The Mandela Effect

AngelicView: I’d like to share this website I just ran across.. I have also seen many people talking about this in the last year or so in forums. I have copied and pasted below the Home Article on the site, with a link to the site at the bottom. Feel free to go there and comment, or just read the comments – which are equally as interesting!

Entanglement Akiane

Nelson Mandela Died in Prison?

Nelson Mandela died in prison.  Many people — perhaps thousands — seem to believe that.

That’s where the title of this website and my upcoming book, The Mandela Effect,came from.

See, I thought Nelson Mandela died in prison.  I thought I remembered it clearly, complete with news clips of his funeral, the mourning in South Africa, some rioting in cities, and the heartfelt speech by his widow.

Then, I found out he was still alive.

My reaction was sensible, “Oh, I must have misunderstood something on the news.”

I didn’t think about it again for many years, until — in the VIP suite at Dragon*Con — someone casually mentioned that many people “remember” when Nelson Mandela died in prison.

That caught my attention in a hurry.

One thing led to another, and I discovered a large community of people who remember the Mandela history that I recall.

Others have similar “false” memories.  One of the most recent and prevalent is the death of Billy Graham.  Though some claim that people are confusing that with Mr. Graham’s retirement, or perhaps the televised funeral of Mr. Graham’s wife, those who clearly remember the events disagree heartily.

However, it’s not just deaths.  People have told me about a variety of odd conflicts between their vivid memories and the world they’re currently living in.

During Dragon*Con 2010, someone insisted that he remembered a Star Trek episode that — according to one star of the show — was never filmed.  The person who remembered the alternate episode wasn’t weird or wild-eyed… he was a very normal person, and only referenced the episode as part of a routine conversation.

I was there when he heard that the episode never existed.  He was stunned, and quickly tried to find a logical explanation for his “faulty” memory.

Another quirky “false” memory involves the preview and pre-release of the sequel to the movie, Avatar.

These aren’t simple errors in memory; they seem to be fully-constructed incidents (or sequential events) from the past.  They exceed the normal range of forgetfulness.

Even stranger, other people seem to have identical memories.

This website — and my upcoming book — explore the possibilities of parallel realities, quantum science, real-life “Sliders” experiences, and alternate history.

If you’ve experienced something like this, I invite you to leave a comment or contact me directly.

If you believed that Nelson Mandela died in prison, or you have similar memories of a “different” past, let me know.

Link to Site

11 thoughts on “The Mandela Effect

  1. Oh yeah!! This is a great post! 🙂
    I have had experiences of this and thought everyone else was going a bit dotty.
    I just had a look at the first comment on the site – it is going to be really interesting. Excellent post AV. 🙂 Bit of mind stretching exercise.

  2. Somewhere Elvis is in a nursing home recovering from a life time of burgers. The sages tell us that nothing truly exist as a fixed reality . Quantum physics agrees somewhat with that. Reality exist moment to moment as it is observed and in a world of billions of observers perhaps anomalies can be expected until the ‘Collective mind’ settles upon a functional reality for all.
    It is quite possible to have Parralel worlds according to physics, the question becomes who is observing the other possibility.

  3. When news used to be actually news instead of the pablum we’re fed everyday by the media, the above stories were presented in the news briefly. Now all we see is 24/7 news coverage of the most mundane events.

    Eyes wide open people, they can change the stuff on the Internet, but they can’t change newspapers and periodicals from that time period. Recognize the library is your information source, 1st edition books are valuable for that reason.

  4. This is fascinating. Isn’t Billy Graham dead? This is going to occupy my head for days now. Thank you for this amazing post.

  5. Given that there has ALWAYS been SO MUCH malicious misinformation floating around out there; and, the fact, that the internet being brought into the mix has increased the routes for distributing misinformation exponentially, HOW can anybody even think, that ‘THIS’ is even a PHENOMENON worthy of a name? It should be called people believing lies, at the expense of the reality of their existence!

  6. I had two experiences about movies. But I will only use one because right now I can’t even remember the other. So, I remember a few years back when the movie ‘ Truman’ came out. I told people, ‘why are they showing that movie again, it’s already been in theaters a few years ago?’ People said to me ‘ what do you mean ? This is the first time it’s been In Theaters , it’s new!’ I told them about how he stands on the edge of the water with his arms spread out , also he sails out and finds his life was all staged keeping him in a world of protection of the truth. They said I had to have seen prviews, I said no, becuse I didn’t see any previews of it on tv nor do I watch tv enough to really know what shows are out or not. I told them I watched it on video with someone who had told me I should watch it cause they thought id like it. When I decided later to watch it ( as I felt was again) on video I almost fainted cause it was all too familiar and I felt there was something wrong with me! How could have previewed this movie sometime before it came out ?! I had this experience twice ….. So far.

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