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 among visitors to this website. Newest and any surging in activity are marked with an asterisk (*).
Explained issues are noted with a couple of chevrons or “greater than” signs (>>) and removed after a week or so.
*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.)
9/11 – Did it happen on 9/11, as most people remember, or on 9/10, as some recall?
Abraham Lincoln – Alternate death. Alternate death date of son, Tad, as well.
Barbara or Barbra Streisand?
*Berenstain Bears or Berenstein Bears – Simple confusion or did the spelling change, between realities? (Still one of the most popular topics at this website.)
*Betty White – Alive, well, and still feisty at age 93 in March 2015. Some recall her passing.
“Big” (the movie) – Alternate ending.
Brian Williams’ memories – A high-profile example of Mandela Effect, a blunder, or something else??
The Candidate, or The Campaign — One movie, one and a remake, two movies, or now three… and did the title change?
Challenger shuttle explosion date? (Per Wikipedia, 28 Jan 1986.)
Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer – Several people have (privately) reported a memory of his recent death. Wikipedia says still alive.
*Cinderella – Alternate central character or characters in the classic story or Disney re-telling?
Colors – Chartreuse is remembered as something other than yellow-green. Other colors in question include violet (blue-purple or red-purple?) and puce (dark red or purple-brown color, but many recall it as green).
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…?
*Dettox or Dettol? English cleaning product that changed names… but when and how often?
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. 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.
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.
Fidel Castro – Still alive (per Wikipedia) in early 2015, but some recall a 2011 death, as well as some sensational reminiscing by female media personalities, describing Castro as a 20th-century Casanova.
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.
Ghost Hunters TV show — Some remember the earliest show name as TAPS, not Ghost Hunters.
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 memorials prior to 2010.
*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.
*Helen Thomas (1920 – 2013), former White House reporter – A different death year?
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.
*Houston family (Whitney’s) – Conflicting memories about her children, after Whitney’s death? (Before Bobbi Kristina’s 2015 hospitalization.)
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? Conflicting evidence.
Jack Palance — An earlier death date than what’s in the current timestream.
Jerry Lewis – Remembered death late in 2013 or early 2014. Still alive in Oct 2014.
*Jif Peanut Butter – Or was it first “Jiffy” peanut butter?
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 a different date.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Location of 1969 “bed-in for peace.” (If you remember this, note the location before checking Wikipedia for the details.)
Jurassic Park – Original movie: missing scene?
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.
*Looney Tunes – Several conflicting memories.
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.)
*Married with Children – One character played by two different actors?
Mars – No moons or two moons?
Martin Luther King, Jr. — Shot with a handgun, at close range.
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.
Mister Rogers – Did an alternate death date slip into this timestream, around 2010? (We now have multiple, identical reports of this alternate death, from private correspondence and the Share… in Confidence comments.)
Muhammad Ali – Still alive (early 2015) per Wikipedia, but some recall his 2009 death.
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 (mostly 2000 or 3000, but a few recall 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.
Nelson Mandela’s death in prison, and his funeral, long before his actual death (in this timestream) on 5 December 2013.
>>Osama bin Laden – Death reported in 2001 in the Middle East and elsewhere, with obituaries. Conflicting reports provide explanations for both memories.
Patrick Swayze’s full recovery, reported after his tragic death.
Robert Crumb — Death reported, 1990s.
Robert Stack — Earlier death reports.
Ronald Reagan — Varying memories about when he was president, and when and how he died.
Sara Lee products slogan/jingle – Some recall “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee,” (1960s’ commercial: https://youtu.be/Iirw147LHkQ ) but others recall it as “Nobody does it like Sara Lee” (Wikipedia says “incorrectly reported,” but is it really an alternate memory, instead? Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Lee_Corporation )
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.)
Sex and the City – Was it “Sex in the City” when it first aired?
Shirley Temple — Death prior to 10 Feb 2014.
*SpongeBob SquarePants – More than one voice actor for title character? Wikipedia shows just one.
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.)
*Terry Pratchett – Died shortly after the announcement of his illness (2013), instead of March 2015?
Tiananmen Square – Memories of “tank boy” getting run over. (Popular topic, and opinions seem split as to whether it’s a Mandela Effect issue or simple conspiracy and media manipulation.)
*Timothy Leary – Former Harvard professor and LSD enthusiast, or serial killer as well?
Weather – Hurricane Katrina: April or August 2005, or another year altogether?
Whitey Bulger — Died in 2013? Still alive in this reality (as of August 2014).
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett – Divorced from her ~10 years ago? (As of Feb 2015, they’re still listed as a couple, but he divorced a previous wife in 1995.)
William Daniels (actor) – Died early 2000s? Still alive (<- Wikipedia link) in early 2015.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (movie) – Different ending after initial release? Different title?
Writers’ strike – 2007-2008 or some other year (21st century only)?
X-Men – Alternate abilities of Professor X?
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