There was a park by me when I was growing up which I walked through daily for over a decade. There was a bin, which I probably used thousands of times. One day I looked up from throwing a bottle in there and gasped at the sight of a tree next to it, old person who was walking behind me said ‘seen a ghost boy?!’ And I replied with ‘since when has this tree been there, I’ve been walking this park for 10 years!’
Turns out this old guy was a psychologist and told me about a study he did on said phenomenon; can’t remember the name of it but yea, basically our brain completely blocking out the everyday background, much like this but of tarp on a map we’ve probably spent thousands of hours on.
[+]ExcitablePancakeGuardian Elite comment score below threshold -29 points -28 points -27 points 3 hours ago* (3 children)
Not exactly. As Mandela Effect requires a (large) group of people remembering something differently than how it had actually occurred.