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 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 aren’t mutually exclusive.)
This website is about real, alternate history 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.
2011: People began reporting more alternate memories. Clearly, this was more than just a few odd memories about Nelson Mandela.
2011 – 2015: We shared anecdotes and related data. Discussions ranged from chatty conversations to speculation based on data collected, so far.
2016: With over 11,000 comments covering a wide range of topics, it was time to shift focus. Now I’m studying clues, patterns, markers, and theories that might explain the Mandela Effect, and how people access alternate realities.
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.
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:
- 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’ll also feature news stories related to alternate memories and parallel realities.
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 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 as 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. Since 2006, she’s been a frequent, invited Guest and panelist at Dragon Con.