Okay we’re back to this once again. I don’t know about you, but this Mandela Effect thing has me questioning so many memories it’s not even funny. Yes, yes! I know all about confabulation and the fallibility of the human memory, but what about the things we have super-strong memories attached to?
Like Sesame Street
Stop right now and think of the theme song for this super-popular children’s show. It’s been around since the 60s and the song has never changed. You remember it. It goes “Sunny day, ____ the clouds away. On my way, to where the air is _____. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
Sing along! What does your ‘muscle memory’ fill in the blanks with?
Was it chasing / clear ?
Or maybe chasing / clean
Well if it was either one of those… you’d be wrong.
Almost everyone that I’ve asked personally about this one have ‘mis-remembered’ this song as one of the choices above. However, the actual song is “sunny day, sweeping the clouds away. On my way, to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?”
Take a listen below and see how it sounds to your ears.
And remember. It has “always been” the version you hear now.
This one makes me doubt so much about my childhood.
Speaking of Theme Songs
Here’s another one that completely blows my mind.
Yeah you know this one too.
“Watch it ____, see it ____.”
I’ve looked at commercials from every decade on this one and I can’t find a single version that matches the memory that I so vividly have and so easily sing. And again, this is one that I have asked several people about and their memory lines up with mine in most cases.
Wiggle / Jiggle – or vice versa?
I can hear it as plain as day.
It is, and “always has been” shimmer / glimmer.
Um, okay I’m convinced on this one that somewhere out there is the version that we remember and I just haven’t found it yet. But with as many as I listened to I was unable to find anything close to the song that I remember and what is there now, just doesn’t sound right at all. But it has “always been” this way apparently. If you happen to find the wiggle/jiggle version, please contact me because this one hurts my head.
I told you… there’s a ton of ’em
|Here is an oldie but a goodie!
Adolf Hitler! Do you remember anything special, other than the mustache, about his appearance?
Specifically about… His eyes. Do you remember learning what color they were?
Myself, and many others apparently, have very strong memories of learning that despite his ideologies regarding the blonde haired and blue-eyed Aryan race, he came from Jewish heritage and had brown hair and brown eyes. This is another one I would’ve been willing to bet money on, and yet another one that I would’ve resoundingly lost.
|Hitler has now “always had” blue eyes.
Were the teachers in the 70s and 80s really teaching us so much incorrect information? What would make so many people remember this otherwise inane piece of historical trivia incorrectly?
it just boggles my mind that so many people, from so many different walks of life, from so many different regions, all share the same, sometimes very vivid, incorrect memories.
The Haunted Forrest
I mentioned in my very first article on the Mandela Effect that the line “life is like a box of chocolates” never appears in the movie Forrest Gump. And that is still true. Forrest actually says “life was like a box of chocolates” and though I have seen a video snippet on YouTube that appears to indeed have this scene just as so many remember, in every full length U.S. version of the movie currently available, he only says “was like.” If any of you have a copy where Forrest actually says “life is like” please reach out to me as I would like to see an unedited version. If it does indeed exist.
Now here’s where it gets a little tricky(ier). Later in the movie, through flashback, Sally Field(s) is on her deathbed and tells him. “life’s a box of chocolates, Forrest.”
I watched it with my significant-other just a week before my original article and we’d rewound several times and BOTH heard her say it this way. Even the close captioning matched exactly as we heard.
But then it wasn’t. Again.
That’s what she actually says now.
There’s still no “Life is like a box of chocolates” like so many of us remember. Even though this line is quoted even on the back of the original VHS boxes.
Yeah, I know. We misremembered. Both of us. That’s what some of you are saying to yourself anyway. But the quote that she actually says, now anyway, is “life IS a box of chocolates” and Forrest says “life was like.” So if it changes again, we’re certainly going to catch it.
|made ya look!|
Okay ladies this one’s for you. The super popular cable show that even spawned a few movies was called ‘Sex ____ the City.’
This one should be easy. Right?
So many people, including my SO and her mother, remember it as “Sex In the City” and are adamant that this was the name.
But it’s not!
It is now, and always has been, “Sex AND the City.”
Yes, yes I know. “And the city” makes much more sense because of her article associated with the city. But you have to wonder, how did so many that watched this on a regular basis get it so wrong.
Even Candy Is Wrong!
Okay this is one that I don’t have real strong memories of but this Effect even got my granddaughter. Just about everyone loves chocolate and even those that don’t are inundated with the candy choices upon checkout at the grocery store.
Going strictly from memory, my granddaughter drew a picture of the wrapper and logo for KitKat candy bar. She is 11 years old and of course candy is another food group for her, or she thinks it is anyway. And her drawing happened to match the same detail that myself and many others remembered as being a part of the name.
Didn’t it ‘used to be’ Kit-Kat? With the –
I can picture the words offset slightly and that hyphen being there all along.
The same way she remembered.
But alas, we were both wrong. As are many of us.
It is now, and once again “always has been,” KitKat with no – and no offset.
“You like me… kinda sorta right now at this time… you like me”
Just throwing that out there in case this one starts to do one of those flip-flops things.
This one has been parodied numerous times over the years and many have quoted it in their own award acceptance speeches.
Sally Field(s) – in her Oscar acceptance speech for best actress in 1984’s Places in the Heart, Sally says “You like me, you really like me.” To this day I can still hear her voice inflection and the excitement her face showed as she said the words above.
Except she never said it. Not like that anyway.
Nope, She actually says “I can’t deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me.”
This is one that hurts my head. The Oscars were something that my family watched together growing up. It was a big deal back then. Remember, cable TV was just starting out, we didn’t have the internet or cell phones. We had like four channels to choose from if you wanted to watch TV in my house when the Oscars were on, so you watched the Oscars or nothing else. Most of us also only had one television in the house.
Oh the horror!!
Okay that’s it for this week. I have successfully crushed some of my childhood memories and now pretty much question everything I remember. I sure am glad that there aren’t any lifesaving or world-changing things that rely on the human memory. Otherwise, with as horrible as our ability to remember is, humanity would be screwed.
And one last quick one (thinking about my past in the mirror I guess)
The side mirror on cars and trucks. What does it say about objects in the mirror?
I spent a LOT of time in the passenger seat growing up and I have specific recollections that it “used to be” ‘Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear.’
But nope! Uh uh! It “has always been” ‘Objects ARE closer.’
We joke about this as kids – ‘ they might be closer… but then again… maybe not! Be a gambler!” and other such nonsense that teenage boys are prone to come up with. The thing is – those jocular memories make absolutely no sense since (‘sense since’ is funny to say) we now know that the objects are indeed closer and our mirrors lie to us.
Okay that’s it for real this time but I have no doubt that I will indeed revisit this topic again very soon.
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