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People Divulge Which Instances Of The Mandela Effect Freaked Them Out The Most

The Mandela effect is when multiple people share the same, incorrect memory.

Its name stems from when paranormal researcher Fiona Broome falsely believed that the future president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died in prison in the 1980s.

A false memory she shared with a number of others.

Our memories have been known to deceive us, as we might frequently forget someone's name or one of our numerous online passwords.

But when we share a memory that turns out to be false with many others, convincing ourselves it wasn't the truth can be a very difficult ordeal indeed.

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People Break Down What Most Folks Have Forgotten About The Internet's Early Days

Oh, the beginning of the interwebs.

Those were the days.

We definitely did not see what was to come.

Maybe it should've stayed simple.

We'll never know.

Computers rule the world now.

Let's see where we are in another twenty years.

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People Describe Their Funniest Memory That People May Not Actually Believe Happened
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Every now and then, we find ourselves sharing a story with a friend or family member which people might actually think is "too good to be true."

Even though you are sharing something that did indeed, happen to you, parts or all of it might seem so outrageous, that those on the receiving end simply can't, or won't, believe it actually happened.

And might demand pictures for proof.

Redditor MochaMario99 was curious to hear people's memories which others found to be literally unbelievable, leading them to ask:

"What’s a funny memory you have that if you told someone, they’d think you’re lying?"
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People Share The Most Nostalgic Things From Their Childhood
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Oh to be a child again.

There are very few people who don't have a memory that runs through their thoughts every so often, which makes them reminisce about their childhood.

Be it staying up way past your bedtime in a blanket tent to watch a scary movie for the first time, or waking up at Christmas hoping that Santa didn't forget the Power Ranger action figure that you can never find in stores.

It's hard not to look back and smile at the good old days every now and then.

Redditor agentMICHAELscarnTLM was curious to hear what memories instantly sent the Reddit community back on a nostalgia trip, leading them to ask:

"What’s something you can bring up right now to unlock some childhood nostalgia for the rest of us?"

How high could you go?

"That feeling when you are going as high as you can go on the swings."

"Power?"

"Freedom? "

"Hard to describe."- zazzlekdazzle

"What's your function...?"

"Conjunction Junction."- HarlanCulpepper

Before there was facebook.

"That sound of a door opening and shutting on AIM when your friend logs on."- Consistent-Candy6277

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Snow Day!!!

"Getting up in the morning on a day it snowed to watch the list of closed schools across the bottom of the news/weather channel hoping your school was closed."- cmokelley213

Does anyone still have a VCR?

"When you'd watch a VHS and it would say 'and now your feature presentation'."- Mickthemouse

A gift bag perennial

"Chinese finger traps."- JbunnyThumper

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Incentive to avoid mistakes.

"An eraser that looks and smells like a very fake strawberry."- zazzlekdazzle

Just don't push too much...

"Flintstones push pop ice creams."- Reveries25

Sleep in? Pffft!

"Waking up super early on Saturday morning before the rest of the family to watch cartoons."- helltothenoyo

"Mom, I think I have the flu..."

"Watching the Price Is Right when you were sick at home."- mayhemy11·

It goes without saying that there are numerous things about being a child that no one misses.

But oh, the things we wish we could do once more.

Then again, are we ever too old for swings?

People Describe The Strangest Rule They Had To Respect At Someone's House
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Years ago, I knew a girl who came from a very strict family of Christian evangelicals. We never hung out, but she was forbidden from wearing anything "secular" and always looked very uncomfortable. It was apparent she suffered from anxiety.

She eventually found a few friends but I recall one friend who hung out at her place later told classmates that they had to answer questions about their religious affiliation before they would be allowed to enter the house.

I don't know if there's any truth to that story at this point but that would have been a giant red flag for me, just saying.

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