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Historical Events  Music
Queen

Was that line always there at the end?

MMDE: Ends with "... of the world"

Current: Does not end with "... of the world"

Many people remember the ending of the famous Queen song "We are the champions" as "...of the world".

Video of Queen singing this line live does exist, but today you'll not find it on any of their records, and it apparently never was. It's not that the line isn't in the song at all, because that's how a few renditions of the chorus ends during it.

The controversy is the fact it seems to stop abruptly where it would naturally appear again, right at the end of the song.

Hardcore Queen fans are claiming it never was there at the end, but those saying it is a Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect are saying they are just experiencing a timeline in which that was the case, as would be the answer if you spoke to the original studio engineers.

Historical Events  Books
Dilem?a

How were you taught how to spell "dilemma"?

MMDE: Dilemna

Current: Dilemma

Everywhere today the spelling is "dilemma", yet many people still use "dilemna" claiming that's the way they were taught it in school.

There is even a website dedicated to this specific instance of the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect - it's at dilemna.info.

Could this be a side effect of the pronunciation?

There is also evidence this discrepancy could be related to the age or the country the speaker is from. In the UK nearly everyone just knows it as "Dilemma" and doesn't even know there is an alternative, yet those claiming otherwise seem to be from the US. 

Historical Events  Science
Bolton Dinosaur

Vanished overnight

MMDE: There was a huge dinosaur skeleton in the Bolton museum in the 1960's

Current: There was no huge dinosaur skeleton in the Bolton museum in the 1960's

In the 23 Jan 2006 edition of the The Bolton News, an appeal is made for information relating to a missing dinosaur. No, this isn't the plot to an old Disney kids movie, but apparently another Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect.

Many people visiting the museum in the 1960's remember being impressed by a huge dinosaur skeleton. They even remember where it was - in the museum entrance.

Yet no records of this exist and museum staff are equally baffled.

The leader of the council, Alan Rushton, lends credibility to the story by being one of those who definitely remembers it:

Am I supposed to accept that my eyes deceived me, or this enormous dinosaur was a figment of my imagination? I remember as a schoolboy going on visits to the museum and standing in awe, looking at it. I raised the matter when I was on the arts committee but we were never able to find any trace of it.

Historical Events  Religion
The Lion and the Lamb

Isaiah 11:6: What shall lie down with the lamb? 

MMDE: The lion

Current: The wolf

Many people are claiming the bible said the lion shall 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 weird and wonderful, in a bizarre 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 noticeable 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.