It’s called the “Mandela Effect,” and a lot of people think it’s proof of an alternate universe.
Broome says that the origin of her theory came out of a discussion about whether or not Nelson Mandela died in prison. Naturally, this happened backstage at Dragon*Con.
Many people who believe in the theory insist that the popular children’s book series The Berenstain Bears was once known as The Berenstein Bears.
Others insist that they have memories of New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Honduras, and other places being at different places on the globe.
Some say they remember Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans in April 2005 rather than August 2005.
Which doesn’t really make sense if you know anything about hurricanes, but hey, maybe weather just works very differently on parallel earths.
Some recall that the Columbine massacre happened in 1996, not 1999.
A lot of people believe that the “tank man” in Tiananmen Square was run over by a tank, though he was not.
People have some pretty vivid “memories” of him getting crushed by a tank, though.
A bunch of people remember there being a different Disney World in the Orlando region that was used as a beta test for the real park.
True to the origin of its name, most Mandela Effect believers have memories of people dying at a time other than what has happened in “our timestream.”
They get confused about when people like Dom DeLuise, Dick Clark, and Ernest Borgnine really died.
Some have memories of Patrick Swayze making a full recovery from cancer rather than dying in 2009.
Some swear that Muhammed Ali died, though he’s still with us.
Broome herself insists that she remembers Billy Graham’s funeral being televised simultaneously on many networks around 2009, though he’s still alive today.
Others remember that Henry Winkler died during the filming of Happy Days, though he’s still alive and working as an actor.
Those people probably never saw Arrested Development?
Some people remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. being killed with a handgun at close range, rather than a rifle from a distance.
It’s not just events. Sometimes they insist that common spelling errors are a sign that the word is simply spelled differently in another dimension.
Some believe that the word dilemma used to be spelled with an N.
And that there is another world where it is correct to spell definitely with an A.
And another where it’s OK to spell Parmesan with an E.
At least a couple believe that the color chartreuse was “more of a maroon” instead of a bright yellow-green.
Like, really, really, really specific memories.
People say they remember all kinds of odd moments in entertainment, such as the character Chakotay being killed off in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager only to come back with no explanation a few episodes later.
Broome says she asked Robert Beltran, the actor who played the role, about it, and he told her that a story involving his character’s death was never written or filmed.
Some insist that the show Ghost Hunters was called TAPS.
TAPS is the name of the stars’ investigative group, The Atlantic Paranormal Society.