March 23, 1982

On March 23, 1982, the Space Shuttle Columbia was launched into orbit. Many people don’t remember this. They remember the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding on or around this date. It didn’t. That tragedy happened on January 28, 1986, but the people who are convinced it happened in 1982 will swear they remember it. They will claim they were at work, or at school, or at home and watched it on their TVs. This is the result of the Mandela Effect. The Mandela Effect is when a large group of people believe that an event occurred when it did not. The most famous examples are the Challenger explosion, Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s, the movie Shazaam starring the actor Sinbad and/or the basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and Jesus rising from the dead. Some people believe the effect is brought about by other dimensions forcing their realities upon our world. While others believe that most people are naturally forgetful and will just add shit to their memories to make it more consistent with what they think should be true. Guess which one I think it is.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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