John Carpenter
18 Feb 2020
10,000 steps
02 Feb 2020
Plague Pandemic
15 Dec 2019
Safety Dance
11 Dec 2019
Billie Jean
06 Dec 2019
Cup 'O Noodles
05 Dec 2019
27 Nov 2019
Marlboro Man
12 Nov 2019
James Cagney
08 Oct 2019
Historical Events  Brands
Scott's Porage

The breakfast of real men

MMDE: Scott's Porridge Oats

Current: Scott's Porage Oats

The wholesome oat based meal from Scotland has been eaten since the middle ages, but it was only since 1914 that the distinctive Scott's band was launched, together with the iconic "fine figure of a man" shot putter. This was based on a real person, the legendary Highland Games athlete Jay Scott.

There's a problem, however, with the spelling. Many today are surprised to see the packet spelling it as "Porage", having been sure this must be wrong because they had always known it as "Porridge"

A Google image search will often draw a gasp from those affected, since it clearly shows many instances of it always being spelt "Porage".

Historical Events  Science
10,000 steps

Where did the 10,000 steps per day number come from?

MMDE: Science

Current: A marketing gimmick

Everyone wants to keep fit, and when the idea that walking 10,000 steps per day is all you need came out, it seemed within most people's grasp. The proliferation of step counting gadgets, such as the Fit Bit etc, suggest an automatic, simpler way to keep in shape is available to everyone.

The figure has a nice, rounded, confident ring to it which most people think came from a set of scientific tests.

So it comes as a big surprise when they hear the truth, which in fact reveals it's just one huge marketing gimmick. It's even been reported that the figure is built on bad science and served no other purpose than to build an "entire industry" of personal fitness devices.

Historical Events  People
Van Gogh

Himself, or in a fight?

MMDE: In a fight

Current: Himself

Towards the end of Van Gogh's life, he was sat in his studio surrounded by many of his unsold paintings.In fact, during his life he only sold one, and that was to an art gallery owner. Those paintings each sold for many millions after his tragic death. In fact he gave one to his doctor, who didn't like it so used it to repair his chicken coup. It was worth $50m in 2016.

It's well known he lost his ear, and most believe he did it to himself. However, this story has taken a few twists down the years and the absolute truth still is not certain. His friend Gauguin was planning to leave, and as Wikipedia reports:

Van Gogh followed when Gauguin left the house for a walk, and "rushed towards me, an open razor in his hand". This account is uncorroborated;Gauguin was almost certainly absent from the Yellow House that night, most likely in a hotel.

Historical Events  General
Wall St crash

How many deaths?

MMDE: Hundreds

Current: None

It happened just before the Great Depression. Starting in the summer of 1929, and slowly gathering momentum to reach a peak in October, it became known as the Wall Street crash. Peaking on Black Thursday - October 24th, 1929, stories of ruined traders jumping out of the windows to their death have widely circulated since, but how accurate is this?

It tuns out not only were they wrong, they were completely wrong and no-one died that way on the day, although there were stories of suicides by other means following Black Thursday.

Economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote in The Great Crash of 1929:

In the United States the suicide wave that followed the stock market crash is also part of the legend of 1929. In fact, there was none.

Historical Events  Movies
The coat of Cruella De Vil

101 Golden Retrievers?

MMDE: Cruella De Vil wore a white coat with black dots

Current: Cruella De Vil wore a yellow coat

Here's the second Mandela Effect relating to Disney's 1961 animated classic "101 Dalmatians". Whilst the other one is concerned with how you spell Cruella's name, this one is about the coat she wore.

Many are remembering the coat being the same as the dalmatians, that is black with white polka dots, yet today it's seen as an enlarged yellow mass of fur.

This idea is reinforced by the sole premise of the story - Cruella wants the dalmatians in order to turn them into fur coats. Those experiencing this Mandela Effect are saying the coat being yellow makes no sense any more.

Historical Events  Music
Snow White

I love Rock n Roll

MMDE: "Saw him standing there by the record machine"

Current: "Saw him dancing there by the record machine"

Joan Jett's cover of The Arrows 1975 track "I love Rock N Roll" is the one most remember, and probably don't realise the lyrics were suitably swapped around on account of their version being sung by a woman.

Fans are now saying that's not the only lyric change, and one in particular is causing them to point to the Mandela Effect as an explanation because there's no evidence it was originally the way they remember.

"I saw him standing there by the record machine...." is the way they remember it, but it's now "I saw him dancing there... ".

Historical Events  Books
Snow White

In the original story, how old was Snow White?

MMDE: 14

Current: 7

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was made famous when the Brothers Grimm published it, as part of a set drawn from traditional fables, in 1812. The story became more and more popular the world over before Disney made their famous cartoon in 1937.

It tells of how the young Snow White was befriended by the seven dwarves and her battle with the vain Queen.

The issue here is just how young was she? Most people familar with the story from the cartoon assume she was in her teens,  or early twenties at the most. It turns out that her age in the original novel, "Little Snow White" comes as quite a shock to many people: she was 7.

Even Disney thought they were being careful by doubling her age to 14 in their movie, but clearly by modern standards this is still disturbing.