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Snow White

Snow White
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Here’s another cinematic discrepancy that we apparently all remember incorrectly: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Who could forget the way in which the Evil Queen says the phrase, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Most of us. Because that’s not what the villain says. The actual line is, “Magic mirror on the wall…”.

Old Smokey

Old Smokey
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This one might make you question your entire childhood. Remember the character that popped up in all of those wildfire prevention PSAs? Smokey the Bear, that’s him. Or is it? While he’s commonly referred to as Smokey the Bear, his “real” name is simply Smokey Bear, and his website confirms it.

Abe Vigoda

Abe Vigoda
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There’s a good chance at least once in your life you’ve presumed a celebrity or public figure has passed, when in fact they are very much still alive. Actor Abe Vigoda might be the most Mandela Effect example of this. Vigoda, who actually died in 2016, was reported dead by a number of different media outlets for some 30 years prior.

Chartreuse

Chartreuse
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Aaaah, chartreuse⁠ – such a lovely shade of pink, isn’t it? Or do we mean green? There’s a divide about whether or not chartreuse is in the green family or a reddish-pink. We’re here to tell you that it is actually a yellow-green colour and reportedly gets its name from the liqueur called Chartreuse.

Cinderella’s Castle

Cinderella’s Castle
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Today, Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyland parks around the world sits in the Magic Kingdom just beyond Main Street⁠ – an iconic symbol of the theme park. Do you remember when the castle served as the main entrance to the Magic Kingdom? Lots of people do! The only problem is the castle has always been in the exact same spot and was never located near the admission turnstiles.

Henry VIII

Henry VIII
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King Henry VIII is perhaps best known for his six (yes six!) marriages but history buffs also recall an infamous portrait of the monarch standing with a turkey leg in one hand. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a turkey leg but this alleged portrait never happened. Absolutely zero evidence today of Henry VIII holding the aforementioned turkey leg despite the widespread alternate memory alluding to it.

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Challenger explosion

Challenger explosion
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When the Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after lift off, it shocked the world. But the date of the tragedy is sometimes hotly contested, with memories of it occurring in 1983, 84, or 85. It, in fact, happened on January 28, 1986. It’s possible the alternate memory exists because space shuttle Challenger had experienced successful missions previously, including its initial launch in 1983.

Confused State

Confused State
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This feels like a particularly odd one but there are a host of people who remember being taught, at one time, that there are 52 states in the United States, as opposed to the reality of just 50. What could this stem from? Maybe folks are confusing states with the addition of U.S. territories, like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Either way, this one is a doozy for The Mandela Effect.

We Are the Champions

We Are the Champions
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With so much renewed publicity around rock icons Queen since the release of Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, music lovers are taking a closer look at their hit “We Are the Champions.” It became an accepted notion that lead singer Freddie Mercury passionately ends the song by singing “of the world!” But that didn’t happen in the recording, as evidenced by the lyrics.

Gremlins

Gremlins
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The 1984 cult classic was a hit with kids and adult moviegoers, but those who saw the movie remember the name of the villainous Gremlin differently. Some say his name was Stripe, while others insist he was Spike. As it turns out, the sinister Gremlin was, in fact, Stripe, though there is a licensed t-shirt available on Amazon under the name of Spike, adding to the confusion.

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