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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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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The Perfect Color Scheme To Decorate Your Room Based On Your Zodiac Sign

If you're going to paint your room, you should paint it right.


Growing up, my walls were initially blue, pink, and purple with a sponge texture. When I reached middle school, I wanted a change. I picked a bright yellow and turquoise because I like bright colors. I thought it would cheer me up when I had bad days.

Looking at my white walls in my college apartment, I wish I could paint them but wouldn't know where to start. As a Leo, I have a tapestry of a colorful lion pinned up and a couple of other signs and pieces of artwork.

This is what I believe that each zodiac sign should do with their room.

1. Aries

Hues of red, like the color of blood and intense emotions. The room would capture attention just like the personality of an Aries.

2. Taurus

Pale blue and green, to represent the sky and the pastures that the bull roams. Green will help reinforce a Taurus' connection to nature and growth.

3. Gemini

Yellow, like the sunshine a Gemini will bring into the lives of others.

4. Cancer

White, silver, and grey, to represent the surface of the water where the crab lives. These colors symbolize purity and the nurturing behavior of Cancers.

5. Leo

Gold, like a lion and the crown they wear as kings and queens of the Jungle. Since Leos hold all the power and want to be noticed, gold will surely give them what they desire.

6. Virgo

Green and dark brown, like the ground that the virgin walks on. Both colors will keep Virgos grounded and focused on stability.

7. Libra

Pink and light blue, to represent the calming and likable presence of a Libra. A balance between these colors symbolizes the balance that Libras have in their lives.

8. Scorpio

Black, like death, intense and mysterious. Like death and like the sting of a scorpion, Scorpios strike when least expected and pack a hell of a punch.

9. Sagittarius

Purple, to represent the Sagitarrius' strive for knowledge as they travel the world seeking inspiration and enlightenment. Purple will remind of them how royal learning can be.

10. Capricorn

Brown and grey, like the water goat's fur. Both colors will help stabilize and focus the Capricorn's energy on their task at hand.

11. Aquarius

Electric blue and turquoise, to represent the water that the water bearer bears. Shades of blue will bring peace to the Aquarius.

12. Pisces

Sea green, like the fish that swim in the sea. This color will remind Pisces' of their true nature.

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