Historical Events  Science
London Bridge

What made the dodos extinct?

MMDE: Humans ate them

Current: Humans introduced animals which ate their eggs and food

The poor dodo lived for many thousands of years on its island paradise of Mauritius, where it had no natural predators. This meant being flightless was not a problem, but unfortunately this was it's downfall, because within 100 years of humans settling, it was extinct. The widely agreed date for this extinction is 1681.

The popular idea is that humans ate them, and this myth is so widespread it comes as quite a surprise to many to find out it's meat was terrible to eat, and this wasn't the cause of their extinction. In fact it was down to the pigs, rats and even monkeys which humans introduced to the island which then went and ate the eggs, and competed for food, of the birds. 

Historical Events  Music
Seal

Seal: Kiss from a rose

MMDE: "Kissed by a rose on the grave"

Current: "Kissed by a rose on the grey"

Seal's 1994 hit 'Kiss from a rose' was used in the Batman Forever soundtrack.

There's something odd about the lyrics, though.

It mentions in the first line a greying tower, and is full of imagery surrounding color. So the main refrain, which many people are sure is '...kissed by a rose on the grave' is seen today as ''...kissed by a rose on the grey"

Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey
Ooh, the more I get of you, the stranger it feels, yeah
Now that your rose is in bloom
A light hits the gloom on the grey

Historical Events  Movies
Cats vs Dogs

The 2001 movie where cats fought dogs was called...?

MMDE: Cats vs Dogs

Current: Cats & Dogs

It is an epic battle that has been fought for thousands of years.

Brought to the big screen in 2001, the legendary tale of the ongoing war between otherwise cute-looking cats, and their friendly-looking (but that might be just an act) dogs was made into a movie, which saw a sequel in 2010.

Many remember the movie Cats vs Dogs, which showed just how much is going on in this battle which we mere humans are totally unaware of. The problem? That movie never existed.

The movie everyone is thinking of is called "Cats & Dogs", but it's remarkable how many are sure they see the "vs" in  mental image when they conjure up the movie poster.

Historical Events  People
Agatha Christie

Was Agatha Christie found after her disappearance?

MMDE: Agatha Christie was not found after her disappearance in 1926

Current: Agatha Christie was found after her disappearance in 1926

There was a real world mystery surrounding the most famous mystery writer of her day, Agatha Christie, in 1926, when she disappeared from her Berkshire home. It sparked a manhunt larger than anything seen before - over 1,000 police officers were drafted in, and , for the first time, aeroplanes.. It was all the more concerning because she left her 7 year old daughter, Rosalind, behind.

Many remember the story, but not her being found. The current version of events have her turning up in a hotel in Yorkshire 11 days later, but some remember her never being found at all, and are pointing to this as a Mandela Effect. 

Historical Events  People
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs first said 'Great artists steal'?

MMDE: Steve Jobs first said 'Good artists copy, great artists steal'

Current: Steve Jobs was not the first to say 'Good artists copy, great artists steal'

He was quoting Picasso.

He was also being deliberately mischievous, by stealing the quote itself. Yet somehow, this worked and most people today believe it was he who said it originally. Nicely done ;-)

There was always a fuss around Apple's products, and it must be said also concerning some of the other things Steve jobs said. For example, like telling a customer it was his fault he couldn't get a signal because he was "holding his phone wrong".

Historical Events  Geography
Mount Everest

Where is the highest point on earth?

MMDE: Mount Everest

Current: Not Mount Everest

Following the MMDE regarding Australia's highest mountain not being where it was popularly thought to be, we now have one regarding the big daddy of them all - Mount Everest itself. 

Unlike the Australian one, this isn't down to the historical naming of territories but a technicality relating to how the heights themselves are measured. The standard way is "height above sea level", but there's an issue with that. It assumes the earth is a perfect sphere, which it's not. Gravity and it's rotation makes it appear as though it's squashed. This "bulge" contains the sea, so it's level is different at the poles to the equator by about 13 miles.

An alternative way to measure heights, which would handle the situation of the earth being slightly flattened at the equator due to gravity and rotation. is to measure the distance from the centre of the earth. When you do that with Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador, you find it is 3.966.80 miles from the center of the earth, with Everest being slightly less at 3.965.50 miles away.

Historical Events  People
Albert Finney

When did Albert Finney die?

MMDE: Albert Finney did not die in 2019

Current: Albert Finney died in 2019

Albert Finney was the famous English actor best known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning , Tom Jones, Two for the Road, Scrooge and many more.

Many people were surpised to hear of his death in 2019, since they were sure he'd died several years earlier.

There are reports of people being certain they read on his Wiki page he died in 2015. One explanation could be his earlier "death" is being confused with that of the real-life character he played in Erin Brockovitch, Edward L Masry, who died shortly after Big Fish.

People are now so switched on to the Mandela Effect that when they hear of a celebrity death this way, they now know instantly if it will be classed as one when they ask themselves if they though he was already dead.