10 Uncanny Examples of the Mandela Effect

Ellen Gutoskey
The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci
The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci / Louvre Museum, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

If a bunch of people have the same exact memory of any given thing, that’s a pretty foolproof way to confirm the accuracy of said memory. Right?

Not if you’re talking about Tom Cruise wearing sunglasses during his iconic Risky Business dance scene, or the Monopoly man (whose name is Rich Uncle Pennybags, by the way) wearing a monocle, or any other occurrence of the Mandela effect. The phenomenon—so named because of the widespread yet erroneous belief that Nelson Mandela passed away in prison in the 1980s—describes a false memory shared by multiple people.

On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss host Justin Dodd is covering some of the strangest examples, along with leading theories to explain each one. Is Mona Lisa frowning? Does the Fruit of the Loom logo feature a cornucopia? And, most importantly, did Sinbad the comedian star as a genie in a 1990s movie called Shazaam? Find out answers to all those questions and more in the video below.

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