Historical Events  Geography
Mount Kosciuszko

Where is Australia's highest mountain?

MMDE: Australia's highest mountain is Kosciuszko

Current: Australia's highest mountain is not Kosciuszko

It sounds like a crazy trick question - which country is Kosciuszko, Australia's highest mountain in? The answer is a little contrived but none the less very surprising. To cut to the chase, it might be helpful to ask if Britain's highest mountain is still Ben Nevis if you include Britain's external territories. The technical answer, which itself comes as news to many, is no, it becomes Mount Paget in the South Atlantic.

The situation in Australia is similar. The highest point on mainland Australia is Mount Kosciuszko. But that's not the highest mountain in Australia. In 1947, Great Britain handed over to the Commonwealth of Australia one of its most remote areas, the Heard and McDonald Islands in the Indian Ocean. Heard Island is home to Mawson Peak, which is 1,700 feet higher than Kosciuszko, and that's why you'd naturally think the highest point on the mainland is Australia's highest mountain, but technically it's not.

Historical Events  Geography
The Great Tartaria

Can an entire country "larger than Russia" disappear?

MMDE: Tartary never existed

Current: Tartary existed from the middle ages to the mid 1800's

Why have so few people heard of the country called Tartary, said to be 'larger than Russia',  which existed from the middle ages until the mid-1800's? Is it possible it has been deliberately erased from history, or is there more to this than meets the eye?

There is a growing body of evidence which shows Tartary simply disappeared from existence. This was not due to a war, since any it was involved in would certainly be well-known in world history.

Tartary had it's own flag, government and was considered a major political power as recently as the 18th century.

Historical Events  Religion
David Soul

The Gospel of Judas Iscariot

MMDE: There is no Gospel according to Judas

Current: There is a Gospel according to Judas

A carbon dated leather-bound papyrus manuscript from 280AD was published by The National Geographic Society as The Gospel of Judas.

It was called the Codex Tchacos when first discovered in Egypt in the 1970's, after the antiquities dealer, Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos. It's in over a thousand fragments, and is thought to be a translation of an older Greek manuscript from AD 130-170. 

The contents are controversial. It is said Judas was the only disciple who was told the true message from Jesus, and far from being his betrayer was in fact acting according to the instructions of Jesus.

Historical Events  People
David Soul

When did David Soul die?

MMDE: David Soul died in 2016

Current: David Soul did not die in 2016

Famous for his role in the action TV series Starsky and Hutch, plus his music, theatre and movie career, David Soul has made many a female fans heart flutter over the years. It was with great happiness, therefore, when many people heard he was alive and well as of Feb 2019, because they were sure he died in 2016.

Celebrity death hoaxes are rampant on the internet, probably because they are so easy to start - all it needs is s tweet, or a post in the right message forum. Don't forget the famous saying about bad news having gone round the world twice before good news catches up with it. 2016 was a particularly bad year for real celebrity deaths, so adding David Soul to them might seem plausible to some.

There are many reports of people specifically remembering how he died - by committing suicide.

Historical Events  People
Birdman of Alcatraz

How many birds did the Birdman of Alcatraz have?

MMDE: The birdman of Alcatraz had hundreds of birds at Alcatraz

Current: The birdman of Alcatraz never had any birds at Alcatraz 

Portrayed as the gentle, caring bird lover who ended up in Alcatraz as a victim of circumstance in the famous 60's movie starring Burt Lancaster, most people today think of him as non-violent, with some even going so far as to say he was innocent.

Robert Stroud was actually a violent convicted murderer who was sentenced to hang 3 times. Each was delayed on appeal, before he was finally committed to life imprisonment. He was in Leavenworth prison in 1920, in solitary confinement, when he started caring for 3 injured sparrows. The numbers grew until he ended up with hundreds in his cell, for which the authorities provided equipment. He began researching and writing about the birds, and became famous as a result.

He was transferred to Alcatraz when it was discovered he was using his bird equipment in Leavenworth to make alcohol. No pets were allowed in Alcatraz. That means no birds.

Historical Events  Religion
Three wise men

Jesus: According to the bible, how many wise men were there?

MMDE: 3 wise men came to see baby Jesus

Current: The number of wise men seeing Jesus is not stated

When people think of a Bible question around the 3 wise men, they think it's about them being kings, because there are other references to this such as the carol "we three kings". The reason is the Bible doesn't say they were kings. What most don't realise is it also doesn't say how many there were. It seems history has somehow created this idea based on them bringing 3 gifts.

It gets worse - it doesn't even say they came to see him right after he was born. It only says they came to visit him as a baby, so it could have been up to a couple of years later. 

Historical Events  People
George W Bush

George W Bush Assassination attempt, 2006?

MMDE: There was no assassination attempt on George Bush in 2006

Current: There was an assassination attempt on George Bush in 2006

Did you know that in 2006, a man in Georgia threw a live hand grenade toward his podium in a rally in Georgia, formerly the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic?

So many are surprised by this that they are pointing to it as the type of Mandela Effect where some fact suddenly seems to "appear from nowhere" which, by it's nature, should be much wider known. Clearly an assassination attempt on a US President fits that description.

CNN reported that the perpetrator, Vladimir Arutinian of Tbilis, also tried to assassinate his own president, Mikhail Saakashvili, who was with Bush at the time. Two months later he killed a police officer.