Mysterious Pattern – Update

Quantum Leap - AL photoTwo weeks ago, I published a request. I was looking for anyone who could elaborate on an odd series of messages I’d received.

At the time, those messages seemed significant. They still do, but no one has successfully confirmed the context of My**EE.

So, I’m putting that to one side, for now.

However, many people deserve thanks for comments that pointed to another Mandela Effect pattern. This relates to synchronicities they noted: Things they were researching, or other points that were exact matches for something in my post.

It was a busy day when I posted that article. I didn’t choose my phrases, schedule that post for a certain time, or add its illustration with careful thought. It was simply, “Maybe I should ask my friends and site visitors if they recognize this code.”

I was astonished when friends and readers replied with other, unexpected matches to their own lives and research.

So, thank you to everyone who replied. Your insights were fascinating!

Meanwhile, this site remains closed to new comments because the trolls, spam, and spoofs had reached a ridiculous level.

Speaking of trolls and others trying to take advantage of eager Mandela Effect fans…

Please remember that I’m not at Reddit. I don’t comment at forums. I don’t leave comments at people’s websites, either.

I don’t make personal appearances. I’m not on TV shows, on the radio (as a guest or call-in) – except for a June 2018 appearance on George Noory’s “Coast to Coast AM” show – or in documentaries.

Anyone claiming to be “Fiona Broome” – or my representative – in any of those places, is a fraud.

Be very wary of anyone who asks (or hints) that he or she wants money for “Mandela Effect research.”

(Also, there is no active @mandelaeffect.com email address. Anyone apparently using that as an address… it’s a spoof. Don’t even open it.)

Most Popular Topics

These are the most popular topics at the Mandela Effect website:

For a far longer list of reported memories, see the Memories page links.

Explorer or Occasional Slider?

In recent reports, more people are talking about changing memories. That is, some are starting to experience dual memories, meaning they recall two different, contrasting memories.

Others say that they vaguely recall a contrasting memory, but now it seems like it’s fading. (They’re not saying they were mistaken, previously, but a few are questioning that.)

Peeking Cat - Mandela EffectIn most cases, visitors say they suddenly recall both Berenstein and Berenstain Bears.

I’m going to take this in a speculative direction. Perhaps wild and unlikely speculation.

It’s fine if you disagree, even vehemently.

But, what if (all the best questions start that way) the longer someone is in a reality, the more their memories assimilate with the reality he or she is in?

Maybe it’s like moving to a region or country with a different accent. And, the longer you live there, the more natural it is to pronounce words the local way.

I’m reminded of a novel that seemed to suggest that reality “slides” can affect memories, eventually. (Or, it may have been how I interpreted the story.) The book was Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. (It was an okay book, and I really enjoyed parts of it, but it wasn’t something I’d re-read.)

So, this morning, I’m wondering whether people who retain strong, alternate memories are avid explorers of realities, whether they’re consciously choosing to “slide” or not.

In other words, they’re people who visit multiple realities with greater frequency than others.

And, perhaps those who are sensing dual or even changing memories, are occasional sliders.

Or, maybe they’ve settled into this reality. They plan to stay here, and are happy to adopt its memories as their own.

Admittedly, this is speculation built on layers of “what if…?” ideas. The truth — for one person, some people, or even everyone — may be very different.

I’m just guessing, really.

For me, it’s the kind of question that makes the Mandela Effect fascinating.

Yes, It’s Real

In 2016, I deliberately stepped back from MandelaEffect.com.

Part of it was the crazy workload. Moderating comments required five to six hours per day, seven days a week.

In addition, around April 2016, I was more-or-less warned off the Mandela Effect topic. The general message was: my articles & conversations might be influencing the outcome of experiments that were at a critical point.

This website’s influence was not welcomed, and could detrimentally affect the results.

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I wasn’t sure if I should take that seriously, but it came from multiple, fairly credible sources.

DDoS events soon followed.

Choosing to err on the side of caution, I decided to shut down most of what I was doing at the MandelaEffect.com website, but leave the archives online. (Also, I created this WordPress.com site as a mirror, so the data would remain available, no matter what.)

However, the genie was already out of the bottle. Reddit and other forums were running wild with Mandela Effect speculation.

At some point in the past year (2016), even more people realized that they shared memories that don’t fit the current, accepted version of reality.

The “tipping point” was achieved.

And now, it’s official. As of late November 2016, from mainstream media to tabloids, the concept is exploding.

Examples:

Express: There ARE parallel universes: Physicists state multiverses are INTERACTING

Forbes: Is There Another ‘You’ Out There In A Parallel Universe?

The West Australian: Time travel possible with multiverses interacting with one another, scientists theorise

AOL News: Scientists say time travel is possible

The Inquisitr: Parallel Universes Are Real And They Are Interacting With Our Universe, Scientists Say

The Sun: QUANTUM LEAPS – Time travellers could use parallel dimensions to visit the past, scientists claim

Seven years ago, when I started the MandelaEffect.com website and our conversations began, I had no idea we’d reach this point.

But… well, here we are.

I don’t even know what to call this. A movement? An awakening? Something else altogether…?

Whatever label you want to use, the Mandela Effect is part of it, and you are, too.

At this point, I’m not sure we have to prove anything about our alternate memories. Sure, trite explanations (like “it’s all confabulation”) can be acknowledged, but now we have science on our side.

Not all of the dots connect. I realize that.

But, with the broad scale announcement that parallel realities appear to be real, and they seem to be influencing each other… we have enough confirmation to say we’re not making this up.

In the future, I’ll have a lot more to say about this.

But, for now, I want to pause and celebrate. You should, as well. I feel as if everyone who’s talked about the Mandela Effect and shared alternate memories, online and off,  has been part of the tipping point that happened in 2016.

That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment. Thank you!

Comments with an Agenda?

Since I don’t visit forums very often — and I don’t think I’ve even found time for Facebook in the past year or so — I rely on friends to note social media posts about the Mandela Effect.

trash-papersI’m grateful for those friends’ insights, because they’ve put a recent problem into a broader context. I thought the issue was only at this website, but now it seems more widespread.

Here’s what’s going on:

Lately, I’ve seen an increase in odd, shallow comments left at this website. I usually send them to the Trash.

According to a few friends, similar comments are appearing at Reddit and other discussion sites.

Those comments are posted under a variety of usernames and IP numbers. Other than that, they’re remarkably consistent.

  • Most – not all – open with an almost apologetic line like, “This is going to sound crazy, but…”
  • Then, the comment wanders into easily dismissed topics of religion or conspiracies, or both. A few bring UFOs into the mix.
  • Finally, each comment usually includes a link to YouTube, generally to a video that’s supposedly related to the Mandela Effect.  (The few I checked were only loosely Mandela Effect-ish. One mentioned “Mandela Effect” in a single sentence; that was all.)

The odd part is, the phrasing of those comments is consistent. The use of language – words and phrases – follows a specific pattern. Ordinarily, I’d attribute the writing to a single person, even if they’re trying to sound different. (Most people can’t conceal their natural speech patterns in writing, no matter how they try.)

It may be a single person with a specific agenda, hiring several workers at Fiverr or Mr. Turk, or services like them. It’s possible. I’m not sure that it matters.

The tactic isn’t very clever, but — if you’re not familiar with this technique for flooding forums, etc., to discredit a topic — you might take some of those comments seriously. That does matter, if this is an effort to dilute important Mandela Effect comments.

Or, this might be the natural progression of the Diffusion of Innovations curve, related to this topic.

Or, it could be both… or something else, altogether. (For all I know, it’s someone hoping to get lots of YouTube views to earn advertising commissions.)

If you’ve seen an increase in vapid, nonsensical, and extreme comments on this topic: It’s not a fair representation of those serious about the Mandela Effect. The less attention paid to those comments, the better. And please, don’t waste your time on their YouTube efforts.

[UPDATE: Since posting this article, the comments I described have come to an abrupt halt. Not even one claiming to be “different” or “sincere,” which is unusual, after I speak up on this kind of issue. So, I think it’s safe to assume those comments had an agenda. I don’t know (or care) what it was; I’m just relieved they’ve stopped.]

Latest Memories – 11 Apr 2016

At the start of 2016, I asked people to use the Contact form to let me know about alternate memories they didn’t see in articles or on my Memories list and related Comments pages.

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Recently reported memories

  • Jonny Quest or Johnny Quest? As you can see from the DVD set from the first season — illustrated at right — it’s Jonny. No H. This is one of the first spelling alterations we’ve seen that’s not a vowel. (Note: Johnny Test is a different program.)
  • Oxiclean or Oxyclean? It’s Oxiclean in this reality.
  • Several Australians have reported a strong memory of an alternate Australian flag. The issues seem related to the number of stars and relative sizes of them. Several specifically talk about seeing the “new” flag behind the Australian Prime Minister during a speech in mid-late March 2016.
  • Days of Heaven movie: At the big confrontation, did Sam Shepard hold a pitchfork or a gun? (I haven’t seen the film, but people say it’s a gun in this reality.)
  • This may not be a Mandela Effect issue: A few people are reporting that US Mail (USPS) trucks (jeep style) now have steering wheels on the left side of the car, similar to most US automobiles. I only recall seeing the steering wheel on the right side of USPS vehicles, the same as cars in England. Does anyone have insights about a design change?
  • Not Mandela Effect:  “E.T. phone home” was said in the movie, E.T. I’m not sure who started claiming it was only “E.T. home phone,” but that’s just one line in the film; the rest say “…phone home.”
  • Not Mandela Effect, as far as I know: In at least one episode of Fringe, the New York borough of Manhattan is spelled Manhatan. That’s deliberate, to cue viewers that the show is set in an alternate reality.
  • Those reporting a dual memory of the borough as “Manhatten”… that might be Mandela Effect. (It should be “Manhattan.” According to Spellchecker.net, 76% of the misspellings are consistently “Manhatten.” Contrast that with the 63% who misspell the word “misspell.”) I’m not sure whether the focused frequency of a misspelled word indicates Mandela Effect, and if we can claim a certain percentage as a marker.
  • Several people think the added forward-slash (/) is part of spelling at this website, and it’s a Mandela Effect. It’s not. The apparent typo is due to a software glitch I haven’t been able to resolve… and I don’t have time to go through comments and delete all those extra characters.
  • Another simple misspelling: the word is “whoa,” not “woah.” The frequency of this misspelling in recent years raises the question of whether it’s based in the Mandela Effect, but I’m not sure. (It shows up 71% of the time, as a misspelling.) If you’re fairly sure it’s a Mandela Effect issue, let me know.
  • Another confusing spelling topic: Several people recall being taught “suprise” instead of “surprise.” Spellchecker.net says 62% misspell “surprise” without the first R. (That could be a contagion from a typo in a spelling book, or some other teaching-related mistake.) However, that word seems to have a higher-than-average number of variations among misspellings. The number of variations is anomalous.
  • Misquotation or Mandela Effect? It seems as if “Hello, Clarice” doesn’t appear in Silence of the Lambs. It’s “Good evening, Clarice.” (I can’t vouch for this because I’ve never seen the film and never will, on principle. But, enough people have contacted me about the quote, I’m including it in this list.)
  • In the Matrix, when Neo opens his book, does a word appear — probably on the right-side page of the book, opposite the page headed “On Nihilism” — near the top of an otherwise-white page? So far, no one can recall the actual word, but all say it was there when they first saw the movie… and now it’s gone.

Visual Cues and the Mandela Effect

Illustration courtesy of JD Hancock

This week, MandelaEffect.com visitor Mike H. shared a couple of video links with me. (I rarely have time for YouTube, even for topics that interest me.)

I’ve posted those videos, below.  Because this is a busy week, I haven’t watched either video, in full, but – skimming the second one – I realized something that’s important. Well, it’s important to me, anyway, as it’s part of how I remember things, and how I clarify those memories.

I’m a visual learner. Things that I see reinforce memories, and they can trigger memories, as well.

To find out more about learning modalities, here are a few helpful links: Learning Modalities, at Education.comModalities, at the State University of New York, CortlandThe Four Modalities of Learning, at Ms. Dillard’s Classroom.

Every day, I receive many emails and comments related to alternate memories (and an alternate past). On average, I recall about 20% of the memories I read in those emails & comments. I think most people agree with some — but not all — alternate memories they read about at this website and others that explore the Mandela Effect.

Sometimes, I’m not sure about a particular memory. It may be a dual memory, but, at other times, it’s something that wasn’t important to me (when I first learned about it), so I don’t want to claim I’m certain of the alternate memory.

For me, one of those ambivalent memories was the Star Wars’ movie line, “Luke, I am your father,” as opposed to “No. I am your father.” (The movie seems to have the latter line, not the former. However, with several different edits of the original Star Wars movies in circulation, those movies aren’t the strongest evidence to support Mandela Effect theories.)

I was fairly certain I recalled the line as “Luke…,” but — though I’m a fan of Star Wars — I can’t claim that one line made enough of an impact for me to be confident of my alternate memory.

Then, I saw the visual in the second video, below.  It triggered vivid and detailed memories of seeing Star Wars for the first time… and the second time, the third, and so on.

Right away, I understood why — in my reality, at the time — that line definitely started with “Luke…”

It’s because, at times of stress and urgency, when a parent wants to impress his (or her) child with an important fact or order, that parent almost always starts the sentence with the child’s name.

Had Darth Vader said “No. I am your father,” I would have thought he was lying, trying to throw Luke off-guard. I’d have expected the lie to be exposed in the sequel to that film.

That’s my kind of logic. But, until I saw Darth Vader facing Luke in the video, below, I wasn’t 100% certain that my original memory was different from what’s current in this reality.

So, I’m sharing these videos in case they’re helpful to others. I’d like not to launch another “Heinz 57 varieties” series of comments on the individual topics, but I’m interested in hearing from people who find visual cues helpful in clarifying alternate memories.

I’d also like to know how you decide whether something is an alternate memory for you. That is, do you look it up, online? Or, do you go back to an old book, movie, or journal? Do you check with friends or family who might have the same memory?

What’s your process when you encounter a memory that doesn’t fit the current reality?