The Mandela Effect

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  1. Damocles

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    The Mandela Effect is a hypothesized effect whereby numerous people share a memory, usually something they can provide a fair amount of detail about or are almost religiously certain about, but never actually happened. Why this happens is disputed and ranges from weird pseudo science about timelines and multiple dimensions to shared delusions.

    The name comes from the idea that a ton of people clearly remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the mid to late 1980s. They remember the funerals, the banners there, the general cause of death and even remember a court case about his wife and her book rights afterwards. Hundreds of people seem to all have very similar recollections of this event. Some even recall being shocked when he was released from prison.

    Of course Mandela died in 2013.

    There are numerous examples in film and TV.

    Two that have affected me have been the films Shazaam and Interview With The Vampire. Neither these films exist. The Vampire movie is inexplicably called Interview With A Vampire which is an odd mistake for me as I used to sleep with the VHS spine on a shelf facing me. The Shazaam film was about the black comedian Sinbad, who becomes a genie. It's a kids movie.

    Well it's not, the film never existed. Sinbad was never in a genie film although I swear I can remember the cover crystal clear including the costume, the font, everything.

    Other ones are somewhat famous. Neither "Luke I am your father", the Oscar acceptance speech declaring "you love me, you really really love me" or Forrest Gump saying "Life is like a box of chocolates" ever happened. Oh and what lay down with the lamb in the Book of Isiah in the Bible? It wasn't the lion. The lion never lay with the lamb. The wolf lay with the lamb.

    Anyway, thoughts on this or examples of others you may have come across?

    I find it really interesting how hundreds of people can all misremember or confuse things in the exact same way. It's fascinating how our brains work and how similarly people from the same culture can merge various different parts of separate objects to create the exact same misinformation.
     
  2. Nebuchadnezzar

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    Beam me up, Scotty? Also there’s Seaman Staines and Roger the Cabin Boy. Tend to call them urban myths.

    Never knew the Forrest Gump ones despite seeing the film a half dozen times. He definitely offers her a chocolate though. I’m sure of that.
     

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    Was actually watching a video on this the other day but the one I watched focused on
    The Berenstein Bears.”
     
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    The funny thing about that one is that Kirk said just about every variation of it possible, without ever saying those exact words. Scotty, beam me up, Beam me up Mr Scott, beam US up Scotty - you name it. Just not the saying everyone knows.
     
  9. pudge

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    Do you mean that the Forrest Gump one isn't true in the sense that it was his mother who used the term?

    Because the words definitely come out of his mouth.
     
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