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Updated on Dec 24, 2018. Posted on Apr 29, 2017

How Susceptible Are You To The Mandela Effect?

I want to believe.

The Mandela Effect is a phenomenon where a large number of people (usually online) share a collective false memory.

Gareth Davies / Getty Images

The theory is named after Nelson Mandela, and the wide-spread false memory that many share that he passed away in the 1980s. (He actually passed away in December of 2013.)

Are you a sucker for the Mandela Effect?

  1. What's this family of friendly bears called?

    Random House
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    They're the Berenstain Bears.

    And they always have been. This is one of the most cited instances of the Mandela Effect, with thousands of people online agreeing that they remember the family as the Berenstein Bears, not the Berenstain Bears.

  2. What's this candy bar actually called?

    Nestle
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's Kit Kat, without a hyphen.

    A lot of people remember Kit Kat having a hyphen, and it did... during World War II... and only in England. Chances are very high that you've only ever seen the hyphen-less version of the logo.

    Via Nestle
  3. True or False: The comedian Sinbad played a genie in a '90s movie called Shazaam.

    Diane Freed / Getty Images
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Never happened. Despite what the internet says.

    But Shaq played a genie in a '90s movie called Kazaam.

    Via Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
  4. What's the name of the Anne Rice book that was later turned into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt?

    Warner Bros. Pictures
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's "Interview with the Vampire".

    Same goes for the movie.

    Via Knopf
  5. What cartoon are all these lovable characters from?

    Warner Bros.
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    They're from Looney Tunes.

    Looney Tunes shorts were made by Warner Bros. to compete with Disney's musical animations, Silly Symphonies. (Hence the music-adjacent name.)

    Via Warner Bros.
  6. True or False: Curious George has a tail.

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Nope! No tail.

    It's not clear what kind of monkey Curious George even is. In fact, the lack of a tail indicates that he's probably an ape, like a chimpanzee.

    Via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  7. How does the theme song for this show start?

    PBS
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    ♫ It's a beautiful day in THIS neighborhood! ♪

    Sorry, THE neighborhood truthers.

    Via PBS
  8. What's the name of the HBO show these ladies were on?

    HBO
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It was Sex and the City.

    Though they did have a lot of sex in the city.

    Via HBO
  9. True or False: The Boss' real name is Bruce Springstein.

    STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Close! It's Bruce Springsteen.

    Many people online insist that at some point in his career, Bruce Springstein changed his name to Bruce Springsteen, but it's just not true.

    Via STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
  10. Surely you remember which cereal Toucan Sam is the mascot for?

    Kellogg's
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Toucan Sam reps Froot Loops.

    Fruit Loops aren't a thing. Unless you're buying some cheap knock-off that comes in a bag.

    Via Kellogg's
  11. What's the name of this air freshener?

    Procter & Gamble
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    It's always been Febreze.

    This is another one where people online fervently insist that Febreze was definitely once Febreeze, and that we're all being duped in some kind of grand air freshener conspiracy.

    Via Procter & Gamble
  12. Which of these is (and always has been) the Volkswagen logo?

    Volkswagen
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The official Vokswagen logo has always been two separate letters.

    The "V" and the "W" don't touch, and they never have.

    Via Volkswagen
  13. True or False: Rich Uncle Pennybag (the Monopoly guy) wears a monocle.

    Hasbro / Christopher Furlong / Getty Images
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Rich Uncle Pennybag has perfect vision.

    He's never needed a monocle, even though you might (falsely) remember him wearing one.

    Via Hasbro
  14. Which if these is the actual Volvo logo?

    Volvo
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    Volvo's logo has always had the arrow coming from the top right.

    The logo is meant to mirror the ancient chemistry symbol for iron. (And yes, it's also the universal symbol for the male gender, but that's not what they were going for.)

    Via Volvo
  15. And finally, what's the name of this modern stone age family?

    Hanna–Barbera Productions
    Correct! 
    Wrong! 

    The Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones!

    The Flintstones spell their name with a "T". (And they always have.)

    Via Hanna–Barbera Productions

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