The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect is a situation where a number of people claim to share memories of events which differ from the available evidence of those events. The term was coined by paranormal enthusiast Fiona Broome, who said she and other people remembered Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s in prison, well before his actual death in 2013 from an illness. Proponents of the “Mandela Effect” cite this, and some of the other confabulations above, as being parts of a single phenomenon which they relate to multiverse theories such as the many-worlds interpretation rather than to individual failures of reading or memory. Another example of the Mandela effect came in December 2016 when several people recalled a movie titled “Shazaam” where comedian Sinbad portrayed a genie. This is likely confused with the film Kazaam starring Shaquille O’Neal.

Some examples

  • Hannibal Lector never actually said ‘Hello Clarice’
  • Darth Vader never said ‘Luke I am your father’
  • The Queen song ‘We are the champions’ does not end with ‘we are the champions….of the world

So the Mandela Effect is when many people – in fact huge groups of people who don’t know each other – remember things in an incorrect way. It’s not that someone has an incorrect memory, it’s that huge groups of total strangers have the identical incorrect memories.

And two more from this site

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Although, I have to be pendantic with the one below, because the original Brothers Grimm fairytale did say ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall’. It was Disney who changed it.


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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