Not in Toon…Tune?

The Mandela Effect and I are not friends.

Zahra Khan

Do you ever feel like you want to relive your childhood all over? Those days where you would watch Looney Toons all day, your mom would bring you your favorite dinosaur nuggets that were the best thing ever, nothing could top that. Some things you remembered as a kid were different from how it really is. That is the Mandela Effect.

The Mandela Effect refers to a situation when people believe an event occurred one way when it really is another way. For instance, a large number of people recall Nelson Mandela dying but he had been alive the whole time. One well known Mandela Effect involves the Looney Toons.

Remember at the end of each episode that full screen saying “That’s All Folks” and shortly after the words “Looney Toons” pop up? Well, it was never “Looney Toons” it has always been “Looney Tunes.”

Growing up, every single sentimental moment I had has a very special place. It’s like walking back into a wonderful dream where everything is great and all is right in the world. Specifically, I remember those nights where I would sit in my living room with my brother and we would watch Disney movies for what felt like years. We watched Monsters Inc., Toy Story and any Disney princess movies I convinced my mom to put on. I loved to watch “Snow White.” I used to close my eyes during the “intense” parts like when Snow White ran through the dark forest and couldn’t turn my eyes away every time the evil stepmother called for the mirror. Her words still ring in my head.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

Sounds about right? Nope, this quote was never true, not entirely anyway. Most people, including me, remembered the line as “Mirror, mirror” when it was in reality “Magic mirror on the wall.”

The Mandela Effect didn’t stop there for me. Over the course of 12 years, I realized that Curious George, the monkey, never had a tail, the Monopoly man in the game Monopoly never had a monocle and that the brand “Febreeze” is really “Febreze.”

These recollections, although minor, played a big part in my childhood. No matter how big an effect something like the Mandela Effect has on me, it will never change how I perceive my life or how I will continue to live it.