What if I tell you, that its possible for a person to have this strong belief that an event happened in the past only to later realize that that belief was false? Or that there is another “you”, somewhere in a parallel universe just like ours who is totally the opposite of who you are?
This phenomenon is known as the “Mandela Effect” and many people believe it’s the result of some kind of merging between parallel realities. Whether or not that’s the case, join the Universe Inside You to find out.
It all began with the story of one man known as Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, political leader, and philanthropist who was imprisoned in the 80s. That’s when things get interesting.
In 2010, a paranormal writer and researcher Fiona Broome recalled having a clear memory of Mandela dying in the 1980s while he was still at the notorious Robben Island prison, she even recalled watching the riots that ensued on the news with great detail.
The strange part was many other people in South Africa also shared her opinion and her memories. Broome was famously quoted to have said the following:
“See, I thought Nelson Mandela died in prison. I thought I remembered it clearly, complete with news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and heartfelt speech by his widow. Then, I found out he was still alive.”
She called this strange phenomenon the “Mandela Effect”. She and many other people believe that the phenomenon was as a result of distortion caused by the movement between parallel realities. As a result of this, a website known as mandelaeffect.com was born.
A website that acts as an archive not only for the false memories surrounding the death of Mandela, but others, like the Reverend Billy Graham’s popular televised funeral and the wrong spellings of the popular cartoon character Looney Toons. Broome was also known to have given other examples of the Mandela Effect.
There have been many definitions to this strange occurrence. Psychologists explain the Mandela Effect via memory and social effects – particularly false memory.
This involves mistakenly recalling events or experiences that have not occurred, or distortion of existing memories. The unconscious manufacture of fabricated or misinterpreted memories is called confabulation.
In everyday life confabulation is relatively common. But most people dismiss this psychological explanation, simply because there are way too many people who remember the exact same thing, with great detail.
These people attribute these false memories, to the existence of multiple universes, or parallel universes, and believe their consciousness tapped into these realities which left them with the so called false memories, who in fact are real memories, simply not of this reality, but of a parallel one.
Most of the times, people who believe in this phenomenon, use quantum explanations, and some other assumptions to support their theory of parallel realities.
They firmly believe that the share of false memory is a concrete evidence of the existence of a parallel universe, which sometimes, because of some quantum events, interferes and perhaps merges with our own reality, leaving many people with the false memories of the reality before that.
Cases of the Mandela Effect are everywhere
In 2016, the social networking world went agog when a popular children’s storybook and animated TV series known as the Berenstain Bears was posted on a blog post. Thousands of people are absolutely sure that the title of the cartoon was spelled Berenstein not Berenstain.
While some believed it was as a result of wrong spelling, others believed it was due to the Mandela Effect. They believe that a collective memory pointed to a parallel reality, in which the animation is called the Berenstain family and the other parallel reality being the home of the Berenstein family.
Other examples of the Mandela Effect include the TV show “Sex and the City”, with many people remembering it as “Sex IN the City”.
Viewers of the popular sitcom sex and the city claimed the name was ones known as “Sex in the City”, even though there is no evidence to back that claim, some people can swear it to be so.
Here are some more examples:
• The Pikachu with a black tail
Some people believed the Pikachu’s tail had a black tip. How come thousands of people came up with such beliefs is still baffling, and judging by the latest pictures of Pikachu’s tail, you will see that the back tip is not present. Perhaps in this parallel reality, the creators of Pokemon decided to make Pikachu without a black tip tail.
• Rich Uncle Pennybags
People who believe in the Mandela Effect also claimed that the famous Monopoly man also known as Rich Uncle Pennybags had a monocle. They believed the Monopoly man use to wear one, but evidence has shown that that’s not true.
• Darth Vader
This is probably one of the most popular examples of the Mandela Effect, even Fiona Broome attested to this too. She claims that she remembered perfectly how Darth Vader said to Luke, “Luke, I am your father.”
But watching the movie again and again, confirms that Darth Vader never said “Luke, I’m your father” what he said was “No, I’m your father”. So, question is, was this just a misremembered movie line or some unexplained phenomenon? Who knows?
• “We Are the Champions” by Queen ends differently than many recalls
Many of those familiar with the hit song “We are the champions” by Queen, remember the final lyrics being “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions…of the world!” Well, guess what? There is no “of the world!” The song just ends, and it’s driving people crazy because they feel 100% sure that they’ve heard otherwise in the past.
• Curious George had no tail
Why some people still believe that Curious George uses to have a tail is still strange, some even claim that they saw George using his tail to swing from one tail to the other, but a picture of George right now when viewed doesn’t have a tail.
Another interesting case of the Mandela Effect is with the famous painting of Mona Lisa
People think the Mona Lisa is smiling now, but they remember clearly that she used to be emotionless. A lot of folks passionately insist that the Mona Lisa has changed because they remember her having a straight face without any emotion. When we look closely at the magnificent painting now, it seems as if she’s got a smirk, instead of a straight emotionless face.
All of these stories and cases of the Mandela Effect sound amazing, but they all make you wounder – If there are parallel universes and sometimes they merge with our reality, wouldn’t be some people who believe that perhaps the Germans won WW2, or that they live in a country which doesn’t exist in our reality. Well, there are records of a lot of people who had similar unexplained memories.
One famous case, is the case of:
The Man From the Country That Doesn’t Exist
According to the legend, at some point in a particularly hot summer of 1954, a gentleman entered Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan. He was traveling from Europe and had visited Japan many times.
On his person was various different currencies of European countries, as well as Japanese money for his upcoming trip. He was also adept at several languages, including Japanese, but it appeared French was his native tongue.
Nothing out of the ordinary by any stretch of the imagination. When the gentleman went on to state his country of origin as he produced his passport, however, things took a strange turn.
According to his official papers, and the man himself, his home country was Taured. He was able to produce such documents as his driving license, bank statements, and his official business papers.
Perhaps sensing confusion, the man offered that it was a small country, nestled between Spain and France. Further still, Taured enjoyed a long and proud history stretching back over one-thousand years. Needless to say, the customs officials didn’t recognize such a country. Nor could they find one on any existing map at their disposal or find any mention of it in history books.
Perplexed as to what to do, with his cooperation, the gentleman was taken into immigration’s custody. Under constant guard outside his room, the gentleman would spend the night in a nearby hotel. His passport and official papers were confiscated in order that immigration could resolve the issue. The following morning would bring a bizarre twist to the already mysterious affair.
As officials went to collect the gentleman from his hotel room, they discovered to their amazement, an empty room. Despite the guards outside the room and the building, he had simply vanished into thin air. His room was high up, with only a single window. If the man had attempted to leave via this route, he would have simply fallen to his death as the window had no ledge or balcony.
Further still, the passport and official documents were also missing from immigration offices. In any case, the papers had failed to yield any results. Immigration officers would ring a phone number on his business papers. According to the reports, the number didn’t exist.
How is it possible that thousands of people remember so many things with clear detail, just to discover them to be completely different from what they remembered? How is it possible that people emerge, stating to live in a country that never existed in our reality?
A country for which they can present pure evidence supporting it’s existence. One might ask, is there some quantum explanation for this phenomenon. Perhaps there’s some quantum event, unlocking some kind of portals which allow parallel dimensions to shift and merge with one another.
According to some people, there are various portals into these parallel realities and a recent discovery made by some scientist of the possible first proof of parallel universes might just change the whole thing. The study carried out by a group of British Astronomers shows the inexplicable places in the cosmos that may offer the very first proof that we are all living in the multiverse.
The theory itself has raised a whole lot of question, like: “Is there another you and I out there? Another you, on another planet, living another life?”
Is there another version of events out there in another world?
The theory of the multiverse proposes that there is an infinite amount of universes out there, and that includes our own planet. But this is just one of the numerous theories that tend to prove the possibility of the existence of a multiverse.
Another theory that tends to prove this theory of a multiverse is the infinite universe. It’s not known what the shape of space-time is, but a particular theory tends to show that the universe is flat and infinite, meaning the universe goes on forever.
The believers of this theory say it is possible for universes to start repeating themselves, owing to the fact that particles can be put in more than one way, creating a series of parallel universes and dimensions.
Another interesting theory is the Mathematical Universes Theory. The foundation of this theory is the fact that our external physical reality is made completely out of mathematical equations.
This leads people to believe that the physical universe is mathematics in a well-defined sense, and in those worlds complex enough to contain self-aware substructures they will subjectively perceive themselves as existing in a physically ‘real’ world”.
The hypothesis suggests that worlds corresponding to different sets of initial conditions, physical constants, or altogether different equations may be considered equally real. The structure of this theory may change, but that would depend on the universe that you are on. Max Tegmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ones quoted saying the following:
“A mathematical structure is something that you can describe in a way that is completely independent of human baggage.”
The most known theory is the Parallel Universe theory, designed by a man named Hugh Everett III, a young Princeton University doctoral candidate, who in 1954 came up with an idea, that there was and is a high probability of the existence of parallel universes, ones that looks exactly like ours.
He claimed that within these parallel universes, our wars have had different outcomes than the ones we know. This theory could give us an explanation for the mysterious occurrence of the Mandela Effect.
Could it be that those who believed that Mandela died in the prison, somehow shifted their consciousness into one of these parallel universes and dimensions, but were later drawned back to ours? This could explain all of their false memories, which perhaps weren’t false, but were true, simply not in this parallel universe.
One might want to doubt the credibility of this theory, but what seems strange here is, why would Mr. Hugh Everett want to risk his future over a fallacy, risk his own future career by posing a theory about the Parallel Universes? That would have been suicidal career-wise, so he had to be sure to have posted such a theory.
Another Man who also spoke more about this theory was the late Stephen Hawking. His last paper before his death talked about the multiverse theory. It was published few months after his death and Stephen Hawking talked about the theory in detail.
He said, “We are not down to a single, unique universe, but our findings imply a significant reduction of the multiverse to a much smaller range of possible universes.”
According to Stephen Hawking’s theory we have more than one universe, and there are infinitely more “parallel universes” that are just like ours, that also contains someone like you, meaning there is another you out there, who is not watching this video right now and he’s probably the direct opposite of what you are right now.
If you still have doubts about whether to believe this or not, well, that totally depends on what you think. We will leave you to decide what is true and what is not.
By Stefan Dimitrov, UniverseInsideYou.net