The Mandela Effect is a well-known phenomenon in which a false memory surrounding a fact or event is widely believed by a large group of people. It's been experienced in everything ranging from historical events to favorite bedtime fairy tales and beloved cereal mascots. In a subreddit, people are sharing their most confounding Mandela Effect music theories, providing further proof that someone or something is altering the current timeline.
Disappearing 'The' In Band Names
Posted by Redditor /u/coblivion:
I think this ME has an intergenerational conflict of timeline memories. For me, I clearly remember the album covers and any reference as far back as the early '70s to bands like Carpenters, Eagles, Ramones, Bee Gees as The Carpenters, The Eagles, The Ramones, and The Bee Gees that I clearly saw printed on the original album covers. Now if I go back to these covers, the "The" is gone and never existed in this timeline.
Even stronger is the album Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Now go back to any old album and a "the" is added to a classic album and it always was The Dark Side of the Moon in this timeline. I know dozens of people in their 50s who are dumbstruck by the added "The" to the classic album Dark Side of the Moon.Convinced?
'Gangsta's Paradise' By Coolio
Posted by Redditor /u/Soaring_Symphony:
This ME is kind of a big one for me. You've heard the song "Gangsta's Paradise" right? [The chorus goes like this, right?]:
We been spendin' most our lives livin' in a gangsta's paradise
Well... actually, no. Look up the lyrics (on any website) and you'll find it actually says this:
They been spendin' most their lives livin' in a gangsta's paradise
That completely changes the meaning of the whole bloody song.Convinced?
Posted by Redditor /u/Chookster89:
I saw this on YouTube. Then I searched the net and all versions have the same change, even the original video clip.
I love this song and the lyrics I remember are: "I saw him standing there by the record machine..."
Every version is now: "I saw him dancing there..."
Absolutely no doubt in my mind the version I grew up with and listened to as recently as two years ago had standing instead of dancing. Lots of residue like covers have standing. But all Joan Jett versions are dancing.Convinced?
Posted by Redditor /u/stan0904:
I always heard it as:
Sweet dreams are made of these
Who am I to disagree?
I traveled the world and the seven seas.
Now, it became:
Sweet dreams are made of this
It doesn't rhyme. It doesn't make sense.Convinced?