The next time someone erroneously quotes a famous line from a movie, you can be "that" geek who corrects them.
In the current era of fact-checking, you might want to check your sources if you're going to quote an iconic, pop culture moment with conviction. Either you'll be raised on a pedestal for your comic-con embracing wisdom, or this could happen to you:
Psychologists refer to the phenomenon of remembering something that didn't really happen as, confabulation. People having a tendency to believe in embellished truths or memories of things that don't exist is also called the Mandela Effect.
Like the massacre in Bowling Green, KY.
Like it or not, we're all guilty of some form of confabulation. Bet you didn't know you've been guilty of some of these often misquoted lines from TV and film.
YouTube channel, "Cracked" recently posted a fun video that lists iconic pop culture moments that were affected by the strange phenomenon. Have you been reciting these alternative quotes, oblivious to the fact that you've been wrong this whole time?
(1/6) "Mirror, mirror on the wall"
If that is how you remembered it, you're wrong. Well, that is if you're referring to how the evil Queen in Snow White summoned her ego-confirming entity. He will only respond to "Magic mirror on the wall."
(2/6) "Welcome to Earf"
When Will Smith greeted the alien with his wisecracking tone at the end of Independence Day, people remembered that moment forever. "Welcome to Earf" found eternal life as a meme. But, that scene never happened. Or, more accurately, Captain Hiller never said that line. If you go back and watch the movie again, he properly enunciates: "Welcome to Earth," like a proper ambassador, after punching the alien in the face.
(3/6) "Cowabunga" - Bart Simpson
There are tons of merchandise with the word "Cowabunga!" being associated with Bart Simpson, even though he's never once uttered the word on "The Simpsons." The series itself poked fun at the illusory truth when it mentioned the phenomenon in an episode.
Test your pop culture knowledge with more examples on the next page.