Lerina Garcia: Did She Wake Up In Another Universe?

How would you react if you awoke one morning in a different universe?

The peculiar tale of Lerina Garcia surfaced many years ago in the comments section of a Spanish website called Tendencias21. It was there she claimed, with some reservations, that she had somehow “jumped” into another universe.

A universe similar, but not quite, to her own.

Sound strange? It is. It’s also impossible to verify. But that’s never stopped me before.

“I think I jumped into a parallel universe...”

Lerina Garcia posted her comment on July 16, 2008, in response to an article about the possibility of multiple universes.

She said she was 41 years old, and had experienced something so bizarre, so inexplicable, that she worried others would think she was suffering from a psychotic break. And yet her story was so compelling, it became something of an urban legend.

Her claim was this: She had gone to sleep one night, and woke up the next day to find that the world around her had changed in the strangest, and subtlest, ways.

The first change was a very simple one. The sheets on her bed were different. This confused her, of course, but she didn’t give it much thought. Not in the beginning. It was another change, when she arrived at work later that day, that caused her to truly question her reality.

"Everything was different..."

The following quotes come from a roughly translated version of her original comment, which you can find (in Spanish) at Tendencias21. There’s also an archive available here for posterity (because these things sometimes disappear).

“…when I got to my office, it was not my office. It had names on the door, and mine was not. I thought I had the wrong floor, but no, it was mine. I got off at the wireless area of my office and I looked, still working here but it was in another department reporting to a director I didn’t know.”

Garcia told them she was sick and headed out, determined to understand why this was happening. She did what anyone would likely do in her situation: She visited a doctor, and later a psychiatrist. They did tests, but found nothing. She was clean, apparently, and everything was fine.

The psychiatrist suggested that, perhaps, she was suffering from stress and had hallucinated these inconsistencies. But no, she thought. The changes were too bizarre. Too real. It was the world – the world was the problem.

And it was only getting worse.

While the small things, like her ID and her house and even yesterday’s top news headlines, were the same, other personal details were not. For example, she remembered her sister having had surgery on her arm, but the rest of her family, including her sister, remembered no such thing.

Most shocking of all to Garcia was that she found herself still with her ex-boyfriend, who she remembered leaving many months before. Her new boyfriend was gone altogether.

“I left and started a relationship with a guy in my neighborhood. I know it perfectly. I’ve been with him four months and know his name, address, where he works…where he studied. Well that guy does not exist now. It seems that [he] existed before my ‘jump’ but now, no trace.”

She even went so far as to hire a detective, but he turned up nothing. Her new boyfriend never existed, not in this universe. And her ex, well, it was “as if nothing had happened.”

“I've done things I'm not aware of...”

Lerina Garcia ended her post with a simple plea for help. Had anyone else experienced anything similar? she wondered. She said it was as though she had simply dreamed the previous five months, “with the proviso that everyone remembers me at that time, and I’ve done things I’m not aware of having done.”

She searched the Internet for similar stories, and noticed other important events from the “missing” months that she didn’t remember. But mostly, she wrote, “the rest of the world seems to be the same.”

I’m not sure whatever happened to her. Perhaps she got on with her life. Perhaps dimension-hopping is just something you have to get used to.

Lerina Garcia: Proof of Parallel Worlds?

Over the past year or so, many people have shared their experiences with “changed” memories in my post about the Berenst#in Bears Problem, and later the Mandela Effect. But there are other stories, like Lerina Garcia’s, that take things further in a remarkable way.

Is it possible to suddenly find yourself in a universe that is not your own? With things that are mostly the same, but not quite right? Could this, instead, be a case of alter-vu, in which Lerina Garcia experienced memories from another version of herself in another universe? Or have people like her become strange travelers who have somehow journeyed between parallel universes, with seemingly no way back?

The world – the universe – is a strange place. What do you believe?


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  1. I’ve got one for you, though as far as I can tell I’m the only person who remembers this. The Giant Panda became extinct in 1987. The last one died in captivity in a zoo in Beijing. My 5th grade science teacher held a rather sad impromptu party the day after it made the news, and it was the first time conservationism really made an impression on my (then) young mind.
    Turns out that they were impossible to breed in captivity, and the Chinese government had absolutely no desire to protect the species or it’s habitat because there was no economic benefit from doing so. Imagine my surprise when, a couple of years later, the Giant Panda still exists. I still insist to this day that something major shifted in my own reality, at least. But I don’t remember Mandela dying any earlier than he actually did.

    1. That is really interesting. I’ve had experiences which only last a few seconds its hard to describe I almost feel like an observer. There’s also a theory we slip in and out of these dimensions through a shift in our own consciousness. But mostly we wouldn’t notice. One strange occurrence is numbers. Particularly 11.11 I started seeing numbers directly after my mother passed away. The no. 23 which stopped and 3 yrs later 11.11 and 22.22 . I’ve often wondered if numeracy and multiverses are in some way connected. Almost telling us which station we are tuned into. It could also explain an unnaturally good day followed by a very bad day.meaning we could almost choose to tune into these dimensions when we shift our consciousness. If each multiverse is just an extension of us I guess is crazy theory of probability lol

      1. I used to see those numbers quite frequently, but never understood them properly and at last one fine day i convinced to myself that these might be the messages from angels or something. what you are saying about numbers is quite interesting though. however what i have observed from my past experiences is that parallel universes do exists and we can change the reality via positive thinking/feeling. this is why old monks use to give us a hint about “becoming higher self”

  2. I have three. I remember a car called a Mercury Matador. I remember Walter Pidgeon dying in 1960. I remember Suzie Quatro being a major star 10 years before she was. None of those happened on/in this timeline.

    1. AMC Matador is a car. Mercury Matador is a model airplane. Mercury was also a car manufacturer. Perhaps you got it mixed up in your head?

    1. Those are just words – ‘False Memory Syndrome’ – with no authority to them, other than sticking the word ‘syndrome’ on the end .. There is no explanation in the term, no description, nothing .. it is a coward’s way of saying, ‘We don’t know’, and the world pulls this crap all the time!

      1. hahah yeah, as long as no one is able to explain why this happens it is an otter word salad someone pulled out of his/her as* to call stuff

    2. That’s what a lot of this stuff is.. like the Berenstein-stain bears. At first glance, it looks like Berenstein because the stein ending is common. Nothing paranormal about it.

  3. i swear to god batteries used to go into things different 1 year ago like positive and negative were flipped

  4. I lived like a five minute bus ride away from my high school in 10th grade. I made such a big deal about it bc my previous busrides were so long and had many stops. I also lived just across a four lane road to a friend’s house, who i visited and even slept over her house. The school was literally just down the street right at the intersection where the base ended and the city started. I knew I remembered all this all very fondly. Okay so that was in 1995. In 2008 i moved back to the same town and started working at a gas station with a younger girl who i was just getting to know and found out she went to this same school. I was like oh yes right at the intersection of the base. She looked at me funny and said no, no where near the base. So we actually started to argue about this. Everything about the school we described was in agreement except its location. I decided i would just go drive by. It wasnt there. My old house and the friends house were still there, but the school wasnt. It was waaay far away in fact. I rather believed they just moved the school possibly? But they hadnt of course. This article makes me think i switched dimensions at some point lol.

      1. and EVEN IF the school had anything to do with dimensions, that would be the SCHOOL moving, not you, you wacko

  5. i have had the same thing happen to me just a bit different. i fall asleep here but in what i call my dreams im some where else different and sometimes scary and new. like i have travoled through my dream to a different place and i wake up scared and confused and i write it down like a book. i feels so real and i know im some where else and i feel like im awake but i know i have fallen asleep. its a weird feeling and overwhelming.

  6. you are all talking in the way of scientist talk….only believing in the thing that we’ll consider a thing real if we saw it ..experienced it…..blahblahblahblah….so on
    but make your bloody mind focus on what wee call god .there are many thing that are beyond our imagination and may be we cannot know them…
    i accept that most of this type of stories are fake but we have to research them completely before making that kind of comment …what would you if you get transferred from your world to another world ………………………….
    asking for help but no one helping you saying fake ………think it

  7. I swear what I’m about to tell everyone is completely true. My dad always goes to church on Sundays and on all the Holy Days of Obligation. My mom and I have to go on to Church on a Holy Day too. Last year, on Ash Wednesday, I was going to go to church in the afternoon because it was a Holy Day and also because I had to work in the morning. I was on the computer in my dad’s room and he had a calender that said “Ash Wednesday Holy Day of Obligation”. When I left for work, I checked another calender in the dining room and it said the same thing. After confirming that Ash Wednesday was a Holy Day, I went to work. Some time during my shift, I was asked to take some discarded items and put them back on the shelves. I saw my dad working in the bakery and adked him if he went to church. When he said he hadn’t, I jokingly called him a sinner and told him it was a Holy Day of Obligation. His response surprised me. He said that it wasn’t a Holy Day but I told him it was. Well, long story short, after I got home, I ran into the house and looked at the calender on the dining room wall. It still said Ash Wednesday on the calender but, now Holy Day of Obligation was missing. I went to my dad’s bedroom and looked at his calender. Holy Day of Obligation was missing from that obe as well. I don’t even know how that’s possible considering the day before I pointed it out to my mom directly and my dad was in the room as well so he saw me pointing it out.

  8. It is my belief that the answer to what Ms. Garcia experienced is with her new bf that suddenly didn’t exist. It’s possible he was not in the time stamp he was supposed to be in and “others” could have changed that resulting in a cascade effect with minor ripples.

    I believe her, Jason, and any other who states experience of the kind. Most who comment, and even experience STILL cannot fathom the power and applications of consciousness.

  9. That’s what a lot of this stuff is.. like the Berenstein-stain bears. At first glance, it looks like Berenstein because the stein ending is common. Nothing paranormal about that..not saying it can’t happen, just not this story. Some of these things are obvious.

  10. She experienced what is called Dissociative Fugue, a fugue state in which she did not remember her actions, for five months. There is historical precedent for this.

    Human memory and perception are both wildly unreliable. To everyone in these comments who thinks they hopped dimensions because they remember something slightly differently: seek help.

  11. It would be interesting to know if Ms. Garcia checked for differences in her “new” universe that were outside of her immediate experiences. Did she try to find out anything about the people in her office who she didn’t recognize? Were there different and/or unfamiliar products in the stores where she shopped? Different cars on the streets? Did she go to a library (assuming possibly limited internet access in 2008] and skim through a couple of history books? That information could be very illuminating.

    (See for instance Jack Finney’s classic “The Woodrow Wilson Dime”)