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The Mandela Effect

What is the Mandela Effect?

It is the name given to an instance where an individual remembers a certain detail differently to how it currently is or a certain event happening at a different date or not even happening at all.

It derives from the fact that many people around the world have the memory that Nelson Mandela died in prison in the 1980’s and not when he actually died in 2013.

Many believe that this is evidence that parallel universes really exists and those with alternative memories have somehow jumped realities and entered this timeline.

There are quite a lot of these alternative memories which people have got, some of which have even got me a little freaked out and questioning my own memories when I was doing a little research into this phenomenon. The Volvo logo, Star Wars, Loony Tunes and Forrest Gump memories just to name a few.

The Berenstain Bears is one of the most reported alternative memories people believe they have. Many remember reading the books, but that they were once called the Berenstein Bears and not Berenstain.


Some people believe they have memories of New Zealand being in a different place on the world map to where they are now, along with Australia, Sri Lanka, Honduras and many other places.  If actual New Zealanders believe their country was once in a different place then it would be very interesting.


Many have memories of Billy Graham dying around 2009 and that is funeral  was televised simultaneously on many networks in the United States. But he is still very much alive today.


There is also Looney Tunes. Many remember it being called Looney Toons. I also very much remember it being called Looney Toons,  but it has always been Looney Tunes apparently.


And then there is the famous scene and quote from Forrest Gump. “Life is like a box of chocolates”  I remember it being that and a lot of others too, but apparently it was and always has been “Life WAS like a box of chocolates”.  Check out the scene.

Also that famous scene and quote in Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back. Darth Vader: “Luke I am your Father”.  He actually says “No, I am your father”. I’ve been a Star Wars fan since I was a kid and I have always remembered him saying “Luke”

In Snow White, the evil queen actually says: “Magic Mirror on the wall” and not “Mirror mirror on the wall” as so many believe she said, including me.

There is also the field of dreams quote: “If you build it, he will come”  Many remember it being “If you build it, they will come”

In August 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit and devastated New Orleans.  Or was that April 2005 as so many remember it happening then.


There is the Volvo logo which I just happened to find out today. The Volvo logo I remember was the words Volvo in a square and not the male symbol is it has always been.


Then there are some words which those with alternative memories remember being spelled differently. Such as Definitely, some remember it being spelled as Definately and Parmesan, some remember it being spelled Parmasean.

That is just some examples of those suffering from the Mandela Effect have different memories of.

Could this be proof of other dimensions or timelines that some of us can jump between without knowing it or have done whether we like it or not, or could there be a simple rational explanation as to why this happens?

Some of those examples I’ve posted even I agree with and I’m questioning my own memories. Maybe I have jumped timelines without knowing it 🙂

If you want read more into the Mandela Effect and see a lot more examples then these links will point you in the right direction.  Have fun.

The Mandela Effect

Reddit – Mandela Effect

Stranger Dimensions

You Tube – Mandela Effect will blow your mind

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