Many people – maybe thousands – seem to believe that.
That’s where the title of the phenomenon – and the original site, The Mandela Effect – came from.
I’m the man who popularized that phrase, and here’s what I said, back in 2009, slightly updated with newer information.
See, I thought Nelson Mandela died in prison.
Afterward, I found out he was still alive.
My reaction was sensible,”Oh, I must have misunderstood something on the news.”
I didn’t think about it again for several years, until – in the VIP suite at Dragon*Con – a part of Security (“Shadowe”) casually mentioned that many people”remember” when Nelson Mandela died in prison.
That caught my attention in a hurry.
One thing led to another, and I found a big community of people who remember the exact same Mandela history that I recall.
Others have similar “false” memories. One of the next oldest conversations was about the passing of Billy Graham. (He had been living at the time people began reporting that.) Wildlife Removal Melbourne
Some claimed that people were confused, and actually recall Mr. Graham’s retirement announcement, or maybe the televised funeral of Mr. Graham’s wife.
Those who clearly remember the announcement and funeral policy… they disagree heartily. (Billy Graham died in Feb 2018, long after his funeral was discussed on the Mandela Effect website.)
However, it’s not only deaths.
People have told me about a variety of strange conflicts between their vivid memories and the world they’re currently living in.
During Dragon*Con 2010, a person insisted that he recalled a Star Trek episode that – according to one star of the series – was never even filmed.
The person who remembered the alternate episode wasn’t weird or wild-eyed… he was a very normal person, and only referenced the episode as part of a routine conversation.
I was there when he noticed that the episode never existed. He was stunned, and immediately tried to find a logical explanation for his”faulty” memory.
And then, when people discovered that there never were any”Berenstein Bears” books, and no picture contained the line,”Luke, I am your father”… the Mandela Effect went viral.
These aren’t simple errors in memory; they seem to be fully-constructed incidents (or sequential events) in the past. To many of us, these appear to exceed the normal variety of forgetfulness.
Even stranger, other people seem to have identical memories.
But what’s going on? And what’s causing it?
My favorite sci-fi explanations include the possibility of parallel realities, quantum science, real-life”Sliders” adventures, and alternative history.
But, naturally, there’s absolutely not any one-size-fits-all reply to the Mandela Effect. Some could be faulty memories. Some could be errors in news reports, and online pranks. Nobody knows, yet.
If you believed that Nelson Mandela died in prison – long before his departure (in this timestream) on 5 December 2013 – or you have similar memories of a”different” past, you’re not alone.
It’s called the Mandela Effect, and you’ll find lots of fascinating reports about it, if you seek them.
Fiona Broome is the individual who, starting in 2009, popularized the term”Mandela Effect” You can learn more about this subject at MandelaEffect.com and in Fiona’s books – free to read in Kindle Unlimited. Those books contain more information and conversations from the original website.