A few “memories” seem to be emerging, and — as there is enough information to feature them — I’d like to create an individual webpage for each of them. (As I create individual pages, I’m linking to them from this list.)
In addition to comments at this website, I hear about alternate time streams (“Sliders” events) in email and everyday conversations. This phenomenon is far more “normal” than I’d realized.
Note: If you know of a widely-held belief in something that appears from an alternate history, leave a comment, below. If there’s enough interest — and as time permits — I’ll add an article about that topic.
So far, these are some of the memories that stand out. Newest are marked with an asterisk (*).
51 or 52 United States — The “extras” are usually Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.
Abraham Lincoln – Alternate death.
Berenstain Bears or Berenstein Bears – Simple confusion or did the spelling change, between realities?
“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?
*Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer – Several people have (privately) reported a memory of his recent death. Wikipedia says still alive.
*Colors – Chartreuse is remembered as something other than yellow-green ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chartreuse_%28color%29 ). This is an “in confidence” memory with enough collaborating evidence to make it interesting. If you recall the color chartreuse or a crayon color by that name (not a yellow-green), please leave a comment.
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…?
Dick Clark’s death… at least two of them. (Per Wikipedia, he died in April 2012.)
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.
*Disney World – Some people remember entering the Magic Kingdom through the castle. In their memories, the castle was at the very front of the park. (In this timestream, people go past the train station and Main Street before they reach the castle.) Alternate memory: Everything else matched the current timestream, but the castle was much closer to the end of Main Street.
*Disney World – Some people recall taking a monorail from the Orlando airport directly to the Disney World property.
*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.)
Dom DeLuise’s death. (He died in 2009, but that’s not the only memory people have.)
Empire State Building — The belief that there are no real, unobstructed photos of the entire building, taken at ground level or near ground level, showing the entire building in a single frame.
Ernest Borgnine’s death, years before it happened in 2012.
Freddie Prinze — Several memories, mostly related to Freddy, Junior, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and a child born around 2003 or 2004.
Games for PS 1, etc. that, apparently, never existed. Reports from people who clearly remember owning them and playing the games (now gone, since they were for much older systems) but find no records of those games, even on nostalgia sites, past eBay auctions, etc.
Geography (Misc.) — Locations and sizes of New Zealand. Location of Australia, as well. (Sri Lanka location link is below.)
Ghost Hunters TV show — Some remember the earliest show name as TAPS, not Ghost Hunters.
Henry VIII — Famous portrait of him holding a turkey leg? Reports that it’s not in this timestream.
Henry Ford – Died from cerebral hemorrhage or something else?
Henry Winkler / Fonzie — Two people (in confidence) have, independently, talked about Henry Winkler’s death during the filming of Happy Days. They recall the show episode created to explain that Fonzie had died, possibly in a motorcycle accident.
Honduras — History, location, and whether or not it’s an island.
Jack Palance — An earlier death date than what’s in the current timestream.
Jimmy Swaggart — Report death, still alive as of July 2012.
John Lennon — Date of death is 8 Dec 1980, but some have clear memories of the date as 10 Dec 1980.
*John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Location of 1969 “bed-in for peace.” (If you remember this, note the location before checking Wikipedia for the details.)
Justice League – Character differences. Check the characters you’re remembering and see if one is missing. (This is from private comments, and it’s as much as I’m ready to say, unless others remember the alternates.)
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 being confused with John Candy and other comedians who died.)
Martin Luther King, Jr. — Shot with a handgun, at close range.
Movie trailers — Several reported that seem never to have existed in our current timestream.
Mussolini – Looks different in historical photos now than how he looked in earlier photos & textbook pictures. Not just different photos, but a different man in them.
Mystery Science Theater — Variations of the numbers following show name (2000, 3000, 4000).
*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, he made a ‘Mr. Gorsky’ reference during his lunar voyage.
Nelson Mandela’s death in prison, and his funeral, 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.
Robert Crumb — Death reported, 1990s.
Robert Stack — Earlier death reports.
Segway – The company was started in 1999, and the product was in pre-production, limited release in 2002. (Ref.) My family and I lived near Segway founder Dean Kamen and we clearly recall the Segway in use in 1996. I called the company (2014) and asked, and they don’t have any information to support the 1996 date. (They also didn’t have any to deny it.)
Shirley Temple — Death prior to 10 Feb 2014.
Star Trek — Chakotay character killed, then returns — several episodes later — without much explanation. (I’ve talked about this — in person — with Robert Beltran, who played the character. That version of the storyline was never written or filmed.)
Star Wars — A specific scene — not a deleted scene — that some remember clearly, others don’t.
Terminator movie variations, before the deleted scenes were available on DVD. (This is one of several pre-DVD movies where people remember scenes that were never released, until they showed up on DVD.)
Weather – Hurricane Katrina: April or August 2005?
*Whitey Bulger — When this allegedly underworld leader died in 2013, some of us thought, “Well, that’s one way to avoid a messy trial.” We also discussed who might inherit Mr. Bulgur’s estate… and his reputation. The surprising issue is: As of August 2014, he’s still alive and still in prison. (His brother, Billy Bulger — former President of the Massachusetts Senate and former President of UMass — is still alive as well, so it’s not as if we confused the two.)