Historical Events  People
Denis Norden

When did Denis Norden die?

MMDE: Early 2000's

Current: 2018

Many people were surprised to hear of the death of Denis Norden in 2018 because the were sure he'd died many years earlier.

Asked about it, the consensus seemed to be the early 2000's. Many also remember watching tribute shows covering his life story at some point after this.

He died aged 96, after a prolific career spanning the cinema, radio and TV and wrote scripts for several Hollywood films.

There was a "farewell tour" in 2007 which people could be confusing with the tribute.

Historical Events  Geography
Atlantis

Changed?

MMDE: Atlantis was a continent

Current: Atlantis was a city on an island

Plato described Atlantis in some detail, and said it was destroyed 9000 years before his time.

Reading today what he wrote, we find he described a city of concentric circles each separated by waterways. The problem is most people remember Atlantis being described as a continent, which is vastly different, and are pointing to this discrepancy as being an MMDE.

Of course there is huge debate over whether it existed at all, but that's not the issue here. The fact so many remember being told if it did exist, it was a continent, is what's causing all the fuss.

Historical Events  Art
We can do it!

Does Rosie look different?

MMDE: Smiling

Current: Not smiling

Rosie, the distinguished mascot from the 1943 US "We can Do It!" war poster, seems different today to some people who are experiencing this as an MMDE. 

She's actually called "Rosie the Riveter". People are reporting they remember her smiling, and with a bigger arm muscle than is seen in the poster today.

The war effort required women to work on what was traditionally the work of men, so the character was created by the government - along with her own song and movie! - to encourage solidarity and boost performance.

Historical Events  Books
Three little pigs

Three little pigs: "I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house ___"?

MMDE: Down

Current: In

The story about the Big Bad Wolf trying to blow down the three little pigs house was first published in the 1840's, but it's thought to be much older than that.

Ask people to complete the line, and you may be in for a surprise. If they answer "Down", they may be experiencing an MMDE, because all references today show it as "In". 

The fable continues to the modern day, with the pigs appearing in the Toy Story and Shrek movies and they even feature in a full production stage musical. There's been some controversy over the years regarding their names, but the consensus today seems to be Browny, Whitey and Blacky.

Historical Events  Movies
The Fly

The 1958 version: color or black and white?

MMDE: Black and white

Current: Color

First off, those experiencing this MMDE are well aware that TV's from the late 50's and 60's were black and white, so even though that's the knee-jerk explanation for this, it's not what they are saying. At that time, TV's themselves were still rare, so most would have seen the movie in the cinema anyway.

What they remember is the movie being in black and white, whereas today all references show it as always having been filmed in color.

There were posters and publicity shots which are in black and white, and are still easily searchable on the internet, which may have contributed to the idea it was not filmed in color.

Historical Events  Science
Banannas

Bananas - Which way up do they grow?

MMDE: Fixed at top, pointing downwards

Current: Fixed at bottom, pointing upwards

Here's a peculiar one - which way up do bananas grow?

Some people are claiming they don't remember them growing the way they appear today, i.e. with the fixed part at the bottom and the fruit pointing upwards, and are pointing to this as an MMDE.

This could get confusing, because therer are some rarer types which do grow downwards. However, the sight of a bunch of "upside down" bananas (as they call them) growing on a tree still hits them as something they were sure they'd have known about.

One reason people seem surprised could be mundane - you always see bunches in supermarkets, grocery stores etc, laid out downwards, so assume that's how they grew in the wild.

Historical Events  Art
Hiking emjoji

Where is the hiking emoji?

MMDE: There's a hiking emoji

Current: The hiking emoji people remember is missing

This is an unusual MMDE, because it might be fixed at any time, so all we can report is that as at Aug 2018, there was no hiking emoji whereas many people remember there being one.

Reddit shows an example of a report of this, where emojis for many other outdoor activities are plentiful but for some reason the hiking one was not only missing, but the details of what it looked like were very clear too. It was described as a figure with two sticks, brown hair, a red shirt and blue shorts.

Pretty detailed for something which never existed!