Search for your “false memories” with the help of the library
Some of my regular readers may recall the column from a few weeks ago in which I was talking about Marlin Perkins, best known for being the host of the Wild Kingdom TV show which ran from 1963 to 1985. While researching Perkins for this column, I came across an interesting misconception, or urban legend, that features Perkins bitten by a wood rattlesnake on his Zoo Parade show. This event happened; however, it took place during rehearsals and therefore was not filmed, although many people claimed to remember seeing the event on television.
This shared false memory is called the “Mandela Effect”. This phenomenon of false shared memory was named after Fiona Broome, a self-proclaimed paranormal consultant, who remembers the death of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela in prison in the 1980s. But Nelson Mandela died in 2013 after serving as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.
If you don’t share this particular false memory, you might be one of those who remembers the Berenstain Bears children’s books as the “Berenstein Bears” – I can personally claim membership in the group. who has this false memory. Another example of this phenomenon is the logo of the clothing brand Fruit of the Loom. Do you remember there was a cornucopia in their logo? If so, welcome to the Mandela Effect club as there has never been a cornucopia in their logo.
What about Curious George? Was it drawn with or without a tail? It may surprise you to know that Curious George has never had a tail. Much like Rich Uncle Pennybags (AKA the Monopoly Man) never had a monocle. Oscar Mayer is spelled with an “A,” the Pokémon, Pikachu, has never had a black tip on its tail, and the name of Kit Kat candy bars is not cut out. There are also quite famous lines from movies that are poorly cited, for example the line in Star Wars is not “Luke, I am your father” but rather “No, I am your father”. And so many of us are about to rewrite our childhoods when you find out that the Evil Queen says “Magic mirror on the wall & mldr; “Not” Mirror, mirror on the wall … “
There are so many other examples of the Mandela effect that I could list, so you had fun with this topic, so I suggest you take a minute to research more of these fun and often surprising misconceptions that are shared by so many people. Do you remember the Flinstones? No, you don’t remember the Flintstones; there are two T’s in the name. Who knew?
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New materials in the library:
• Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon (YA Fiction; Book)
• Filthy Animals by Brandon Taylor (Fiction; Book)
• Flame Riders by Sean Grigsby (Fiction, Book)
• The Perfect Murder of Kat Martin (Fiction, book)
• A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy E. Banghart (YA Fiction; Book)
• The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi (Fiction; book, audiobook, eBook, eAudiobook)
• Songs in Ursa Major by Emma Brodie (Fiction; Book)
• What is done in the dark: a novel by Laura McHugh (fiction; book).
Annie Gilmer is a community engagement librarian at Bossier Parish Public Libraries.