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What Is The 'Mandela Effect'? Have You Ever Experienced One?

Indranil Maiti08 August 2020 4:20PM IST
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Movie lovers around the world can easily remember few famous movie lines like - Darth Vader saying "Luke, I am your father" From 'Star Wars' or from the movie 'Snow White' - "Mirror Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?" Well how can someone forget these. Sometimes exact same lines used in other movies to pay tribute or to create funny movie reference.

Well the actual fact is that, none of the above quotes are actually true. The actual lines are respectively - "No! I am your father" and "Magic mirror, on the wall..." What!! Then how do we remember those false lines so vividly? Well you are not alone. People all around the world face the similar problem. Scientists call it false memory or 'Mandela Effect'.

The term 'Mandela Effect' was first coined by paranormal researcher Fiona Broome in 2009. Fiona has been researching and writing about paranormal phenomena since the early 1980s. She described that, she can clearly remember Nelson Mandela died in prison in 1980s. She could vividly remember news coverage and other details. But in reality it did not happen, Nelson Mandella was later released in 1990 and became president of South Africa.

But interestingly Broome learnt that many around the world also had the same memory and they also remember news coverage of Madela's death in prison. How is it possible that a huge population around the world share the same false memory? She did few researches to find out more about this effect. Broom has several theories. She said,

There is no 'one size fits all' answer. In fact, there are probably multiple valid explanations. They include bad news reporting that spread, word-of-mouth, sometimes from sources one might usually trust.

But, my favorite conversations were in the early days of the Mandela Effect. That's when some of us speculated that parallel realities exist, and - until now - we've been 'sliding' between them without realizing it.

Is that a real explanation? I have no idea, but - especially in real-life conversations - that's still one of my favorite theories.

Other theory suggests we may be living in a simulation and all these false memories are nothing but glitch in the simulation. Few theories also suggest that it can be side effects caused by time travelers trying to stop paradoxes.

We still have no proof for any of these theories. But that doesn't stop us to ask one important question to ourselves - The beautiful childhood memories, which make us laugh, cry, nostalgic, did those actually happen in reality?

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