The Mandela Effect
What in the world is the Mandela Effect? In a nutshell, it’s having memories that don’t match with current reality and history. Fiona Broome, one of the people who coined the term, launched a website in 2009 to document the phenomenon, explains that the Mandela Effect “is what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality.” But why is it called the Mandela Effect? Well, that brings us to our first example.
Nelson Mandela’s death
In her explanation of “The Mandela Effect,” Broome cites how she and a number of other acquaintances have clear memories of activist and former South African president Nelson Mandela dying in a prison years before his actual passing, complete with a televised funeral. However, in reality, Mandela passed away in 2013 from a respiratory tract infection. This raised the question: How can so many people, strangers even, have the same memory of something that didn’t happen as they remember it?
What could we possibly remember incorrectly about that curious little monkey from popular children’s literature? There’s some debate about whether or not the character is illustrated with a tail. Many remember Curious George as having one in the books written by H.A. Rey. But, no, George never had a tail.