11 Times The "Mandela Effect" Will Make You Question Everything You've Ever Known

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Have you ever had a vivid memory of something, but later realized that it never really happened? If you answered yes, then you most likely experienced the "Mandela Effect".

The term was coined by people on the internet to describe a phenomenon where a large number of unrelated people share the same false memories. The theory got its name after many people claimed that they remembered Nelson Mandela dying while in prison in the 1980s and his funeral was aired on TV. As we all already know, this isn't true since Mandela actually died on December 5, 2013.

The collective misremembering makes it seem like there's been a glitch in the matrix and forces people to question their minds. Here are 11 instances of the Mandela Effect that'll make you question everything you've ever known.

1. Fruit of the Loom


Many people believe that the original Fruit of the Loom logo included a cornucopia, a detail that was removed in the later years. If you're one of them then the Mandela effect has gotten to you too. The undergarment brand's logo never had that detail.

2. The Berenstain Bears

This is probably the one that gets people the most. The popular illustrated children's book is actually "The Berenstain Bears," not "Berenstein," like we all remember. Some say this proves that a parallel universe exists, but it really is just another case of our mind playing tricks on us.

3. The Silence of The Lambs

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If you're a movie buff then chances are you've seen The Silence of The Lambs starring Anthony Hopkins, but some of the film's biggest fans often misquote one of the most popular lines.

When Clarice Starling first meets Hannibal Lecter, he never said "Hello, Clarice." He greeted her with a simple "Good morning," which many of us are finding hard to wrap our heads around.  

4. Oscar Mayer

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“My bologna has a first name, it’s O-S-C-A-R / My bologna has a second name, it’s M-A-Y-E-R!” Do you remember this jingle from the lunch meat and hot dog brand? A lot of people insist that the brand is spelled as Oscar Meyer, with an "e" but the reality is that "Mayer" was always spelled with an "a."

5. The Thinker Pose

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We're all familiar with Auguste Rodin's famous bronze sculpture, The Thinker. The statue depicts a man who appears to be in deep contemplation with his hand resting on his chin, but apparently this isn't the pose people remembered. The theory claims that at one point The Thinker had is forehead resting on his fisted right hand, not on his chin.

Click on the next page for more cases of the Mandela Effect including some very famous movie lines.

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