On January 6, 1995, a large five-foot-six 270-pound middle-aged man robbed two Pittsburgh banks in broad daylight. He didn’t wear a mask or any sort of disguise. And he smiled at surveillance cameras before walking out of each bank. Later that night, police arrested a surprised McArthur Wheeler. When they showed him the surveillance tapes,
Would you trust a memory if it felt as real as all your others? And other people confirmed they remember it, too? What if the memory turned out to be false? This scenario, which might sound like something out of the Twilight Zone, was named the ‘Mandela effect‘ by the self-described ‘paranormal consultant’ Fiona Broome after
~ Text by Jillian L. Shaw, Anita Ramanathan, and Kate Fehlhaber. Images and infographic made by Jooyeun Lee.