Mandela Effect Redux: What Do You Remember?

Posted by on February 20, 2016

It’s been quite a few months since the Internet had its collective nervous breakdown over the fact that the Berenstein Bears are actually the Berenstain Bears.

That revelation was a wild ride for many, myself included, but did you know that there are actually several other strange inconsistencies in people’s memories? Inconsistencies that lead some to believe that they’re actually living in a universe other than their own?

This phenomenon has come to be called the Mandela Effect. It’s the strange problem of having memories that go against reality. You could even call them Alter-vus. That is, of course, if you believe they might be due to a meddling time traveler.

Well, while time travel and parallel universes may not be the culprit here (we could all simply be misremembering things), it’s an interesting phenomenon nonetheless.

So let’s have a look at some of these other incorrect memories that people have reported. Perhaps you share their experiences – perhaps you’re from another world!

New Zealand

Where would you say New Zealand is located on the map? Maybe you’re right, maybe you’re wrong. But some remember it being to the northwest of Australia, when in actuality it is to the southeast.

Forrest Gump

If you’ve seen the movie, you know the iconic scene: Forrest Gump is sitting on a bench, and offers a chocolate to the woman sitting next to him. What does he say, again? “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’” That’s how many remember it. But you know what? It’s actually “Life was like a box of chocolates.” Curious that even this video’s title got it wrong.

Star Wars

In yet another iconic movie scene, Darth Vader has bested Luke Skywalker in combat at Cloud City, and he reveals a startling truth: “Luke,” he says, “I am your father.” Or does he? In reality, he says, “No, I am your father.” (Maybe this has something to do with it.)

Mirror, Mirror

In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Evil Queen gazes into her mystical mirror and says, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Except she doesn’t: it’s actually “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

When Fred Rodgers sang his well-known tune at the beginning of his show, Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood, maybe you sang along. Try it with me: “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, it’s a…” Wait, that’s actually not quite correct.

It’s “A beautiful day in this neighborhood.”

Dilemma

Dilemma. A simple word. But there are many out there who will look at it and see something very wrong. Because they remember it as Dilemna, with a silent “n.”

There’s an entire website dedicated to this one.

“Beam me up, Scotty!”

…was never uttered in any episode of Star Trek.

Number of U.S. States

Some remember the United States as having 51 or even 52 states.

The correct answer: 50. Just 50.

From the comments…

Several individuals in the comments section of that old Berenst#in Bears post provided some unique experiences of their own. Here are a few I found particularly interesting (click their names to view the original comments).

Caps opening the other way?

“I also remember bottle caps opening the other way. I distinctly remember one day in high school going to open a can of Dr Pepper, turning clockwise, and being surprised and very disturbed when it tightened rather than opening. I’m quite confident I didn’t, one day, suddenly forget how to open bottles, and I don’t recall suffering a traumatic brain injury either. Has anyone else noticed any other timeline discrepancies?” – Robert

Raiders of the Lost Ark

“When I went to the movie theater in 1981 to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, the actress who portrayed Marion Ravenwood was Margot Kidder, not Karen Jane Allen.” – Alan Wescoat

World Population

“I remember it being a big deal that the world population hit 6 billion in 1980, and that the estimate was 10 billion by 2000. Wikipedia says, 4.4 billion in 1980, and 6 billion in 2000.” – Sharkay DM

Cup Noodles

“There has been no O between Cup and Noodles since 1993.” – act_on_love

STEINS;GATE

“Get ready for this one. There is a popular Japanese game/novel (choose your own adventure style) about time travel, also adapted into manga and anime. Part of the premise is that John Titor is a real time traveler and becomes a character in the story. It first appeared in 2009 and is called … STEINS;GATE” – Radio Shock

I really need to get around to playing Steins;Gate.

Anyway, do any of these strike a chord? Are they proof of parallel universes, or simply incorrect memories? Do you remember anything that’s not what it used to be?

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Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.