5 examples of the Mandela effect
Have you ever had a memory of something so strong that you swear it to be true? What happens when hundreds or even thousands of other people share the same memory only to discover that it never actually happened?
The Mandela effect is named after Nelson Mandela, a revolutionary South African politician who was born on July 18th, 1918, in the village of Mvezo in the Capa Province. Known for his nonviolent protests, Mandela was arrested on August 5th, 1962.
He spent over 27 years in prison for conspiring to overthrow the state. Released in 1990, he became the first president of South Africa electively serving only one term before stepping down to focus on fighting HIV/AIDS and poverty in 1994. The fight continued until he passed away in December, 2013. But is that what you remember?
If you are like many people, you may recall stories of Mandela dying while still in prison in the 1980s. While others believe that the year of his death was 1991. Some say that it was the case when alternate universes may have collided or even merged with our own. Do you believe in this theory?
Here are the most amazing examples of the Mandela effect.
#1 Hello Clarice
"The Silence of the Lambs" was released in 1991 and went on to win five Academy Awards. As with a film so terrific and beloved, it’s no wonder people would want to quote it all the time. The problem is they many people are using a line that was simply never spoken by the violent psychopath ever once in the film. The line “Hello Clarice” in a dark creepy tone is now synonymous with "The Silence of the Lamb" and Hannibal Lecter. But he never actually said it. In the film, when the two main characters first meet, Lector does greet the FBI cadet by saying “Good evening, Clarice”.
#2 A Curious Tale
When it comes to kids books about trouble making monkeys, “Curious George” comes to mind. Created by Hans Augusto Rey and Margaret Rey, George was first introduced in 1939 in the French children’s book “Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys”.
It wasn’t until 1941 that he got his own book appropriately titled “Curious George”. Six more books were published about the mischievous monkey. But if you were to ask someone to describe Curious George, a lot of people would add a body part to the little monkey that simply doesn’t exist, a tail. Not in any of his books or even in the first book he ever appeared in. But that doesn’t stop people from swearing that they’ve seen him with one.
#3 Berenstain Bears
Do you remember that family of four bears that taught you right from wrong and how to deal with bullies? Most people remember them as the Berenstein Bears, though they have always been called the Berenstain Bears. Dubbed by editor Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, the family was named after their creators, Stan and Jan Berenstain.
#4 The Thinker
Auguste Rodin’s statue, “The Thinker”, shows a man in deep contemplation. First presented to the public in 1904, the bronze statue is one of the most famous of its kind. The depiction of a man sitting on a rock in deep thought became so renowned that it even entered popular culture with people imitating the pose of the statue leaning over, resting its forehead on its fist, thinking, but there’s just one problem. That’s not the pose of “The Thinker”. Actually, he rests its chin on its hand.
#5 50 States
If you live in the United States, you’ve probably been taught that there are 50 states in the Union, but many people claim that they were taught that there were more states. No one is quite sure where this strange phenomenon comes from but a simple Google search shows that this isn’t a small group. It’s a large number of people across the globe who believe this. What’s freaky about this Mandela effect is that those who think that there are more states, tend to agree with each other that there are 52 states.
How do you remember those cases of Mandela effect? Are they exactly as they are today, or do you remember them as something else? Only you can answer that.
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