The Mandela Effect 6

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Ashley Wolf

The Mandela Effect is one of the many conspiracy theories of 2017. It has been around for awhile, and it has been causing people confusion ever since.

How this all started.

In 2013 when Nelson Mandela died, a lot of people were really confused because they remember him dying in jail; in 1980. How is that possible? Theories about why so many people have the same false memory have been invented. This phenomenon was named The Mandela Effect by a girl named Fiona Bloome.

Why does this happen?

There are many theories of how the Mandela Effect happens. The first theory is that the world ended in 2000 and we went to a parallel universe, then the word ended again in 2012, and the same thing happened. 

The second theory is that in the future time travel is real and time travelers went back in time and messed “who knows what” up. Then it caused a bunch of little things to change. We call these little changes examples of the Mandela effect.

The Bernst-AI-n Bears?

There are many examples of the Mandela Effect, but one of the most famous examples is this: Most people have heard about the Berenstain Bears, but if you ask someone how to spell it, they will most likely say B-e-r-e-n-s-t-e-i-n Bears. To most people, it may sound crazy or like people simply can’t spell, but someone posted a picture on the site Reddit of a VHS tape where the front of the tape says “The Berenstain Bears” and the side of the tape says “The Berenstein Bears.”

Luke, I am Your Father

Another example of the Mandela Effect has been very popular since Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out. People rewatched the series and realized, Darth Vader didn’t say ”Luke, I am your father.” What!? Mind was blown. Luke said, “You killed my father,” at which point Darth responded with “No, I am your father.” Even people who don’t like Star Wars have heard this phrase before, and yet, somehow it never happened. We have the t-shirts, hats, memes, memories and other evidence that proves that he did, at one time, say, “Luke, I am your father.”

Magic Mirror?

Movies are a good place to find Mandela Effects, here is one from the original Snow White. The most famous line in that movie is “Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Well, except, it never happened. if you don’t believe this, then watch the movie again because the Evil Queen quite clearly says, “Magic Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

Looney Toons

Looney Toons is a popular cartoon show, right? Actually, it doesn’t exist. Looney Toons is actually Looney Tunes. That doesn’t make sense because tunes are associated with music, while toons make sense because it is from the word car-toons and it is a cartoon channel. And yet there is no evidence it was ever spelled as Looney Toons.


Ugh, now even our sweet, cheap air fresheners are being attacked? Febreze is an air freshener in the form of a spray. And you would think that it would be spelled Fe-breeze, like a gentle breeze because the product has to do with the air. It is actually spelled Febreze. People remember it being spelled Febreeze because it makes sense considering what the product is.

What you originally thought about these things may be a lie but don’t worry, your favorite things are still safe from the Mandela Effect. Forrest Gump still says, “Life is like a box of chocolates,” in the movie Forest Gump. Just kidding, he actually said, “Life was like a box of chocolates.” Look it up.


  1. I already watched a video on this in Youtube at Reaction Time + his brother’s channel.


    • Andy the cool + nerdy 8th grader who has 2nd lunch M-Th, 1st lunch Friday but really wanted to have 2nd lunch every day says:

      What about Curious George’s tail + Pikachu’s black tail?


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