This website is a personal project of Fiona Broome. Started 2010, it’s been an online journal about real, alternate realities that people may visit every day, but not realize it.
The “Mandela Effect” is what happens when someone has a clear, personal memory of something that never happened in this reality.
Many of us — mostly total strangers — remember several of 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.
- Many of us speculate that parallel realities exist, and we’ve been “sliding” between them without realizing it.
- Others favor the idea that we’re each enjoying holodeck experiences, possibly with some programming glitches. (In my opinion, these two theories aren’t mutually exclusive.)
This isn’t a conspiracy theory, it’s not a mental health site, and this website isn’t about so-called “fake news,” “alternative facts,” “confabulation,” or “false memories.”
It’s about real, alternate history — recalled with astonishingly similar details and points of reference by multiple, unconnected people. And, Fiona (and visitors) have offered possible explanations for this phenomenon.
2010: Fiona Broome (that’s me) launched this website, using the (then new) phrase, “the Mandela Effect,” to describe an emerging phenomenon.
2011 – 2014: People began reporting alternate memories, in addition to those about Nelson Mandela. Visitors shared anecdotes and informal theories. Discussions ranged from chatty conversations to speculation based on data collected, so far. The topic attracted scant attention, and our discussions were informal.
2015: This topic abruptly reached critical mass. The Berenstein/Berenstain subject went viral, followed by other widespread alternate memories.
2016: Around mid-2016, moderating comments required six or more hours per day. Also, the Reddit community provided some great forums for related discussions. So, I closed this site to new comments.
2017: I’m hoping to find time to reorganize this site so people can find relevant comments among more than 11,000 left here during the previous six years.
I’m also working to streamline the site, so it doesn’t use too many resources, or even crash my server.
Also, I’d like to add more articles and resources that explore fresh theories. But, like you, my daily schedule is busy. So, I’m improving this site as time permits.
A little more background
Many years ago, I was one of the two people who coined the phrase “Mandela Effect” during a conversation in Dragon Con‘s “green room.” (The other person was called “Shadow,” then a Dragon Con security manager. I have no idea which of us started using the phrase, first. And, it’s possible that my husband actually came up with the phrase. It was a typical, informal “what if…?” conversation in that room.)
The discussion started when Shadow mentioned that — like me — other people remembered Nelson Mandela’s tragic death in a South African prison, prior to 2010. (In this reality, Mandela died in 2013.)
Apparently, others in the green room shared that memory. Many others joined the conversation. It was a fascinating discussion.
After returning home, I researched the concept and — with my publisher’s support — started this website to see how widespread the Mandela memories were. I thought it was an interesting fringe topic (and potential book topic) for my spare time.
Since then, this topic has turned into something much bigger. I’m still astonished by that.
My current projects, as time permits:
- This site will be easier to search. You’ll be able to find others who’ve reported alternate memories that match yours.
- Expect tips for recognizing and exploring alternate realities.
- Discover the latest theories about what’s going on, when & where it’s happening, and why.
Here’s my brief bio…
Fiona Broome is intrigued by unexplained phenomena in everyday life. She uses books, videos, podcasts, and websites to share ways you can encounter “the unknown” on your own, and with others who share your enthusiasm.
Fiona has been researching — and writing about — paranormal phenomena since the early 1980s. In the 1990s, her ghost-related website, HollowHill.com, was one of the first online resources for new and experienced ghost hunters.
Ms. Broome has written over 1,000 articles for magazines and websites, describing baffling anomalies, patterns, and mysteries. Discussing paranormal topics, she’s been a guest on many radio and TV shows.
Fiona has also been a speaker at international events including Dragon Con, the New England Ghost Conference, GhoStock, Central Texas Paranormal Conference, and Canada’s annual G.H.O.S.T.S. conferences.
Today, Fiona continues to focus on research & writing, as well as her hobbies… including the Mandela Effect.