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Have you ever been convinced of something, like 100% sure that you know a name, a brand or a movie line despite how many people try to tell you you’re wrong? In case you don’t already know, that’s called the Mandela Effect.
Named for Nelson Mandela (more on that in a minute) this phenomenon is one of those things that, once you know what it is, you know it’s real.
Get ready to be shocked over some of the things that you’ve been saying (and thinking) wrong for years. Here are 11 examples of what the Mandela Effect is all about.
What is the Mandela Effect?
The Mandela Effect got its name because when Nelson Mandela died in 2013, millions of people were certain that he had died back in the 1980s. People were positive he was already dead; in fact, they were so sure of it that they remembered seeing his funeral on TV.
But it never happened.
The Mandela Effect demonstrates that people have false memories. And, in some cases, millions of people have the exact same false memory. How is that possible? How does that happen?
The Mandela Effect typically references pop culture and current events, things that millions of people know. It isn’t how you and your significant other remember your first date differently. Oh no. This phenomenon affects millions of people, which is what makes it so interesting.
Here are a 11 Mandela Effect examples:
Luke I am your Father
Even if you haven’t seen Star Wars, you probably know the famous line, “Luke, I am your father.”
Well, guess what? That’s not what Darth Vader said.
There are points throughout that scene where he does address Luke by name, but at that critical moment, what he actually says is, “No, I am your father.”
Don’t believe it? Go back and watch that scene. It’s true.
Jiffy Peanut Butter
Jiffy Peanut Butter does not exist. It never has. It probably never will. People are certain that this was a brand back in the day, but they’re wrong.
The most obvious explanation for this false memory is that people are mashing up two different things. There’s Jif peanut butter, and there’s Skippy peanut butter, but there has never been a Jiffy.
The Sinbad Movie Shazaam
LOTS of people (myself included) remember Sinbad playing a genie in a 1990s movie Shazaam. But apparently this film does not exist. (I don’t know how that’s possible, because I remember it).
One possible explanation for this is that maybe we’re all confusing it with the ‘90s movie Kazaam? Shaq played a genie in that one, but Sinbad never did.
It’s Called Sex AND the City
Sex and The City is clearly called Sex And The City, but people seem to think it’s called Sex In The City. This is such a widespread false memory that this classic show is abbreviated SITC all over the internet.
If you grew up watching Fred, Wilma, Betty and Barney, then you know the Flintstones has two T’s. Or maybe you think there’s only one T.
A lot of people think that it used to be spelled Flinstones. It wasn’t.
This is one example of the Mandela Effect that I think we can actually explain. Looney Tunes, the original cartoon that gave us Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, was never spelled Looney Toons.
However, in the 1990s, there was a cartoon called Tiny Toon Adventures, featuring child-aged versions of Bugs and other Tunes characters. People are convinced that the original was called Looney Toons, but they’re probably just combining the two.
Curious George Never Had a Tail
Shocked to learn that the beloved little monkey Curious George never had a tail? He never did. Of all the examples on this list, this may be the strangest one.
Because really, why are people online even arguing or debating the existence (or non-existence) of a cartoon monkey’s tail?
Kellogg’s has been spelling Fruit Loops wrong for decades. It has never been spelled F-R-U-I-T. It has always been spelled F-R-O-O-T.
Over the years the box changed from having plain black writing to including two loops as the two O’s, but that’s it. The name itself has always been spelled the same wrong way.
Life WAS Like a Box of Chocolates
Thousands of people over the years have quoted and made memes of Forrest Gump’s famous line, “life is like a box of chocolates.” Well, we’ve all been saying it wrong.
That is NOT the line in the movie. What he says is, “My mama always said, life was like a box of chocolates.”
The Lindbergh Baby Was Found
People are convinced that the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped and that the case went cold. I mean, we all know that this child was never found, right?
Wrong. The baby’s body was found two months after the kidnapping and the kidnapper was arrested, found guilty, and sentenced to death for the crime.
Here’s another one I’m guilty of… I have always thought that Chick-Fil-A was spelled Chik-Fil-A. It’s not. It never was. But me, and plenty of other people, are certain we remember it that way.
Is the Mandela Effect Real?
The Mandela Effect is absolutely real. We don’t exactly know why or how it occurs, but there sure are a lot of the theories.
Some people claim it’s proof that time travel is real and that things we remember from the past have been altered over time. Some people think it’s evidence that we live in alternate realities. I think it’s safe to say that it’s neither of those things.
But it sure is interesting!
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