The mandela effect

By Mary Mansfield and Grace Slattery |September 14, 2017

Would you trust a memory if it felt as real as your others? And other people remember it, too? You’re not the only one. It’s called the Mandela Effect. Fiona Broome, a paranormal enthusiast, coined the term after learning other people also remembered her false memory of Nelson Mandela wrongly dying in prison in the 80s. The Mandela Effect has many perspectives all seeming to feed into one huge idea that everything is not what it seems.

Theories suggest that perhaps a glitch in the matrix has caused “typos” in our reality. However, more scientific approaches conclude it may be evidence of the ‘Schrödinger’s cat’ theory, a physics proposal hypothetically saying a cat in a box with a dose of radioactive poison, would be both dead and alive upon consuming the poison, until removed from the box for further observations.

Both of these ‘theories’ are applicable to the Mandela Effect in that no such case has been further investigated, nor confirmed, and each theory could possibly explain the mind-boggling occurrences within the Mandela Effect. When asked about the Mandela effect, Junior Audrey Reed stated “I don’t even know what it is, I’ve never heard of it before!”

A well known example of the Mandela Effect in place derives from the Star Wars franchise, episode V, The Empire Strikes Back, in an infamous exchange between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Many people recall the phrase, “Luke, I am your father”, being a major part in the original film, but in reality, the words were never actually said. The real line spoken by Darth Vader is, in fact, “No, I am your father.” “Luke” was most likely snuck into the real quote because, when taken out of context, the line isn't recognizable nor impactful.

“I've always thought it was: ‘No, I am your father,’” said Junior Kaylie Perera. Senior Adam Peterson didn't seem too baffled about that revelation either, following with the fact that he thought the Star Wars movies weren't all they cracked up to be. “When I was younger we watched them, and I think I’ve seen them like once or twice. But I've always thought they were boring.”

Another prominent example would be the word dilemma. Or dilemna. Which way do you spell it? According to dictionaries going back hundreds of year there's never been an alternate spelling to the word dilemma. So why would so many of our brains remember the silent ‘n’? And why would so many people’s brains do it over such a vast time period?

The answer comes down to this: There is no reason.

There’s the possibility that thousands of teachers conspired to teach us all the incorrect way of spelling a single word but the probability of that is highly unlikely.

That leaves us with just one more theory: The Alternate Universe Theory, or the Mandela Effect. Alternate universe enthusiast Marden Paul from Toronto has constructed a theory that everyone who spells the word dilemma with a silent ´n´ has somehow crossed over into a parallel dilemma spelling universe and that would be the reason they are so mind-boggled to find that, not only are they wrong, but there is no trace of a silent ‘n’ spelling anywhere in any dictionary in the history of the universe.

Math Teacher James Daly is not from an alternate universe, he's from the proper dilemma spelling world. “I'm going to go with two m’s,” Daly said when asked how he spelt dilemma. He was confused to find out others spelt it with a silent ‘n’, and relieved to know his version was the “correct” one. However, Junior Kayla Lundgren claimed, “It is not two ‘M’s, I’ve never seen it spelled like that”.

The Mandela Effect and alternate universe theories are everywhere, they surround our daily lives, often times without us even knowing it. Is it Looney Toons or Looney Tunes? Does the Ford logo have a swirl on the bottom slash of the ‘F’? Is it Berenstein Bears of Berenstain Bears? Does C3-PO have a silver leg or is he solid gold? Without credible evidence of each, you can only really assume one thing; you, my friend, are a victim of the Mandela Effect and are most likely from an alternate universe.