Ed McMahon and Publishers Clearing House – Opinion

The “Mandela Effect” has been making the rounds more and more in recent years, and it has thoroughly rewritten how we view our collective past.

This idea is that people have shared memories of events that never took place. It is called the “Mandela Effect” because it was “discovered” when a writer came to realize that Nelson Mandela did not die in prison in the 1980s, as a great many people believed.

The term “Mandela Effect” was first coined in 2009 by Fiona Broome when she created a website to detail her observance of the phenomenon. Broome was at a conference talking with other people about how she remembered the tragedy of former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death in a South African prison in the 1980s.

However, Nelson Mandela did not die in the 1980s in a prison—he passed away in 2013. Broome started to speak to others about her past and discovered that she wasn’t the only one. Some others remembered watching news coverage about his death and hearing a speech delivered by his widow.

Broome was stunned that so many people can recall the exact same event with such vivid detail, even though it has never occurred. Her book publisher encouraged her to create her own website, where she would discuss the Mandela Effect as well as other similar incidents.

There have been many examples throughout history, and they are not just in pop culture. It is said that Sinbad never appeared in a film about a genie and the Monopoly guy didn’t wear a monocle. A recent revelation has made the rounds and has completely thrown me off my feet: Ed McMahon wasn’t affiliated with Publishers Clearing House. He was not even allowed to go around handing out million-dollar checks.

Via Snopes:

Entertainer Ed McMahon never handed out big checks at the doorsteps of Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes prize winners, nor did he ever work for the company. But, it seems that many Americans believe that he did. This is an example of a false memory, known as the “Mandela Effect.”

It’s called the “Mandela Effect” because of the false memory of so many people who believed Nelson Mandela died in prison in the 1980s. In fact, Mandela died in 2013.

The false memory that McMahon gave out big checks to sweepstakes prize winners for Publishers Clearing House likely existed in the minds of many Americans for one or a combination of several reasons.

Undoubtedly, you and I are questioning our reality. It is a right thing. Now you are living in the reality of which the Golden Girls lie to.

Snopes has done the research and concluded that this was yet again a massive hysteria incident. Ed McMahon was never affiliated with Publishers Clearing House. Instead, McMahon was an American Family Press spokesperson, with his image on American Family Press envelopes. They Clearing house sweepstakes

However, I have a more compelling theory: Ed McMahon was affiliated with Publishers Clearing House and the so-called “Mandela Effect” is actually a CIA operation meant to test their ability to confuse and gaslight an entire nation. And it’s working. I don’t know what to believe anymore. I’m scared and confused. I want to get home right now.

I could have lived without the knowledge that a core memory of mine – and a core memory of society’s – wasn’t real. But that’s what happened and I have to live with this knowledge. But I won’t go down quietly. But I don’t want to be silent.

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