Anyways, the Mandela Effect has been a really popular subject recently. I think its about time I put in my two cents on the subject.
For those not in the know, the Mandela Effect is a term that describes the strange phenomenon of people remembering something differently than it actually is. The Monopoly man never had a monocle, the end of Pikachu’s tail was always yellow, Lapis Lazuli was always kind of a jerk, and Sriracha was never spelt with a P.
And We are the Champions by Queen never ended with the line “of the world”.
Here’s the end of the video, proving the fact that the actual song only ends with “No time for losing, because we are the champions…” before fading into silence.
It sounds incomplete to be sure, but that’s actually an element that I personally think gives the song a greater depth than it would have had otherwise. Tough 90% of the song is pure triumphant gold, the lack of a complete chorus at the end makes the listener feel a need for more. In a bit more of a subjective opinion, I’d have to say that this might be some kind of comment about the nature of winning; how striving for something is often times more fulfilling to a person than actually getting the prize at the end. But I digress.
Anyways, the song does actually feature the line “of the world”, but only during the middle chorus of the song.
I imagine that this is one of sources of confusion. Plenty of people probably remember the middle chorus more than the one in the outro, because why would the outro differ?
With that said, I believe another force is at work, and it has everything to do with the type of people who talk about the Mandela effect.
The entire reason I know about the Mandela effect is through social media and through Youtube. Though I can’t prove any of this, I believe that a vast majority of the people talking about the Mandela Effect with any source of seriousness are skewed young.
I’m 22 years old. I was born in an era where the popular music of the time came from Britney Spears and N’sync. I didn’t grow up listening to Queen, though I certainly became a fan of them later in life. That said, I did listen to two somewhat lesser known versions of the songs.
These particular versions are a product of their time. Neither version is particularly good, and both versions seem to have been recorded with an audience of children in mind; anybody above a certain age aren’t likely to show any amount of interests in the artists behind them. But the young adults who regularly use social media are far more likely to know about these versions because they were children when these versions came out.
Let me introduce you to these recordings:
Yup. The reason so many millennials are confusing the lyrics of a popular Queen song is because of a forgettable mid 2000s movie and a terrifying mid 2000s purple thing that we choose to call a frog because its true name is incomprehensible to our feeble human minds.
Just remember that the next time the Mandela Effect is ever bought up in a conversation. Its not alternate universes interacting and sharing information, its the terrible tastes you had as a child.