This website is a project of Fiona Broome. Since 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 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.
This isn’t a conspiracy, and we’re not talking about “false memories.”
- 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.)
Also, 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 — and possible explanations for this phenomenon.
2010: Fiona Broome (that’s me) launched this website, using a new phrase, “the Mandela Effect,” to describe an emerging phenomenon. It was mostly a hobby site, but I was considering writing a book about the subject.
2011: People began reporting more alternate memories. Clearly, this was more than just a few odd memories about Nelson Mandela. For someone with my background, the subject was too broad for a book. However, I kept the site online as a hobby, and enjoyed the occasional comments left by visitors.
2011 – 2014: A group of like-minded people continued to visit this website. We shared anecdotes and related data. Discussions ranged from chatty conversations to speculation based on data collected, so far.
2015: This topic reached critical mass. The Berenstein/Berenstain subject went viral. By late 2015, this site required four to six hours’ work per day, just to manage comments.
2016: Around mid-2016, moderating comments had become too time-consuming, since — like most people — I have a career that requires many hours a day… if I’m to earn a living, that is.
Also, someone representing himself (fairly credibly) as a member of the science community explained that some of our discussions were a concern. Their contagion might be affecting a study that was in progress at that time.
That’s also when this site was hit by a few DDoS attacks.
I decided to err on the side of caution. I closed this site to comments.
With the free time I gained, I began studying clues, patterns, markers, and theories that might explain the Mandela Effect, and how people access alternate realities.
2017: I’m working on some reports & short books related to the Mandela Effect. Several topics are too long for articles. These topics may be important to discuss, in depth, if we’re to make sense of what we’re witnessing.
Of course, I plan to summarize those topics in articles, and I may open comments just at those articles, and for just a few days, each.
However, I haven’t made a decision about these things… yet.
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.)
It started when Shadow mentioned that — like me — other people remembered Nelson Mandela’s tragic death in a South African prison.
Apparently, others in the green room shared that memory. Many others joined the conversation.
So, I researched the concept and — with my publisher’s support — started this website for additional research. I thought it was an interesting fringe topic (and potential book topic) for my spare time.
It’s turned into something much bigger.
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.
- I may also feature mainstream news stories related to alternate memories and parallel realities. (I no longer link to others’ personal podcasts and YouTube videos.)
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, or 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 (now EncounterGhosts.com), was one of the first online resources for new and experienced ghost hunters. It’s still home to the most popular, free course for new ghost hunters, Introduction to Ghost Hunting.
Ms. Broome has written about ghosts, faerie lore, and anomalies for over 1,000 articles for magazines and websites. Discussing paranormal topics, she’s been a guest on many radio and TV shows.
Fiona has also been a speaker and panelist at a wide range of international events including the New England Ghost Conference, GhoStock, Central Texas Paranormal Conference, and Canada’s annual G.H.O.S.T.S. conferences. For years, she was a frequent, invited Guest and panelist at Dragon Con.
Today, Fiona lives a quiet life, focusing on her books and photography, as well as her hobbies… including the Mandela Effect.