Are You Sure That’s What Happened?


Photo Courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Kylie Croteau and Ashley McFadden

The Mandela effect all started with Nelson Mandela dying in 2013. He died on December 5, 2013 however, countless people remember him dying in prison in the 1980’s. This blew up and millions of people started realizing that we have been remembering things wrong for so many years.

Other than the effect on Nelson Mandela himself the most popular one is Jiffy peanut butter, or is it really Jiffy? People have claimed to remember it being Jiffy, in reality it has been Jif the entire time. If you search it up there are only pictures of Jif and people across the country can claim that is not what it has been for years. The monopoly man was always known to have a top hat, a cane, and a monocle, right? Wrong. The monopoly man has never had a monocle whatsoever. If you look at old boxes or look at old pictures it has never been there and the world was fooled for many years.

We asked 3 people to draw the KitKat logo for us from their memory to see if they would remember it with or without the dash. 2 out of the 3 people drew the KitKat logo with the dash. Another one that was a big shock to everybody was the scene where Darth Vader said “Luke, I am your father.” When you watch the movie back he actually says “No, I am your father.” After that came out tons of people started freaking out because they never remembered it that way and never considered that it would be that.

Other than those examples, there are so many more coincidences like this that shock the world. There are still people finding out about this everyday and people that have heard of this phenomenon for years. No one really knows why this is happening or why our brains are causing us to remember different things than they originally were. If they have been the same things for all of these years, why do we remember them differently?