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Historical Events  Brands
Cap'n Crunch

How was it spelled?

MMDE: Captain Crunch

Current: Cap'n Crunch

Here's another one on very shaky ground for the usual branding reasons. The logic is that companies can invest millions into their product branding knowing how valuable the name becomes once it's just a part of the establishment, so are very unlikely to change it without very good reason.

Some people remember the breakfast cereal seen today as "Cap'n Crunch" being spelled out fully as "Captain Crunch". Are they experiencing an MMDE?

The branding was so popular it spawned copycats such as Admiral Ahoy and Sailor Soup, but if they were really wanted to copy more the argument is they would have also used the apostrophe in the same style.

He's been around since 1963 - which way do you remember it?

Historical Events  Books

'Twas the night before Christmas

"A Visit from St. Nicholas" is the actual name of the 1823 poem popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas".

Do you remember the reindeer names as Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen? If so, you might be experiencing the Mandela Effect, because Donner is in fact Donder and Blitzen is Blixem.

The poem first appeared in New York's Troy Sentinel newspaper on the 23rd of December 1823. Controversy surrounds even the author of the poem, which just serves to add to this mystery. It is acknowledged as being the origins of the modern day Santa story, although vastly different versions of a mystical being visiting in mid-winter had been around for thousands of years at least.

The names for Donder and Blixem are Dutch for "thunder" and "lightning" - could they just have been those all along and changed over the years by English speakers?

Historical Events  Brands

Did the branding change at some point?

The famous reclining chair brand had a great hook in its name - "Lay"-Z-Boy, to show you could lay down in them too. Or did it? Look today, and you'll find the brand is actually "La-Z-Boy". Did it change, or are those who remember the "old" way experiencing the Mandela Effect?

Founded in 1927, the brand has been, so to speak, part of the furniture for generations. This is always worth bearing in mind when dealing with branding changes. The business owners know only too well the value of a well-established brand name, so are unlikely to tinker with it, having invested millions over the years, without a very good reason.

This is another one which could be explained by the fact the pronunciation in both cases is identical, so some writing it down might just mis-spell it and it's that which caught on.

Historical Events  TV
Lee Harvey Oswald

There were two films of him being shot?

The day after Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald, his alleged murderer, was shot by Jack Ruby in front of the world's press. This is well documented, and everyone knows so because they've seen the film of it. However, some are now saying the film itself has changed from the one they remember, and the one seen today is definitely not the one shown at the time. This raises the question of whether two films were made, or the original has somehow been changed. Is this another MMDE at work?

The problem is the angles are all different from the video some people remember, not the actual action. It's particularly strange because the same is being said of the Kennedy assassination itself. No-one is arguing what is on the films has changed, just the angles they were filmed from. Unless there actually were two separate cameramen, and the "other" film has somehow resurfaced...

Historical Events  People
Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee died the same way as Brandon?

MMDE: Bruce Lee died after being shot on set

Current: Bruce Lee died in his sleep 

There is much mystery surrounding the untimely death of Bruce Lee in 1973.

Some remember him taking a headache tablet, going for a lie down to sleep it off and never waking up. Others remember reports of cannabis being found in his body after the autopsy. Some, however, remember him being shot on set and dying from this injury, which is a macabre co-incidence because that's the way his son, Brandon Lee, died 20 years later. There are no reports of this today - are they experiencing false memories?

As time went by this could be just people not really paying attention to the names and details, so confusing Bruce/Brandon.

He died during the filming of "Game of Death", where there is a scene where he gets shot - could this have added to this MMDE too?

Historical Events  Movies
Walt Disney

Didn't she write with her wand?

MMDE: 90's Disney opening sequence shows Tinkerbell writing with her wand

Current: 90's Disney opening sequence doesn't show Tinkerbell writing with her wand

The introduction to the Disney movies featured a slick animation of fireworks around the iconic castle, all accompanied by the majestic sweeping musical score. Many remember Tinkerbell, the little magical fairy named after the sound of her voice, flying round it and waving her wand at the end, conjuring up the famous Disney logo.

Apparently, however, this never happened, and it's a shooting star which is seen in the animation today. Those who remember Tinkerbell with her wand this way could be experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because there is no evidence of it ever happening.

Historical Events  Movies
Fly my pretties fly

What does the Witch cry when she releases the monkeys?

MMDE: Fly My Pretties, Fly!

Current: Fly, Fly, Fly!

Where on earth did the phrase "Fly my pretties, fly!" come from if it wasn't in the Wizard of Oz? Many people remember the wicked witch saying this as she released her flying monkeys. The problem is, if they do remember it being in the movie they are experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because no reference to it today can be found there.

The Wizard of Oz gets the prize for the most Mandela Effects in one movie, some of which are documented here, here and here.

The phrase "Fly my pretties, fly!" is very well-known and there are many references to be found in popular culture and the internet, ranging from The Simpsons to rock bands.

The witch does call Dorothy "My Pretty", but that's about the only remaining connection to the phrase, and seems a stretch to associate it with releasing flying monkeys.