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    58 Mandela Effects That Will Make You Question Everything

    Are any of my childhood memories still intact? Thanks for asking, no.

    If you've never heard of it, a Mandela effect is a phenomenon where a bunch of people remember the same thing, even though it didn't happen or wasn't accurate. It was named after Nelson Mandela and the false belief that the heroic activist was dead many years before he actually died.

    Nelson Mandela smiling

    1. "The Berenstein Bears" are actually called "the Berenstain Bears."

    2. "The fact that Shaggy from Scooby-Doo doesn’t have a protruding Adam’s apple."

    Shaggy with no Adam's apple

    3. "I really thought the Raisin Bran sun wore sunglasses. Nope."

    Box of Raisin Bran with sun not wearing glasses

    4. Curious George never had a tail.

    5. "In 'The Song That Never Ends' from Lamb Chop's, they actually sing 'the song that DOESN'T end.'"

    "Lamb Chop's Play-Along!"

    6. "It’s spelled 'Febreze,' not 'Febreeze.'"

    Two Febreze bottles

    7. Ricky never actually said the sentence, "Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do."

    8. The candy bar Kit Kat has no hyphen in its name.

    Packet of KitKat

    9. “Oscar Meyer” isn’t spelled that way.

    10. The show isn't called Sex in the City.

    11. People think the Monopoly man, Rich Uncle Pennybags, has a monocle, but he doesn’t.

    12. People think the Mona Lisa is smiling now, but she used to be emotionless.

    13. People remember a Sinbad genie movie from the '90s, but there isn’t one.

    14. Jiffy peanut butter doesn’t exist.

    15. The commonly seen text on mirrors doesn't say, "Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear," as many remember. It says, "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear."

    16. Despite people remembering a cornucopia being in the Fruit of the Loom logo, it's actually just a bunch of fruit.

    17. Cheez-Itz are actually called Cheez-It, cut the extra Z.

    18. Though many think it's "Captain Crunch," it's actually "Cap'n Crunch."

    19. Some people recall a Disney intro in which Tinker Bell flies across the screen and writes out "Disney," then dots the "i" with her wand.

    20. @abdul.rehman9 addressed the Mandela Effect of "Funyuns" being spelled "Funions."

    21. Some people remember a different number of rings around the Target bull's-eye logo, though the one on the left is the correct one.

    Two versions of the Target logo, the correct one showing a red circle in the center, followed by a white circle, then another red; the incorrect one has an extra white circle in the middle

    22. In Toy Story, when Woody pulls his drawstring, he doesn't say, "There's a snake in my boot." He says "boots," plural, despite many people remembering it singular.

    23. Some believe red and green swapped positions on traffic lights, but the order is red, yellow, green. The one on the left is correct.

    24. Some people don't remember South America being as far east as it appears on world maps.

    map of the world with arrow pointing to South America

    25. The Final Fantasy IX character is named "Blank."

    26. Chick-fil-A is not spelled Chic-fil-A or Chik-fil-A.

    27. The tip of Pikachu’s tail isn’t black.

    28. "Ed McMahon never did the prize awards for Publishers Clearing House."

    A smiling Ed

    29. Some think they remember Henry VIII holding a turkey leg in this famous portrait, but he's actually holding his gloves.

    30. Though there are many "What if I told you..." memes, Morpheus never says this at any point in The Matrix trilogy.

    31. Ben Franklin was never president.

    32. "Stouffer’s Stove Top stuffing has apparently never existed."

    Kraft's Stove Top Stuffing Mix box

    33. Spider-Man is missing from the cartridges of a video game from the year 2000. While he's still seen on the box and manual covers, many believe he used to be on the cartridge, but vanished.

    34. White-Out is actually spelled "Wite-Out."

    35. Double Stuff Oreos actually only have one "f" — "Double Stuf."

    36. Skechers isn't spelled "Sketchers" as some people remember it to be.

    37. C-3PO isn’t 100% gold, he has a silver leg, though many fans never noticed the distinct feature.

    38. Fruit Loops is actually spelled “Froot Loops.”

    39. The opening line to Mister Rogers' intro song isn't "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood" as many people remembered. It's "It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood."

    40. Forrest Gump didn't say "Life is like a box of chocolates," he said, "Life was like a box of chocolates."

    41. Hannibal Lecter never said “Hello, Clarice.” When Clarice meets Hannibal, he simply says, "Good morning." Folks might be misremembering a line from Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy.

    42. This Star Wars quote is "No, I am your father," not "Luke, I am your father."

    43. Many people remember Smokey Bear being named "Smokey The Bear," and some recall him wearing red suspenders.

    44. The Queen in Snow White never said, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” She says, "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

    45. Interview with a Vampire is actually Interview with the Vampire.

    46. Some people remember Uncle Sam's hat being red and white...but it's actually white and blue!

    47. "Looney Toons" is actually spelled "Looney Tunes."

    Looney Toons logo next to a Looney Tunes logo

    48. Some remember Tony the Tiger's nose being black, but it's actually blue.

    Tony the Tiger with a black nose next to Tony with a blue nose

    49. Some people believe the Laughing Cow logo had a nose ring, but it does not.

    The Laughing Cow mascot with and without a nose ring

    50. How many T's are there in the middle of the "Sweet Tarts" logo? Just one: Sweetarts.

    51. Have you ever had a Cup o' Noodles? No, you haven't, because it's just "Cup Noodles."

    52. Everyone's favorite childhood snack is Pixie Stix. Um, I mean Pixy Stix.

    53. Remember Mike 'N' Ike candies? They've always been named Mike and Ike.

    54. Speaking of incorrect names, it's not "Chuckie Cheese's." It's "Chuck E. Cheese's."

    55. Not only is the correct spelling "York Peppermint Pattie," but the slogan is "Get the sensation," not "Feel the sensation."

    56. Do you love Rice Krispie Treats? What about Rice Crispy cereal? Sorry, but the name has always been "Rice Krispies."

    57. I think we can all agree that the perfect after-school snack was Tostino's Pizza Rolls. I mean Totino's Pizza Rolls.

    58. How many F's are in the Cliff Bar logo? Just one! It's "Clif Bar."

    This article contains content from Morgan Sloss, Christopher Hudspeth, Farrah Penn, Spencer Althouse, and Ryan Schocket. It was compiled by Laura Frustaci.