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).
- Archives: Readers Share Their Mandela Effect Memories. Those are the kinds of early, genuine stories that crashed this website.
- Where you can read ALL readers’ general Mandela Effect stories – and their replies. (Yes, thousands of them.)
- 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 post much here 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, Many Interacting Worlds theory, 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.)
Ten years later, trolls, traffic, critics, and multiple, daily DDoS attacks overwhelmed this site. So, I had to find other ways to share the thousands of stories told – in comments – by the first Mandela Effect pioneers.
Mandela Effect, today
Today, most of this site’s original content is in books, or soon will be.
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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.
Now, 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) so seriously that you worry about your mental health. (If you do, please speak with a professional – in real life – immediately.)
What’s next for this website
In the future, when I have more free time, I may resume posting here. I’d also like to restore more of this site’s original articles.
However, their focus will be on speculative space-time travel concepts, Many Interacting Worlds Theory, and so on. (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, PLEASE keep Mandela Effect discussions light and fun and whimsical. That was the original intent of this website.
*Trivia: George Takei is unlikely to remember me, but we were friends in the early days of Star Trek conventions in Los Angeles. That’s when a group of us – organized by Bjo Trimble – were trying to make certain the TV network to continued hosting the series. (For a brief time, the show had been cancelled.) So, I was amused when George stumbled onto early Mandela Effect conversations and then posted about them in social media. That was a coincidence, and I’m sure it wasn’t done as a favor to me.