Mandela effect

Mandela effect

A phenomenon involving a large group of people all incorrectly remembering a past event or fact. The phrase is named for the purportedly widespread misconception that Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s while in prison. (Mandela died in 2013 after having served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 following his release from prison in 1990.) Apparently, the company's name was always spelled that way, so you guys remembering it differently must be the Mandela effect.
See also: effect
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Mulder and Scully try to understand the concept of the Mandela Effect in next week's episode of "The X-Files.
com/tvshows/the-x-files/episode-4-season-11/the-lost-art-of-forehead-sweat/100536/) synopsis for Season 11, episode 4 of the Fox series, Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) explore the idea of the Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history.
The Mandela Effect has been dismissed as mere memory disturbance.
But The Mandela Effect is nothing to do with acquiring new information: in contrast, it's all to do with memory, and knowing yours is 100 per cent spot on… despite the fact that if you type 'Mandela Effect' into Wikipedia you're whisked straight to a page entitled 'Confabulation' ("a memory disturbance, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive)
As the former ANC leader arrived on stage, the Mandela effect swept through the crowd - an outbreak of smiling that extended like a Mexican wave.
com/listings/20180104fox06/) synopsis for the installment, Mulder and Scully (Gillian Anderson) explore the idea of The Mandela Effect and learn how The X-Files may have originated.