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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Berenstein or Berenstain Bears?

berenstainberensteinbearsMany people who visit the Mandela Effect website have fond memories of the Berenstein Bears books. They read them as children, or family members read them aloud. It’s a cherished childhood memory.

However, the books in this timestream are Berenstain Bears. A, not E, in last syllable.

That’s not what most visitors seem to remember. The following are among the many memories people have shared, sometimes as part of longer comments.  The vast majority recall the books as Berenstein Bears.

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