David Soul

davidsoulDavid Soul‘s name keeps coming up in discussions.  Many people seem to recall him dying, years ago.

Here are some comments from this website:

Perry Ware said:

We also remember that David Soul of the 70′s show Starsky and Hutch comiting suicide on or near christmas because he was dispondant over his wife’s cancer! Even news reports of relatives and police discovering his body underneath the christmas tree. You can imagine myself and my wife’s reaction when we saw David Soul make an appearance as a cameo on the remake of Starsky and Hutch movie. We sat in silence and stunned by the revelation that Mr. Soul was indeed alive.

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Sri Lanka Location

sri-lanka-flagHas Sri Lanka moved?  It seems as if many people clearly recall Sri Lanka in a different location than where it is, now.  (See the Google map, below.)

Here’s what others have said in comments at this website:

Gurluas said:

I remember Ceylon(Sri Lanka) being directly south of India, not to the south-east.

This is a rough sketch of how I remember Ceylon’s location on the map.
http://i45.tinypic.com/2crqdlh.png

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Muammar al-Gaddafi

Muammar_al-GaddafiSome readers shared specific memories related to Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (ca. 1945 – 20 Oct 2011).

C. A. Low raised the topic in April 2011, mentioning:

…the death of Muammar Gaddafi several years ago.

Laura said in 2013:

As soon as I read what you said about previously remembering Gaddafis death I started gagging. This is really strange, I am not an emotional person but I am sitting here and my eyes are welling up. What is this? I remember this. Footage of a runway and a white plane. Omg.

randi replied:

same here. im covered in goosebumps.

Photo credit: In the public domain, per Wikipedia.

 

Neil Armstrong’s Death – Another Mandela Effect Moment?

Neil Armstrong photo (1930 - 2012)Though Neil Armstrong died on 25 August 2012, it seems as if many people “forgot” it.  When a badly phrased headline appeared at ABC news, talking about the one-year anniversary of Armstrong’s death, many people thought he’d died in 2013.

While some may have been busy a year ago, and missed the initial obituary, many others are clearly fans and followers of Neil Armstrong’s legacy.  How were their memories “wiped” so his 2013 death was forgotten?  That question was raised by many people, including David Emery at About.com’s Urban Legends topic.

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Cool Theories, Hot Debates, and Parallel Realities

The following is my post from the Alternate History community at G+.

ShakespeareThis morning, I was enjoying 9 Things You Can Learn from Hamlet and made a comment referencing the debate about whether or not William Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him.

Like many academic debates, that’s a volatile topic.  A variety of people seem absolutely certain that Shakespeare’s plays were written by someone else. That list usually includes people like Bacon, Derby, Marlow, or Oxford.

Others point out that Shakespeare’s plays — as we know them — weren’t formally compiled until after his death. Those versions of the plays include heavy input from the actors who played in them, and they may have “improved” the plays.

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Time Travel, Per ‘Quantum Leap’

While this isn’t exactly what we’re talking about at this website, this video is useful.  It conveys a (possibly) relevant way of looking at time in a non-linear way.

Referencing different timestreams, it’s possible that — in those other realities — events in your (alternate) life are in a different sequence.

Or, as an alternate explanation of the Mandela Effect: Maybe you’re “remembering” things from the future… a future you’ve seen (in real life or dreams) due to something like Al’s time travel explanation.

More Mandela Effect Notes – Nelson Mandela

In a discussion at the G+ community, Alternate History, some interesting issues have been raised.

A community member shared a lengthy, cached article about someone’s belief that Nelson Mandela died Tuesday, 25 June 2013.

This is part of that cached article:

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Here’s some of my reply at the G+ community, with notes.

The obvious question is: Was that more evidence of the Mandela Effect? The first “mistaken” report could be a simple mistake.  In fact, it most probably was.  But, to be fair, it’s difficult to evaluate with so little information about that report.

What caught my attention was the second “mistaken” report in the article. The writer said about that source, “She is trusted and was very convinced about the accuracy of this and her source, and she was very specific in what she was told – that he had died a half hour earlier and that the President was going to make the announcement at ten pm.”

Those are the kinds of specific details we see in credible Mandela Effect events, but with social media and its inherent flaws, it’s not evidence I can work with.  For example, the Huffington Post offered the following credible explanation.

Mandela-Dutch-error

Worse, as the following article in The Drum explains, this became a global “goof.”

Mandela-AustralianGoof

So, the waters have been thoroughly muddied, at least in terms of reports related to Mandela’s death in June 2013.

Despite (or because of?) these gaffes, more people seem to be examining conflicting Mandela-related memories. Even for those of us who are okay with Mandela Effect concepts, this seems like an unsettling time.

For some of us, these past couple of weeks have seemed surreal at times. Personally, it’s as if I’m watching a reality being constructed, a few hours at a time.

It’s as if the “fixed” points — using another G+ community member’s description — are arriving first in this timestream. Then, the connect-the-dots events between them are being filled in spontaneously.  (This is difficult to articulate, but I hope you get my point.)

The thing is, if we believe the quantum theory that every potentiality exists in some reality (or dimension, universe, timestream, etc.), it’s possible that Nelson Mandela has died many times in the past few days and weeks… but not in this timestream.

The majority of new, conflicting reports can be explained by rumors set wild in social media.  It’s essential to keep critical thinking skills engaged.  Verify everything as best you can.

However, despite reporting errors, this is an intriguing time for those of us studying the Mandela Effect.  That’s not just about history in this timestream, as well as alternative history.  It’s also an opportunity to see the effects of social media and news reports, and how they influence our memories and — at times — form or restructure them.

And, personally, I’m sketching the visual images I recall from Nelson Mandela’s death, years ago.  I’m going to watch to see how many of them reappear in the future… though I hope it’s many years away.

Share Your “Other” Memories Here, in Confidence

safeThis page was where people shared personal and private alternate memories.

I have hundreds of those private memories, and they’re in my database. Thank you, if you contributed.

From now on, it’s best to use the new memories form, below. Effective January 2016, all of that information is kept in confidence; nothing is associated with a particular name.

No new memory — reported here at any time — is even mentioned at this website unless at least five people have reported the same memory. And, even then, I’ll never use your name, and I don’t store any personal information in my database.

Report New, Confidential, Alternate Memories Here

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Messages you send with this form reach me directly. I read every one, carefully. However, due to the volume I receive, I’m not able to reply to each one, personally. Mostly, I appreciate the time you take to tell me about your memories. I save them, add them to our Mandela Effect database, and — as soon as I see several, similar reports — I add the information at the related article, or I add it to the Memories page, or both.

Thanks so much!

Billy Graham’s Funeral on TV

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Billy Graham in 1966
Photo credit: Erling Mandelmann / photo©ErlingMandelmann.ch / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Many people — including me — remember Billy Graham’s funeral on TV.  My own memories placed Graham’s death close — within weeks, possible a month or two, at the very most — to the time when Ted Kennedy died.  I remember that the weather was warm in New England.

At the time, I didn’t think Billy Graham’s funeral was especially odd.  I didn’t watch much of the funeral and burial coverage, but I can remember flipping through TV channels, and seeing most networks carrying the event.  I remember thinking, at Ted Kennedy’s funeral, “Wow. We just had lots of shows pre-empted by Billy Graham’s funeral. I guess that kind of coverage has become standard.”

I clearly remember the funeral, and related TV coverage for several days.

Apparently, this “memory” is prevalent… perhaps more prevalent than the Nelson Mandela ones.  I’ve actually argued with a friend because she was 100% certain that Billy Graham had died.  She, too, remembered the funeral on TV.  It took Wikipedia to prove that we both had odd, completely identical memories… that never happened.  Not in this timestream, anyway.

Many readers have their own memories of Billy Graham’s death, funeral, and burial.  Mostly, they recall the TV coverage.

And — like me — most are entirely certain they aren’t mixing it up with Billy Graham’s wife’s funeral, which had some coverage on TV news shows.  (Ruth Graham died in 2007.  Ted Kennedy passed in 2009.  That’s not close enough for me to connect in my memories.)

Tamara Thorne said:

I don’t have any recollections about Mandela, but do have pretty clear memories of Billy Graham’s death.

Marna Ehrich said:

wait, wait, wait… Billy Graham is alive??? since when? I remember his death, but not his coming back …

Margaret’s comments included:

… I also remember Nelson Mandela’s funeral and the deaths of Billy Graham, Dom Deluise, Ernest Borgnine and Mickey Rooney. It’s all very interesting.

Johnathan said:

Billy Graham for a surety. I test it on my mother and asked her, “You remember Billy Graham dying right ?” To which she replied “Yeah he died from Alzheimer’s.” When I informed her  that he was still in fact alive she said, “Oh well then he was in hospital from it”.

Jeff said (in March 2012):

So Billy Graham didn’t die? I distinctly remember hearing about his death! I really can’t be sure about Mandella though I did think he was dead, I remember hearing about Ernest Borgnine dying, but he is still alive apparently!

[In a later comment] Thinking about it some more, I distinctly remember seeing Billy Graham’s funeral procession on TV!

Blob said:

Billy Graham is dead,yes? if not, please provide a link, i remember him passing about a year or two ago, as does my wife.

Teri said:

My mom and I both also “remember” Mandela dying in prison as well as Billy Graham dying soon after retiring.

c said:

i do believe i heard about billy graham’s death.

Kassia said:

Interesting on so many levels. I am in the same boat in regards to Mandela, Billy Graham, Australia!, 52 States (I am European),etc, etc.

Joe said:

I just last month had a discussion with a friend. I swore Billy Graham died and I watched his funeral on TV and so many people in tears and the sadness of such a great man being laid to rest and being honored by the Presidents and I even remember Bill Clinton speaking words in his honor…my friend said I was crazy. I asked my mother and she remembers us talking about his passing. I just don’t know what to think…

Elaine said:

I also thought Billy Graham was gone, for sure, seeming to recall something with his son speaking, etc.

Skye said:

Running across this string via FaceBook seems so odd to me, but here I am…
I remember Billy Graham dying & I was also jolted by the comment about Honduras. I have always thought it was an island also.

Kate’s comments included:

i also remember clearly the David Soule death—(i am shocked, up until I read this just now I still thought he was dead!) AND the Billy Graham death (Shocked)

Josh said:

Weird, I remember Billy Graham dying too….

L said:

When I first read this article, I thought you meant that some people remember Billy Graham as being still alive. After I understood, I was shocked and had to double and triple check before fully believing it. I can clearly remember the death of Billy Graham and watching an interview of his widow talking about events from his life, his evangelism, how the two met, ect, with my grandma and talking about what a shame it was that such a good man died. I asked her if she remembered any of it, and was shocked when she told me that the only thing she could remember was his wife dying a few years ago. I thought she must be mistaken until I googled it. In my timeline I can remember channel surfing and her being on television with her son no longer than a year ago. The only reason I remember is because the Grahams live close to where I was born/grew up and at the time I thought it was cool that a local family was on television.

Hoss’s comments included:

Some tv channel mistakenly reported that Billy Graham was dead:
http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/wbtv-mistakenly-reports-death-of-billy-graham_b31294

My reply:

That’s pretty wild about the TV station making a mistake like that. I mean, it’s not as if the staff would run with a major story without double-checking it, right…? And, they’re referencing CBS News, which is the central office all the CBS affiliates get their information from. So, that makes this doubly strange. It sounds like someone in the news chain had a Mandela moment, and maybe more of them did.

Kate said:

My friend, who I often talked about this kind of thing with years ago, pointed out to me tonight that Nelson Mandela and Billy Graham were born in the same year. Just some interesting serendipity. or is it? lol

Catherine said:

I remember a lot of these, Nelson Mandela and Billy Graham both dying in the 90′s.

My comment:

This means that there may be multiple timestreams represented here.  My Billy Graham “memory” was definitely related to Ted Kennedy’s death in 2009, and others have referenced other years for Billy Graham’s death.  So, if we’re “sliding” in and out of alternate timelines, we’re not all visiting the same one.

Interesting!

Chris provided some great details:

I am (or rather was until now!) certain that Billy Graham had died. I was only talking about him the other day in passing to my partner and we both agreed that he was a bit of a looney! I remember seeing parts of the funeral on TV and in the papers (UK Times if I remember rightly!!).
It was a big deal to the Evangelicals in the States and I definitely remember there were a lot of people mourning him – it felt more like the funeral of a monarch/state funeral.
There was a white sheet over his coffin with a gold eagle on it (or certainly some gold symbol) as it was carried by the bearers.

kat smith said:

Billy Grahams death puzzles me, I remember it occuring a few months before Ronald Reagans death.My mother and I sat at our little 13″ monitor in the kitchen….with flashes on the bottom screen about Billy Grahams death, in attendence was George senior to the left of Jr..Bill Clinton to the right in Blue covered chairs….the casket draped in a white cloth was paraded infront off the former presidents….as it was carried up the isle….I remember his son, widdow, and Bill Clinton speaking….it was held outdoors in NC……that day was very vivid, my mother remembers it as well..

Matt said:

This is a very intriguing topic. I’m among the people who don’t remember Mandela dying in prison, however I’ve encountered several people over the years who did remember his death and were just as surprised as you were. I do, however, remember the death and funeral of Billy Graham, not to mention countless other celebrities who turned out later to be very much alive. Those other celebrities could very well have been misreported deaths, as sometimes happens, but the thing with Graham is, like others commenting, I remember the funeral on TV. Maybe it was a funeral for someone else that I’m remembering, but I was just as shocked as anyone to learn he was still alive.

Those are the Billy Graham comments at this website, so far.  If you have memories about Billy Graham dying prior to 2013, I hope you’ll share your comments, below.

Martin Luther King’s Death – Handgun

Photo of Martin Luther KingThe official history in this timestream says that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died from a rifle wound.

However, even the official story has some conflicts. First, start with the story in this timestream.

MARTIN LUTHER KING’S DEATH IN THIS TIME LINE

Martin Luther King was shot and killed by a sniper on April 4, 1968, while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.  The gun was a Remington Gamemaster 760 .30-06-caliber rifle, purchased by James Earl Ray on on March 30, 1968, as Ray drove to Memphis.

Initially, Ray pleaded guilty to avoid the death sentence.  At that time, it was death by electrocution.

Three days later, Ray tried to change his plea.  Ray said that he did not “personally shoot Dr. King.” Ray admitted that he might have been, “partially responsible without knowing it.”  He claimed he’d been approached in Montreal, Canada, to join a conspiracy to kill Dr. King, but Ray said he was not the killer. He’d only wanted to become famous.

Ray spent the rest of his life trying to withdraw his guilty plea, and prove his innocence. James Early Ray died in 1998 of complications from Hepatitis C, at age 70.

In 1997, Loyd Jowers, a Memphis restaurant owner, was sued as part of a conspiracy to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr.  Jowers was found legally liable for the assassination.  Wikipedia reports that “The King family has since concluded that Ray did not have anything to do with the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.”

So, the official story of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. is already a little uncertain.  That kind of “wobble” in history interests me, because it opens the door to questions about its stability in the timestream.  Pivot points in history sometimes indicate an overlap with alternate history.

SOME ALTERNATE MEMORIES OF DR. KING’S ASSASSINATION

In another comment at this website, The Mandela Effect, Matt reports the following very clear and detailed memory:

“Per every source I can find, King was shot with a rifle by a white man named James Earl Ray. However, what I remember reading as a child and learning in school is that King was shot and killed with a handgun at close range by a black woman. The location remained the same, however. I don’t remember her name or other key details, except that I think she was mentally ill and almost certain she was killed not long after, either by police in some kind of altercation, or by her own hand.

“Again, this is a memory of what I ‘learned’ in school, rather than a memory of events current to me, since I wasn’t born until the late 1970s, long after his death. Maybe I’m somehow confusing King with another slain civil rights leader I learned about, or my memory is simply bad, but I just can’t shake that eerie feeling that both the historical account and my own memories are somehow ‘right’.”

Though I don’t have that memory, it resonated as something true.  I felt confident that, when that comment appeared, others would recall it, too.

Right away, Gurluas — a frequent contributor to threads — was able to add to this:

“I also remember Martin Luther King being shot with a handgun, I remember reading that in school.”

If you share that memory, or have an alternate memory that might resonate with readers, I hope you’ll share them.