Have you ever heard about the Mandela Effect? Don’t you loathe that feeling you get when you KNOW you remember the progression of a conversation and the conclusion reached by whomever you were talking to, but they remember it completely differently?
It can definitely change the tone of a discussion from frustration to, “Wait… should I be institutionalized?” Or maybe a better example is how frustrating it is when you, say, remember buying bread last time you went to the store – to the extent that you even recall being confused at how expensive it was – yet, there’s no bread anywhere in the house?
With examples such as these, it’s easy to say that maybe you misread their communication because they were giving mixed signals or you just weren’t paying enough attention.
Maybe you left the bread in the cart, or, equally likely, are actually recalling accidentally crushing the loaf a little as you put it in your trunk from the time before when you went shopping, and your memory cortex is just a bit flipped over.
But what about similar circumstances on a significantly larger, maybe even global, scale? This occurrence is actually common enough that it has been given a name.
The Mandela Effect
The Mandela Effect, named after Nelson Mandela as a prime example of the phenomena, is like candy to conspiracy theorists. Especially since there are so many examples that the mass populace has likely experienced some of this effect at some point, and the stockpile of recorded evidence makes it very hard to dispute the effect.
In fact, there’s even a full archive of a wide variety of examples that fit this model. The namesake example of these phenomena is an interesting one to look at. Personally, I don’t know much about Nelson Mandela.
But a lot of people who do claim they are very aware that he died in prison in the 1980s. They even remember seeing documentaries pertaining to his death during school.
These people are very shocked to hear that history has it recorded as Mandela dying in his home in Johannesburg in 2013…
While the effect is not easily disputable, the cause is definitely susceptible to interpretation.
When a large group of separate individuals (that are not in any way associated, directly or indirectly, with one another) all have a shared memory that conflicts with the known or documented reality, could it be a possible indication of alternate universes? Possibly our strongest argument toward the notion that our history is rewritten as key, well-funded, people decide it should be?
Others speculate that this effect can be explained simply by the misunderstandings common with mass media, the “telephone game”, mis-publications in newspapers and magazines, etc.
Personally, I feel that a lot of the examples I’ve encountered while researching this topic, and a lot of the recounting from massive multi-lingual groups, that there is something more to these phenomena than simple misunderstandings or translation confusion.
While a lot of the examples which are often brought up very well could be due to language barriers and cognitive dissonance, I do believe that a few of the key examples of the Mandela Effect have a high probability for giving us a hint that there is more to our world, and our minds, than we understand.
As always, I urge you to do some research into this fascinating topic and draw your own conclusions.
Please share in the comments any experiences you may have which help to prove or disprove the cause of the Mandela Effect.
Featured image: Darren Glanville from Acle, Norfolk, UK, CC BY-SA 2.0
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