Mother Teresa – A Saint Once Again?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
photo courtesy of India7 Network

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997) will be canonized as a saint on September 4th, 2016.

From comments and email, it’s clear that many Mandela Effect readers recall Mother Teresa (also remembered as Mother Theresa) being declared a saint prior to 2016.

  • Some recall her being named a saint in the 1990s.
  • Some are sure she was given sainthood while alive.
  • Some specifically reference Pope John Paul II as the pope who approved the canonization.

It’s important to note some landmark recognitions during Mother Teresa’s life and in the years since her death.

  • In 1962, she was given the Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding.
  • In 1969, she was featured in the film, Something Beautiful for God.
  • In 1971, Paul VI awarded her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize.
  • In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • In 1980, she received India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
  • After her 1997 death, Pope John Paul II waived the usual five-year wait and began the beatification process.
  • In 2002, the Vatican recognized the first of two required miracles leading to Mother Teresa’s canonization.
  • In 2003, she was officially beatified.
  • In 2015, the Vatican recognized the second of the two required miracles.
  • According to the Vatican, her canonization will take place September 4th, 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.

DiCaprio Wins… Again?

DiCaprio - Mandela Effect
Oscar photo courtesy Davidlohr Bueso

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.

 

Different Strokes or Diff’rent Strokes?

Different StrokesThanks 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.

And, we’re not all traveling together in a pack. Just because you remember “Berenstein Bears” doesn’t mean you must also recall Looney Toons, or Mandela’s 20th century death, or any other alternate memory described as the Mandela Effect.

Trust your memories.

So, did you watch Diff’rent Strokes regularly enough to be sure it was Different Strokes?  I’m interested in how widespread this alternate memory is.

And really, I’m applauding timberwolves100 for making a good, common-sense video. Thanks!

Sinbad as a Genie – Shazaam

Sinbad - a genie
Photo courtesy Jerry Crawford.

This topic was first raised in August 2015, around the time that the Berenstein/Berenstain topic surged in popularity. So, it may have become lost in the Bears discussions.

David S. was the one who mentioned it. He said, “I’ve noticed weird examples of this for years. E.g. a movie with Sinbad where he plays a genie but the closest thing would be Kazaam with Shaq.”

David S. was correct, in a 2014 Q&A Interviewly.com session, here’s what Sinbad said:

Sinbad, there is a large rumor/conspiracy going around that you played a genie in a movie in the 90’s similar to Shaq in Kazaam. Can you confirm or deny the existence of this supposed film? Thanks for the AMA!

it was SHAQ SHAQ SHAQ
but we all look alike

Several people replied to David’s comment, and I’ve moved their comments to this post, focusing specifically on the Sinbad movie.

Also, DbD had asked whether or not this Sinbad/Genie movie appeared (and then vanished) around the same time as the Looney Tunes/Toons change. It’s a good question.

Since I saw the movie in search results — and images from the movie, as well — when David S. commented (August 2015), I’m not sure the timing matches. If anyone else has both memories and can give a time frame, that could be useful.

Sinbad looks like a genie. To me, it’s not just the missing movie that’s odd… it’s that, in this reality, no one cast him as a genie, ever. It’s hard to imagine Hollywood not making good use of obvious casting and easy marketing.

UPDATE: This seems to be the same alternate memory being discussed in December 2016 as “Shazaam.” http://www.newstatesman.com/science-tech/internet/2016/12/movie-doesn-t-exist-and-redditors-who-think-it-does

Looney Tunes or Looney Toons

Looney Tunes
© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Recently, after people had raised “Looney Toons” as an alternate memory, something odd happened: People report seeing “Looney Tunes” (the actual name) change to “Looney Toons,” at many websites, just for a day or so.

For example, on 28 Nov 2015, Emily said, “Hey guys…. Looney Tunes changed again. Just last week it was Looney Toons…” (“Last week” would have been Nov 15th – 22nd.)

Ordinarily, I’d dismiss that kind of report as a brief and localized issue — usually a print media error, or a typo in a digital TV show listing.

TinyToons
© Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Also, it doesn’t help that Tiny Toons exist, with similar graphics to their “grown-up” counterparts. So, that provides plenty of reason for people to be confused about the cartoon series’ names.

(However, several people — including Lebaneser Scrooge — mentioned Tiny Toons in their comments, so they were aware of the difference.)

In this case, Emily’s comment was one of many. She wasn’t confusing “Tiny Toons” and “Looney Tunes.”  In fact, reports were widespread and credible.

The alternate memory —  a reality in which it really is “Looney Toons” — was suggested in some 2014 emails. By March 2015, people were more outspoken about this. (See a comment on Comments 5 and another on Comments 6, with more on later pages.)

So, if the one-day switch was deliberate, the crossover wasn’t original; we’d already talked about it, here. And — if it was a genuine mistake (by one or more people) — one might question whether those who changed the name, temporarily, may have come from another reality.

But, that’s assuming the brief name change occurred in this reality. And frankly, it’s stacking one speculation atop another, reaching a precarious conclusion.

As I see it, we have several explanations, none of which can be proved. Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Everyone who thought they saw “Looney Toons” was mistaken. (I don’t believe that, based on the volume of reports I received, but it must be mentioned if we’re considering every possibility.)
  2. Everyone who saw “Looney Toons,” online, had slid into a reality where that was the correct spelling. And then they slid back into this reality, without noticing any other alternate-reality cues.
  3. The veil (or whatever you want to call it) between realities thinned, briefly and only in certain locations, so the alternate reality’s “Looney Toons” name phased into view in (or from) this reality.
  4. The brief change — from Looney Tunes to Looney Toons — was deliberate, and either a prank or a social experiment. (The scale of that would be impressive, but not impossible.)

If you saw Looney Toons in November (or at any other time), share your thoughts in comments, below. If possible, include when you saw it, and where you were at the time (nearest city).

LOONEY TUNES and all related characters and elements are trademarks of, and copyright by, © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Mirror, Mirror, and Mandela Effect Research

The topic of Snow White and “mirror, mirror” keeps resurfacing. It’s a good example of our dilemma when analyzing Mandela Effect memories.

This alternate memory relates to the Grimm brothers’ fairy tale, and later movies and TV shows.

(Important: For discussions related to potential paranormal/quantum qualities of real-life mirrors, see Alice, Mirrors, and the Mandela Effect.)

The key Snow White phrase is usually translated as “mirror, mirror” or “looking-glass, looking-glass.”

“Mirror, mirror” is what most people remember the Queen saying in the 1937 Disney movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In fact, IMDb describes the Disney film as “by far most memorable full-length animated feature from the Disney Studios.”

One would think that “memorable” movie produced reliable, consistent memories, including the famous “Mirror, mirror” line.

However, the Queen in that movie actually said, “Magic mirror on the wall.”

Is that an example of the Mandela Effect? Possibly.

Our dilemma is rooted in the history of Snow White.

The original Brothers Grimm story

Mirror, mirror - Mandela Effect question
An illustration from page 21 of Mjallhvít (Snow White) an 1852 Icelandic translation of the Grimm-version fairytale.

The original story was called “Schneewittchen,” which translates to “Snow White.” (Schnee = Snow, and Wittchen = White.)

And, if you focus on the German, not the English translation, the Queen addresses the mirror as “Spieglein, Spieglein,” which Google translates as “Mirror, Mirror.”

That’s followed by “Wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?” translated as “Who is fairest of us all?”

So far, so good.

Later translation issues

However, later versions of the Snow White story translated the story as Snowdrop by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm. Here’s the most popular opening:

IT was the middle of winter, and the snowflakes were falling from the sky like feathers. Now, a Queen sat sewing at a window framed in black ebony, and as she sewed she looked out upon the snow. Suddenly she pricked her finger and three drops of blood fell on to the snow. And the red looked so lovely on the white that she thought to herself: ‘If only I had a child as white as snow and as red as blood, and as black as the wood of the window frame!’ Soon after, she had a daughter, whose hair was black as ebony, while her cheeks were red as blood, and her skin as white as snow; so she was called Snowdrop. But when the child was born the Queen died. A year after the King took another wife. She was a handsome woman, but proud and overbearing, and could not endure that any one should surpass her in beauty. She had a magic looking-glass, and when she stood before it and looked at herself she used to say:

‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall, Who is fairest of us all?’

then the Glass answered,‘Queen, thou’rt fairest of them all.’

At least the “Mirror, Mirror” phrase remained true to the Grimm version.

The same “Mirror, mirror” phrase appeared in The Red Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang, but with a different additional line:

After a year the King married again. His new wife was a beautiful woman, but so proud and overbearing that she couldn’t stand any rival to her beauty. She possessed a magic mirror, and when she used to stand before it gazing at her own reflection and ask:

     'Mirror, mirror, hanging there,
     Who in all the land's most fair?'

(Some other translations change the phrase entirely to lines such as “’Tell me, glass, tell me true!
Of all the ladies in the land, Who is fairest, tell me, who?’ I don’t think they’re relevant to this discussion, but they must be mentioned.)

So, regardless of the lines that followed, most related fairy tales seemed to say “Mirror, Mirror.”

For over 100 years — through the mid-20th century — that was the phrase people associated with Snow White.

Disney’s “Snow White” – the same or different?

Certainly, the Disney movie was adapted from the Grimm brothers’ tale.

The oft-quoted line in the movie is remembered as: “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

However, in this reality the Disney movie’s Queen has always said “Magic mirror.”

It’s easy to find “mirror, mirror” references in pop culture. Recent examples include everything from Star Trek to the 2012 movie starring Julia Roberts, and beyond.

The problem is: That phrase originated with the fairy tale published and popularized in the 19th century. We can’t draw a straight line from Star Trek (and more modern productions) to the Disney film, and leave it there. We must go back to earlier “mirror, mirror” references.

That’s the same problem we encounter with many Mandela Effect memories: Since our memories happened in another reality, I’m not sure we’ll find good, credible supporting evidence in this reality.

Like others, my memory of the Disney film is “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…,” but that’s anecdotal. Also like others, I can’t support it with anything except others’ anecdotes.

In my opinion, that’s not only a problem; it’s stalled our research.

Evidence, anecdotes, and Mandela Effect reports

For many — perhaps most — of our alternate memories, almost all of our “evidence” is anecdotal.

Thanks to five years of reader input — and thousands of great anecdotes and theories — we can see that something is going on.

  • I don’t believe anyone is tampering with history. (Media errors, bias, and propaganda exist. They’re not part of the Mandela Effect.)
  • In fact, I believe people’s memories are more reliable than society suggests.

In my opinion, many — perhaps most — of those alternate events happened… just not in this reality.

  • We may be sliding from one reality to another.
  • We may be in a holodeck, or have “forgotten” holodeck memories.
  • And, other explanations may emerge.

I also believe that the Snow White conundrum is an example of why we now need to look for patterns. For example: we need to examine when and where “slides” may have happened. We need to study hard data points to see what emerges.

Maybe the patterns will relate to CERN activity; it’s too early to leap to that conclusion.

Several explanations will likely dominate, but I’m reluctant to insist there is just one explanation for all alternate memories.

I never guess. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes stories.

We need more data. That’s why I’m shifting the focus of our conversations.

Let’s share specific information in comments, including dates, geographic locations, and markers.

In addition, when new alternate memories are added to our discussions, I’d like to see credible links so interested readers can research those topics, too.

Personal insights are often useful. I don’t want to eliminate them, but — in the future — they can’t continue as the main focus of this site.

As of December 2015, we have a significant database of general anecdotes — approximately 10,000 comments. They’re a great foundation for our research.

Next, let’s use them to connect the dots, or “follow the breadcrumbs,” to use a Grimm reference.

The most promising breadcrumbs seem to be dates, locations, and markers. Along with scientific theories and related historical references, they’re our new focus for the start of 2016.

Let’s see where this leads us.

Lindbergh Baby – Alternate History

newspaperThis topic keeps recurring in comments, so I’m creating this post for discussions of alternate memories of the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapping.

A few guidelines:

  • Please review the facts before posting here. I won’t pretend that Wikipedia is the final word on any topic, or even reliable, but it’s a good place to start. [Link] Also see the FBI’s report.
  • Read earlier, related comments so you know about erroneous media references. (“Erroneous” in this reality, that is.) Comment threads that focused (solely) on this topic have been moved to this article.
  • Remember that, at the time and considerably later (for example, Murder on the Orient Express [1974]), fictionalized versions — print, TV, and film — altered several details. Later, some were repeated as if they were facts in the case. Be sure they weren’t your original information source.
  • Please contribute fresh, useful insights to these conversations: when, where, and a context that helps us understand why you’re sure yours is an alternate memory. (Simple “me, too” and “wow, I never knew…” comments will not be approved.)
  • If you recall a related TV show, film, book, article, or documentary that shared an alternate history (as fact/conspiracy), please link to it if you can.
  • Spell the name correctly. Otherwise, we’ll have good reason to doubt whether your fact-checking efforts were for the right person. (However, in earlier comments about the Lindbergh kidnapping, it was noted that most who recall the baby being found spell the name Lindbergh or Lindberg. Many with alternate memories, where the baby was never found, spell it Lindburg or Lindburgh.)

I believe — or at least want to believe — that the child was found and safely restored to his family, in at least one other reality.

However, the case was so sensational and has been fictionalized (with some credibility) in so many ways, this particular memory is more problematic than most. It’s not quite as difficult to untangle as the belief that Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast was real — and even the question about whether the panic ever happened — but it’s in the same ballpark.

Music – Alternate Memories

alternate memories - music
photo courtesy of serkan turaç and freeimages.com

With an increasing interest in alternate memories related to music, I’m creating this post to focus those comments in one location.

These threads relate to:

  • Music recordings (audio and video) that people recall, but never seemed to exist in this reality.
  • Music recordings people are certain they heard — and the recordings were popular — years before they seemed to appear in this reality.
  • Radical lyric or instrumental changes, not from parodies or covers. Note: Effective 4 Dec 2015, comments about lyric changes must include links to credible lyrics (or bands’) sites, or they cannot be approved.
  • Sound tracks from movies, but not in commercials. (The latter belong in threads focusing on the product advertised.)
  • Musicians associated with particular songs that they never recorded in this reality. (However, to me, the Cat Stevens/Harry Chapin issue looks like a blur due to misleading YouTube videos, and two recordings with similar names. So, let’s avoid that kind of topic.)
  • Musicians who died in the past, in an alternate reality, but are alive in this one… and vice versa.

Due to frequent errors by gossip-type columnists and viral (but erroneous) rumors, please fact-check before commenting here. Remember that some live recordings can be different from studio recordings, and versions issued in one country can vary from what’s released elsewhere. So, check all versions you might have heard.

Also, be sure to include the full context of your alternate memories: when, where, witnesses, and why you’re certain it’s a valid, alternate memory. (Without that information, I cannot approve music-related comments. Effective 4 Dec 2015, I’m going to be firm about that policy, as unsupported claims and argumentative comments have spiked to a ridiculous level.)

Missing and Changed Books?

Books - oldBibliophiles (including me) can be frustrated when a book seems to vanish, completely. I don’t mean that it’s difficult to find… I mean that it’s missing, never seemed to exist, and absolutely no searches presented so much as a hint of a similar book.

Note: Before commenting, check the following. And, if you’re using a message board, give them time to respond before commenting here. If this post triggers comments that aren’t actually related to the Mandela Effect, I will delete it.

For out-of-print books, search Amazon.com books and Waterstones Marketplace, sites like Bookfinder.com and UsedBookSearch.co.uk, as well as Biblio.com and Antiquarian Booksellers. Try used book dealers like Alibris.com and Alibris.co.uk.

Remember something about the book, but not its title or author? Try Amazon’s Askville, AbeBooks.com Book Sleuth, and Goodreads’ What’s The Name Of That Book, or Reddit’s Whats that book called?

I’m creating this post to see if multiple people recall books that never existed in the current reality, and books that changed radically between realities, like the Curious George issue. (And, this should probably go without saying, but: serious comments and enquiries, only.)

— If you comment here and the book is found later, let me know in a comment, so I can delete that comment or thread.

Curious George and Dual Memories

curious george - tail or no tail
photo courtesy of J. Aaron Farr

In real life, almost everyone I’ve surveyed remembers Curious George with a tail.

Most usually know he was a chimp (though some books said he’s a “little monkey”), so he shouldn’t have had a tail… but they have specific memories of him with a tail.

That’s an interesting alternate memory. I did a fairly thorough search of Google Images, and found nothing showing Curious George with a tail. (If I overlooked an actual Curious George image with a tail, let me know.)

But, that’s not the only interesting (I almost said “curious”) thing about this particular memory.

It’s also the first where I’ve seen people pause and say, “Wait. I remember him with a tail, but I can also see him without one. How can that be…?”

In the past, I’ve referred to those as “dual memories.

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