Have you ever felt like you have memories that never existed?
Maybe among the most fallible aspects of being human is our propensity to “misrecognize” individuals and things.
Or, sometimes, we may “misremember” an incident or jumble the timeline of events in our minds.
There are times and situations when the truths seem different from what we believed them to be all along.
It makes us question whether or not there exists a parallel universe where everything we believe exists, does exist.
As if that’s not weird enough, there are circumstances when numerous individuals experience this phenomenon, which experts claim is a glitch in the human memory.
This bizarre experience, where we have memories that never existed, is called the Mandela Effect.
The term was created by paranormal historian Fiona Broome after a false belief that Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s.
She recognized that she, and many others, believed the South African president died way before his real death in 2013.
Let’s take a look at some of the more notable examples of the Mandella Effect…
Examples of the memories that never existed:
The Mystery of the “Monopoly Man”
The Monopoly board game produced by Hasbro is one of the world’s most famous games.
One of its famous symbols is the mustached “Monopoly Man” in a tremendous black-and-white ensemble and top hat.
Wait, is he that man who uses a monocle?
Nope, that’s false memory feeding you the wrong information.
Or perhaps the phenomenon called Mandela Effect is deceiving you…
Rich Uncle Pennybags does not use a monocle and may, in fact, have 20-20 vision to guarantee the outstanding performance of his money management duties.
“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”
Everyone understands the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stated, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”
However, listen carefully to the real words spoken in the 1937 film.
It was actually “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” according to IMDB.
Also, in the book Little Snow White by the Grimm Brothers, the line checks out, ” Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?”
Berenstein or Berenstain?
A lot of individuals insist on remembering the children’s book series as “The Berenstein Bears,” but it isn’t so.
The proper spelling has only ever been “The Berenstain Bears,” developed by Stan and Jan Berenstain and their son Mike.
The book, first published in 1962, later became a cartoon show presenting Mama, Papa, Sister, Brother and Honey Bear– the well-known family in Bear Country.
“Luke, I am your father.”
Probably the most famous line in the Star Wars movie is “Luke, I am your father.”
The problem is, that isn’t correct, and many of us got it wrong all this time.
The actual line that Darth Vader said in the original 1980 Star Wars movie was “No, I am your father.”
This leaves a lot of fans puzzled since they swear they heard Luke Skywalker’s name being mentioned during that action-packed, famous confrontation.
Is it “Looney Toons”?
Technically speaking, Looney Toons would sound appropriate, considering the television cartoon series has been household entertainment since the 1930s.
Nevertheless, the Warner Bros-produced American animation for kids was always called Looney Tunes.
It was inspired by a Walt Disney musical series that was performing at the same time it was created.
Keep in mind; it’s Looney Tunes cartoons, folks.
Sinbad never starred as a genie in a ’90s movie called Shazaam
American star and comedian Sinbad might appear suitable for a genie flick in the 1990s, but that never happened.
People often recall the movies and claim to have seen it, but these are memories that never existed.
Many movie enthusiasts insist that they saw him in a family comedy called Shazaam.
However, they may be confusing him for Shaquille O’Neal as the genie in the 1996 movie Kazaam.
Oddly, some people claim to have seen both movies and give the one that didn’t exist better reviews than the one that did.
It’s most likely the Mandela Effect that’s making us remember it all wrong.
Or maybe we just wish Sinbad did play a genie role.
That popular Forrest Gump line
Believe you understand everything about the Oscar-winning 1994 movie Forrest Gump?
Everybody remembers Tom Hanks’ most famous line, right?
Remember when Forest was sat on the park bench, and he said: “Life is like a box of chocolates”?
Of course, you do, who could forget…
Well, most of us seem to get that one wrong, as that wasn’t what he said.
Forrest really stated, “Life was like a box of chocolates,” obviously referring in the past tense to what his Mama stated.
It’s no big deal as it still means the same thing…
However, the way we misremember the precise word is baffling enough.
Jif Peanut Butter
While the name suggests it’s a treat you can grab and enjoy in a “jiffy,” the popular peanut butter was never called that; it’s called Jif.
Many individuals say they remember it was called Jiffy and shortened later on so it would sound memorable.
Possibly somewhere out there, in a parallel universe, there is some truth to it, and it seems these memories never existed.
There is no solid proof supporting this claim, at least, not in our universe…
Sex In The City
If you’re talking about that hugely popular HBO six-season television series, it’s called Sex and the City.
It has never been called Sex IN the City, contrary to the claims of the people who find it perplexing to realize they were never right.
The show that was originally based on a book and subsequently had successful film adaptations.
All of them were called Sex and the City.
I am a huge 80s movie fan, and I have watched Gremlins movie several times since I was a kid.
In the movie there’s a Gremlin that has a mohawk; can you remember his name?
What was his name…
The one with the white mohawk…
I remember it as Spike.
It was Spike… Wasn’t it?
If you look it up you will discover that his name is in fact Stripe.
I wonder if I have any other fond childhood memories that never existed…
Fruit Loops is really spelled “Froot Loops”
Some say it was initially “Fruit Loops” and then changed to “Froot Loops.”
Others think it went from “Froot Loops” to “Fruit Loops.”
Many people claim this change occurred during their youth, while others state it happened more recently.
Whatever you think, if you Google the cereal or find a box in real life, you’ll see “Froot Loops” printed across the front.
Unless, naturally, you’re reading this from some another parallel universe…
Do you think you may have memories that never existed?
Let us know.