Thread: Anyone suffer from the Mandela Effect?

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    • 3 years 2 months ago
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    The Mandela Effect is where you remember something a certain way, but find out it is different than what you remembered it. The name comes from many people believing that Nelson Mandela died in the 80s, when in fact he died in 2013. Some believe that we have drifted into other parallel universes that are slightly different. There are other examples such as people including myself remember being taught in school that Eli Whitney, the inventor of the cotton gin was black. The Berenstein Bears and how the name was spelled is another example. Experts claim that our memories are flawed and we simply have false memories.

    I must admit that despite having a rock solid memory, I will watch a scenes in movies or a TV show and it will be different than what I remembered. Even when I look at old pictures, I will notice small details that I never noticed or don't remember. I think that may be due to the fact that our modern world looks so much different, we just didn't pay attention to those things back then.
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    • 3 years 2 months ago
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    Oh, absolutely. All the time. A pretty good example of this in my personal life is when I watched An American Tail for the first time in about 20 years, after recently finding it on VHS at a local thrift store. One of my first memories in life -ever- that I can recall (I even remember singing along to it) was the song that Fivel and his sister sing when they're separated from each other: "Somewhere Out There." I somehow remembered that scene much differently. I had always thought it was longer somehow, and that it happened in a different location (though only slightly). It messed with me a little, because I had never forgotten that song--for some reason it meant something to me as a child and stayed with me for all these years, so to see it again and realize it was that different from my memories was strange.

    I also remember growing up that I would constantly notice new details in movies I had seen before after watching them again some time later. At that time, though, I'm not sure it was remembering things differently as much as it was just paying attention to different things that I wasn't focusing on the first time through. It did happen pretty often, though.

    Also--and this may sound vague, because there's no way to prove it or explain it any better--but I seem to remember watching certain shows or movies, or experiencing certain events (mostly cartoons or games) that I can seem to find no evidence now of ever having existed. I've also felt like I've seen an episode of a show that -does- exist, but has never been acknowledged since then or included in any "complete" collections, so it seems like it was never real. Sometimes I remember things and try to explain them to others, but they have no idea what I mean.
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    • 3 years 2 months ago
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    I think this is like a Deja Vu Effect. When I first heard about this, the one that stood out to me was the Berenstain.. or Berenstein Bears... the latter or what I distinctly remembered as a child. But I think childhood memories can be muffled and confused with dreams, real life and movies so sometimes seem very memorable that never happened. Now I think distinct proof of the Mandela Effect would have to be say you visited a place years ago and was told that you never did. And you are able to describe in detail...maybe even someone you met there. You either go back to that place later on and know exactly where you are going and then able to say that hey..that person lived there and someone says to you..."Well how did you know that? Nobody knows that but the people who live here!"... I mean you get the scenario. LOL
    "It lies in the valley of the vision, where the slain are not slain with the sword. In the darkest shadows of light, there you'll find a door..."
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    • 3 years 2 months ago
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    if you watch good mythical morning. They did an episode about this.

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    Glad I'm not the only one. At least we have youtube and retrojunk where we can look this stuff up and don't have to go by others experiencing the same effect.
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    • 3 years 1 month ago
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    I watched the YouTube link, interesting stuff! I don't mind their humor; I could get into that show...
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    • 3 years 1 month ago
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    Not exactly what you're talking about,but the first time I heard the hit song "Life Is A Highway", I assumed 70's, while it was actually released 1991, briefly before I was born.
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    • 3 years 1 month ago
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    Quote by Morbatx
    I watched the YouTube link, interesting stuff! I don't mind their humor; I could get into that show...


    They put up new episodes every day except Sunday. It's my favorite youtube show
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    • 3 years 29 days ago
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    When I was younger, I watched this show on PBS Kids called Cyberchase.I always remember one of the main characters named Mack. Apparently, his name was Matt even thoughI remember him being called Mack by every other character.
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    • 3 years 18 days ago
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    It's something I wonder about often. For example on here, when we post "hey, does anyone know what movie/show this scene is from??" and then we describe it. I always wonder, when no one can figure it out, if i'm totally remembering it the correct way. It would be interesting to be able to view of a video of an event from your childhood that you swear went one way, only to see that it really didn't.

    My mom is about to turn 60. She's not exactly senile, but she frequently is starting to go though phases where she will say something to you and then when you bring it up to her lately she will get mad and swear up and down she never said it. So the majority of the time, when we're talking about memories, i'm right and she's wrong. However, her and I argued up and down about the venue that we held my great grandmother's memorial service at. She said it was at my great grandmother's actual house and that's not how I remembered it. I remembered it being at a much bigger house with lots of people in the yard. It turns out, she was actually right and I was wrong. I was just remembering how small I thought the house looked and didn't think we could have ever fit that many people in it.
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    • 3 years 13 days ago
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    Does anyone here watch the Angry Video Game Nerd on Youtube? His newest video actually touches on this subject with the Bearenstain (...Berenstein) Bears.

    There are also Mandela Effect controversies over Chuck E. Cheese/Chuck E. Cheese's and plenty of other things you remember differently as a child.
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    • 3 years 12 days ago
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    That's so funny you say that about Chuck E. Cheese's..because while I don't remember if I really paid attention to The Berenstain Bears, I do know that I always thought it was just Chuck E. Cheese and I still call it that LOL
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    • 3 years 8 days ago
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    Quote by Alyssa
    That's so funny you say that about Chuck E. Cheese's..because while I don't remember if I really paid attention to The Berenstain Bears, I do know that I always thought it was just Chuck E. Cheese and I still call it that LOL
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    It's been way to long in between posts. Every now and then something makes me think of this site and draws me back to check out the forums.
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    • 2 years 11 months ago
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    This site used to be super active in 05/06 always multiple people online posting
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    I remember my Grandma buying me a UAV tape of the 1946 Paramount/Famous short "Old MacDonald Had A Farm". I thought, on that tape, the cartoon began with the original Paramount logo, not the usual fake logo with the "Color by Technicolor".......the tape broke (it was cheap) and I had to look for a bunch of videos that had the original titles. I bought a mint tape on Amazon, but it was a newer print and the Paramount logo music was on a black screen. I bought and borrowed several copies, until one day when I bought a very early printing to discover the logo was faked like a version on Dailymotion (but all the UAV tapes had the rest of Paramount titles)....


    Here's the twist.......I knew a film collector and asked one of his friends if he can borrow his own Ansco color print (similar to the one used in the UAV tapes)....and the print opened up with the correct Paramount logo , cross-dissolving to the main title as I vauegly remember.......


    People have said they have seen this cartoon on Channel 7/ABC with original titles, but my friend said the cartoon package "Old MacDonald" was only shown on WGPR-TV back in the day....
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    • 2 years 11 months ago
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    This site will be more active now that Retro-Daze is gone.
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    • 2 years 9 months ago
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    I always thought it was the Berenstein Bears.
    My Mandela Effect experience has to do with the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Karate Choppers". I always thought the hot sauce scene came in the middle of the episode, when SpongeBob and Sandy were at the park. I only saw it twice because the hot sauce scene terrified me as a kid. Later in life, I found out it was earlier in the episode before SpongeBob is shown at the Krusty Krab. I also remember a smash cut to the hot sauce drop with a face, but the face fades in and the sky goes dark. I overcame my fear of the scene last year.
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    • 2 years 9 months ago
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    Just came across a new Mandella effect. I was reading about which Joes were from your homestate and saw Lady Jaye.....which is weird. I could have sworn it was Lady Jane. At least it was when I was a kid.
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    • 2 years 6 months ago
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    I wish I could say I do to be involved but not at all...

    In fact one of the reasons I am so interested in nostalgia is because I can remember it so vividly. My relatives & friends are always very amazed at how well I can remember how certain things happened.

    I remember things that happened when I was 3 years old like it was yesterday. I've always been that way or I can remember entire movie scripts just from watching it once like years ago & the exact same way that every line was said, word for word
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