Mandela Effect Real or Fake?


Looney Tunes Mandela Effect

With our school’s Sherlock Holmes play fast approaching, many people are calling to memory ideas about Sherlock Holmes. Remember the famous detective’s tagline: “Elementary, my dear Watson”? But what if we told you Sherlock Holmes never uttered that phrase?

The Mandela Effect, otherwise known as false memory, is when hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people in the world think they remember a phrase or a logo being one way but it turns out to not have a certain part they remembered. In the case of Sherlock, in the books, Sherlock only says “Elementary”, but never “my dear Watson”.

One of the more popular examples of the Mandela Effect is the Berenstain Bears. Many people remember the spelling as being the BerenstEin bears with an E when, in fact, it is an A. The Mandela Effect first came into play on the issue of Nelson Mandela, when millions of people around the world believed they remembered news articles stating Mandela died in prison, but in reality, was later found out he was still alive.

There are a few theories people have that might be an explanation for the millions of people thinking that a logo or phrase they have heard might’ve changed. One explanation would be for phonetics, when people hear a new word or brand they will often phonetically spell it out in their head unless it is in front of them. An example of the Mandela Effect being based on phonetics would be Febreze. Many people remember Febreze being spelled with two E’s but is only spelled with one. But if the Mandela Effect is purely based on phonetics, then why would people remember Curious George having a tail when he does not?

Many people also believe the Mandela Effect may can be explained by people having a false memory. As people get older they forget things or flip things around… which makes a lot of sense as to why some people think Kit Kat has a dash between Kit and Kat. This theory gives a lot of sensible explanation, but it does not explain why teenagers also remember Kit Kat having a dash when the teenage brain is still young and remembers a lot. It would also not make sense as to why so many people throughout the world, among many ages remember the dash in the chocolaty treat.

Another explanation that could explain the Mandela Effect is for all the science geeks out there. If you think time travel may be possible in the future this one’s for you. If at any time in the future the human race has the ability to time travel and goes back to the past, whether it be in 2017 or in 1972, that person may change a certain event that could happen in someone’s life like the loss of a loved one or a traumatic accident. If that event never happened, then small and big parts of people’s lives may change. Say, for example, that someone went back in time to save their father from getting into a car accident that killed them. If their father survived and never got into the crash then another person involved in the crash or someone who witnessed the accident might have been working for a company like Warner Brother’s who created Looney Tunes, that’s right, it’s not spelled Looney Toons with two OO’s as you may have remembered, that person would still be alive to change the spelling of the kids cartoon. If you don’t believe in time travel like many people, that’s ok…. But no one ever thought it would be possible to call someone all the way across the earth in 1846 either.  

As you can see, there are many examples of the Mandela Effect happening all around us. There is no scientific explanation for the theory, yet it is extremely intriguing to research and have your mind blown. Oh and yah, just for your information,  the monopoly man does not have a monocle, but you might remember him having one.