Historical Events  People
Birdman of Alcatraz

How many birds did the Birdman of Alcatraz have?

MMDE: The birdman of Alcatraz had hundreds of birds at Alcatraz

Current: The birdman of Alcatraz never had any birds at Alcatraz 

Portrayed as the gentle, caring bird lover who ended up in Alcatraz as a victim of circumstance in the famous 60's movie starring Burt Lancaster, most people today think of him as non-violent, with some even going so far as to say he was innocent.

Robert Stroud was actually a violent convicted murderer who was sentenced to hang 3 times. Each was delayed on appeal, before he was finally committed to life imprisonment. He was in Leavenworth prison in 1920, in solitary confinement, when he started caring for 3 injured sparrows. The numbers grew until he ended up with hundreds in his cell, for which the authorities provided equipment. He began researching and writing about the birds, and became famous as a result.

He was transferred to Alcatraz when it was discovered he was using his bird equipment in Leavenworth to make alcohol. No pets were allowed in Alcatraz. That means no birds.

Historical Events  Religion
Three wise men

Jesus: According to the bible, how many wise men were there?

MMDE: 3 wise men came to see baby Jesus

Current: The number of wise men seeing Jesus is not stated

When people think of a Bible question around the 3 wise men, they think it's about them being kings, because there are other references to this such as the carol "we three kings". The reason is the Bible doesn't say they were kings. What most don't realise is it also doesn't say how many there were. It seems history has somehow created this idea based on them bringing 3 gifts.

It gets worse - it doesn't even say they came to see him right after he was born. It only says they came to visit him as a baby, so it could have been up to a couple of years later. 

Historical Events  People
George W Bush

George W Bush Assassination attempt, 2006?

MMDE: There was no assassination attempt on George Bush in 2006

Current: There was an assassination attempt on George Bush in 2006

Did you know that in 2006, a man in Georgia threw a live hand grenade toward his podium in a rally in Georgia, formerly the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic?

So many are surprised by this that they are pointing to it as the type of Mandela Effect where some fact suddenly seems to "appear from nowhere" which, by it's nature, should be much wider known. Clearly an assassination attempt on a US President fits that description.

CNN reported that the perpetrator, Vladimir Arutinian of Tbilis, also tried to assassinate his own president, Mikhail Saakashvili, who was with Bush at the time. Two months later he killed a police officer.

Historical Events  Movies
The Bare Necessities

The Bare Necessities: "I couldn't be ____ of my big home"

MMDE: I couldn't be fonder of my big home

Current: I couldn't be found of my big home

The famous Jungle Book Disney movie from 1967 featured many memorable songs, arguably the most stand-out being "The Bare Necessities". There's a Mandela Effect around a line in it though:

Wherever I wander, wherever I roam
I couldn't be fonder of my big home

That's the way it's currently printed when you Google "bare necessities official lyrics". Yet listening to the original, it's clearly, even deliberately, sung as "I couldn't be found of my big home". Go ahead - it's at the 23 second mark here. The emphasis is very odd because it no longer rhymes, and of course turns the line into nonsense compared to the way everyone remembers it being before.

Historical Events  Brands
Demolition Derby

The famous 90's PlayStation 1 car wrecking game was called...?

MMDE: Demolition Derby

Current: Destruction Derby

Many folks of a certain vintage remember spending far too long in their youths feverishly bashing the heck out of those monster trucks in Demolition Derby, the smash hit on the PS1 from the 90's. The problem? It never existed.

There was a similar game on the same platform called "Destruction Derby", so could we just put this down to a misremembering? Not so fast. Whilst many do, many others swear it really was called Demolition Derby and it has somehow been changed since. Welcome to the Mandela Effect.

The folks who remember it as Demolition Derby get every other details spot on, right down to the names of the cars, the music, the track layouts and developer being Psygnosis and their crazy owl logo, yet insist the name is different.

Historical Events  People
Unabomber

The Unabomber was an MK Ultra victim?

MMDE: The Unabomber was not an MK Ultra victim

Current: The Unabomber was an MK Ultra victim

Well, this is a real twister. First we have the notorious MK Ultra programme, which was denied and ridiculed for years but turned out to be all too real, where the CIA conducted experiments aimed at using mind control on humans. Brainwashing was just the start - this moved onto everything ranging from using LSD to psychological torture

The Unabomber (real name Ted Kaczynski) was the terrorist who killed 3 people and injured 23 others when he carried out a bombing campaign between 1978 and 1995. His story is well-known, as is the lifestyle he led as a hermit in a shack in some remote forest.

What comes as quite the shock to most people is the fact he was an MK Ultra victim, yet this information is so widely available today it's being pointed to as "suddenly coming from nowhere", i.e. a Mandela Effect.

Historical Events  Movies
Inception

Inception: Hollywood's distinctive foghorn sound 

MMDE: "Inception" was the first movie the distinctive foghorn sound was in 

Current: The distinctive foghorn sound was not in the movie "Inception"

Everyone knows movies have stylistic trends. This goes back to the early days of cinema, when no comedy was complete unless someone's face received a generous helping of flying pie. Looking back, certain stylistic cliches can be spotted which almost date them. Your movie is set in a remote jungle? The opening sequence must have a low fly over shot. Your action thriller must have the hero being beaten up, and only winning through when all hope seems lost.

Technology plays a role too. Once some gimmick is tried once, and seen to catch on, it seems to be everywhere and usually gets it's name from the first time it was used. There's an example of this with the loud, dramatic, pounding, repeating sound that directors just can't seem to stay away from, and it's known affectionately as the "Inception Foghorn". The problem? It's not in the movie. At all.