There is something called the Mandela Effect and it is pretty spooky. Have you ever been so sure about a memory only for someone to completely disprove it? This phenomenon was named by Fiona Broome after researching why thousands of people have vivid memories of hearing that Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s. However, he died in 2013 after being released from prison in 1990. This is just one example.
Even stranger, there are several examples in life and pop culture that explain this theory. I have definitely been affected by some of these! Let’s learn about some common examples of the Mandela Effect and see if you’ve been affected by this strange phenomenon too.
The Monopoly Man
Think back to the last time you played Monopoly. Does the Monopoly Man have a monocle? If you said yes, you’re wrong! He has never worn eyewear but many swear that he did back in the day.
Do you remember Jiffy peanut butter? Many remember this, but the fact is that it has always been Jif.
Do you remember reading the popular children’s books The Berenstein Bears to your children or grandchildren? Our minds really tricked us with this one because it has always been The Berenstain Bears.
You might remember Darth Vader telling Luke, “Luke, I am your father.” Many people quote it that way, but it is wrong! Look it up… he says, “No, I am your father.”
Another movie quote that we all get wrong. You may think Forrest says, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” but he actually says “Life was like a box of chocolates.”
Do you remember eating Fruit Loops cereal as a kid or serving it to your child? They have actually always been spelled Froot Loops!
Have you ever heard of the Mandela Effect? Are you distrusting some of your memories now? It is pretty crazy! Get more examples below: