The Mandela Effect

Nelson Mandela in the background.

Nelson Mandela in the background.

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Helen Rivera, Staff Writer

The meaning of life has been questioned in all the years of human existence. Things like the Mandela Effect make us have even more questions. The Mandela Effect is an effect where a significant amount of people remember a phrase, picture, or object, etc. a certain way, but when you look back at the evidence, it is something very different.

For example, in the famous movie Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, people remember the famous phrase “Luke, I am your father.” People take a look at the clips and he actually said, “No, I am your father.”

The effect has become very popular due to social media. People notice something strange and share and then everyone becomes aware of it. There are also many social media influencers researching and making videos about conspiracy theories as well as mandela effects. A very popular and well known Youtuber is Shane Dawson.

There are so many mandela effects that are known as of right now, and here are some of them. Warning: these will make you second guess what you thought you knew your whole life.

Lets start of with some childhood effects. Growing up everyone watched the Bernstain Bears, wait- I always remember it being spelled and pronounced Bernstein Bears, and it isn’t just me who remembers it this way. The correct way is Bernstain Bears.

Snow White is a very famous and well-known Disney princess movie. When the evil queen in the movie talks to the talking mirror, many people remember the famous saying “Mirror Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?” but she actually said, “Magic Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?”

Last but not least, a childhood cartoon that everyone must have watched was Curious George. Now take time to picture him in your head. Do you remember him with a tail, or without a tail? I mean he is a monkey. Well many people remember him with a tail, but in all the episodes and books he has no tail!

This next one is pretty small but still very mind-blowing. Every summer when you go camping you might see Smokey the Bear, an advertising mascot helping to prevent wild fires. Well the truth is his name has always been Smokey Bear, I even googled Smokey The Bear and the results popped up as Smokey Bear.

The most famous board game out there is Monopoly and the Monopoly Man is dressed with a tuxedo, black shoes, his hat, and most importantly, his monocle. Yeah, that is right…, right? I remember him with a monocle, don’t you? Well no, it’s not. Take a look at your board game, he does not have a monocle.

Now how does the mandela effect even happen, there are many different theories to why this happens. There are two theories I will share with you today.

Theory 1 Alternate Universes/ Time Travelers:  Many people believe that there could be an alternate universe or parallel universes. This is the hypothetical world set in a different dimension, this then causes events to unfold differently and we remember things differently. The time traveler theory is a theory where people think that people have time traveled from other dimensions or time zones and said things differently to our society now. Causing us to remember things in a different way from what they really were. Many people believe that time traveling has ties to the illuminati involvement with time traveling.

Theory 2 Just Simple Science: Some just believe that the Mandela Effect is debunked due to science. According to Neil Dagnall and Ken Drinkwater, writers of the article ” The Mandela Effect: Explaining the Science Behind False Memories,” this is the scientific explanation. “This involves mistakenly recalling events or experiences that have not occurred, or distortion of existing memories.” Many argued that this still doesn’t have any evidence, it is simply just a theory.