50 Unbelievable Examples of the Mandela Effect That Will Make You Question Reality
“What if I told you everything you know is a lie?” … including the fact that Morpheus never actually said that line in the “Matrix” movie.
You’ve just experienced the Mandela Effect. But what is that?
ENTITY did some research about the conspiracy taking the internet by storm and found 50 mind blowing (and infuriating) examples.
It All Started With Controversy Over When Nelson Mandela Died.
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The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon where a large number of people have a false memory about an event or fact. Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013 was the initial event to spark the conspiracy because multiple people remembered him dying while in prison in the 1980s.
People claimed they recalled news clips and TV coverage of Nelson’s funeral. But that’s not what happened.
After being released from prison, the activist was the president of South Africa and he lived for the next three decades.
But, Nelson Mandela’s death was only the beginning. Since then, people online have found multiple instances of the Mandela Effect.
People have tried to debunk the phenomenon by saying the Mandela Effect is a simple case of misremembering events or facts. However, others chalk it up to explanations as wild as parallel universes and merging with other dimensions.
Either way, we promise these will leave you scratching your head and questioning what you actually know about reality.
After Nelson Mandela’s death, the “Berenstain Bears” debacle is one of the most popular Mandela Effects. Numerous people distinctly remember the children’s book spelled “Berenstein,” with an e. However, the series has always been named the “Berenstain Bears.”
Adding to the eeriness of the debate, a user on Reddit found anold VHS tapewith the “e” spelling. So what actually is the truth? We don’t know anymore.
2NO, HE DOESN’T SAY “LUKE I AM YOUR FATHER.”
One of the most iconic lines of theStar Warsfranchise is when Darth Vader says, “Luke I am your father.” But what if we told you he never actually said it?
We swear we’re not making this up. Play the clip and you’ll hear he actually says, “No, I am your father.”
While Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda had a lot ofsexin the city on their six-season show, the show itself is actually called “Sex and the City.”
Old memorabilia also supports the Mandela Effect notion, with pictures surfacing of aperfume setthat clearly says “Sex in the City.”
5“LIFE WAS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES.”
Like the Luke line in Star Wars, many “Forrest Gump” fans love quoting the line he says at the bus stop. Mama always told him, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” right?
Nope. Mama always told him, “Life was like a box of chocolates.” The past tense version doesn’t make grammatical sense to us either, but if you play the clip, you’ll clearly hear him say “was.”
6OSCAR MEYER HAS A SECOND NAME IT’S M-A-Y-E-R.
Everyone can probably remember singing the Oscar Mayer jingle in their childhood. We all can agree our bologna has a first name and it’s O-S-C-A-R. But when it comes to our bologna’s second name, there is a huge debate going on.
Many people remember the last name of the popular hotdog brand as “Meyer.” In reality, it’s Oscar Mayer.
The popular retail store has always been JCPenney. However, many still vividly remember the store being called JCPenny.
This one may just be a case of misspelling, but the next one will have you seriously questioning your memory.
9“WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS” BUT NOT “OF THE WORLD.”
There’s no time for losers because we are the champions. That’s it. That’s where it ends because Freddy Mercury never says “of the world” at the end of the song.
Don’t believe us? Hit that play button.
They do say “of the world” earlier in the song, but the iconic crescendoing finish seems empty without its final expression. The song builds up to the end and then trails off after he says “we are the champions.”
10SALLY FIELD DIDN’T SAY, “YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME.”
In 1985, when Sally Field was accepting her Oscar for “Best Actress” in “Places in the Heart,” she gave a memorable speech. But do you remember it correctly? You may be thinking she said, “You like me, you really like me.”
She really said, “You like me, right now, you like me.”
Another theory among commenters in Mandela Effect forums is that her name was Sally Fields – with the s – in the alternate universe where she said, “You like me, you really like me.”
11MANDELA, “YOU’VE GOT SOME ‘SPLAINING TO DO” BECAUSE RICKY RICARDO NEVER SAID THAT.
It seems with age comes happiness, at least when it comes to the Mona Lisa. For this Mandela Effect, people believe the popular painting once contained a woman whose smile was hardly detectable.
They remember the woman being heavily debated for her downturned mouth that still appeared to be smiling. However, it no longer seems like that’s the case for Da Vinci’s masterpiece.
Now, it seems her smile is a pretty obvious smirk.
13MISTER ROGERS HAS A NEW THEME SONG.
As a child, it was always exciting getting drawn into Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. Singing the opening song along with the lovable grandpa figure was one of the best parts.
However, there’s a new twist to the song we all thought we remembered so well. He doesn’t sing, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” Instead he says, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood.”
We guess it’s not a beautiful day in any other neighborhood.
At least it’s still true that they put pickles on their chicken sandwiches and they aren’t open on Sundays. The popular fast food restaurant isn’t how you remember it in a pretty notable way. It’s called Chick-fil-A.
No, you read that right. It’s not Chik-fil-A or Chic-fil-A. It’s Chick-fil-A, despite people distinctly remembering the brand’s strange spelling.
17THERE WERE SIX PEOPLE IN THE CAR WHEN JFK WAS SHOT, NOT FOUR.
When John F. Kennedy was shot, his motorcade had six people in the car, not four. This is going to be pretty hard to explain to the people who clearly remember the two people in the very front of the car as being nonexistent.
The angle of the footage can probably account for the missing people in the limousine, but this will still be weird for the people who don’t remember ever seeing them before.
18HANNIBAL LECTER NEVER SAID, “HELLO, CLARICE.”
In another famously misquoted movie line, Hannibal Lecter never greets Clarice Starling by saying, “Hello, Clarice” in “Silence of the Lambs.”
But even without the line, the cannibal killer is still really creepy.
19CURIOUS GEORGE NEVER HAD A TAIL.
It may seem counterintuitive to imagine a monkey without its tail. However, “Curious George” has always featured such an animal.
While many remember George with a long, curving tail, he doesn’t actually have one. Tell that to the dozens of people who dress up like the lovable monkey for Halloween, tail and all.
20THE QUEEN IN “SNOW WHITE” NEVER SAID, “MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL.”
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Well, it’s not likely he’s going to tell you when you address him wrong.
Snow White’s evil stepmother actually says, “Magic mirror on the wall.” We didn’t believe it either.
21THERE WAS NO GENIE MOVIE IN THE ’90S STARRING SINBAD.
If you’re not even halfway through the list and suffering a Mandela Effect meltdown, add this one to your list. Many believe the comedian Sinbad was in a 1990s movie called “Shazaam,” where he played a genie.
Sinbad himself said he never played the character. The movie also never existed.
Mandela Effect debunkers think he’s being confused with Shaq, who played a genie in the movie “Kazaam” in 1996. However, some online forum commenters hold true to their memory and say the Shaq movie was intended to be a parody of the original Sinbad flick.
Well, that didn’t stop Kellogg from naming their cereal brand “Froot Loops.” While it makes creative sense that the double o’s would mimic the word “loops,” people still believe the cereal once had the correct spelling.
The cereal doesn’t contain real fruit, so maybe it’s a good thing the title isn’t misleading.
One explanation for this Mandela Effect is the bear’s actual name differs from the 1952 Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins’ song, which calls him “Smokey the Bear.”
29THE TANK DIDN’T RUN OVER THE BOY IN TIANANMEN SQUARE.
While discussing history with her husband, one woman discovered she believed the tankran over the protestorwho blocked its path in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Her husband remembered it going around him.
In reality, the tank goes around him.
So why did they have different memories? It’s possible the woman was merging the massacre, which occurred in Tiananmen Square, with what happened the day before, when Chinese officials killed hundreds to thousands of students protesting their regime.
30“IF YOU BUILD IT, HE WILL COME.”
In yet another misquoted movie line, the movie “Field of Dreams” has the line, “If you build it, he will come.” Most people think the line is, “If you build it, they will come,” which makes sense, considering the main character Ray builds a baseball diamond and baseball players show up.
However, the actual line almost feels like the movie should have a biblical context.
31AQUA ACTUALLY SANG, “I’M A BARBIE GIRL, IN THE BARBIE WORLD.”
No, it’s not, “I’m a barbie girl, in a barbie world.” Aqua is referring to a very specific barbie world, “the” barbie world to be exact.
Don’t worry, we’re singing it wrong in our heads right now, too.
32WHEN YOU’RE TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT OF THAT BOOK REPORT, YOU’RE ON CLIFFSNOTES.
The tool most of us used for every book report ever written is called CliffsNotes not CliffNotes. This makes sense considering its creator’s name was Clifton, but we can’t help but think it just sounds wrong.
We’re not the only ones. Even Wikipedia addresses the common misconception that the study guides are called CliffNotes.
People remember Pixy Stix spelled like a fairy’s sugary treat. However, Pixie Stix never existed.
Those following the Mandela Effect aren’t the only ones getting this wrong. Popular retailersDollar TreeandKmartadvertise the product as Pixie Stix, despite the picture clearly spelling Pixy with a “y.”
37CHARTREUSE ISN’T ROSE-COLORED LIKE EVERYONE THOUGHT.
Think back to your high school history class for this one. People claim that when learning about Henry VIII, the detail that stood out – along with his obsession with having multiple wives – was an iconic portrait.
In this painting, they claim he was holding a turkey’s leg. We’re calling foul on this one because turkey wasn’t brought to his country during his time period. However, it’s possible people are remembering the leg right and just getting the animal wrong.
Either way, the painting now doesn’t show him holding a bird leg of any sort.
The spelling on this will make you cringe. Double Stuffed Oreos aren’t stuffed or even Double Stuff, they’re Double Stuf Oreos.
This may be another case of purposely misspelling a title to garner a trademark. But, it’s so weird to look at. It also may be to save the brand from getting sued since these Oreos don’t actually contain double the creme stuffing.
Staying home sick from school was worth it if you could flip on “Judge Judy” and see her berate the defendants. Many remember her maintaining order in the court by swinging her gavel against the podium.
However, not once in its 21 seasons will you see the popular judge with a gavel.
Well, now it’s time for a major binge sesh.
49TWEEDLE DEE AND TWEEDLE DUM HAVE GREEN FLAGS ON THEIR HATS NOT PROPELLERS.
“Alice in Wonderland” produced many memorable characters. From Alice in her iconic blue dress to the Cheshire Cat, the characters have been reproduced in tons of memorabilia and eventattooson people’s skin.
This includes Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
However, there’s one detail many are getting wrong. The twins never had propellers on the top of their hats. In reality, they had green flags.
50TOM CRUISE ISN’T WEARING A WHITE DRESS SHIRT OR SUNGLASSES IN THE “RISKY BUSINESS” DANCE SCENE.
If you’ve been to a Halloween party in the past 10 years, you’ve likely seen someone dressed in a white men’s dress shirt and sunglasses. They’re Tom Cruise from the iconic “Risky Business” dance scene, of course.
Only, that’s not what he was wearing in the movie.
As you can see from watching the scene, he is wearing a pink pinstriped shirt and no shades, although he does wear sunglasses throughout the rest of the movie.
…..I am sure it was Berenstein Bears… and that Sinbad made that movie