Historical Events  Movies
Independence Day: Welcome to Earf

Internet Meme

MMDE: Welcome to Earf

Current: Welcome to Earth

In the movie Independence Day, many people remember Will Smith saying "Welcome To Earf". It was a very badass oneliner. Now he just says "Welcome to Earth" unambiguously. Some articles suspect racism but they can't explain why so many people who aren't racist remember it that way.

It's a popular internet meme now and is so well known you see it on T-Shirts etc.

If he never said it, why do so many people have this false memory of him doing so?

Historical Events  People
Mick Foley

Hell in a Cell

MMDE: Died in a cage match in 1998

Current: Did not die in a cage match in 1998

People are remembering pro wrestler Mick Foley dying in a cage match when WWE was known as WWF. The cage match was called Hell in a Cell and took place in 1998.

They remember the roof of the cage ripping and him falling to his death. He was survived by his wife and children. In the current version of events, pro wrestler Mick Foley is thrown from the top of the cage twice, but managed to survive. The naysayers will say that they are being confused by the death in 1998 of pro wrestler Owen Hart, when he was being lowered from the ceiling down in front of a live audience. The line "snapped" and Owen fell to his death.

Presently, Mick Foley is alive and well, and it would be a brave soul indeed who questioned him about this to his face ;-)

Historical Events  People
Norma Jean Mortenson aka Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe's birth name?

MMDE: Norma Jean Mortenson

Current: Norma Jeane Mortenson

Ask most people today what Marilyn Monroe's birth name was, and they'll probably say "Norma Jean Baker". Some who know a little more might say it's "Norma Jean Mortenson". However, both are wrong.

According to todays records, she was born Norma Jeane Mortenson and baptised Norma Jeane Baker. In both cases, the Jeane ends with an "e" and is not spelt the way most remember.

In fact many people pronounce the name very differently. To them, it rhymes with "genie". Whilst the popular French derivative does sound like "Jean", it is odd that such a difference has only come to light recently. 

Historical Events  People
Madonna

What was Madonna's birth name?

MMDE: Maria Louise Ciccone

Current: Madonna Louise Ciccone

Many people remember Madonna's birth name not to be "Madonna Louise Ciccone" but "Maria Louise Ciccone", or sometimes "Maria Louise Veronica Ciccone".

They remember her adopting the "Madonna" name, and recall it caused a controversy with the church at the time.

Most records today show she was always called Madonna, but there are a few remaining clues this might not always have been the case. Here's such a website, which claims to cover her life story.

Historical Events  Brands
Pilsbury Dough boy

What color is his neckerchief?

MMDE: Blue

Current: White

Ahh ... The Pilsbury Dough Boy. Who can picture him without wanting to poke his stomach to hear that famous giggle?

When you do picture him, what color is his neckerchief? If you thought it was blue, you may have the same false memory as many others who are shocked to find that today it's white - and always has been.

His actual name is Poppin' Fresh, and he's been around since 1965. He became so popular a line of children's toys were created, and he even has an extended family now. He first appeared in the adverts using stop-motion animation, but from 1994 he's all CGI.

Historical Events  People
Elvis was a Karate Black Belt

Martial arts

MMDE: Elvis was not a black belt

Current: Elvis was a black belt

Records today show Elvis trained with Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee, and reached the 7th degree.

This surprises many, including life long Elvis fans, because every detail of his life is thought to be common and widespread knowledge by now. Those caught out are pointing to the Mandela Effect as the cause for this news "suddenly" appearing from nowhere.

He was awarded his 7th degree black belt in 1972, and went on to teach kenpo at the Pasaryu Karate Association. The similarity to the white fighting suits he wore and the later high collared ones in his Vegas years is striking too.

Historical Events  TV
Theme from "Friends"

"I'll be there for you ..."

MMDE: When the rain starts to fall

Current: When the rain starts to pour

Did ITV's Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway uncover a new Mandela Effect?

On Sat April 7th, 2018, the show featured The Rembrandts, who are best known for their "I'll be there for you" theme tune to the hit 90's show "Friends". It's been a huge favorite since it first aired, and has enjoyed an almost constant re-run presence since. The theme tune is loved and well-known to millions, yet most were caught out, as was one of the contestants, when asked to complete the line after the first "I'll be there for you". They said "when the rain starts to fall", whereas it's seen today as "when the rain starts to pour".

Being on national TV meant Twitter went crazy too, with many people commenting on how stunned they were to have been wrong all these years.