Mandela Effect: Is It Real?


Note from the Author: This is just an aggregate of information found around the web.

Unless you’ve been ignoring social media or living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of something called Mandela Effect. If you are one of the many that haven’t heard of it, the Mandela Effect is a term for where a group of people all incorrectly remember the same detail, event or physicality. It is named after the instance in which a large group of people all shared the same memory that Nelson Mandela died prior to his actual 2013 death, usually some time in the 1980’s.

The effect is somewhat different from a false memory as it affects large groups of people, without any connection and without the same emotional factors present. It also seems stronger and harder to escape the feeling that it’s simply incorrectly recalling a detail, which is why people are so adamant with claims of their memories.

Many Mandela Effect cases are usually trivial details about an oddly specific set of categories. These include things such as the how and when of celebrity deaths, misspellings (usually replaced or removed letters), placement of geographical locations, quotations within media, or alternate imagery.

It is also related to misconceptions in general, although, again is differentiated due to the obscure nature and odd feelings resulting from learning the reality. The solutions, explanations and reasons for the misconceptions are also cryptic and often misrepresented or unknown altogether.

So, for you, did Nelson Mandela die in 2013 or did he die back in the 80’s or 90’s in prison? Well, one of the creepiest discrepancies about Mandela’s death that might prove the Mandela Effect true is found when you do a Google book search for the book “Western Cape Branch of the South African Council for English Education, 1990 – South African literature (English)” and then type in “Nelson Mandela died.”

Do it and you will find the following snippet:

“… when Nelson Mandela died on the 23rd of July 1991.”

Creepy, right?


Mandela Effect Psychological Theories


There are many theories as to why this apparent collective ‘awakening’ is occurring. As a general rule, there is normally an identifiable solution and explanation to most cases of the Mandela Effect, or at least theories. These usually relate to key factors and information regarding the subject mixed with a common memory bias or other psychological effect. Below is a set of psychological theories, which blame the Mandela Effect on memory related errors and misinformation:

Misinformation effect  / A phenomenon where misinformation affects people’s reports of their own memory. Simply seeing the claim from another person may sway recollection of your own memory, especially if you lacked concrete or deep memories or connections to the subject to begin with.

Confirmation bias  / The tendency to search for, interpret, or recall information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses. Those seeking examples of the Mandela Effect will often be more easily persuaded by other claims. And with such claims they may agree with, they will often discard any countering evidence or claims.

Misattribution of memory  / When information is retained in memory but the source of the memory is forgotten. This is sometimes present in the Mandela Effect where we forget where we know something from or why it’s familiar, possibly leading to incorrect attribution of the original source confounding the confusion factor.

Cryptomnesia  / A form of misattribution where a memory is mistaken for imagination, because there is no subjective experience of it being a memory. Many Mandela Effect examples may have started out as imagination rather than real memories.

Misconceptions  / Facts cannot change; however, they can be revealed to be untrue or non-factual, thus is the case with many things throughout human history. As science and technologically progresses, so does our understanding of the world around us. Unfortunately for us, our brain is not always built to accept new ideas and new facts. People who either intentionally, or unintentionally (they do not know the new information) can also spread these misconceptions, thus perpetuating these erroneous beliefs into society. This is how misconceptions are born and at the heart of many Mandela Effect situations.

False memory  / A false memory is the psychological phenomenon in which a person recalls a memory that did not actually occur. It’s often cited with and has a strong connotation to some type of trauma such as sexual abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While it would be quite rare for the Mandela Effect to originate as false memories, it could fit in those lesser known or less believed ones as the scenario would typically be very specific to the person with the false memory. Because of the trauma involved with these cases, the subject would be quite resistant to accept any new evidence in opposition of their belief as their brain has literally implanted this idea as a counter to protect itself from mental harm, thus introducing cognitive dissonance.

Cognitive dissonance  / Cognitive dissonance is not really an explanation of The Mandela Effect, but rather a by-product. It is one of the main causes for so many people to be so resistant to evidence and ideas contrary to their beliefs and memory. Cognitive dissonance can be the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values. Please note the use of “can be” as there is many purists that don’t accept the broader definition and scope of cognitive dissonance applying to memory versus reality.

Confabulation  / Confabulation is a disturbance of memory which produces fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about the world, without the explicit or conscious intention to deceive others. People who confabulate in this way produce incorrect memories about the most trivial details (as seen with most cases of the Mandela Effect) but range up to more complex fabrications as well. They are generally extremely confident in their recollections and will typically resist any contradictory evidence (possibly related to cognitive dissonance in this manner).

While these psychological effects offer reasonable and logical explanations as to why many are experiencing the Mandela Effect, there are still more far fetched, conspiracy theories that many believe to be the reason behind this phenomenon.

Alternative Mandela Effect Theories


D-Wave Computers & Quantum Computation  / D-Wave is the manufacturer of quantum super-computers which are literally the ‘wave of the future.’ This company has attracted investments from Google, Goldman Sachs, Jeff Bezos, and renowned venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson, so the legitimacy of the company is not in question. 4 years ago, the founder and Chief Technology Officer of D-Wave, Geordie Rose, hosted a lecture that started getting really weird, really fast with the below quote from someone who is considered to be one of the founders of quantum computing:

“Quantum computation is … nothing less than a distinctly new way of harnessing nature … It will be the first technology that allows useful tasks to be performed in collaboration between parallel universes, and then sharing the results.”

– David Deutsch

Only 5 minutes into his lecture and he has already started talking about parallel universes. A lead funder of D-Wave actually said, with a straight face, that we will start to exploit parallel universes by reaching into them and pulling out their computing power. He reveals that NASA and Google have partnered up to harness the power of one of his quantum-computing devices, which is troubling to the conspiracy-prone because they believe that after NASA hired a bunch of German scientists after World War II under Operation Paperclip, the American government was infiltrated by Nazis.

A general theory of how quantum computers are causing the Mandela Effect has NASA, Google, and (by implication) the Nazi-infiltrated shadow government of the United States using quantum computers to merge our universe with a parallel one, most likely one where Germany won World War II. With this theory, our timelines will continue to merge, the community believes, until the reality that is most desirable to the Nazi elites is reached.

CERN / The European Organization for Nuclear Research, is a partnership between top physicists and engineers from 22 European countries. If you believe the official story, the geniuses at CERN invented the world wide web and have discovered the Higgs Boson “God particle.” If you doubt the official story, these scientific breakthroughs are just a cover for the real agenda of opening up an inter-dimensional portal to hell.

CERN, some in the Mandela Effect community believe, is a Satanic organization with occult ties. To these theorists, the group’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is secretly planning to open a portal like the one hinted at by CERN’s director of research and scientific computing in a thoroughly parsed press conference he gave at CERN HQ a few years back. Major reboots and shutdowns of the LHC sometimes coincide with extreme weather and seismic events, and it is believed that subsequent glitches in our reality occur as CERN gets closer to opening the doorway. Theorists that stand behind this idea believe that these world changes will continue to take place until inter-dimensional beings are released from the LHC doorway to destroy mankind.

Google Trends shows that the search query ‘Mandela Effect’ has increased in search volume, surpassing the search volume for a very popular query ‘CERN’ in August 2016. Click the image below to explore this phenomenon more.

Mandela Effect Trending CERN

Source: Google Trends

Top 10 Examples of Mandela Effect


There is no better way to learn about the Mandela Effect than to see examples of this theory. Below are some of the most popular examples of the Mandela Effect. See which ones you “remember.” And don’t freak out!

#1. “Lucy, You Got Some ‘Splaining To Do!”


© Desilu Productions / CBS Television Distribution, 1951

What comes to mind when you hear, “Lucy, you got some ‘splaining to do!” If you are like most people, you think of the classic TV show, I Love Lucy, of course. Did you know that Desi Arnaz (no, it’s not Arnez, like you remember) never once said this line? If this is not an indicator of the fact we are in an ultimate timeline, then I don’t know what is. “CERN, you got some ‘splaining to do!”

#2. Darth Vader doesn’t say, “Luke, I am your father.”

© 20th Century Fox, 1977

“Luke, I am your father” is one of the most famous phrases from film, but many are discovering that it’s not what Darth Vader said. He actually says, “No, I am your father.” So, is this just a massively misquoted movie line or did some otherworldly shenanigans take place?

#3. Is Life Like A Box Of Chocolates? Or Was It?

© Paramount Pictures, 1994

It seems that the majority of people confidently remember Forrest Gump stating that his mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Well, it turns out that he actually said, “Life was like a box of chocolates,” despite what you might have felt you distinctly remembered.

#4. Hannibal Lecter Never Said “Hello, Clarice.”

"Hello Clarice," Mandela Effect
© Orion Pictures, 1991

If you’ve seen The Silence of the Lambs, you know the most famous line is “Hello, Clarice.” The only problem is, that never happened — and when Clarice first meets Hannibal Lecter, he simply says, “Good morning.” That’s it. How is a film’s most well-known line nonexistent? Nobody knows, and it’s eating away at people.

#5. “Mirror, Mirror… Wait A Minute!”

© Disney, 1937

While the famous Snow White quote you’ve probably heard others say and repeated yourself is “Mirror, mirror on the wall,” it turns out the correct line is “Magic mirror on the wall.” Some people also remember the second part of that quote being “Who is the fairest of them all?” but apparently it’s “Who is the fairest one of all?”

#6. Interview With The Vampire.

© Warner Brothers, 1994
© Warner Brothers, 1994

It’s actually Interview With the Vampire, despite the fact that entering “Interview With” into Google shows Interview With a Vampire as the top search, because most people remember that being the title.

#7. What’s The Second Name of Your Bologna?

Oscar Meyer Mandela Effect
© Kraft Heinz

In actuality, the famous brand of hot dogs and lunch meats is Oscar Mayer, but people have grown frustrated because they remember it as Meyer, with an “e.” A lot of people recall the jingle from the commercials and insist the lyrics were “My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R / My bologna has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R!” Still, somehow, it’s actually Mayer, though many people think that’s the real bologna here.

#8. Sex… In The City?

Sex in the City Mandela Effect

© HBO, 1998-2004

It’s Sex and the City, but many people insist they remember it being “in the” at some point. Some people have even posted pictures of old memorabilia they have that supports their false memory.

#9. Are We The Champions of the World?

© EMI Records / Elektra Records / Parlophone, 1997

Many of those familiar with the song remember the final lyrics being “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions…of the world!” Guess what? There is no “of the world!” The song just ends, and it’s driving people crazy because they feel 100% sure that they’ve heard otherwise in the past.

#10. It’s A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood

© PBS, 1971-2001

During the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood intro, he’d sing a little jingle that many people remember beginning with the line, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” That’s not what it was, though — instead, he clearly states, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,” which just doesn’t sound right to those who feel like they know the correct wording without a shadow of a doubt.

Share Your Mandela Effect Experience


So, were you affected? Did you experience the Mandela Effect with the above examples? Comment below and let me know what you think, or perhaps, share some of your own Mandela Effect experiences.