The “Mandela Effect” is a phenomenon that’s best described as large groups of people having memories of something that didn’t happen. The name “Mandela Effect” alludes to the fact that many people remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison during the '80s, when in fact, he lived for decades afterwards. Conspiracy theorists believe it’s a sign that we lived in alternate timelines which are now fused with our own, and that you can find out who else was from that timeline by seeing who else has the same memories as you. Check out these classic “memories” you might have. Do you think you’re in the wrong universe?
15 The Berenst*in Bears
Think back to your childhood for a moment, to the days when your parents read you storybooks. You remember that nice family of bears that lived in the woods and had fun morals? You know, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and the baby bear, Honey? What was their last name?
If you answered Berenstein, you’re WRONG! Most people who you’ll meet will remember the book series family’s last name as Berenstein, but the correct answer is BERENSTAIN. Don’t believe it? Check out the covers of this book. It's always been Berenstain in this universe.
This is often one of the most common examples of the Mandela Effect in pop culture. It also has the most proof. What’s interesting is that one user of Reddit said that he had found a remnant from his original universe - and he posted a link to an unaltered photo. Others on Tumblr later uploaded more evidence as well. Spooky, much?
14 “That’s All, Folks!”
Here’s another classic Mandela Effect that stems back from childhood. If you remember watching all those old Bugs Bunny cartoons from the 60’s and earlier, you might remember the show being called something. Was it Looney Tunes, or Looney Toons? Many people remember the franchise as being called “Looney Toons,” primarily because it would make more sense.
Surprisingly, it’s actually Looney TUNES. Though this may baffle a lot of people, it was supposed to be a play off the Merry Melodies name that was often associated with these classic cartoons. This one could be more explainable as something that we’d expect to remember, rather than its counter-intuitive spelling, but still, it seems a bit uncanny, doesn’t it?
13 “Luke, I Am Your Father!”
Everyone and their grandpa has seen the original Star Wars, especially the scene where the evil villain Darth Vader reveals to Luke Skywalker who he really is. It’s iconic. It’s been featured in a million and one different parodies. It’s even considered to be one of the most emotionally striking scenes in 80’s film history. And...what exactly does Vader say when Luke is his son? Did he say, “Luke, I am your father!”? Nope. If you actually watch the clip over again, you’ll hear Vader say, “No, I am your father.”
Some people surmise that it may have been a marketing decision to change the quote when making merchandise, but even so, it seems so strange that even diehard Star Wars fans will misquote this so often. In fact, there’s even an entire stop motion video titled “Luke, I Am Your Father,” made by a Star Wars fan. Would they really misquote Vader in their own artwork?
12 The Monopoly Guy’s Monocle
If you’ve played the board game Monopoly, you already know the main mascot of the game. Rich Uncle Pennybags, known more widely as just “the Monopoly Guy,” is the portly, tuxedo-wearing, top hat-toting mascot we all know and love...or do we? Think back to your last Monopoly game for a moment. More specifically, think about his face. Was he wearing a monocle?
If you answered yes, then we have some news for you: you’re from an alternate dimension. If you check out old Monopoly games and new ones alike, you’ll notice that you’re favorite mustachioed billionaire actually never wore a monocle! That being said, some people have claimed to find proof of the alternate timeline’s Pennybags mascot. Do you believe them?
11 The JFK Assassination
It was the assassination that rocked American history and shocked the world. When JFK went out to Texas, no one could have foreseen him getting assassinated by a lone gunman. You probably watched footage of it in school, and remembered seeing a deliriously panicked Jackie Onassis trying to collect his brains in a desperate attempt to save her husband. How many people do you remember riding in the car? Was it 3, or 4?
If you look at the footage again, you’ll realize it was neither! There were a grand total of 6 different people in the car when Kennedy was assassinated. Could it just be very blurry memories, an assumption about seating, or could it be that you’re from an alternative timeline? Considering that this confusion even regularly happens in America, it’s really hard to tell.
10 Your Favorite Household Deodorizer
Here’s one that most stoners will think they know the answer to. You know how there’s that one cleaning product that claims to eliminate odors rather than hide them? It was invented around 10 years ago, and was basically used by every single college stoner to hide the smell of pot smoke in their dorm rooms. Think back to the name of that product. It started with an “F.” Was it “Febreeze” or “Febreze?”
If you said the first one, the Mandela Effect has gotten you yet again! The correct spelling of the product’s name is Febreze. We’re not sure whether this is a Mandela Effect, or the effect of too many joints back in the day - but it’s still spooky nonetheless.
9 Shazaam: The Movie
Back in the '90s, there were a lot of movies that came out that involved celebrities playing cool heroes or just being cool heroes. In fact, you might remember one movie that Sinbad played a main character in. Wasn’t he a genie that was befriended by a young boy who was having troubles in school? You might remember it by name: Shazaam was its name, right?
Nope. If you look around on the net, you’ll find that there’s no such movie by that name. What did exist was a movie named Kazaam, and it was played by Michael Jordan. Sure, it may have been just a misconstrued memory, but that doesn’t explain why people remember seeing BOTH movies or why everyone remembers Sinbad’s character in the same clothing.
Supposed evidence that Shazaam existed recently surfaced on an online forum (pictured above), but what’s interesting about this is Sinbad himself said that he never made that movie and had no recollection of it!
8 “I’m A Barbie Girl!”
Older Millennials will remember the late '90s as a magical time for bouncy dance music and Europop hits. One of the most popular middle school dance hits at this time was a song by Aqua named “Barbie Girl,” in which a woman makes fun of the fact that Barbies are totally plastic. It started off with the now-classic line of “I’m a Barbie girl, in…”
What was the next word in that line? Did she say “in a Barbie world,” or “in the Barbie world?” For most Millennials, the line would be obviously “in a Barbie world,” but in this reality, it’s not! According to lyrics sites, the full line is: “I’m a Barbie girl, in the Barbie World.” Could this be us all mishearing the lyrics, or is it something more?
7 “I Wanna Be An Oscar Mayer Weiner!”
The Oscar Mayer Weiner jingle might be one of the most popular and well-known jingles in all of modern commercial history. You may have even remembered singing it when you were out camping with friends as a kid. It started with the phrase, “My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R…”
How did the last name get spelled out, though? If you remember singing, “ My bologna has a second name it’s M-E-Y-E-R,” you might be from the wrong universe. If you go to your fridge and look at the lunchmeat packaging you have, you’ll realize that it’s no longer “Meyer,” but “Mayer.” Could it be because “Mayer” in Oscar Mayer is pronounced more like “My-er” than “May-er?” Or, could it be that you just had an alternate universe make a weenie of you?
6 Pikachu’s Tail
Geeks love playing Pokemon, and who can blame them? The video game franchise based on “catching ‘em all” caught the hearts of millions around the globe. The most famous Pokemon of all is undoubtedly Pikachu - a yellow, electrified, mouse pokemon known for its cuteness and its ability to shock other Pokemon.
Think about Pikachu’s design for a moment. It has adorable red cheeks, long ears, and a yellow tail with a black tip, right? Wrong. Pikachu’s design actually has a tail that is fully yellow. Despite all the Pokemon merchandise seen everywhere, many people maintain that they remember a black-tipped Pikachu. It shocked us as much as it shocked you, we swear!
5 Sex __ The City
Oh, we all know about that scandalous show that brought us the stories of Carrie Bradshaw, Mr. Big, and that delightful clique of ladies. It was a smash hit in the late 90’s and early 00’s, and was even credited to bringing cosmos to the public eye. In fact, it’s a show that’s also been credited with getting the whole “designer cupcake” fad on, too. What was the name of it?
No, it’s not Sex in the City. It’s actually Sex And The City, and it’s been that way forever. Seems counter-intuitive to you, too? Well, you’re not alone. This is why many people are suggesting that we might be misremembering the show en masse. But then, why would some bigtime fans also misremember the name? Could they have really overlooked such an important detail?
4 “Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...”
Everyone remembers that classic 1937 Disney movie where the evil queen decides to consult with a magical mirror on the status of her hotness. What does she say? If you began to quote the classic “Mirror, mirror” rhyme, you’re wrong. When you actually watch the classic Snow White clip, you’ll hear the queen say, “Magic mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?”
The “Mirror, mirror” example is such a strong case of this Mandela Effect that it’s even misquoted throughout other Hollywood movies. In fact, it was later misquoted almost 40 years later in a 1973 book published by Disney!
What’s crazier is that there doesn’t seem to be any reason why this quote would ever exist. Even in the Brothers Grimm incarnations of Snow White, the classic rhyme didn’t exist. The closest quote found was “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in this land is the fairest of all?”
3 “We Are The Champions, My Friend!”
Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for your entire life, you know the band Queen. You also have probably heard a slew of epic rock anthems, the most famous of which may be the song “We Are The Champions.” Most people who have attended sports events or gone to major competitions know it by heart. So, how does it end?
If you said that they finish the song by saying, “We are the champions...Of the world!” , you’re incorrect. The song literally just cuts off after the last time they say the word “champions.” This really jarring Mandela Effect example messes with everyone, megafans included.
2 The Story Of The Lion And The Lamb
You remember hearing that old biblical verse about the lion laying with the lamb? It’s a classic story that talks about the strong protecting the weak, and about other Christian values. In fact, you might have even remembered it as a Christmas tale they told you in Sunday School. But, there’s only one problem with the lovely tale of the terrifying lion and the innocent little lamb...
The bible never actually had a story about a lion and a lamb. None. The bible verse that most people remember actually involves a wolf and a lamb. So, where did the lion verse everyone quote come from? Was it a memetic mutation, as some suggest? Or, was there another universe in play?
1 Ghost Hunters Or TAPS?
Often considered to be one of the original paranormal television shows in a sea of spooky media, this SyFy original series follows a team of ghost hunters on investigations. The team’s name, of course, is The Atlantic Paranormal Society – or TAPS. They went to many world-famous haunted locations, including Eastern State Penitentiary, Alcatraz State Prison, and Waverly Hills Sanatorium. When the show first came out, it was super popular, and everyone remembered its name.
Most people remember the show as Ghost Hunters, but a small selection of people remember the series’ original name being TAPS. So, which one is it in your alternate universe? Are you really from this time stream, or did Ghost Hunters just deliver a different kind of chill down your spine?