The strange Mandela Effect
As we all know, Nelson Mandela died while in prison in the 1980s. Not really. He died on December 5, 2013, due to complications in his respiratory system. Despite this, many people believed that he had passed away a long time ago. This kind of misunderstanding is more common than we think, and the phenomenon has been called the Mandela Effect.
The term was coined by paranormal scholar Fiona Broome and defines a situation in which many people say they remember a fact that did not happen, or happened differently. See below if you have also been confused in any of these eight cases:
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8 cases of Mandela Effect
1. Nelson Mandela’s Death
This is one of the most common, so much so that it gave the phenomenon its name. Nelson Mandela fought all his life against Apartheid in South Africa, and was also president of the country from 1994 to 1999.
He died recently, in 2013, but many people say they clearly remember his death in the 1980s, when he was arrested. Some even claim to have seen the funeral broadcast on television.
2. Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The famous Catholic nun was very popular and had great influence in past decades. She died in 1997, due to heart failure, and was canonized only 19 years later. But some people remember that she was elevated to saint in the 90s, while she was still alive. There are even those who point out that the Pope responsible for the process was John Paul II.
3. We are the Champions by Queen
The famous song, played exhaustively in moments of victory, is well known to most people. Everyone who has heard knows that, in the end, Freddie Mercury sings: “No time for losers,‘ cause we are the champions … of the world! ” Right? He even sings that part, but in the middle of the song, in the end the “of the world” is left out.
4. C3P0 Leg
Another case of deception in the cinema. In “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”, the charismatic robot appears with a silver leg, while everyone swears that he has always been completely golden.
4. Darth Vader Quote
Star Wars has always been a famous franchise, but in recent years the popularity has increased a lot with the new releases of the series. “The Empire Strikes Back” was the second of the three films that gave rise to the saga.
It’s there that the fight between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader appears, in which the famous quote “Luke, I am your father” is said. Right? More or less. In the conversation, which occurs after the hero of the trilogy has his arm severed, the exact words are “No, I am your father”.
6. And the Oscar goes to Leonardo DiCaprio
After years of expectations, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his statuette in 2016, but many people believed that the prize had already been handed to him a long time ago. No wonder, when he really won, the internet went crazy.
7. Pikachu Tail
Pokémon was a fever in the 90s and 2000s. Those who grew up at that time certainly know who Pikachu is, and that the tip of its tail is black. Right? Look for some Pikachu pictures and draw your conclusions, but don’t feel bad, this is a common and honest mistake.
8. Evil Queen (Snow White)
Another famous drawing, which was part of the childhood of many more people, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” also has a classic scene that underwent the Mandela Effect.
You may be surprised to know that your memory of the Queen saying “Mirror, mirror” is wrong. She no longer casts a giant spell calling the Slave in the Mirror to her by saying “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”. Instead, she says “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”
If you remembered her saying “Mirror, mirror”, and so far that seems to be roughly 90% of people, you’re currently experiencing the Mandela Effect.