September 10th, 2008


The Berenstein Bears.  Shazaam.  Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s.  The Tiananmen Square protester getting run over by the tank.  “Luke, I am your father.”  “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”  “Magic mirror on the wall.”  Curious George’s tail.  Billy Graham’s funeral.  “We are the champions of the world.”  The tv show Sex In The City.  Oscar Mayer.

I remember all of these things.  Do you?

The Berenstain Bears.  No movie with Sinbad called Shazaam.  Nelson Mandela died in 2013.  The tank man was pushed away.  “No, I am your father.”  “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood.”  “Mirror, Mirror on the wall.”  Curious George does NOT have a tail.  Billy Graham is still alive.  “We are the champions.”  Sex And The City.  Oscar Meyer.

That is how things are now.  So why do some remember the “old” way and some don’t?  This is called the Mandela Effect.  It is where many people believe something was a certain way only to find out it is now different.  So what changed our collective consciousness?  Many have theorized that not only did man change our reality, we also destroyed it.

The Large Hadron Collider fired up for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland on September 10th, 2008.  Perhaps you remember.  Many feared it would destroy reality.  What if they were right?  Since energy can’t be destroyed, our reality could have phased into a new reality.  Which could account for the very subtle differences in the collective consciousness listed above.  Some would say the economy died that day with the failure of Lehman Brothers but that is a story for another time.

What do you think?  Could everything have changed that day?  Maybe Common Core and all these high-stakes standardized tests didn’t exist in “our” reality.  Maybe all the dramatic rise in disabilities didn’t happen there either.  All of our lives could be dramatically different if a bunch of scientists didn’t think crashing protons into each other was a good idea.

Hell, even a 13 year old knows something isn’t right!

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