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The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect
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What in the world is the Mandela Effect? In a nutshell, it’s having memories that don’t match with current reality and history. Fiona Broome, one of the people who coined the term, launched a website in 2009 to document the phenomenon, explains that the Mandela Effect “is what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality.” But why is it called the Mandela Effect? Well, that brings us to our first example.

Nelson Mandela’s death

Nelson Mandela’s death
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In her explanation of “The Mandela Effect,” Broome cites how she and a number of other acquaintances have clear memories of activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela dying in a prison years before his actual passing, complete with a televised funeral. However, in reality, Mandela passed away in 2013 from a respiratory tract infection. This raised the question: How can so many people, strangers even, have the same memory of something that didn’t happen as they remember it?

Curious George

Curious George
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What could we possibly remember incorrectly about that curious little monkey from popular children’s literature? There’s some debate about whether or not the character is illustrated with a tail. Many remember Curious George as having one in the books written by H.A. Rey. But, no, George never had a tail.

The Berenstain Bears

The Berenstain Bears
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While we’re on the subject of children’s book characters, we’d be remiss without mentioning that sweet country bear family The Berenstain Bears. Wait, do you think we’ve hit a typo? Many report the family name spelled Berenstein, with an “ein” instead of an “ain.” But, no, they are the Berenstains. Always have been and likely always will be.

Rich Uncle Pennybags

Rich Uncle Pennybags
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Ah, the Monopoly Man (“real” name: Rich Uncle Pennybags). Ever the shrewd business tycoon, he was always dressed to the nines in his top hat and monocle. He did wear a monocle, didn’t he? Apparently, he did not. Guess Rich Uncle Pennybags had great vision after all because he was never drawn with the eyepiece. Many of us just picture him that way in our alternate memories.

Lindbergh Baby

Lindbergh Baby
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In 1932 American aviator Charles Lindbergh experienced the unthinkable: His 20-month-old son was kidnapped. While a host of people remember the event remaining a cold case, with the child never to be seen again, that’s not what happened. Sadly, the toddler’s body was found a little more than two months after the initial kidnapping took place. According to an autopsy report, the child had been killed by a blow to the head not long after he was abducted.

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Yabba Dabba Doo

Yabba Dabba Doo
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They’re the most popular Stone Age family, but with such international recognition, why is it so many people don’t know how to spell the Flintstones‘ family name? A lot of times, the first “t” in Flintstones is dropped, with the animated brood referred to as the Flinstones. Nope, their name has always had two of the letter “t.”

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That’s All Folks!

That’s All Folks!
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In other animated Mandela Effect oddities, Bugs Bunny and crew are all members of the Looney Tunes family. Yes, that’s Tunes, not Toons. This alternate memory is a little more understandable. After all, they’re cartoons, so spelling it Looney Toons would make a heck of a lot more sense, don’t you think? There actually is a logical explanation for it, though!

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa
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As per The Mandela Effect website, one of the more notable alternate memories is the canonisation of Mother Teresa. It appears a large segment of the population recalls her becoming a saint back in the 1990s. This, however, isn’t the case. According to CNN, Mother Teresa was declared a saint in 2016 by Pope Francis.

Star Wars

Star Wars
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In a galaxy far, far away, the Mandela Effect exists. Yes, the phenomenon has even infiltrated Star Wars. While even the most die-hard of fans quote a quintessential moment in Return of the Jedi as Darth Vader saying, “Luke, I am your father,” that’s not what he said. In actuality, Vader said, “No, I am your father.”

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