Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Mandela Effect

The Mandela Effect is when a very large number of people share a collective misremembering of an
event or fact. It is named after a large group misremembering facts about the life of Nelson Mandela.
There are people who swear they remember Nelson Mandela died while in prison in the 1980s when in
reality he got out of prison, served as President of South Africa, and died in 2013. Though the latter is
documented fact there are people who remember the discussion of his death and funeral on the news.
Other examples of this phenomenon are if the Monopoly man has a monocle or not, Jif/Jiffy peanut
butter, and Sex in the City/Sex and the City. If you’re curious the answers are no he does not, it’s jif
peanut butter, and it’s Sex and the City. One of the most popular is the Berenstain/Berenstein Bears
debate. So many people remember the children’s books and cartoons to bear the title “The Berenstein
Bears”. In reality, it has never been called this and was always named after the authors, Stanley and
Janice Berenstain.
One of the proposed reasons to explain this effect is that these memories are that certain people, facts,
or products have “slid” into a different alternate reality. In reality, the glitch is most likely in people’s
heads since memory is unreliable and is easily corrupted.


Devoe, N. (2018, May 18). This Crazy Conspiracy Theory About "The Berenstein Bears" Will Blow
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Emery, D. (2016, July 24). The Mandela Effect. Retrieved from


  1. How coincidental! I actually just watched a ton of videos on the Mandella Effect and it absolutely blew my mind! I remember seeing the children books and the tv show when I was younger and I know for sure that it was "The Bernstein Bears," not spelled with an "ain."

  2. Wow Stephanie this post kind of blew my mind. I would have bet money that it was "Bernstein Bears". This caused me to look up different examples of the Mandela effect. Curious George not having a tail, and the candy "Kit Kat" not having a dash in-between them are two that stood out to me as well.

  3. Hey Stephanie,
    My siblings and I always go crazy talking about the Mandela Effect because of how vividly we remember certain things that aren't the same anymore. For example; we always remember seeing a film growing up that had Sinbad in it. In the film he plays a genie. When we bring it up to other people everyone always tells us we are thinking of the film Kazam with Shaq, but we remember that one just as well. We even dug up old VHS tapes once because we were adamant that this film had to be in there, but we never found it. People claim that there may have been a shift in the universe that sent us into an alternate dimension, however, that feels far too crazy to believe. Anyways, if you ever find an old VHS of a film with Sinbad as a genie you make sure to send it my way!

  4. I always love seeing examples of the Mandela Effect! I don't know if you are familiar with youtuber Shane Dawson, but he makes a lot of conspiracy theory videos- a few of which relate to the Mandela Effect. That is how I first learned about some of these, and find them incredibly interesting!