The Mandela Effect

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Mvezo, South Africa on July 18, 1918. Showing himself to be a individual that lead by example, he was imprisoned for his beliefs in 1962 and held for the next 27 years of his life. Upon release, Nelson Mandela served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. During his life, Nelson Mandela was an anti-apartheid revolutionary, political figure, and eventually passed away on December 5th, 2013 at the ripe old age of 95 in Gauteng, South Africa.


“Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela 

What is the Mandella Effect

The Mandela Effect is a term used to describe an issue where a group of people have a memory of events that occurred a certain way. However when observed more closely, history tells of the events occurring differently than the group of people had remembered them. This phenomena has been named after the man, Nelson Mandela because many people have the memory of him dying in prison during the 1980’s. Yet, when observed through the eyes of history we are told that was not the case. In 2010, Fiona Broome came up with the term “Mandela Effect” as she realized many others shared the same memory as her, that Mandela had never been released and in fact died in prison.

A List of Popular Mandela Effects

    • Nelson Mandela died in prison or died many years later?
    • Barenstain Bears or Barenstein Bears?
    • Jif Peanut Butter or Jiffy Peanut Butter?
    • Looney Tunes or Looney Toons?
    • JFK assassination How many people in the car?
    • Forest Gump Movie: Life (is or was) Like a Box of Chocolates?
    • Star Wars Movie: Luke I am your Father or No, I’m your Father?
    • Mirror Mirror on the Wall or Magic Mirror on the Wall?
    • Energizer Bunny battery on back or leg?
    • Oscar Meyer or Oscar Mayer?
    • Sex in the City or Sex and the City?
    • Curious George, tail or no tail?
    • Mr. Rogers “It’s a beautiful day in (the or this) neighborhood
    • Interview with the Vampire or Interview with a Vampire?
    • Fruit Loops or Froot Loops?
    • The Flinstones or The Flintstones?
    • E.T Phone Home or Home Phone?


“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela

Mandela Effect: My Take

For me, the Mandela Effect is not so easily brushed off as a mere trick of the mind or a simple misremembering. I for one can recall a couple of the examples above as the way they were and not the way they currently are. As a child in elementary school, we received the scholastic book club newsletter on a monthly basis. One of the prominently featured books for sale was often the Barenstein Bears Collection. I intentionally use the spelling “Barenstein” with an “E” since as a child I saw them as Jewish bears because of their last name. Like the Jewish last names of Feldstein or Goldstein, I saw the Barenstein Bears as Jewish bears. Nothing wrong with this of course, I only bring it up to explain how I remembered them. There was never an “A” there from my recollection. My brother agrees with me as he also bought some of the Berenstein books during his time at the same school.

It is important to remember that with the ME, this is not a singular event that is occurring. Large groups of people are having the exact same memories that are clearly different from what occurred. And we’re not just talking about a select group of individuals. Instead of brushing it off as bad memory, we should seriously consider that if even one of these memories is in fact the way that we remember it and reality has changed, then we are on to something really big. All it takes is one ME to be wrong for us to realize something here is not quiet right.

Ultimately, no one can tell you what is right or wrong when it comes to your memory. I know memories can be prone to mistakes as everyone has their own perspective of an event that occurred including their added coloration of the events, but the ME is more than that. Sure, it’s easy to just shrug it off as a simple misremembering of past events, but it’s time we look a bit deeper. Something very interesting is occurring at this time on planet earth and it goes by the name of… The Mandela Effect!


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