10 Times The Mandela Effect Was Too Real

10 Times The Mandela Effect Was Too Real

It doesn't matter if you believe in it or not, the Mandela effect will make you question reality.

The Mandela Effect has taken the internet by storm, and I'm honestly not upset about it. If you don't know what I'm talking about, (where have you been?) the Mandela Effect comes from the death of Nelson Mandela. This theory came about after Mandela passed away in 2013. Many people were extremely confused by this because they had thought he died in a South African prison during the 1980's. Essentially, this theory claims that a large group of people remember things to be one way, but in reality they are not that way at all. The term was coined by Fiona Bloome, and since Mandela's death, people have been discovering 'Mandela effects' everywhere.

There are a lot of various theories on why the Mandela effect exists. The most popular theory is based in the idea of time travel. These people say that someone in the future returned to our time period, and changed a few things around in the middle of our lifetime. Going off of that theory, many people believe that this is happening to give us clues that time travel does exist somewhere. Another common theory claims that this happens because of a shift in the universe. Maybe, once upon a time, we lived in a different universe where things were slightly different and we still remember them to be that way.

Some Mandela effects are more believable than others, but here are a few of the ones that genuinely freaked me out.

1. "We Are The Champions" by Queen doesn't end how you think.

This is a song that everybody knows, and when people found out it doesn't end with "we are the campions...of the world", they went crazy. The song just *ends* and it has haunted me ever since I listened to it. You can find the official video here.

2. Darth Vader NEVER said "Luke, I am your father".

Now, I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, but even I was shocked by this one. That quote might be one of the most popular lines from the series, but it didn't even happen. Vader actually says, "No, I am your father". The full, unedited, scene can be found here.

3. KitKat isn't spelled "Kit-Kat".

Where's the hyphen? It just looks so wrong without it, that's all I can say!

4. Hannibal Lector never says "Hello, Clarice."

This famous quote from Silence of the Lambs never happened, either. When Clarice and Hannibal are first introduced, he says "good morning" and that is it. Yet another time we've all been lied to!

5. "Fruit Loops" are actually spelled as "Froot Loops".

Again with the ridiculous names! It makes sense looking at the box, but it still hurts my heart knowing that I have never spelled the name of my favorite cereal correctly.

6. "The Berenstein Bears"...yeah, that's wrong too.

This might be the most popular of Mandela Effects. The series is actually spelled as "The Berenstain Bears", but one writer on Reddit found an old VHS tape that is spelled with an 'e'. Suspicious?

7. "Mirror mirror on the wall"

This line from Snow White is one of the most recognizable Disney phrases. There was even a 2012 spin-off movie called Mirror Mirror after the famous quote. In reality, the quote actually goes "magic mirror on the wall...".

8. Febreeze vs. Febreze

This popular household air freshener is in stores everywhere, so why are we just now realizing it is spelled with only one 'e'?

9. The Monopoly Man's Monocle

Many people grew up playing the game Monopoly. The game that is notorious for dividing families on game night has a little character running with a moneybag...and without the monocle we all KNOW he used to have!

10. Mona Lisa's Smile

Was Mona Lisa smiling in the famous painting by Da Vinci? Many people remember her having a "bored" facial expression, but in reality does have a slight smile. This Mandela Effect, however, actually has a slightly scientific explanation. Scientists believe that the painting is an optical illusion, and changes based on where you are viewing it from. Seeing the painting from specific angles makes the colors "blend" in different ways, which alters her facial expression. So maybe we aren't crazy after all?

I'm not claiming that the Mandela effect is real, it is just something I find to be extremely fascinating to research. Who knows, maybe we are on to something!

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A Letter To My Humans On Our Last Day Together

We never thought this day would come.

I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

Thank you for letting me grow up with you.

Love always,

Your family dog

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The Top 10 Gay-Themed Commercials That Should Be Celebrated

Gay-themed advertisements are an important part of our representation in pop culture. Here are the ten best gay-themed commercials that deserve celebration.


Advertisements have a long history of reflecting and influencing popular culture. As someone from one of the boroughs of New York City, I've always been surrounded by advertisements. So it is extremely obvious to me why representation in these advertisements matter. Commercials online and on television are no exception. As a gay man, I'd like to present you with ten commercials that make me feel a sense of pride.

1. Israeli Gays Get Distracted On The Beach

Israel is a safe haven for LGBTQ people living in the Middle East. While places like Saudi Arabia and Iran treat gay men horrifically by enforcing Sharia Law, Israel welcomes them with open arms. That open minded attitude was even more obvious with this commercial from 2006.

2. Pepsi Brings Out The Confidence In One Guy (With A Gay Twist)

This Pepsi ad from the UK has a comedic twist that will delight the viewer with the main character's confidence. I find the women's reaction to him passing by each of them even more humorous than his friend's reactions.

3. Doritos Gay Sauna Contest Entry That Could've Gayed Up The Super Bowl

This commercial was created as a contest entry where aspiring filmmakers could create commercials for Doritos. The winning entry would be aired during the Super Bowl and the filmmaker would win a cash prize. This viral smash didn't make it, however. It seemed unfair, as several straight-themed commercials feature tons of innuendo. Unfortunately, it seems as though gay male sexuality is still threatening to some.

4. Campbell's Soup Portrays The Adorable Gay Household We All Wish We Had

This Campbell's Soup commercial is a short and sweet depiction of two gay dads sharing a sweet moment with their son. If it proves anything, it's that gay households are just like any other.

5. Marriage Equality Gets An Endorsement From Tide

While marriage equality has been a source of debate over the years, the only thing wrong with this union was the attire chosen for it. A brilliant twist ending courtesy of Tide.

6. This Heinz Commercial Is A Gay New Yorker's Dream Come True

As a gay man and a New Yorker, this commercial makes me very happy. Affection between same sex couples hasn't always been something we could see on television. However, this Heinz commercial squashes all that.

7. A Sweet And Unexpected Coming Out At McDonald's

This McDonald's commercial from Taiwan features a twist ending that is heartfelt, not comedic. For anyone who has struggled coming out, this should hit you right in the feels!

8. Sister And Brother Fight Over The Hot Pool Boy... With Coca-Cola

A nice bottle of Coke is quite refreshing. Who knew it was the perfect ice-breaker to approach your crush? This ad features a brother and sister competing for the pool boy's attention. However, it seems like someone else beat them at their own game.

9. This IKEA Commercial Was A Historic Turning Point

This classic IKEA ad from 1994 was groundbreaking for gay representation in advertising. It would be remiss of me not to include this important commercial on the list.

10. What Happens When Your Dad Sets You Up On A Tinder Date?

It's always nice to have your parents acceptance. However, even for gay guys, parents can get a little too close for comfort. This Vote Savvy ad portrays just that. But hey, they mean well, right?

Whether comedic, heartfelt, or provocative, these ten commercials have done wonders for gay male representation in advertising. It also reflects the representation of gay men around the world. From Israel to Taiwan to the UK, these commercials reflect the growing acceptance around the gay community. As far as I'm concerned, that's something to be celebrated.

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