The Mandela Effect: Is it bad memory or an alternate reality?

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the-mandela-effect(NaturalHealth35) Full disclosure: If you prefer to keep your sense of reality – and your cherished memories – intact, you may want to skip this article. If, on the other hand, you want to explore the fascinating phenomenon that is the “Mandela Effect” – and even take a quiz – read on.

You will be astonished by the gap between what you think you remember and what current reality tells us is true – and by the theory that may explain it all.

Whether it is “real” or not, the Mandela Effect is having a significant mental and emotional effect on many people – including those of us here at NaturalHealth365.  Get ready to test your memory.

Warning: You probably won’t ace this deceptively simple quiz

“Field of Dreams,” “Forrest Gump,” “Star Wars,” “The Wizard of Oz” … These classic movies were more than box office hits – they were engaging, inspiring films that made their way into our national consciousness.  And certain iconic lines from these movies became enshrined in our memories as well. Who among us can’t repeat their catchphrases verbatim, on demand – without even giving it much thought?

Probably not you, for starters.

And, according to our own informal survey, not the folks at NaturalHealth365 either. Because somehow, all of us seem to have gotten things wrong.

Don’t believe us? Try your hand at filling in the blanks on these familiar phrases:

From “Field of Dreams” – “Build it and ___ will come”

From “Forrest Gump” – “Life ___ like a box of chocolates.”

From “The Wizard of Oz” – “Fly, ___ fly!”

From “Star Wars” – Darth Vader says, “___ I am your father.”

From “Mr. Rogers” TV show – “It’s a beautiful day in ___ neighborhood.”

From the children’s book, “Beren***** Bears.”

A famous hot dog brand, “Oscar ___.”

Are you ready to have your certainty shattered?

The ghostly voice in the Iowa cornfield says, “Build it and HE will come.” (Not “they.”)

On the Savannah park bench, Forrest Gump shares his mother’s philosophy: “Life WAS like a box of chocolates.”(Not “is.”)

The Wicked Witch never says “Fly, my pretties, fly!”

Darth Vader never says “Luke, I am your father.” (The first word of the sentence is “No.”)

Fred Rogers sings of “a beautiful day in THIS neighborhood.” (Not “the”)

The Bears’ surname is Berenstain. (Not Berenstein)

The name on the hot dog package is, and always has been, Oscar Mayers. (Not Oscar Meyers)

According to our (admittedly unscientific) poll, the overwhelming majority of people have inaccurate memories of these famous quotes and products.  If we are remembering things wrong, why are we all remembering them the exact same way?

How can this be? Millions upon millions of us watched these movies in theaters, and re-watched them on cable and videos and DVDs. The taglines in question were printed extensively in countless movie reviews, quoted by comedians, late-night TV hosts and even David Letterman at the Academy Awards (where you would think he would have gotten it right).

In short, these catchphrases became part of our national lexicon.

But along the way, they seem to have changed – for the vast majority of us. According to Google Trends, people looking for the phrase “Build it and they will come” outnumber those who look for “he” by more than ten to one.

Here is the key scene from “Field of Dreams.

Is that what you remember? Or did you have to replay it a time or two to get your head around it?

This video shows the extent of the Mandela Effect concerning “Field of Dreams”

And how about the iconic scene in “Risky Business?” Who could forget Tom Cruise boogeying from room to room and showing off his rock star moves, clad only in white T-shirt, underwear and Ray-Bans?

Would you believe: no Ray-Bans, and a striped button-down shirt?!

Is the Mandela Effect caused by changes to past events in the timeline?

This phenomenon – the fact that large groups of people have memories that differ from “reality” – has been dubbed the Mandela Effect, based on the fact that many people are under the mistaken impression that former South African president Nelson Mandela died in jail, rather than being released from jail and dying in 2013.

One theory put forth to explain the Mandela Effect is based on quantum mechanics, and holds that these “glitches” are caused by accidental travel between alternate universes, causing a “slide” between parallel realities. In other words, those of us who believe the voice in “Field of Dreams” said “THEY will come” grew up in a universe where that really occurred – then one day found ourselves in an alternate universe where the voice says “HE will come.”

Proponents of this theory often claim the phenomenon is linked to CERN – the European Organization for Nuclear Research – and its giant supercollider, the Large Hadron Collider.  CERN uses the LHC to simulate cosmic rays and test the predictions of various theories of particle physics. Senior physicists at CERN have stated that the LHC could unveil new dimensions – with particular reference to a mysterious “new particle” that could “open up dark matter.”

This theory gained more prominence in 2014, when CERN physicists uploaded a YouTube video featuring the whole crew dancing and lip-syncing to the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.

According to Bob Schlenker, a self-described free-thinker and minister who maintains The Open Scroll website, this playful video is full of coded references to CERN’s real – and sinister – agenda: the mastery of time travel through witchcraft.

The video even name-checks the Mandela Effect, Schlenker claims. A mathematician seated at a desk has two signs around his neck: “Bond #1” and “Mandela.” In Schlenker’s unpacking of the video’s significance, the name of the first actor to play James Bond is Barry Nelson; combining the two signs results in “Barry Nelson Mandela”.

You can watch him revealing more “clues,” codes and symbols in the video here and decide for yourself – is the video innocent fun, or is it a reference to a depraved magic ritual? (Or is it a sly poke in the ribs to Mandela Effect conspiracy theorists?)

For another video that gives examples of the Mandela Effect in familiar products from the 1960s and 1970s – check this one out.

Along with the theory of alternate realities colliding, a separate theory holds that we are in a hologram or simulation created by advanced beings – and that they are toying with time, along with our minds.

Then, there is the so-called “rational” explanation.

Is our memory so unreliable?

As psychologists and criminologists like to remind us: memory can be notoriously inaccurate – which is why eyewitness accounts of the same event sometimes differ wildly one from another.

Experts say this is because memory is constructive, not reproductive: the brain assembles memories out of tidbits of information, rather than playing them back like a recording or rendering them precisely like a photocopy. Hence, memories can be easily distorted by imagination, the influence of others, and bias.

There is even a type of memory flaw known as confirmation bias – editing or re-writing previous experiences, all unconsciously, in light of what we now know or believe. In its most elemental form, it’s seeing, or hearing, what we expect to see or hear.

With the Berenstain Bears example, people remember the name as “Berenstein” because names ending in “stein” are more common than those ending in “stain.”

Another common source of false memories is conflating – piecing together or combining two related concepts. People know Nelson Mandela spent a long time in prison. And, although Mandela didn’t die in jail, Stephen Biko, a South African anti-apartheid activist, did – during the 27 years in which Mandela was jailed.

In addition, hearing misinformation from others – reading the incorrect phrase in a movie review or news account, or hearing an interviewer utter it – can sway recollection of your own memory, and reinforce a misconception.

Sometimes, we simply unconsciously substitute what we want to be there. “Build it and they will come” seems to make sense in the context of the movie, and the fact that Kevin Costner’s character wanted to bring an audience to his baseball field. It seems to makes more sense than the alternate version, although many people point out that “He” refers to the character’s father.

But, these explanations can only take us so far. Especially if you vividly remember hearing “If you build it, they will come,” and feel the truth of it in your bones.

The fact is, we all remember what we heard….

Or do we?

Where do you stand on the Mandela Effect? Tell us in the comment section below.

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  • Pam R

    Yes, I failed this quiz
    And Mister rogers never sang in THIS neighborhood he said THE neighborhood.
    This would make no sense meaning only his neighborhood was good and not the ones of the children watching him all over the country..

    Build it and THEY will come.

    Tom Cruise opened his dance scene with ray-bans and threw them off after the opening he did not wear a pink shirt as he does now.

    This does not make any logical sense and freaks me out.

    Plus, there are many more examples of things that changed -Did I move to some alternate reality? Well if I did my whole family has come along because they remember what I do. I do not have a rational explanation for this.

  • karen bonds

    The people who insist that CERN has something to do with this really need to get a life. That’s where I stand, but you will probably alter my words from what I really said, because that is what judging followed up by gossip does.

  • Jack

    It’s nothing to do with alternate Universes, we simply remember things wrongly and constructed and misplaced.

  • David S

    Exploited to its fullest extent by the powers that be, the government-controlled mainstream media, the government monopoly education system, and all others in society that need to control the past so they can control the present and the future. Remember when we were free? Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • Jack

    The mind manipulators have been long at work! Thanks for the video!

  • Suzie Fiorentino

    This should lead to a passionate debate. Also, I think this will be generational. The original movies and TV shows are from awhile back. What I am afraid of is all the original versions will be forgotten.

  • Vicki Luibrand

    The Mr. Rogers one shocked me the most (and it seems others as well). But I’m adding a link below that proves this is accurate: I thought I remembered “he,”
    but I think most people say, “they,” so that is what sticks. Same with
    the box of chocolates (except I remembered incorrectly). I avoided Mr.
    Rogers, and tried to turn the TV off quickly to avoid getting the song stuck in my head, so most of that
    probably came from other people as well. After taking this quiz, I’m
    convinced it’s either all a memory issue or almost all. https://www. youtube. com/watch?v=FL3xSctTB5c

  • Vicki Luibrand

    If you really want to know the worst of what they are doing to us, watch the Techno Crime Fighter’s Forum on Youtube, from pineutopia and from Dr. Katherine Horton. They have physical proof of the main thing they talk about. I and others have physical proof that we all have nanobots (smart dust) in our physical bodies, which apparently comes from chemtrails. All of this is horrifying and absolutely real. I highly recommend educating yourself, but keep your spirits up. Fear doesn’t help anybody. Knowledge empowers.

  • Thanks for posting this quiz, which hopefully will serve to confirm for those newly experiencing alternate histories and reality shifts that they’re not alone. I’ve been researching and publishing articles, books and a free ezine about this phenomenon for the past 20 years, and I currently host the “Living the Quantum Dream” radio show featuring scientific experts in a variety of fields (such as quantum biology, quantum cognition)–getting to the heart of the nature of quantum consciousness and what’s going on.

    • Guiliana Fabiano

      Cynthia Sue Larson Would you please post the link for your show? It sounds fascinating! – right up my alley :-)) Discus won’t let you post a URL, but getting around it is simple enough: use (for example) “natural health 365 dot com” instead of the actual URL (which would be flagged for moderation, meaning that your post will disappear forever). Thanx!!!

  • Crystal Lorenz

    I have the Forrest Gump DVD case in my hand. There is a quote on the back
    “Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.”
    Anyone know how I can post a picture here in comments?

    • Pam R

      yes, other people reported the same on the dvd and VHS case but when you play the movie it does not say is

  • Rusty

    It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (DVD)
    is sold on Amazon. I don’t think there is any reason to doubt why this term is used.

  • Jasper Evan


    When reporting the weather, the newscaster says,
    “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a
    neighbor. Would you be mine?”

    Night Court: Dad’s First Date (1985)
    (TV Episode)

    “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”

    Night Court: Up on the Roof (1985)
    (TV Episode)

    The A-Team: There Goes the Neighborhood (1985)
    (TV Episode)

    Murdock spends the episode imitating Mister Rogers.

  • Sarah Johansen

    Lol omfg this whole article is just messing with your brain… the quotes from movies were changed in this article to see how many people would pass on this “new information” to others and cause millions of people world wide to “remember” something that never happened. It’s just proving a point about how persuadable humans are and how easy it is to manipulate memory. This is hilarious.