Mandela Effect – Have you ever disagreed with a friend or family member over something you always thought was correct only to find out one of you was wrong?
Like, does Curious George have a tail or not? Or, is it the Berenstein Bears or the Berenstain Bears?
There is a term for this exact phenomenon, and it’s called the Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon that makes us question even our memories from the past.
But what is the Mandela Effect? This article will break down what the Mandela Effect is, amazing Mandela Effect examples that will not only help you make sense of this fascinating phenomenon but blow your mind on things you remember to this day have been wrong all along.
Mandela Effect Examples That Will Blow Your Mind
What is the Mandela Effect definition?
According to Wikipedia, Mandela Effect is a false memory is a phenomenon where someone recalls something that did not happen or recalls it differently from the way it actually happened.
Suggestibility, activation of associated information, the incorporation of misinformation, and source misattribution have been suggested to be several mechanisms underlying a variety of types of false memory phenomena.
So what does this mean to you? It means that everything you always thought was right has been wrong all along. Ready to have your mind blown? Here are some examples that will question your existence.
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Nelson Mandela's Death
Let start with why it’s called the Mandella Effect that has caused Conspiracy theorists to believe this is proof of an alternate universe.
Nelson Mandela, who this theory is named after, was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, sadly passed away in 2013.
But many people claim to clearly remember him dying in prison in the 1980s.
Jif Peanut Butter
I know myself and many of my friends have always thought the jar of peanut butter in our parent’s kitchen cupboard has always been called jiffy peanut butter.
But, we have been wrong all along. This peanut butter brand has never been called “Jiffy” peanut butter, it has been Jif since its inception.
Could it be that we have been combining Jif and Skippy peanut butter together for years?
Looney Tunes, Not Looney Toons!
If you watched Saturday morning cartoons as a kid, you probably always thought you were watching Looney Toons. It would make sense, cartoons and Looney toons, but we have been wrong all along.
The cartoon universe that gave us memorable characters like Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig and Tweety Bird was always called “Looney Tunes.”
It makes almost zero sense, but yes, the cartoon was spelled as “Tunes.”
Oscar Mayer vs Oscar Meyer
If you know the commercial jingle you know that your Bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R, but the second word has thrown people for a loop for years.
Do you think your bologna’s second name is spelled right? People to this day have problems with a letter in the second lyric of the well-known jingle, and that Mayer is spelled with an ‘e’ instead of an ‘a’.
The Hit HBO show isn’t called Sex in the City
For years I have always thought the correct name of the popular HBO television show was called Sex in the City, and I have been wrong for years. The correct name of the show is Sex and the City but people to this day have sworn they’ve seen genuine merchandise with the show name spelled otherwise.
Luke, I am your father
“Luke, I am your father” is probably one of the greatest misinterpreted lines in cinematic history.
We all hear it from your family and friends and even in pop culture, “Luke, I am your father” has been drilled in our heads for years, but that isn’t the line.
“No. I am your father”, is the correct line that blew us away back in the early ’80s, and if you try to correct someone saying the line wrong, you will still have trouble trying to correct them.
Sinbad never made a genie movie
Another Mandela Effect example that I have always thought was true for years was that comedian Sinbad made a genie movie.
Seriously, I can think of the movie poster in my head right now with Sinbad having a huge smile on his face dressed up as a genie.
But to my disappointment, this film has never been made at all. What we got was a genie movie called Kazam starring basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal.
The video above pokes fun at the fact Sinbad never made a genie movie.
Life isn’t always like a box of chocolates.
What sense does it make if he originally said “Life WAS like a box of chocolates…” that grammatically makes no sense? What do you mean life was?
What comparison did he or in this case his mom make to say life WAS like a box of chocolates? What was life before to her metaphorically? It’s always been life IS not life WAS LIKE.
I could go on for hours about this, but the Mandella Effect is strong with this one, as Forest didn’t say “Life is like a box of chocolates.“
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The Berenstain Bears vs The Berenstein Bears
This example of the Mandela Effect is where I think some of us are living in a parallel universe.
Everyone remembers the lovable bear family who lived in a tree and taught us lessons like the importance of kindness, but their family name is a constant debate between me and my friends.
Some of my friends seem to remember the book series and the cartoon being known as The Berenstein Bears. If you look now, they’re called The Berenstain Bears. Spooky isn’t it?
Curious George's Tail
Curious George has been a staple book and cartoon for kids growing up over the years, but do you remember him having a tail?
For years I have always thought the crazy little monkey had a tail, but I have been wrong. This is just like the Berenstain Bears in which many of us will argue what we believed was true, like having a tail, was wrong all along.
The Monopoly Man doesn’t have a monocle
This has been always a strange one, as many of us believe the Monopoly man wore a monocle for the game Monopoly, but he never did.
I know Mr. Peanut, the Planter peanut’s mascot (who also wears a top hat and monocle and carries around a cane like the Monopoly Man), but the Monopoly man never did.
I know a lot of people who can’t seem to grasp how the Monopoly man is monocle-less when they’ve clearly remembered him wearing one.
Has Tucan Sam been misleading us the whole time? Yes, he has.
Some say it was originally “Fruit Loops” and then changed to “Froot Loops,” while others believe it went from “Froot Loops” to “Fruit Loops.”
Many people claim this change happened during their childhood, while others say they just noticed it in recent months.
Whatever you believe, if you google the cereal or find a box in real life, you’ll see “Froot Loops” printed across the front. Unless, of course, you’re reading this from some other dimension.
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When Lecter meets Clarice in Silence of the Lambs, he doesn’t say her name—he doesn’t know her name. He simply says, “Good morning,” which, you might have noticed, isn’t even close to “Hello.”
I don’t know what’s scarier: The fact that we remember Hannibal Lecter saying, “Hello, Clarice,” or the reality that all he said was, “Good morning.” Say what??
C-3PO Has a Silver Leg
Are you a Star Wars fan that has watched “A New Hope” a hundred times or more and thinks Golden Rod(C-3PO) is completey covered in gold?
I hate to deliver this news, but C- 3PO is not made entirely of gold (or gold-covered…space metal, whatever it is). He’s got a silver leg.
It’s his lower right leg, to be specific. Right below the knee. It’s been silver since A New Hope, by the way.
The Hyphen in Kit Kat
If you’ve just had an existential crisis about the fact that there’s no hyphen in between “Kit” and “Kat,” know that you’re not alone.
While not being as big of a candy company as Hershey’s or Reese’s, the Kit-Kat brand is loved and remembered by many. However, something is different now, It was never Kit-Kat, it was always Kit Kat. Despite this, many people are convinced Kit Kat always had a dash in the middle…
KitKat in the UK was only hyphenated during the Second World War.
We’ve all heard the saying before, right? “Only YOU can prevent wildfires.” Smokey The Bear, who teaches people the dangers of wildfires and how you can prevent them, except that Smokey The Bear doesn’t exist.
In this reality, his name is really “Smokey Bear” with no “The“. Being someone who grew up constantly hiking and going camping during the summer and just loving the wilderness, I was very acquainted with the Smokey The Bear books, mascot, slogan, etc. and I remember his name having a “The” in it.
Yep, that’s his name. Contrary to popular belief, his name isn’t “Smokey the Bear.“
Cheez-It or Cheez-Itz?
I swear, there used to be an extra “z” at the end! What is happening???
When looking at the popular cracker brand people are starting to notice there is something’s kinda cheesy about this box of CHEEZ-IT.
Well, that’s because there are people who believe they shifted from a reality where the brand of crackers is called CHEEZ-ITZ.
You hardly ever hear people say “CHEEZ-IT” during a conversation. It’s always “CHEEZ-ITZ“. Well anyway, despite the popular belief that the Mandela Effect is caused by an unstable multiverse and having different realities collide with each other, it is also possible that all these changes in history are the result of time travelers messing things up.
And if that’s true, time traveler, can you please stop? I just wanna enjoy a box of CHEEZ-ITZ in peace.
Mr. Rodgers’s Theme Song
You’ve probably sang along with Mr. Rodgers as he opened his show with this loveable theme song.
Most former kids remember him singing “it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” but the lyric actually goes like “it’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood.”
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Skechers is a popular shoe brand among kids and adults? I think I have owned a pair of Skechers shoes before, I am not quite sure.
But what makes this Mandela Effect so popular is there is a pretty big group of people who swear they remember the shoe brand, Skechers actually being spelled as “Sketchers“, with a T. Very interesting.
The popular air freshener may be a household name and come in various scents, but quite a few folks believe that its name is spelled “Febreeze.” But those would unfortunately wrong, it has always been “Febreze.”
You know how that commercial goes. “Breathe happy _______.” It is the name of a pretty well-known air spray company. But how do you spell it? Is it… A) Febreze, or B) Febreeze? The answer is B, just not in this dimension… You see, while many people remember Febreze being spelled with three e’s, the correct answer in this reality is A) Febreze.
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