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Iggy Pop

A lust for life like no other

MMDE: Iggy Pop died in 2016

Current: Iggy Pop is alive

Some people are suprised to hear Iggy Pop is alive and well today, because they are sure he died in 2016.

This was the "terrible year" for celebrity deaths, and in particular David Bowie which may have some connection people are bringing to mind.

With his well-documented crazy lifestyle, Iggy is always the first to point out there's no way he should have made it this far, but made it he has and in fact is still performing at the age of 70. On March 5, 2017, Iggy Pop performed the song "T.V. Eye" with Metallica on their Hardwired Tour stop at Foro Sol in Mexico City, Mexico.

News  General
Stan and Ollie with ads

What you see on the internet might really be different

Technology is fantastic to most people.

Each new invention becomes a marvel aimed solely at making our lives better, easier, happier ... doesn't it? Well, with a little thought it becomes uncomfortably clear that's not always the case. Sometimes new inventions just end up blighting our lives, examples being nuclear bombs, diesel automobiles and reality TV. The internet is generally seen as positive, for as long as it remains neutral, but even then there is scope for skullduggery.

Editing the past

Wherever there are masses of eyeballs, there's scope for the advertisers to worm their way in somehow. Modern TV and movies are produced digitally these days, which makes manipulation far easier as the content can be created specifically with that in mind. Special digital fingerprints can be inserted right there with the footage, an obvious example being subtitles. However, now attention is being turned towards the pre-digital era now we have suitably advanced AI and computer technology which could allow us to engineer in content which wasn't there first time round. And if there's money involved, this can mean only one thing - ads.

News  Movies
Darth Vader Mask

The alteration is strong in this one

It's one of the most well-known Mandela Effects - the Star Wars scene in which Darth Vader says "No/Luke, I am your father". It's been discussed at length here and on the internet, yet there is something about this one which is different.

In most of the spoken changed movie lines, such as Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams etc, you can see the actors face. So if the current version actually had changed, it would be a more complicated operation because the face movements would have to be altered to match the audio.

The difference with the "Luke/No" one is that you can't see Darth Vaders face! Another where this happens too, but for a different reason, is ET home phone.

Is this suspicious? It would mean anyone altering the video only had to do the audio... 

News  General
Google Trends

What else happened in Sep 2008?

A pattern has been spotted in Google Trends which is of interest to anyone following the Mandela Effect.

In Sep 2008, CERN first fired up the Large Hadron Collider.

A possible connection between CERN and the Mandela Effect has been discussed for some time now, so these findings will only serve to fuel the rumor mill even more.

There are 20 examples shown in the video from Mandela Effect Research which show a pattern which appears to be far from co-incidental.

Starting with Sketchers/Skechers, through Interview with a Vampire, Berenstain Bears, Depends and many others, there is an uncanny spike, peak or trough all taking place at the time the LHC was first turned on. 

News  General
Extra dimension

A small tweak here, an adjustment there...

I saw a post recently on Reddit made by a troll mocking the Mandela Effect. I then committed the cardinal sin - I responded to him by mocking further. My response was "You think that's nuts, what about me - I woke up this morning in a universe where Donald Trump was president!". Childish I know, but a funny thing happened then as I thought about this a little more.

We're all becoming fixated with the trivial when it comes to the ME. We focus on lines in movies, brand logo differences etc. And there's always some vague supposed connection with CERN tinkering with reality using their particle accelerators. I've been saying this for a while now, but what if you actually did have a machine which could change something in the past? As you worked with it, you'd need to test it. And you wouldn't want to start big, like killing Hitler before WW2, or you'd risk eliminating yourself from existence. So I reckon you really would make seemingly innocent changes only you were aware of. That way, you'd know the before and after states and be able to refine the process accordingly.

News  People
Nelson Mandela Malcolm X

Gave a speech to children at the end of the movie

Those experiencing the Mandela Effect which gave the phenomenon it's name, namely their memory of him dying in prison in the 1980's, must have missed an awful lot of news relating to him since.

They will swear none of this happened, which is exactly what the Mandela Effect is all about:

  • Nobel Peace Prize in 1993

  • President of South Africa 1994-1999

This also includes an appearance at the end of the 1992 movie "Malcolm X", where he's seen giving a speech to a class of children.

News  General
Art Bell

Art Bell May 31, 2001: "Time disturbances"

Fiona Broome is widely credited with coining the concept and phrase "Mandela Effect", but a recording from 2001 has surfaced which directly brings up the idea many people thought Mandela died in prison in the 1980's.

Art Bell ran the paranormal Coast to Coast AM radio show for many years, where fans of UFO's, ghosts, aliens etc were offered a forum, via his phone-in show, where their interests would be discussed seriously without fear of ridicule.

It was on one of these shows - May 31, 2001 - when discussing with Dr Morgan Spence the idea of time travellers being able to change things in the past, that the idea of memories being different to the widely accepted timeline, and the exact story which created The Mandela Effect came up. 

It's spooky thinking the Mandela Effect term has only been known since 2012, but, unless things change (!), it turns out even the Mandela story is a fair bit older than that. Listen for yourself ... it starts at the 1:01:11 mark.

News  General
Human Brain Schematic

The memory retrieval process

There's a class of Mandela Effect which could be explained by the fact the method the brain uses to store and retrieve memories is the same for everyone.

The explanation is that an efficiency mechanism uses key points and triggers to fill in any blanks. The missing parts were considered unnecessary at the time of initial storage, because further processing is used to draw them out, or "recreate" them, at the later point of retrieval. Computer scientists are pointing to AI systems as using a similar process when reassembling incomplete data. A statistical "likeliness" algorithm is used in conjunction with the original data stored to produce what is then used as the full memory, and that is then treat as being indistinguishable from the original.

Evolution may have created a sliding scale of memory detail required for humans to survive. This happened alongside the intelligence needed to recreate the memory when necessary. The importance of the memory would then be directly related to the level of detail stored.

News  TV
Trailer Park Boys

Move over, Fox news

Recently Fox news covered the Mandela Effect, but that was just the warm up.

Swearnet, which for the uninitiated certainly lives up to its name and might offend delicate ears, has released episode 101 on iTunes which covers them discussing the Mandela Effect.

The Trailer Park Boys is a "mocumentary" series in the style of The Office, featuring a fictional bunch of whacky characters in the Sunnyvale Trailer Park, somewhere in Canada. It has a huge cult following largely grown from an underground fanbase from its origins in 2001.

Swearnet is the online website for the show featuring a blog, news, contests and the podcast, in which Bubbles brings up the Mandela Effect.

Even the summary is nsfw:

In a discussion that is probably best understood while stoned, the Boys go down a spacey f****n rabbit hole when they start talking about the Mandela Effect.  Some people claim that we exist in a an alternate universe and there are certain parts of pop culture that we are not remembering accurately because some big f******g particle collider f*****d up a bunch of space and time b*******t and spawned a new reality.  Fire up some blades/hot knives (don’t burn yourself like Ricky), and try this quiz to see if you’re from the old universe or the new one.

Check it out here, the Mandela Effect is discussed about half way through.