A Weird Kind of Fame – Mandela Effect

As someone who’s always preferred a quiet life, I’m always astonished (or perhaps aghast) when something I do attracts attention.

This week, it’s the X-Files.

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Really, they created an X-Files (reboot) episode around the Mandela Effect.

* blink, blink *

I’m not kidding.

I think it’s Season 11, Episode 4, “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat.”

I’m about to watch it on Hulu, and try not to act like a hyper-protective parent, as if the Mandela Effect is entirely mine.

Of course, my Mandela Effect website kind of started it all. Do most people know that? I haven’t a clue.

I mean, yes, I popularized the phrase… but the truth is: I had the help of a few hundred thousand (or more) people who’ve had something to say about the topic, regularly. And at least several million more who’ve shown interest.

So, it’s not like it’s entirely “mine,” as if nobody else gets to use the phrase. I didn’t trademark it; that’s not my style. I guess I’m part of that “information wants to be free” generation of idealists. I never wanted to see the Mandela Effect commercialized. (Things like the X-Files episode don’t count. Like many of their shows, that’s parody, and it’s fun.)

But still, seeing the Mandela Effect featured in an X-Files episode, for heaven’s sake… that’s just surreal. And, I’ll admit, kind of cool.

It’s like a part of my life, and it’s on the TV screen. I can’t seem to grasp that this is happening. Even if the show is tongue-in-cheek parody/humor.

At the moment, I’m stunned. And kind of chuckling over how weird this is. And then I’m back to blink-blink mode, kind of overwhelmed.

And, because this is how my mind works…

Since that TV show will bring a lot more attention to the Mandela Effect, I threw together some free iron-on designs that fans can use for DIY t-shirt printing. They’re linked in my MandelaEffect.com article, That X-Files Episode.