50 Mandela Effect Examples That Are Seriously Mind-Bending
If you’ve ever had a memory of something so vivid that you became flabbergasted upon learning it never happened, you’ll be happy to know there’s a name for the phenomenon…and you’re not alone in this seemingly alternate reality.
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In a galaxy far far away, the Mandela Effect exists. Yes, the phenomenon has even infiltrated Star Wars. While even the most die-hard of fans quote a quintessential moment in Return of the Jedi as Darth Vader saying, “Luke, I am your father,” that’s not what he said. In actuality, Vader said, “No, I am your father.”
Here’s another cinematic discrepancy that we apparently all remember incorrectly: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Who could forget the way in which the Evil Queen says the phrase, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Most of us. Because that’s not what the villain says. The actual line is, “Magic mirror on the wall…” Say what? Get the download on more of the most popular fairytales of all time.
This one might make you question your entire childhood. Remember the character that popped up in all of those wildfire prevention PSAs? Smokey the Bear, that’s him. Or is it? While he’s commonly referred to as Smokey the Bear, his “real” name is simply Smokey Bear, and his website confirms it.
There’s a good chance at least once in your life you’ve presumed a celebrity or public figure has passed, when in fact they are very much still alive. Actor Abe Vigoda might be the most Mandela Effect example of this. Vigoda, who actually died in 2016, was reported dead by a number of different media outlets for some 30 years prior.
Aaaah, chartreuse—such a lovely shade of pink, isn’t it? Or do we mean green? There’s a divide about whether or not chartreuse is in the green family or a reddish-pink. We’re here to tell you that it is actually a yellow-green color and reportedly gets its name from the liqueur called Chartreuse.
Today, Cinderella’s Castle sits in the Magic Kingdom just beyond Main Street—an iconic symbol of the theme park. Do you remember when the castle served as the main entrance to the Magic Kingdom? Lots of people do! The only problem is the castle has always been in the exact same spot and was never located near the admission turnstiles. If you love Walt Disney World, you’re going to want to read up on these insider secrets of the parks.
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King Henry VIII is perhaps best known for his six (yes six!) marriages but history buffs also recall an infamous portrait of the monarch standing with a turkey leg in one hand. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a turkey leg (just look at their modern popularity as a theme park indulgence) but this alleged portrait never happened. Absolutely zero evidence today of Henry VIII holding the aforementioned turkey leg despite the widespread alternate memory alluding to it.
When the Challenger space shuttle exploded 73 seconds after liftoff, it shocked the world. But the date of the tragedy is sometimes hotly contested, with memories of it occurring in 1983, 84, or 85. It, in fact, happened on January 28, 1986. It’s possible the alternate memory exists because space shuttle Challenger had experienced successful missions previously, including its initial launch in 1983. Interested in the stars? These are the astronomy facts you never learned in school.
State of confusion
This feels like a particularly odd one but there are a host of people who remember being taught, at one time, that there are 52 states in the United States, as opposed to the reality of just 50. What could this stem from? Maybe folks are confusing states with the addition of U.S. territories, like Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Either way, this one is a doozy for The Mandela Effect.
We Are the Champions
With so much renewed publicity around rock icons Queen since the release of Bohemian Rhapsody in 2018, music lovers are taking a closer look at their hit “We Are the Champions.” It became an accepted notion that lead singer Freddie Mercury passionately ends the song by singing “of the world!” But that didn’t happen in the recording, as evidenced by the lyrics. Aside from Bohemian Rhapsody, these are the movies with the best soundtracks.