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These Mandela Effect Reddit Theories Make Us Wonder If We're Living In A Splinter Universe

Updated February 25, 2020 5.9k votes 1.2k voters 62.6k views20 items

List RulesVote up the most convincing Mandela Effect theories.

Time is a tricky thing, and space is a tricky place. Sometimes when you try to condense all of world history, with all of its twists and turns, into one coherent plot, some details may fall through the cracks. Many may chalk up these lost or seemingly altered details to people’s faulty memories, but others believe the universe has some explaining to do.

The term “Mandela Effect” was coined in 2010 following the passing of South African leader Nelson Mandela - when some people heard the news, they were baffled, because they specifically remembered Mandela passing years prior. Soon, similar alleged discrepancies in the space-time continuum began appearing, and before long, people used the Mandela Effect to explain any apparent inconsistencies in reality as we know it.

The people of Reddit congregated to share their Mandela Effect theories, and their proposals - while sometimes outlandish - may just make you think. 

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    They Saw A Picture Of Their 2-Year-Old Son Before He Was Born

    From Redditor /u/whiskersandtweezers:

    Many years ago when I first started dating my ex-boyfriend, I remember seeing a picture of him holding a cute little blond boy, about 2 years old, in his right arm. The little boy was dressed in blue and had a blue baseball cap on. I asked him who the little boy was, and he said it was his son who lives in another state with his ex-girlfriend. I was surprised because we had been seeing each other for a week and he never mentioned a child.

    Cut to a few days later, and I ask him about his son... he looks at me like [I've lost it] and says he doesn't have children. There is no picture where it was before, and I was so confused that I didn't say anything more.

    Cut to three years later, and we're outside talking... he's now holding our 2-year-old son and, yep, I turn around from talking to someone else and look over at him, and it's exactly like the picture I saw. The sunlight, trees, clothes... everything. We are [exes] now, and our (now teenage) son lives with me. One of the strangest experiences I've ever had.

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    They're Certain Their Partner's Parents Had A Roomba

    From Redditor /u/the_diabeatdown:

    I’m CONVINCED my partner’s parents had a Roomba at one point.

    I distinctly remember entering their home, seeing it, and thinking, “Well, that thing isn’t going to last a second in here,” because they have so much stuff. It rolled past my feet. I was sitting in a chair, saying they should get a slim Dyson vacuum instead. They said they’d look into it, and just as they said it, the Roomba got trapped under a dresser (they have many dressers in their living room), and we laughed because it would probably get trapped often.

    Two weeks go by, and I’m back in their house and they have the Dyson now, but no Roomba. I laugh and ask them how many more times of it getting caught under the dresser did it take for them to cave, return it, and get the Dyson.

    ...THEY LOOKED AT ME LIKE I HAD [LOST MY MIND].

    Even my partner denies them ever having a Roomba, and he was there when it got caught under the dresser! At first I thought they were messing with me, but no one has come clean, and my partner is tired of me bringing it up, but I KNOW I’m not wrong!

    So I either had the world’s most vivid dream, or they’re f*cking with me because I saw that d*mn Roomba.

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    They're Convinced That Bumble From 'Rudolph' Had A Toothache

    From Redditor /u/tapehead4:

    In the Rankin-Bass stop-motion Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which I watched a dozen times as a child, I was certain that the Bumble acted the way he did because it turns out he had a toothache, and that Hermey (the elf who wanted to be a dentist) extracted his bad tooth and saved the day.

    But it turns out he [had] no toothache, and they just pull all his teeth so he can't hurt anybody.

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    They Think The Meaning Of 'Babushka' Switched

    From Redditor /u/huntsmcgunts:

    My friend and I were joking around one night and somehow got on the topic of the term babushka, which we had both always believed to be a Russian term for grandmother. We looked it up, and everything said that it did not mean grandmother, but actually meant "little child." We both vividly remember this because we were so surprised, and [we] found that it meant "little child" everywhere we looked. We even told our other friend Sean about it.

    A few weeks later, we're at a party and brought this up to some friends, including Sean. They said we were wrong, and when we looked it up, sure enough, it means grandmother. Could not find a single reference to it meaning anything similar to "little child," and Sean had no memory of us ever telling him about that discovery. My friend and I still both swear up and down that it happened, though, so...

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