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

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Vote 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. 


  • 1
    1,159 VOTES

    They Remember A Signature On An Anonymous Painting

    From Redditor /u/JaneMik:

    My grandmother has an old painting that we always knew had the painter's signature in the bottom right corner. But now it doesn't. The painting doesn't even have one on the back, but everyone in my family remembers that there was one.

    One day when I asked about it, everyone was like, "Yeah, it did have one, where... did it go?" We even took it down to see if we had remembered [incorrectly], but nope, [there's] no signature in sight.

    1,159 votes
  • 2
    1,787 VOTES

    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.

    1,787 votes
  • 3
    2,072 VOTES

    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.

    2,072 votes
  • 4
    968 VOTES

    Their College Class Couldn't Remember If A Lecture Actually Happened

    From Redditor /u/ScorpionX-123:

    This past spring, I took a "Topics in Film" class at college. Near the end of the semester, about a week or two before finals, the professor casually mentioned an earlier lecture about some director and how we should study our notes for it.

    The problem was that half the class denied that the lecture ever happened, while the other half vividly remembered it, so the rest of the class had to be spent trying to figure out if that lecture ever did happen. Even after, nobody was still 100% sure.

    968 votes
  • 5
    871 VOTES

    They Recall An Antique Photo That Never Existed

    From Redditor /u/spookybananner:

    I vividly remember seeing [a photo of a pterodactyl/thunderbird that doesn't exist] in a Reader's Digest book called Mysteries of the Unexplained, and so do others. It was an old sepia photo taken in the late 1800s of a pterodactyl nailed to a barn. In front are several men holding their arms out fingertip to fingertip to show how long it is.

    But it doesn't exist, or the photo was lost or something. Lots of similar photos exist, because apparently it was common for dudes to make these fake photos, but none of them are the right one.

    871 votes
  • 6
    1,088 VOTES

    They Remember Escaping From A Flood That Didn't Happen

    From Redditor /u/dkoch0608:

    My sister and I both remember being in a flood when we were kids.

    I live around St. Louis, and we did have a big flood in '93, but we both remember seeing water flowing in through the basement windows, as well as escaping on a [jon] boat with our dad, both of which he says never happened.

    1,088 votes