Historical Events  General
Traffic light

When did the first traffic light appear?

MMDE: 1908

Current: 1868

Everybody seems to think it's obvious traffic lights must have appeared after cars, but not so fast. In another "Tech before it's time" instance, it turns out the first working traffic light actually hit the road, so to speak, in 1868 outside the Houses of Parliament in London. It was gas lit, and operated manually by a policeman standing next to it. The trick is to realise there were many horses and carts on the roads then, which had exactly the same needs as motorised vehicles when it came to keeping what had become busy traffic moving.

The first traffic management system, to get technical, was in the form of three policemen standing by the road waving the carriages through. This was in 1722, again in London but this time on London Bridge.

Historical Events  TV
Wile E Coyote

Beep beep

MMDE: Wiley E Coyote

Current: Wile E Coyote

Do you remember Beep Beep the roadrunner forever being chased by his enemy, Wiley E Coyote? If so, you may be experiencing a Mandela Effect, because all references today show his name was "Wile E Coyote".

He never did catch the roadrunner, although there is a rumored spoof final episode where he actually did, then became unemployed.

It's easy to see how the spelling could be confused, especially when the show was aimed specifically at younger viewers. There's even confusion over whether there was a dot after the E or not - is this a Mandela Effect within a Mandela Effect?

Historical Events  People
Denis Norden

When did Denis Norden die?

MMDE: Early 2000's

Current: 2018

Many people were surprised to hear of the death of Denis Norden in 2018 because the were sure he'd died many years earlier.

Asked about it, the consensus seemed to be the early 2000's. Many also remember watching tribute shows covering his life story at some point after this.

He died aged 96, after a prolific career spanning the cinema, radio and TV and wrote scripts for several Hollywood films.

There was a "farewell tour" in 2007 which people could be confusing with the tribute.

Historical Events  Geography
Atlantis

Changed?

MMDE: Atlantis was a continent

Current: Atlantis was a city on an island

Plato described Atlantis in some detail, and said it was destroyed 9000 years before his time.

Reading today what he wrote, we find he described a city of concentric circles each separated by waterways. The problem is most people remember Atlantis being described as a continent, which is vastly different, and are pointing to this discrepancy as being an MMDE.

Of course there is huge debate over whether it existed at all, but that's not the issue here. The fact so many remember being told if it did exist, it was a continent, is what's causing all the fuss.

Historical Events  Art
We can do it!

Does Rosie look different?

MMDE: Smiling

Current: Not smiling

Rosie, the distinguished mascot from the 1943 US "We can Do It!" war poster, seems different today to some people who are experiencing this as an MMDE. 

She's actually called "Rosie the Riveter". People are reporting they remember her smiling, and with a bigger arm muscle than is seen in the poster today.

The war effort required women to work on what was traditionally the work of men, so the character was created by the government - along with her own song and movie! - to encourage solidarity and boost performance.

Historical Events  Books
Three little pigs

Three little pigs: "I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house ___"?

MMDE: Down

Current: In

The story about the Big Bad Wolf trying to blow down the three little pigs house was first published in the 1840's, but it's thought to be much older than that.

Ask people to complete the line, and you may be in for a surprise. If they answer "Down", they may be experiencing an MMDE, because all references today show it as "In". 

The fable continues to the modern day, with the pigs appearing in the Toy Story and Shrek movies and they even feature in a full production stage musical. There's been some controversy over the years regarding their names, but the consensus today seems to be Browny, Whitey and Blacky.

Historical Events  Movies
The Fly

The 1958 version: color or black and white?

MMDE: Black and white

Current: Color

First off, those experiencing this MMDE are well aware that TV's from the late 50's and 60's were black and white, so even though that's the knee-jerk explanation for this, it's not what they are saying. At that time, TV's themselves were still rare, so most would have seen the movie in the cinema anyway.

What they remember is the movie being in black and white, whereas today all references show it as always having been filmed in color.

There were posters and publicity shots which are in black and white, and are still easily searchable on the internet, which may have contributed to the idea it was not filmed in color.