Mandela Effect: Fact or Fiction


Haley Hinkofer, Staff Writer

Have you ever remembered something, but when it’s brought up to you again it appears as if it has been changed? The Mandela Effect could be the reason for that.

The Mandela Effect is a theory about how parallel universes exist, based off how large groups of people remember similar alternative memories about past events. This theory first came about when many people had the same memory of Nelson Mandela dying during his imprisonment during the 1980s. There have been a number of people who have come froward about remembering seeing Mandela’s funeral on the news, South Africa mourning, and the speech his wife made. But Mandela never died in prison; he did die in South Africa, but years later than the original account that people remembered.

There are so many other examples of the Mandela Effect. Another big controversy is of the original spelling of the “Bearstain Bears” or “Bearstein Bears”. This children’s book has been around for years and many people remember the spelling with an “e”, but if you were to go look at the books now it is speed with an “a”.

Other examples of this is “Jif” or “Jiffy” peanut butter, it was never called “Jiffy”. The spelling of “Febreeze” or “Febreze”, many people spell it with double e’s, but that’s not correct. Also, one that messes with everyone’s mind is a scene  from Disney’s movie Snow White. When the witch is talking to the mirror, people recall her saying “Mirror, Mirror on the wall…”, but if you go look at any scene from the movie it’s actually “Magic, Mirror on the wall…”. People recall all these memories but was it their memory just messing with them or did some force beyond our comprehension change it?