Historical Events  TV
Fonzie's Jacket

What color was the Jacket The Fonz wore?

MMDE: Black

Current: Brown

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.

Historical Events  Geography
Bermuda Triangle

How dangerous is The Bermuda Triangle?

MMDE: Very dangerous

Current: No different to any other similar sized regions

You can't argue with statistics.

Despite the popular notion of The Bermuda Triangle being extremely treacherous for ships and aircraft, it turns out to be no more or less so than any other similarly sized areas. In fact, it's not even among the top 10 most dangerous places for ships and aircraft.

Livescience has crunched the numbers.

Until 5 planes disappeared in 1945, it was not considered a special region at all, and it was only coined "The Bermuda Triangle" in 1964 by Vincent Gaddis. It seems this name is the clue to it's infamy, because once it stuck, the rumours just grew and grew.

Historical Events  General
9/11 Twin Towers

9/11: How many buildings collapsed?

MMDE: 3

Current: 7

As if the 9/11 attack isn't controversial enough, it seems to now be the subject of a Mandela Effect.

Everyone knows the Twin Towers were destroyed on September 11, 2001, and many know that WTC 7 was lost too. Most people believe 3 buildings collapsed, and remember that's the way it was reported at the time. So they are surprised to hear that today the figure is 7, and that doesn't count buildings demolished in the weeks following due to damage received on the day, such as the Deutsche Bank Building,

Wilipedia:

The collapse of the Twin Towers destroyed the rest of the complex, and debris from the collapsing towers severely damaged or destroyed more than a dozen other adjacent and nearby structures. Other buildings destroyed include St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Marriott World Trade Center (Marriott Hotel 3 WTC), South Plaza (4 WTC), and U.S. Customs (6 WTC).

The Verizon Building was also extensively damaged but was successfully restored later.

Historical Events  People
Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons wore a headband...

MMDE: Almost always

Current: Rarely if at all

Before the internet, in the 1980's the keep fit craze was spread into people's homes via the new technology known as the video cassette. Popularised by Jane Fonda with her famous workout, the scene was set for a flamboyant male equivalent to make his mark. That came in the from of Richard Simmons from Hollywood - a funny, unlikely character who seemed to never be away from TV chat shows and celebrity functions.

However, many people picturing him in his zany striped shorts and flyaway frizzy hair also are sure they remember one distinctive trademark detail - his headband. 

It comes as quite a shock, therefore, when they are told he never wore one and despite the many images of him on the internet today, none of him sporting one can be found.

Historical Events  Brands
Father Christmas

When did the fat bearded, red and white Father Christmas image first become popular?

MMDE: 1850

Current: 1931

When did the image of the Father Christmas we know today become popular? We think of him as a large, rotund man dressed in red and white fur with a big jolly beard, but this image has an origin which surprises many people who just assume he's been around this way for hundreds of years.

In fact this image was popularised in the 1930's by - of all things - a Coca-Cola advertising campaign. It did exist already, having been created shortly before, but wasn't widely known until they adopted it for a 30 year plus advertising campaign.

In fact until then there was the idea of Father Christmas, but no common image of what he looked like. 

He sometimes was shown as anything ranging from a tall, priest-like figure to even a small elf!

Historical Events  Religion
St Nicholas

What color were they before they were red?

MMDE: White

Current: Tan/green

Saint Nicholas was born in Greece in 270 AD. He was a bishop, so would have worn the appropriate bishops attire of the day.

He was known for being kind to children, often gifting them with presents as he travelled preaching the Christian word.

Many people who are aware the modern image of Santa Claus, in his red and white clothing with a huge white beard, is less than 100 years old, are surprised to hear how he looked originally. That's because they think he wore white flowing robes, whereas in fact they were mainly tan with a little green.

Historical Events  Religion
David and Goliath

How tall was Goliath?

MMDE: 9 feet 6 inches

Current: 6 feet 9 inches

We all know the story of David and Goliath, where the famous Biblical tale describes the Philistines epic battle with the Israelites coming to a head with each sending a single man to fight each other. The Philistines sent Goliath, said to be a huge giant, whereas the Israelites sent David, unarmoured except to a sling and 5 rocks, after David put his faith in God. The outcome is legendary - David defeated Goliath with a rock to his head. That's pretty impressive for such a big giant ... but wait a moment, just how tall was he?

Many people are surprised when they hear the translation into a modern description of his height, recorded as "Six cubits and a span". That's because it's 6 feet and 9 inches - the same height as the heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, for example.