Major Memories

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Research topics trending now

Berenstain Bears or Berenstein Bears – Which do you recall? (Still one of the most popular topics at this website.)

Colors – Chartreuse – something other than yellow-green? Many people recall chartreuse as a pink or reddish color. Other color memories, too.

Curious George – Tail or no tail? (He’s never had a tail.)  This is part of my article about dual memories.

Disney Movies – In “Snow White,” did the evil queen say “Mirror, mirror…” or “Magic mirror…”? (In this reality, it seems to be the latter.) And “Who’s the fairest of them all?” or “Who’s the fairest one of all?”

Gremlins character  (movie) – Spike or Stripe?  The only reliable sources say it was always Stripe, not Spike.

Life cereal commercial (1970s) – Did Mikey like everything, eat everything (or “eats anything”), or hate everything? (In this reality, it was “he hates everything.”) See Comment thread.

Reba McIntyre or Reba McEntire? – Decide how you remember it before visiting her official website or Wikipedia to see the real spelling.

Sky – Changes in the sun, moon, stars, planets and their moons, constellation configurations and placement, and the color of the sky in general.

Twins… that aren’t – Reports of people who look exactly like someone’s twin (not just “somewhat like”) but aren’t actually twins. Different from doppelgangers, and more like the same physical design appearing again. Two alternates temporarily in the same reality…? (See this comment and thread for more.)

Video Games – Alternate Versions…? Several reports related to different games, online and off.

Articles about alternate memories (past and present research topics)

51 or 52 United States — The “extras” are usually Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, neither of which are actually states. (Puerto Rico is a territory. DC is a district.)

Billy Graham’s funeral on TV. It didn’t happen, here. As of September 2015, he’s still alive.

Brian Williams’ memories – A high-profile example of Mandela Effect, a blunder, or something else?

Challenger shuttle explosion date? 1984, 1985, or 1986? Winter or another time of year? (Per Wikipedia, it was 28 Jan 1986.) Also, alternate memories about the Columbia.

David Soul’s death – As of October 2015, he’s still alive, healthy, and starring in new productions.

Ernest Borgnine’s death, years before it happened in 2012.

Forrest Gump – Was the famous line “Life IS like a box of chocolates…” or “Life WAS like a box of chocolates…”?  In this reality, it’s the latter.

Freddie Prinze — Several memories, mostly related to Freddy, Junior, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and a child born around 2003 or 2004.

Geography — Locations and sizes of New Zealand.  Locations of Australia, Honduras, Japan, Manchuria, and more.

Ghost Hunters TV show — Some remember the earliest show name as TAPS, not Ghost Hunters. (Yes, we know the real-life team is called TAPS, and some of their gear has always said that.)

Henry VIII portrait with a turkey leg in his hand — Many people clearly recall seeing it in history books, but there’s no record of it, now.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Did the Great Pumpkin appear near the end of the holiday special, or was it just Snoopy’s shadow?

Jif or Jiffy Peanut Butter – Jif peanut butter was never called “Jiffy,” in this timestream.

Lindbergh baby – Never found? In this timestream, the 20-month old baby was found 12 May 1932.

Martin Luther King, Jr. — Shot with a handgun, at close range, or another cause of death?

MacDonald’s or McDonald’s? – Fast food restaurant chain name.

Muammar Gaddafi — Some death memories from years before he was killed (in this timestream), and a couple of memories of him fleeing his country.

Neil Armstrong died in 2013, not 2012?  Also, some are sure he made a ‘Mr. Gorsky’ reference during his lunar voyage. (Latter debunked in this timestream by Snopes, but does anyone actually recall hearing it?)

Nelson Mandela’s death in prison, long before his actual death (in this timestream) on 5 December 2013.

New Zealand’s location, relative to Australia.

Patrick Swayze’s full recovery, reported after his tragic death.

Red/blue – Pepsi logo changes, Chevron logo changes, and other color swaps… are they markers, cues, or signs to watch for?

September 22nd or 23rd? – Some people recall events shifting from one of these dates to another.  (The reaction to this article — on- and off-site — has been disproportionate to its apparent minor importance.)

Sri Lanka location, due south of India, not southeast. (Also see ancient maps at this article about geography changes, in general.)

Star TrekChakotay character killed, then returns — several episodes later — without much explanation. (I’ve talked about this — in person —  with Robert Beltran, who played the character. He’s sure that version of the storyline was never written or filmed.)

Thanksgiving (USA) – The third or the fourth Thursday in November? (Since 1941, it’s always on the fourth Thursday.)

Tiananmen Square – Memories of “tank boy” getting run over. (Might be Mandela Effect issue or simple media manipulation.)


More celebrities

Agatha Christie – Never found after her 1926 disappearance? (In this timestream, she turned up 10 days later, but never explained. Ref: )

Barbara or Barbra Streisand? (In some cases, it’s a common typo.)

Betty White – Alive, well, and still feisty at age 93 in March 2015. Some recall her passing.

Brian Dennehy – Alive and well, per Wikipedia, but a couple of us have other memories.

Charles Schulz or Schultz? (Creator of Peanuts comics and TV shows including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, etc.) The correct spelling in this timestream is Schulz. ( )

Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer – Several people have (privately) reported a memory of his recent death. Wikipedia says still alive.

Coen brothers or Cohen brothers? – American film producers & screenwriters. Which spelling do you recall? Note: Different from producers John Cohen (“Ice Age,” “Despicable Me,” etc.), Rob Cohen (“The Mummy,” “The Fast and the Furious,” etc.), and Charles S. Cohen (“Frozen River.”) Not the musicians, either. Comment link.

Dick Clark’s death… at least two of them. (Per Wikipedia, he died in April 2012.)

Dick Van Patten – Died prior to his June 2015 death in this timestream?

Dom DeLuise’s death.  (He died in 2009, but that’s not the only memory people have.)

Don Rickles – Still alive in Oct 2015 (per Wikipedia) although some recall his earlier demise.

Elizabeth Banks – Anything odd? (This is from a confidential comment, and we want to avoid giving hints.)

Forrest J. Ackerman – Died in 2008 in this timeline (per Wikipedia), but others recall alternate, earlier death dates.

Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) – Died in 2003, or later?

Hal Holbrook – Born 1925, and still alive in January 2015. His late wife, Dixie Carter, passed away in 2010. Several remember Mr. Holbrook’s own death &  memorials prior to 2010.

Helen Thomas (1920 – 2013), former White House reporter  – A different death year?

Henry Ford – Died from cerebral hemorrhage or something else?

Houston family (Whitney’s) – Conflicting memories about her children, after Whitney’s death? (Before Bobbi Kristina’s 2015 tragic death.)

Jack Palance — An earlier death date than what’s in the current timestream.

Jayne Meadows Allen — Died 2015 or much earlier? (She was an actress, and widow of comedian Steve Allen.)

Jerry Lewis – Remembered death late in 2013 or early 2014. Still alive in Oct 2014. (Different from Jerry Lee Lewis, the colorful singer/songwriter.)

Jim Henson – Died of complications from a strep infection, or from cancer?  (In this timestream, initially reported as walking pneumonia. See )

Jimmy Swaggart — Report dead, but still alive as of July 2012.

John Denver’s death — When and where? In this reality, 12 Oct 1997 near Monterey Bay, California.

John Lennon — Date of death is 8 Dec 1980, but some have clear memories of a different date.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – What was the location of 1969 “bed-in for peace”?  (If you remember this, note the location before checking Wikipedia for the details.)

Jon Bon Jovi – A startling, mid-1990s lifestyle announcement?

Kathie Lee Gifford or Kathy Lee Gifford? In this reality, it’s always been “Kathie.”

Katy Perry – Memories of her using the name Kate, not Katy.

Li Qi – Chinese comedian, reported death, still alive in early 2014.

Louie Anderson –  Alive and well now, but his death (and therefore cancellation of his TV show) at some point in the past. (Not confused with John Candy and other comedians.)

Muhammad Ali – 2009 death? Still alive (early 2015) per Wikipedia.

Peter Fonda – Died several years ago? (Not confusing him with his dad, actor Henry Fonda, who died in 1982.)

Peter Townsend or Peter Townshend — Spelling change? (One is a singer-songwriter for The Who. The other is an American drummer.)

Richard Chamberlain – Died in the 1990s? Still alive (as of Oct 2015), and – related memory – James Franciscus was not his brother.

Robert Crumb — Death reported, 1990s. Still alive (July 2015). Artist responsible for Fritz the Cat and the iconic Keep on Truckin’ graphic, etc.

Robert Stack — Earlier death reports.

Rod Serling or Rod Sterling? Some recall the latter spelling, not as a typo but as a clear memory reported by sincere fans of his work.

Rodney King – Alternate memories of his death, 1991? Accidentally drowned in 2012 in a swimming pool? Other alternate memories, too.

Shirley Temple — Death prior to 10 Feb 2014?

Terry Pratchett – According to some, he died shortly after the announcement of his illness (2013), instead of March 2015.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett – Divorced ~10 years ago? (2015: Still listed as a happy couple. He divorced a previous wife in 1995.)

William Daniels (actor) – Died early 2000s? Still alive (<- Wikipedia link) in early 2015.

Yogi Berra (athlete) – Died 22 Sep 2015, but some recall an earlier death.

More events… when and where?

9/11 – Did it happen on 9/11, as most people remember, or on 9/10, as some recall?

Weather – Hurricane Katrina: April or August 2005, or another year altogether?

Writers’ strike in Hollywood – 2007-2008 or some other year (21st century only)?

More geography

Adam’s Bridge (also Ram Setu, Rama Setu, Setubandhanam, and other names) – Some recall it fully above sea level in the mid-late 20th century, while historical records (in this timestream) say it was partially submerged — due to a cyclone — in the late 15th century.  (ref: )

Alaska – Coastline radically different than you recall?

Arctica – Hasn’t existed for a very long time?

Japan – Where do you recall it, in relation to China?

Korea – N. Korea borders Russia? That’s what maps show.

Madagascar – Location and general geography. Not just a map issue.

Mongolia – A country or part of China… and where is/was it?

Wales – East or west of England and Scotland? (It’s west. From London, go west on the M25 to the M4, and follow the M4 into Wales.)

More media (TV, films, books, magazines)

Big (the movie) – Alternate ending.

The Candidate, or The Campaign — One movie, one and a remake, two movies, or now three… and did the title change? (Solved, maybe: See the related HuffPost page. Compare the article title and the inset video clip title.)

Carmen Sandiego (“Where in the World Is…”) – Yellow trench coat or red, in the earlier TV series? Some recall yellow, but haven’t found it yet in online searches. Comment link.

Cinderella – Alternate central character or characters in the classic story or Disney re-telling?

Cruella DeVille or De Vil? – Disney’s 101 Dalmatians movie reference. [See comment.]

Duggars – Was the show (briefly) “21 Kids and Counting”?

Fred Rogers’ song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” – Is the opening line “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” or “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood”? (It’s “this.” See and

Hand gestures in movies – Do you recall different hand gestures in movies? For example, a more elaborate hand gesture by Antonio Banderas, with a candle, in Interview with the Vampire?  See the YouTube clip from the movie, around the 2:03 point. I’m looking for specific descriptions of the alternate gesture.

Independence Day (movie) — Characters now missing from a major scene? (This has been reported privately, twice, and we’re looking for confirmation from others.)

Interview with a Vampire, or Interview with the Vampire? (Probably not Mandela Effect. Different titles were used on published book, in this reality.)

Jurassic Park – Original movie: missing scene?

Justice League – Check the characters you’re remembering and see if one is missing.

K-PAX (movie) – Starred Kevin Spacey or Nicholas Cage? (In this timestream, it’s Spacey.)

Looney Tunes or Looney Toons? – Several conflicting memories.

Married with Children – One character played by two different actors?

M.A.S.H. (TV series) – Some recall the in-series death of Walter “Radar” O’Reilly. However, that wasn’t part of the story in this timestream.

Mystery Science Theater — Variations of the numbers following show name (mostly 2000 or 3000, but a few recall 4000).

Sex and the City – Was it “Sex in the City” when it first aired? That’s an alternate memory many people recall.

Star Wars – Was the iconic line “Luke, I am your father” or “No, I am your father”? Also a missing scene. (Not just “deleted.”)

Terminator (and other movie) variations, “remembered” before the deleted scenes were available on DVD.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (movie) – Different ending after initial release? Different title?

X-Men – Alternate abilities of Professor X?

More news reports

Whitey Bulger — Alleged Boston (MA, USA) gangster. Died in 2013? Still alive in this reality (as of August 2014).

More politics and political leaders

Abraham Lincoln – Alternate death. Alternate death date of son, Tad, as well.

Fidel Castro – Still alive (per Wikipedia in early 2015), but some recall a 2011 death.

Mussolini – Looks different in recent historical photos. Not just different photos from what are in older news articles and textbooks, but a different man.

Osama bin Laden – Death reported in 2001 in the Middle East and elsewhere, with obituaries.

Ronald Reagan — Varying memories about when he was president, and when and how he died.

More pop culture

Sara Lee products slogan/jingle – Some recall “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee,” (1960s’ commercial: ) but others recall it as “Nobody does it like Sara Lee.” And, they’re clear that they didn’t just mis-hear it.

Volvo car symbol (the badge/icon/logo on the car)… did it change?

Spelling (names)

Berenstein – Berenstain (Bears books, etc.)
Dettol – Dettox (cleaning products)
Fruit Loops – Froot Loops (breakfast cereal)
Jiffy – Jif (peanut butter)
Kathy Lee Gifford – Kathie Lee Gifford (entertainer)
Kate Perry – Katy Perry (entertainer)
MacDonald’s – McDonald’s (restaurant)
Oscar Meyer or Oscar Mayer? – Processed meat products’ brand name. (See comments.)
Pete Townsend – Pete Townshend (drummer for The Who)
Reba McIntyre – Reba McEntire (entertainer)
Sketchers – Skechers (footwear brand name – It’s Skechers in this reality.)
Western Sizzler – Western Sizzlin – Name in this timestream is Western Sizzlin (ref: ). Even FB pages lists Western Sizzler (ref: ).

(In every case, the latter spelling is correct in this reality.)

More spelling (dictionary)

Definitely or definately? Apparently, it’s the most misspelled word in the English language, but where did “definately” come from and why do people remember being taught that spelling in school…?

Dilemma or dilemna? A lot of people seem to recall the latter (the version with an N), but — in this timestream — it looks like that was never the correct spelling.

Other topics

Disney theme parks

Disney World – Some people remember entering the Magic Kingdom through the castle. A second, alternate memory: Everything else matched the current timestream, but the castle was much closer to the end of Main Street. (At Disney World, not Disneyland.)

Disney World – Some people recall taking a monorail from the Orlando airport directly to the Disney World property. The Orlando airport has a train, not a monorail, and it doesn’t take people to Disney World.

Disney World – A separate theme park in the Orlando (Florida) area. Maybe intended as a beta test site for attraction concepts? It’s not an abandoned park or project, and it’s much smaller (in acreage) than the main WDW property.  Two main areas: (1) The theme park, and (2) one crescent-shaped building with shops and restaurants, plus one larger hotel on the other side of it. Generally, the theme park attractions are multi-level. (Note: Not confused with Universal Studios’ theme parks.)

Mars – No moons or two moons?

Segway – Available in beta around 1996? (No. The company was started in 1999, and the product was in pre-production, limited release in 2002. Ref.)

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