About

This website is a project of Fiona Broome.  Since 2009, it’s been an online journal about what might be real, alternate realities that people may visit every day, but not realize it.

The “Mandela Effect” is what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality.

Many of us – mostly total strangers – remember the exact same events with the exact same details. However, our memories are different from what’s in history books, newspaper archives, and so on.

To me, this seems like a very weird pattern of anomalous memories.

This isn’t a conspiracy, and we’re not talking about “false memories.”

But… what is it?

Of course, misunderstandings and mistaken news stories could be part of this. The occasional April Fool’s joke could be involved, as well.

But, I don’t think those explanations work for the large volume of clear memories – such as Berenstein Bears books (not Berenstain Bears) – that so many people recall. (George Takei is among them.)

Some readers speculate that parallel realities exist, and we’ve been “sliding” between them without realizing it. Quantum science seems to support this. (See my articles related to Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, and others.)

A few people favor the idea that we’re each enjoying holodeck experiences, possibly with some programming glitches. (I like that concept. To me, it’s very Star Trek.)

In my opinion, those explanations aren’t mutually exclusive.

This website is about apparently real, alternate history, and possible explanations for this phenomenon.

This discussion began in the “green room” at Dragon Con. Our conversation was about Nelson Mandela’s death, and how many people remembered him dying in prison, years earlier. In that conversation, we started calling it the “Mandela Effect.”

2009/2010: Fiona Broome (that’s me) launched this website to describe what’s since become a popular topic of conversation.

2011: People began reporting more alternate memories. Clearly, this was more than just a few odd memories about Nelson Mandela.

2011 – 2015: We shared anecdotes and related data. Mostly, we were talking in “what if…?” terms. Over the years that followed, discussions ranged from chatty conversations to speculation based on data collected, so far.

2016 – present: With over 11,000 comments covering a wide range of topics, it was time to shift focus. Now I’m studying clues, patterns, markers, and theories that might explain the Mandela Effect, and how people access alternate realities.

A little more background

Many years ago, I was one of the two or three people who coined the phrase “Mandela Effect” during a conversation in Dragon Con‘s “green room.” (The other person was called “Shadow,” then a Dragon Con security manager. I have no idea which of us said it, first. In addition, my husband thinks he may have been the first to use the phrase in that conversation.)

But, this all started when Shadow mentioned that – like me – other people remembered Nelson Mandela’s tragic death in a South African prison.

Apparently, others in the green room shared that memory. I was absolutely astonished. Until then, I thought my own memory was just a weird confabulation or something. (I’m still not sure what to think about that.)

So, I researched the concept and – with my publisher’s support – started this website for additional research. I thought it was an interesting fringe topic (and potential book topic) for my spare time.

It’s turned into something much bigger.

My current projects:

  • I’m exploring website hosting options. Traffic to this site can be kind of wild, sometimes. Hosting is challenging, since I resist putting advertising on the site.
  • Books. Maybe. I’m still not sure. For the past few years, I’ve been studying the Mandela Effect phenomenon, and analyzing patterns that might help people make sense of it. I’ve started a book, but have no ETA on completing it. There’s just so much to this topic.
  • And, in other areas of study and speculation – mostly ghost hunting – I’m updating my books, expanding the information at related websites, and developing free, online courses.

Here’s my brief bio…

Fiona Broome is intrigued by unexplained phenomena in everyday life.  She uses books, videos, podcasts, and websites to share ways you can encounter “the unknown” on your own, or with others who share your enthusiasm.

Fiona has been researching – and writing about – paranormal phenomena since the 1980s. In the 1990s, her ghost-related website, HollowHill.com, was one of the first online resources for new and experienced ghost hunters.

Her stories appear in the Weird USA book series, and the Armchair Reader book series, as well as Fate magazine and other publications.

Fiona also maintains a Q&A site, Ghosts101.com, and offers free ghost hunting courses at Hallowfields.com.

Ms. Broome has written about ghosts, faerie lore, and anomalies for over 1,000 articles for magazines and websites. Discussing paranormal topics, she’s been a guest on many radio and TV shows. She also consults for TV and movie producers, and scouts locations for them.

Since the 1990s, Fiona has also been a speaker and panelist at a wide range of international events including the New England Ghost Conference, GhoStock, Central Texas Paranormal Conference, and Canada’s annual G.H.O.S.T.S. conferences. Since 2006, she’s been a frequent, invited Guest and panelist at Dragon Con and other major sci-fi & fantasy conventions.