In recent reports, more people are talking about changing memories. That is, some are starting to experience dual memories, meaning they recall two different, contrasting memories.
Others say that they vaguely recall a contrasting memory, but now it seems like it’s fading. (They’re not saying they were mistaken, previously, but a few are questioning that.)
In most cases, visitors say they suddenly recall both Berenstein and Berenstain Bears.
I’m going to take this in a speculative direction. Perhaps wild and unlikely speculation.
It’s fine if you disagree, even vehemently.
But, what if (all the best questions start that way) the longer someone is in a reality, the more their memories assimilate with the reality he or she is in?
Maybe it’s like moving to a region or country with a different accent. And, the longer you live there, the more natural it is to pronounce words the local way.
I’m reminded of a novel that seemed to suggest that reality “slides” can affect memories, eventually. (Or, it may have been how I interpreted the story.) The book was Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. (It was an okay book, and I really enjoyed parts of it, but it wasn’t something I’d re-read.)
So, this morning, I’m wondering whether people who retain strong, alternate memories are avid explorers of realities, whether they’re consciously choosing to “slide” or not.
In other words, they’re people who visit multiple realities with greater frequency than others.
And, perhaps those who are sensing dual or even changing memories, are occasional sliders.
Or, maybe they’ve settled into this reality. They plan to stay here, and are happy to adopt its memories as their own.
Admittedly, this is speculation built on layers of “what if…?” ideas. The truth — for one person, some people, or even everyone — may be very different.
I’m just guessing, really.
For me, it’s the kind of question that makes the Mandela Effect fascinating.
Early in 2016, I deliberately stepped back from this website.
Part of it was the crazy workload. Moderating comments required five to six hours per day, seven days a week. That’s too much.
In addition, around April 2016, I was more-or-less asked to stop discussing the Mandela Effect topic. The general message was: my articles & conversations might be influencing the outcome of experiments that were at a critical point.
Even if those contacting me seemed official/credible — and I wasn’t sure that they were — those requests sounded… odd. Illogical.
To be honest, I’m still skeptical of that request. Then & now, I felt that the genie was already out of the bottle.Reddit and other forums were running wild with Mandela Effect speculation. The toothpaste isn’t going back into that tube.
Trying to silence any topic on the Internet…? I’m not sure if that’s hilariously funny or utterly sad.
(Btw, I’m not at Reddit.)
But, as I’ve said, the moderation thing… it had become onerous. I didn’t need a lot of convincing to close comments.
I will leave the archives here.
At some point in the past year (2016), even more people realized that they shared memories that don’t fit the current, accepted version of reality.
The “tipping point” was achieved.
And now, it’s official. As of late November 2016, from mainstream media to tabloids, the concept is exploding.
There are other realities. And, they’re interacting with us. (Or,we’re interacting with them… same result.)
Over six years ago, when I started this website and our conversations began, I had no idea we’d reach this point.
But… well, here we are.
I don’t even know what to call this. A movement? An awakening? Something else altogether…?
Whatever label you want to use, the Mandela Effect is part of it, and you are, too.
At this point, I’m not sure we have to prove anything about our alternate memories. Sure, trite explanations (like “it’s all confabulation”) can be acknowledged, but now we have science on our side.
Not all of the dots connect. I realize that.
But, with the broad scale announcement that parallel realities appear to be real, and they seem to be influencing each other… we have enough confirmation to say we’re not making this up.
For now, I want to pause and celebrate. You should, as well. I feel as if everyone who’s talked about the Mandela Effect and shared alternate memories — online and off- — has been part of the tipping point that happened in 2016.
In discussions with friends, a question has been raised: When someone accepts the idea that the Mandela Effect is real, does this reduce one’s resistance to it? And, does this result in more frequent slides from one reality to another?
Instead of a subconscious effort not to slide, are we mentally “catching the wave” and riding it to the next, cooler, alternate experience?
I’m interested in whether you feel that — since looking at the Mandela Effect concept, and deciding that it might be real — you’re seeing an increasing number of changes.
I don’t mean “Whoa, when did that change?” moments. I mean times when you look at something and know it was different yesterday, or in a time since you stumbled onto the Mandela Effect.
I’m not looking for a list of shifting memories.
Mostly, I’m interested in your theories about what’s going on, and if you’re seeing more changes since you considered the Mandela Effect, and decided it’s not only possible, but okay. To use an old phrase, now that you know about the Mandela Effect, are you happy (or at least somewhat content) to “go with the flow”?
Now, overwhelmed with tens of thousands of reported memories, I refer people to the Reddit community for discussions.
Memories reported in early 2016
Jonny Quest or Johnny Quest? As you can see from the DVD set from the first season — illustrated at right — it’s Jonny. No H. This is one of the first spelling alterations we’ve seen that’s not a vowel. (Note: Johnny Test is a different program.)
Oxiclean or Oxyclean? It’s Oxiclean in this reality.
Several Australians have reported a strong memory of an alternate Australian flag. The issues seem related to the number of stars and relative sizes of them. Several specifically talk about seeing the “new” flag behind the Australian Prime Minister during a speech in mid-late March 2016.
Days of Heaven movie: At the big confrontation, did Sam Shepard hold a pitchfork or a gun? (I haven’t seen the film, but people say it’s a gun in this reality.)
This may not be a Mandela Effect issue: A few people are reporting that US Mail (USPS) trucks (jeep style) now have steering wheels on the left side of the car, similar to most US automobiles. I only recall seeing the steering wheel on the right side of USPS vehicles, the same as cars in England. Does anyone have insights about a design change?
Not Mandela Effect: “E.T. phone home” was said in the movie, E.T. I’m not sure who started claiming it was only “E.T. home phone,” but that’s just one line in the film; the rest say “…phone home.”
Not Mandela Effect, as far as I know: In at least one episode of Fringe, the New York borough of Manhattan is spelled Manhatan. That’s deliberate, to cue viewers that the show is set in an alternate reality.
Those reporting a dual memory of the borough as “Manhatten”… that might be Mandela Effect. (It should be “Manhattan.” According to Spellchecker.net, 76% of the misspellings are consistently “Manhatten.” Contrast that with the 63% who misspell the word “misspell.”) I’m not sure whether the focused frequency of a misspelled word indicates Mandela Effect, and if we can claim a certain percentage as a marker.
Several people think the added forward-slash (/) is part of spelling at this website, and it’s a Mandela Effect. It’s not. The apparent typo is due to a software glitch I haven’t been able to resolve… and I don’t have time to go through comments and delete all those extra characters.
Another confusing spelling topic: Several people recall being taught “suprise” instead of “surprise.” Spellchecker.net says 62% misspell “surprise” without the first R. (That could be a contagion from a typo in a spelling book, or some other teaching-related mistake.) However, that word seems to have a higher-than-average number of variations among misspellings. The number of variations is anomalous.
Misquotation or Mandela Effect? It seems as if “Hello, Clarice” doesn’t appear in Silence of the Lambs. It’s “Good evening, Clarice.” (I can’t vouch for this because I’ve never seen the film and never will, on principle. But, enough people have contacted me about the quote, I’m including it in this list.)
In the Matrix, when Neo opens his book, does a word appear — probably on the right-side page of the book, opposite the page headed “On Nihilism” — near the top of an otherwise-white page? So far, no one can recall the actual word, but all say it was there when they first saw the movie… and now it’s gone.
It’s not unusual for people to use one topic to report others, as a matter of convenience for them. However, this week’s reports and comments have been different. People were talking about additional alternate memories highlighted within days of recalling an alternate history for Mother Teresa or her canonization.
Among the most vivid was AL’s report. In close proximity to the Mother Teresa report, AL saw Michael Crawford on TV, when AL has memories connected to Crawford’s earlier death. In addition, a Sky News report seemed an exact repeat of a news story AL had seen about six months ago.
So, I’m interested in whether you’re noticing a dramatic uptick in your own emerging, credible alternate memories in the past week or so. (Meaning: Somehow connected to the announcement of Mother Teresa’s canonization – either the announcement triggered memories, or something released them around mid-March 2016.)
If so, leave a brief comment.
What to include
Briefly list those memories. Not extended details, just the memory, headline-style (such as “John Doe still alive but I recall death in 2008”).
For each, say whether (for you) a media event (TV, radio, Internet) was related to that discovery.
Let us know if you only recently realized you had these memories, or if they’ve been confusing to you for some time, and
Whether or not you also have alternate Mother Teresa memories. (If they’re dual memories, let me know that, too.)
Important: This is not intended as a free-for-all listing of alternate memories, similar to the previous Comments Lists. Lists of memories including more than headline-style brevity will not be approved. (As of 5 Apr 2016, over a dozen comments could not be approved, due to lengthy personal information and memories explained in detail. If you have new memories to report, share them via the Contact form, Memories list, or Re: Comments page. That’s the only way I can aggregate them and see which are gaining traction.)
Why this poll?
I’m wondering if some events — such as Mother Teresa’s canonization…
Trigger more awareness of additional, alternate memories that were already there, OR
Mark a collective shift by multiple people into the current reality.
Leave your comments below. Thanks!
(As usual, comments will be open for 45 days from the date of this post. Comments close 2 May 2016.)
If you recall a reality in which she was named a saint (canonized) earlier than 2016, I hope you’ll share those memories in comments,* below. I’m particularly interested in the context of your memories. That is, where you were, which spelling (Teresa or Theresa) you recall, whether you read about her sainthood in a book, heard about it in class, learned about it from a news report or online, and so on.
*On most articles at this site, comments remain open for 45 days.
Several people have said — in comments or via the Contact form — that they recall the Oscar ceremony where Leonardo DiCaprio won the Best Actor award. They recall a similar acceptance speech, as well. However, they recall it happening in the past.
(And no, they’re not confusing it with the BAFTA ceremony in February. Some of them mentioned the BAFTAs, specifically, as a ceremony they’d ruled out as a mix-up.)
I didn’t watch either 2016 ceremony, so I don’t have this memory and I’m not sure how widespread it is as a Mandela Effect.
If you have this memory from the Oscars, tell us when you remember DiCaprio winning, and anything else that makes it a credible, alternate memory matching an “earlier” 2016 Oscar Awards.
I’m especially wondering whether we’ll see a coincidence of memory dates. If so — and yes, this is speculation verging on the fantastical — it could identify a reality where time is tracking ahead of us by a specific amount.
Update: I’m receiving reports with clear memories of DiCaprio winning the Best Actor award for Titanic, including 1998 talk shows replaying his acceptance speech. If you have this memory, or recall DiCaprio winning for any other movie, share it in comments, below.
*As usual, “you’re just confused” comments won’t be approved. It’s assumed that anyone commenting here has already checked for similar, easily confused memories.
Thanks to Mike H. for bringing this to my attention: the change between the TV series “Different Strokes” and “Diff’rent Strokes.”
Until Mike mentioned it, I thought it was Different Strokes. However, I never watched the TV series, so I can’t state — with confidence — that the show name has changed. Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention to the name when someone referenced it.
Also, I don’t follow Reddit (not for Mandela Effect topics, anyway), and I don’t usually look at “Mandela Effect” videos at YouTube.com. (I haven’t posted any videos about the Mandela Effect, and I kind of resent it when people want to connect the Mandela Effect phrase with “debunking” videos about Flat Earth Theory or anything else that takes us off-topic.)
So, I was rather pleased when Mike sent me the following video link. I don’t share all of timberwolves100’s memories or views, and — at this site — I avoid topics of religion and psy-ops or conspiracies. (See my Comments terms.)
(Nevertheless, since the “Lord’s Prayer” topic keeps coming up: everyone is correct about “debts” v. “trespasses.” Both are in the Bible, and it depends on which version you were raised with: Luke’s or Matthew’s. Most were raised with the “debts” version. The only way this topic enters the Mandela Effect is if you know you were raised with Luke’s version, but — in this reality — your family insists you were raised with Matthew’s, or vice versa. So, along with politics and conspiracies, let’s avoid religious topics here, including any Lord’s Prayer discussions.)
However much of timberwolves100’s video is a powerful overview of several topics we’ve discussed here in the past year. And — fast-forwarding to around the 11:30 mark — he sums it up nicely when he says you should find out what’s real for you.
It’s not necessarily media manipulation or psy-ops or anything like that. Don’t let anyone turn this into something that makes you uneasy, resentful, or downright anxious.
In my opinion, the Mandela Effect makes it possible for all of us to be correct in our memories, even when those memories seem to conflict with others’. So, it should put you more at ease, not increase your anxiety.
In the next paragraph, Wolf said something that startled me. It confirms something we’ve talked about here at MandelaEffect.com.
“…let me tell you a secret: Some of the remarkable people you meet in life are time travelers. A few of these people know it; the others time travel without realizing it, but they do it just the same. These are the people who appear older than their years or, yes, often enough considerably younger.” [Emphasis added.]
So, how could this work with the Mandela Effect? As I see it, only for very specific, limited memories. Here’s an example.
Let’s say it’s December 1986 and you’re a teenager. You’re aware of turmoil in South Africa, and — in your reality — Nelson Mandela is taking part in another hunger strike where he’s imprisoned. (A side note for those who are looking at patterns related to 2s and 3s: He was prisoner 46664.)
One morning, you go through your bedroom door and — in another reality where it’s December 2013 (but you’re only half-awake as you shovel in a quick breakfast, and you don’t notice some odd changes) — your mother tells you the sad news that Nelson Mandela has died.
Since your mind is on an upcoming exam, you assume Mandela died from the hunger strike.
And then you go back to your bedroom, through the doorway* …and you’re back in 1986.
That day’s exam (at school) is a disaster. You know you did badly. You scramble to earn some extra credits before school vacation, because you really need a good grade in that class.
And, then it’s the holiday season. You forget all about Mandela’s death… until 2010 or so, when a friend says a few people recall Mandela dying in the late 20th century.
Suddenly, that memory — which you think is from 1986 — comes flooding back. You know Mandela died in 1986, because your mother said so, and she was never, ever wrong about that kind of thing.
Could that explain one kind of Mandela Effect?
Maybe. I think it would only work for specific, isolated memories. And, you’d need to be oblivious to the cues that you’re — at least briefly — in a different time.
But, if time travel is as commonplace as Fred Alan Wolf suggests, it’s something to consider.
*I’ve thrown in a doorway reference, because I think it’s possible that the “doorway effect” doesn’t just wipe some of our memories. In some (rare?) cases, it might be the portal to & from parallel realities.
Yes, I know that’s wild speculation, but — for me, anyway — it’s fun to wonder about this. And that’s why I’m sharing it with you.