The Mandela Effect is a psychological phenomenon, currently recognized by large populations of people in the U.S. incorrectly remembering icons from pop culture. Famous examples of this include many remembering The Bearenstain Bears as The Berenstein Bears, Oscar Mayer as Oscar Meyer, and Forrest Gump’s iconic quote “Like was like a box of chocolates” as “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
As communities starting connecting over these memories, theories started to arise as to how this phenomenon could happen. There’s the argument that their memories just aren’t real – human memory is incredibly malleable and it is easy to recall something that is false. However, others prefer to believe that we are sliding back and forth between parallel realities / alternate universes. Or that we are living in a simulated reality that has “glitched.” These are ideas that are possible, however, there is not a huge amount of evidence to support it. Astrophysicists, such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson, have said that “it’s very likely the universe is a simulation.” We can’t know these things for sure, but the opportunity to ponder them is interesting.