3. “E.T. Phone Home.”
Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is one of the 1980s’ most beloved sci-fi films, and it is widely considered not only a classic, but one of the greatest movies ever made. It’s titular character, E.T., is instantly recognizable thanks to his distinctive features and unique speech patterns. Learning English isn’t easy for a literal alien life-form, but of the phrases he learns, one in particular stands out.
In fact, this one is far more than a misquote, as the line “E.T. phone home” has essentially become the character’s catchphrase. In fact, the line is actually spoken as “E.T. home phone“, and though the difference is minor, the implication is huge. As it turns out, almost the entire world has been misquoting the poor alien for several decades.
Of course, a misquote doesn’t necessarily lead to the Mandela Effect, but there is a large contingent of people who debate this one with such ferocity that it can be labelled as nothing else. In fact, there are times when people become genuinely hostile in their distrust of the true quote, with a contingent that believe the film has somehow been edited. That this one has been able to reach such heights despite being inaccurate is staggering, and there are many who genuinely remember the scene as containing the misquote.