_______ mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Complete that answer and let me know what you think. Mirror you may think? Nope. _______ I am your father. Complete the answer. Luke? Nope again. The Mandela Effect is an observed phenomenon in which a large segment of the population misremembers a significant event or shares a memory of an event that did not actually occur. Pretty much, the Mandela Effect is false realities put in people's head due to a large amount of people believing in something that is not true.
The first Mandela Effect is on the man, himself, Nelson Mandela. A prominent South African President from 1994 to 1999, he died on December 5th, 2013 at the age of 95 in his home in Houghton. However, many people in different countries clearly remember Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s. Some of them even claim they remember his funeral being broadcasted on TV. Another example of this is that many people have memories of the Berenstain Bears books. They either read them as children, or family members read them aloud. However, the books are actually spelled “Berenstain Bears,” with an “a” in the last syllable, not “e” as so many people remember it.
Many people have mistaken it for Deja Vu effect, the feeling that an action you’ve just done has taken place previously. The Mandela effect is anything but that. Disturbingly, it’s the phenomenon that takes place when a group of people collectively misremember a fact or an event. The term was coined by the paranormal enthusiast Fiona Broome when she published a website detailing her observance of the phenomenon. Well-known Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, and one of the most popular and influential people of the past decades, Mother Teresa was canonized on September 4th, 2016, 19 years after her death. Nevertheless, some people recall her being canonized in the 1990s’ when she was still alive. Some specifically reference Pope John Paul II as the pope who approved the canonization.
One theory about the basis for the Mandela effect originates from quantum physics and relates to the idea that rather than one timeline of events, it is possible that alternate realities or universes are taking place and mixing with our timeline. In theory, this would result in groups of people having the same memories because the timeline has been altered as we shift between these different realities. What do you think is behind the Mandela Effect? Have you ever experienced this first hand?