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Historical Events  Movies
The Grinch

He spoils the children's Christmas

MMDE: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Current: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Remember the 2000 movie "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", with Jim Carrey playing the miserable fun-hating grump who took all the children's Christmas presents the night before Christmas? That's odd, because it wasn't called that, in fact everywhere you look now you find it's called "How the Grinch Stole Christmas".

Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect (aka Mandela Effect) with this one were probably children when it came out, and so might not have worried too much about it's exact title. Only now, years later, with it somehow misquoted over the years do they look closer and realise the mistake.

Or is there more to this, and the Grinch can mess with more than just the fun children have at Christmas?

Historical Events  Music
You say tomato

You say/like tomato

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers sang "Let's call the whole thing off" in the famous 1937 movie Shall We Dance.

The song is pretty funny, and revolves around their differences in pronunciation supposedly illustrating why the romance should quit. Many people remember the line "You say tomato, I say tomato" with the word "tomato" being pronounced the two different ways. However, if they do remember it this way they could be experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, because it's actually "You like tomato, I like tomato".

This is so well known it's arguable whether it's just a regular meme, along the "Beam me up Scotty" lines, rather than the multiple-universes Mandela Effect some would put it down to. 

Nevertheless, next time you meet someone ask them to quote the line and you may be surprised how widespread this is. 

Historical Events  People
Franklin D Roosevelt

What did the "D" stand for?

MMDE: Delanor

Current: Delano

Franklin D Roosevelt - did the "D" stand for Delanor or Delano? 

Today, all references say Delano, but many apparently experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim it's been changed from the "Delanor" they remember.

His wife's name was Eleanor - could this just be a simple case of her similar sounding name being conflated with his middle name over time?

Or it could be simpler than that. When you say either of them out loud, they sound almost the same, so anyone unfamiliar could easily misspell it when writing it down, which then gets carried on to others as being correct.

Historical Events  Movies
Field of Dreams

Who will come if you build it?

MMDE: If you build it, THEY will come

Current: If you build it, HE will come

The whispering voice speaking to Ray Kinsella whilst he is walking through his cornfield told him "If you build it, HE will come". Well, that's if you watch the movie today - those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect say it has been changed to that from the way they remember it as "If you build it, THEY will come."

Many references to it being "they" exist today, such as the LA Times and the Associated Press, but detractors will just claim these are also mere misrememberings.

This wording change has a crucial meaning for the entire film. The point of the story is Ray risking valuable crop space on a business venture which he hopes will save his farm, so clearly for this to work he needs both players and spectators to come. If the message uses "they", it reassures him he will be OK directly with this. However, as the story plays out, Joe Jackson, Rays' fathers favourite baseball player, turns up and is the catalyst needed to ultimately bring the other players and spectators, so "he" makes sense from this perspective too.

Historical Events  TV
A-Team

Was the A-Team van entirely black?

MMDE: All black

Current: Black lower, grey upper

Who can forget the famous TV show from the 80's, where merely glancing at a car was all it took to make it spectacularly explode, seen multiple times from multiple angles in case you missed the first few.

The A-Team was full of very memorable characters such as Face, Hannibal, BA "Mr T" Baracus, Murdock ... and their huge dark van. What color was that van? Those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect claim it was entirely black, but today all you find is it having a black lower half below a grey upper one.

Often in disguise, the A-Team's antics are legendary. Did this disguise stretch even further than the team itself though? 

Historical Events  Music
Dick Dastardly

Dick Dastardly's famous song when chasing the pigeon

MMDE: Catch the pigeon

Current: Stop the pigeon

This one gets a lot of people. If you meet anyone unfamiliar with this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, and they remember the Wacky Races spinoff cartoon show "Dick Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines", ask them what Dick Dastardly and Muttley were forever trying to do to the pigeon. Chances are they'll say "catch" as the song pops into their head, but listen today and it's "stop" throughout. Most people will just think this is actually from Wacky Races and not remember the spinoff, but that's easy enough to understand.

Even stranger is that when the song is translated, the "mistake" is translated too. For example (from Reddit), people remember it as "fånga duvan" in Swedish ("catch"), yet check today and its "stoppa duvan", which is "stop". In Romanian it's remembered as "prindeti porumbelul" ("catch"), but now is "opriti porumbelul" ("stop"). 

Historical Events  Movies
Back to the future van

Some say Toyota, some say VW

MMDE:Toyota

Current: VW Mini bus

Well, a movie specifically dealing with altering reality just had to feature a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect itself now, didn't it? We even get to see it in action as their antics actually cause newspaper articles to change before their very eyes.

Many remember the van, in which the terrorists who were trying to get the Doc to make a nuclear weapon for them but he used their plutonium to power his time machine, killed him with machine guns.

Watch the movie today and you see a distinctive VM minibus, yet many remember it as a Toyota. Some even remember it as both! Now that's truly ironic...