Top 10 Mandela Effects (Movie And TV Edition!)

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The “Mandela effect” is one of the most mind-boggling things we can find on the Internet today. Named after the famous Nelson Mandela, the first president of South Africa to be elected under the new constitution, the term describes the phenomenon in which a group of people collectively remember facts or events one way and then find out later that their memories are wrong.

As to why this happens, the two most famous theories are time travel and parallel universes. According to the first idea, time travelers go into the past and change minor details. This creates ripples that affect our lives today. An odd title change or lines being added or removed from movies would be examples of this.

The parallel universe theory states that our “original world” was sucked into a black hole when the world was supposed to end in 2000 or 2012. Now we live in an alternate universe.

However, most people believe that the Mandela effect is just one of those weird coincidences in life that most people can’t explain. Here are the top 10 Mandela effects relating to television and movies. Prepare to have your mind blown.

10 Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars is easily one of the most watched movie series of all time. On May 25, 1977, the world was captivated when Star Wars: A New Hope came out. The journey of young Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Darth Vader enthralled audiences everywhere.

Then they did it again on May 21, 1980, when Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back came out and delivered one of the most iconic movie lines of all time: “Luke, I am your father.” It is quoted on a regular basis.

However, here is the shocking thing. The line is not “Luke, I am your father.” Nope! The actual line is: “No, I am your father.”[1] This was a total surprise. Although the wording is similar, it is still somewhat different from how the entire world remembers it. So, next time you attend a Comic-Con festival or a group of friends has a movie night, you can tell everyone they are wrong.

9 Sex And The City

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Another oddly remembered classic is Sex in the City. Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York Goldenblatt, Samantha Jones, and Miranda Hobbes stole our hearts in this addictive series. Hearing a group of girls talk about their relationships, struggles, and sex became a relatable and entertaining escape for women. Most moms are obsessed with this show, and almost everyone has a friend who still watches the reruns on a regular basis.

Fans went into shock when they found out that the actual name of the show is Sex and the City. People have even checked their memorabilia to make sure this was right. But it is. Some people have even speculated that they secretly changed the name of the show because it is so widely known as Sex in the City. But if you look back at each season, it has always been called Sex and the City.[2]

8 ‘We Are The Champions’

“We Are the Champions” by Queen is one of the great songs of all time. When people think karaoke or sing-alongs, there are few songs that come to mind faster than “We Are the Champions.” The ending—“’cause we are the champions . . . of the world!”—makes listeners want to throw their hands in the air while belting out the lyrics.

But hear this. At the end of the song, there is no “of the world.” It simply ends on “we are the champions.”[3] Isn’t that crazy? We could have sworn that there is a version that says “of the world,” right? This one is unbelievable!

7 Curious George

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Curious George is a classic children’s cartoon based on the popular books with the same name. Most young adults remember watching this show as kids. Curious George went on his adventures, eating a banana with his tail hanging between his legs. He had “the man in the yellow hat” looking after him at all times.

The show demonstrated the lessons of forgiveness, learning, and playful curiosity. You can almost see a picture of Curious George in your head. Now here is the crazy thing. Curious George never had a tail.[4] The picture most people have of him in their heads is wrong. He’s a tailless monkey.

6 Forrest Gump

Another classic movie is Forrest Gump. Jenny and Forrest stole our hearts. It taught us lessons of love, perseverance, and not judging a book by its cover. Forrest started out in life with overwhelming difficulties but eventually accomplished all sorts of things. He ran, became a Ping-Pong champion, joined the military, became a shrimp fisherman, and most importantly, truly loved.

Not only did we get a totally lovable character in Forrest, but we also got classic lines like “run, Forrest, run” and “life is like a box of chocolates.” Everyone has quoted these lines on a regular basis—especially “life is like a box of chocolates.”

However, that’s not really the line! It’s actually “life was like a box of chocolates.”[5] This definitely makes us want to rewatch the movie to figure out how we all got this so wrong.

5 Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

The next Mandela effect is a line from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that has been misquoted. “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” This has been ingrained in our heads since we were kids.

But again, “mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest one of all” is not really the line! The actual line is: “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”[6] This is another example that viewers may have to see and hear to believe. Let’s go dig up our old Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs DVDs and listen closely to see how we all got this wrong.

4 Interview With The Vampire

Okay, here’s a really crazy one! You know the movie Interview with a Vampire? Starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Christian Slater, and Kirsten Dunst, the movie is about a vampire telling his story to an excited biographer.

But the movie’s real title is Interview with the Vampire.[7] That just sounds so wrong. If someone types “Interview with a Vampire” into Google, it will automatically change the search results to Interview with the Vampire without even correcting the user. It is used that often. And it is so hard to believe that this movie has never been called Interview with a Vampire. Mind blown.

3 Star Wars I–VII

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So here is another weird Star Wars fact. C-3PO is an all-time favorite character, right? He is smart, sort of a coward, but loyal to his friend R2-D2.

C-3PO’s look is unique, too. He is remembered as an all-gold robot with intense circular eyes. He appears in all the Star Wars movies from Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace to Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

Here is the shock. C-3PO is not all gold.[8] Until Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, he always had a silver leg that has been seemingly overlooked by everyone! One of our most beloved characters looked nothing like the image in our minds. A Google search is definitely in order!

2 The Silence Of The Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is one of the creepiest movies ever made. It is referenced all the time in scary environments.

In the movie, Jodie Foster played Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI’s training academy. Jack Crawford, played by Scott Glenn, wants her to interview a psychiatrist who also happens to be a violent psychopath.

Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, is in prison for murder and cannibalism. Crawford wants to use Starling’s youth and good looks to get the psychiatrist to share insights on the case. There is a terrifying moment when Lecter says, “Hello, Clarice.” It sends chills down our spines and is referenced on the Internet a lot.

However, that moment didn’t happen. In reality, all he says is “good morning.”[9] This blew our minds. How did a whole line get unanimously put in a movie and not actually exist? This one is especially hard to believe because the line is not scary in real life. We all added a bone-chilling line to the movie at a point where nothing that frightening was actually said.

1 Sally Field

Sally Field is a famous actress. She has even won two Academy Awards. In and of itself, her name is a Mandela effect because so many people think she is Sally Fields (with an “s”). Her acceptance speech when she won the Oscar for Places in the Heart is one of the most famous of all time: “You like me, you really like me.”

This line has been quoted and mocked for years. But that’s not what she said! The actual line is: “You like me. Right now, you like me.”[10] Doesn’t have the same effect, does it? Reading this makes us wonder how the whole world heard the same thing. It is truly incredible and slightly eerie.

‘Scientific Mysteries’ the Internet Loves, Debunked

Whether it involves aliens, moving rocks, or crop circles, no one loves a scientific mystery like the internet—even if that “mystery” was solved years ago using all of the rigors of science. Here are 10 so-called mysteries that the global online community can’t bear to part with, debunked once and for all (we hope).


The “Mystery”: This so-called “strange rock” is a balancing act comprised of two rocks, one teetering precipitously on top of the other. Locals of ancient yesteryear, apparently perplexed to discover that the top rock was in no danger of sliding off the bottom rock despite the extremely small point of contact between them—and was, in fact, too heavy to be moved at all—decided giants tossing boulders explained the phenomenon. “And it’s true,” one theorist wrote: “There is still no exact scientific explanation, but contrary to the laws of physics, the stone stands quite firmly and human strength is not enough to move it.”

Science Says: It’s not true, actually. Geologists put forward a much more likely cause for this balancing rock and the countless others that exist worldwide: Melting glaciers deposited them where they currently squat.


geographic features called fairy circles in namibia, created by termites and plants


The “Mystery”: Are they footprints of the gods? Barren patches caused by a dragon’s fiery breath? Marks left behind by UFOs? All of these ideas were perpetuated by the internet after tour guides in the region passed them on to tourists, according to The New York Times. The scientific community was pretty sure the dirt circles found in the Namib Desert were none of those things, even though they were hard-pressed to come up with a more logical explanation—until recently.

Science Says: Research published in 2017 suggests that they’re the work of colonies of termites, which clear circular patches around their nests; the barrenness of these shapes is possibly enhanced by plants as they stretch their roots to reach scarce water—which prevents other plants from growing in the process.


klerksdorp sphere

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The “Mystery”: These grooved spheres have been the subject of many strange theories, most revolving around the existence of intelligent aliens who made the pod-like trinkets—which apparently can rotate on their axes—using intelligent alien technology and otherworldly metals some 3 billion years ago. has proposed a whole host of theories about the spheres’ uses, including ancient ammunition, messages from space, and currency.

Science Says: Geologists have a more tempered explanation for how the spheres came to be: They’re concretions—little balls of rock that have grown around a core object—of the minerals hematite, wollastonite, or pyrite that have hardened over time in nests of volcanic ash or sediment. The myth of alien metalworking skills was debunked back in 1996, but it still resurfaces every once in a while.


The “Mystery”: The Webdriver Torso YouTube account has been freaking out the internet with its videos for several years. Commentors posited that the videos—which were usually 11 seconds long and featured colored rectangles moving around on a white screen—were spy code, alien code, or recruitment searches for expert hackers. At the channel’s peak, videos were uploaded as often as every two minutes.

Science Says: Google revealed in 2014 that they were simply video clips the company had created to test the quality of YouTube videos. “We’re never gonna give you uploading that’s slow or loses video quality, and we’re never gonna let you down by playing YouTube in poor video quality,” the company told Engadget in a statement/Rickroll. “That’s why we’re always running tests like Webdriver Torso.” Conspiracy theorists, however, pointing out that videos had been uploaded elsewhere before Google took credit for the channel, continued to suspect darker intentions. One reddit user posited in 2015 that Google “could … have a secret agenda.” Maybe Google wants this chatter to continue: Even today, googling “Webdriver Torso” will yield an easter egg.


Sailing stones of Death Valley National Park

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The “Mystery”: Known alternately as sliding, walking, or moving rocks, for more than 100 years these so-called “living stones” have seemingly slid across the floor of a dry lake bed all on their own, leaving trails of their movements—and causing plenty of speculation. Magnetic force is one popular theory, along with psychic energy and the interventions of alien spacecraft. Some claim a 700-pound stone named Karen disappeared for two years, only to somehow reappear again.

Science Says: In 2014, scientists studied the situation and discovered that the stones move when the lake bed they rest on becomes covered with rainwater that freezes overnight into a sheet of ice; when the ice melts, it pushes the rocks here and there—assisted by Death Valley’s powerful winds. (No word on what Karen’s been up to, though.)


Aerial view of a geoglyph representing a Duck or a Dinosaurius at Nazca Lines

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The “Mystery”: If conspiracy theorists like aliens, they love ancient aliens. When it comes to the Nazca lines, they speculate that ancient astronauts from outer space drew almost 1200 geometric, animal, and plant shapes in a vast, arid plateau on Peru’s Pampas de Jumana. also purports that the designs were made by humans, “most likely to signal extraterrestrials,” and possibly to provide a runway for their space ships.

Science Says: The truth—which has been known since at least the 1940s—is that the figures were created 1500 to 2000 years ago by the Nazca people, who removed rocks and/or a portion of topsoil to create an image in negative. At first, scientists believed the figures were astronomical symbols, or an early sort of calendar, but later research indicated the drawings were used ritualistically, in ceremonies involving the quest for scarce water.


aerial view of bermuda

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The “Mystery”: Three hundred ships and planes, all supposedly sunk or gone missing in the same general area in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean: The Bermuda Triangle (so-named by pulp writer Vincent Gaddis in 1964) has had conspiracy theorists of all stripes spouting endless theories for years. Atlantis! Alien interventions! An opening in the fabric of the universe! Attack by sea monsters! A popular theory in the 1970s involved magnetism wreaking havoc on navigational devices, and one more recent theory suggested that bursting bubbles of methane gas were responsible for missing craft. Online speculations, like this one from BuzzFeedBlue, attempt to stoke the (nonexistent) fire.

Science Says: This has been settled for decades—there is no mystery. In 1975, librarian turned investigative author Larry Kusche unearthed the actual facts: Some “missing” vessels were simply made up; some sank far from the Triangle; and others along the route—which is still heavily trafficked today—fell prey to the region’s frequent bad storms.


The “Mystery”: A lot of otherworldly meaning has been ascribed to these designs squished into fields of wheat, rapeseed, and barley. Once again, aliens—mathematical-genius aliens this time—are said to be responsible for them, hiding complicated messages in the circles’ sometimes intricate imagery. Others suggest they’re spiritual centers that beam energy. In the video above, a farmer who found an intricate crop spiral in his field says, “I don’t know what caused it, but I’m not sure that it was made by people.”

Science Says: The truth is simple, and perhaps disappointing, which may explain why the alien theory never seems to die: The circles are made under cover of darkness by people, sometimes with the permission of the farmers whose land they’re created on. They use measuring devices, rollers, and other low-tech gear to push patterns into grain.


The “Mystery”: When a small, oddly shaped, strangely featured mummy was discovered in Chile’s Atacama Desert in 2003, some on the internet called it proof that beings from space had once lived among humans—and perhaps even mated with them. The mummy had 10 ribs instead of the typical 12; a strangely sloped head; and at just 6 inches long, was fetus-sized, but its bones were as dense as a child’s. Some thought that the 9 percent of the mummy’s DNA that didn’t match the human DNA they compared it to was further evidence of its non-human origins. As UFO/ET conspiracy theorist Steven Greer says in the above clip, “Is that all computer read error? Maybe. Is it what’s called DNA junk? Perhaps. We don’t know.”

Science Says: Testing of Ata’s genome destroyed these theories, proving that Ata was 100 percent human and died, likely in utero, from genetic defects. Many of these mutations related to bone development, explaining her missing ribs and thick bones. Exposure to nitrate-contaminated drinking water may have been a factor in her deformations as well. And that 9 percent genetic difference? Standard contamination of a mummy that was exposed to the open air.

A Trip Through New York City in 1911

Once you get over how strangely natural this glimpse of New York City from 100 years ago is, you start to notice how differently public space was used at the time. This was before roads were designated for cars, and were used by pedestrians, horses, and vendors as well as motorized vehicles. You might notice several elderly men with missing limbs, then you realize this is only 50 years after the start of the Civil War.