The Mandela Effect and the Affects you by Liliana Varela
may 2, 2019
Do you remember the monopoly man and his monocle, Curious George and his tail, and the famous quote from Star Wars “Luke, I am your father”? Well, I hate to break it to you, but you’re remembering all these things wrong. You and millions of other people. Curious George never had a tail, the monopoly man doesn’t have a monocle, and the quote is just “No, I am your father”. The voice of Darth Vader even recalls saying “Luke, I your father”, and how it was such a powerful line. So exactly what is happening? This phenomenon is known as The Mandela Effect. It refers to when a large number of people share a false memory.
It all started when a numerous amount of people falsely remembered Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s. In reality he was released from prison in the 1990s, and passed away later on in 2013. Fiona Broome popularized this phenomenon appropriately naming it the “Mandela Effect” (after Nelson Mandela). Soon, many other examples starting emerging all over the internet. People falsely recall the Evil Queen from Snow White saying, “Mirror Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?”. When in reality she said, “Magic Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?”. A majority of people confidently remembered how Forrest Gump's mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Well, the line was actually, “Life was like a box of chocolates”, which is different from what most people believed.
So, why is it that millions of people share these false memories? There are countless beliefs and theories. Some say it’s evidence of time travelers changing our history. Others believe the memory errors are software glitches (similar to the Matrix). Then there are claims that we are consistently traveling through different universes, and that’s why little things are changed. What we remember is like a déjà vu from the previous universe. What do I think about all this? Well, I believe that we as humans make many errors. When we hear things being said incorrectly many times (or when we say it incorrectly many times) it starts to affect us. It’s the power of our minds. We believe things, and it starts to become our reality. I think that we are causing the Mandela effect and it’s starting to affect us.