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05 Apr 2020
John Carpenter
18 Feb 2020
Historical Events  Music
Panic at the Disco

. The subject of a Mandela Effect gets involved!

MMDE: Closing the goddamn door

Current: Closing a goddamn door

Here's a great twist - a lyric change the original writer can't explain!

Fans of Panic at the Disco's "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect were used to hearing the phrase "closing the goddamn door", but references today play as "closing a goddamn door". This seems like a trivial change with the usual "a/the" kind of slurring over time we've seen before, for example with "Interview with a/the Vampire".

The interesting thing this time is when this first came up as an MMDE it generated a buzz on Twitter which the guy singing it, Brendon Urie, responded! His first reply when asked to explain is was "Hahaha I can't. That's some Berenstein/Berenstain shit right there". 

Later he tweeted "Btw, there is no answer. I've sung 'Sins' both ways. Doesn't matter. Trust me, it's all right".

So there we have it from the horses mouth, and all cleared up nicely ;-)

Historical Events  Brands

First seen 12,000 years ago

MMDE: Swastika is clockwise

Current: Swastika is anti-clockwise

The very word swastika - and image - strikes revulsion in most people who instantly connect it with the Nazis. This is unfortunate, because they appropriated it as a symbol very recently in it's long history. It can be found in Hinduism, the Roman Empire, Buddism and many other religions and cultures.

The image of the swastika associated with the Nazis was personally designed by Adolf Hitler. In his 1925 Mein Kampf, he wrote "I myself, meanwhile, after innumerable attempts, had laid down a final form; a flag with a red background, a white disk, and a black swastika in the middle."

If you ask anyone today not familiar with this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect to draw one, chances are they'd do it with the uppermost top section rising from left to right. However, some are claiming that is the wrong way round and results in a mirror image of the one they remember. Some evidence of the "flipped" one does exist -  are these mistakes too?

Historical Events  People
Bin Laden

Deliberate murky details or something more?

MMDE:Osama Bin Laden died in hospital from kidney failure

Current: Osama Bin Laden was shot by an US Navy Seal in 2011

Bin Laden is blamed for the 9/11 Word Trade Centre attacks, which itself is surrounded by controversy. The story today of how he died was that he was shot by an elite US Navy Seal squad in 2011. Some experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect remember his death differently, apparently in hospital from kidney failure.

There are even reports of people claiming to have read on Wikipedia he was on a dialysis machine and there being an official state department source report of his death on the sire in 2001. Needless to say, there's none of that there now - but that's the whole point of the Mandela Effect.

There was so much deliberate disinformation surrounding Bin Laden, such as the body doubles in the videos of his terror announcements before his death, that this could all have just become part of the myth which people are now seeing as a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect. 

Historical Events  Music
The Doors

Lyric change

MMDE: "If I were to say to you"

Current: "If I was to say to you"

The song "Come on baby light my fire" is probably the main one most people remember when you ask them to name a Doors song. For such a famous one, it's surprising to see so many get the wording wrong if you ask them about this line. 

When you hear it today, it does sound a little jarring to some, even thought they say that it aways was "was". There are many example of it being "were" around too, mainly in the form of tributes and covers - did they all get it wrong too?

Jim Morrison was known for his great command of the English language - his poetry recitals at Doors concerts were legendary. There's no argument "was" is technically incorrect, but he could have known this and gone ahead anyway for street cred...

Historical Events  People
Eli Whitney

He invented the cotton gin

Eli Whitney was born in 1765 and lived through the worst ravages of the US slave years, He is known for inventing the cotton gin, which transformed the economy of the day. He's also credited with many other inventions which contributed to the industrial revolution.

Many people have an alternate memory of Eli Whitney being black. Searches today show this wasn't the case, and he was even featured on a US postage stamp in 1940. So why are so many people sure they were taught in school he was black?

This could be connected to the slave trade. Cotton gin actually invigorated the slave trade by making it profitable, not by making the slaves lives easier when they drank it, which common sense says wouldn't have gone down too well with the plantation owners at the time. However, if people just had a vague memory of cotton gin and slaves, without getting the actual details right, it's possible to see a "hero" figure inventing this way of making the slaves lives better, and so in this narrative he'd naturally be one himself.

Historical Events  Brands
Duracell Bunny

An epic battle of the bunnies

MMDE: Energizer Bunny

Current: Duracell Bunny

This is an unusual Mandela Effect in the sense that there is solid evidence for both, yet no-one seems to remember the Duracell bunny which actually came first. In fact it should be remembered much more - for example it was on the kit of the English football club Blackburn Rovers when they won the English Premiership title.

It turns out things got very nasty from a legal point of view when Duracell let the trademark lapse and Energizer picked it up, launching their own very similar version. After running with it for a few years they even ended up launching a trademark against Duracell!

All this serves as background to complicate things for the humble ordinary battery user, who if asked today, and is unaware of this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, would remember the Energizer bunny but be surprised to hear there was a Duracell one too.

Historical Events  Brands

Did the regular hyphen disappear without anyone noticing?

MMDE: 7-Up has a regular hyphen

Current: 7-Up has a red circle as a hyphen 

The famous 7-Up brand seems to have been around forever, but in fact only dates back to 1964. Many people remember the brand having a hyphen in the name, as in "7-Up", and see it today as styled as a red circle rather than the dash, or "hyphen". Are they experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect?

Searches reveal a few examples with the hyphen but the argument is that these were created by other people also mis-remembering the styling and not examples of how it was styled everywhere back then.

The usual problem also exists with branding - these companies realise the value of the mark, and would never tinker with it without a very good reason, and if doing so would also want to benefit from the change itself, of which no record exists.