Historical Events  Geography
Olympic Flame Relay

Who started the Olympic flame relay?

MMDE: Ancient Greeks

Current: Nazi Germany

We're all familiar with the origin of the Olympic games.

Starting in ancient Greece from the 8th century BC, in the city which bears it's name, Olympia, they ran until the 4th century AD before being started again in the modern era with the first being held in Athens in 1896. Of great significance is the opening ceremony, for which in turn the famous Olympic Torch plays a huge role.

Just as well known is the relay the torch is carried through, traditionally starting from Olympia, before lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony and finally being extinguished at the closing ceremony. What surprises many people is that this relay only began with the Nazis introducing it for propaganda purposes when Germany hosted the Olympics in 1936, since they were sure it had been a feature of the Olympics all along.

Historical Events  TV
Spongebob Squarepants

I was a teenage Gary

MMDE: Contains Squidward snail morph scene

Current: Does not contain Squidward snail morph scene

There's an episode from the early days of SpongeBob SquarePants which has been hotly discussed amongst it's fans for years. The title of the episode is "I was a teenage Gary". It's interesting because it fits the exact pattern of a Mandela Effect without them realising that's what it is, because it concerns a scene many of them remember but can't find any references to today apart from those memories.

The scene is where Squidward gets accidentaly injected with a medicine not meant for him, and he turns into a snail. The actual transformation is missing today, but there are many who remember seeing it and instantly wondered, when watching re-runs, why it had been deleted.

Historical Events  Movies
Hitchcocks The Birds

The whites of their eyes

MMDE: 'The Birds' from 1963 was filmed in black and white

Current: 'The Birds' from 1963 was filmed in color

Here's another Mandela Effect, like The Fly, which is concerned with whether a movie was originally filmed in color or black and white. This time it's Hitchcock's 1963 thriller "The Birds".

Based on the 1952 Daphne Due Marier story of the same name, the movie shows a series of unexplained attacks by birds on a small, ordinary American town over a few days.

Many of the special effects were actually firsts, including a precursor to the green-screen technique used throughout the video and movie industries today.

Historical Events  Movies
Candyman

Say his name how many times?

MMDE: Say 'Candyman' 3 times

Current: Say 'Candyman' 5 times

Candyman was the 1992 movie in which all who saw him were certainly not about to receive a sweet treat.

Written by Clive Barker, from Hellraiser fame, it focuses on an urban legend which describes the summoning of an entity by saying his name a certain number of times in front of a mirror. The Mandela Effect here is that number, because whilst today it shows it was 5, many people are saying they remember it being 3.

Even weirder is that this is shown in the movie to be able to change, because at the end one character says "Helen" 4 times to summon a spirit.

Historical Events  Science
London Bridge

What made the dodos extinct?

MMDE: Humans ate them

Current: Humans introduced animals which ate their eggs and food

The poor dodo lived for many thousands of years on its island paradise of Mauritius, where it had no natural predators. This meant being flightless was not a problem, but unfortunately this was it's downfall, because within 100 years of humans settling, it was extinct. The widely agreed date for this extinction is 1681.

The popular idea is that humans ate them, and this myth is so widespread it comes as quite a surprise to many to find out it's meat was terrible to eat, and this wasn't the cause of their extinction. In fact it was down to the pigs, rats and even monkeys which humans introduced to the island which then went and ate the eggs, and competed for food, of the birds. 

Historical Events  Music
Seal

Seal: Kiss from a rose

MMDE: "Kissed by a rose on the grave"

Current: "Kissed by a rose on the grey"

Seal's 1994 hit 'Kiss from a rose' was used in the Batman Forever soundtrack.

There's something odd about the lyrics, though.

It mentions in the first line a greying tower, and is full of imagery surrounding color. So the main refrain, which many people are sure is '...kissed by a rose on the grave' is seen today as ''...kissed by a rose on the grey"

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom on the grey

Historical Events  Movies
Cats vs Dogs

The 2001 movie where cats fought dogs was called...?

MMDE: Cats vs Dogs

Current: Cats & Dogs

It is an epic battle that has been fought for thousands of years.

Brought to the big screen in 2001, the legendary tale of the ongoing war between otherwise cute-looking cats, and their friendly-looking (but that might be just an act) dogs was made into a movie, which saw a sequel in 2010.

Many remember the movie Cats vs Dogs, which showed just how much is going on in this battle which we mere humans are totally unaware of. The problem? That movie never existed.

The movie everyone is thinking of is called "Cats & Dogs", but it's remarkable how many are sure they see the "vs" in  mental image when they conjure up the movie poster.