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Historical Events  Movies
Wizard of Oz

I've a feeling/I don't think

MMDE: Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore

Current: Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

The Wizard of Oz features several times as a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect, which is remarkable for such a well-known movie.

The famous line from Dorothy as soon as she is transported there has also come up for scrutiny. See it today, and you hear "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", and not the claimed original of "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore".

As reported with the other incidents related to the Wizard of Oz, this could be connected to the fact there have been several cuts of the movie since the original degraded so much after being badly stored for years.

Historical Events  Science
Tombstone thunderbird

Cryptozoology

MMDE: A photograph from 1886 exists showing a huge flying creature

Current: No photograph from 1886 exists showing a huge flying creature

The little-known science of cryptozoology is little-known for good reason - it seeks to identify beings from fossil records and urban myths which don't actually exist or at least have no definitive proof for their existence. Things like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster and the Abominable Snowman and so on.

The Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect related to this is known as the Tombstone Thunderbird, the "Thunderbird" being a huge (light aircraft-sized) flying creature which has been reported at various times throughout human history.

In the 1960's a photograph was supposed to have been published of a creature killed near the town of Tombstone in the Arizona desert in 1886, and being described as looking like a pterodactyl.

Historical Events  Movies
Moonraker

When Jaws fell in love

MMDE: Dolly, the girl Jaws met, wore braces

Current: Dolly, the girl Jaws met, did not wear braces

During what is regarded as James Bonds "comedy" years, Moonraker in 1979 featured the seemingly invincible baddie "Jaws", played by the formidable Richard Kiel.  

Known as Jaws because of his fearsome metal teeth, he ended up crashing a cable car and emerging from the wreckage, only to see a sweet young girl approach to the sound of majestic violins. There is a brief awkward moment, when their eyes first meet across the dust and rubble, then the camera zooms into his face and he gives a huge flash of his sharp silver dentures. Then the girls face is shown as she smiles back, and here's where the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect kicks in - was she wearing metal braces too?

Historical Events  Brands
Oscar Mayer/Oscar Meyer

Nope, it's not Spelled "Oscar Meyer"

MMDE: Oscar Meyer

Current: Oscar Mayer

No-one argues its not pronounced MEYer, yet it's never been spelt that way.

Even their jingle where it's spelled out in the lyrics lends itself to the change.

The famous hot dog/weiner/bologna company has been going since 1883, yet those experiencing the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect swear it used to be spelt "Meyer".

This one could just be done to the pronunciation for people not particularly paying attention to the spelling, and this being copied by others in the same frame of mind but thinking it was correct when the saw if written down that way. 

Historical Events  People
Hitler

A short man with dark hair and brown or blue eyes?

MMDE: Hitler had brown eyes

Current: Hitler had blue eyes

Hitler regarded the traits of tall height, blond hair and blue eyes to signify a superior class of people - his "master race". Many people pointed out his own shortcomings in all these areas, including his eye color. However, if you research this today you find the official references all say he had blue eyes. Is this a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect in action?

It's been said the first casualty of war is the truth. Hitler's enemies would do anything to attack him, and propaganda about his person was rife. By saying he had brown eyes, even if they were blue - after all, there wasn't much color TV around in those days to check - would weaken him in the peoples minds by making him seem more of a hypocrite. There's even evidence his mother was half Jewish, which would add weight to this.

Color footage was in its early days during Hitler's time, but so little remains of it with him on that it appears everything we see now has been retouched. And that means his eyes were, too...

Historical Events  Brands
Pikachu

No colored tip anymore

MMDE: Black tip on tail

Current: No black tip on tail

Pikachu is often shown with either a red or black tip on his tail, but the official images of him today show this missing.

This Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect instance might well be the record for the number actual examples of the "incorrect" version available today. There are hundreds of examples just an internet search away, yet the Wikipedia official page shows no sign of this.

Small details like this may seem unimporant, but they serve as a great way to illustrate quickly what all the fuss is about. So many people grew up with the charaacter and remember drawing him, so for them this is a kind of childhood memory which suddenly jolted their reality.

There are some die-hard Pikachu fans who grew up drawing him and remember a plain tail - so where did the colored one come from and why is it so widespread? 

Historical Events  Art
The Thinker

Here's something to ponder - has his pose changed?

MMDE: Closed fist on forehead

Current: Open hand on chin

Did Rodin's famous "The Thinker" sculpture always have his open hand on his chin, or was it a closed fist on his forehead?

There are many people who remember him with the closed first on his forehead. As a test, next time you talk to someone unaware of this Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect ask them to make the famous Thinker pose - chances are, they'll do the fist-forehead one. 

Few people realise there were many copies of the sculpture, the most famous being Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris. Begun in 1880, The Thinker was initially a figure in a large commission for a doorway surround called The Gates of Hell, and Rodin based this on Dante's Divine Comedy.

Representing philosophy, one can only wonder what he'd make of all the controversy surrounding his pose over a century after his creation...