The Mandela Effect
AngelicView: I’d like to share this website I just ran across. This ties in with my post, Reality Shifts.
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!
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
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.
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'