Have you ever seen or heard something that just didn’t feel right? Have you ever woken up in the morning and felt “not yourself”? Have you ever been so sure of a memory only to discover that the way you remember it is wrong, and has never been right? If you answered “Yes” to any of those questions then you have likely experienced the Mandela Effect.
What Is It
The Mandela Effect refers to the phenomenon of having alternate memories of things in our reality being different than they are and have allegedly always been. The term was first used by author and paranormal consultant, Fiona Broome.
She coined the phrase because of a great number of people who remembered something different about Nelson Mandela than what actually happened. You see, some people are adamant that Nelson Mandela died in his prison cell around 1987-88. The people with these memories believe it, to the fullest, as 100% true and accurate. They remember seeing it on the news, they remember riots sparking from the event, they remember unrest, they remember a funeral. But, in my reality, Nelson Mandela was released from prison and went on to become President. In my reality, he lived on until 2013.
To be considered “Mandela Effected” (my phrase) the memories must be corraborated by a number of unbiased individuals. It is one thing when one, single person remembers something wrong from their childhood or even from a week ago. But when you have groups of hundreds to thousands of people who remember something a certain way, that is a phenomenon that cannot simply be written off as “having a bad memory”.
Many people believe that our reality is just one of many, laying one on top of another, like the pages of a book. That is, of course, only one multiple universe theory and there are several others, but for the sake of time and this article I am only going to focus on the Pages Theory. These realities can vary from almost identical to completely opposite, but one thing holds true for each different reality. There is, in every single one, a version of you, of me, of everyone.
Some things in alternative realities could be 100% identical to the corresponding object in our reality, in which case, no one would ever really be able to tell the difference. Howeve, there are other things that are changed. The changes could be subtle and hard to detect, or they could be enormous and impossible to miss if you are paying attention.
As an example, in the reality I grew up in these events and products are what I knew:
- Nelson Mandela was released from prison and went on to become President of his country.
- That family of cartoon bears were named The Berenstein Bears.
- The Brady Bunch Variety Hour was a thing.
- My bologna’s second name is M-E-Y-E-R
- Looney Toons
- Merry Melodies
- Christopher Reeves not Reeve.
- Darth Vader said “Luke, I am your father.”
- The Lion lays down with the Lamb….not the wolf.
Those are just a few examples. There are many others, so many that enterprising Redditor even created a comprehensive list which you can read here. I am not saying that I agree with every item on that list, but there are several that made me think hard before realizing that I was remembering it the wrong way.
There are even a few things on that list that are points of contention in my own household, for example:
- My father, sister and husband all remember Jiffy Peanut Butter…I only remember Jif.
- My father remembers his bologna’s second name being spelled M-A-Y-E-R.
- My husband remembers Froot Loops but I remember Fruit Loops.
Which brings me to the next point, are you even the same version of you that you were born as?
Have you ever been sure that you know something about someone close to you, only to find out that what you have known seemingly forever is wrong, and the person says that the way you remember it has never been right? For example, say you have been married for ten years and you know that your spouse despises mayo. You KNOW this because you KNOW them and what they like because you have been together for a good number of years right? But then one day, your spouse suddenly LOVES mayo and claims they always have.
That seems like not that big a deal right? But it is little changes like that, changes that are easily written off as mistakes, that, according to some, indicate a Mandela Effect taking place. In our example, you were previously married for ten years to that person but now, something happened and an alternative version of reality merged with your own and your spouse is no longer the same version of your spouse that you have known this entire time.
Have you ever known a longstanding couple that divorced and simple said “they were no longer the person I married”? Under this theory it is entirely possible that they are LITERALLY not the same person anymore.
Have you woken up in the morning and everything just felt wrong or off somehow? You didn’t feel like yourself, your reactions were off, your perspective was changed in some barely perceivable way? Imagine what it would do to a person’s sanity if they were especially sensitive to these types of changes. Multiple versions of yourself randomly merging with the version that you are.
Seems like something that could result in a pretty severe case of disassociation. Maybe Multple Personality Disorder is real, and maybe it is just caused by having too many versions of you merging into one reality.
What Causes the Mandela Effect?
That is really the million dollar question. What could make thousands, and in some cases millions, of people have sudden changes in their memories? Which, if any, of the memories are false and which, if any, are real? Who is right and who is wrong?
Many in the Rabbit Hole believe that CERN may be responsible for these “reality slips” and changes. They have, after all, stated their goal of “opening a window in reality” to see what lies beyond. But who can say what really happens when you open up a hole in reality? Maybe tearing through that membrane causes one reality to absorb the other, resulting in changes of varying degrees and intensity.
That is the theory I like best at least. Here are some videos you can find on Youtube on the subject. Most are quite lengthy, but I have found some of the more conveniently shorter timed ones for you.
What about you, Reader? Have you been Mandela Effected? Check out the list linked above and see how your memories stack up against “truth”. Also, please share your results in the comments if you are so inclined.