Historical Events  Religion
The Lion and the Lamb

Isaiah 116:6

MMDE: A lion

Current: A lamb

Many people are claiming the bible said the lion will lay down with the lamb, whereas today that appears to have been changed to a wolf.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them

Cynics are saying this only goes to show Christians don't actually read the bible in detail. Many would certainly disagree, but the actual line, whilst mentioning a lion, does plant an image in the mind which could end up being a lion and a lamb lying down together, and so triggering a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

Historical Events  Movies
Jaws

Famous quote

MMDE: We're gonna need a bigger boat

Current: You're gonna need a bigger boat

Ask anyone to repeat the best known line from Jaws and, unless they have cottoned on to the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, they will probably say "We're gonna need a bigger boat".

This isn't what is seen today - it's "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

The quote itself has become part of internet folklore. Just try Googling "We're gona need" and you'll see many, many refs which clearly are giving some kind of nod to the original line. It's one of the better-known internet memes.

In the plot, "We're" makes more sense because Brody, the character who says the line, is part of the team, not "You're" which suggests they are separate.

Historical Events  TV
Rod Serling

Straight out of the Twilight Zone

MMDE: Rod Sterling

Current: Rod Serling

In a fantastic irony the great man himself would have totally loved, Rod Serling is now the subject of a real life Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

Best known for his presentation of the science-fiction series The Twilight Zone in the late 1950's/1960's, you'll find his name spelt as Rod Serling pretty much everywhere you look nowadays. The problem is, many remember him as Rod Sterling.

Amongst its many tales of the wierd and wonderful, in a bizzare case of art imitating life (or is it the other way round?), there was an episode in 1963 called "The Parallel" where a parallel universe exists with only slight, but noticable differences, to our own.

Such as the spelling of someones surname...

Historical Events  People
Henry VIII

Did the painting exist?

MMDE: An old painting of Henry VIII holding a turkey leg exists

Current: An old painting of Henry VIII holding a turkey leg does not exist

Many people remember the larger-than-life figure of Henry VIII in a painting, often in school hallways or dining rooms, where he is featured holding a large turkey leg.

The problem is there is no record today of that painting actually existing, even though a few references to it exist - including a Simpsons episode.

Many paintings of Henry VIII can be found today, but there is a Royal protocol which means no member of the Royal family can be officially represented whilst eating.

There is a painting - shown here - where he is holding a mirror, and at first glance it could be mistaken for a turkey leg. Could this be the one causing the confusion? The connection between a big man and food may have subconsciously played its part on peoples memories down the years, leaving them with the impression they definitely did see the painting.

Historical Events  Brands
Fruit Loops

Fruit -> Froot -> Fruit

MMDE: Fruit Loops

Current: Froot Loops

This one appears to keep changing!

Wikipedia (currently) says the popular Kelloggs breakfast cereal was launched in 1962 as "Froot Loops". 

Several people have seen references to "Fruit Loops" and there is some evidence of this on the web. This could be explained by Kelloggs themselves changing the branding so the "OO" is styled in the form of the cereal if it was the other way round, but that's not the direction it went - the "OO" was supposed to always have been there, and the "Fruit" spelling the one it changed to.

Things gets stranger when reports come in of it changing back again!

Historical Events  TV
Looney Tunes

That's not quite all folks!

MMDE: Looney Toons

Current: Looney Tunes

Everyone over a certain age remembers the Warner Bros cartoons growing up - Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and all their chums.

About the most iconic memory is the closing sequence with its famous little fanfare and the message "That's all folks!" - but did it say "Looney Tunes" above that or "Looney Toons"?

Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim the original was "Looney Toons" and it has since changed to "Looney Tunes".

There is support for both ways - Warner also had "Merrie Melodies", showing the way both were connected to music, but also they were carTOONS which also fits.

Historical Events  Brands
Depends

Depend/depends

MMDE: Depends

Current: Depend

Everyone remembers this brand name as "Depends", yet when you see it today it is the singular "Depend".

Searching the internet throws up several references, and images, of the "remembered" name.

One explanation could be the phrase used in common language has become ingrained to such a level it is taken as the real name. For example, one would usually say "I am just going out to buy some Depends" even if the brand name is the singular "Depend". Repeating this often enough could lead to the word "Depends" being used in all circumstances, including remembering what the actual brand name is.