Everything is not what it seems

A description of the Mandela Effect

Tiffany Garza, Reporter

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What if vivid memories you had turned out to have never happened at all? Folks who believe in the Mandela Effect think this is entirely possible.

The Mandela Effect is the phenomenon of a well-known fact changing. The idea was brought up when thousands upon thousands of people all shared the same memory of Nelson Mandela dying in prison, sometime in the 1980’s. However, this was false and Nelson Mandela didn’t actually die until December of 2013.

Some people propose that parallel universes exist and that we are constantly switching between them, causing the fabric of reality to have shifted at some point. Others, however, believe that time travelling exists and someone may have altered things during their trip. While both of these ideas sound impractical, there may be some collective memories too coincidental to ignore.

For instance, many people remember “Febreze” being spelt as “Febreeze”. However, the latter has never existed.

Another main example is the children’s book series, The Berenstain Bears. Though, something may seem a little off by the spelling. Countless people remember the title being The Berenstein Bears. Yet again, the second has never existed.

If you’ve ever seen Disney’s Snow White, you may remember hearing the phrase, “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” Nonetheless, it is and always has been, “Magic mirror on the wall…”

Personally, I don’t have an opinion whether or not the Mandela Effect exists. It could be that someone is time travelling or that reality is changing. Then again, it could also be that we all just coincidentally seem to differently remember details from brands, titles, movie phrases, and such.




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Everything is not what it seems