posted on Jun, 23 2014 @ 10:18 AM
Here is an interesting and undeniable fact: Nelson Mandela has been mentioned probably at least 50 times, and a large number of these times his name
has been misspelled as “Mandella”.
Many of these errors are by posters insisting that they know that his death had been reported repeatedly. We can reasonably assume that these mistaken
posters have read over previous posts with the correct spelling, but that they were unaware (I was going to say oblivious).
Moving on. Most of us have read the post by Mike Berenstain which quite reasonably explains a great deal. We have seen images of the books with
both spellings (sometimes on the same book), and we have the infallible testimony of family and friends. I submit that each and every instance of
“-stein” began as someone's error of assumption. For instance, if you go to eBay, you will find many listings with the spelling “-stein” with
a scanned image of “-stain”. Even the ISBN data is input by erroneous assumption. If you Google “Berenstein” you will get
mostly “Berenstain”. There are some “-steins” that will take you to “-stains”.
If you happen to have an absolute memory of “-stein”, then I would ask if you can recall a moment when you actually made a mental note
(memory) of the spelling. This mental imprinting is something that most of the “-stain” faction share in common. Noticing an unusual ending such
as “-stain” is quite likely to make a lasting mental impression.
Finally, we all despise conceding that we have erred; some of us are willing to embrace any explanation, such as alternate universe, time warp,
or even something that you could call ridiculous clap-trap, in order to preserve the sanctity of our memory. If we are not wrong about this, then is
there any case where we are actually mistaken? By the way, to further confuse the issue, my AutoSpellcheck says that both “Berenstain” and
“Berenstein” are wrong!