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How Susceptible Are You To The Mandela Effect?

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

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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.

    They're 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.

    It's Kit Kat, without a hyphen.
    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.

    Never happened. Despite what the internet says.
    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.

    It's "Interview with the Vampire".
    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.)

    They're from Looney Tunes.
    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.

    Nope! No tail.
    Via Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  7. How does the theme song for this show start?

    PBS
    ♫ It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood... ♪
    ♪ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood... ♫
    ♫ It's a beautiful day in my neighborhood... ♪
    ♪ It's a beautiful day in our neighborhood... ♫
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

    Sorry, THE neighborhood truthers.

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

    It was Sex and 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.

    Close! It's Bruce Springsteen.
    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.

    Toucan Sam reps Froot Loops.
    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.

    It's always been Febreze.
    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.

    The official Vokswagen logo has always been two separate letters.
    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.

    Rich Uncle Pennybag has perfect vision.
    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.)

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

    The Flintstones! Meet the Flintstones!
    Via Hanna–Barbera Productions

How Susceptible Are You To The Mandela Effect?

You're a sucker for the Mandela Effect.

Nothing is what it seems to be for you, and you're convinced that everything you know and love is being slightly tweaked at all times. Why? Who knows! Maybe the multi-verse is starting to slip.

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You're only a little convinced by the Mandela Effect.

The world makes sense to you, for the most part. Sure, not everything is quite how you remember it, but surely that's just you misremembering things, right? There's not some spooky conspiracy to implant false memories into everyone ... is there?

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You don't believe in the Mandela Effect.

You know that you're fallible, like everyone else in the world. There's not some huge conspiracy making small changes to things, there's not a multi-verse collapsing in on itself, and we're (probably) not living in the Matrix. We've all just got bad memories.

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