2016 – The Tipping Point

Early in 2016, I deliberately stepped back from this website.

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Part of it was the crazy workload. Moderating comments required five to six hours per day, seven days a week. That’s too much.

In addition, around April 2016, I was more-or-less asked to stop discussing the Mandela Effect topic. The general message was: my articles & conversations might be influencing the outcome of experiments that were at a critical point.

Even if those contacting me seemed official/credible — and I wasn’t sure that they were — those requests sounded… odd. Illogical.

To be honest, I’m still skeptical of that request. Then & now, I felt that the genie was already out of the bottle. Reddit and other forums were running wild with Mandela Effect speculation. The toothpaste isn’t going back into that tube.

Trying to silence any topic on the Internet…? I’m not sure if that’s hilariously funny or utterly sad.

(Btw, I’m not at Reddit.)

But, as I’ve said, the moderation thing… it had become onerous. I didn’t need a lot of convincing to close comments.

I will leave the archives here.

At some point in the past year (2016), even more people realized that they shared memories that don’t fit the current, accepted version of reality.

The “tipping point” was achieved.

And now, it’s official. As of late November 2016, from mainstream media to tabloids, the concept is exploding.

There are other realities. And, they’re interacting with us. (Or,we’re interacting with them… same result.)

Examples:

Express: There ARE parallel universes: Physicists state multiverses are INTERACTING

Forbes: Is There Another ‘You’ Out There In A Parallel Universe?

The West Australian: Time travel possible with multiverses interacting with one another, scientists theorise

AOL News: Scientists say time travel is possible

The Inquisitr: Parallel Universes Are Real And They Are Interacting With Our Universe, Scientists Say

The Sun: QUANTUM LEAPS – Time travellers could use parallel dimensions to visit the past, scientists claim

Over six years ago, when I started this website and our conversations began, I had no idea we’d reach this point.

But… well, here we are.

I don’t even know what to call this. A movement? An awakening? Something else altogether…?

Whatever label you want to use, the Mandela Effect is part of it, and you are, too.

At this point, I’m not sure we have to prove anything about our alternate memories. Sure, trite explanations (like “it’s all confabulation”) can be acknowledged, but now we have science on our side.

Not all of the dots connect. I realize that.

But, with the broad scale announcement that parallel realities appear to be real, and they seem to be influencing each other… we have enough confirmation to say we’re not making this up.

For now, I want to pause and celebrate. You should, as well. I feel as if everyone who’s talked about the Mandela Effect and shared alternate memories — online and off- — has been part of the tipping point that happened in 2016.

That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment.

Latest Memories – 11 Apr 2016

At the start of 2016, I asked people to use the Contact form to let me know about alternate memories they didn’t see in articles or on my Memories list and related Comments pages.

Now, overwhelmed with tens of thousands of reported memories, I refer people to the Reddit community for discussions.

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Memories reported in early 2016

  • Jonny Quest or Johnny Quest? As you can see from the DVD set from the first season — illustrated at right — it’s Jonny. No H. This is one of the first spelling alterations we’ve seen that’s not a vowel. (Note: Johnny Test is a different program.)
  • Oxiclean or Oxyclean? It’s Oxiclean in this reality.
  • Several Australians have reported a strong memory of an alternate Australian flag. The issues seem related to the number of stars and relative sizes of them. Several specifically talk about seeing the “new” flag behind the Australian Prime Minister during a speech in mid-late March 2016.
  • Days of Heaven movie: At the big confrontation, did Sam Shepard hold a pitchfork or a gun? (I haven’t seen the film, but people say it’s a gun in this reality.)
  • This may not be a Mandela Effect issue: A few people are reporting that US Mail (USPS) trucks (jeep style) now have steering wheels on the left side of the car, similar to most US automobiles. I only recall seeing the steering wheel on the right side of USPS vehicles, the same as cars in England. Does anyone have insights about a design change?
  • Not Mandela Effect:  “E.T. phone home” was said in the movie, E.T. I’m not sure who started claiming it was only “E.T. home phone,” but that’s just one line in the film; the rest say “…phone home.”
  • Not Mandela Effect, as far as I know: In at least one episode of Fringe, the New York borough of Manhattan is spelled Manhatan. That’s deliberate, to cue viewers that the show is set in an alternate reality.
  • Those reporting a dual memory of the borough as “Manhatten”… that might be Mandela Effect. (It should be “Manhattan.” According to Spellchecker.net, 76% of the misspellings are consistently “Manhatten.” Contrast that with the 63% who misspell the word “misspell.”) I’m not sure whether the focused frequency of a misspelled word indicates Mandela Effect, and if we can claim a certain percentage as a marker.
  • Several people think the added forward-slash (/) is part of spelling at this website, and it’s a Mandela Effect. It’s not. The apparent typo is due to a software glitch I haven’t been able to resolve… and I don’t have time to go through comments and delete all those extra characters.
  • Another simple misspelling: the word is “whoa,” not “woah.” The frequency of this misspelling in recent years raises the question of whether it’s based in the Mandela Effect, but I’m not sure. (It shows up 71% of the time, as a misspelling.) If you’re fairly sure it’s a Mandela Effect issue, let me know.
  • Another confusing spelling topic: Several people recall being taught “suprise” instead of “surprise.” Spellchecker.net says 62% misspell “surprise” without the first R. (That could be a contagion from a typo in a spelling book, or some other teaching-related mistake.) However, that word seems to have a higher-than-average number of variations among misspellings. The number of variations is anomalous.
  • Misquotation or Mandela Effect? It seems as if “Hello, Clarice” doesn’t appear in Silence of the Lambs. It’s “Good evening, Clarice.” (I can’t vouch for this because I’ve never seen the film and never will, on principle. But, enough people have contacted me about the quote, I’m including it in this list.)
  • In the Matrix, when Neo opens his book, does a word appear — probably on the right-side page of the book, opposite the page headed “On Nihilism” — near the top of an otherwise-white page? So far, no one can recall the actual word, but all say it was there when they first saw the movie… and now it’s gone.

Marker or Memory Trigger?

This week, multiple reports related to Mother Teresa (or Mother Theresa) included additional, seemingly unrelated memories.

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It’s not unusual for people to use one topic to report others, as a matter of convenience for them. However, this week’s reports and comments have been different. People were talking about additional alternate memories highlighted within days of recalling an alternate history for Mother Teresa or her canonization.

Among the most vivid was AL’s report. In close proximity to the Mother Teresa report, AL saw Michael Crawford on TV, when AL has memories connected to Crawford’s earlier death. In addition, a Sky News report seemed an exact repeat of a news story AL had seen about six months ago.

So, I’m interested in whether you’re noticing a dramatic uptick in your own emerging, credible alternate memories in the past week or so. (Meaning: Somehow connected to the announcement of Mother Teresa’s canonization – either the announcement triggered memories, or something released them around mid-March 2016.)

If so, leave a brief comment.

What to include

  • Briefly list those memories. Not extended details, just the memory, headline-style (such as “John Doe still alive but I recall death in 2008”).
  • For each, say whether (for you) a media event (TV, radio, Internet) was related to that discovery.
  • Let us know if you only recently realized you had these memories, or if they’ve been confusing to you for some time, and
  • Whether or not you also have alternate Mother Teresa memories. (If they’re dual memories, let me know that, too.)

Important: This is not intended as a free-for-all listing of alternate memories, similar to the previous Comments Lists. Lists of memories including more than headline-style brevity will not be approved. (As of 5 Apr 2016, over a dozen comments could not be approved, due to lengthy personal information and memories explained in detail. If you have new memories to report, share them via the Contact form, Memories list, or Re: Comments page. That’s the only way I can aggregate them and see which are gaining traction.)

Why this poll?

I’m wondering if some events — such as Mother Teresa’s canonization…

  1. Trigger more awareness of additional, alternate memories that were already there, OR
  2. Mark a collective shift by multiple people into the current reality.

Leave your comments below. Thanks!

(As usual, comments will be open for 45 days from the date of this post. Comments close 2 May 2016.)

Las Vegas Anomalies – Late Dec 2015

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Several odd things happened in Las Vegas in late December 2015. In a city where “odd” is a way of life, anything beyond their “normal” is especially interesting.

This is a good example of data points — a specific location and closely connected events (times) — that are useful for my research. However, this may (or may not) relate to the Mandela Effect, per se.

Two rare events happened on the night of 20 Dec 2015.

Las Vegas Anomaly #1

First, a woman drove her car onto a crowded sidewalk, just outside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Descriptions of the event varied, but many suggested that the driver slowed the car and then hit the accelerator a second time, mowing down nearly 40 people.

At the time, the woman said that she couldn’t explain what happened, and she’d lost control of the car.

  • Per ABC News: “KSNV-TV says the crash occurred in front of the Paris Hotel & Casino and Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino on South Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Harmon Avenue. The crash took place about 6 p.m. The Miss Universe pageant was being held at the Planet Hollywood at the time of the crash.”

Later, news reports said she’d tested positive for marijuana, but that’s odd, as well. Per the University of Washington, “Marijuana usually has a sedating effect on most users, making it much less likely to cause violence…” Nevertheless, she described being under stress, and that can be a factor in violent behavior.

Las Vegas Anomaly #2

Meanwhile, a few hundred yards away, the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino was hosting the 2015 Miss Universe pageant.

In a baffling blunder, Steve Harvey, an experienced entertainer, crowned the wrong contestant. It’s still unclear whether he misread the card — truly odd for someone accustomed to reading from cards — or if the teleprompter script was wrong.

No matter what the explanation, Harvey crowned Miss Colombia… and then had to remove the crown and announce that Miss Philippines was the real winner.

Third Anomaly

Two nights later, Las Vegas was one of the most-reported viewing points for a bright light soaring through the night sky. Officials explained it as space debris from a Russian rocket.

That’s nothing baffling, but it is odd, since the Las Vegas sky is so well-lit by traffic and commercial signs, anything in the sky must be extraordinarily bright.

Not Quite Mandela Effect

On their own, these events are unfortunate. Combined — in time & location — they’re strange enough to note. However, the current facts in this reality don’t point to the Mandela Effect.

A few people have mentioned Columbia/Colombia spellings as possible Mandela Effect issues. Unfortunately, that mix-up is a frequent typo and spelling error. It’s difficult to attribute it to an alternate reality.

Note: I’m not saying it’s only a typo or spelling error. The problem is, very little points to the Columbia/Colombia cross-over spellings as genuine alternate memories. So, for now, it’s something to note but I’d need more data to include it in my immediate research.

It may be something we’ll look at again, later, if this kind of “typo” fits a larger pattern.

The events in Las Vegas are an interesting topic, so I’ve moved related comments here (from the New Alternate Memories page).

However, since — at this time — it has no clear Mandela Effect connections, I’m closing this to further comments.

Is it Broome Effect?

It may not be Mandela Effect, but these “coincidences” fit my Broome Theory research.

If you’d like to discuss these Las Vegas anomalies — or related patterns of strange events — comment at the Las Vegas article at BroomeTheory.com. (That’s a new website being launched in about a week. For now, the site is untidy and incomplete.)

At that site, I’m looking for anomalies that happened…

  • Same time, same location: within a block or two of these events, between 6 PM and 11 PM on 20 Dec 2016.
  • Same time, different locations: other anomalies that happened between 6 PM and 11 PM (Las Vegas time, or 2 AM GMT to 7 AM GMT).
  • Different time, but at least three consistent, headline-worthy anomalies at a specific location.

What’s Your Sign? Another Lighthearted Poll.

universe - astrologyIt’s time for another fun Saturday survey, to see if any patterns emerge among those with Mandela Effect memories.

What’s your astrological sign? Let’s focus on the popular, Western version… Aries, Pisces, and so on, at least for now.

I’m not endorsing astrology; I’m just looking, at random, for patterns. At this point, anything is possible.

[A note to skeptical critics: Yes, I do know that astrology and astronomy are two very different topics. I’ve read many scathing attacks on astrology, including the one at Deeper Minds. My approach to topics like this is different. First, I ask “does this work?” Then I question why it does, not necessarily taking commonplace explanations at face value.]

In this poll, I’m looking for two things, both from astrology: Your birth sign (from the date you were born), and your rising sign (related to the time/hour you were born).

Your birth sign is the zodiac sign where the sun was, when you were born. Those signs change about once a month.

Your rising sign is related to the sign on the horizon when you were born, and changes slightly from minute to minute.

You can look this up at Astro.com. For the rising sign, you’ll need the time of your birth; that’s usually on your birth certificate, though your mother may recall it… with more peripheral details than you ever wanted to know. (I’m a mom, so I can say that and laugh.)

Optional: I’m also interested in the sidereal time of your birth. For this, you’ll need the date — including hour & minute — of your birth, and the location, converted to latitude & longitude. Then, you’ll use any historical sidereal converter to get the time. (I repeat: This is optional.)

I’ll start this by sharing my information:

Birth sign: Virgo / Rising sign: Sagittarius.

Sidereal time of birth: 7.19.13

[Reminder: Do not share your exact birth date. For some, particularly those who have (or might in the future) share real names, this could be a privacy issue.]

I’ll expand this topic in a future survey, to include alternate astrological systems that may be even more useful. For now, I’m keeping this fairly simple.

What Would You Say?

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An increasing number of apparently distraught and confused people are leaving comments. In some cases, their comments include helpful insights and data, but many comments are simply pleas for help.

In a way, this site provides support to people who’ve experienced the Mandela Effect, because they can read the comments and realize they’re not alone and they’re not “crazy” just for noticing a reality change.

That’s as much as this site can offer without wading into dangerous waters, and topics that could sidetrack our conversations.

However, I’d like to include brief, generic advice from those who’ve experienced the Mandela Effect. I’m looking for insights from those who’ve come to terms with how odd the Mandela Effect can seem, not just to the person who’s experienced it, but to those around him (or her), and the strained conversations that can result.

So, for a couple of days, I invite you to leave comments… especially those of you who’ve been visiting this site for years, and understand how difficult it can be, to stumble onto these concepts and feel overwhelmed.

Here’s what I’d like:

  • Advice to someone who isn’t sure if the Mandela Effect is real.
  • Advice to someone who’s talked about this with friends and family, and those conversations haven’t gone well.
  • Advice to someone who feels vulnerable, or like a pawn in the sliding/reality-change process.

Please keep it brief. Ideally, most will be two or three sentences or — at most — short (100 words or less) “pep talks.” Do not include lengthy personal anecdotes, or anything more than vague references to others, your medical history, etc.

Speaking of medical issues, let’s avoid off-the-cuff prescriptions like “here’s an herb/vitamin/mineral that might help calm you,” or diagnoses like “You’re not mad/crazy/mentally ill.” (Seriously, you haven’t seen the many odd comments I’ve deleted.)

This post is now closed to new comments. Thanks to all who shared their advice!

SCROLL DOWN FOR READERS’ INSIGHTS.

Tee Shirts – ‘Old School’ Poll #1 [Closed]

After looking at off-site polling options, I decided to go “old school” with this. Off-site, I kept seeing sites that either required some kind of registration or they collect information about visitors in other ways.

Many MandelaEffect.com visitors are wary of that kind of thing.  So, let’s do this the old fashioned way.

From the following suggested tee shirt ideas, which are your favorites? You can list up to three. (It’s okay to refer to your favorites by number rather than typing the full phrase for each one.)

In about a week — unless there’s a clear trend from the start — I’ll add up the votes and we’ll start designing.

Note: I did not include all suggested tee shirt ideas, if I thought they might create problems. For example, a few expressions were also rude slang in some countries. And, while we use “ME” or “M.E.” as shorthand for “Mandela Effect” here, it’s been pointed out that many people might confuse that for the Middle East. And so on.

Here are the current suggestions

  1. 50 or 52?
  2. Australia: the land down over
  3. Berenst#in
  4. The Berenst#in dilemna
  5. conCERNed
  6. Cool Ranch Fritos (<– Not sure if we can use that, due to trademark issues)
  7. Definately? Definitely!
  8. Definately a dilemna
  9. Definately Schultz
  10. Reality E Reunion 2015
  11. Fix my timeline
  12. I’m from Universe E
  13. IN the City
  14. It’s always been THE neighborhood.
  15. It was 1980 something.
  16. Mirror, mirror. (Very plain text, small lettering, no graphic.)
  17. No, Luke. No, no, no.
  18. rEality
  19. September 22/23
  20. Team Multiverse
  21. Universe E
  22. Visiting from the E reality
  23. What if Mr. Stain is right?
  24. Where is New Zealand now?
  25. First line on a shirt: “Are you A vampire?” Second line in response to the first: “No, I’m THE vampire.” (maybe have stick figures or caricatures on the shirt saying the lines)
  26. [Just a single word] Chartreuse (on a dark pink shirt)
  27. Red (on a blue shirt)
  28. Blue (on a red shirt)
  29. Something representing the famous Henry VIII (with turkey leg) painting, and “I remember” beneath it.

In general, I’m aiming for shirts that seem deceptively mundane, or cryptic. None will say “Mandela Effect” on them, or have a URL.

Several people expressed an interest in shirts in darker colors with lighter lettering — black, charcoal grey, or midnight blue. Would those be your preferences, too?

Feel free to add your own suggestions — for phrases, slogans, and graphics, as well as shirt styles and colors — in comments.

Hot Air Balloon Memories – What, When, Where?

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Whether or not you reported a hot air balloon memory (one that you know couldn’t really have happened) in my recent survey, if you have one of those memories, I hope you’ll share the details here.

You can post comments anonymously — with a different-than-usual username — if you like. I know this can be a sensitive topic and I’m asking for some personal details.

I’d like to see if people with the hot air balloon memory (or memories) might have had it implanted by a researcher in Elizabeth Loftus’ study, or by someone wanting to emulate her study to confirm or deny her results.

As an aside: I consider that kind of research completely unethical, appalling, and unacceptable. It’s even worse that people like Alan Alda don’t recall the memory being implanted until something triggers the truth.

Here’s what I’d like to know, if you have a hot air balloon memory that you know can’t have happened in real life. (Answer as many or few of these questions as you’re comfortable with. And, if this triggers anything unpleasant, end your comment immediately and find something pleasant to take your mind off this.)

If you have an “impossible” hot air balloon memory…

  1. When were you born? (It’s okay to say “first half of the 70s” or something vague, if you’d rather not specify a year.)
  2. Where did you live when the memory took place? (If it’s a small, rural town, also mention the nearest college town or nearest city.)
  3. Where were you when you first remembered that memory? Is there any location (geographical) where you seem to recall that memory the most clearly? (Not necessarily where it happened, or an obvious trigger location like a theme park or hot air balloon event.)
  4. When did you first clearly recall that memory? Was it always with you, or did something bring it to the forefront?
  5. What happened in the false memory? (As brief or detailed a summary as you’d like.)
  6. Was it a happy memory or an unpleasant one?

And, if you’d like to share any other thoughts that might be relevant, that’s great.

Remember: I’m not saying that your hot air balloon memory was implanted. In fact, your memory might be from a different reality, and its emotional content has kept it active among your memories in this reality.

In this conversation, I’m hoping to uncover commonalities (or that they have nothing in common) among these kinds of memories, to see what might be revealed.

One-Week Survey – Various Views [Closed]

This one-week poll checked a few topics that have been raised in recent comments. It was concluded a little early, due to software issues. The survey results are far from scientific, but might provide some insights about the Mandela Effect.

Visitors were asked to check as many answers as applied to them. For answer-by-answer notes, scroll down to below the poll.

These were the results:

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Item notes

The tinnitus (ringing or hissing in ears) answer is about a chronic or recurring sound in your ears that seems internally caused.

The hot air balloon memory seems real but unreal. You have the memory, but you’re also sure it never happened.

The September 22/23 issue is very general, but is about one of those two dates (any year), not another September date, or a 22/23 date in another month.

The “duplicate” memory answer is for people who recall two different versions of the same event, even if one seems far more real than the other.

Questions? Comments? Other answers or insights? Please share them in comments, below.

Poll: Age-related Berenstein/Berenstain Memories?

Does age make a difference in how people remember the popular Berenstein (or Berenstain) Bears books? One of our readers — Kyle — suggested that age might give us some clues to how the Mandela Effect works.

This is a two-week poll and it’s only for those who recall Berenstain, not Berenstein. (Most people who comment at this site seem to recall Berenstein, so I’m especially interested in those who recall the Berenstain spelling.)

After this poll, I’ll run a similar poll for those who recall the Berenstein spelling, to compare the results.

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