The phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect made headlines back in 2016 when countless people on the internet falsely remembered that comedian Sinbad starred in a film titled Shazaam back in the ’90s. In reality, the film never actually existed, making the nonexistent film a pitch perfect example of the Mandela Effect.
As defined by Know Your Meme, “The Mandela Effect refers to a phenomenon in which a large number of people share false memories of past events, referred to as confabulation in psychiatry. Some have speculated that the memories are caused by parallel universes spilling into our own, while others explain the phenomenon as a failure of collective memory.”
This week’s episode of “The X-Files,“ titled “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat,” centers on the Mandela Effect, with Mulder and Scully finding out how the X-Files themselves may really have originated. In this sneak peek clip from TV Guide today, a stranger confronts Mulder in a parking garage, presenting “a conspiracy to end all conspiracies.”
“The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” airs Wednesday night, January 24.