The Original Mandela Effect List

If you’re looking for Mandela Effect examples – or want to verify something you recall – this list is a good place to start.

The following are some (not all) alternate memories that were discussed at this website.

Because so many were reported before the topic started trending, this may be one of the most reliable lists available. They were reported by outliers and early adopters in Mandela Effect research.

Most popular Mandela Effects

Berenstain Bears or Berenstein Bears – Which do you recall? (Still one of the most popular topics at this website.)

Billy Graham’s funeral on TV, prior to his death on 21 Feb 2018 (per NBC News).

Challenger shuttle explosion date? 1984, 1985, or 1986? Winter or another time of year? (Per Wikipedia, it was 28 Jan 1986.) Also, alternate memories about the Columbia.

Colors – Chartreuse and more – Many people recall chartreuse as a pink or reddish color. It’s actually yellow-green.

Curious George – Tail or no tail? (He’s never had a tail.)  This is part of my article about dual memories.

Ghost Hunters TV show – Some remember the earliest show name as TAPS, not Ghost Hunters. (Yes, we know the real-life team is called TAPS, and some of their gear has always said that.)

Henry VIII portrait with a turkey leg in his hand – Many people clearly recall seeing it in history books, but there’s no record of it, now.

Jif or Jiffy Peanut Butter – Jif peanut butter was never called “Jiffy,” in this timestream. (Not confused with Skippy brand, either.)

Lindbergh baby – Never found? In this timestream, the 20-month old baby was found 12 May 1932.

Mother Teresa – A saint before 2016? Several recall her canonization in the 1990s. They also recall her name spelled “Theresa.”

Nelson Mandela’s death in prison, long before his actual death (in this timestream) on 5 December 2013. (This was the alternate memory that launched

New Zealand’s location, relative to Australia.

Red/blue – Pepsi logo changes, Chevron logo changes, and other color swaps… are they markers, cues, or signs to watch for?

September 22nd or 23rd? – Some people recall events shifting from one of these dates to another.  (The reaction to this article – on- and off-site – has been disproportionate to its apparent minor importance.)

Sky – Changes in the sun, moon, stars, planets and their moons, constellation configurations and placement, and the color of the sky in general.

Tiananmen Square – Memories of a young man being run over by a tank. (Might be Mandela Effect issue or simple media manipulation.)


More celebrities

Agatha Christie – Never found after her 1926 disappearance? (In this timestream, she turned up 10 days later, but never explained. Ref: )

Barbara or Barbra Streisand? In this reality, it’s Barbra. (“Barbara” is a common typo, but doesn’t explain all the alternate memories. Many people listed the alternative “Barbara” as one of several memories they have.)

Betty WhiteAlive, well, and still feisty at age 97 in July 2019. Some recall her passing.

Brian Dennehy – Alive and well at age 80 (as of July 2019), per Wikipedia, but a few of us have other memories. And, I’ve seen 2019 reports of his death, as well. So, whatever is at work with Mandela Effect memories… this one seems persistent or at least recurring.

Charles Schulz or Schultz? (Creator of Peanuts, including Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, etc.) The correct spelling in this timestream is Schulz. ( )

Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer – Several people have (privately) reported a memory of his recent death. He’s still alive and doing wonderful work for charities.

Coen brothers or Cohen brothers? – American film producers & screenwriters. Note: Different from producers John Cohen (“Ice Age,” “Despicable Me,” etc.), Rob Cohen (“The Mummy,” “The Fast and the Furious,” etc.), and Charles S. Cohen (“Frozen River.”) Not the musicians, either.

David Soul – As of July 2019, he’s still alive, healthy, and starring in new productions through 2020.

Dick Clark‘s death… at least two of them. (Per Wikipedia, he died in April 2012.)

Dick Van Patten – Died prior to his June 2015 death in this timestream?

Dom DeLuise’s death.  He died in 2009, but that’s not the only memory people have.

Don Rickles – The sharp-tongued comedian passed away in April 2017 (per Wikipedia) although some recall his earlier demise… and some were sure he died much later in 2017. And, as of mid-2019, some people are sure they’ve seen him on TV – not pre-recorded – so they believe he’s still alive.

Ernest Borgnine, death reported years before it happened in 2012.

Forrest J. Ackerman – Died in 2008 in this timeline (per Wikipedia), but others recall alternate, earlier death dates. He was certainly a man of mystery.

Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) – Died in 2003, or later?

Freddie Prinze – Several memories, mostly related to Freddie, Junior, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and a child born around 2003 or 2004.

Hal Holbrook – Born 1925, and still alive at age 94 in July 2019. His late wife, Dixie Carter, passed away in 2010. Several remember Mr. Holbrook’s own death &  memorials prior to 2010.

Helen Thomas (1920 – 2013), former White House reporter  – Some recall an alternate date when she passed.

Henry Ford – Died from cerebral hemorrhage or something else?

Houston family (Whitney’s) – Conflicting memories about her children, after Whitney’s death, but before Bobbi Kristina’s 2015 tragic death. Whitney’s history seemed to stabilize after Bobbi Kristina passed; that’s interesting. Are people (in this reality) a factor in how powerful/enduring some alternate memories are…?

Jack Palance – An earlier death date than what’s in the current timestream.

Jayne Meadows Allen – Died 2015 or much earlier? (She was an actress, and widow of comedian Steve Allen.)

Jerry Lewis – Remembered death late in 2013 or early 2014. In this reality, he died in August 2017. Like the late Don Rickles, several people believe he died much later in 2017. (Different from Jerry Lee Lewis, the colorful singer/songwriter.)

Jim Henson – Died of complications from a strep infection, or from cancer?  (In this timestream, initially reported as walking pneumonia. See )

Jimmy Swaggart – Report dead, but still alive at age 84 in July 2019.

John Denver‘s death – When and where? In this reality, 12 Oct 1997 near Monterrey Bay, California.

John Lennon – Date of death is 8 Dec 1980, but some have clear memories of a different date.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – The location of 1969 “bed-in for peace.”  (If you remember this, note the location before checking Wikipedia for the details.)

Jon Bon Jovi – Some recall a startling, mid-1990s lifestyle announcement.

Kathie Lee Gifford or Kathy Lee Gifford? In this reality, it’s always been “Kathie.”

Katy Perry – Memories of her using the name Kate, not Katy.

Leonard DiCaprio – Won an Oscar before 2016? Some recall earlier nominations and awards, as well as his 2016 acceptance speech, but years earlier.

Louie Anderson –  Alive and well at age 66 in July 2019. Some recall his death (and, of course, end of his TV show) at some point in the past. (Not confused with John Candy and other comedians.)

Muhammad Ali – 2009 death? Died June 2016, per Wikipedia.

Neil Armstrong died in 2013, not 2012?  Also, some are certain he made a ‘Mr. Gorsky’ reference during his lunar voyage. (Latter debunked in this timestream by Snopes, but does anyone actually recall hearing it?)

Patrick Swayze, his full recovery was reported after his tragic 2009 death in this reality.

Peter Fonda – He’s still alive and well at age 79, as of July 2019. (Not confusing him with his dad, actor Henry Fonda, who died in 1982.)

Peter Townsend or Peter Townshend – Spelling change? (One is a singer-songwriter for The Who. The other is an American drummer.)

Reba McIntyre or Reba McEntire? – Decide how you remember it before visiting her official website or Wikipedia to see the real spelling.

Richard Chamberlain – Did not die in the 1990s. As of July 2019, he’s 85. And – a related memory – James Franciscus was not his brother.

Robert Crumb – Death reported, 1990s. Still alive and irreverent at age 85, as of July 2019. Artist responsible for Fritz the Cat and the iconic Keep on Truckin’ graphic, etc.

Robert Stack – Death reports before his actual passing in 2003. And, as of July 2019, some people report him still alive and appearing on TV.

Rod Serling or Rod Sterling? Some recall the latter spelling, not as a typo.

Rodney King – Some have alternate memories of his death, including one during the infamous incident in 1991.

Shirley Temple – Some recall her death long prior to 10 Feb 2014.

Sinbad – Did he ever play a genie in a major movie? Was it Shazaam? (And was it spelled Shazam?) Did he ever play a genie, full stop?

Terry Pratchett – According to some, he died shortly after the announcement of his illness (2013), instead of March 2015.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett – Divorced ~10 years ago? (2019: Still listed as a happy couple and as romantic as ever. He divorced a previous wife in 1995.)

William Daniels (actor) – Did not die in the early 2000s. In fact, many recall him as Mr. Feeny in Girl Meets World, or the voice of K.I.T.T. in the Lego Dimensions game. Daniels is still witty and opinionated at age 92 (<- Wikipedia link) in July 2019.

Yogi Berra (athlete) – Died 22 Sep 2015, but some recall an earlier death.

More Mandela Effects… when and where?

9/11 – Did it happen on 9/11, as most people remember, or on 9/10, as some recall?

Thanksgiving (USA) – The third or the fourth Thursday in November? (Since 1941, it’s always on the fourth Thursday.)

Weather – Hurricane Katrina: April or August 2005, or another year altogether?

Writers’ strike in Hollywood – 2007-2008 or some other year (21st century only)?

More Mandela Effect geography

Geography – Locations and sizes of New Zealand.  Locations of Australia, Honduras, Japan, Manchuria, and more.

Adam’s Bridge (also Ram Setu, Rama Setu, Setubandhanam, and other names) – Some recall it fully above sea level in the mid-late 20th century, while historical records (in this timestream) say it was partially submerged – due to a cyclone – in the late 15th century.  (ref: )

51 or 52 United States – (Not Puerto Rico, which is a territory, or DC, which is a district.)

Alaska – Coastline radically different.

Arctica – Hasn’t existed for a very long time.

Japan – Where do you recall it, in relation to China?

Korea – N. Korea borders Russia? That’s what maps show.

Madagascar – Location and general geography. Not just a map issue.

Mongolia – Part of China or a separate country? And where is/was it?

Sri Lanka location, due south of India, not southeast.

Wales – East or west of England and Scotland? (It’s west. From London, take the M25 west to the M4, and follow the M4 into Wales.)

More media memories (TV, films, books, magazines)

Big (the movie) – Alternate ending. (Not confused with 13 Going on 30.)

The Candidate, or The Campaign – One movie, one and a remake, two movies, or now three… and did the title change? (Solved, maybe: See the related HuffPost page. Compare the article title and the inset video clip title.)

Carmen Sandiego (“Where in the World Is…”) – Some recall a yellow trench coat, long before the red one.

Cinderella – Some recall an alternate central character or characters.

Cruella DeVille or De Vil? – It’s the latter, in this Disney’s 101 Dalmatians movie reference.

Different Strokes or Diff’rent Strokes? – It’s the latter, though many recall otherwise and some TV listings support that.

Duggars – Was the show (briefly) “21 Kids and Counting”?

Forrest Gump – Was the most famous line “Life IS like a box of chocolates…” or “Life WAS like a box of chocolates…”?  In this reality, it’s the latter. (However, both lines were used in connection with the movie, so this isn’t necessarily a Mandela Effect.)

Fred Rogers’ song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” – Some recall “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” In this reality, it’s “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood.”? (See and

Gremlins character  (movie) – Spike or Stripe?  The only reliable sources say it was always Stripe, not Spike. (But, as of November 2016, Gremlins has caved to popular memory. They actually licensed a t-shirt, calling the Gremlin “Spike.”)

Hand gestures in movies – Do you recall different hand gestures in movies? For example, a more elaborate hand gesture by Antonio Banderas, with a candle, in Interview with the VampireSee the YouTube clip from the movie, around the 2:03 point. I’m looking for very specific descriptions of the alternate gesture.

Independence Day (movie) – Characters now missing from a major scene? (This has been reported privately, twice, and we’re looking for confirmation from others.)

Interview with a Vampire, or Interview with the Vampire – Actually, both titles were used on published book, in this reality. So, this isn’t a clear Mandela Effect issue.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and related topics – Did the Great Pumpkin appear near the end of the holiday special, or was it just Snoopy’s shadow? Was the cartoonist Charles Schultz or Charles Schulz? (In both cases, it was the latter in this reality.)

Jurassic Park – Original movie: Some recall a now-missing scene.

Justice League – Check the characters you’re remembering and see if one is missing.

K-PAX (movie) – Starred Kevin Spacey or Nicholas Cage? (In this timestream, it’s Spacey.)

Looney Tunes or Looney Toons? – Several conflicting memories.

Married with Children – Some recall one character played by two different actors.

M.A.S.H. (TV series) – Some recall the in-series death of Walter “Radar” O’Reilly. However, that wasn’t part of the story in this timestream.

Mirror, Mirror – In “Snow White,” did the evil queen say “Mirror, mirror…” or “Magic mirror…”? (In Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Queen says, “Magic mirror.”)

Mystery Science Theater – Variations of the numbers following show name (mostly 2000 or 3000, but a few recall 4000).

Sex and the City – Some are sure it was “Sex in the City” when it first aired.

Star Trek memories, including: Chakotay character killed, then returns – several episodes later – without much explanation. (I’ve talked about this – in person –  with Robert Beltran, who played the character. He’s sure that version was never written or filmed.)

Star Wars – Was the iconic line “Luke, I am your father” or “No, I am your father”? Also a missing scene. (Not just “deleted.”)

Terminator (and other movie) variations, “remembered” before the deleted scenes were available on DVD. Alternate late scenes and endings reported, as well.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (movie) – Different ending after initial release? Different title?

X-Men – Some reports of alternate abilities for Professor X.

Movies remembered before they were released

Several movies have been “remembered” by people, months or years before each movie was actually released. When each person saw the film he or she reported, it was like deja vu.  Flushed Away (2006) was the one most recalled as pre-2006.

More Mandela Effect-ish news reports

Twins… that aren’t – Reports of people who look exactly like someone’s twin (not just “somewhat like”) but aren’t actually twins. Different from doppelgangers, and more like the same physical design appearing again. Two alternates temporarily in the same reality…?

Whitey Bulger – Alleged Boston (MA, USA) gangster, died in 30 October 2018, not in 2013, in this reality.  Much of his life – and weird ability to “hide in plain sight” – seemed laced with the Mandela Effect.

More politics and political leaders

Abraham Lincoln – Alternate death. Alternate death date of son, Tad, as well.

Fidel Castro – Died November 2016 (per Wikipedia), but some recall a 2011 death.

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Shot with a handgun, at close range, or another cause of death?

Muammar Gaddafi – Some death memories from years before he was killed (in this timestream), and a couple of memories of him fleeing his country.

Mussolini – Looks different in recent historical photos. Not just different photos from what are in older news articles and textbooks, but a different man.

Osama bin Laden – Death reported in 2001 in the Middle East and elsewhere, with obituaries. Actual death reported 2011. Apparent sightings since then could come from trolls.

Ronald Reagan – Varying memories about when he was president, and when and how he died.

More pop culture

Brian Williams’ Southeast Asian memories – A high-profile example of Mandela Effect, a blunder, or something else?

Gaming – Alternate Versions…? Several reports related to different games, online and off.

Life cereal commercial (1970s) – Did Mikey like everything, eat everything (or “eats anything”), or hate everything? (In this reality, it was “he hates everything.”)

Musiclyrics, tracks, videos, and more – that’s a massive list, too long for this website.

Sara Lee products slogan/jingle – Some recall “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee,” (1960s’ commercial:;) but others recall it as “Nobody does it like Sara Lee.” And, they’re clear that they didn’t just mis-hear it.

Volvo car symbol (the badge/icon/logo on the car)… Some recall a major change.

Spelling (names)

Berenstein – Berenstain (Bears books, etc.)
Dettol – Dettox (cleaning products)
Febreeze – Febreze
Fruit Loops – Froot Loops (breakfast cereal)
Jiffy – Jif (peanut butter)
Kathy Lee Gifford – Kathie Lee Gifford (entertainer)
Kate Perry – Katy Perry (entertainer)
Liason – Liaison
Looney Tunes or Looney Toons
MacDonald’s – McDonald’s (restaurant)
Oscar Meyer or Oscar Mayer? – Processed meat products’ brand name.
Pete Townsend – Pete Townshend (drummer for The Who)
Reba McIntyre – Reba McEntire (entertainer)
Sketchers – Skechers (footwear brand name – It’s Skechers in this reality.)
Western Sizzler – Western Sizzlin – Name in this timestream is Western Sizzlin (ref:;). Even FB pages lists Western Sizzler (ref:;).

(In every case, the latter spelling is correct in this reality.)

More spelling (dictionary)

Definitely or definately? Apparently, it’s the most misspelled word in the English language, but where did “definately” come from and why do people remember being taught that spelling in school…?

Dilemma or dilemna?lot of people seem to recall the latter (the version with an N), but – in this timestream – it looks like that was never the correct spelling.

Other odd topics

Disney theme parks

Disney World – Some people remember entering the Magic Kingdom through the castle. A second, alternate memory: Everything else matched the current timestream, but the castle was much closer to the end of Main Street. (At Disney World, not Disneyland.)

Disney World – Some people recall taking a monorail from the Orlando airport directly to the Disney World property. The Orlando airport has a train, not a monorail, and it doesn’t take people to Disney World.

Disney World – A separate theme park in the Orlando (Florida) area. Maybe intended as a beta test site for attraction concepts? It’s not an abandoned park or project, and it’s much smaller (in acreage) than the main WDW property.  Two main areas: (1) The theme park, and (2) one crescent-shaped building with shops and restaurants, plus one larger hotel on the other side of it. Generally, the theme park attractions are multi-level. (Note: Not confused with Universal Studios’ theme parks.)

Mars – No moons or two moons?

Segway – Available in beta around 1996? (No. The company was started in 1999, and the product was in pre-production, limited release in 2002. Ref.)


Mirrors, and Alice in Wonderland – Do some mirrors access a different reality? (This concept has been explored in many works of fiction, including Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. And, as a paranormal researcher, I know that investigators sometimes see different worlds in mirrors at “haunted” locations. But are those ghosts…?)

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