31 – The Mandela Effect: False Memories, Satanic Cults, Parallel Universes, and more…

April 17, 2017

The Mandela Effect: a large group of people remembering an event that never happened or remembering an alternate version of an event that did happen in the same, incorrect way. Is this proof that there are parallel dimensions some of us are slipping in and out of? Is it the perfectly explainable result of false memory creation? Or, is it a glitch in some futuristic computer simulation we’re all currently (virtually) living in? We go full Twilight Zone on today’s Timesuck! And please, if you haven’t done so already, support Timesuck by filling out a quick survey at http://podsurvey.com/timesuck (You could win a $100 Amazon gift card!)

Berenstain Beras cover.

Living legend, Elizabeth Loftus

Lee Ann Womack (NOT Amy Lee Womack)

Mandela Effect originator Fiona Broome (looking exactly how you’d expect)

People magazine cover on McMartin trial

Michelle Remembers – book that launched 80s Satanic cult craze

Fake Shazaam! poster

Real Kazaam video cover


  1. Griffin Korbel says:

    This was an absolutely amazing suck! Can’t wait to hear what come next! Keep sucking master sucker

  2. Steuart says:

    Not sure if this is the same feeling happening, but there are times when I am doing something that very seriously seems like both I HAVE FOR SURE DONE THIS and also I HAVEN’T EVER DONE THIS at the same time. Most of my self diagnosed explanation has been that I have had dreams about it or something similar before it actually happened. Kinda trippy.
    Keep sucking the big lizard/alien Dan

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Steuart. Deja vu is a trippy feeling for sure. I keep wanting to NOT find explanations for stuff like this. I want to read about something that even scientists explain as “black magic” or “ghosts”.

  3. Richard T Roberts says:

    You better not stop singing Michael McDonald!! I love it when u sing and if anyone one doesn’t like it they can choke on a long hard one!!! Keep on singing and keep on sucking!!

  4. Drew says:

    Please do a timesuck on the JFK conspiracies

    1. admin says:

      That is coming up soon! Getting my first book in the mail today for that one. Gonna go deep on JFK.

  5. Nemo says:

    Prosecuties.com – For all of your salacious litigious needs. Awesome show, Master Sucker! One quick note though about the Doobie Bros./Michael McDonald section: rightfully or wrongfully, the group is officially associated with McDonald as their original lead singer (Pat Simmons) was unavailable in 1976 for certain reasons. Sorry to be a killjoy on that (when it comes to your McDonald Brain Worms, I can never tell if you’re being sarcastic or not), but I just wanted to throw that out there.

  6. Nemo says:

    **CORRECTION => Please disregard the Michael McDonald comment: I am a moron. On a side note, my tag line for your new website Prosecuties.com still stands, I look forward to visiting it very soon.

  7. Justin P. says:

    Oh all powerful Master Sucker I’d like to gain some knowledge on the fucking horrifically insane Dahmer clan. Just curious it’s for scientific research only. I love listening to your podcast please keep on suckin you’re the best!!

  8. Jason Allen says:

    Just received that ohhh so soft timesuck T-shirt. This was a good timesuck, definitely see why you postponed doing it for so long; lots of weird rabbit holes to chase and just odd happenings. That is horrible what happened to those people with all those false allegations of abuse. Great job keeping all that non-sense straight.

  9. Austin Jones says:

    Hear this,
    I have yet another suggestion,
    MK Ultra, and polyibius
    Mk ultra is truly horrific
    Another one, if you want to have a episode that cover’s multiple small things you could cover the black eyed children, shadow people, or sleep paralysis

    1. admin says:

      Great topics, Austin. Definitely on the list. MK ultra fascinates me for sure. Thank you!

  10. Blake C says:

    I mean.. would a ‘Neurons that fire together wire together’ be the worst idea for the next Timesuck tee?

    I feel like this false memory syndrome is becoming a rather common Timesuck trend (Roswell, anyone?)

    1. admin says:

      Haha 🙂 Thanks Blake.

  11. Hrothmeir says:

    Great episode! I had a little Mandela Effect fun of my own in the mid-2000s, when I convinced my mom we had watched a completely fictitious movie (similar to Open Water, but legally distinct.) Admittedly, she doesn’t have the greatest memory, but my insistence and a few key plot details got the ball rolling. This came back to bite me in the ass, as no matter how much detail I can provide, I cannot now convince her that we saw Holy Motors together, nor that it is a real film. Hell, I’m not totally convinced it’s real.

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  13. Brandon says:

    I really loved this episode. I’m super duper into psychological stuff. I’ve read quite a bit on using body language and mimicry to create empathy in others. I used the Mandela effect against my cousin immediately after listening to this. He now clearly remembers me talking to him about my new job the day I got it. I totally didn’t. You’ve created a monster, Dan. Keep on sucking!

  14. Jon says:

    I honestly could not explain how incredible I thought this podcast was. I had heard minor amounts of the research that you went through but holy shit I did not realize how deep this whole created memory thing went. I continue to enjoying the podcast and Hope that you continue find more thought-provoking subjects to suck on. Thank you again for doing this for us Dan and keep on sucking.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Jon! What a fantastic message to find. I do my best to research each topic as thoroughly as my free time allows. Definitely put in a lot of hours on most episodes. Glad you notice! Keep on suckin’, good sir.

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  16. David Jessup says:

    CONFABULATION!!!! Man it sucks when common sense and science ruins some good old fashioned conspiracy theories and parallel dimensions. Best Episode so far.

  17. Les Mcnair says:

    Holy hell. The Sinbad thing fucked me up for a minute. However I am very good at unwinding my own mental knots. I realized that after much heavy thought that the movie I was transplanting Sinbad into was a movie call Bernard and the Genie. Which starred who bears only a passing resemblance to the comedian. However in the ether of my youth I had always associated Sinbad with this film. Anyone else? Awesome episode though.

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