Mind-Blowing Examples of “The Mandela Effect”

August 19, 2021 · CLASSMATES FUN

If you’ve ever had a distinct memory of something taking place that turned out to never have happened, you’re not alone, and there’s even a name for this phenomenon: The Mandela Effect.


Writer Fiona Broome coined the term after she and her other friends swore they saw Nelson Mandela’s funeral on television in the 1980s while he was still in prison, when it turns out he died in 2013 as a free man. Apparently, thousands of others remember the same thing, and there are other examples of commonly shared false memories. Some are small, like misquoting films (Darth Vader never says “Luke, I am your father” but instead says “No, I am your father) or misspelling company logos (it’s Febreze, not Febreeze, and Jif peanut butter, not Jiffy”)! But the below cases might really trip you out, even if there is most likely a reason behind the confusion.

Curious George doesn’t have a tail

That’s right! Search for images of the cartoon monkey and there’s no tail to be seen. This misrepresentation probably stems from the fact that monkeys have tails, so there’s the assumption that this curious little fellow would too.

It’s spelled "Berenstain Bears" and not "Berenstein Bears"

Why do we collectively mispronounce the last name of this bear family when it’s always been spelled with a “stain” and not a “stein”?

The Queen song “We are the Champions” doesn’t end with the last line “of the world”

You may have memories of singing along to this well-known song but listen again and the last line isn’t there. However, Freddy Mercury sometimes added the line live, which is probably why there’s confusion.

Watch the official music video and hear for yourselves.

The Monopoly Man doesn’t have a monocle

If you remember Rich Uncle Pennybags with a monocle, you remember wrong – it’s Mr. Peanut that has one.

Tom Cruise doesn’t wear sunglasses in the “Risky Business” dance scene

If you need a last-minute Halloween costume, throw on a button pink shirt and white socks. If you add sunglasses, you’ll be easily recognizable, even though Tom Cruise never wore them in the famous dance scene. He did wear sunglasses throughout the rest of the movie though.

Watch the dance clip here.

Hannibal Lecter never said “Hello Clarice” in the film Silence of the Lambs

Not convinced? Watch the scene here – all he says is “good morning.” Why have we always thought he says her name? Who knows.

The Evil Queen in Snow White never says “Mirror, mirror on the wall”

It’s always been “magic mirror on the wall.” Maybe the confusion lies in the alliteration?

For proof, watch the clip here.


Pikatchu doesn’t have a striped tail

This giggly Pokemon’s tail is all yellow, but he has two black spots on his ears.

Ricky Ricardo never said “Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do!”

Lucy was always getting herself into trouble, but her husband never said the catch phrase we all know and love. If you try to search for videos of this famous line, you won’t find any. The closest phrases he says are “Lucy, ‘splain” or “’splain that if you can.”

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