Mandela Effect: False Memories or Something More?

Have you ever been convinced that something is one way, while everyone insists you are wrong, while you clearly remember it vividly? Well, it might be a Mandela Effect.

You hear Mandela and you are most likely thinking of Nelson Mandela, so the effect is probably some political statement? No. The Mandela effect is actually dubbed after the fact that millions of people remember Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s in prison. However, he actually passed away in 2013.

The Mandela Effect is a very unusual phenomenon where a large group, sometimes even thousands or millions of people remember something completely different than what actually occurred.

Some conspiracy theorists would try to tell you that is some form of evidence that we are in fact, living in an alternate universe. Our timeline keeps shifting and changing, or even that this is evidence that we are all simply in one big simulation that gets slightly edited with minor details from time to time.

While many doctors would simply shrug and say that this is a perfect example of how fragile the human memory can be, filling in missing gaps because of things we see in parodies of events, comedy sketches, movies, or even just hear-say.

Recently, I watched the famous movie, Matilda, again, the 1996 family comedy about Matilda, a young girl that shared a home with her parents and brother who didn’t appreciate her. Her principal tortures her and she has a kind-hearted teacher that helps her along the way. Matilda though has telekinetic powers that make for quite the movie.

Do you remember the famous word this movie taught millions of people to spell? The blond pig-tailed girl with glasses stands up to the principal saying that she can spell the word and she starts singing/saying the rhyme?

Do you remember Mississippi or Difficulty?

Well, if you see below. Many people including searches on google, will tell you the word is Mississippi. However, that is false. they actually spell the word Difficulty.

If you are just like me, you can hear and see the scene play out in your head and you might not believe me. But yes, somehow, the word is… difficulty?

Go to Twitter right now, type in the search bar: “Matilda Mississippi” and see how many people remember that word in the movie. This is but one example of the #MandelaEffect. There are many many others.

Is New Zealand North East, or South East of Australia? There is a community that believes it used to be North East, but actually, it’s South East.

Britney spears in her iconic “oops I did it again” music video, do you remember the bulky over-the-top headset she was wearing while singing and dancing that was quite awkward? Well, she never wore that headset in the music video. False memory.

Let’s just ignore the fact that the official Barbie had a headset with it or that people are showcasing photos from their Halloween dress-ups with headsets on to mimic what they saw in the music videos. Right? Britney fans… yes/no?

The Legendary rock band Queen has the song, WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. You can already hear it in your head, can’t you? Many people swear that Freddie Mercury belts out the lyric “of the world” at the end of the song. Sorry to inform you, the song actually ends with “no time for losers, ’cause we are the champions.”

Pikachu’s Tail? So many of my fellow 90’s kids remember that Pikachu’s tail had some black detailing on it. While in reality, it was all just yellow.

Was it Flinstones, or FlinTstones with a T in the middle?

Do you remember the Gremlin from the 1984 Gremlins movie? The villainous creature? Some movie fans remember his name being Spike, while it is actually Stripe.

You may know the universe that gave us memorable characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Tweety Bird as Looney Toons. However, Warner Brothers produced the series as “Looney Tunes.”

LOONEY TUNES, from left: Speedy Gonzales, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn, Porky Pig, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Tweety (above), Tasmanian devil, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, 1930s-1950s

How about some of the most iconic historical events such as the Tiananmen Square Tank Man?

Many people who were alive in the late 80s, remember the Tiananmen Square protests in China in 1989. There was a specific incident of a man standing in front of an approaching tank, and getting run over. However, the truth is the man did approach the tank and got dangerously close to it, but he was forcibly removed from the path of the tank

Mother Teresa was was declared a saint, some people remember that this occurred back in the 1990s, while it actually got declared in 2016 by Pope Francis.

Any DC Comics fans? Have you heard the latest on the Shazam movies post-credit scene that many remember but was never shown? Click HERE to read the article featured on Games Radar.

There are simply said, so many more out there that you cannot keep up anymore.

The Famous Thinker Statue? How did he sit? flat hand, curved hand, fist. Against this chin. under his chin or against his forehead? Think carefully, ask a few people. Then google the image.

Easter Island statues… since when did some of them have hats?

What about how some of us remember being taught in school how your tongue has sweet, salty, and bitter taste buds and how if you are one of them you can picture the diagram in your head right now that you had to memorize. Well, that’s wrong.

Look at the image on the right. I remember that the human skull’s eye sockets were hollow. now the eye socket opening has bone. I also do not remember the four holes, two on the chin and two under the eye sockets. Do you?

Many people also remember a line saying, “I see white people” in the film ‘Scary Movie’, which parodied, among other things, ‘The Sixth Sense’ — but that line is not actually in ‘Scary Movie.’ Many people including myself clearly remember him saying, WHITE people. That is what made it so funny. Why would saying dead people have been funny?

What about the famous Judge Judy Sheindlin with her no-nonsense attitude wielding her little gavel and slamming it on her desk while shouting at someone? Nope, never happened. Judge Judy never had or used a gavel during the recorded shows at all. She did however use it during promotional photos at stages. But never actually using it during a live show.

The most recent viral Mandela Effect has had me seriously losing my mind! People recently took to social media in arms about the phrase “the bucket list.” Some people remember the saying being around throughout their entire lives, while other people first heard it in 2007 when the movie, The Bucket List movie starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, was released. A bucket list is a list of things we want to do and see before we “kick the bucket,” so to say. What doesn’t make sense to us is the fact that the term “the bucket list” was first coined in 2007 for this movie – not before. That’s strange because we swear we were making bucket lists long before 2007.

Jack Nicholson (left) and Morgan Freeman (right) in The Bucket List (2007).

We could all be living in alternate realities. We could all be simply, bad at remembering, or easily influenced by others and our surroundings. Or well… yeah I don’t know, I do not know. The Matilda spelling thing still bothering me. ‘Mrs. M, Mrs. I, Mrs. SSI…”

Let me know what is YOUR #MandelaEffect

Stay Curious, Stay Blessed!

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