We are going to play a memory game. I am going to ask you a few questions and you answer to the best of your knowledge (w/o Googling the answers). Afterwards we will see where you stand:
1. Is the famous brand of hot dog and bologna “Oscar Meyer” or “Oscar Mayer”?
2. Was the HBO series called “Sex in the City” or Sex and the City”?
3. In the Queen song ‘We Are the Champions’, does the song’s final lyrics say “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions…of the world!” or does it just end with “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions”?
4. Is the children’s book series called the “Berenstein Bears” or “Berenstain Bears”?
5. Does Bugs Bunny appear in “Looney Toons” or “Looney Tunes”?
6. In Disney’s ‘Snow White’, does the Queen say “Mirror, mirror on the wall...” or “Magic mirror on the wall…”?
7. In ‘Forrest Gump’ does Forrest say ““Life is like a box of chocolates…” or “Life was like a box of chocolates…”?
8. Is Anne Rice’s classic called “Interview With a Vampire “ or “Interview With the Vampire”?
9. Is Chartreuse a “Red/Magenta” or a “Green”?
10. In Star Wars, does Darth Vader say “Luke, I am your father” or “No, I am your father”?
Many of you are going to get different results in the above. Some of you will remember questions 1-9 by primarily the first answer and some will remember primarily the second answer. The first option to the questions 1-9 are all supposedly wrong…if you disagree, welcome to the Mandela Effect.
The Mandela Effect was named for the occurrence of people remembering that Nelson Mandela died in prison back in the 80’s instead of 2013 when his death had actually take place. It has become a banner for instances in which many of us are certain we remember something a particular way, but it turns out we’re incorrect. And it’s not just limited to the above 10 examples…there are hundreds of instances that large groups of people remember something one way but only to find out by some accident, they were wrong. The most common thing is for folks to write off people who experience these moments as being ignorant and having ‘false memories’, but there are other explanations…
The first and the most predominant are the merging of parallel realities and these memories are remnants of those old realities. Imagine you have a reality ‘A’ and a reality ‘B’ and for whatever reason they merge into becoming reality ‘AB’. So say before the merge, in reality ‘A’ Dave does not exist (either already dead or never born) and the mascot of the Monopoly game has no monocle but in reality ‘B’, Dave does exist (alive and well mind you) and the mascot of Monopoly has a monocle. During the merge we will say the dominant reality is ‘A’ and everything pre-existing stays as it is, but things that existed in reality ‘B’ (like Dave) that had no counterpart in ‘A’ gets to continue to exist as he was. Now there were no signs or warnings the merge was going to happen and, if all went as it should, no one should have ever noticed but ol’ Dave who was looking at board games to play with his kids and noticed that, oddly the Monopoly guy’s monocle had disappeared…so now that I have probably over-explained to the point of everyone’s head starting to hurt, I will simplify. Reality ‘A’ absorbed and re-wrote reality ‘B’ and things not existing in ‘A’ already that survived the merge will still have memories of things that existed in reality ‘B’.
The next theory is very similar and actually gives a cause for the different realities. This one has to do with time travelers and the ripple effect of messing with the timelines. So people believe that either folks from the future or people from our governments and secret agencies are experimenting with time travel and are making small changes here and there in order to benefit from the repercussions of the changes in the present day. They can’t for whatever ever reason go back and change major events, but they can make mild shifts here and there…and some individuals that are ‘gifted’ certain way can pick up hiccups in the time stream just like some are ‘gifted’ with other ESP like abilities.
As I said earlier, this is just the tip of the iceberg on this subject…there are theories abound and memories galore. As one last example of that some say that these memories are proof that we are all in a Virtual Reality and they are the ‘glitches in the matrix’ or you are wrong if you ever remember your mom serving up some yummy ‘Stouffer's Stove Top Stuffing’…
If you are interested in learning more, there are tons of sites and forums that are focused on just this phenomenon and I recommend checking them some out. Here are a couple below and “test” to see if you have been impacted by the Mandela Effect: