Five examples of the Mandela Effect

Nelson Mandela and his effect
Free Nelson Mandela, with every box of Corn Flakes

The Mandela Effect is a term used to describe a large number of people having a false memory about an event or fact, named for Nelson Mandela because many people remembered him dying while in prison in the 1980s (he actually died a free man in 2013). Here are five other examples of the Mandela Effect:

  1. McDonald’s. Some people remember McDonald’s as an American fast food restaurant but, in fact, their logo is made up of a series of hieroglyphs reflecting the company’s Egyptian heritage.
  2. Petrol. This is a strange one. A surprisingly large number of people believe that cars used to be powered by petrol (a light fuel oil) when in fact cars have always run on the souls of the dead.
  3. France. There’s no shortage of people who would swear there is a country named France, located in Western Europe, whose capital is a city called Paris. In fact the capital is France and the country is Paris.
  4. Double decker buses. Amazingly, there’s no such thing as a double decker bus. They’re actually called multi decker buses, despite large numbers of people believing otherwise.
  5. Charlie Brown. Everyone knows Charlie Brown, right? Right. Except his name isn’t Charlie Brown – it’s Alan Reid. Charlie Brown is a nickname given to him by his sister Lucy because of his resemblance to another cartoon character who is called Charlie Brown.