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The Mandela effect – mind-bending examples of collective false memories

What is the Mandela effect? Simply put, it's when a large number of people share incorrect memories about widely known things or facts. If it sounds strange to you, keep reading and you will realize you've experienced it yourself at least once.


Why is the theory named so?

The news of Nelson Mandela's death in 2013 was absolutely shocking for the majority of people. Moreover, many believed he had already died in the 80s! The phenomenon was named after him, even though there are many even more shocking Mandela effect examples. Here they are:


Which of the facts from the article surprised you the most? Did you know the Mandela effect definition before? Do you know any other interesting examples?


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19 Comments
deborahpmercer
Haven't experienced it with Mr Mandela, but admit I often find myself thinking "Didn't they die ages ago"? Sadly, there's also the reverse version, of finding someone has passed whom you thought was still alive.
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Sep 28, 2020 3:41AM
Doreen Henricks
Alan Conyard, I thought of an example of The Mandela Effect that’s definitely related: Joe Biden saying he was arrested in South Africa with Andrew Young, when they went to see Nelson Mandela. False memory? 🤔
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Aug 29, 2020 7:08PM
William B Leake
Easy to explain Mandela effect, tell a simple story to one person have 20 people past the story to each other, the last person tells the story to the original person who started the story,the original story is likely changed ,basically no one remembers the advertisement the story the picture just the basic facts and the the facts may also change.
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Jul 13, 2020 6:12AM
Alan Conyard
Never before heard this problem called the Mandela effect. Nobody in my immediate circle, or in any newspapers I read, has ever said that they thought Nelson Mandela was dead well before he actually died. Where did this idea originate ?
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May 8, 2020 4:43PM
Jackie Offen
Berenstein Bears is the big one, I remember them (because they were) as Berenstein but apparently it’s now Berenstain (which is wrong)! I wish I still had my kids books.
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Apr 26, 2020 12:53AM
Myrna Olson
So many say, Build it and they will come!! It is he will come... just Shoeless Joe Jackson (,I think}
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Mar 20, 2020 5:43PM
Penelope Harrison
I misread it and thought it was mandala. I was deffo going round in circles with that one!!!!
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Mar 20, 2020 6:20AM
Darlene Davidson
I assumed there was a t in Skechers.
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Mar 19, 2020 10:58PM
Jim Adams
Old, old stuff and there are versions of Monopoly, abet likely illegal knockoffs, where the monopoly man does have monocle. I bought a beautiful Monopoly game in Singapore aka the illegal copycat kingdom of the Orient.
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Mar 19, 2020 10:47PM
Allison Aspden
Interesting observations.
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Mar 19, 2020 9:40PM
Ilias Tsiabardas
Never heard of that bat is very good to know about Mandela Effect
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Mar 19, 2020 8:46PM
ninakamwene
That was fascinating. Of all the things to remember Mandela for. Never had of it. I thought: "Luke, I am your father" was correct even though I saw the movie many years ago. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and became the president of South Africa, that is what we should remember him for. May he RIP. Thank you.
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Mar 19, 2020 7:55PM
lmoores
I've never heard of the Mandela effect. I am definitely guilty of these though.
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Mar 19, 2020 7:16PM
Michael Doherty
Karen Swisher Wolf, what?
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Mar 19, 2020 7:12PM
Don Agey
Never heard of the 'Mandela Effect' and yes I am guilty of a couple of them
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Mar 19, 2020 6:31PM

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