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05 Apr 2020
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18 Feb 2020
Historical Events  Art
Creation of Adam

Which is the upper hand?

MMDE: God's hand above Adams

Current: God's hand below Adams

Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam" forms part of his world famous Sistine Chapel masterpiece. Some people remember the hand of God being higher than Adam's, and claim Michelangelo would not have painted such a detail any differently. Seen today, however, it shows Gods hand below that of Adam's.

This isn't the only famous religious artwork which is the subject of an MMDE - many statues show the Horns of Moses where most people don't remember them. And of course, having the hand of the creator directly involved in one has all kinds of mind blowing implications...

Historical Events  Movies
Cheshire Cat

What did the Cheshire Cat say?

MMDE: We're all mad here

Current: Most everyone is mad here.

The mysterious Cheshire Cat is firmly lodged in many peoples memories having read about him, or equally likely seen him, in Lewis Carrols famous Alice in Wonderland.

In the Disney adaptation, many remember him saying "we're all mad here", and this phrase is referenced many times on the internet. It's this way in the original text, too. The problem is in the Disney movie, the phrase he uses is "Most everyone is mad here".

This Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect is likely explained by the phrase being different in the original, which is of course the authoritative source. However, it is remarkable just how many claim to have only seen the movie yet are sure they know the phrase.

Historical Events  Art
King Tut Death Mask

One or two animals on his forehead?

MMDE: A snake

Current: A vulture and a snake

Many people remember a single snake - a cobra in fact - proudly fixed to the boy kings forehead. That's not the way we see it in art, photographs and costumes today though. In every reference, there are two animals - a vulture and a snake.

The story behind there being two animals on the headdress is that the vulture represented upper Egypt and the snake was for lower Egypt.

Some are saying the vulture looks "added on". It breaks the symmetry, and this is something the Egyptians were obsessed with. There are a few MMDE's relating to ancient Egypt - they are the oldest ones recorded. The mystery of the pharaohs continues to this day...

Historical Events  Books
Romeo and Juliet

The most famous scene in Romeo and Juliet?

MMDE: There's a balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet

Current: There's no balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet

Most people, when asked to name the most famous scene from Romeo and Juliet, would reply with the balcony scene. This is understandable because it's probably the best known play in the world, and has been retold many, many times in the 500+ years since it was written. You see it in every theatrical production, every movie - even in every parody.

Yet this isn't in the original.

The only reference is to a window.

Even stranger - Shakespeare wouldn't even have known what a balcony was because there was no balcony at the time anywhere in the whole of England. The earliest use of the word "balcony", according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was in 1618 which is 15 years after Romeo and Juliet was first performed.

Historical Events  Movies
Laurel and Hardy

Stan and Ollie are in a right old pickle again

MMDE: Another fine mess

Current: Another nice mess

Ask anyone unfamiliar with this Mandela Effect to quote Ollie's most famous catchphrase, and they'll probably respond with "Another Fine Mess".

In fact that's not what he said most of the time - it's actually "Another Nice Mess".

This MMDE is a little bit different though because of a huge clue suggesting both could be right. There was a film starring Laurel and Hardy actually called "Another Fine Mess". However, even there the "fine" version is said very rarely compared to the "nice" one.

This could be one which is somewhere between a "Beam Me Up Scotty" meme and an actual MMDE. There's clearly real evidence for both the minority and the majority memories, but it's the latter which is prevailing.

Historical Events  Brands
MacIntosh Apple

What kind of Apple?

MMDE: MacIntosh Apple

Current: McIntosh Apple

The McIntosh Apple is the national Apple of Canada, and was named in 1811, when John McIntosh discovered the unknown sapling on his farm and began cultivating and grafting the fruit from it.

Of course it's become famous for a different reason more recently, when the Apple computer company named a line of their desktops and later laptops after it - the "Apple MacIntosh".

Many people remember the spelling as "MacIntosh" all along, and there are many references to this to be found today. Are they experiencing a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect as a simple result of people misspelling the actual fruit after having become so familiar with the computer? 

Historical Events  People

He couldn't escape death - but just how did he die?

It's recorded today that Houdini died as a result of a freak incident where he was struck in the stomach as a strength test, but this burst his appendix, causing his demise a few days later. Some are saying they remember it differently, and instead he drowned during one of his stage acts. Are they experiencing a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect?

There might be a straight forward explanation for this one.

In 1953, Tony Curtis starred in a popular movie of Houdini's life, and critics have consistently pointed out several factual errors in the film. It shows him dying on stage in the arms of his wife after nearly drowning in a water tank escape trick.

As time went by, it could just be that more people first encountered Houdini the way they saw him in the movie, so the blame for this one lies at the door of Hollywood's artistic license.