The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect

Caitlyn Anderson

The Mandela Effect is a theory that relates ro false memory of a large amount of people. This occurs when loads of people are certain that something was one way while in relativity it was totally different. This phenomenon leads many to start question old memories that they distinctly remember because of the way it is portrayed today. There are many mind -blowing examples that will make your brain hurt.

The Mandela Effect all started with a woman named Fiona Broome. She spread the false information that her leader Nelson Mandela died in a South African prison in the 1980s, when in reality he passed away on December 5th, 2013 in South Africa at age 95. Many people were certain that he had died in prison in the 1980s. This led people to much confusion and questioning of what memories were true in their mind. 

A few examples include: 

– As many remember, in the classic Disney movie ‘Snow White’ the Evil Queen says; “Mirror, mirror on the wall..” However, that line was never said in the original movie. Instead, the Evil Queens says; “Magic mirror on the wall..” 

-Another popular example is about the story book we all read as young kids: The Berenstain Bears. Over millions of people distinctly remember the book being spelt and pronounced as the ‘Berenstain Bears.’  

-The running man in the Monopoly board game, actually does not have an eye monocle. People were certain that he did, however, he can be easily confused with the Planters’ Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut. And in conclusion, the running Monopoly man never wore a monocle. 

– In the 1991 gruesome movie ‘The Silence of the Lambs,’ thousands and thousands of people remember the main character Hannibal Lector saying, “Hello Clarice” from his jail cell. This was a very popular line and has been printed on T-shirts and all kinds of merchandise. If you play back this specific scene in the movie, he actually says “Good Morning.” Crazy!!

There are countless others and there will be a couple links copied to this article if you would like to check some more out. People have different opinions on this. Some think we could be living in a parallel universe, some believe its proof of time travel, and others believe it’s just our brains creating false memories in our head. I must say, the Mandela Effect is truly a phenomenon that makes me think about the way I have remembered some things! 



Bakkila, Blake. “40 Mandela Effect Examples That Will Make You Question Everything.” Good Housekeeping, Good Housekeeping, 18 Dec. 2019,