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.
Canonization of Mother Teresa
Renowned Roman Catholic nun and missionary, and one of the most popular and influential people of the past decades, Mother Teresa was canonized on September 4th, 2016, 19 years after her death. Nevertheless, some people recall her being canonized in the 1990s’ when she was still alive. Some specifically reference Pope John Paul II as the pope who approved the canonization.
"We Are The Champions" Lyrics
We all know this legendary Queen’s song, whose final lyrics is “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions… of the world!” But in fact, there is no “of the world!” The song just ends with “cause we are the champions,” and it’s driving so many people crazy because they feel 100% sure that they’ve heard otherwise in the past.
Explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger
The second orbiter of NASA’s space shuttle program, the Space Shuttle Challenger, exploded on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members. However, many people recall it exploding earlier. Most of them are convinced the accident actually happened in 1984.
Sex and the City
The iconic romantic comedy television series produced by HBO is called Sex and the City but many people insist they remember it being “Sex in the City” at some point.
JIF Peanut Butter
The leading peanut butter in the United States since 1981, JIF Peanut Butter is a very popular snack but an alternate memory recalling it as “Jiffy Peanut Butter” is widespread.