Historical Events  People
Charles Schulz

It's all in the spelling

MMDE: Charles Schultz

Current: Charles Schulz

Was the creator of the Charlie Brown cartoons called Charles Schulz or Charles Schultz? There appears to be a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect at work here, because many people are remembering it as "Schultz" whereas searches today on the internet mostly turn up "Schulz", and claim it always has been this way.

With these spelling related issues it is always important to think about how people say the words too, since it would be easy to conflate the pronunciation with a particular spelling irrespective of whether it is correct or incorrect. Charles' surname would always appear awkward to his main audience of Americans and so it could well be just a simple case of people remembering a version of how it was pronounced as being that of how it was spelled too.

Or as Charlie Brown would say: "Good Grief!".

Historical Events  Movies
C3PO Silver leg

Don't blame me, I'm an interpreter.

MMDE: CP30 did not have a sliver leg

Current: CP30 had a sliver leg

This time it's C3PO's leg. Actually, in the 1977 Star Wars movie, the first to be produced, he's the very first character you see on screen and this effect is present right from the start.

In the films seen today, his right leg from the foot to the knee is silver, with the rest of his body being gold. Most people just remember him being gold all over and are quite surprised to find these are alternate memories when they see the silver leg since once it's pointed out to them.

This one is also backed up by the merchandise such as toys and posters, which also feature the silver leg, as well as related "guest" appearances such as at the Oscars. All show a silver leg, yet few people remember it.

The "official" explanation is that people didn't notice because it always reflected what was around it, such as the other leg or the desert, and since no explicit reference was made to it (it was intended to show he was battle scarred), it passed by largely unnoticed.

Historical Events  Movies
Sinbad Genie

Did Sinbad ever play a genie?

MMDE: Sinbad played a genie in Shazaam

Current: Sinbad did not play a genie in Shazaam

"Sinbad" - the stage name of the comedian David Adkins - certainly looks like he'd fit well in the part of a genie. Oddly enough, that's exactly what many people claim he did in the 90's and can even remember the movie, the posters for it and the clothes he wore. Yet it appears they are experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because no such record of this exists today.

There have been many "Genie" movies and many actors associated with the role, such as Shaq, Kazaam etc.

Lots of people grew up watching Sinbad, so are very familiar with his work. Those that remember his genie role now find it has vanished as if in a puff of smoke, which is kind of appropriate in an ironic way.

Historical Events  TV
Beam me up Scotty

The most famous Star Trek catchphrase

MMDE: Kirk said "Beam me up, Scotty"

Current: Kirk never said "Beam me up, Scotty"

Did Kirk ever actually say "Beam me up, Scotty"?

Sometimes, the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect works in "reverse", whereby most people are aware something is well known for not happening, yet many claim it actually did.

There is no record of Kirk ever actually saying "Beam me up, Scotty", although many parodies and anecdotes exist which only serve to ingrain this meme further into popular culture - even non-fans know this phrase.

It seems this one is illogical.

And we all know who we should consult about that ;-)

Historical Events  TV
Flintstones/Flinstones

Yabba Dabba Doo!

MMDE: The Flinstones

Current: The Flintstones

So everyone over a certain age knows and loves the Flintstones - but does everyone call Fred, Wilma, Barney and the gang "The Flintstones" or "The Flinstones" with a missing "t"? Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect see the latter.

There is always the danger of a straightforward misreading of these type of situations. There is a clear reason for the spelling with the "t" included in this case - the show is about cavemen, who used flint stones. Those who didn't make that connection might also have not paid attention to the actual spelling, and so only think something is different now they actually concentrate on it.

Various reports vary from those who "definitley" remember it without the "t" to those who claim it has switched back and forwards between the two. 

Historical Events  Brands
Jif peanut butter

Was it ever called "Jiffy" peanut butter?

MMDE: Jiffy peanut butter

Current: Jif peanut butter

Many people swear the popular peanut butter brand we see today as "Jif" was once called "Jiffy". They appear to be experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

It is also very famous as the top ingredient in what is widely known as a "Jiffy" burger sold today in many cafes and burger joints throughout the country.

Originally introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1955, the product even had a tagline which supports the original name: "Choosy Moms Choose Jif".

This is one where there could be a straightforward explanation. There is another well known peanut butter brand called "Skippy" peanut butter, so it's not too hard a stretch to see the two blurring into one in peoples memories of a generic peanut butter brand from the past.

Historical Events  Brands
Skechers footwear

Pronounced the same

MMDE: Sketchers

Current: Skechers

Search for Skechers footwear today and you'll find that's the way all the references to the popular brand are spelled, yet those who are experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim it used to be spelled as "Sketchers".

There are one or two references to the "Sketchers" spelling, but because most people would pronounce both versions the same, they could be just thinking the real English word "Sketchers" must be the correct one and have unconsciously fixed the spelling in their heads.

There are also exist genuine typos such as here and here, which is understandable with the pronunciation being the same.