On a recent episode of Criminal Minds they talked about the Mandela Effect while giving a profile. I’d never heard of it before so looked into it. Turns out it is an actual thing.
The Mandela effect occurs when a large group of people believe an event occurred when it did not.
The Mandela effect got its name when Fiona Broome, a self-identified “paranormal consultant,” detailed how she remembered former South African President Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s in prison (although Mandela lived until 2013).Healthline
Broome could describe remembering news coverage of his death and even a speech from his widow about his death. Yet none of it happened.
If Broome’s thoughts occurred in isolation, that would be one factor. However, Broome found that other people thought the exact same as her.
Even though the event never happened, she wasn’t the only one who felt like it did. As a result, the Mandela effect concept was “born.”
These collective false memories are a form of “honest lying”. Because of gaps in a persons memory, they try and fill the gaps with what becomes their new memory – they aren’t deliberately trying to deceive.
There are a lot of examples of the Mandela effect if you go looking, but here are a few for you:
Freddie Mercury belts out, “…of the world!” at the end of We Are the Champions, right? Wrong. Don’t believe me? Listen for yourself…
Of course, these examples show just how imperfect our memories can be. Did you discover you suffer from the Mandela effect?