I discovered the phenomenon of false memory for myself when I realized a scene in a movie was not actually as I remembered it. At the time, this disturbed and upset me. It wasn't until years later that I learned the term "false memory", and in particular the work of Elizabeth Loftus.
Recently I decided to research the term "Samsonite gorilla", as I am old enough to remember a TV ad from the early 1970's that showed a primate battering around a piece of luggage inside a cage. When I was on the sideshow, Jim Rose would refer to the "Samsonite gorilla" as part of his stage patter. Much to my surprise, I discovered that the TV ad in question was for American Tourister
luggage! The ape in the ad looks to be a chimp, as well!
Then it dawned on me that perhaps there are other examples of commonly held false memories. I'm not talking about common misinformation
, but actual false memory. As you can see, part of the premise of my question is that others besides myself remember the "Samsonite gorilla".
Can you suggest other commonly held false memories?