Mirror mirror on the wall
Who in the land is fairest of all?

Magic mirror on the wall
Who in the land is fairest of all? 

Which one would you say is correct? Mirror mirror on the wall, right?

Apparently, it’s not. In the movie she says magic mirror on the wall. Tobias enlightened me about this on the office Christmas dinner, and also told me what my lack of knowledge could origin in: the Mandela Effect. Maybe you have encountered one of the million memes?


The Mandela Effect is when numerous people claim to share memories of events that differ from the evidence of those events. The name comes from how so many people remember Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s in prison rather than way later in 2013, from an illness.

Some fans of the Mandela Effect believe it is due to alternate realities or memories. Which means it is not just people remembering wrong, instead it comes from the Many-Worlds Interpretion.

Are things becoming a bit too freaky? Read these rational explanations and relax. After all, it’s Christmas.

But if you want to join me further, let’s head tooo… Time travelling!


In late November this very year there we’re new press releases from scientists about time travelling built on a theory from 1957 (Hugh Everett) that there would exist multiple, interacting universes. The scientists say that if the theory is correct, it would be possible for time travellers to visit Earth and that every imaginable scenario would be played out in a parallel universe at some point. Aka the Mandela Effect would actually exist. Professor Wiseman and his colleagues even put it like this:

“All possibilities are therefore realized – in some universes the dinosaur-killing asteroid missed Earth. In others, the Portuguese colonized Australia. In the well-known ‘Many-Worlds Interpretation’, each universe branches into a bunch of new universes every time a quantum measurement is made, which is why all possibilities are realized.”

Could this be an explanation to why some people remember Nelson Mandela’s death differently? Because they were conscious in a reality where it actually took place in the prison?

I’m not sure, actually I’m rather rational after all (believe it or not hehe), but I enjoy being mind blown by scientists. But do you also sense that the urge for parallel worlds has grown? Especially in pop culture?

Today too many things are happening, especially horrible ones. It’s been a crazy year where the values of the world seem to have gone backwards (Aleppo, Trump, Brexit etc). Could that be a reason to why Sci-Fi has become so popular? That people need something to believe in, which can be parallel universes as well as The OA on Netflix. It becomes a getaway from the real world and maybe this urge even correlate with the widespread atheism of today?

I don’t know. But what I do know is that pop culture mirrors our reality.

And it might be a magic mirror.