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45 Mandela Effect Examples That Will Blow Your Mind

It was Looney Toons for sure ... right?!

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The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon that makes us question even the most mundane memories from the past. In June 2019, the famed New York Times crossword puzzle made it the theme, and defined it as, "a recent refinement of false memory that typically refers to pop culture or current event references." Named by paranormal researcher Fiona Broome, it's basically remembering something that doesn't match with historical records. For example, the stuff you use to make your home smell fresh isn't "Febreeze" (more on that later).

Broome has said that she "loves" the idea that the Mandela Effect, or others claiming they distinctly recall different events or details, could be proof that we're existing in alternate realities. We're not so sure that's the truth, but these comparisons between popular belief and reality is making our jaws hit the floor as we type. Check out 45 of the most gobsmacking "facts" here.

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Nelson Mandela's Death

Let's start with the reason we're all here. Nelson Mandela, who this theory is named after, died in 2013. However, countless people distinctly remember him dying in prison in the 1980s. But his death isn't the only example of a Mandela Effect. We have been wrong about so many dates, details, and more. Keep going for more commonly misremembered moments in history

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Jif, Not "Jiffy"

People swear there was a "Jiffy" peanut butter back in the day, but we speculate they're combining Jif with its competitor, Skippy.

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Looney Tunes, Not Toons

It makes almost zero sense, but yes, the cartoon was spelled as "Tunes."

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The Berenstein Bears Didn't Exist

The lovable cartoon bear family actually spelled their last name with an "a": The Berenstain Bears.

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Curious George's Tail

... was never there. Are you freaking out? Okay, moving on.

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'Sex and the City'

While these four women were having sex in the city, the show was actually titled Sex and the City.

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Febreze

You might use the stuff every day, but be honest: You thought it was "Febreeze," didn't you?

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Oscar Mayer

One of the most confounding of all: There's an "A" in "Mayer"?! Honest to goodness, we thought it was Meyer.

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Skechers

Less sketchy than most, people have been befuddled to see that there's no "T" in Skechers.

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Froot Loops

Kellogg had been spelling fruit like that for years and we only noticed it now ... wowza.

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King Henry VIII's ... Turkey Leg?

For some reason, people distinctly remember this portrait showing the king of England wielding a turkey leg. To be clear, he was not.

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Monopoly Man and His Monocle

... or more like the fact that he doesn't have one. This, as some suggest, might be a simple confusion between him and the Planters peanut company's mascot, Mr. Peanut.

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Pikachu's Tail

Though many of us clearly remember black detailing on the Pokemon character's tail, but in reality, it's just yellow.

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The Hyphen in Kit Kat

If you've just had an existential crisis about the fact that there's no hyphen in between "Kit" and "Kat," know that you're not alone.

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Fruit of the Loom Logo

It used to have a cornucopia behind the fruit ... right? Right?!

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Cheez-It or Cheez-Itz?

We swear, there used to be an extra "z" at the end! What.is.happening.

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Double "Stuf" Oreos

If you're trying to tell us there isn't a second "f" in Stuf, our lives have officially been a lie.

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Mona Lisa's Smile

There are a LOT of theories about this one, but so many people have claimed that she used to have a more obvious smile.

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C-3PO Has a Silver Leg

Even the biggest Star Wars fans (and Halloween costume sites) get it wrong. The robot isn't all gold; he has one silver piece on his right leg.

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The Flintstones Has Two Ts

We've been pronouncing it without that first one, so this is really awkward now.

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Chartreuse

Do you recall someone telling you that chartreuse is a magenta-pink color? So many others agree with you. But in reality, it's a shade of green.

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"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates"

... is not what Forrest Gump (played by the amazing Tom Hanks) actually said. If you listen closely he says, "Life was like a box of chocolates." We're regretting all of those Instagram captions right about now ...

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"Mirror, Mirror on the Wall"

Nope, that wasn't a line in Snow White either. In fact, the Wicked Queen says, "Magic mirror on the wall ..." Yep, our childhood has been ruined too.

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"I'm so 2008 ..."

While some swear the Black Eyed Peas released their hit single "Boom Boom Pow" in 2008, it really came out in 2009. Fergie doesn't sing, "I'm so 2008/You're so 2000 and late," she says, "I'm so 3008/You're so 2000 and late." Mind. Blown.

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"Luke, I am Your Father."

Honestly, this was the one that cut deep. Perhaps the most famous movie line in history wasn't even said. All he really said was, "I am your father."

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Tom Cruise's Sunglasses

If you've ever seen someone dress up as Tom Cruise from Risky Business, they most likely were wearing some cool shades. Fans often remember him rocking sunglasses in that iconic dance scene, but he didn't. Just socks, a button-up shirt and a whole lot of confidence.

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"Run, You Fools!"

Hate to burst your bubble again, but this memorable line was never said by Gandalf. Before his treacherous fall, you can clearly hear him saying "Fly, you fools!"

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"Hello, Clarice."

We don't know what's scarier: The fact that we remember Hannibal Lecter saying, "Hello, Clarice," or the reality that all he said was, "Good morning." Say what??

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"... of the world!"

Oh, and your favorite song? The Mandela Effect is here to ruin that too. We all think of Freddie Mercury belting out, "of the world!" at the end of "We Are the Champions," but it.never.happened. (However, Freddie does sing the words at the end of the song during the band's famous Wembley Stadium performance.)

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Mr. Rogers's Theme Song

You might start singing the lyric, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," especially after seeing the 2019 Tom Hanks film. But even the movie makers got it wrong. It's "a beautiful day in this neighborhood." A small but mighty blow to our memories.

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