Conspiracy Corner

The Mandela Effect: a bad case of forgetfulness or a shift in parallel realities?

Bailey Rueff, Business Manager

Conspiracy Corner


Everyone has certain memories that they just remember as fact. Some things, a whole generation remembers as true. At this point, it probably seems like I’m speaking in riddles, but let me explain. Think back to your childhood, to a classic movie we can all admit we binge-watched, think back to Snow White. When Snow White’s evil stepmother looked into the mirror, what did she say? Say it outloud, and ask your friends the same question. Chances are, you said ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Many adults who grew up watching this movie as children would agree that the Queen says “Mirror, mirror.” However, if you watch the movie again or look online, you’ll see that she now says, “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably both shocked and a little angry. This phenomenon is known as the Mandela Effect. The simplest way to explain the Mandela Effect is a collective misremembering of things known as fact.

If you’re still a little skeptical, I’ll throw another example in your direction. Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes are very popular characters from the very popular show Sex in the City. While this sounds correct to many people, it is not. Theoretically, Sex in the City has been changed to Sex and the City. If you look online or at any old seasons, you will see it has “always” been Sex and the City. Many people, however, remember it to be Sex in the City. Many people are pulling out old perfume bottles and books to show that it was, in fact, Sex in the City.

The Mandela Effect was first theorized by paranormal consultant Fiona Broome. On her website, she claims she first came to this conspiracy or theory, when she and many others experienced the same false theory. She, along with many other people claim to remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s, while he actually died in his South African home in 2003. “These aren’t simple errors,” she claims, “They exceed the normal range of forgetfulness. Even stranger, other people seem to have identical memories. states, “One theory based on principles of quantum mechanics holds that people who experience the Mandela Effect may have “slid” between parallel realities.” In simple terms, many people may have been born in a reality where Sex in the City existed, but one day woke up in a different reality where Sex and the City has taken its place.

There are dozens more examples, such as the “Beam me up, Scotty” never existing on a single episode of Star Trek. The Berenstein Bears have now been replaced with the Berenstain Bears. South America, which many people remember to be just slightly southeast of the United States, is now directly in line with Maine. I encourage each and every one of you to do your own research and deduct your own reasoning. Did we shift realities? Are we living in a world where parallel universes exist, or are we all simply remembering the wrong things? That, my friends, is for you to decide. Until next time, this month’s Conspiracy Corner has been completed.

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