Historical Events  People
Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons wore a headband...

MMDE: Almost always

Current: Rarely if at all

Before the internet, in the 1980's the keep fit craze was spread into people's homes via the new technology known as the video cassette. Popularised by Jane Fonda with her famous workout, the scene was set for a flamboyant male equivalent to make his mark. That came in the from of Richard Simmons from Hollywood - a funny, unlikely character who seemed to never be away from TV chat shows and celebrity functions.

However, many people picturing him in his zany striped shorts and flyaway frizzy hair also are sure they remember one distinctive trademark detail - his headband. 

It comes as quite a shock, therefore, when they are told he never wore one and despite the many images of him on the internet today, none of him sporting one can be found.

Historical Events  Brands
Father Christmas

When did the fat bearded, red and white Father Christmas image first become popular?

MMDE: 1850

Current: 1931

When did the image of the Father Christmas we know today become popular? We think of him as a large, rotund man dressed in red and white fur with a big jolly beard, but this image has an origin which surprises many people who just assume he's been around this way for hundreds of years.

In fact this image was popularised in the 1930's by - of all things - a Coca-Cola advertising campaign. It did exist already, having been created shortly before, but wasn't widely known until they adopted it for a 30 year plus advertising campaign.

In fact until then there was the idea of Father Christmas, but no common image of what he looked like. 

He sometimes was shown as anything ranging from a tall, priest-like figure to even a small elf!

Historical Events  Religion
St Nicholas

What color were they before they were red?

MMDE: White

Current: Tan/green

Saint Nicholas was born in Greece in 270 AD. He was a bishop, so would have worn the appropriate bishops attire of the day.

He was known for being kind to children, often gifting them with presents as he travelled preaching the Christian word.

Many people who are aware the modern image of Santa Claus, in his red and white clothing with a huge white beard, is less than 100 years old, are surprised to hear how he looked originally. That's because they think he wore white flowing robes, whereas in fact they were mainly tan with a little green.

Historical Events  Religion
David and Goliath

How tall was Goliath?

MMDE: 9 feet 6 inches

Current: 6 feet 9 inches

We all know the story of David and Goliath, where the famous Biblical tale describes the Philistines epic battle with the Israelites coming to a head with each sending a single man to fight each other. The Philistines sent Goliath, said to be a huge giant, whereas the Israelites sent David, unarmoured except to a sling and 5 rocks, after David put his faith in God. The outcome is legendary - David defeated Goliath with a rock to his head. That's pretty impressive for such a big giant ... but wait a moment, just how tall was he?

Many people are surprised when they hear the translation into a modern description of his height, recorded as "Six cubits and a span". That's because it's 6 feet and 9 inches - the same height as the heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, for example.

Historical Events  Brands
A1 Sauce

A1 Steak Sauce or A-1 Steak Sauce?

MMDE: A-1 Steak Sauce

Current: A1 Steak Sauce

The original can be traced back to a chef of King George IV in 1824, but was it called "A-1 Steak Sauce" or "A1 Steak Sauce"? Many people are sure it had the dash, and are surprised to find today it's missing, and always has been. Rather than accept faulty memory being to blame, they are calling it a Mandela Effect

It was registered ass a trade mark in 1895 and there have been a few legal tangles since related to the name, including at one point a competitor bringing out an "A2". There was a rebranding of Kraft's famous sauce, but it wasn't the one we're interested in here. In May 2014, Kraft changed it from "A.1. Steak Sauce" to "A.1. Sauce".

Historical Events  Books
Mickey Mouse Suspenders

"Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well"

MMDE: In Hamlet

Current: Not in Hamlet

It's a really famous line from a really famous play, so do you remember "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well" being in Shakespeare's Hamlet?

It turns out the actual line is very different, in fact it is "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio".

The original text is:

Let me see. (takes the skull) Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! 

Historical Events  TV
Mickey Mouse Suspenders

What did Snoopy's tail look like?

MMDE: Thin black line

Current: White

How do you remember Snoopy's tail?

Making his first appearance in the 1950's comic strip Peanuts, the faithful sidekick of Charlie Brown became as famous as his master when they both made the leap from  book to TV cartoon show.

Many remember his tail as being a single black line, and are surprized to see it today as white with a black outline, like the rest of his body. Changes like this are pointed to as Mandela Effects, because even though many people remember it differently, all the current evidence in the form of images and videos show it's always been the way it appears today.

It's quite ironic that Snoopy gets his own Mandela Effect, because his creator and artist, Charles Shultz, is the subject of one too. Or is that Charles Schulz?