Mysteries of the Mandela Effect

Hailey Quimby, Staff Writer

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Have you ever been sure that something was a certain way, only to find out it wasn’t? Well, there’s a name for that. The Mandela Effect is evidence that you may have experienced events from a different reality. A person can have a clear memory of something that never happened in actuality. Thousands of people remember the exact same events and their details, however, those memories are different than what is in books, movies, social media, and so on. The whole effect as a whole is a very strange and interesting phenomenon.

One of the most commonly known examples of the Mandela Effect is that of the Berenstain Bears. Numerous people distinctly remember the children’s book spelled Berenstein, with an e. However, the series has always been named the Berenstain Bears. Pretty strange, huh? Just wait because there’s more. We all know that one of the most iconic lines of the Star Wars franchise is when Darth Vader says, “Luke, I am your father.” But what if it was never said? If you watch the movie, Darth Vader actually says, “No, I am your father.” Even James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, remembers the line with Luke’s name.

Feeling mind-boggled yet? You’re not the only one. The phenomenon has been experienced by many since 2013. It all started when Nelson Mandela was reported dead in 2013. However, many people specifically remember him dying in prison back in the 80’s. After the blow up on social media over Nelson Mandela’s death, people started realizing how many things they believed to happen that didn’t. The effect was then named after Mandela.