You may have heard about it a lot recently, but the Mandela Effect phenomenon is nothing new.

Short story…

The Mandela Effect term started gaining traction in 2013 following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Despite his death and funeral being recorded worldwide by most of mainstream media, there are people who recall Mandela dying much earlier than 2013. Hence, the term “Mandela Effect” was coined.

What is the Mandela Effect?

According to, it refers to what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality. Many people (widely unconnected) recall the exact same events with the exact same details. However, this recollective memory is different from what is recorded in history books, newspaper archives and Google.

Many refer to these group of people who are sharing the same memories as “conspiracy theorists,” but for those who are living it, it is their truth. I am one of them!

Parallel Universe Theory

Some scientists and the average YouTube speculator have raised an interesting theory called the parallel universe theory. This theory states: “The quantum multiverse creates a new universe when a diversion in events occurs, as in the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. The holographic multiverse is derived from the theory that the surface area of a space can simulate the volume of the region.” 

Learn more about the Parallel Universe & Multiverse Theories here.

That explanation is far too geeky and a lot to understand if you lack knowledge on the subject, so in lay man terms, this theory basically says Mandela Effect experiencers are living in a different universe (parallel) from people with alternate memories. Accepting this as fact depends on your belief systems, but it is an interesting thought.

How I recognized my symptoms…

I was a dummy to the Mandela Effect syndrome until a few months ago when it was brought to my attention. Since then you would be surprised at how many of the staples that defined a lot of my childhood “never existed.” I am a 90’s baby (1991 to be exact), hence, I grew up with Tom & Jerry cartoons, Star Wars (even though I am not a fan), boy groups, and the sitcom Friends. If you were born before or during this period, our memories and recollections of pop culture should be exact or similar, right? [Buzzer beeps]…Wrong, based on written records that you can research for yourself on Google, a lot of our past as we know it, never fucking existed.

Here are some of the things that might highlight how severe your Mandela Effect dilemma might be with some help from Buzzfeed:

Did Rich Uncle Pennybags have a monocle? If you said, yes, you are wrong!


Curious George doesn’t have a tail!


This bitch was always serious, but in this universe she smiles!


This spelling is dead wrong, it has always been spelt “Chick-Fil-A.”


Kit-Kat has no hiphen!


I have never been a peanut butter fan, but I remember a Jiffy Peanut Butter, but there is none and there has never been, in this universe at least.


“Run Forrest run” is spot on, however, he did not say “Life is like a box of chocolates” he said ‘Life was like a box of chocolates.” How the fuck does that make sense, I don’t know!


“Fruit Loops” has never been spelt like that. It is and has always been “Froot Loops.” Even typing it feels so wrong. WTF!


…and the biggest one of all. If I don’t remember anything else from my childhood, I clearly recall the evil queen saying “Mirror mirror on the wall.” But, noooo, she said “Magic mirror on the wall.”


If you recall any of these being as they say they have always been, then apparently you and I are in two different universes for sure.

But that is ok. I am beginning to accept the fact that I have an illness, one that is worse than dementia. As, it does not say I have lost my memory as I know it, but says the memory never existed in the first place.

I do not think there is any medication for it, so this ailment might just worsen as time progresses, but I am coming to terms with living in an alternate universe, as I can only live in the truth I know. [I will continue spelling it as “Fruit Loops,” fuck your universe]

Are you experiencing Mandela Effect symptoms?

One Love,

Dave Anthony

Posted by:Dave Anthony

I am a Jamaican born Entrepreneur living in the United States. Adventurous, writer, weird, down to earth. Here I write about interesting stuff that educates, thrills and influences.

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