Have you and your friends thought you remembered something but then found out you all remembered it wrong? That’s called “The Mandela Effect.” It’s a phenomenon where a group of people collectively misremember a fact or an event. The term was coined by the paranormal enthusiast Fiona Broome. She, along with other people, remembered Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s rather than from illness in 2013. There are other events similar to this where a collective group of people remembered an event incorrectly. Are you one of them? Take a look at these 25 mind-boggling examples of the Mandela Effect to see if you are.
Nelson Mandela's Death
The first Mandela Effect is on the man, himself, Nelson Mandela. A prominent South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and President (from 1994 to 1999), he died on December 5th, 2013 (aged 95) at his home in Houghton. However, many people in different countries clearly remember Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s. Some of them even claim they remember his funeral being broadcasted on TV.
The Berenstain Bears
Many people have fond memories of the Berenstain Bears books. They read them as children, or family members read them aloud. It is a cherished childhood memory. However, the books are actually spelled “Berenstain Bears,” with an “a” in the last syllable, not “e” as so many people remember it.
Billy Graham's Death
Billy Graham, a popular American Christian evangelist, only recently died in 2018. Yet, many people, including Fiona Broome, believe he died years ago. Some people even remember the funeral in details with Bill Clinton speaking words in Graham’s honor.
Henry VIII Portrait
This portrait of Henry VIII was painted by Hans Holbein the Younger circa 1540. Look at the picture for a second. Do you feel like something is off? Maybe the king should be holding something? As you can see in the picture, there is nothing in the king’s right hand, but many people swear the king was holding a turkey leg in his right hand as a symbol of the king’s comfortable lifestyle and affluence.
Number of U.S. States
This Mandela Effect is a bit surprising. The United States of America is a federal republic consisting of 50 states, right? So, why do many people recall the United States including 51 or even 52 states?