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Historical Events  Science
Plague Pandemic

The last Plague Pandemic?

MMDE: The Black Death in the 1300's

Current: China 1855

Many people are familiar with the "Black Death".

This is the term for the plague outbreak in the 1300's which hit Europe and Asia, and is said to have killed around a third of the population.

However, many people are also surprised to hear this was the second of three major world plague outbreaks and it is being pointed to as one of those Mandela Effects where something expected to be much wider known "suddenly" appears in history.

The first was the Byzantine Empire in 541. The second was the worst by far, but the third was deadly too since it killed 12 million people in India and China.

The other shock is that the third outbreak was only considered contained in 1960.

Historical Events  Music
Safety Dance

Men without Hats: Safety Dance

MMDE: You can dance if you want to

Current: We can dance if we want to

The classic '80s song "Safety Dance" by the Candadian Band Men Without Hats is a song that still is a hit with the general public today.

With a catchy melody and memorable lyrics (and dance), it's no wonder the song is still popular 30 years later. However, one of the song's most memorable lines is also one of the most misheard.

The line "We can dance if we want to" is often sung as "You can dance if you want to". While Ivan Doroschuk, the lead singer of Men Without Hats, did sing "You can dance if you want to" at a live show, we're talking about the original recording. And "You can dance if you want to" is nowhere to be heard.

Historical Events  Books
Around the world in 80 days

Around the world in 80 days novel: Prominent mode of transport?

MMDE: Hot air balloon

Current: Hot air balloon not used at all

You might be able to do it in 80 hours nowadays, but going round the world was once such a fantastic idea that the Victorians were blown away by Jules Verne describing such a journey in his famous 1873 novel Around the World in 80 days.

There was a movie made of it in 1953 which, err, took a few liberties and might well be contributing to this one.

The question is - in the book, what was the prominent mode of transport they used? If you thought it was a hot air balloon, you might be experiencing a Mandela Effect, because it wasn't used at all. It was briefly described, but that's all

Historical Events  Music
Billie Jean

Who always told me?

MMDE: Mama always told me

Current: Mother always told me

When changes are noticed in worldwide massive hits, it's always a surprise to those who think they know the original. This is the case with Michael Jackson's classic Billie Jean - who always told him to be careful of who he loves?

It's one of his most famous songs, and he's said to be inspired by the never ending line of back stage groupies that were always trying to claim his brothers fathered their children when he was in the Jackson 5.

The line is question is at the end of the first verse.:

People always told me be careful of what you do
And don't go around breaking young girls' hearts
And mother always told me be careful of who you love
And be careful of what you do 'cause the lie becomes the truth 

Yet most people replace "mother" with "mama", as a quick search on YouTube for cover versions confirms.

Historical Events  Brands
Cup 'O Noodles

Cup O' Noodles or Cup Noodles?

MMDE: Cup O' Noodles

Current: Cup Noodles

Cup Noodles or Cup O' Noodles? They seem to have been with us forever, and are particularly well loved by busy students on a budget. Many swear the snack food from Nissin was called Cup O' Noodles, but only see it as Cup Noodles today. However, this one is different... :-)

Instant noodles were invented in 1958 by the guy who went on to found Nissin foods, Momofuku Ando, and in 1971 they were launched in the US.

However - and here's the twist - they really were called Cup O' Noodles in the US until 1993, when they became the plain Cup Noodles. This is an example of the pattern of a Mandela Effect being seen, in that there is little evidence today apart from in people's memories, yet is definitely not one.

Historical Events  People
Clive James

When did Clive James die?

MMDE: 2012

Current: 2019

Clive James was warmly thought of as the quick-witted, likeable 'bloke from Aussie', famous for his TV work. When reports of his death came out in 2019, many were taken by surprise, however, as they were sure he'd died 7 years earlier in 2012. 

There are many celebrity death stories which turn out to be fake. Sometimes there is more to them, such as the Nelson Mandela one itself. The Clive James one may have an explanation, however, from the fact that people remember it being 2012 when he died. That's because in that year he announced on BBC Radio 4 that leukemia "had beaten him".

In fact he went on to write a weekly column for The Guardian until June 2017, and seemed to be aware of the celebrity death hoax phenomenon, because in his inimitable style he titled it "Reports of My Death..."

Historical Events  Brands

What colors are the chevrons on the logo?

MMDE: Red above blue

Current: Blue above red

With it's roots going back to 1879, Chevron is one of the worlds largest companies. It's logo is very familiar the world over, but has it always been the way you remembered it?

Many are reporting the colors on the two chevron shapes have swapped over, that is, they remember the red one above the blue one rather than vice versa.

The Chevron we know today was created as a result of the federal government breaking up Standard Oil in 1911. One of the smaller parts, Standard Oil Co. (California), was using the Chevron name in the 1930's where it, and the logo branding, was adopted for the company moving forwards.