The Mandela Effect: Can You Answer These Questions About Darth Vader, Monopoly? Most Americans can’t do that

The “Mandela Effect” is the nickname for the phenomenon that causes many people to mistakenly remember the same thing, either a historical event or perhaps a scene from a movie.

An example comes from one of the most famous scenes in film history. In The Empire Strikes Back, it’s common to remember one of Darth Vader’s most shocking lines as “Luke, I am your father.”

In fact, in the film he says, “No, I’m your father.”

A polling institute has quantified how common such mistakes are among Americans.

London-based research firm YouGov found that 63% of respondents misremembered Darth Vader’s phrase and only 17% got it right.

Another example: many Americans mistakenly believe that the Fruit of the Loom logo features a cornucopia of fruit. In fact, the logo includes fruit but no cornucopia. In the survey, 55% of respondents were wrong and only 21% correct.

More examples from the survey can be found here.

Another example: Does the Monopoly game mascot wear a monocle? About 61% of respondents incorrectly said it does, while only 18% correctly said it doesn’t.

The polling firm polled 1,000 Americans in August with an estimated margin of error of 3%.

The term Mandela Effect was coined by a researcher who said she and many others had false memories of watching news reports of Nelson Mandela’s death while in prison in the 1980s. In fact, he was released from prison in 1990 and served as South Africa’s first president, dying in 2013.

Ironically, one of the questions most people got right in the YouGov poll was the date of Mandela’s death. The majority of people, 58%, correctly answered that he died in 2013, while only 13% said he was in prison in the 1980s.

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Laura Coffey

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