TikToker Kylie Scott has found the real truth behind the Monopoly Man. In the video with over 80k likes, she questions why she has always remembered the Monopoly Man wearing a monocle when there is in fact no evidence of that, theorising it's a 'glitch in the simulation'. Watch here:
Clearly astonished at her latest discovery, an enthusiastic Kylie says in the video: "I've been pacing around my house. For I don't know how long.
"I am having either a mental health emergency or I have found a glitch in the simulation.
"How do you remember the Monopoly man? He has a monocle, right?"
"That's how we all remember him.
"Apparently, he doesn't have a monocle.
"That doesn't make sense, does it. Look on the internet. No history of him ever wearing a monocle.
"That's not it."
Kylie's stupefaction with the monocle-less Monopoly Man is widely shared.
We have all questioned our realities when discovering the Monopoly Man in fact does not wear and has never worn a monocle. The internet has been discussing the strange event since the beginning of internet times. In a strange way, we are all Kylie.
The Mandela Effect is what we call this collective misremembering of common events.
First coined in 2009 by paranormal consultant called Fiona Broome, the term Mandela Effect emerged from another collective misremembrance: people thought the activist and intellectual Nelson Mandela had died in prison during the 1980s. Broome even claimed to remember watching his funeral on TV.
However, Mandela was actually freed in 1990 and he only died in 2013.
Since the term was coined, many such examples have been surfacing on the internet.
There are various explanations for the Mandela Effect. Broome's theory relies on a mixture of the multiverse, the holodeck of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek and the film The Matrix.
Other explanations involve time-travelling, spiritual attacks, Satan, black magic or witchcraft.
The jury is still out on those.
Psychologists, however, focus on the idea of false memory. Basically, we create false memories.
Medical News Today reports that 'memory mistakes are quite common' since the 'memory does not work like a camera, objectively cataloguing images, events, and statements in their purest forms'.
What that means is 'emotions and personal bias can influence' our tenderest memories.
Not even the Monopoly Man shall be spared of the wrath of our most intimate and secretive biases.
Words: Cilene Tanaka