Featured  Origin


In the beginning...

The Mandela Effect has now been around long enough to see it hitting the mainstream. For anyone new to it, however, we're talking of the phenomenon where significant groups of people remember something for which there is little to no evidence available. Rather than accept their memory is faulty, these people claim the past has somehow changed for them. You can brush up more on it here, but right now it's time to explore in greater detail a few ideas regarding what could be behind this fascinating phenomenon.

We'll start with some history, then go over some of the possible explanations for it - no matter how weird and wonderful.

Featured  CERN


Glitches in the Matrix

The Large Hadron Collider was first turned on in 2008. In 2010, Fiona Broome started the website mandelaeffect.com after noticing many different Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect reports, and popularised the phrase "Mandela Effect". The concept of false memories has been around for centuries, but these focus on individuals. There hasn't really been much evidence for larger groups of people experiencing them before.

This gives rise to much speculation.

In particular, the quantum physicists notion of many worlds, each created when tiny particles in one have a "choice" of how to behave and in fact take different choices, each choice being a parallel universe to the others, has been linked to these collective memory differences. This came about partly due to the timing mentioned already, and partly because of the idea of humans being able to create these parallel universes at CERN and affect "reality" by somehow retaining a memory of a past event which didn't happen in their universe.