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

Updated February 25, 2020 10.7k votes 2.3k voters 159.3k 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 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.

    Do you believe them?
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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...

    Do you believe them?
  • 7

    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.

    Do you believe them?
  • 8

    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.

    Do you believe them?