Nelson Mandela died in prison, long before his loss on December 5th, 2013.
Many people – perhaps thousands – appear to believe that.
That’s where the title of the phenomenon – and the original site, The Mandela Effect – came from.
I’m the person who popularized that phrase, and here’s what I said, back in 2009, slightly updated with newer information.
Afterward, I found out that he was still alive. Wildlife Removal Melbourne
My response was sensible,”Oh, I must have misunderstood something on the news.”
I didn’t think about it again for several years, until – in the VIP suite at Dragon*Con – a member of Safety (“Shadowe”) casually mentioned that lots of people”remember” when Nelson Mandela died in prison.
That grabbed my attention in a hurry.
One thing led to another, and I discovered a big community of people who recall the exact same Mandela history that I recall.
Others have similar “false” memories. One of those next earliest conversations was about the passing of Billy Graham. (He had been living at the time people started reporting this.)
Some claimed that people were confused, and actually recall Mr. Graham’s retirement announcement, or maybe the televised funeral of Mr. Graham’s wife.
Those who clearly remember the statement and funeral policy… they disagree heartily.
However, it is not just deaths.
People have told me about a variety of odd conflicts between their vivid memories and the world they are currently living in.
During Dragon*Con 2010, a person insisted that he remembered a Star Trek episode that – according to one star of the series – was never filmed.
Whoever 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 regular conversation.
I was there when he noticed that the episode never existed. He was stunned, and quickly tried to find a logical explanation for his”faulty” memory.
And then, when people found that there never were any”Berenstein Bears” books, and no picture included the line,”Luke, I am your father”… the Mandela Effect went viral.
These are not simple errors in memory; they seem to be fully-constructed incidents (or sequential events) from the past. To many people, these seem to exceed the standard range of forgetfulness.
Even stranger, other men and women seem to have identical memories.
But what’s happening? And what is causing it?
My preferred sci-fi explanations include the possibility of parallel realities, quantum science, real-life”Sliders” adventures, and alternative history.
But, naturally, there is no one-size-fits-all reply to the Mandela Effect. Some could be errors in news reports, and internet pranks. But others… ? Nobody knows, however.
If you believed that Nelson Mandela died in prison – long before his departure (in this timestream) on 5 December 2013 – or you’ve got similar memories of a”distinct” ago, you are not alone.
It’s called the Mandela Effect, and you’ll find a great deal of fascinating reports about it, if you seek them.
Fiona Broome is the individual who, starting in 2009, popularized the term”Mandela Effect” You can learn more about this topic at MandelaEffect.com and in Fiona’s books – free to read in Kindle Unlimited. Those books contain more information and conversations from the original website.