19 Of Absolute Weirdest Instances of the "Mandela Effect".

If you haven't heard of the Mandela Effect yet, you've clearly been living under a rock. Basically it's a social phenomenon of collective false memory, wherein a group of unrelated people claim to have the same memory of something that factually didn't happen. But how can that be?!

This article is based on "25 Mind-boggling Examples Of The Mandela Effect" from List25. For that article and all our sources, check out the bottom of the article.


Everyone who has seen Star Wars knows that in The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader reveals himself as Anakin Skywalker saying "Luke, I am your father." Or did it happen differently? If you watch the movie, Vader actually says "No, I am your father" but there's an entire generation of people who swear the former is the real line.

Some people think the cereal was originally named "Fruit Loops" and later changed to "Froot Loops", while another group of people believe the reverse. It ends up that "Fruit Loops" was never the name of the cereal, ever. 

People recall a genie movie from the 90s starring Sinbad, which should sound familiar because there was a '96 movie Kazaaam with Shaq as a genie. But Sinbad fans believe through and through that there was a separate movie with Sinbad and aren't taking no for an answer.

The hot dog brand that so many people love is spelled Oscar M-a-y-e-r. Many people remember it as "Meyer" with an "e" instead of an "a", though this may be because "Meyer" is the more traditional spelling of the surname in the US.


Everyone knows the most famous line from The Silence of the Lambs: "Hello, Clarice." Or do they? That line is never actually spoken in the film. When Clarice first meets Hannibal Lecter, he simply says, Good morning. That's it. How is a films most well-known line nonexistent? Nobody knows.

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's president from 1994 to 1999, died on December 5, 2013 at his estate in Johannesburg. It's what's on his death certificate, but regardless, people around the world clearly remember seeing a television broadcast in the 1980s about Mandela dying while still in prison. Weird.

Jif Peanut Butter has been the leading peanut butter in the USA since 1981, but some people have an alternative memory recalling it as "Jiffy Peanut Butter".


Older fans of the Star Wars series are adamant that when A New Hope was initially released decades ago, C-3PO was completely gold. They're only noticing now in remastered DVDs and sequels that he had a silver leg the entire time. To add to the confusion, a lot of original memorabilia doesn't have a silver leg either. Hmm.

The HBO series has always been called Sex and the City, never even a short form, but many people insist they remember it being Sex in the City at some point.

Most of us grew up reading the Berenstein Bears books, except that's not how it's actually spelled. The correct spelling, in fact the spelling that has been on the books and TV show for years, is "Berenstain" with an "A". So where did the "E" come from?



This one may just be us filling in the blanks in our minds, but it's still spooky. Most people remember the brand name of shoes being spelled Sketchers when in reality it's Skechers. Where's the missing "T"?!

Picture Pikachu in your mind. Cute, yellow character from your favourite Pokemon series. Now picture what colour the tail is...

Most people will think of Pikachu with a black tip at the end of the tail, including some illustrators who have spent hours sketching Pikachu for online forums. Apparently it's all a lie.

It's a bit of a petty one, but is sure to disturb some of you who take chocolate super seriously. Some people seem to remember there being a dash in Kit Kat, making it Kit-Kat", but... You guessed it... There isn't!


Billy Graham, a popular American Christian evangelist, is alive but many people remember seeing his funeral televised across the nation. Some people even remember the same oddly specific details, such as Bill Clinton speaking in his honour. 

If you're like me, you spent hours playing Monopoly with your family as a kid and you may have taken a moment to glance at the Monopoly man. Do you remember what he looked like? Tons of people remember him wearing a monocle when in actuality he has no glasses at all. Maybe they're just getting him confused with Mr. Peanut though.

This portrait of Henry VIII by Hans Golbein the Younger was painted circa 1540; it's one of the most famous portraits of Henry. As you an see, there's nothing in the king's hand but many people swear that they remember him holding a turkey leg. Maybe they were just hungry?


Most people remember the evil queen in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs saying to her magic mirror, Mirror, mirror on the wall, but if you re-watch any version of the movie you will discover the real phrase is actually Magic mirror on the wall. Doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?

One of the most beloved vampire movies, the 90s Interview with a Vampire movie is actually called Interview with THE Vampire... It's a small difference but it doesn't really sound the way it should, you know? Anyways, how did we as a society decide that it was "A" instead of "THE" though?

"Weeeeee are the champions my friiiiiiends"

At the end of this legendary Queen song is the lyric "No time for losers, 'cause we are the champions".... And then what? Most people remember a final "of the world!", which would make sense because that's how the lyric has gone over and over again in the song. But if you listen to any recording the song just cuts off after "champions", leaving us all wanting more.

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Secretly, we all fear having birthdays like the one in Sixteen Candles, where nobody shows up and we're forced to deal with how lonely we feel as people. But sometimes, people have things happen on their birthday that put Molly Ringwald to shame.

It stinks to have your special day go sour. Moreover, it hurts, that if whatever happened was bad enough, you will never be able to not associate your birthday with that awful thing.

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