The Mandela Effect Lincoln City Edition

Courtesy Graham Burrell

I’m currently toying with the idea of an article around transfers and why we seem to be nursing a threadbare squad constantly, but I’ve had too much negativity for one day. That might come before the weekend.

Instead, something that happened this week made me think of The Mandela Effect. It is effectively a shared false memory that more than one or two people accept as fact, remembering it to be fact when it is not. The phrase was coined in 2009, when someone called Fiona Broome was discussing the death of Nelson Mandela, mistakenly believing it had occurred during his time in prison in the eighties. She was surprised to find that many people ‘remembered’ him dying when he did not.

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There are some other famous examples for those who do not recall Mandela being in prison. Remember the line Luke, I am your father, from Star Wars? If you do, then you’re suffering from the Mandela Effect – there was no such line. The actual line was simply ‘No, I am your father’. If you ever watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, you’ll remember the line ‘Mirror, Mirror on the Wall‘ – you might even have uttered it yourself. Welcome to the Mandela Effect – the actual line is ‘magic mirror on the wall‘.

There are other examples, one of which I confess to suffering from. New Zealand is situated south east of Australia, but plenty of people remember it as being to the north west, me included. I even checked Google Maps last year when a friend of mine moved there, and, for some reason, I wanted to see where exactly north of Australia it was. There’s one last Star Wars one as well – everyone remembers the gold C3P0, but do you remember him as having a silver leg? No? Well, he did.

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Can’t unsee it now, can you?

That’s the Mandela Effect, and I thought it might be fun to try and find a few Lincoln City examples to form an article. There were one or two that jumped out at me, a couple that I even take the time to correct people on. The list includes some recent stuff that’s perhaps more misconception than Mandela Effect, but I had to be a little loose with the interpretation. it’s a bit like Alanis Morrisette and Ironic – not all these examples are strictly Mandela Effect, but they’re close.

See what you think and see if there are any you have that always crop up.