The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect

Ava Bartley

Have you ever seen something that was not how you remembered it? Like how Looney Tunes is really “tunes” and not “toons?” This is called the “Mandela Effect.” The Mandala Effect is a type of false memory that occurs when many different people incorrectly remember the same thing. This term was first coined when Nelson Mandela, a human rights activist, died in a prison in the 80s–at least that’s what everyone falsely remembered. He actually died in 2013.

Memories are not always precise, and because of that, people can have memories in different contexts that change over time. Life experiences can also mold or influence a person’s memories.

Here are some other examples of the Mandela Effect that you might relate to:
“Smokey Bear” not “Smokey the Bear”

“Magic mirror on the wall…” not “Mirror mirror on the wall…”

“No, I am your Father.” not “Luke, I am your Father.”

The monopoly man never had a monocle

“Febreze” not “Febreeze”
Oreo Double Stuf only has one “F”, not two