him being awarded a nobel prize around 2010, but this is not the case today. They even describe his award ceremony being shown on TV, and the acceptance speech he delivered with his computer-generated voice .

Of particular interest to those experiencing the Mandela Effect is the fact he was a supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum physics, because this is a possible explanation for the effect itself.

Historical Events  People
Rasputin

How did Rasputin die?

MMDE: Poisoned, beaten, shot and drowned

Current: Shot

Grigori Rasputin was the famous "Mad Monk" who influenced the last Imperial Russian royal family up until the first world war.

He allegedly had a spiritual conversion in his 20's which made him abandon his family and begin a religious quest, which led him to become a privileged insider in the highest family of the time - something the rest of the country greatly despised.

The story is a group of people including some from the Royal family itself, banded together and attempted to assassinate him, but he did not die and in fact the legend of him having supernatural powers because of this arose. 

He was supposedly poisoned with 3 large glasses laden with cyanide, any one of which would kill a man, beaten, shot 3 times and drowned, but still managed to live. It turns out this just isn't true now, and he did in fact die of gunshot wounds with his autopsy showing no poison or water in his lungs.

Historical Events  Movies
Treasure Island

Where did Pirate talk originate?

MMDE: Pirate talk originated with the seafaring pirates of old

Current: Pirate talk originated in Disneys 1950 "Treasure Island" movie

Oooh arrr, shiver me timbers landlubbers!

If it doesn't sounds too obvious a question, where did this distinctive pirate talk originate?

If you thought it must have been with, well, pirates on the high seas think again. It was in fact first heard in Disneys 1950 movie "Treasure Island", and started a trend that's now ingrained so deeply into our culture it's true origins are largely forgotten.

There's even a full online dctionary of pirate terms and phrases, so yo! ho! ho! and a bottle of rum, fill yer boots me hearties!

Historical Events  Movies
Anchorman

Ron Burgundy: ___, that escalated quickly

MMDE: Well, that escalated quickly

Current: Boy, that escalated quickly

Another movie quote Mandela Effect which turned into a meme.

The 2004 movie "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" starring Will Ferrell has him at one point saying "That escalated quickly", but what word did he use first? Many remember "Boy", but the movie today's shows he sad "Well".

It wouldn't be such a big deal if it hadn't become an internet meme now, appearing in such crazy guises as Hilary Clinton, R2D2 etc and regularly pops up as a comedy parody, so you'd have thought the actual quote would be pretty well established.