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The Mandela Effect Theory: Do You Remember Something Differently?

The Mandela Effect Theory is a phenomenon of remembering something different than what it is presented as now. Although many people believe that the Mandela Effect is real and is presented via parallel universes or lives, scientific facts claim it is a symptom of false memory.


Millions of people have shared the same concerns over different types of Mandela Effect phenomenons, such as many remembering Pikachu existing with black on the tip of his tail only to be proven that there was no such thing.

The Mandela Effect theory was first coined by Fiona Broome in 2009 after she remembered the death of Nelson Mandela inside a South African prison in the 1980s, according to VeryWellMind. But to her surprise, Nelson passed away in 2013.

After hearing that Mandela was still alive in 2009, Broome created a website detailing how she remembered his funeral and widow’s speech on his death. She found that many had believed and remembered the same thing, and soon got to work on her website to share the phenomenon.

Tim Hollins, a professor of experimental psychology at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, believes that the Mandela Effect theory is a gimmick of false memory, according to LiveScience.

Hollins used the children’s book “Curious George” as an example for his study after many people claimed George had a tail when in the books he was never drawn with one.

“Remembering Curious George as having a tail just reflects the fact that most monkeys have tails. If you just remember the gist — it’s a monkey — why wouldn’t you remember him having a tail?”

The Mandela Effect Theory has affected more than half of the population, according to LiveScience: “A 2020 memory study in the journal Psychological Science found that, when asked to recall information, 76% of adults made at least one detectable error.”

Hollins believes that the Mandela Effect “[I]s that of “gist memory,” which is when someone has a general idea of something but can’t necessarily remember the specifics,” according to LiveScience.

Hollins is convinced that the Mandela Effect is nothing but a false memory and that there is no such thing as a parallel universe, stating “It’s nonsense.”

Regardless, millions of adults are confident that the Mandela Effect Theory is real and is a cause of a parallel universe.

The faint memory of there being Stouffer’s Stove Top Stuffing existing is false, and the spelling of “The Berenstein Bears” is actually “The Berenstain Bears”. Yet, with the Mandela Effect still ongoing, It is all up to the person to believe whether there is a parallel universe or not.


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