I was in a sleepy coastal California town couple weeks ago for a wedding. The night before the wedding, many of the close friends of the bride and groom gathered in a social area in the hotel over some drinks, desserts, and ice cream.
I have two modes, socially speaking. One, the detached anthropologist/sociologist. Two, the loud and laughing extrovert. I was in the second mode that night and not being accustomed to drinking so much, I was louder than usual.
As more friends arrived, talk turned to the topic of what we’d all been up to.
“I made a Mandela Effect video,” I said.
“Mandala?” someone asked.
“Mandela… Nelson Mandela,” I clarified, “…you know, about how so many people around the world have memories in their lives of his death happening way back and while he was still imprisoned.”
The room was suddenly quiet. I seem to be talking loud enough for everybody to be listening to me. I had a wall of blank looks.
“Okay, try this… more people have a Mandela Effect around these three movie quotes. Complete the quotes…”
Forrest Gump… “Mama always said, ‘Life ……… like a box of chocolates.'”
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back… “………, I am your father.” (Darth Vader)
Snow White… “………. Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
As I revealed the answers, I heard some protests of disbelief and some laughing. Someone brought a laptop and a group of six or seven people were standing around it checking video clips and online resources.
As completed, the quotes, everyone protested were…
Forrest Gump… “Mama always said, ‘Life WAS like a box of chocolates.'”
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back… “NO, I am your father.” (Darth Vader)
Snow White… “MAGIC Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
“So!” I said above the din, “I suppose you’re all going to tell me you remember the quotes as,
Forrest Gump… “Mama always said, ‘Life IS like a box of chocolates.'”
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back… “LUKE, I am your father.” (Darth Vader)
Snow White… “MIRROR Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?””
I went on to explain that this was how I remembered them too.
“But you cannot tell me that we are misremembering these quotes, all of us, and the exact same way.” I said, “it’s more than merely misremembering… End it has the potential to be of worldview shifting significance.”
Well, here is the video. I hope you enjoy it.