I Don’t Recall The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect is controversial theory in explaining a phenomenon where many people have false memory about a particular event or detail. The phenomenon is named after the instance where a large proportion of people believed the South African leader Nelson Mandela had died in jail during the 1980’s, whereas Mr. Mandela was alive till 2013.

This theory was developed by Fiona Broome. She observed thousands of people, at the Dragon Con Convention, believed that Mandela had died before 2013 and termed this phenomenon as Mandela Effect where many people have a collective false memory about a particular event, which has occurred in the past. Further, there is speculation that this can be explained by alternate realities by Broome herself, but many critics have said that these are situations where a large proportion of people have the same false memory due to some fake news or photos.

The theory gained a lot of popularity when many people reported that they remembered a book series known as Berenstain Bears to be spelled as Berenstein Bears. This effect gained a lot of publicity in the recent years as the people who experience this phenomenon are able to remember the events with the same references and details. This theory is heavily debated as human memory is not always totally reliable and time, expectation and influence can change a person’s perception towards reality and make remembering events a tough task.

The Mandela Effect is said to be different from having a false memory because a significant amount of population who mostly do not have any kind of connection to each other. There are variations in the social and economical environments of these people. Yet, they all have the same false memory about many things like spellings, deaths of famous people and geographical locations.  Two theories been developed regarding this effect. One states that the people live in a simulated reality which is experiencing glitches in continuity, while the other theory states that many people are experiencing different history and reality as they are constantly moving or sliding between alternate or parallel universes.

There are many examples of Nelson Mandela Effect with a few of them  listed below.

1) “Luke, I am your father” is one of the most famous phrases from Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, but Darth actually says, “No, I am your father.”


2) Forrest Gump stating that his mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” However the real line said, “Life was like a box of chocolates.”


3) The Snow White quote most people heard others say and repeated themselves is “Mirror, mirror on the wall,” it turns out the actual line is “Magic mirror on the wall.” Some may remember the second part of that quote being “Who is the fairest of them all?” it’s “Who is the fairest one of all?”



4 thoughts on “I Don’t Recall The Mandela Effect

  1. Kenneth T.

    When you use the term “false memory” as in your opening statement, you’re telling me that you are not a believer. That’s okay, fiction is often stranger than nonfiction. ***but what if……


    1. Gatekeeper Post author

      Thanks for reading and commenting Kenneth. I try to keep an open mind upon any topic and after researching the evidence my own conclusion about the Mandela Effect seems more of not recalling the specific wording, details or information the mistake could then be reinforced by others sharing the same error. I would entertain the possibility of what if as there is new information.


  2. Autumn Cote

    Would it be OK if I cross-posted this article to WriterBeat.com? I’ll be sure to give you complete credit as the author. There is no fee, I’m simply trying to add m6ore content diversity for our community and I liked what you wrote. If “OK” please let me know via email.



  3. William Budihardjo

    I agree with you, I don’t recall it either, I also think that the false memory explanation is not valid because it’s really hard to fools billions of people. In fact, I made my own theory that actually makes sense and supported with psychological reasoning! I hope it will give you the complete explanation of Mandela effects. Check my post! https://behavioralweb.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/how-the-mandela-effect-happened-just-noticeable-difference-system-1/

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