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  Movies
Pulp fiction car plate

What did Winston Wolfe's car plate show?


Current: 3ABM581

There's a distinctive shot in Quentin Tarantinos "Pulp Fiction" at the end when the registration plate of Winston Wolfe, the mob's "Mr. Fixit", is shown as he drives away in his sports car.

Many people remember it being a vanity plate which read "MRWOLF", yet the movie today shows it as a typical random combination of no significance: "3ABM581".

People are convinced this is a Mandela Effect and say it doesn't make sense to be the way it is today, suggesting the shot is deliberate to emphasise his name, it's in keeping with Winstons character, plus the car was an expensive sports car of the kind where vanity plates are the norm.

Historical Events  Movies
Bermeja Island

How did Indiana Jones hat look?

MMDE: Regular Fedora

Current: Fedora as tall as a top hat

The YouTuber Mandela Affected posted a video where he was struck by how different the hat which Harrison Ford wore in the movie "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" looked. This was picked up by MoneyBags73 and has since hit many people, who also see the current hat as one which is very different to the one they remember.

The current one is brown and shaped at the bottom like a fedora, but overall the same size as a top hat more fitting to a wedding or funeral.

Since the movie is so famous, there are many images of the hat around the internet, but they all show this strange elongation which jumps out so much at those who remember it being a regular fedora.

Historical Events  Books
Bermeja Island

Charlies Dickens Scrooge based on a British MP?

MMDE: Ebeneezer Scrooge was not based on a real person

Current: Ebeneezer Scrooge was based on a real person

There is strong evidence to suggest Charles Dickens character Scrooge, from A Christmas Carol, was based on a real person, which comes a quite a surprise to many people who were sure he'd been totally invented by the Victorian author. Even more confusing is the name, because it turns out the name is from a real - but different - person to the one we're all familiar with.

The story of the name is that Dickens was in Edinburgh, Scotland when he happened upon a cemetery with a grave for Ebeneezer Lennox Scroggie. The writing was worn, but appeared to him to read "He was a mean man", when in fact it said "He was a meal man", describing his work. This stayed in Dickens mind when he came to write A Christmas Carol. It's ironic that in all probability, Mr Scroggie was a kind person because he delivered meals to people.

The character is just as interesting. John Elwes was actually a British MP who inherited two separate fortunes, but refused to spend any of it which was in accordance with the way he had been brought up.

Historical Events  Geography
Bermeja Island

Ramesses II Passport

MMDE: Ramesses II (1279-1213 BC) was issued a passport in 1974

Current: Ramesses II (1279-1213 BC) was not issued a passport in 1974

Sometimes the Mandela Effect is pointed to as explaining historical facts which seem to appear from nowhere, and they are expected to be much more widely known.

One such is the curious fact that Ramesses II was actually issued a passport in 1974, even though he'd been dead for thousands of years.

It was necessary to do this because his 3,000 year old body had to be flown to Paris for repairs, and the legislation in force did not take into account how long ago the individual died.

Historical Events  Geography
Bermeja Island

Where is Bermeja Island?

MMDE: The Gulf of Mexico

Current: Bermeja Island does not exist

There's a curious anomaly regarding an island which appears on maps drawn in the 16th century. Situated off the North coast on the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico, it's called Bermeja Island.

The problem? No one can find it in real life.

Neither a detailed survey in 1997 followed by an extensive one in 2009 conducted by the National Autonomous University of Mexico turned anything up, despite there being a very compelling incentive to do so - oil rights from the 200 mile border surrounding it.

The first mention of the island was on a map published in Madrid in 1539.

Historical Events  Science
Plague Pandemic

When was the last major plague outbreak?

MMDE: The Black Death in the 1300's

Current: China 1855

Many people are familiar with the "Black Death".

This is the term for the plague outbreak in the 1300's which hit Europe and Asia, and is said to have killed around a third of the population.

However, many people are also surprised to hear this was the second of three major world plague outbreaks and it is being pointed to as one of those Mandela Effects where something expected to be much wider known "suddenly" appears in history.

The first was the Byzantine Empire in 541. The second was the worst by far, but the third was deadly too since it killed 12 million people in India and China.

The other shock is that the third outbreak was only considered contained in 1960.

Historical Events  Music
Safety Dance

Men without Hats: Safety Dance

MMDE: You can dance if you want to

Current: We can dance if we want to

The classic '80s song "Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats is a song that still is a hit with the general public today.

With a catchy melody and memorable lyrics (and dance), it's no wonder the song is still popular 30 years later. However, one of the song's most memorable lines is also one of the most misheard.

The line "We can dance if we want to" is often sung as "You can dance if you want to". While Ivan Doroschuk, the lead singer of Men Without Hats, did sing "You can dance if you want to" at a live show, we're talking about the original recording. And "You can dance if you want to" is nowhere to be heard.