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Historical Events  People
Bela Lugosi in his cape

Night night

MMDE: Bela Lugosi was not buried in his Dracula cape

Current: Bela Lugosi was buried in his Dracula cape

Most people over a certain age know Bela Lugosi played Dracula in the famous black and white movie of the early 1930's, but when asked if he was buried actually wearing his Dracula cape are sure that's an urban myth, if they've heard of it at all.

It turns out to have a strange origin, but the story is true - he was buried in it.

He was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko in 1882, in Lugos, Hungary which was not far from Transylvania. When he died in 1956, he was buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California, wearing a Dracula cape at the request of his wife and son who said it would have been what he wanted.

Historical Events  Science
Scott's Porage

Rabbits know the score

MMDE: The idea carrots improve eyesight is from science

Current: The idea carrots improve eyesight is a cover story from World War 2

Every parent tells their kids to eat their carrots so they will see better, and point out how well rabbits can see in the dark as evidence. Where did this idea come from? Was it from science, or is there a wild story behind it which was entirely manufactured for a very important reason?

It turns out it is the latter, although science says the vitamins will help, as would the same amount from any vegetable.

So what's this crazy backstory then? It turns out during the early years of World War 2, the British were the first to deploy radar, which suddenly made their ground artillery and air force a heck of a lot more accurate when detecting enemy planes. The needed to keep the reason quiet, or the enemy would figure out where the radar stations were, and attack them. So, knowing they couldn't hide this sudden increase in accuracy, they put the story out that the pilots were all eating lots of carrots to improve their eyesight - and it worked! Even the German pilots began eating more...

Historical Events  TV
H.R. Pufnstuf

H.R. Pufnstuf / H.R. Puff 'n' stuf

MMDE: H.R. Puff 'n' stuf

Current: H.R. Pufnstuf

The 1969 TV show featuring Jack Wild and a dragon is a fond memory for many of a certain age.

Many know about the not-so-hidden in joke in the title meaning "Hand Rolled" Puff and Stuff, but that's not what's bothering many people now - it's the apparent change in the spelling of the show's title. Today, all references are to "H.R. Pufnstuf", but this just looks wrong to them since they are sure it was "H.R. Puff 'n' stuf".

The show featured Jack as "Jimmy", who became shipwrecked on an island and was only 11 years old. He befriends Freddy, a talking flute, and they get into many various scrapes and adventures battling with Witchepoo, the wicked witch, and dealing with the mayor of the island, the aforementioned dragon HR Pufnstuf. 

Historical Events  People
Lady Di

How many people were in the car which crashed killing Lady Di?

MMDE: 5 people

Current: 4 people

Most people past their mid-20's can remember where they were when they heard about Lady Di being killed in a car crash in 1997. This has a parallel with the JFK assassination, where it became a cliche to ask where their parents or grandparents were when they heard of his death.

However, when it comes to the Mandela Effect there's also a spooky parallel.

There's a well-known one surrounding the number of people in the car when JFK was assassinated, and now there's one concerning the number of people in Lady Di's car when she died. Some remember it to be 5, when all reports today show there were 4. The confusion comes from them remembering 2 survivors, not 1, and not being able to name who survived apart from Trevor Rees-Jones.

Historical Events  People
Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger

MMDE: Henry Kissinger died in 2016

Current: Henry Kissinger did not die in 2016

Some people remember Henry Kissinger dying in 2016. Like the Mandela Effect itself, the fact he lived beyond that date doesn't seem to erase the memories of those who remember his death.

People who remember his death in 2016 also immediately acknowledge he lived beyond that date. It's almost as if there's a dual memory, which logically is totally impossible, but unshakeable nevertheless.

Kissinger was a controversial figure to say the least. What is not in doubt is his influence in all the US foreign conflicts since Vietnam, ranging from when he was National Security Advisor to President Nixon right through working with President Trump in the Afghanistan conflict.

Historical Events  Religion
The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse

White, red, black and pale horses

MMDE: War, Death, Famine and Pestilence

Current: War, Death, Famine and Conquer

The Book of Revelation describes the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and most people know they are War, Death, Famine and Pestilence.

Wait ... one of those is now wrong, and it's being pointed to as another bible Mandela Effect change.

The one in question is Pestilence, which is now Conquer, although there is some discussion about this being acknowledged and them being the same, as if things weren't confusing enough.

The chapter tells of a book, or scroll, in God's right hand that is sealed with seven seals. The Lamb of God opens the first four of the seven seals, which summons four beings that ride out on white, red, black, and pale horses.

Historical Events  People
John Carpenter

When did he die?

MMDE: John Carpenter died in 2018

Current: John Carpenter did not die in 2018

Sometimes it's pretty easy to see how some Mandela Effects begin.

Take the announcement by movie review site Rotten Tomatoes in 2018 proclaiming John Carpenter "would have been 70 years old today." It went on to celebrate his life, in terms written exactly as if he was dead, by '"looking back at his five favorite films".

This came as quite a shock to John, who was vey much alive and well enough to reply in his dry humour style: "despite how it appears, I'm not actually dead."

Many Mandela Effects revolve around the supposed deaths of famous people - just look at how it got it's name, for starters.