Mandela Effect: another dimension



The “Mandela Effect” is the observed phenomenon of people having clear memories of events that did not occur or misremembering significant events and facts. The term was coined in reference to events that large numbers of people around the world “misremember.” It is named after the instance in which a large group of people all shared the same memory that Nelson Mandela died prior to his actual 2013 death, instead of some time in the 1980’s. This theory cannot be proven or disproved but many people trust that their memories are definitely right. Disbelievers of the Mandela Effect blame it on mass false memory, or where a huge group of people all misremember something because they didn’t think of it for a long time or because it was an easily misremembered small detail. But it’s not that simple.

The theory goes that there are two or more universes that are extremely similar to each other, almost identical, but as we travel through them there are subtle changes in each universe. No, you won’t wake up with a different family or home. The realities are parallel to each other, meaning if there was an alien planet with intelligent life in outer space their reality would also have subtle shifts.

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” is one of the most remembered lines from a Disney cartoon, right? But what if I told you it never said that? In the original Snow White movie, her evil step mother actually says “Magic mirror on the wall.” It’s a subtle difference but it’s enough to make you second guess your own memory. Years later, Disney even came out with a movie called Mirror, Mirror. Another example of a simple yet eerie difference is the book The Berenstain Bears, where many people, including myself, remember to be spelled “Berenstein” with an E. In 5th grade, we did a Pikachu drawing contest in my class. I vividly remember coloring in the black pattern on his tail and while researching this conspiracy I was shocked to learn that Pikachu never had any black in his tail and so were thousands of other Pokemon fans.

These are things that have affected mass groups of people and made them question themselves but I think the shift can also change subtle things in your own life. In 2014, American Horror Story: Coven had a scene in the last episode where Myrtle Snow was being burned at the stake and her dying words were “Balenciaga.” Balenciaga is afFashion house started in 1918 by Cristobal Balenciaga. The word fascinated me so I looked it up with only a handful of results showing up including a Wikipedia page that said the brand died out in the late 1900s. So in the past year and a half, Balenciaga kept showing up on my feed where people were wearing Balenciaga shoes, sandals, bags etc. Until recently, I assumed someone bought the company’s name and started designing for them again. Out of curiosity, I finally searched it up it again with hundreds of results popping up and a Wikipedia full of information about the company’s history and recent creative directors and shows from the past ten years. I trust my memory and if I had any doubts of what I remembered I wouldn’t be writing this. We’ll never be able to prove the Mandela Effect (at least not in our lifetimes) but I’m glad there’s other people out there that share this same weird phenomena.

Disclaimer: The views/opinions expressed by this author may not reflect the views/opinions of LHS Peak Press as a whole.