What Is the Mandela Effect or Why Do Large Groups of People Misremember the Same Things?

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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 which 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 and 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 which conflicts with the known or documented reality, could it be proof of alternate universes? Possibly our strongest argument toward proving 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 proving 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.


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  1. Kddomingue October 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I see the Mandela Effect played out in my own family. It is actually funny when it’s not frustrating. The mind is a very malleable thing.

  2. Brenda Byrd October 15, 2016 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Yes..I do know about this effect that is affecting Bibles as well movies and others things….the one that caught my attention was the Bible…..I couldnt believe my eyes…my bible at home ..not a new one but a old one..Isaiah 11:6 was very alarming to me because I knew I knew that verse…It had change…It suppose to say” lion instead of wolf….do the research for yourself…there are many many others….be blessed😇😇😇😇😇😇

  3. Kate Gladstone January 29, 2017 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Brenda Byrd, I’ve been reading the Bible since I was six (cover-to-cover every year), and Isaiah 11:6 has always said “wolf”: also in the original Hebrew (yes, I’ve checked)

  4. John May 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    That’s why the subject is quite undebatable.
    You and many others will swear blind it said wolf, people in massive numbers swear it was lion. There is no proof that lion was ever the verse in the bible so you think you’re right. People who know for sure it was lion have no evidence because it’s now different. I think it was lion and some government agencies have upset the past by travelling back. You really think the lhc is for research?? God particle is rubbish. I believe that so much has changed. I remember vw logo well because I sold some old van signs, and ford! I’m not missremembering. They have changed.

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