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Conspiracy Theory: The Mandela Effect

Luke Bernstein, Staff Writer

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It’s conspiracy week here at the Oratory Prep Omega and each staff member has taken it upon themselves to educate the public on a different conspiracy.  

 

Have you ever heard of The Mandela Effect? Maybe not, but have you heard of The Mandela Affect?  This scenario is essentially what the effect is; it’s remembering something differently than what actually happened.  Some believe that it is the result of a parallel universe entering reality or a failure of the memory in a specific part of our brains.  Whatever the reason, there are many examples of this phenomenon that have sprouted up over the past seven years.

The origins of The Mandela Effect can be traced all the way back to 2010 when blogger Fiona Broome shared that her and many others at the Dragoncon Convention in Atlanta believed that Nelson Mandela died in prison in the 1980s.  She even remembered news coverage of the funeral, mourning, rioting, and an emotional speech from his widow. To continue to document events such as these, Broome started her own website, cleverly named, MandelaEffect.com.  Her website has exploded since 2010 becoming a source for other “victims” of this terrible phenomenon.

Buzzfeed.com has compiled a list of the top 20 most frequent examples of the Mandela Effect, some of which I shall now share with you. They report that many people believe that famous cold cut company “Oscar Mayer” is actually spelled “Oscar Meyer” to do an old jingle. Queen’s famous song “We are the Champions” actually ends with “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions, instead of No time for losers”, ’cause we are the champions…. Of the world” contrary to other verses of the song.  Popular children’s’ book and cartoon “The Berenstain Bears” is almost always spelled “The Berenstain Bears” making it one of the more popular Mandela Effect debates.  Curious George does not have a tail, contrary to popular believe.  Chick-fil- A is spelled with a Kand not a C.  Darth Vader never said “Luke, I am your father,” but if your name is Luke you may disagree.  Vader actually said, “No, I am your father.”  While we are on the subject of misremembered movie lines, the Queen in Snow White never said “Mirror, mirror on the wall,” or “Who is the fairest of them all.”  In reality, she said “Magic mirror on the wall.” and “Who is the fairest one of all?”  All of these examples may seem inconsequential, but while we are in the era of fake news, can we at least get movie quotes and song lyrics right?
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