The user Dudemo5
requested more Mandela Effect threads... ..so I decided to do one I've
been wanting to do for some time now.
Before we start:
1. I use "Effected" as a short term for "People affected by the Mandela Effect". Yes I know the difference between 'affect' and 'effect' - I
didn't coin the term.
2. Yes I know the difference between a map projection (flat map) and a globe's portrayal.
As you might know, Effected people remember the locations of the continents and their proportions differently than the way they are today. I've been
wanting to show the un-Effected how the world used to look - so I finally took the time to create it, but first a little background..
I'm a bit of a map geek, and keep a globe on my desk (thank you Kissy!). My desktop background was the world map for years. My dad is a map freak and
has traveled far more extensively than I have. Growing up there were maps everywhere.. I fondly remember buying him a super large fancy world map for
father's day - it's still on the wall today. He has a ship's porthole on the wall with a Phuket island image inside (an inside joke), etc.
I'm an artist by nature and have a knack for remembering shapes and proportions. Other artists will know what I mean about being able to glance at a
scene then correctly recreate distance between objects, correctly portraying object dimensions, etc.. When you see those objects every day or study
them closely those objects stick in your head.
Now let's dig in..
We'll be using a greyscale flat map because it's much easier to gimp. You should know it's Q&D, so it didn't take me all day. It's a very close
approximation - not a CAD drawing.
Here is how the world looks today (look it up if you don't believe me):
WTF!? There are many, many issues with this. When I first saw the new layout it brought a tear to my eye. It was like I short-circuited for a few
minutes. I'm sure other Effected people have their WTF moments - this was mine.
Here is how myself and many Effected remember it:
Much better - though I could of gotten the notch of eastern Africa a little better.
Here's a gif illustrating the primary differences:
Here are the differences in detail loosely from left to right, top to bottom..
1. The Arctic existed as a permanent landmass.
2. Alaska was slightly smaller, the Bering Strait was much smaller.
3. Baja California was smaller and didn't extend as far south.
4. Florida hooked more to the west.
5. Cuba was much smaller.
6. The Panama Canal ran east and west not north and south!
7. South America was slightly smaller and definitely further west! The eastern coast was larger, and the western bulge was smaller.
8. Iceland was much smaller. Greenland was much larger.
9. Bye bye Slavbalard or whatever your called.
10. The Strait Of Gibraltar was much larger.
11. France's shape is back to normal - Sicily is smaller and further from France.
12. South Africa's western coast was larger (though looking at the rendition now I see I didn't get the coast very well, the inward jut should be
slightly larger). Madagascar was smaller.
13. There was less land and more sea between Egypt and Jordan.
14. The Sea between Jordan and Sudan was bigger.
15. Saudi Arabia was overall slightly smaller.
16. Sri Lanka was much smaller.
17. The Russian landmass extended less to the north.
18. Japan was smaller, and further down the coast without doubt.
19. Malaysia and Indonesia were a little smaller.
20. New Zealand was above Australia.
21. Papua New Guinea was a little smaller, and the Gulf Of Carpentaria was much smaller.
22. There was no such thing as the "Southern Ocean".
23. Antarctica was much smaller!
Lastly (not shown on map) I'm pretty sure Korea's northern border didn't intersect Russia, only China. Also Mongolia was a province in China, not a
country, it was also smaller than it's shown today.
Yes - I'm aware of how the continents fit into Pangea.
Yes - I know the way the map now is the way it's always been, that's the problem. You might need foreknowledge of the Mandela Effect is to
understand this post. lol
Yes, I'm well educated (it's been stated here that Effected must be stupid, not so).
Yes, I'm aware of how memory works. Are you aware of the difference between memory and knowledge? Do you need to look at a map to get to work
everyday - or do you "know".
No, I don't know what caused the Mandela Effect.
No, I'm not going to stop trying to talk about it with other Effected people.
You should know that no amount of forum drudgery will ever change my mind. I make these posts for the other Effected folks that come here (I wish
they'd be more vocal, but I'm not surprised - not everyone can handle ridicule).
Here's the kicker.. I'm willing to bet many Effected remember the map approximately how I do. How can that be, that we all have the same
I'll be sending the corrected map out to the Effected community - so look for it in your favorite ME reddits and youtube circles soon.
Thanks for reading!