Historical Events  Brands
Demolition Derby

The famous 90's PlayStation 1 car wrecking game was called...?

MMDE: Demolition Derby

Current: Destruction Derby

Many folks of a certain vintage remember spending far too long in their youths feverishly bashing the heck out of those monster trucks in Demolition Derby, the smash hit on the PS1 from the 90's. The problem? It never existed.

There was a similar game on the same platform called "Destruction Derby", so could we just put this down to a misremembering? Not so fast. Whilst many do, many others swear it really was called Demolition Derby and it has somehow been changed since. Welcome to the Mandela Effect.

The folks who remember it as Demolition Derby get every other details spot on, right down to the names of the cars, the music, the track layouts and developer being Psygnosis and their crazy owl logo, yet insist the name is different.

Historical Events  People
Unabomber

The Unabomber was an MK Ultra victim?

MMDE: The Unabomber was not an MK Ultra victim

Current: The Unabomber was an MK Ultra victim

Well, this is a real twister. First we have the notorious MK Ultra programme, which was denied and ridiculed for years but turned out to be all too real, where the CIA conducted experiments aimed at using mind control on humans. Brainwashing was just the start - this moved onto everything ranging from using LSD to psychological torture

The Unabomber (real name Ted Kaczynski) was the terrorist who killed 3 people and injured 23 others when he carried out a bombing campaign between 1978 and 1995. His story is well-known, as is the lifestyle he led as a hermit in a shack in some remote forest.

What comes as quite the shock to most people is the fact he was an MK Ultra victim, yet this information is so widely available today it's being pointed to as "suddenly coming from nowhere", i.e. a Mandela Effect.

Historical Events  Movies
Inception

Inception: Hollywood's distinctive foghorn sound 

MMDE: "Inception" was the first movie the distinctive foghorn sound was in 

Current: The distinctive foghorn sound was not in the movie "Inception"

Everyone knows movies have stylistic trends. This goes back to the early days of cinema, when no comedy was complete unless someone's face received a generous helping of flying pie. Looking back, certain stylistic cliches can be spotted which almost date them. Your movie is set in a remote jungle? The opening sequence must have a low fly over shot. Your action thriller must have the hero being beaten up, and only winning through when all hope seems lost.

Technology plays a role too. Once some gimmick is tried once, and seen to catch on, it seems to be everywhere and usually gets it's name from the first time it was used. There's an example of this with the loud, dramatic, pounding, repeating sound that directors just can't seem to stay away from, and it's known affectionately as the "Inception Foghorn". The problem? It's not in the movie. At all.

Historical Events  People
Cleopatra

Where is Cleopatra buried?

MMDE: Cleopatra's tomb is in a known location in Egypt

Current: Cleopatra's tomb has never been found

At one time she was the most powerful woman in the world. Lover of Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar, Cleopatra was Egypt's last Queen.

So you'd have thought being so well-known and documented, the location of her tomb would be certainly known all along. It turns out, however, that's not the case, and in fact despite many false starts her final resting place is a complete mystery.

She died aged only 39 in 30 BC, supposedly allowing herself to be bitten by a cobra, whereas historians now say she poinoned herself using a sharp implement like a knife or hairpin.

Historical Events  TV
Dukes of Hazzard

What color was the Dukes of Hazzard car?

MMDE: Orange

Current: Flame Red

Who can forget the wild Dukes of Hazzard TV series from the 70's & 80's, with just some good old boys never meaning no harm?

The swashbucking heroes Luke and Bo were joined by Daisy, Jesse, Boss Hogg and a whole bunch more ... including The General Lee, their car.

Ask anyone what color it was and you'll most likely get an instant response of "orange". And whilst many photos today show that's the case, the others who say red are actually correct, at least technically. That's because it was painted "Flame Red", which is confusing because it's shade is closer to orange. Wikipedia says it was originally painted orange but blotches appeared, so they switched to GM Code 70, Flame Red.

However, so far the rumours of Boss Hogg being a tall slim guy always wearing a pink suit are completely unfounded...

Historical Events  People
David Carradine

When did David Carradine die?

MMDE: David Carradine did not die in 2009

Current: David Carradine died 2009

An explanation for the David Carradine Mandela Effect?

Actor/Musician David Carradine died in 2009, and since his death has been credited as an actor in more than 14 movies with the latest being released in 2017. Many people think he died much later, with the consensus being around that same year, 2017.

We are seeing this more and more, with Hollywood using techniques such as old footage from before an actor died, to a complete CGI recreation of them as seen in the latest Star Wars and Blade Runner movies.

This can only bring more confusion to the celebrity death class of Mandela Effects, because it also happens that some people even thought David Carradine actually died in the 90's. When they see him in movies released recently, it's almost certainly going to cause them to question these memories.

Historical Events  Brands
Starbucks

Is there a star on the crown of the Starbucks siren?

MMDE: The Starbucks siren's crown has no star

Current: The Starbucks siren's crown has a star

Most people are familiar with Starbucks and the famous siren in their logo, but when asked couldn't remember, without looking or being already aware of this, if there was a star in the crown the siren is wearing.

The history of the logo is very well documented, and all references today show it always had one. Yet there are some who swear it didn't used to, which means it's being described as a Mandela Effect.

Starbucks has outlets on 6 continents and in 76 countries, with a total of 27,340 locations.