Let’s have some fun. Let’s see if our birth dates point to anything odd. And, to analyze that, I’d like to work with numerology… sort of.
(Remember, this is just for fun. It’s the weekend, and I’m in the mood for a somewhat flippant research approach. I’m not saying that I take numerology seriously, or that you should delve into it, or anything like that. I’d also like to avoid deep numerological discussions — at least until we see if any patterns emerge. )
Important: I do not want your actual birth date. Please don’t post that.
Instead, I’m looking for the single digit your birth date adds up to, condensed according to routine numerology.
Let’s say you were born 10/10/1970. You’d add the numbers, across: 1+0+1+0+1+9+7+0 = 19.
Then, you’d keep reducing the number to reach a single digit. So, working with 19, you’d figure 1+9 = 10. And 1+0 = 1.
So, your birth date — in single-digit numerology — would be a 1. That’s what you’d post in your comment: Just “My birth date is a 1.”
However, some forms of numerology take the numbers 11, 22, and 33 seriously. They call them “master numbers.” (That doesn’t apply to 44, 55, etc.)
So, if something sequential in your birth date adds up to 11, 22, or 33, or it’s part of your birth date, please post that… in addition to the reduced (single digit) number.
(And yes, I am mindful that 22 could bring us back to the Sept 22/23 issue. It’s one reason I’m running this survey: in case the actual numbers are significant/markers.)
So, if you were born on 11/11/2001, that would be 1+1+1+1+2+0+0+1 = 7. You’d post the number 7 as your comment. However, you’d also mention that your birth date includes two sequential 11s; they add up to 22.
Mostly, I’m looking for very short comments, just sharing your birth date number. (This survey is only for those who have at least one alternate memory. If you think the Mandela Effect is fascinating — or ridiculous — and you have no alternate memories, this survey isn’t for you.)
However, it might help if you also tell us whether you have just one Mandela Effect memory, a few of them, or many alternate memories. (Please do not list them all. I’d like this thread to be easy to scroll through.)
My birth date…? It adds up to 3. (No 11s, 22s, or 33s in the process.) And I have several Mandela Effect memories.
How long have people been traveling across realities? Are Mandela Effect concepts strewn throughout folklore, legends, and literature?
I believe so, and some are related to mirrors.
Mirrors as Portals in Folklore and Fiction
In Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass, the title character accesses an alternate reality by moving through a mirror (looking-glass) as the entry point. (Previously, she’d journeyed through a rabbit hole.)
However, author Lewis Carroll wasn’t the first (or last) to speculate about mirrors and reflective surfaces.
In folklore, water — smooth, reflective lakes and ponds, as well as the sea — has often hidden amazing realms not known in this reality. From Greek and Roman legends to Arthurian tales (the Lady of the Lake, and more), we’re reminded of alternate worlds as close as a reflection.
On the other side of the world, in the Asian art of feng shui and interior design, mirrors may “extend space” far beyond their physical depth in this reality.
In some traditions, people cover mirrors after a death in the home, so the departing spirit won’t be trapped inside the mirror.
Many haunted locations — including The Myrtles Plantation (Louisiana, USA) and the Driskill Hotel (Texas, USA) — have ghostly mirrors, as well.
The one in the main hallway at The Myrtles is like many of its counterparts, with recurring handprints (from the back) that returns no matter how often they clean, resurface, or even replace it. Also, a picture of me standing near that mirror — photographed by researcher Margaret Byl — showed a reflection with a chandelier that wasn’t there at the time.
The Driskill Hotel’s famous “Maximilian” mirrors are backed with diamond dust, not just silver or silver-colored paint. The mirrors face each other, in pairs, and many people have reported seeing alternate, similar worlds in them. (If you’re looking for ghost stories related to those mirrors, that’s the tip of the iceberg, but a discussion would take us off-topic.)
If you can stand the commercials and the silly sound effects in a video clip, “Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans talks about mirrors and matrixing. [Link.] It’s a good, short clip, with a skeptical slant. However, I’m not sure Zak was aware that the mirror he’s pointing at — the famous one at The Myrtles — was installed in 1980. It looks old, but it’s not from an era — usually 19th century or earlier — so common to mirrors with ghost stories.
And then there are scrying mirrors — used to see into (or contact) “the other side” or foretell the future — that have black glass, not silver. According to legend, even Nostradamus used one. So, the portal concept isn’t limited to mirrors with easy-to-see reflections.
If you like creepy mirror stories involving alternate realities, the horror movie, Mirrors, is one among many that exploit this concept.
My point isn’t about mirrors and whether some are portals to alternate realities. (I’m not convinced that they are, but I won’t wholly reject the concept, either.)
Instead, I’m talking about the long-held idea that an alternate reality is almost always nearby, and might be “hiding in plain sight.”
In other words, I don’t think the Mandela Effect is new. It didn’t pop up yesterday, or 10 years ago, and I certainly didn’t invent it. (Shadow and I just gave it a name with a reference to recent history.)
In fact, if you study folklore, you’ll see that many tales describe travel between realities. Some are clearer than others.
Changelings are part of a particularly dark concept from the past, in which faeries have swapped places with humans. The faerie looks (mostly) like the human he or she replaced, and the human has been sent to the world the faerie is from, as a replacement in that world or reality.
In some ancient traditions, shamans are able to access alternate realms, worlds, or realities at will. However, most contemporary tales talk about each shaman being granted passage to just one spiritual realm, not free travel across all of them.
The Rev. Mr. Robert Kirk (1644 – ?), author of “The Secret Commonwealth,” wrote about visiting an alternate reality. He described it as a faerie world, and the topic has fascinated folklorists and others, for centuries. I’ve put a question mark at his death date because many believe he left his tired body on a hillside, and actually slid back into the reality he’d been talking about for many years.
What interests me about Kirk’s story isn’t just the world he described. It’s that something in his story resonates so deeply with people, that — despite at least hundreds of similar tales — modern-day scholars still argue whether Kirk’s work was fiction or nonfiction. (And then there are the astonishing number of people who insist that the world of Avatar is real, but that’s another topic for another day.)
Then there are tales of doppelgangers, with two of the same person showing up in the same reality. According to some folklore, seeing a doppelganger predicts that one of them (usually the one whose home seems to be in that reality) will die. Is that because two of the “same” person in one reality is a glitch, and the simplest solution is to delete one? I’m not sure, but it’s worth considering.
Are these fictional accounts popular because, at times, we’d like to escape our current reality? Or, does the concept of alternate realms — whether actual worlds or holodeck creations — resonate with us because we know alternate realities exist… and we’ve been there?
I believe the Mandela Effect isn’t new. I think it’s been an issue for centuries, perhaps as far back as the start of recorded history, or even earlier.
However, I think past generations and cultures explained alternate realities in terms of magick, shamanic travel, or even faeries.
The idea of a mirror as a portal is just one example, but it’s one that seems to linger. Maybe there is something unusual about mirrors, and maybe some do show us another world.
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!
This 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 ), 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.
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.)
Bibliophiles (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.
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.
About 5% to 10% of the population have tinnitus, but over 20% of Mandela Effect visitors reported it in a recent poll. Was that a one-time anomaly, or should we look at this more closely?
When I asked this question, earlier, I didn’t make the focus clear. Along with many great comments and insights, some conversations took on medical diagnostic and self-help overtones. Others added several other physical complaints they suffer from, and — soon — discussions were less about Mandela Effect data, and more about health issues.
So, this article is a reboot. Same topic, but a more narrow focus: I’m looking for anything that directly correlates tinnitus and alternate memories.
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…?”
This post takes this topic far out on a limb. It’s vaguely related to the topic of tinnitus, but it’s slightly different and has a geographical angle. And, I readily admit that this could take us far off-topic.
I’m wondering if any of the Hums, mystery booms, or other unexplained noises correlate in any way with quantum research or the Mandela Effect.
Mostly, I’m looking at this from a geography standpoint.
These could be:
Where reported events (the alternate ones) tend to take place.
Where people were when they discovered a changed memory.
Gateways, portals, etc., if we’re actually sliding from one reality to the next and each is accessed geographically. (Please note that I said “if.” This topic takes us far into speculation.)
So, this topic is for discussions about potential “markers” or other correlations that connect sound with geography, and might have a bearing on the Mandela Effect.
I wouldn’t dismiss ley lines, “vile vortices,” or other theories that might have a bearing on specific and relevant Mandela Effect topics… but only if this is clearly relevant.
I’d also consider anything that seems like triangulation, but — again — only if it’s linked to something we’ve discussed, related to the Mandela Effect.
If you’d like to explore this on your own, the following are some starting points.