A recent message from Fiona Broome:
I’m always overwhelmed with emails. Most of them are wonderful. Some are not.
But, for the past few weeks, friends & fans have been concerned about how the Mandela Effect (and my role at this website) have been portrayed. And, they’ve sent wonderful, caring messages to me.
I’m grateful for your friendship. Never think I take your interest & support for granted.
But the email volume is at “tidal wave” level now, and I’m unable to keep up with it.
Here’s the message I’m posting at a few sites, hoping it will reach my many friends, fans, and fellow researchers…
This is getting silly. The Mandela Effect is science, opinions, and (perhaps fanciful) speculation. It was intended to be a fun topic of discussion.
It’s not magic, nothing spiritual, and my site was never intended as a disinformation site.
It’s okay to call the Mandela Effect “sci-fi.” If you don’t share any of these memories, it’s fine to think we’re making it up. Or delusional. (Generally, I don’t think we are, but I’m willing to be wrong.)
My initial plan (back in 2011) was to see if anyone else recalled Nelson Mandela’s funeral in the very late 1980s (or so). I’d met a few others who remembered it (or thought they did), and it seemed like an interesting & quirky topic for a book.
I had no other agenda, then or now. From the very beginning, the site was mostly a hobby for me. But, it may yet become a book.
At the moment, I have too many other projects to focus on. Like redesigning Hollow Hill. Editing & updating my ghost hunting books. Reading lots & lots of emails, as best I can. And so on.
At www.mandelaeffect.com, might people have left fake comments…?
Yes, but I have no idea how likely that is. www.mandelaeffect.com didn’t attract much attention for years, so I trust the earliest reports & comments.
Later ones, especially after the Berenstain/Berenstein Bears issue attracted a tidal wave of attention…? Not so much. I’m pretty sure some comments were left to see how gullible I might be.
Bad news for them: I’m skeptical of almost everything. The more I research “haunted” sites, the more I raise an eyebrow at anything too “out there.”
In general, I default to science, but I also listen to the context of what people tell me.
I believe people’s paranormal experiences are real. I don’t think they’re “just making it up.”
I’m less certain of how we label and categorize those experiences. That’s where context comes in. And history. And science.
I study everything for normal explanations and easy-to-mistake glitches. I always want to rule them out, first, especially when people are frightened.
But, I DO recall the 20th century funeral of Nelson Mandela. Several of my real-life (and very credible) friends still insist they saw Billy Graham’s 20th century funeral, as well. And then there’s the Berenstein Bears issue, which speaks for itself.
My own, very personal answers tend to focus on quantum studies and parallel realities influencing (or intersecting with) our own. Is that THE answer…? I have no idea.
Trying to portray my research as anything other than curiosity (albeit quirky) is laughable. For me, the Mandela Effect started out as “ooh, shiny!” and became “wow!”
I appreciate the emails about how I’m being portrayed, but please, ignore the trolls who want to stir up controversy. At this point, I don’t need (or want) to hear about them.
They’re playing silly games. If you don’t play along by choosing a “side” in their arguments, they’ll find something else to do. They’ll find another person to annoy, or topic to sneer at.
Then, I’ll have fewer upset emails to read, and more time for interesting projects. Like finally updating the “alternate memories” list at this website, and improving navigation at it.
Sorry about the audio in this one ... I am still getting used to this phone ...
The conversation I had with the two guys was about a half hour long ... I video taped this right after the conversation ...
What I gathered in detail: at first, these two guys only knew this other guy as an acquaintance. They both vaguely remember being at his funeral many years ago. Then years later became friends. Then went to his funeral again ... they mentioned that they were there in the hot springs to relax before they went to the guys house, to try to figure out what was up. After talking to me they seemed a bit more relieved and were sure we were meant to speak.
I also ran into others that felt that they were happy to either walk into the bar or run into me at all. Yet, recently I have felt I should be more careful who I speak to as there are many who do not want to be woken up ... Sometimes I find out the hard way ...
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