Imagination Connoisseur, Joe Fawley, explores the “Mandela Effect” as it relates to the Post-Geek Singularity and, more specifically, one of the greatest Bond antagonists of all-time.

Hello Robert and my friends of the Post Geek Singularity!

For today’s letter, I’m asking you all to keep an open mind and I hope you appreciate the fun spirit of this topic. With that said, get your tin foil hats ready. I have one question for you all…

Have you heard of the “Mandela Effect”?

I had first heard of this theory back in 2013. Basically, it’s a series of events that people believe have changed through history. Some wonder the possibilities of the cause theory. Some say our universe perhaps collided with a parallel universe, perhaps we messing with science we do not understand? A massive apocalyptic event sent a ripple effect back in time, glitches in the matrix, maybe? Did someone discover time travel? This feels like stuff straight from a Sci-Fi movie.

My first exposure to this idea was with the Bearenstein bears… Or should I call these imposters, the Berenstain bears. I do indeed have vivid memories of them being named the Berenstein bears. There is plenty of evidence that supports this theory, a quick YouTube search could give you all you need to dive head-first into this potential inconsequential change in history.

But those bears are old news as far as I’m concerned. Yes, it is weird. But my latest discovery is much more compelling.

It would appear that the “Mandela Effect” has altered a moment in the James Bond franchise. And there isn’t anyone I know who would be better suited to ask than the Viceroy of Verisimilitude. Someone who is a diehard Bond fan and grew up with the franchise.

The scene in question is from the classic cheesefest known as MOONRAKER.

I’ve never actually seen the movie but the evidence I’ve been presented is strong. So let me ask you Rob, when Jaws is first introduced to his girlfriend, Dolly, he is greeted with a smile and an instant love connection is formed. In this scene, is Dolly wearing braces?

I’m unsure of your answer. But I can assure you, she was not wearing any type braces. To me, this scene makes no sense even without seeing the film. What about a smile of pearly whites makes this stranger an instant love interest for Jaws? Not to mention this scene has been parodied on commercials and even the Simpsons, all including the braces. As well as the character description claiming she has braces on the MOONRAKER webpage.

This has shaken a lot of Bond fans. One diehard was so convinced that the footage had been altered that he supposedly somehow found access to the original film negative to find that she in fact was not wearing braces at all.

If anyone I know would have the answer to this mystery, it would be you.

There are countless others of these mass misrememeberings. Some examples include:

How do you remember the Rodin sculpture known as “The Thinker”? Personally, I remember him completely naked, with a clenched fist against his forehead. My memory is in fact wrong. In reality, his hand is under his chin with an unclenched hand and now he is wearing a hat for some reason. I’m no art expert, but what makes this one compelling for me, is the fact that most people who have photographed themselves in front of this piece of art in the past are doing the pose incorrectly despite the statue being in the same frame with them.

Kinda strange. Not to mention, the original artist himself has written about The Thinker having a closed fist. There are many incorrect references to this piece in pop culture which could perhaps explain this.

A few others…

Did you know Aladdin now takes place in China?

The lyrics in The Bear Necessities (from THE JUNGLE BOOK):
Original- “There’s nowhere fonder than my home.”

Or

Reality- “There’s no where found than my home.”

Was Sally Field’s famous quote:
“You love me. You really love me.

Or

“You love me. Right now. You really love me.”

In THE WIZARD OF OZ, did the ruby slippers always have bows on them?

Is it “Mirror, mirror, on the wall,” (from SNOW WHITE) or “magic mirror on the wall”?

There are countless others, some more convincing than others. For this letter I wanted to focus on pop culture and the most importantly, the Bond scene. I’m a believer that no matter our efforts, we as a species can never truly comprehend the meaning of life while we exist on this mortal rock. To quote a lyric from my favorite band, August Burns Red… “What kind of cruel truth reveals itself in the moment we die?”

I find this theory a lot of fun, even if not true. It makes life a little more interesting and scary.

I’m also a firm believer in the unreliability of human memories and being in my 20’s, I wasn’t alive for most of these supposed phenomena. It is possible that people are trying to connect dots that are not there, some of these could’ve been our minds fixing minor logical errors and perhaps have been misquoted so many times that it became a part of our consciousness.

Such as the famous line, “Luke. I am your father.” A line of dialogue that came before the internet and many have quoted incorrectly for decades. Although, I suggest adding Luke’s name to the line does indeed add an emotional weight to it.

Thank you for reading my letter. Hopefully you can keep some rationality to this conversation.

Your friend signing off from Chicago,
– Joe F.

P.S. I want to believe.

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