This is the home of the original Mandela Effect website. I’m Fiona Broome, and I launched this site in 2009, many years before the Mandela Effect became a popular (and controversial) concept.
Here’s my intro video:
Read these articles for more information, or just for fun:
- What is the Mandela Effect?
- The Mandela Effect article that started it all.
- The Mandela Effect Explained (Sort of).
- About Fiona Broome
- And just for fun: Free DIY t-shirt iron-ons
A brief history
I started this website in 2009, but didn’t do much with it until 2010.
Early discussions were flippant and fun. Mostly, we talked about our odd memories, and often in the context of quantum science, space-time travel, and other speculative topics.
Soon, the Mandela Effect (and this website) attracted attention. One of the biggest surges was right after George Takei posted in social media, talking about remembering Berenstein Bears books, not Berenstain Bears.
Back then, a lot of people were certain the books were about the Berenstein Bears.
Many still believe that.
They also recall “Luke, I am your father” in the original Star Wars film, and “Mirror, mirror” in Disney’s Cinderella, and a Gremlin named Spike in Gremlins.
(None of those memories match this reality.)
Around 10 years later, trolls, traffic, critics, and DDoS attacks overwhelmed this site.
Mandela Effect, today
Today, the topic grows daily. It’s taken on a life of its own. It’s discussed at Reddit, YouTube, on TV and radio shows, and across the Internet.
As of 2022, a new generation have their own alternate memories. They’re a little more skeptical of the Mandela Effect, and tend to fact-check everything.
I think that’s rather cool.
But do I take all of these conversations seriously…? Of course not.
In fact, I rarely talk about this topic in real life. I don’t participate in any forums about it, either. (If anyone in a forum claims to be me, they’re trolls.)
Of course, there are a wealth of unanswered questions about the Mandela Effect.
But I don’t think there’s a single, universal explanation.
Mostly, I urge people to avoid the extremes of fearing they’re losing their minds, dismissing all of it as conflation, or thinking it’s a sinister conspiracy.
Trust your memories, but please, please, please don’t take the Mandela Effect (and darker interpretations, and efforts to commercially exploit this topic) seriously.
What’s next for this website
In the future, when I have more free time, I may resume posting here. However, the focus will be on speculative space-time travel concepts. (If this intrigues you, I recommend books, videos, and articles by Dr. Fred Alan Wolf. He’s on a closely related wavelength to our earliest conversations at this site.
Meanwhile, keep it light and fun and whimsical. That was the original intent of this website.
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