It is simply incredible how your brain can store tons of memory going back years and even decades. It is true that sometimes things can get a little hazy, but what if an entire group of people experience the same blotched idea or memory? It's more common that you think.
The Mandela Effect is the widespread phenomenon that involves large groups of people remembering something a certain way but is actually incorrect. This unexplainable occurrence is actually named after an example of the effect, which is the idea that many people recall South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s when he actually died in 2013. Crazy, right? Some other examples might sound familiar.
Darth Vader's character needs no introduction, and he holds on of the most famous lines in cinematic history. Even viewers that haven't seen the Star Wars franchise know the phrase, "Luke, I am your father." The only problem is, the actual line from the movie is "No, I am your father." Mind...blown.
4. Your Favorite Childhood Book Series Isn't As It Seems
The Berenstein Bears was a storytime staple for many of us as youngsters. Although you may remember the books fondly, you may be surprised to know the series is actually titled The BerenSTAIN Bears. Childhood RUINED.
If you believe your favorite hot dog brand is spelled "Oscar Meyer," think again. It is actually Oscar Mayer, but we were brought up to pronounce it with an "e" so we believed it was spelled that way all along.
Most of us remember Da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa having a serious, emotionless face. It turns out that Mona Lisa actually has a small smile on her face. Why were we all taught to think otherwise from a young age? It's simply bizarre.
Many Pokemon fans recall the end of Pikachu's tail being black, but this was never true. How did we all misconstrue the same character in the same way? You know, we really shouldn't call ourselves Pokemon masters.
Snow White is an animated classic, and nothing is more iconic than the Evil Queen mirror scene. It turns out her most memorable line is actually "magic mirror on the wall" not "mirror, mirror on the wall." Who would have known!
9. Everyone's Favorite Board Game Is Remembered Incorrectly
Name one person that hasn't played the game of Monopoly. This game made sibling rivalries more intense and tore families apart during game night, and the main character Pennybags was completely misconstrued. Many of us remember him wearing a monocle, but in reality, this was never part of his costume.
Many of us distinctly recall seeing a portrait of King Henry VIII chowing down on a turkey leg — chances are you are picturing it right now — but it turns out that this portrait simply doesn't exist. Parallel universe perhaps?
11. Your Favorite Guilty Pleasure Has A Totally Different Name
No candy commercial is more memorable, but do you really know one of your favorite candies? Many people believe that Kit Kat is spelled Kit-Kat, but there truly is no hyphen in the spelling of the delectable treat. Crispy, crunchy Kit Kat bars will never be the same.
13. This Example Of The Mandela Effect Will Make You Go Bananas
Many of us remember watching the mischevious monkey Curious George on television as kids, but do you really recall this little guy's true appearance? It turns out that our banana-loving friend didn't have a tail, even though you may seem to recall that he did. It may just be your mind autocorrecting a monkey's true appearance, but it's quite strange nonetheless.