Many people – maybe thousands – appear to believe that.
That’s where the name of this phenomenon – and the original site, The Mandela Effect – came from.
I’m the person who first 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. I believed I remembered it clearly, complete with news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow.
Then, I found out he was still alive.
My response was sensible,”Oh, I must have misunderstood something on the news.” Wildlife Removal Melbourne
I didn’t consider it for many years, until – in the VIP suite at Dragon*Con – a member 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 background that I recall.
Among the next earliest conversations was about the passing of Billy Graham. (He had been alive at the time people started reporting that.)
Some claimed that people were confused, and actually remember 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 . (Billy Graham died in Feb 2018, long after his funeral was discussed on the Mandela Effect website.)
However, it is not just deaths.
People have told me about a number of strange conflicts between their vivid memories and the world they are currently living in.
During Dragon*Con 2010, someone insisted he remembered a Star Trek episode that – according to one star of the show – was never filmed.
The person who remembered the alternate episode was not weird or wild-eyed… he was a very normal person, and just referenced the episode as part of a routine conversation.
I was there when he heard that the episode never existed. He was stunned, and quickly tried to find a logical explanation for his”faulty” memory.
And then, when people found that there never were any”Berenstein Bears” books, and no picture contained the line,”Luke, I am your father”… that the Mandela Effect went viral.
These are not simple mistakes in memory; they seem to be fully-constructed incidents (or sequential events) from the past. To many of us, these appear to exceed the standard variety of forgetfulness.
Even stranger, other people appear to have identical memories.
But what’s happening? And what is causing it?
My preferred sci-fi explanations include the possibility of parallel realities, quantum science, real-life”Sliders” experiences, and alternate history.
But, of course, 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 internet pranks. Nobody knows, however.
If you thought that Nelson Mandela died in prison – long before his departure (in this timestream) on 5 December 2013 – or you’ve got similar memories of a”distinct” past, you’re not alone.
It’s called the Mandela Effect, and you’ll find a great deal of fascinating reports about it, if you look for them.
Fiona Broome is the individual who, starting in 2009, popularized the term”Mandela Effect” You can learn more about this subject in MandelaEffect.com and in Fiona’s books – free to see in Kindle Unlimited. Those books contain even more information and discussions from the original website.