37 Mandela Effects Ranked From "Easily Explained" To "Definitely A Glitch In The Matrix"

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We've discussed the Mandela effect phenomenon before, but it's time to acknowledge that not all examples are equal. Some are just minor spelling differences that could easily be mistaken, while others are significant things that many people have a vivid memory of. Let's take a look at some of the most popular ones, starting with the easily explained, all the way down to the ones that feel like some sort of unexplainable anomaly.

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37.At the end of the album version of "We Are the Champions" by Queen, the final lyric is remembered as “No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions…of the world!” The "of the world" isn't actually there, though.

36."Kit Kat" doesn’t have a hyphen in it, though some swear they remember there being one.

A Kit-Kat bar next to a Kit Kat bar, without the dash between Kit and Kat

It's a hyphen. How certain can someone really be that they saw it? This-one-is-probably-nonsense.

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35."Oscar Meyer" is actually spelled "Oscar Mayer."

Oscar Meyer next to Oscar Mayer

It's one letter. There's a famous commercial (from the '70s) where a kid even spells it out for folks.

Oscar Mayer

34.The BerenstEin Bears are actually called "the BerenstAin Bears."

A book with the title, "The Berenst_in Bears"

I'm not sure how this became one of the most popular Mandela effect examples because it's so minute. Again, it's a single letter off. A "tomato, tomahto" type of insignificance. But "-stein" is commonly seen in names, while "-stain" isn't — that's probably the extent of the confusion, no?

The Berenstain Bears

33."Skechers" isn't spelled "Sketchers," as some people remember it as.

Skechers next to Sketchers

Here's another minor one. "Sketch" is an actual word, so hearing "Skechers" probably means picturing it as "Sketch-ers."

Skechers

32."Fruit Loops" is actually spelled “Froot Loops.”

A box that says Fruit Loops next to one that says Froot Loops

Similar to the example above, remembering it as F-R-U-I-T makes sense because it's the correct spelling of the word.

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31."White-Out" is actually spelled "Wite-Out."

A bottle of Wite-Out

Oh look, yet another spelling example! I assumed it was White-Out too, but am I blown away that it's not? Nope!

Bic

30."Looney Toons" is actually spelled "Looney Tunes."

Looney Toons logo next to a Looney Tunes logo

"Toons" makes sense for cartoons, so that's why we thought it was spelled that way. The end. Or should I say, "That's all, folks."

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29.It's spelled "Febreze," not "Febreeze," even though many people remember it being the latter.

A spray bottle of Febreze next to a bottle of Febreeze

Another one. Yawn. Next!

Febreze

28.Double Stuff Oreos actually only have one "f" — "Double Stuf."

Double Stuff Oreo next to Double Stuf Oreo

That's one more "f" than I have to give to these trivial Mandela effect examples.

Nabisco

27.Some believe red and green swapped positions on traffic lights, but the order is red (top), yellow (middle), green (bottom).

A stop light with red at the top and green at the bottom next to one with green at the top and red at the bottom

When I look at stoplights, I see which one is lit up, and that's all I'm focused on. I think that's probably the case for a lot of people. The one on the left is correct, the one on the right looks like it could be correct, and I'm not sure how you could be passionately convinced about either one.

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26.Some people remember a different number of rings around the Target bull's-eye logo, though the one on the left is the correct one.

The Target logo with a red center on the left, as it actually is, and with an extra red ring on the right, as some remember it

This likely has something to do with the fact that typical bull's-eyes often have more rings, or the fact that the old Target logo featured more rings.

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25.Cheez-Itz are actually called "Cheez-It"; there's no extra Z.

A Cheez-It Logo with and without a Z added to the end

We love to make things plural. People were recently calling Squid Game "Squid Games," and 10 years from now, it'll probably be listed as a Mandela effect too. They spelled "cheese" with a "z," so naturally, when we pluralized Cheese-It, we used a Z too.

Cheez-It

24.It's Chick-fil-A, not Chic-fil-A or Chik-fil-A.

The Chick-fil-A logo

Maybe the "fil-a" part as a play on "filet" instills a memory of shortened spelling in the name, but it's incorrectly associated with the "Chick" part. Or perhaps their "Eat mor chikin" ads from years past ingrained the misspelling into many heads.

Chick-fil-A

23.Some think they remember Henry VIII holding a turkey leg in this famous portrait, but he's actually holding his gloves.

King Henry VIII holding his gloves

Perhaps we're used to seeing outfits like Henry's at Renaissance festivals, where turkey legs are a staple, creating this association.

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22.Sex in the City is actually Sex and the City.

"Sex in the City" perfume next to a "Sex and the City" DVD cover

"And the" doesn't sound much different from "in the."

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21.Interview With a Vampire is actually Interview With the Vampire.

Vampire Tom Cruise looks at Brad Pitt, who stares ahead

The "th" from "with" could make the words "with the" sound a lot like "with a."

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20.C-3PO isn’t 100% gold, he has a silver leg, though many fans never noticed the distinct feature.

C-3PO stands next to R2D2

Seeing this one made me feel more "Hey, I never noticed that" than "WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE UNIVERSE?" But it's still far more fascinating than a lot of the other examples.

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19.Spider-Man is missing from the cartridges of a video game from the year 2000.

While it is strange that they chose not to feature Spider-Man on the actual cartridge, the reason folks remember him being there is probably that he's on the box and manual covers, respectively.

While it is strange that they chose not to feature Spider-Man on the actual cartridge, the reason folks remember him being there is probably that he's on the box and manual covers, respectively.

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18.Though many think it's Captain Crunch, it's actually Cap'n Crunch.

A box of cereal that reads Cap'N Crunch next to a box that says Captain Crunch

This is peculiar because we all had our eyes on cereal boxes back in the day, before cellphones and tablets were so prominent. Still, I think it's just wide-scale misremembering, despite this one bugging more'n a lot of the others.

Quaker

17.When Woody pulls his drawstring in Toy Story, he doesn't say, "There's a snake in my boot." He says "boots," plural.

Woody from "Toy Story" sits trapped under a create

I don't want to make a big deal over a single "s," but this one feels odd because a singular "boot" actually makes sense. It does seem as if they later changed it to "boot" in Toy Story 2, so maybe that's why so many of us recall it as such.

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16.The tip of Pikachu’s tail isn’t black.

Pikachu with a black-tipped tail and without

It's likely we're mistaking the black-tipped ears for Pikachu's tail, too, or perhaps even confusing Pikachu with Pichu, whose tail is indeed black.

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15.Some remember Tony the Tiger's nose being black, but it's actually blue.

Tony the Tiger with a black nose next to Tony with a blue nose

Similar to the Pikachu confusion, Tony the Tiger has black stripes all over him, so a misremembering of nose color is pretty feasible.

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14.Some people believe the Laughing Cow logo had a nose ring, but it does not.

The Laughing Cow mascot with and without a nose ring

Bulls sometimes wear nose rings, not cows, but the mascot does have a pair of large cheese earrings, so perhaps that's why people created this idea in their heads.

The Laughing Cow / Via thelaughingcow.com

13.Jiffy peanut butter doesn’t exist; it's called "Jif."

A jar of Jif peanut butter

This one bugged me at first, but my best guess is that folks confuse Jif with Jiffy mix, another popular item in pantries and on grocery store shelves.

Jif

12.Hannibal Lecter never said “Hello, Clarice.” When Clarice meets Hannibal, he simply says, "Good morning."

Hannibal Lecter stares ahead with piercing eyes

This is a wild one, but methinks maybe we're just recalling the line from Jim Carrey in The Cable Guy.

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11.The Raisin Bran sun mascot IS NOT wearing sunglasses, although some remember him to be.

A Raisin Bran cereal box with the sun mascot wearing sunglasses and without

I'll be honest, I thought the mascot had sunglasses too, but logically, why would the sun need sunglasses? That said, Family Guy remembered him with shades, as do many of us, so I'm a little thrown off by this one. The history of Raisin Bran logos shows not a single pair of sunglasses, so I remain baffled.

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10.Darth Vader doesn’t say, “Luke, I am your father.” He says, “No, I am your father.”

9.Curious George never had a tail, although many people remember him having one.

Curious George with a tail and without

I think being a child (because that's the age most people dabbled in Curious George content) has a lot to do with it. You're learning about animals, you're taught that apes don't have tails but monkeys do, and it throws you off years later when you recognize that George doesn't have one, for some reason. Still, it's all rather...curious.

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8.People think the Monopoly man, Rich Uncle Pennybags, has a monocle, but he doesn’t.

The Monopoly Man with a monocle and without one

This one really bothered me for quite some time, but I think what's happening is that we're confusing Rich Uncle Pennybags with Mr. Peanut, who has a similar top hat AND a monocle.

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7.People remember a Sinbad genie movie from the ’90s, but there isn’t one.

Sinbad smiles at an event

Some believe they're confusing Sinbad with Shaq, who played a genie in the 1996 film Kazaam. I believe this is a really weird thing for so many people to have a vague recollection of, and I want answers! I searched far and wide for some but have yet to find a legitimate explanation, which is why this is ranked where it is.

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6.The Queen in Snow White never said, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?” She says, "Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?"

5.Though there are many "What if I told you..." memes, Morpheus never says this at any point in The Matrix trilogy.

Laurence Fishburne in "The Matrix"

I feel like I have memory of Laurence Fishburne's voice saying this line, so this is a bit of a trip for me. I've rewatched the scene expecting to hear the words spoken, but they're not, and I'm stumped.

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4.Ricky never actually said the sentence, "Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do."

Ricky looks upset at Lucy, who smiles

Here's another one that I can practically hear in my imagination, but somehow, Ricky never said these words in any of the 180 episodes. The universe has some explaining to do!

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3.Although some people remember a Disney intro in which Tinker Bell flies across the screen and writes out "Disney," then dots the "i" with her wand, that doesn't happen.

Tinker Bell floats in front of the Disney DVD logo

OK, this doesn't sit right with me. I spent 30 minutes scouring YouTube for Tinker Bell intros and outros, waiting to find the one where she does the wand thing, and NOPE. Doesn't seem to exist. Is it possible we're incorrectly associating the wand drawings from the "You"re watching Disney Channel" commercials with Tinker Bell? I just don't think that checks out, and I know too many people who remember the dotted "i," so I'm going to need whoever is in charge of this simulation to come clean and admit there was some sort of mishap here!

Disney

2.The commonly seen text on mirrors doesn't say, "Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear," as many remember. It says, "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear."

A mirror reads, "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear"

I disagree with reality on this! The words "may be" compared with "are" might seem fairly insignificant, but it's the fact that so many people specifically recall it being "may be" that I can't seem to find an explanation for. It truly feels like mirrors collectively glitched and decided to go from the uncertainty of "may be" to a more definitive "are."

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1.Although people remember a cornucopia being in the Fruit of the Loom logo, it's actually just a bunch of fruit. No cornucopia.

A Fruit of the Loom logo with a cornucopia next to the real one, which is a bunch of fruit without the cornucopia

I FEEL LIKE I REMEMBER A CORNUCOPIA, AND IT REALLY BUGS ME THAT I CAN'T FIND ONE GOOD EXPLANATION FOR THIS EXAMPLE. Take a look at the logo history, and you'll see that it hasn't ever been a thing, so I'm not sure how so many of us distinctly remember it. If ever there was a Mandela effect–type glitch in the matrix, this one is it for me.

Fruit of the Loom

What do you think? What are your top Mandela effect examples? Tell us your rankings and share which ones don't sit right with you in the comments below!