Confabulation Revealed: Mandela Effect


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Allison Straub, Feature Editor

If you’ve been online recently, you’ll notice that everyone has been buzzing about the Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect is basically the phenomenon behind large groups of people misremembering facts or events. People are certain they remembered something being a certain way, but are ultimately proved to be wrong. The phenomenon gained its name from South African human rights activist and president, Nelson Mandela. Multitudes of people were certain that Mandela died in prison during the 1980s when he actually died 2013. Many have tried to establish an explanation for this phenomenon. Is there a parallel universe in which these facts and events actually occurred as some remembered? Is there a memory issue plaguing society? Or is the brain simply playing tricks on these people? Maybe the world will never figure out the real reason, but the Mandela Effect is undoubtedly fascinating.

Take a look at the examples below and see if you’ve experienced the Mandela Effect first hand:

Reddi-wip or reddi-whip?

White out or wite out?

Double Stuff Oreos or Double Stuf Oreos?

Kit Kat or Kit-Kat?

Febreeze or Febreze?

Jif peanut butter or Jiffy peanut butter?

The Truth:

The Berenstain Bears


Froot Loops

The Monopoly Man doesn’t have a monocle


Wite out

Double Stuf Oreos

Kit Kat


Jif Peanutbutter