Historical Events  Movies
Mickey Mouse Suspenders

What held up Mickey Mouse's trousers?

MMDE: Mickey Mouse wore suspenders

Current: Mickey Mouse did not wear suspenders

Mickey Mouse made his full debut in the classic Disney cartoon "Steamboat Willie" in 1928.

Appearing today as a shaky black and white quaint historical curiosity, it's causing a stir amongst many people who are pointing to something it shows as a Mandela Effect. That is - he has no suspenders. They are certain he used to use them to keep his trousers up.

People are reporting that he definitely had them, not only because they saw them but because they distinctly remember what he did with them.  They remember him snapping them in time with the music as he turned the wheel, strutted across the deck and whistled, etc.

Historical Events  People
Neil Armstrong

Yup - it's THAT joke about his neighbor

MMDE: Neil Armstrong said "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" on the moon

Current: Neil Armstrong did not say "Good luck, Mr Gorsky" on the moon

Heard the one about the first man on the moon and his neighbor? Plenty have, and plenty more still believe it, yet despite this it's being called an MMDE because all references today show it to have been made up by a comedian.

The joke goes like this:

Just before reentering the lunar module after Apollo 11's EVA, Armstrong made the enigmatic remark, "Good luck, Mr. Gorsky." When Neil was a boy, Mr. Gorsky was his neighbor in Wapakoneta. One day while playing ball in the backyard, the story goes that young Neil heard Mrs. Gorsky shout at Mr. Gorsky: "Oral sex! You want oral sex? You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!" 

The comedian's name is Buddy Hackett and he is said to have first made it around 1990.

Historical Events  General
Titanic

Did it break during the launch ceremony or stay intact?

MMDE: It bounced and didn't break, which meant bad luck

Current: There was no champagne bottle

There's a mystery around the Christening of the Titanic. Many people remember the story of how the champagne bottle didn't break during the launch ceremony. This was significant because traditionally, it meant bad luck, which considering what happened to the Titanic is putting it mildly.

The problem is the story cannot be true because the White Star line, the owners of the ship, did not use champage bottles during the launch ceremony, and in fact the Titanic was never christened at all.

Those who remember the champagne bottle story may be experiencing a Mandela Effect.

Historical Events  Geography
Fort Knox

Where is Fort Knox?

MMDE: Fort Knox is in Tennessee

Current: Fort Knox is in Kentucky

Some are remembering Fort Knox as being in Tennessee, whereas all evidence today show it's always been in Kentucky.

Famous for it's gold reserves, as well as a military base, Fort Knox is the byword in security. Some people are reporting knowing servicemen who were placed there, and are sure they were in Tennessee.

There is a Knox County in Tennessee, as well as Knoxville, the town, both of which could be adding to the confusion, but apart from the name there is no connection.

Historical Events  People
The Blackout Ripper

There was a serial killer in London during the WW2 blackouts

MMDE: The Blackout Ripper is well known

Current: The Blackout Ripper is not well known

Gordon Cummings murdered 6 women in a style very similar to Jack the Ripper in London during the blackouts of the second world war. He was hanged for his crimes and is suspected of carrying out more which were never solved.

The only problem is - no-one seems to have heard of him. Go on, ask your family, friends and colleagues about him, and the chances are they won't have heard of him either.

When this happens, i.e. something which would be expected to be more widely known but isn't, some are pointing to a kind of Mandela Effect in reverse, where whole set of events suddenly popped into our timeline. Research today shows they were always there, as they would be, yet no-one can remember them. 

Historical Events  TV
Rip Torn

But ... it's an internet Meme!

MMDE: "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" said many times on "I love Lucy"

Current:  "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!" not said on "I love Lucy"

Sometimes even an internet meme can cross over to become connected with the Mandela Effect.

We've all seen the black and white internet meme image of Lucy from the 50's, captioned "Lucy, you got some 'splainin' to do!", along with some witty caption regarding what's gone wrong, but many are reporting they really do remember her saying this on the show. In fact this isn't the case, and the fact many actually do remember it happening is causing it to be classed as a Mandela Effect.

Historical Events  TV
Gilligan's Island black hat

What color was the Skipper's hat?

MMDE: Black

Current: Navy blue

Many people look at the photos and clips of the Skipper from Gilligans Island wearing a black hat, as seen today, and are sure there's something very off about it. They just don't remember it being black.

Most remember it being navy blue, but some also remember white, some grey etc. It's complicated by the fact when the show first came out in 1964, most saw it on black and white TV's so wouldn't have been able to easily tell the difference. As color took off later, these earlier impressions may have been the ones that came up years later, so the memory of the color didn't change.

There's another very closely related alternate memory around Gilligan's hat too - many remember it as being white, but all references today show it to have been tan all along.