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Fiona BroomeThis website is a project of Fiona Broome. That’s my photo, at right.

The Mandela Effect is about people’s alternate memories. We recall events and history that seem not to have happened in this reality.

The odd thing is: Many of us — mostly total strangers — remember the exact same events with the exact same details. However, our memories are different from what’s in history books, newspaper archives, and so on.

This isn’t a conspiracy theory. Many of us speculate that parallel realities exist, and we’ve been “sliding” between them without realizing it.

At this website, we discuss our memories and possible explanations for this phenomenon.

Here’s how this website began:

Ten years ago, I was one of the two people who coined the phrase “Mandela Effect.” (The other was Shadow, then a Dragon Con security manager.)

This started in 2005, during a conversation in Dragon Con’s “green room.”

I was at Dragon Con as a Guest and speaker, so I had access to the event’s green room. During one of my breaks in that lounge, security manager Shadow mentioned that others (besides me) remembered Nelson Mandela dying in prison.

I remember doing a literal double-take. Until that moment, I’d thought Mandela’s death was an odd, erroneous memory, and unique to me.

Apparently, others in the green room shared that memory.

For hours after that, a group of us — mostly authors — discussed our memories of Mandela’s death. Soon, the conversation included other events that don’t match the timestream we’re in now.

After that, I researched the concept and started this website, thinking it was an interesting fringe topic for my spare time.

The Mandela Effect is not a conspiracy theory.  It’s related to alternate history and parallel realities.

Exploring the quantum / “Sliders” concept further, I discovered an entire world of shifting realities that people try to reconcile daily.

Though some of these may be false memories and other issues of mental health, or simply erroneous news reports, the sheer volume and consistency of them raise deeper and more intriguing questions.

For the past ten years, I’ve been collecting notes for a book I’d intended to call The Mandela Effect. Every time I think I’m ready to write it, a new facet of this study emerges.

Will I ever write that book? I’m beginning to wonder if it’s possible. The wealth of material is almost overwhelming.

In the meantime, this website chronicles some of my research and discoveries.

If you also remember Mandela dying in prison, or have similar “alternate memories,” I hope you’ll share them in comments. The major topics are listed at Major Memories, with links to the comment threads.

Thanks for visiting this website!